Poster design by Abeni Jones

Friday October 13th to Sunday October 15th 2017

TRANScend: A Retreat for Trans and Genderqueer Folks


This one-of-a-kind three-day gathering is created for and by trans and genderqueer people. We are creating a container to share our experiences, find common ground, and raise our collective voices. This is especially important in the Trump-era: the threats are real. Our trans sisters of color are being murdered, undocumented queers deported, suicide is at an all time high in our community, and trans youth unable to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender. We will pull from and build upon the rich history of work that has been done, and solidify new actions. We also believe that self-care is highly important, so there will also be plenty of time to relax, rejuvenate, and dance under the stars.

TRANScend is a gathering specifically designed for trans and genderqueer people to teach each other, self-organize, and create paths of resilience, resistance, and social justice in this current administration. Through workshops we will empower each other and focus on the needs of our community, including sessions that focus on mental and physical health as well as leadership. We’ll balance all our day-time work Saturday with an equal (or greater) amount of play at night.

Saturday night after dinner we will feature the first annual, “TRANScendent Talent Show, where anyone is welcome to bring their songs, poetry, drag, and/or performance art to share with the community.  The evening will climax with a group dance party around the campfire w/beatz by the one and only Jasmine Infiniti!

Sunday will be an open space for the community to share resources through self led workshops and the afternoon will feature our beautifully big pond.  The whole day will be centered on healing and we will have an acupuncturist and massage therapist on hand to sooth you as well as our large communal hot tub.

Register below

(only camping available at this time)!

Registration includes food, lodging, all activities, and access to our gorgeous retreat center including the large group hot tub. We have cabin spaces available for the first 70 who want them and then plenty of camping spaces (and extra tents for those who need them). We cook delicious, nutritious meals all weekend and make sure to provide options for all sorts of diets. We now have a wait list for Scholarships, but please feel free to still apply! It’s just a quick 5-minute application here.

We have secured a shuttle bus through our friends at FLUX to help with transport to and from the SF Bay area.  This will be available as a free option to the first 40 people who sign up (link below).  We also have a carpool page setup for people to share rides on and for those whose needs aren’t met by the shuttle bus (link below). In other words, we’re making sure it’s mighty easy to get here for this important program.

Workshop details and Presenter Bios

*Click on pictures for bios and workshop descriptions

Eb. Brown:
#FreedomWork: Holding Our Power As TGNC Folks Of Color

#FreedomWork: Holding Our Power As TGNC Folks Of Color

Abeni Jones:
How to take care of each other: Community Care in Times of Crisis

Mo’Nique “Duchess Monroe” Campbell:
“You are Royalty”

Body Euphoria

June Moon:
The Remedy: Afrosonic Liberation Sessions

Riley Del Rey:
How to Flip a Coin: Negotiating Wages in Sex Work

Violet Martinez:
TRUTH Project: Storytelling models for trans and gender nonconforming youth

Healing Section

*Click on pictures for bios and workshop descriptions

Paolo Flores Chico

Toni Cannon
Massage Therapy

TRANScend is organized by a talented team of trans and genderqueer leaders from diverse communities. Please feel free to get in touch with them if you have questions or would like to be more involved. They are featured below and you can click on each to get their full bio.

Janelle TRANScend Transgender Genderqueer Retreat

Janelle Luster

Ariel TRANScend Transgender Genderqueer Retreat

Ariel Vegosen

TRANScend Transgender Genderqueer Retreat Luna Merbruja

Luna Merbruja

Spring Transgender Genderqueer Retreat TRANScend

Spring Collins


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Apply for a scholarship here!