Boundaries, Touch and Feeling Retreat

February 3rd – 5th in Hathersage

To book your place, click here
One of the first things we learn as babies is about boundaries – where do I stop, and where does another person begin? What are the edges, the boundaries, of me?
We have physical boundaries (our skin – our biggest organ!) and emotional boundaries, boundaries in different kinds of relationships and in different situations. Our mental and emotional boundaries can change, and we can decide to explore them with trusted people. We humans are also group creatures – positive touch is central to early development, and is something that can help protect our health throughout our lives. Touch can be bonding, stress-releasing, comforting, soothing, reassuring, supporting, healing – and so many more things.
This retreat will focus on exploring boundaries through touch and feeling – both emotional feeling and physical sensation. It will be a space that, while sex-positive like all our retreats, is not sex-focused. We will be exploring non-sexual touch, with a strong focus on consent in each moment. If you’ve ever yearned for a massage, or a hug, or for someone to stroke your hair with no expectation or pressure for sex, this may be the retreat for you! If you want to explore positive associations with physical touch in a safe and consensual environment, or to explore your boundaries with physical touch (they may not be where you think they are!), this may also be the retreat for you. The weekend will be structured and guided by the TBA Team, who will take you through the process, and make sure that everyone can take part in the way they want to.
Like all TBA retreats, this weekend will be rooted in the TBA principles of body positivity, sex and intimacy, and emotional wellbeing. It is open to anyone who self-identifies as being on the trans masculine spectrum – eg. trans masculine, trans man, FTM, transgender man, transsexual man, Genderqueer, non-binary, man with a trans history.
This retreat is not open to cis gender (not trans or non-binary) people, but if you require a personal assistant to come with you and they are cis gender, please talk to us. We want to do everything we can to make this accessible.

Accessibility Info:
The venue is St Michaels Centre in Hathersage, S32 1BB (http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/…/outdoor-edu…/st-michaels ) It is about 10 mins walk, (if that), from the train station. There are also buses, which run from Sheffield. The cost of the retreat includes all meals and accommodation. The accommodation consists of dorm type rooms of various sizes. The venue is fully wheelchair accessible with assist bars in the accessible bathroom.
We will ask you for dietary requirements at the point of registration. Please ensure that you include detail about allergies and other dietary requirements.
Please let us know in advance if you plan to bring a personal assistant (PA) with you. We will be able to accommodate PAs. We also want to acknowledge that, depending on what type of PA relationship you have, you may want to have privacy to discuss and explore certain things without your PA present. We encourage you to let us know if this is something that you might need, so that we can make provision for your PA to step out at the right times and give you privacy without it feeling like a big deal. All of this will be confidential.

Cost:
The cost of the retreat includes all meals and accommodation.
Standard Wage: £125
Low Wage: £95
Unwaged: £70
Working as Personal Assistant and participating: £50
Working as Personal Assistant only: £0

If you have any difficulties meeting these costs please do let us know and we can discuss payment options with you. We do not want anyone to miss out due to financial difficulties.

Booking for this retreat goes live on the 25th of November 2016 at 7pm.

Creativity Retreat Nov 2016

Bookings are now open – click here
‘Art is the only way to run away without leaving home’
– Twyla Tharp, choreographer, dancer, and author
Art and creativity are sometimes held up as rarefied things that can only be practiced by the chosen few, but we don’t believe that. Artistic techniques can be learned, and creativity is a a state of living, thinking and feeling. Creativity is what happens when possibility meets imagination, and when we tell our critical inner voice to go and sit (quietly, please) in the corner. Creativity is life: dancing, drawing, painting, cooking, singing, dressing (and undressing!), writing, building and storytelling.This retreat will be focused on letting the creative spirit out, as you make a collaborative comic book together. You don’t need to know how to draw, or write a story, or make a book – the weekend will be structured and guided by a professional artist who will take you through the process, and make sure that everyone can take part in the way they want to. It’s a chance to let your creative side out in a supportive and accessible environment, and have fun with it!

Like all TBA retreats, this weekend will be rooted in the TBA principles of body positivity, sex and intimacy, and emotional wellbeing. It is open to anyone who self-identifies as being on the trans masculine spectrum – eg. trans masculine, trans man, FTM, non binary (afab), transgender man, transsexual man, genderqueer, non-binary, man with a trans history, man.
This retreat is not open to cis gender (not trans) people, but if you require a personal assistant to come with you and they are cis gender, please talk to us. We want to do everything we can to make this accessible.

Accessibility Info:
This is an urban retreat based at Acker’s Residential Centre (ARC) in Birmingham. You can check out the venue here: http://www.ackers-adventure.co.uk/ackers-adventure-accommodation-hire/

This is the first time we are using the site, so we may not be as knowledgeable on access as usual, but if you have any specific requirements or any concerns, then please do get in touch to discuss this with us.

The ARC can sleep up to 26 people in bunk bedded rooms that sleep up to 2 or 4 people. It has a fully equipped kitchen with large fridge, freezer, microwave, cooker, toaster and kettle. It has a refectory area that can used for eating, meetings or games and toilets, all situated on the first floor. The ground floor accommodates showers, changing rooms and toilets, a disabled toilet and shower, and a large recreation room. There is also free wifi available.

The ARC can be reached by public transport from the city centre, as well as buses and trains from the nearby Small Heath station.
We will ask you for dietary requirements at the point of registration. Please ensure that you include detail about allergies and other dietary requirements.

Please let us know in advance if you plan to bring a personal assistant (PA) with you. We will be able to accommodate PAs. We also want to acknowledge that, depending on what type of PA relationship you have, you may want to have privacy to discuss and explore certain things without your PA present. We encourage you to let us know if this is something that you might need, so that we can make provision for your PA to step out at the right times and give you privacy without it feeling like a big deal. All of this will be confidential.

DETAILS:
Date: Friday 4th November – Sunday 6th November 2016
Location: Birmingham
Accommodation: Fully accessible. Dorms with bunk beds
Additional needs: We aim to ensure everyone feels welcome and is able to access the space, whether that be financial help, physical assistance, dietary needs and more. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this with us.

Costs:
Standard Wage: £125
Low Wage: £95
Unwaged: £70
Working as Personal Assistant and participating: £50
Working as Personal Assistant only: £0

If you have any difficulties meeting these costs please do let us know and we can discuss payment options with you. We do not want anyone to miss out due to financial difficulties.

Summer Party 2016 Bookings Now Open!

Friday 29th July: arrival from 5pm
Saturday & Sunday: activities all day
Monday 1st August: leave at 9am promptly for breakfast in Matlock

Location: Beeley, nr Matlock, Peak District
Accommodation: Fully accessible. Dorms with bunk beds and some single beds or camping

Bookings are now open – click here.

The stunning venue in Derbyshire is wheelchair accessible throughout and can accommodate 48 people in dorm accommodation with a further 12 people able to camp.Duke's barn

The whole weekend will have a festival feel and with so much going on you’ll be able to put together a programme that suits you whether you’re interested in getting creative, getting physical, joining in discussions or just relaxing. Unlike our other events you can come for as many or as few days as you like.

Like all TBA events, this retreat is rooted in the TBA principles of body and sex positivity, intimacy and emotional wellbeing. The weekend will be for ANYONE over 18, regardless of gender identity and expression, ability, race, faith, sexual orientation, age or any other aspects of identity.

April 2016 Retreat: Disability Visibility

In a world that categorises, scrutinises, and uses disabled people, what happens when we define ourselves, on our own terms? How can we do that? This TBA retreat will be a chance to gather in a supportive and accessible environment to explore disability, and the ways that disabled people (and our experiences) are both visible and invisible. We will be able to talk, listen, learn, laugh, create, and just hang out together.

The retreat is disability focused but we are welcoming anyone who wants to learn and be in a safe supportive space whether you have a disability or not – that means allies, friends, partners and personal assistants too, as well as disabled people themselves.

Like all TBA events, this retreat is rooted in the TBA principles of body positivity, sex and intimacy, and emotional wellbeing. The weekend will be predominately for trans people but we are welcoming cis (non trans) people, either allies or personal assistants. As we are a body positive organisation this means that we allow nudity, mainly in free time in the evenings. However, this does not mean you have to get naked and nobody will be put under pressure to do anything they do not want to do.

Accessibility Info:
The retreat will be at Duke’s Barn near Matlock in the Peak District. The venue is fully accessible for wheelchairs and other mobility aids, with no stairs on the ground floor and full access to bedrooms, common spaces, bathrooms and both stand up and lie down showers. There is a lift for reaching the first floor common spaces. Outside spaces with picnic tables and basketball court are also fully accessible. There are two steps into the kitchen at the back. We will also have a BSL signer available who is Level 1 – 2 qualified.

Please let us know in advance if you plan to bring a personal assistant with you. We will be able to accommodate them. We also want to acknowledge that, depending on what type of relationship you have with your PA, you may want to have privacy to discuss and explore certain things without them present. We encourage you to let us know if this is something that you might need, so that we can make provisions for your personal assistant to step out at the right times and give you privacy without it feeling like a big deal. All of this will be confidential.

If you need some down time or space then there will be a designated quiet room available for people to use. This will be explained in more detail at the retreat.

Bedrooms:
Duke’s Barn have bunk style rooms with a few select single beds on the ground and first floor. Please note that when booking you will need to specify whether you require a bunk bed, single bed or camping. For accessibility reasons single beds will be on a first come first served based. We will try to accommodate everyone’s needs.

The nearest train station is Matlock. If you need a lift from the station then please let us know when booking. Some people may offer lifts from where they are in the UK, when you receive confirmation that you are booked on then you’ll be invited to add the TBA Facebook profile where we can add you to the secret event page to discuss lifts with other retreat attendees.

For those of you who have not been to TBA before the weekend is workshop based, however there will be lots of down time and we are aware that people have varying energy levels.

Food:
All food is provided over the weekend. If you have special dietary requirements then please let us know when booking.

DETAILS:
Date: Friday 22nd April to Sunday 24th April
Location: Beeley, nr Matlock, Peak District
Accommodation: Fully accessible. Dorms with bunk beds or camping

Additional needs: We aim to ensure everyone feels welcome and is able to access the space, whether that be financial help, physical assistance, dietary needs and more. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this with us.

Costs:
Standard Wage: £125
Low Wage: £95
Unwaged: £70
Working as Personal Assistant and participating: £50
Working as Personal Assistant only: £0

If you have any difficulties meeting these costs please do let us know and we can discuss payment options with you. We do not want anyone to miss out due to financial difficulties.

Please make your booking now by clicking here

Once you make your booking, we will reply and confirm as soon as we can. Payment can be made via bank transfer or Paypal. **Please note that your booking isn’t confirmed until you’ve made the £20 deposit.**

November 2015 Retreat – Body Image and Body Confidence

SOLD OUT – TBA November 2015
Theme – Body Image and Body Confidence

At TBA we work with individuals to increase self-awareness and self-esteem. This retreat we want to celebrate and build confidence around our bodies. The weekend will also offer people the opportunity to come together in a supportive and safe environment to catch up with friends and make new ones, to explore our bodies and the relationships we have with it, to laugh, cry and challenge ourselves and to relax and just be. We always ensure that half the people attending have never been before, so don’t worry about being the only new person.

This retreat is open to anyone who self identifies as being on the trans masculine spectrum, eg trans masculine, trans man, FTM, transgender man, transsexual man, Genderqueer, non-binary, man with a trans history.

WHY NOT TREAT YOURSELF OR ASK FOR THIS AS A PRESENT?

This event is now sold out. If you wish to be added to the waiting list please email bookings@transbareall.co.uk and someone will get back to you.

We’re really looking forward to seeing you at our next TBA retreat.

DETAILS:
Date: Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November 2015
Location: Beeley, nr Matlock, Peak District
Accommodation: Fully accessible. Dorms with bunk beds or camping
Additional needs: We aim to ensure everyone feels welcome and is able to access the space, whether that be financial help, physical assistance, dietary needs and more. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this with us.
Costs: £65 – Unwaged. £85 – Low wage. £100 – Standard Wage.
If you have any difficulties meeting these costs please do let us know and we can discuss payment options with you. We do not want anyone to miss out due to financial difficulties.

All the best

TBA Team

Top Tips Guide – buy yours now

In 2013 TransBareAll were commissioned by the West Yorks Trans Equality Project to produce the Tops Tips for working with trans people guide. It was part of a larger project in West Yorkshire exploring trans equality and delivering training across the public sector.The guide has been beautifully designed by Caroline Duffy, includes easy to read tips on how to be supportive to trans people, real case studies and powerful photographs. Copies are available to buy or you can download the PDF free of charge here.

  • 1-4 = £1 each, plus £1.50 P&P
  • 5-14 = 75p each, plus £2.00 P&P
  • 15-24 = 75p each, plus £4 P&P
  • 25+ = 50p each, plus P&P to be discussed depending on quantities

To make an order or enquiry email transbareall@gmail.com

Party Summer 2015 Now Booking!

Thanks to all who came for a great retreat!

 

After the huge success of last year’s party we bring you another weekend extravaganza, and this year we’re excited to be adding a whole other day of delights!

Friday 26th June: arrival from 5pm
Saturday & Sunday: activities all day
Monday 29th June: leave at 9am for minibus transport to breakfast in Matlock

The stunning new venue in Derbyshire is wheelchair accessible throughout and can accommodate 48 people in dorm accommodation with a further 12 people able to camp.Duke's barn

The whole weekend will have a festival feel and with so much going on you’ll be able to put together a programme that suits you whether you’re interested in getting creative, getting physical, joining in discussions or just relaxing. Unlike our other events you can come for as many or as few days as you like.

 

Next retreat: Trans Visibility and (Self) Acceptance – 20th to 22nd February 2015

This event is now fully booked – watch out for news on the TBA party!

After a break last year, TBA is back with a bang! Our next weekend retreat will be from Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd February 2015, in the beautiful Peak District.

Trans masculine people have been invisible for many decades, but are now starting to get recognition as existing. It’s great that we’re starting to be seen and recognised, but some of the ways this is happening can be very damaging to us as individuals and to our community. The recent Gay Star News article ’11 Insanely Hot Men you will not believe are trans’ is one of those. The list is made up of 11 trans guys who appear to be mainly white and non-disabled, sadly reflecting most mainstream media, but we know that our community is made up of all sorts of different people of all ages, backgrounds, cultures, abilities and body types. It is billed as being made up of people who ‘jumped the hurdles, went through hard times and have come out as proud members of the trans community. No stealth.’ – implying that those of us who do not always disclose a trans history are somehow not proud. It then goes on to say ‘meet our 11 (insanely hot) trans guys, all of them proving you can be more manly than most guys who were assigned that gender at birth.’ – again implying that the only way to be male is to be as masculine and manly as possible. (There is an excellent article which goes into this in more detail).

At TBA we work with individuals to empower and increase self-awareness and self-esteem. We feel it’s time to celebrate our bodies and our achievements and explore how we can become a stronger community, acknowledging and respecting everyone in it.

The basis of the retreat is to look at self-acceptance and what it means to us as individuals and the trans masculine community as a whole. The weekend will also offer people with the opportunity to come together in a supportive and safe environment to catch up with friends and make new ones, to explore our bodies and the relationships we have with it, to laugh, cry and challenge ourselves and to relax and just be. We always ensure that half the people attending have never been before, so don’t worry about being the only ‘newbie’.

WHY NOT TREAT YOURSELF OR ASK FOR THIS AS A PRESENT?

Bookings will open at 6pm on Friday 19th December 2014 and will be on a first come, first served basis. Get in there quick as spaces fill very quickly. We’re really looking forward to seeing you at our next TBA retreat.

Details:
Date: Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd February 2015
Location: Hathersage, Peak District (less than 10 mins walk from the station. Parking also available)
Accommodation: Fully accessible. Dorms with bunk beds.
Additional needs: We aim to ensure everyone feels welcome and is able to access the space, whether that be financial help, physical assistance, dietary needs and more. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this with us.
Costs: £65 – Unwaged. £80 – Low wage. £95 – Standard Wage.
Deposit: A deposit of £25 will be required when booking to secure your place – your confirmation email will tell you how to pay this.
If you have any difficulties meeting these costs please do let us know and we can discuss payment options with you. We do not want anyone to miss out due to financial difficulties.

All the best

TBA Management Committee
Email – contact@transbareall.co.uk
Web – www.transbareall.co.uk
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/TransBareAll

Exciting changes at TBA!

We want to let you know about some exciting changes to TransBareAll – about the way we are run and our plans for the future.

After five challenging but hugely successful years we are now growing and expanding. TBA now has a strong team of nine community activists from across the UK behind it – each bringing their own experiences and skills to its management and delivery. We are also planning a full programme of activities this year including retreats, a sauna trip and another big party. Look out for emails or check our website and Facebook page for details.

Many of you will remember that TransBareAll was started in 2009 by Lee Gale and Jay McNeil and has offered over ten retreats since then, making a huge difference to the trans community. Now that we have a new team behind us Jay has taken a step back to focus on his PhD but he remains one of the nine people on the team. We want to take this opportunity to thank Jay for his work and commitment to TBA and all that he has brought to it over the past five years. The new co-chairs going forward are Lee Gale and Ellis Ciruello who together with the rest of the team will continue the great legacy of work TBA already has behind it.

We’re looking forward to an exciting year ahead and we hope to see you at some of our events.

The TBA Team

Co-chairs – Lee Gale & Ellis Ciruello
Committee – Dave, Elliot, Jake, Jay, Maeve, Nathan, Rob