Queer men have, for
many years now, sought spiritual alternatives to the mainstream
religious paths that have historically excluded them or even condemned
them. While New Age, Pagan, and Earth-centered paths and gatherings
generally welcome queer spiritual seekers, they are often heterocentric
in outlook and seldom address issues specific to their needs.
Our Vision: The
Between the Worlds Gathering was designed to provide a safe place for
men who love men to explore alternative spiritual practices and paths,
to empower themselves, and to plant the seeds of spiritual renewal
within the gay community. Between the Worlds (BTW) offers rituals,
workshops, drumming, dancing, performances, a marketplace, and sacred
safe space for queer men to learn, worship, network, and explore.
Our History: BTW is
the brainchild of a dedicated group of gay and bi men from a number of
different Pagan paths who were looking for an outlet tailored to their
specific spiritual needs. First proposed during the 1999 Pagan Spirit
Gathering, BTW was founded in 2002 and meets annually around the
Autumnal Equinox. BTW celebrated its landmark tenth year in 2011.
Our Matron & Patron Deities: We
honor many diverse paths, traditions, and Deities at BTW; however, two
Divinities hold a special place because of their association with
boundary-breaking and self-empowerment: Hekate, the Triple Goddess of
the Crossroads, and Dionysos, the God of Wine and Ecstasy. These
Deities, and many others, are honored with annual rituals at BTW.
Our Home: The setting
for the festival is a clothing-optional private campground in the
rolling hills of southeastern Ohio. Surrounded by meadows and groves of
burr oak, shagbark hickory, and sassafras trees, our men can shut out
the distractions of the mundane world in order to build a dream they can
carry home in their hearts to warm them throughout the year.
Our Community: BTW
attendees are men who love men (including female-to-male transsexuals),
ages 21 and older, drawn from spiritual traditions including, but not
limited to: Pagan, Nature Spirituality, Witchcraft, Wicca, Norse, Hindu,
Buddhism, Wicca, New Age, Thelema, Radical Faerie, Druid, Shaman,
Hellenic, Ceremonial Magick, Gnostic, and African Diasporic paths. All
sincere spiritual seekers are welcome, regardless of the path they walk.
For a few days, we invite you to come walk it with us.