Spirit Journeys Announces The 17th Annual Summer Retreat

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Spirit Journeys has just scheduled The 17th Annual Summer Retreat. This gay retreat for men is scheduled to run from August 10, 2009 to August 16, 2009

Spirit Journeys has just scheduled The 17th Annual Summer Retreat. This annual gay retreat has been a favorite for hundreds of men.

Spirit Journeys announces the scheduling of our 17th Annual Summer Retreat. At this gay retreat a community of gay men gather together for seven days in an intimate setting. With the encouragement of brothers, participants are able to see themselves more clearly and empower each other in realizing life's potential.

The Summer Retreat is much more than a summer vacation, focusing on activities that encourage inner reflection and heighten spiritual awareness. The days are filled with insightful group sessions, yoga, meditation, heart-circles, shamanic ceremony, laughter and play. Spiritual renewal, lifelong friendships, greater self-acceptance, and clarity of future direction often spring from this sacred time together.

The daily schedule incorporates a balance of group sessions and leisure time. These sessions are designed to help participants step back from daily routines and examine various facets of life including relationships, career, creativity, sexuality, and spirituality. Movement exercises, guided visualizations, topical discussions, journaling, personal contemplation, group sharing, interrelating in groups of two and threes, are just some of the group activities offered during the retreat.

No previous experience is necessary for any of the activities planned. Instruction, guidance and support by qualified facilitators is provided throughout the retreat. The Summer Retreat consistently remains fresh and alive due to the particular combination of participants, facilitators, and activities blended together. The overall energy and experience is always unique. A few planned highlights of this year's retreat will include Sweat Lodge, Trance Dance, Shamanic Ceremonies and Zen Practice.

Play day is a day during the week that we explore ourselves by exploring the world around us. This year, we travel to Bandalier National Monument. Once at Bandalier, we will spend a few hours just exploring, wandering and playing together, then return to the Bohdi Manda for dinner.

Plan to come with an openness and enthusiasm to fully participate in the group activities as this is vital to the retreat process and the evolution of community. Most of us rarely have a chance to be in the company of other gay men in a setting that lacks pretense and superficiality. The foundation of Spirit Journeys' gay retreats is a remarkable experience of intimacy, trust, nurturing, and honest communication which unfolds among the participants.

Hunter Flournoy, David Moreno and Wolf Martinez will co-facilitate the 17th Annual Summer Retreat. They have facilitated numerous Spirit Journeys gay retreats and international journeys. The Zen practice sessions during the retreat will be led by Hosen, the beloved vice-abbess of the Bodhi Manda Zen Center.

The retreat begins at 5:30pm on Monday, August 10 and ends at 1:00pm on Sunday, August 16. Jemez Springs is located 60 miles from Albuquerque Airport. There is no public transportation from Albuquerque Airport to Jemez Springs. The Zen Center will be providing round-trip airport transfers at specific times, see below for transfer details. Jemez Springs is 1 and ½ hours drive from Santa Fe. The temperature in Northern New Mexico mid-August is delightful, days in the 80's and nights in the 50-60's, making this an ideal time of year for this retreat.

For additional information on this special gay retreat, Howie Holben or visit http://www.spiritjourneys.com.

About Spirit Journeys:
Spirit Journeys offers gay travel, gay vacations and gay retreats with a spiritual focus, gay retreat and gay vacation options. Call (800) 754-1875 to learn more about Spirit Journeys.

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