What's it all about?
In this strange time of physical distancing and the disappointment of in-person gatherings being cancelled, we are pleased to welcome you to the first ever Virtual Generous Space Retreat.
We’re leveraging technology to offer a robust schedule with amazing speakers, workshops, worship and reflection, and space for discussion and dialogue. We’ll also have affinity groups, an open-mic, and even a dance party. Easily accessible from home, you’re free to participate in any or all of the sessions.
With a “donate-as-you-can” structure, we’re looking forward to one of our most accessible events ever. We’re looking forward to your participation!
Where is it?
We're taking this retreat online!
Since we can't be together in person, the Generous Space Virtual Retreat will bring us all together using the Zoom platform.
Links and instructions will be sent out to registrants closer to the actual retreat date.
(For answers to your questions about what this will look like, check out the FAQ page.)
While we know the Virtual Retreat will look different than other in-person retreats, we are working hard to use the Zoom medium creatively and keep as much of the 'feel' of our in-person retreats as possible. This means keeping affinity groups, the open mic, speed-friending and other hang-out times on the schedule along with keynotes, workshops and times of worship.
Video footage from past retreats!
What can I expect from the Virtual Retreat?
For those who are looking to fill their weekend with lots of workshops and times of connection with others, there will be lots for you to do! For those who are not sure how "Zoomed out" they will be, here is plenty of permission to opt in or opt out of any of the scheduled events according to your own needs, energy levels, and comfort levels with spiritual practices and conversations. Here are some things we are planning that you can choose to participate in…
Speakers… where you can hear and learn from people across the LGBTQ2S+ spectrum who have different intersecting identities, and broaden your experience of our community.
Worship… reflecting multiple worship styles and different spiritual practices.
Workshops… where you can contribute to discussions on a variety of topics related to faith, sexuality, gender, creativity, community, and healing. Workshop descriptions can be found here!
Affinity Group Times… where you can choose to chat with people who share similar journeys, interests, and questions to yours.
Evening Hangout Times… for catching up with old friends and meeting new ones… organized activities include speed friending, an open mic, and maybe even a dance party!
How much does it cost?
For the Generous Space Virtual Retreat, there is no registration fee.
Donations will be gratefully received to support our speakers and cover retreat costs.
10% of every retreat donation will go towards the GS COVID-19 Mutual Support fund.
Donations can be made by credit card through our donate page or by e-transferring a donation to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make a note that this donation is for the Virtual Retreat so we know where to direct the funds. Thank you for your support!
“What’s all this “generous space” stuff all about?”
“What if I can't attend the whole weekend?”
“What if I’m not fully “out” yet?”
“What if I’m straight/cisgender – am I welcome?”
“Is it okay to come if I’m not sure how I feel about church or faith?”
If your question isn’t covered there, feel free to email Becca at becca[at]generousspace.ca.
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