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Fall Gathering

September 2, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - September 6, 2021 @ 2:00 pm

Come join us! This year’s Fall Gathering comes at the end of summer over Labor Day weekend. In preparation for the cooler months to come, we’ll be soaking up the last warmth of summer in the beautiful, natural surroundings of Saratoga Springs.

We anticipate a lovely, relaxed time to hang out and just be with each other, and we’re trying not to over plan. We’ve even built nap time into the schedule! There will still be plenty to do though. We’ll spend our time:

Enjoying delicious meals together

Sharing ourselves in heart circle

Ambling along the new trail through the woods

Reveling in the warmth of the day

Cooling off in the pool

Soaking up warmth in the hot tub

Painting our bodies (or someone else’s)

Filling up on hugs 

Falling into sweet puppy piles

Cuddling up for an outdoor movie

Sipping afternoon smoothies

Making new friends and reconnecting with old ones

Sharing a song, a piece of poetry, a performance or a story at Pass the Mic

Reading a good book under a tree

Gazing at the glorious star filled night sky

Curling up with a friend in a cuddle pod

Relaxing in hammocks

Making music and magic together and generally dillydallying, slacking and relaxing.

This gathering is open to EVERYONE: old Billys, new Billys, people of all identities and all genders. All are welcome!

Things to know:

We welcome people 18 or older of any gender.

You must pre-register to attend.

Please leave alcohol, recreational drugs and pets at home.

Please keep the space fragrance free to support Billys with chemical sensitivities.

All participants will be required to be fully vaccinated to attend this gathering. Verification will be requested as part of registration.  

The protocols for masks, social distancing, gathering size and indoor or outdoor activities will all be guided by the current requirements set by the state, county, and Saratoga Springs Retreat Center.  Planning for this gathering anticipates that indoor activities will be possible; however state and county requirements may influence that up to the start of the gathering.

We recognize that not everyone has the same boundaries for safety and encourage everyone to take the precautions that work for them.  We agree to respect and honor those who choose to wear a mask, and to communicate their social distancing comfort levels. This may mean that choices will have to be about their participation in indoor activities.

The mandated requirements are continually changing and may or may not be more restrictive by the time of the gathering.  Full refunds are available up to one week before the first day of the Gathering if your plans no longer work with updated protocol requirements at the time of the Gathering.

Plans are subject to change if required by public health policy. Check the Billy website for any important updates.

As a community, we all pitch in to make gatherings happen so when you register you will be asked to sign up for shifts to help out. Remember that many hands make light work, so lend us yours!

If you have questions or ideas, or if you’d like to contribute to the success of the gathering by serving as a sub-coordinator, please let us know.

Sean Brient 510-528-7771 fall@sbrient.com

Joe Avila 707-321-0813 lapalomajo@gmail.com