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Fall Gathering – “Roller Coaster World”

September 1 @ 4:00 pm September 5 @ 12:00 pm

Fall Gathering at Saratoga Springs Retreat Center in Lake County.

Roller C

(Registration is Firmly Closed – Wed. 8/24 8pm PT)

Well, my fellow Billys, Fall is just around the corner, and it’s time to sign up for the Labor Day Gathering.

I don’t know about you, but it seems like the Summer Gathering was just yesterday. And it certainly lived up to my expectations — offering the ideal environment to reconnect with old friends and make new ones in idyllic Saratoga Springs. Great weather overall. Fantastic workshops and amazing talent uncovered at the talent/no talent show. Unfortunately, it all came at a cost of some of us coming down with Covid, including me. But fortunately, the symptoms turned out to be mild for most of us.

Now, barely a month later, here we are, announcing the next gathering. “So what’s my motivation?” you may ask.

It’s a Roller Coaster World

Dealing with Covid is just one of the big curves we keep facing these days on this big roller coaster we call life. Seems like one minute, we’re all enjoying ourselves at a barbecue; then the next, we get the news that global warming has set parts of Europe ablaze. Even as we see great gains being made in gay and trans rights, political forces leave our stomachs in our throats as women’s basic human rights are rolled back and trampled. And as we seek to fulfill our best potential by, say, taking a basket-weaving class, others’ lives are extinguished every day by America’s neverending epidemic of gun violence. It all adds up to one wild ride that can leave you feeling dizzy and disoriented.

Do you hold on, or do you let go?
When life’s uphills, drops, banks, and loops get you rolling,  are you the type of person to hold onto the bar white-knuckled, or do you let go and wave your hands all up in the air? Perhaps at the Fall Gathering, with its promise of camaraderie, workshops, and fun events — all in the peaceful Saratoga Springs environment — you can let go and trust that life’s roller coaster ride will deliver you safely to your destination feeling refreshed, renewed, and ready to take on whatever’s around the next curve.

Here’s what to expect:

Thursday — The Gentle Lift

  • Arrive by 4 p.m.
  • Evening Welcome Ritual

Friday — The Big Drop

  • Morning Heart Circle
  • Afternoon Workshops
  • Evening Opening Circle

Saturday — Loop the Loop

  • Morning Heart Circle
  • Afternoon Workshops
  • Evening Midway Games, Square Dance, and Mystery Grand Prize

Sunday — Twists and Curves

  • Morning Heart Circle
  • Mass Duckie Purification Ritual Poolside
  • Afternoon Workshops
  • Evening Talent/No Talent Show

Monday — Coast to a Stop

  • Morning Cleanup and Site Restoration
  • Closing Circle
  • Leave by 3 p.m.

About this Pesky COVID
The Gathering Committee and the Board will be working together to create the safest gathering space possible. Please read the COVID Protocols completely before registering. And please note that, like COVID itself, our Covid Protocol (and Monkeypox) policy is subject to change.

Registration is Closed

We need your body!

Would you like to volunteer as a sub-coordinator or present a workshop? Do you have experience calling square dances? Want to make carnival decorations? Want to build or do you have midway games? Well, surprise, surprise… we’d love to hear from you! We could really use your help.

Thank you!
Crybaby Rob — Fall Gathering co-coordinator

robrosenthal2@gmail.com
phone/text (510) 504-6378

Registration Closed: Wed. 8/24 8pm PT