This weekend I attended the Fall Gatherette of the Mid-Atlantic Men’s Gathering (MA-MG). This is the Autumnal installment — a little smaller and less structured — of a larger Spring gathering that has been held in the Mid-Atlantic region for over 20 years.
It is now held at The Hermitage, an amazing intentional community built by two gay men in Central Pennsylvania. These two caretakers have gathered, nay, rescued, historic buildings from the surrounding valleys of this historic farming region. They have transported them to the site, lovingly rebuilt and preserved them for future generations. So, stepping on to the land, is like transporting oneself to a farmstead of two centuries ago.
The Gemeinehaus is the jewel in the crown, a Moravian meeting house from the 1700s with its original stone hearth and circular staircases. It is a wonder to behold, a pleasure to walk through, and an experience to spend a night in. The setting is rustic but the furnishings are all period and the experience is singular.
This Fall we had a dozen men, all gay, who gathered to renew themselves on the land — far from the hum of electricity or the busyness of modern bother.
I am always struck by the profundity of gay men gathering in nature to reconnect with one another. It is too rare an occurence in our life and they stand as experiences of grounding one another in our nature as loving men. There were artists and novelists and cooks and all gentle souls who created a few days space for happiness with fellow travelers.
What other gatherings do people take part in around the country? May you all experience many such weekends of easy joy.