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Femmes to the Front


A note from the organizers of this gathering: We've received quite a lot of inquiries asking, 'Is this gathering for me?' To clarify: This gathering is opened to EVERY BODY who feels called by feminine energy regardless of gender identity.

We are calling ALL trans-amazing humans, radically queer womxn and uniquely queer creatures! This is an opportunity for us to be in community and honor our collective feminine. We're here to to explore and engage with the feminine however that shows up in our lives.

The land is calling to you to gather together in harmony and newness and to create a unique container for connection, healing, exploration, and revelry.

This is a space for femme voices to take center stage. Bring your goddess. Bring your feminine--in whatever form that may take. You are invited to explore your authentic self, offer what you wish to share, and to be received. Bring your artistry, your witchery, your ritual, your dance, your healing. Bring yourself, no matter where you are on your journey. If this call speaks to you, this gathering is for YOU.

Programming includes morning yoga, workshops (Plant Medicine, Trauma Healing + Movement, BDSM + Kink, and more), a creekside tea party, fireside performance/Drag show, an afternoon at the spa, ecstatic dance, hikes and heart space, along with plenty of opportunity to connect and share. If you are interested in adding your magic to the mix, tell us more here! We're looking for anything from workshop presenters to plant medicine mamas. Additionally, we are looking for kitchen witches to work some magic leading meals. If that’s you, send us an email. Drag and dress up is HIGHLY encouraged. Don't know what to bring? We have a Drag Lab on the land!

This gathering runs Friday Oct 4th through Monday Oct 7th. The air will be sweet with the end of summer, our pond and creek will still be warm, and we’ll keep the evening chill at bay with the heat of our community fire.

Registration includes all festivities, workshops and frivolities, as well as lodging, all meals, and access to the full retreat center and spa. There are bunk beds (single and double bunks) in our cozy cabins available to the first 40 who request them, and ample camping spots for those who prefer sleeping outdoors.

Groundswell is a queer, trans, poc, body and sex positive space. ALL are welcome.

Consent is not only sexy, but essential.


Registration Fees: We have tiered ticketing available to meet people where they’re at financially. Our Standard Gathering Rate is $300. Reduced Rate is $200. If you have more and are able, our Extra Giving Rate is $400.

Scholarship Fund: We understand that hardships arise and we work really hard to make it so that economics are not a barrier to joining us. If you are in need of scholarship funding, email If you are able to contribute to our scholarship fund and help others get to the land, you can contribute below.

***It's super important that you register for events before arriving at Groundswell. We NEED to know that you're showing up so that we can appropriately plan for food and lodging needs. We have register now, pay later options available.***

We have a carpool ride share board available to coordinate rides with other gathering participants. You can sign up here:

Any additional questions, you can reach out via email at, post to the Facebook event page, or send us a Facebook message.

Meet the organizers of ▼FEMMES TO THE FRONT ▼

Juliana Delgado Lopera (@julianadlopera ) is a Colombian writer, historian, speaker, drag storyteller and organizer for FEMMES TO THE FRONT. They are obsessed with outfit creation, style and kiki as portals into self-love, healing and connection. They have been organizing cute queer art stuff in San Francisco for ten years and DREAMING of a gathering like this. They believe in queer utopia and the endless possibilities of coming together to affirm each other. They identify as a fierce criolla travesti of the Andes. Find out more:

Jes Vee (@thejesplease) is a steward of the Groundswell project and lead organizer of Femmes to the Front. Queer, woman, faggot, and femme identified. A curator and holder of spaces, a fierce kitchen witch, gardener, herbalist, maker, and earth worker. She hopes this gathering will bring a new kind of energy to the land, one where we can gather together in uniqueness, celebrating the richness of gender expression while creating a container for healing, revelry, nurturing, and deeper community bonds.

Join us in connection and co-creation.



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This event starts on Friday Oct 4.
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This event ends on Monday Oct 7.
Our 9 hillside cabins with bunk beds are available to the first 50 people who request them. Limited double bunk-beds available for sharing (let us know who you'll be sharing with). We have ample tent camping space in our redwood grove or in our meadows.
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