Lavender: Queer Leadership Retreat

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A Retreat for Queer Leaders of All Kinds

November 18 – 21 2016

Marsha P. Johnson at another rallyBeing a leader in the queer community can sometimes take a lot out of you. It’s essential and challenging and often thankless work. That’s why it’s important for us community organizers, arts focalizers, care providers, event producers, esoteric historians, and political activists to come together to help each other grow and thrive.

Rejuvenate and Be Inspired

campfire revelry at GroundswellLavender, our queer leadership retreat, is a weekend of rejuvenation and inspiration for queer leaders of all kinds and all levels of experience. It’s a time to relax in nature with your peers, learn some skills, and create relationships with others who are building stronger queer communities. It’s a moment to step back from your busy life to look at where you have been and where you want to go.

sassy-sasson-presentation-at-WCCC2015Workshops and Play

During the day, we will learn and explore through workshops, guided activities, and group discussions. At night, we will play and celebrate through dance, performance, and connection. We are still finalizing details of the presenters and nighttime play activities, but will get these added soon.

Lavender Leadership

daniel-creating-beauty-at-groundswell-dining-hallWe chose the word lavender for this retreat as an honoring of queer leaders of the past and of the plant that brings healing and inspiration. We want this retreat to look at the lessons of our past, to learn from our leaders who came before us. We also want it to be a space for us to look at how we can heal and support each other. It’s important that we, as leaders, take care of ourselves as well as we take care of others.

*** Groundswell events are only open to adults. You must be over 18 to attend***

Scholarship options are available for those who can’t afford the registration price.


If you are registering for multiple people, PLEASE make sure to give their name(s) and e-mail(s) as well as yours. It’s very important for us to get registration information out to every one.

We also have a carpool page!

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Registration Includes

Registration for the retreat includes three delicious meals a day, all programming, a bed in a cabin (for the first 70 who want one) or a campsite, as well as access to all retreat center facilities (including our soon to be complete hot tub). Scholarship options are available for those who can’t afford the registration price.

Check out our Full Program for Lavender

Lavender 2016 Schedule