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There is a transcendent awareness, a Big Mind, A Big Heart, present and readily accessible to each and every one of us...

—Zen Master Genpo Roshi
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Retreat Center Mission


A Workshop for Gay Men

For the first time on the West Coast, Saratoga Springs is pleased to host Honoring our Bodies, Feeding Our Souls - a workshop by long time Queer spiritual and academic leaders, Frank Dunn and David Townsend.  This juicy workshop creates a container for our unique spiritual, physical and erotic selves to dance and thrive together.

Together we’ll…

  • build a sacred community
  • open up to one another in heart circles
  • explore the places in our lives where sex and spirit meet
  • create personal shrines and spiritual practices
  • celebrate eros in nature and in communal ritual
  • relax with each other
  • swap stories
  • weave a brotherhood of playful abandon and deep intention

Image of man having shirt taken off by twoWhat happens in sacred space where you’re safe to come forward and give voice to the deepest longings of your body, mind, and soul?

What does a community of brothers look like who commit to holding that space for each other?

What spiritual practice will you be called to create for yourself as an expression of the fullness of life within you?

What rituals will you help build to hold the spiritual and erotic joys, sorrows, aspirations, and hopes of all?

What are the deepest desires of your heart and soul?

Our Promises . . .

  • a safe, welcoming group
  • total respect for you, your values, your commitments
  • free time for reflection, rest and play
  • simple, delicious meals
  • fun, laughter, and joy!

Your Guides:

Frank Dunn is an Episcopal priest, writer, life coach, and soul friend. He founded Jonathan’s Circle in 2014 and lives in Washington, DC. More at

David Townsend David Townsend is a teacher, ritualist and sacred intimate practicing in Toronto and part-time in New York. He keeps his blog on gay and bi men's spirituality at


THursday, November 15 through Sunday, November 18.The workshop begins at dinner on Thursday and ends just after lunch on Sunday. 

WHERE?  -  Saratoga Springs Retreat Center  10243 Saratoga Springs Rd, Upper Lake, CA 95485 707-275-9503


Full Workshop:  $695 includes nine meals, three nights lodging, and all taxes and fees. Special couples discount: $1295.

Saratoga Springs Retreat Center  Amenities include: delicious meals using fresh and organic ingredients, large swimming pool, 16 person hot tub, 260 acres of hiking trails, rustic cabins, 19th century lodge, a modern radiant heated floor meeting hall, and convenient and easy to get to and secure parking.

Registration & Information

Please fill out the following form and we will contact you with more information. Space is limited, so please sign up soon to reserve your spot.

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Registration Fee (includes all meals and accommodations) 

Honoring Our Bodies, Feeding Our Souls Workshop Individual $695       

Couple $1295

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