Call for Workshop Proposals for the EcoSex Convergence 2018
Closing Date: January 15, 2018

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Calling all ecosexual educators! We are excited for you to share your teachings, practices, and tools of embodied earth-loving as a workshop with participants of the EcoSex Convergence.

The EcoSex Convergence draws people who have a variety of backgrounds with ecosexuality, from those who recently have been introduced to the concept to those who have years of practice with permaculture, community-building, earth-based spiritualities, environmental-art, sacred sensuality and the many forms of earth-loving. True to its name, the EcoSex Convergence provides a space for these many aspects of ecosexuality to converge, evolve and inspire each other. Surrender is a closed container event, starting with the opening ceremony on Wed and ending with the closing ceremony on Sunday. Ideally workshop presenters will be available to arrive on Tuesday evening @6pm to have dinner with other organizers on the day before the event begins and will be able to stay through the end of the event on Sunday at 1pm.

We ask that the workshops reflect the diversity of experiences and expressions of ecosexuality, that workshop facilitators offer teachings that stem from their own embodied life-experience and we encourage the development or deepening of original material specifically for this event. Our core values include honoring diversity and inclusivity, and to that end, we ask that you be familiar with non-binary language for gender, be sensitive and aware regarding issues of race and class, and be able to think well about accessibility regarding your presentations and any exercises they may contain. We are willing to provide you coaching and will make suggestions/edits of your submissions if needed. We also require that all presenters understand, adhere to, and role model our definitions of consent for the duration of their time on the venue property. Please review these two documents for our values, and our guidelines for safer/braver space which includes our definition of consent.

What Kinds of Workshops We Are Looking For?

We are looking for experience-based workshops centered around the relationship between body, earth, community, sexuality, art or spirit. This may include ethnobotanical explorations, ecosexual storytelling or a song circle, earth/erotic sensory experiences, ecosomatics, earth-based skill building, ecosexual (performance) art , etc.
We respect and recommend the ecosexy writings of Cascadian transdisciplinary activist Nala Walla and recommend her works as a guide for you. Especially “Body As Place: A Somatic Guide to Reindigenization” but many of her writings and videos are instructive of the ecosexual culture we’d like to create with you. We also find Debbie Baxter’s Nest project particularly inspiring.

We are looking for workshops that will deepen participants’ understanding of themselves and their relationship to each other and the Earth, and workshops that will inspire and motivate participants to live and love passionately and courageously in the world. We would like participants to leave these workshops with visions and embodied knowledge of how to share the ecosexual experience with friends and loved-ones. Most of all, we want you to share your vision of the deeply grounded and life-affirming culture we are all birthing together.

In addition to the regular afternoon workshops, this year we are also accepting proposals for the evening programming (such as dance, cuddles and facilitated Temple activities), afternoon programming in Lilith's Forest, the consent workshop, and morning ecosomatic movement.

Workshop length: 2 hours
(except for morning movement which is 45 minutes)

Our new 2018 venue has one indoor room with a screen and the capacity to show movies or do PowerPoint presentations or other digital visuals. We also now have a projector and a laptop at our disposal and can make them available for your use. Audio can be available through portable music devices and speakers. We provide a hostess/liason for presenters who can welcome you onsite and help ensure through advance communications that you understand what audio and visual equipment we already have and what we can support.

Compensation for Path Work Presenters
-- Presenters are eligible to receive the $250-500, sliding scale, entrance ticket for free; but due to the expense of our new venue (we signed a contract for $20,000.00) any amount that you can contribute towards the cost of the venue would be greatly appreciated. We estimate that the actual cost of the venue, food and set up and take down labor ranges from $200-$300 per person and are asking that anyone who can afford to pay for this to please do so.

All Presenters will still need to purchase a meal plan for the weekend (we manage to keep the food costs down to $75 for 11 vegetarian meals: Wednesday dinner through Sunday lunch, we cannot defray the costs of food without incurring debt on your behalf). We have increased the capacity of the event from 175 to 200 and believe that this allows us to offer presenters the opportunity to pay $250 and participate in either the community kitchen or be one of 50 people we have the capacity to cater food for without us going into debt. Event Producer Teri Ciacchi would love to set up a time to personally review what you can afford to pay and discuss the different meal options with you before sending you a personalized letter with a registration link customized for your registration process. Please call or text her at 206-612-3511 to set up a time to negotiate your registration fees.

-- If you wish, we can include a link to your work as an affiliate in our monthly newsletter.
—Whenever possible, we will help arrange transportation by connecting you with potential carpooling options for you from Portland or Seattle to the event site.
-- We are encouraging participants to gift presenters meaningful hand-crafted, home-made, home-grown tokens of appreciation.
--We will have a place where you can sell your books, advertise your classes, and market your materials and we ask that all presenters take a shift working the booth. These shifts will be coordinated by the workshop hostess/liaison.
--We offer presenters a platform to promote their work to an audience of 199 like-minded participants.

Pathwork Proposal Acceptance and Agreements
If we select your Path work proposal, we will notify you by phone before February 15th and follow up by February 20th, sending you a letter of understanding that outlines the agreements we hold with you as workshop leaders.

Email address *
First Name *
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Preferred Name
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Last Name *
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Co-leader
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Email *
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Phone Number *
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Workshop Title *
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Please check the times most appropriate for your workshop/ritual or program leadership? *
Workshop Description *
(80 words or less that we can promote on the website and in registration booklet)
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Workshop Details *
Provide in 700 words or less a more detailed description of what you will be offering and how you will be using the 2 hours.
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Preferences & Needs *
Do you have any specific needs for this workshop that the venue or organizers should know about? Do you need electricity? Would you prefer to have cushions for people to sit on? etc
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Personal Bio *
Please provide a personal bio that is 150 words or less
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Personal Image *
Please send a 300 dpi image of yourself to ecosex22@gmail.com
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Can you attend all 5 days of Surrender from Wed June 20 at Noon until Sunday June 24th at 2pm? *
Can you attend the Tuesday June 19th on site Presenter & Organizer potluck at 6pm? *
Have you attended EcoSex events and activities before Surrender 2018? If yes, please name/describe activities
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Here is the definition of Consent we use at Surrender, Do you agree to abide by and role model this definition while at the venue? Surrender Definition of Consent We are choosing to adopt four principles for evaluating consent as valid given by ethicist Morten Ebbe Juul Nielson (“Safe, Sane and Consensual -- Consent and the Ethics of BDSM,” The International Journal of Applied Philosophy 24:2 (2010): 265-288). Nielson asserts that consent draws its moral force from the idea that individual freedom and autonomy is a basic human right and cannot be given to acts that destroy autonomy. For consent to be valid it must: Be Informed, with both (or all), parties fully understanding the activities they are agreeing to perform and their risks; Must be whole-hearted and intentional (“enthusiastic”), not being used as a bargaining chip; Consent must be voluntary, not compromised by the threat of force or harm; Consenting individuals must be competent (not intoxicated, under extreme emotional duress, underage, etc). For the purposes of Surrender: The EcoSex Convergence, consent must also not be obtained while the persons involved are doing trance work, invoked as deity, in the middle of a ritual process and or already within the boundaries of Lilith’s Forest. *
Are you familiar with our Safer/Braver Space policy as it is posted on our website? If not can you please read it before finishing this form? *
Are you aware of our requests that workshop leaders be attentive to inclusivity, diversity and accessibility? Have you thought about how these values apply to your path work activities *
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