Tuesday, December 16, 2008

"We each must become like fishermen, and go out onto the dark ocean of
mind, and let your nets down into that sea.

"And what you're after is not some behemoth that will tear through your
nets, foul them, and drag you and your little boat into the abyss. Nor are
what we looking for a bunch of sardines, that can slip through your net
and disappear, ideas like 'have you ever noticed that your little finger
exactly fits your nostril' and stuff like that.

"What we are looking for are middle-sized ideas that are not so small that
they are trivial, and not so large that they are incomprehensible, but
middle-sized ideas that we can wrestle into our boat and take back to the
folks on shore, and have fish dinner.

"And everyone of us, this is what we should be looking for. It's not for
your elucidation, it's not part of your self-directed psychotherapy; you are
an explorer, and you represent our species.

"And the greatest good you can do is to bring back a new idea, because
our world is endangered by the absence of good ideas. Our world is in
crisis because of the absence of consciousness.

"And so, to whatever degree, any one of us can bring back a small piece
of the picture, and contribute it to the building of the new paradigm.
Then we participate in the redemption of the human spirit."

- Terence McKenna

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

"The best political, social, and spiritual work we can do is to withdraw the
projection of our shadow onto others."
- Carl Jung

Sunday, November 9, 2008

What is the Shadow Inviting?

What the Outcome of Proposition 8 offers me as a Queer Man

On November 5, 2008 many American’s awoke to witness a mandate from the people regarding the future of our nation. At some particular level our nation has matured beyond the racial tensions that have so thwarted our ability to grow as a nation. Today our African American President Elect prepares to lead this nation. As a nation we are moving beyond a dark place in our history. In my work on a spiritual plane, I have come to value the power of the “shadow.” Shadow is often a reflection of some aspect of self that is difficult to acknowledge. Darkness can often prevail as a tool for enlightenment. This can be a difficult pill to swallow, but I am left feeling that the defeat of Proposition 8, for us in the queer community, can be a powerful tool to our own enlightenment.

California voters repealed its marriage laws to prevent same sex couples the right to marry, another state is rewriting its constitution to define marriage as one man and one woman. Another state outlawed gay people from adopting children. (All right with the Shadow piece already!)

It’s an overwhelming commentary of how far we still need to go regarding Civil Rights. This morning Queer people nationally are grieving their losses and asking what happened? Many are angry and hurt. As I write this, the lessons are perplexing, and at times painful.

The vote was so close in California that it clearly speaks to no one being a winner. Personally I don’t want to win by a narrow margin, I want a mandate, similar to what Obama achieved. In the circumstances of California its clear that no one won. Mormons won nothing; they compromised their polished Donny and Marie image; that image of being a loving, family religion, to one that will go to great measures, in the name of Jesus, to smear families across a religious divide. As one living in Utah the divisions have been painful on both sides. Did they win something? No clear winner, no clear looser. In this election issue it was about who held the financial power and could outspend to get their way. One would think that in the scope of issues around civil rights we would see a public mandate that says… “Equal rights for all”. Where is that voice for queer America? This country should understand by now the problems with a separate but equal policy. On some level, the feedback is against us. That message includes fear, misunderstandings and old thoughts of perversions, to mention a few. Many well meaning friends and associates still embrace the gay cliché’s and media images are still full of stereotypical images. I am confused by the notion of our excitement to be mentioned in an acceptance speech, when it’s a calculated mention, so as to not offend the “right”. We are so careful, less we offend. We are encouraged to be friendly in our disagreements, present a “good” or “right” image, so to be heard. We are embarrassed by the “other” and consequently seek to blend, to be as good as the heterosexual norm.

Is this working?

What is the mandate to Queer America? What is the “shadow” inviting?

What is being communicated by 53% of the majority? What is the lesson of the shadow? Here are some thoughts to contemplate.

In many ways and for too long our community has attached itself to the roles of martyr and victim. In fact, its one way we define ourselves. Gay bashing, George Bush/ Karl Rove, legal issues, financial fairness, freedom of expression, definition of family; we tend to be on the loosing edge in these and many other issues. At a rally the other night the shout was “enough already!” We are the sissies being kicked around by the bullies. But how do we look at these circumstances in the eyes of one who works with Light and Spirit? What is the message of the Coyote and Heyoka (native American symbols of the “trickster”) in all of this?

Is it political unfairness we are fighting? Or we being mirrored aspects of ourselves that we struggle to respond too?

On one level I have to wonder if we as Gay Americans have manifested this outcome in some way? It’s interesting how many people I know who have actively demonstrated this election issue only to respond cynically… “It will make no difference” or “they will never change.” Really? It makes no difference? (Someone let Martin Luther King know it makes no difference). Why are we outraged and protesting?

I am reminded of Harry Hay suggestion that we need to get gay men together in circle and create consensus around the notions of who and what we are as a tribe and then to let society in general come to appreciate those gifts and talents (although Harry was speaking to a gay men’s crowd, I would suggest this is a statement to all us, GLBT). I often wonder how many of us are demanding civil rights but ultimately don’t intimately embrace that we should have them? We only have to examine how we interact with each other within our own community, our disillusionments that are often summarized as “that’s how gay people are”, how we prey on each other, how we examine societal maladies as a reflection of gay as opposed to the choices we make in our lives.

Although Harry Hay mentioned “consensus” in understanding who we are I would suggest that this would be an overbearing outcome. BUT, coming to know ourselves, in the context of community, feels vitally important. If you will, instead of a rebellion towards the “other” what happens when we rebel towards the limiting concepts of self that regulate us to second-class citizen, pervert or social outcast?

Have we in fact done our work and examined ourselves and the notions of who we are? Does the broader community reflect/mirror that ambivalence with their vote? (The message of Coyote) What they seem to be saying is “we like you, you dress nice, your good people, but ultimately I don’t understand you”. It’s an easier task to blame religious politics, but this leaves me dis-empowered, victimized. When I step into a place of Powerfully Creating the outcome of a situation, consciously embracing my essence, gifts, talents and rights to be, I become a powerful voice, an independent voice.

I have to wonder if we understand who we are and what we are and what we offer to mainstream society? Have we in fact done our own work or are we just demanding rights without that foundation or examination? How much more effective would our voice be if we collectively, in a nurturing way embraced OUR truth(s) as individuals as well as a collective?

Is this vote a message, a trickster in disguise? The Coyote is often seen as a bad omen, but in reality his gift is powerful, he provokes us to see ourselves in ways that we often do not want to acknowledge. One only has to tune into Manhunt to see where many gay men define themselves. Society sees us as sexual anomalies and we respond in like. When we determine that “gay” is only “one” aspect of who I am, perhaps I marginalize the value of being gay. When I generalize and respond that gay men are “just that way” I offer a clue to just how well I embrace my right to be accepted and valued.

These are difficult questions and yet I feel that once we embrace fully and without reservations the "who" and "what" we are and step into that story with PRIDE and conviction, society will respond. In fact, we generate the energy and spiritual fortitude to manifest that which we put our mind. Someday Pride celebrations will move beyond Beer Garden events to celebrations of cultural expressions. Offering to society our uniqueness that is often taken for granted.

My point is not to criticize how we (queer society) do things or where we as a culture place emphasis in our lives. In fact, many of those nuances are on some levels reflections of who we are. I for one offer complete rejection that we should somehow formulate our lives in the constraints of a heterosexual society; hell those constraints don’t work well for straight society let alone queer society. My invitation is to utilize our creativity to find avenues to this exploration. Exploring opportunities to dive deep into our stories and discover the magic of our existence. Sorting out within us and within our communities the richness and expressions that are uniquely OURS. Finding that voice offers liberation from domesticated notions of being queer, shifts shame into confidence and guilt into liberation. Therein we lay the foundation to civil rights, equality and self-respect.

Jerry Buie

Thursday, October 30, 2008


I love Mr. Brezsny's astrology and comments and thought this was
interesting in reference to the coming elections: however you vote. Be the Creator!

by Rob Brezsny

This is a perfect moment.
It's a perfect moment for many reasons,
but especially because you and I are waking up
from our sleepwalking, thumb-sucking, dumb-clucking collusion
with the masters of illusion and destruction.

Thanks to them,
from whom the painful blessings flow,
we are waking up.

Their wars and tortures,
their crimes against nature,
extinctions of species
and brand new diseases.

Their spying and lying
in the name of the father,
sterilizing seeds and
trademarking water.

Molestations of God,
celebrations of shame,
stealing our dreams and
changing our names.

Their cunning commercials
and blood-sucking hustles,
their endless rehearsals
for the end of the world.

Thanks to them,
from whom the awful teachings flow,
we are waking up.


Their painful blessings are cracking open
more and more gashes
in the shrunken and crippled mass hallucination
that is mistakenly called "reality."
And through the fractures,
ripe eternity is flooding in;
news of the soul's true home is pouring in;
our allies from the other side of the veil
are swarming in,
inspiring us to become smarter and wilder
and kinder and trickier.

We are waking up.

As heaven and earth come together,
as the dreamtime and daytime merge,
we register the shockingly exhilarating fact
that we are in charge
of creating a brand new world.
Not in some distant time or faraway place,
but right here and right now.


As we stand on this brink,
as we dance on this verge,
we can't let the ruling fools of the dying world
sustain their curses.
We have to rise up
and fight their insane logic;
defy, resist, and prevent their tragic magic;
erupt with our sacred rage and supercharge it.

But overthrowing the living dead is not enough.
Protesting the well-dressed monsters is not enough.
We can't afford to be consumed with our anger;
we can't be obsessed and possessed by their danger.
Our mysterious bodies crave delight and fertility.
Our boisterous imaginations demand fresh tastes of infinity.

In the new world we're gestating,
we need to be suffused
with lusty compassion and ecstatic duty,
ingenious love and insurrectionary beauty.
We've got to be teeming with radical curiosity and reverent pranks,
voracious listening and ferocious thanks.


So I'm curious, my fellow creators.
Since you and I are in charge of making a new world
-- not just breaking down the old world --
where do we begin?
What stories do we want at the heart of our experiments?
What questions will be our oracles?

Here's what I say:
In the New World we're creating,
We will ridicule the cult of doom and gloom.
We will embrace the cause of zoom and boom.
We will laugh at the stupidity of evil and hate;
we'll summon the brilliance to praise and create.

No matter how upside-down it all may appear,
we will have no fear
because we know this big secret:
Pronoia is real.
All of creation is conspiring to shower us with blessings.
Life is crazily in love with us --
brazenly and innocently in love with us.

The universe always gives us
exactly what we need,
exactly when we need it.


The winds and the tides are on our side,
forever and ever, amen.
The fire and the rain are scheming to steal our impossible pain.
The sun and the moon and the stars
remember our real names,
and our ancestors pray for us while we're dreaming.

We have guardian angels and thousands of teachers,
provocateurs with designs to unleash us,
helpers and saviors we can't even imagine,
brothers and sisters who want us to blossom.

Thanks to them,
from whom the blissful blessings flow,
we are waking up.

The roads they pave us,
the places they save us,
the tomatoes they grow us,
the rivers they flow us.

Their mysterious stories,
and morning glories,
their loaves and fishes,
granting our wishes.

The songs they sing us,
the gifts they bring us,
the secrets they show us,
above and below us.

Thanks to them,
from whom the blissful blessings flow,
we are waking up.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Todays Thought

"Remember, we are all affecting the world every moment, whether we
mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we are so
deeply interconnected with one another. Working on our own
consciousness is the most important thing that we are doing at any
moment, and being love is a supreme creative act."
- Ram Dass

Friday, September 5, 2008


Next Friday is our Fall Retreat and we still have room for people to register. Please E mail jerrybuie@mac.com to secure your space for an adventure of a lifetime!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

September is Here!

WOW, Where did summer go? It was a beautiful summer for Queer Spirit. We had some great workshops, circles and opportunities to come together and grow in beautiful ways. The word of Queer Spirit is growing. I have been asked to help with some articles about our movement, people are signing up on Tribe.Net, Facebook and through the website for more information.

Recently I returned from Zuni Mountain Sanctuary where I held a three day circle. This group of men and women chose to do a modified vision quest and a series of sweat lodges. It was truly a powerful process that endorsed healing and understanding and personal empowerment for this circle of people.

SEPTEMBER presents with three powerful events.

Tuesday September 9, 2008 is Ray McGinnis from Canada who will be presenting Writing the Sacred workshop

Friday through Sunday (September 12-14, 2008) is our Fall Queer Spirit Retreat. Registration is at a steady pace but there is room for you, so act now.

September 25, 2008 is our HEART CIRLCE: Exploring our magic. 7:30 to 10:00 p.m.

PLEASE RSVP by e mailing Jerry Buie regarding these events. Its a beautiful time of the year, lets find our joy and share what we know!


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Thoughts to make you go HMMMMM

Spirituality is the search for the profound within us


Once a person embraces truth, he is in its ruthless, but gentle, grasp.

Sometimes paying attention to random thoughts/quotes and information is what is being communicated to us at a time when we most need to hear something!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Manhunt and Queer Spirit!

This was shared on our Yahoo Site for Queer Spirit. Its an interesting thought and wonder if there are any responses to this thread?

There is an interesting article in the September 2008 edition of "Out"
magazine by Michael Joseph Gross on how Manhunt took over our world.
It pertains directly to some of the topics covered in the talking
circle we had at Fairy Scout Camp this past weekend.

I quote from page 118:

<<"Looking for Mr. Right," countless Manhunt profiles claim, but until
he comes along, they're open to playing with Mr. Right Now. Online
cruising has its place in gay society: Access to a satisfying number
of Mr. Right Nows is part of the pleasure and the privilege of moving
to the big city to be gay.

Beyond a certain point, though, perpetually settling for Mr. Right Now
becomes a failure of hope. When you came out, you did it because you
wanted something. Part of what you wanted was sex, but part of what
you hoped for was the possibility of being loved as your true self.
And when, as often happens while curising online, we diminish the hopes
that drew us out of the closet, we reduce sexy to a purely physical act.

When we do these things we lie to ourselves - and worse, we tell the
same lies that our enemies tell about us. The fundamentalist canard
about loving the sinner but hating the sin draws a nonsensical
distinction between person and act. Cruising online, by encouraging us
to separate sex from the rest of our lives, does exactly the same
thing. These are falsehoods about human nature and about the place of
love in our lives, and they undermine the belief that sex can be
anything more than a pastime.

. . .

We celebrate the fact that we're out to the straight world, even though
the only thing that menas, in many cases is that they know we're gay.

When we longged on, I don't thik most of us realized we were creating
new secret lives. I don't think we knew what we were getting into.
But we got into it. For most of us, this is not working. And it it's
not working for you, then it's time to get off.>>

One of the many benefits of Queer Spirit retreats and activities for me
is getting to meet gay men in an intentional community and enjoy them
as whole people. Would I like to have sex with some of the men I meet
in these activities? Duh. But when I do (no disclosures here)
hopefully it will be as two conscious individuals and not two sets of
statistics. Maybe I'm (figuratively) smoking dope, but think about it,
maybe having sex with friends would be more rewarding than having sex
with strangers. I would love to see any comments.

How was Faerie Camp?

For those of you who attended Faerie Camp this weekend would love to publish your post about the weekend! What say you? Jerry

Quote for Today

Our self-perception determines our behavior. If we think we're small, limited, inadequate creatures, then we tend to behave that way, and the energy we radiate reflects those thoughts no matter what we do. If we think we're magnificent creatures with an infinite abundance of love and power to give, then we tend to behave that way. Once again, the energy around us reflects our state of awareness.
—Excerpted from A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Faerie Scout Camp is Around the corner!

Soon we will be gathering in our camp, singing, dancing and wildly embracing our lives as Queer Men.... What will you bring? Go to the Home page of the site and click on the camp...... on that page are three downloads marked in yellow with "new" and there you can see what we have planned, a map to windwalker ranch and a mini agenda. Jerry

Monday, July 14, 2008

Car Pool to Spirit Camp

"Hi guys! I'm looking for guys who may be interested in carpooling to
the campout, AND I have a 40 ft motorhome that sleeps 6 we can take.
So please email me if you are interested in carpooling, either in my
motorhome or other vehicle: RoxMyWorld@gmail.com. Thanks, Roger"

Sunday, July 13, 2008

We Don't Worship Trees!!!


Recently a participant of Queer Spirit said that he was confronted as he invited folks to our Summer Camp: "Why are you Recruiting to your religion? You worship trees!"

Worship? Trees? Religion? UMMMM. Somewhere in our efforts to share what Queer Spirit is about it gets lost in the field of individual stories, fears and concerns. Many of us have been impacted by some form of spiritual abuse and consequently we write off all things "spiritual" In fact, that word "spirit" pushes buttons in and of itself.

As we were discussing this somewhat skewed and misinformed perception we discussed the various "buttons" often revealed in the context of queer men spending time in a communal setting.... stories of, well, tree worship, religion, sex and sexuality, ulterior motives seem to merge into the context of what Queer Spirit is about. In reality it is very simple: "let's talk! let's explore" might be a mantra of Queer Spirit. I encourage folks to explore the writings on the article section of the website as we have attempted to capture the essence of Queer Spirit in these writings.

Back to Tree Worship.

First of all: Trees are beautiful and often, time under a tree can certainly reveal perspective and perception of ourselves. For example: Have you ever heard a tree dismayed if he/she looks as good as the other trees? If he/she fits in?

Probably Not: It simply is. No apology, no explanation, no repentance, no offense. It simply is.

What if Gay Men were rooted.... (pun intended) in a similar philosophy?

Now thats a sermon if I ever heard one.

Those of us encouraging the retreats and the Queer Camp in two weeks are holding to a dream, that gay men will commune, share and laugh together. Find beauty in each other, in all our different shapes, sizes, beliefs, age, struggles and triumphs ..... we simple are.

Please, come, commune, shoot your roots deep into the earth, spread your branches and find the beauty in our community and with each other.... it may be what your looking for!


Tuesday, July 8, 2008

"Once again we face a paradox, for it appears that softening your heart
and gently tending its wounds _will protect you from evil. Building a
fortress and defending yourself behind it will only make you more
vulnerable. Healing your own heart is the single _most powerful thing you
can do to change the world. Your own transformation will enable you to
withdraw _so completely from evil that you contribute to it by not one
word, one thought, or one breath."

-Deepak Chopra, *The Deeper Wound Recovering the Soul from Fear and

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Interesting Quotes to Consider

"A verse from the Veda says, 'What you see, you become.' In other words,
just the experience of perceiving the world makes you what you are. This
is a quite literal statement."
- Deepak Chopra

"At all times I will be the pupil of everyone."
- Shantideva

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Interesting Perspective on relationship

From the New York Times website.
I thought this was very interesting and wanted to share with all of you. I often hear in my office about what is wrong or challenging about gay relationships and then someone goes off and offers this aspect. What a gift! Jerry

June 10, 2008

Gay Unions Shed Light on Gender in Marriage

For insights into healthy marriages, social scientists are looking in an unexpected place.

A growing body of evidence shows that same-sex couples have a great deal to teach everyone else about marriage and relationships. Most studies show surprisingly few differences between committed gay couples and committed straight couples, but the differences that do emerge have shed light on the kinds of conflicts that can endanger heterosexual relationships.

The findings offer hope that some of the most vexing problems are not necessarily entrenched in deep-rooted biological differences between men and women. And that, in turn, offers hope that the problems can be solved.

Next week, California will begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, reigniting the national debate over gay marriage. But relationship researchers say it also presents an opportunity to study the effects of marriage on the quality of all relationships.

“When I look at what’s happening in California, I think there’s a lot to be learned to explore how human beings relate to one another,” said Sondra E. Solomon, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Vermont. “How people care for each other, how they share responsibility, power and authority — those are the key issues in relationships.”

The stereotype for same-sex relationships is that they do not last. But that may be due, in large part, to the lack of legal and social recognition given to same-sex couples. Studies of dissolution rates vary widely.

After Vermont legalized same-sex civil unions in 2000, researchers surveyed nearly 1,000 couples, including same-sex couples and their heterosexual married siblings. The focus was on how the relationships were affected by common causes of marital strife like housework, sex and money.

Notably, same-sex relationships, whether between men or women, were far more egalitarian than heterosexual ones. In heterosexual couples, women did far more of the housework; men were more likely to have the financial responsibility; and men were more likely to initiate sex, while women were more likely to refuse it or to start a conversation about problems in the relationship. With same-sex couples, of course, none of these dichotomies were possible, and the partners tended to share the burdens far more equally.

While the gay and lesbian couples had about the same rate of conflict as the heterosexual ones, they appeared to have more relationship satisfaction, suggesting that the inequality of opposite-sex relationships can take a toll.

“Heterosexual married women live with a lot of anger about having to do the tasks not only in the house but in the relationship,” said Esther D. Rothblum, a professor of women’s studies at San Diego State University. “That’s very different than what same-sex couples and heterosexual men live with.”

Other studies show that what couples argue about is far less important than how they argue. The egalitarian nature of same-sex relationships appears to spill over into how those couples resolve conflict.

One well-known study used mathematical modeling to decipher the interactions between committed gay couples. The results, published in two 2003 articles in The Journal of Homosexuality, showed that when same-sex couples argued, they tended to fight more fairly than heterosexual couples, making fewer verbal attacks and more of an effort to defuse the confrontation.

Controlling and hostile emotional tactics, like belligerence and domineering, were less common among gay couples.

Same-sex couples were also less likely to develop an elevated heartbeat and adrenaline surges during arguments. And straight couples were more likely to stay physically agitated after a conflict.

“When they got into these really negative interactions, gay and lesbian couples were able to do things like use humor and affection that enabled them to step back from the ledge and continue to talk about the problem instead of just exploding,” said Robert W. Levenson, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley.

The findings suggest that heterosexual couples need to work harder to seek perspective. The ability to see the other person’s point of view appears to be more automatic in same-sex couples, but research shows that heterosexuals who can relate to their partner’s concerns and who are skilled at defusing arguments also have stronger relationships.

One of the most common stereotypes in heterosexual marriages is the “demand-withdraw” interaction, in which the woman tends to be unhappy and to make demands for change, while the man reacts by withdrawing from the conflict. But some surprising new research shows that same-sex couples also exhibit the pattern, contradicting the notion that the behavior is rooted in gender, according to an abstract presented at the 2006 meeting of the Association for Psychological Science by Sarah R. Holley, a psychology researcher at Berkeley.

Dr. Levenson says this is good news for all couples.

“Like everybody else, I thought this was male behavior and female behavior, but it’s not,” he said. “That means there is a lot more hope that you can do something about it.”

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Play About Henry

MISSA SOLEMNIS OR THE PLAY ABOUT HENRY by Roman Feeser, directed by Linda S.
Nelson is a provocative drama based on the actual events of gay Mormon
Henry Stuart Matis who had engaged his life in a false dilemma: either one is gay
or one is Christian. As he believed he was Christian, he believed he could
never be gay. Trapped between his same gender attraction and the power of his LDS
faith, Henry would make the ultimate sacrifice to remove the chains of his
morality. This performance features the New York cast of Matt Huffman, Susan
Pierson, Bill Fairbairn, Warren Katz and Jai Catalano. To learn more about the
play, go to www.theplayabouthenry.com

benefit performance in
Salt Lake City, Utah
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
with the New York City
cast. At the Rose Wagner

Saturday, June 7, 2008

2008 Fairy Scout Camp In August

Auntie Brucie invites you to QUEER SUMMER CAMP:

Fairy Scout Camp!
July 31, 2008 through August 3, 2008

About a month ago a few of us went to a festival at WindWalker Ranch and had such a wonderful time that the idea of Queer Summer Camp was birthed.

This event will be different than the retreats: We want to relax and enjoy camp and company.

We are inviting YOU to plan the weekend. Each of us enjoy talents that are just waiting to be shared and birthed. This weekend will be your opportunity to set up your talent, workshop, etc.

I would love to call out a Talent Show for one night. The stage and logistics are being formulated.... Some inner talent begging to be seen or explored? Bring it on?

Workshops could include/ might include the following:

Tarot and Divination
Body Work
Movement and Dance
Sweat Lodge
Pipe Ceremony
Musically Inclined
Healer (ings)


Don't limit yourself.... bring it. In fact, E mail me through the contact page of this website and lets process what you have to offer, our goal is to create the space.

Are you thinking you just want to come and be part of this wonderful gathering???? Come join us. We are opening the door to all queer men, regardless of age or ability to bring together the pieces of our community.

We are about building community of mindful souls. Looking for fun, sensuality and mindfulness. Creating focus while creating community... bringing what we have to explore and bringing it forward.

We are asking to set up camp on Thursday night. Bring your own gear, trailers, tents, food, water, sunscreen and anything else you would need for camping. We are asking that if folks have devices for shade and cover that would be a nice addition for community space. Dress wildly and freely...

The agenda for this event will build as people RSVP through E mail (jerrybuie@mac.com). * This event is a fundraiser for Queer Spirit and WindWalker's Learning Center. We are suggesting a $100 donation.... However, we are not turning anyone away from lack of funds. If you need a scholarship please contact us at jerrybuie@mac.com and we will work something out. SEE YOU SOON.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Spring Retreat 2008

FYI: There is still space for folks to sign up for the retreat this weekend. Please send Jerry an e mail at jerrybuie@mac.com and we can get you set up!

Jerry Buie

Monday, April 7, 2008

Queer Spirit Movement

The other day in a Queer Spirit Circle men were introducing themselves and speaking to WHY they were attending the evening Movement and Meditation workshop. One man said he wanted to be a part of the Queer Spirit Movement.

A movement?

It occurred to me the other day that as Gay people we spend an incredible amount of time demanding and seeking legal rights. I too am often involved in local political movements, write letters to government leaders, and otherwise join my voice to the equal rights of our community.

But it occurred to me how many people are demanding rights when often, deep within, they are not sure they deserve them. To me, Queer Spirit becomes a mechanism in which gay men can explore and discover for themselves the gifts they offer the general humanity. The Queer Spirit Movement is about coming out from the inside first!

We have been busy! We held a Shaman Drumming, Movement and Meditation (30 guys were present for that one) and are currently gearing up for the Spring Retreat to be held April 25-27, 2008. These retreats are powerful and fun and appear to be shifting those who are attending and opening themselves up to possibilities.

We are looking at a summer full of great activities. Please e mail on the contact part of the website for additional information.


Sunday, January 27, 2008

What a Great Circle

Well we just completed this incredible retreat at the ranch and two weeks later we sit in circle and witnessed everyone's process. What a wonderful opportunity we are sharing. So last thursday night we had 20 men attend the heart circle, share and witness life since the retreat. We look forward to those of you with your own ideas of events and processes we can share in community. By all means if you have an idea or an interest let us know so we can incorporate it in the process! Details of the next retreat will soon be posted.


Saturday, January 19, 2008

Winter Retreat Update/January 24, 2008 Gathering

It is one week following the Winter Retreat at the ranch. My head is still spinning in pure delight at what an awesome experience we shared in the Cedar Forest of Spring City. First of all thanks to Loretta and Brook for working in such a loving and nurturing manner. These two women are part of the magic of these retreats and I want to honor them for those efforts.

As for the retreat itself, the ranch was magical in the new snow layers offered to us. Sean Kaminsky, the director of the show being filmed was present and captured all the magic and growth of the retreat. Surprisingly this was a pure incidental to the overall process, thus allowing for a free flowing event.

In knowing many of the men I truly honor them for their willingness to show up, share, examine and otherwise journey into a new place.

"Nothing determines who we will become so much as those things we choose to ignore." --Sandor McNab

So, overall the retreat continues to sit with me and in my heart as a truly magical and spirit filled weekend, perhaps life altering for the men who participated. Photos will be showing up soon.


Thursday January 24, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. we will hold our talking circle at our usual location. (You are welcome to e mail for directions and a address).

This circle is open to the Queer Men looking to share or witness. You are not required to talk. You need not have attended in the past or been to a retreat. I suspect many men from the retreats will have an interest to process more of their journey. Till we meet again!


Monday, January 7, 2008


Well the holidays are behind us and what a wonderful winter season we have. Queer Spirit has also been busy.

1. Fellow Travelers Exhibit is soon to be on its way to another state. It is currently hanging at Cup of Joe's and will be there until I can get my act together and take it down. I imagine sometime this week I will get it retrieved. From what I hear many people from Salt Lake City viewed and pondered this beautiful collection by author Mark Thompson. Please see the Q Salt Lake article on this website. I want to thank the owner of Cup of Joe who generously provided space at her coffee shop for the show. Also, Q Salt Lake provided advertisment free of charge for nearly two months. This was a generous offering from them.

2. Gay Soul Making: Great hit. Mark Thompson and Clyde Hall provided insights and group facilitation offering some thoughts to a group of 20 men. This website offers a detail review of that workshop.

3. Post Holiday PJ Party: 13 men got together between holidays, donning grandma's christmas offerings and together watched The Peaceful Warrior. Great fun and social time for all involved.

4. The Winter Retreat is next weekend (Jan 11-13, 2008) We will be filmed by the Logo station for an upcoming special regarding Queer Spirit. Right now there are 15 guys ready to hit Wind Walker Ranch. Still time to go!

This movement of Queer Spirit has been an absolute joy to watch and observe. More and more men are checking it out and moving with what we offer. We have a yahoo group, Utah Queer Spirit we invite people to join. Will have more to report upon our return.