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

TBA Retreat – Bi/Gay/Queer Men – November 2013

TransBareAll is pleased to announce that the date is now set for our next Retreat. We will be returning to Hathersage in the middle of the beautiful Peak District for a new residential weekend retreat. After the success of our first mixed men’s retreat last year TBA is delighted to be hosting our second retreat for trans* and cis men (a term used for those who are not trans), who are queer/gay/bi (QGBI) identified.  In recent years we’ve been approached by QGBI trans* men who want to meet cisgendered guys but who worry about how to approach the cisgendered scenes, or who are nervous about how they will be received as trans* men. Likewise, many cisgendered QGBI men want to know more about trans*men but are worried that they will say something ‘wrong’ or not be welcome in trans* inclusive spaces. So, we’re hosting this retreat again to enable these groups of men to come together and learn more about each other – our bodies, our identities, and our cultures.

BOOKING

Bookings will open from 6pm Monday 9th September 2013 and are on a first come first served basis. http://www.transbareall.co.uk/event-booking-form/

We need a £20 deposit paid within two weeks of booking to secure your place.

RETREAT AIMS

The retreat aims to enable trans* and cis men to gain greater insight into each other’s lives and communities, to improve confidence and self-esteem in relation to forming friendships and relationships, and to explore sex and intimacy in between trans* and cis men.

WORKSHOPS

Over the course of the weekend we will be running a series of workshops. Sex 101 – What gets us off? What gets us hot? What are our limits? And what would I do if only I knew more  about it? This interactive workshop will explore our likes and dislikes, our soft and hard limits, our fears and hopes – and the opportunity to explore the answers to all those questions we have never asked before!


Negotiation – How do we get the sex we want? How do we begin to negotiate sex with someone who doesn’t know if we are trans* or cis? And how do we kick-start those conversations about the sex we want – and the sex we don’t want? This interactive workshop will help to explore these questions, building on experiences of participants, through small groups discussions and (non-compulsory!) role-play.

Best Sex, Least Harm – Making it Count, England’s collaborative planning framework to minimize HIV during sex between men is based on the principle of having the best sex with the least harm. This workshop will explore how we might do this: are there risks we are prepared to take to get the best sex we want? What are the risks of sex practices we might enjoy? And how do we go about negotiating and getting the best sex with the least harm?

WHAT YOU NEED

All participants are asked to come with an open mind and a desire to understand. You are asked to approach the weekend with an expectation of and a delight in being challenged in many ways.

An important part of the TBA Retreat is the opportunity for people to be partially or fully naked in some of the spaces if they want to, with no pressure, depending on what they feel comfortable with. We’ve found it to be really empowering, giving a unique opportunity to see other bodies in a safe and supportive environment. People get to see various body types and can talk to each other about their experiences.

Please make sure that you read through the Code of Conduct for this retreat before booking on. This can be found on our website at http://www.transbareall.co.uk/code-of-care-and-conduct/

The dates will be Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th November. We ask that people arrive between 3.30pm and 7pm on the Friday. On the Sunday we will go for lunch, with those who can make it, at 1pm. We recommend that you join us as its a great way to get back into the real world after an intense weekend. 

Please take a look at our website for more info on what we’ve done in the past and to read people’s experiences of a retreat. www.transbareall.co.uk

Comments from previous retreats:

“I admire how safe + supported you allowed everyone to feel”

“Unforgettable + unique I will deffo come again. Thanks”

“It was a space where I felt entirely safe to challenge myself. I felt like my opinions would be heard. Being myself felt effortless which it rarely does”

“A really great sense of camaraderie from being with a diverse group of trans men.”

The cost for the weekend is £65 – low wage, £85 – standard wage or £100 – high wage and includes dorm style accommodation and food. We also offer the choice to donate or sponsor another place. All the money we get in from this will go towards subsiding places for people who might struggle to pay the fee. We ask for a £20 deposit to secure your place. Please note that we can arrange payment plans for those who wish to split payment into more affordable chunks. Please contact us if you want to discuss payment arrangements. The accommodation comprises of dorms and small bunk beds. You can pay by cheque or bank transfer. Please contact us for bank details if you wish to pay that way.

Travel – we recommend that you book travel in advance to get as cheap a deal as possible. If travelling by public transport, there is a train service running to Hathersage from Sheffield and Manchester. Check out Megabus for cheap train and coach tickets. If you’re driving

to the retreat, parking is available, so please book a parking space with us. If you’re able to offer lifts for others, please let us know so that we’re able to put people in touch with each other.

There are only 22 places available, so please make sure you book early to avoid disappointment and confirm with us that you have a place before you send your deposit. The retreats are very popular and usually get booked up very quickly! If you have any questions or wish to discuss anything regarding the retreat, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Please pass this on through your networks.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Lee, Jay and Will.

Summary

Date: 22nd – 24th November 2013

Time: Arrive Friday 3.30pm – 7pm, Depart Sunday 1pm – 3.30pm

Location: Hathersage, Derbyshire

Price: £65, £85 or £100

Accommodation: Dorms and bunk beds

Facilitators

Jay

Jay co-created TransBareAll in 2008, along with Lee. The organisation aims to support trans* people’s health and wellbeing, for example by supporting them to explore their identities and achieve greater comfort with their bodies. Jay has spoken at conferences in the UK and

in other countries, and facilitated training and workshops for a diverse range of audiences. His background is in Health Psychology (MSc) and in research and he co-leads a research organisation: Traverse Research. He was recently contracted to the Scottish Transgender Alliance to lead the first UK Trans* Mental Health Survey.

Lee

Lee has been working with the trans community for over 11 years, on a local and national level. Since being involved in the Transtastic Men Calendar in 2008, (where TBA came from), he has found a passion for working with trans people exploring issues such as identities, confidence, sexual diversity and bodies. He loves seeing the amazing impact that the work he’s involved in with TBA has on individuals. He also works self employed as a trans awareness trainer and enjoys watching people learn and discover.

Will

Will has worked and volunteered in community health and environmental activism for over two decades. He is a co-founder of the UK’s LGBT Health summit; was Head of Health Promotion at Terrence Higgins Trust; and is now studying for a doctorate in public health. Will has facilitated a wide range of sexual health workshops, training and events, and lectures in sexual health, and health promotion in London. As well as an interest in HIV prevention and sexual health, Will has become an ally for trans* men’s health since first collaborating with Jay and Lee in 2008.

Survey on Trans Equality in West Yorkshire

In addition to focus groups, we have prepared an online survey for trans* people in west Yorkshire.

We would love to hear from you about your experiences using statutory services, such as the NHS, the Police and your Local Authority. If you could take some time to complete this survey, we’d really appreciate it. Please share this far and wide with your networks and anyone who may be interested in the area.

The survey is available online.


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