Frequently Asked Questions - Who can come to a retreat?

Different retreats will be aimed at different people, so please check the descriptions for each one. As our statement on Language and Inclusion states, we believe in self definition and self selection. If you identify as trans or have a trans history, then you are very welcome. We would hate to define exactly what trans means and who does or doesn’t fit into that definition.

It depends on the event. Some are open to anyone, whereas others are restricted on who can come along and we describe who the event is for on the publication for it. If the event is trans only, then we're afraid not. We know people may be nervous before coming along, but you won’t be the only one, (of course knowing that doesn’t necessarily help). We set up a closed Facebook event for people to start to chat and get to know each other before the event, so if you're on Facebook then you’ll be able to access that. If you’re nervous and there is anything that we can do to help, then please email us.

Yes it is fine. If you need to bring someone along with you as an access need, whether they are trans or cis, then please do. When you book you can choose a couple of options - reduced rate for someone who is a PA and who wants to take part and a free space for a PA who is not taking part in the event. We do have events or spaces that are trans only or you may want to be able to take part in something without your PA present. If you’re concerned about any of these issues, please contact us so that we can help support you in the best way possible. For example, depending on your needs, we may be able to adapt facilitated workshops so that you won’t need a PA present.

By personal assistant, we mean someone who may assist you with a variety of different tasks, such as personal, social, practical and/or specialist support and can also include interpreters. This will vary from person to person.