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Also on this website:
Toby Johnson's books:
GAY SPIRITUALITY: The Role of Gay Identity in the Transformation of Human Consciousness
GAY PERSPECTIVE: Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us about the Nature of God and the Universe
THE FOURTH QUILL, a
novel about attitudinal healing and the problem of evil
CHARMED LIVES: Spinning Straw into Gold: Reclaiming Our Queer Spirituality Through Story
Books on Gay Spirituality:
Toby's review of Samuel Avery's The
Dimensional Structure of
Funny Coincidence: "Aliens Settle in San Francisco"
The Gay Spirituality Summit in May 2004 and the "Statement of Spirituality"
You're Not A Wave
What is Enlightenment?
What is reincarnation?
How many lifetimes in an ego?
Emptiness & Religious Ideas
Experiencing experiencing experiencing
Going into the Light
Meditations for a Funeral
The way to get to heaven
Buddha's father was right
Advice to Travelers to India & Nepal
The Danda Nata & goddess Kalika
Nate Berkus is a bodhisattva
John Boswell was Immanuel Kant
The Two Loves
Be Done on Earth by Howard E. Cook
Pay Me What I'm Worth by Souldancer
The Way Out by Christopher L Nutter
The Gay Disciple by John Henson
Art That Dares by Kittredge Cherry
Coming Out, Coming Home by Kennth A. Burr
Extinguishing the Light by B. Alan Bourgeois
Over Coffee: A conversation For Gay Partnership & Conservative Faith by D.a. Thompson
Dark Knowledge by Kenneth Low
Janet Planet by Eleanor Lerman
The Kairos by Paul E. Hartman
Wrestling with Jesus by D.K.Maylor
Kali Rising by Rudolph Ballentine
The Missing Myth by Gilles Herrada
The Secret of the Second Coming by Howard E. Cook
The Scar Letters: A Novel by Richard Alther
The Future is Queer by Labonte & Schimel
Missing Mary by Charlene Spretnak
Gay Spirituality 101 by Joe Perez
Cut Hand: A Nineteeth Century Love Story on the American Frontier by Mark Wildyr
Radiomen by Eleanor Lerman
Nights at Rizzoli by Felice Picano
The Key to Unlocking the Closet Door by Chelsea Griffo
The Door of the Heart by Diana Finfrock Farrar
Occam’s Razor by David Duncan
Grace and Demion by Mel White
Gay Men and The New Way Forward by Raymond L. Rigoglioso
The Dimensional Stucture of Consciousness by Samuel Avery
The Manly Pursuit of Desire and Love by Perry Brass
|Here's a link to a YouTube
Video of a drone flying over the Easton Mountain property in mid-2015.
A beautiful way to see what Easton Mountain looks like. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oltR3B-6YgU
Toby Johnson, writer and former psychotherapist, gave the Keynote Address and taught three workshops in mid-August 2007 at Easton Mountain Retreat Center in upstate New York for their annual Gay Spirit Camp.
Easton Mountain offers a variety of programs throughout the year on gay personal development and spiritual growth. The retreat center is located in the mountains near Albany, New York. The center is operated by a collective of gay men, ranging in age from early 20s to late 80s, who are in the process of forming what might be characterized as a “post-religious freelance monastery/intentional community” based in modern gay spirituality. The community supports itself by hosting retreats and workshops related to gay men’s consciousness and personal happiness.
Toby Johnson, author of Gay Spirituality: Gay Identity and the Transformation of Human Consciousness and other books, was keynoter and “guest star” for Gay Spirit Camp. The 40-some participants enjoyed a week of activities ranging from serious spiritual exercises like meditation, yoga, group sharing and heart circles to playful fun like contra dancing, naked body-painting, volleyball, costume dress-up and sing-along. The wonderful meals, with vegetarian and non-vegetarian offerings, featuring fresh produce from the extensive organic garden, were a special treat.
The San Antonio native spoke about gay
spirituality and the evolution of myth and religion to provide
gay-specific practices and insights into the big questions of the
meaning of life and the place of gay identity in human societies.
Johnson was a student and friend of the renowned comparative religions scholar and mythologist Joseph Campbell, who is best known for his wise advice: “Follow Your Bliss.” Johnson, only half jokingly, calls himself “Joe Campbell’s apostle to the gay community” because he himself found in Campbell’s modern transcendent vision of religious meaning a way of reconciling sexuality and spirituality.
In addition to the keynote address “Why Gay Spirituality?,” Johnson spoke about the “Ten Roles of Gay Men in Culture” identified by fellow gay spiritual writer Christian de la Huerta and the spirituality of “Joyful Participation in the Sorrows of the World,” combining themes in Christianity and Buddhism.
Easton Mountain Retreat Center offers an alternative to conventional travel and vacation. And it’s all very casual and friendly. The atmosphere is private and liberated enough to allow nudity around the swimming pool and volleyball court and yet deep enough for real friendships and personal connections to develop—including, of course, the connection with one’s own soul.
Toby Johnson and his long-term partner Kip Dollar report they had a great time and recommend Easton Mountain to other gay men looking to get more out of vacation than just relaxing or putting up with crowds of tourists.
There is info about the center at www.eastonmountain.org.
Toby Johnson, PhD is author of eight books: three non-fiction books that apply the wisdom of his teacher and "wise old man," Joseph Campbell to modern-day social and religious problems, three gay genre novels that dramatize spiritual issues at the heart of gay identity, and two books on gay men's spiritualities and the mystical experience of homosexuality. In addition to the novels featured elsewhere in this web site, Johnson is author of IN SEARCH OF GOD IN THE SEXUAL UNDERWORLD and THE MYTH OF THE GREAT SECRET (Revised edition): AN APPRECIATION OF JOSEPH CAMPBELL.
Johnson's Lammy Award winning book
SPIRITUALITY: The Role of Gay Identity in the Transformation of
Human Consciousness was published in 2000. His Lammy-nominated
PERSPECTIVE: Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us about the Nature
of God and the Universe was published by Alyson in 2003. Both books are
available now from Lethe
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