Spring is Sprung Gathering

Spring is Sprung Gathering at Groundswell Retreat Center and Ecovillage

Spring is sprouting, sowing seeds for succulent seasons soon to come. The flowers bloom, as do our hearts, and we feel nature quicken and quiver with anticipation for the juicy creation ahead. It is the first spring at Groundswell – the soil lies fertile and ready for the planting of nourishing futures.

Join us for a Vernal Equinox Gathering; a celebration and cultivation of our community and our creative possibilities. From Wednesday March 18th to Monday March 23rd we are hosting a pangender convergence of faeries, billys, and queerdos of all sorts. It will be an exaltation of nature and our relationship to it, of possibility and potential, of queer spirit and what is being created at Groundswell. Won’t you come prance and dance in the woods with us?


faeries gather at sunset for the vernal equinoxOur days will be filled with hikes through the woods and dips in the creek; with skillshares and heart circles; with performance and play. Nighttimes will settle into dancing and dreaming with other beautiful queers under a sky full of stars; drum circles and drag queens around the campfire; connections of intimacy and sensuality. Scheduled activities will intermingle with spontaneous shenanigans. Eventually, the mundane world will melt away and only the magickal will remain.

Your registration includes three nourishing meals a day, full access to Groundswell’s facilities and land, as well as bunk beds in cabins (with electricity!) for the first 80 registrants who want them. There is limited special needs housing available to those who need it as well. We are asking for $150 to $300 sliding scale to cover the expenses – however, we are working hard to make sure money isn’t a barrier and have a number of NOTAFLOF (No One Turned Away For Lack Of Funds) slots available. Can’t afford the full registration fee? Just choose the “Give What You Can” option and donate what you can afford at the gathering itself. Space is limited to 100 attendees to minimize impact on the land, so make sure and register when you’re able.

Every gathering is a magickal container created by its participants – we will get out of it what we put into it. That’s why we ask that all who come to our gatherings contribute in some way. That can be volunteering to top a meal or the dishes, leading playshops or circles, gifting goodies or performance, whatever your heart feels called to. We hope that all will pitch in to make the work easy for all. When you register, we will ask you a couple questions about how you might want to volunteer. Have an idea for an activity that you would like to lead? Just e-mail us at events@groundswell.institute.

Our full schedule will be crafted at the beginning of the gathering to help maximize creativity and community input, but we are working to bring a host of fabulous and fulfilling activities for the days and nights. Such magickal happenings include alpaca tea-time and other livestock antics, Saturday night dance extravaganza, raising energy around the campfire with music and games Friday night, heart circles under the redwoods, crafting and playshops, and just rolling around under the sun and in the creek.

The pond at Groundswell Ecovillage and Retreat Center