Suntree Retreat 2022 Conduct Standards and Harassment Policies

COVID-19 Prevention Policies

All attendees of this event are expected to certify that they have been fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. The only exceptions are children who are too young and people whose medical condition does not allow them to be vaccinated.

Consent

This is a consent culture event. Affirmative consent to any physical contact (includes hugging–ask first!) must be secured prior to such contact.

DEFINITION: “Affirmative consent is a knowing, voluntary, and mutual decision among all participants to engage in physical contact or sexual activity.  Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create clear permission regarding willingness to engage in the activity. Silence or lack of resistance, in and of itself, does not demonstrate consent. The definition of consent does not vary based upon a participant’s sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.”

  • Consent to any act or prior consensual activity between or with any party does not necessarily constitute consent to any other act.
  • Consent is required regardless of whether the person initiating the act is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
  • Consent may be initially given but withdrawn at any time.
  • Consent cannot be given when a person is incapacitated, which occurs when an individual lacks the ability to knowingly choose to participate in activity. Incapacitation may be caused by the lack of consciousness or being asleep, being involuntarily restrained, or if an individual otherwise cannot consent.  Depending on the degree of intoxication, someone who is under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicants may be incapacitated and therefore unable to consent.
  • Consent cannot be given when it is the result of any coercion, intimidation, force, or threat of harm.
  • When consent is withdrawn or can no longer be given, activity must stop.

Welcoming Inclusion

Suntree Retreat 2022 seeks to create safe and sacred space. We welcome people of all races, all colors, all gender identifications, all ages and sexual orientations and those differences of life situation, background, and physical or mental ability that increase our diversity.

Standards of Conduct

As Atheopagans, we endeavor to create an environment which is safe, responsible, and egalitarian. We celebrate inclusion, diversity, love, and mutual respect. We promote a culture of consent. We do not accept:

  • Physical or verbal threats of any kind
  • Harassment, bullying, coercion in any way or unwelcome sexual or physical attention
  • Hostile and disrespectful speech or actions of any kind

If you are feeling harassed, ask the harasser to stop, if you are willing. If you are unwilling or unable to ask or it does not stop, approach an event organizer (Cyna, Joy, Mark, Michael, Rachel or Winter) and ask for help. Organizers will investigate and intervene in what they see as an appropriate manner. If you wish, organizers will contact facility staff and/or local police for you.

If you are asked to stop any harassing behavior, you are expected to stop immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, Suntree Retreat 2022 retains the right to take any action to keep our events a welcoming environment for all participants. These actions can include warning the participant(s) or expulsion from the event or future events.

Event organizers are not, however, arbiters of interpersonal conflict. We expect participants to maintain the standards of conduct outlined above at all times during Suntree Retreat 2022.

Children

Children under 16 must be under the supervision of their parents (or other arranged supervision) at all times. Children aged 16 and 17 may participate in the activities of the event with permission of their parents.

Media Policy

There is no photography or recording during rituals. Outside of ritual, photography or videoing are only allowed with the advance permission of the subject(s). Please be considerate that not all Atheopagans are “out” in their communities, and they may wish not to be photographed at this event.

Responsible Creativity in Circle

The ritual circle provides a space for creative exploration. It is an open circle where we come together to empower one another.

Here you have an opportunity to explore creatively, test your boundaries, and challenge your limitations. We all have a role in making this circle safe. Making a personal commitment to your own safety is a powerful way to support your creative process. You are empowered to be the guardian of your own experience. You choose when and how you wish to interact with other members of the circle. If you are uncomfortable, challenged, or overwhelmed, ask yourself how you can respond constructively to the situation. Do you need transformational support? To talk directly with someone? To set an explicit boundary with someone? To take a break from the circle? To stick with your process? Do what you need to do, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

If you feel drawn to interact with someone in the circle, please be conscious of whether that person is inviting you in. Don’t take it personally if someone declines to interact with you. Respect that request. They are doing their own work. If someone approaches you looking for help, please take the time to listen and take his or her concerns seriously. If you are not in a place to help, find someone who can. We support each other with our attention and understanding.

Being part of this community carries an agreement to treat each other with respect and to honor each other’s boundaries.

Suntree Retreat 2022 is intended to be open to all. It’s a place where we can bring our whole selves – not just what’s wonderful but also the imperfections, the parts that feel broken, the parts we may be ashamed of. We may not agree with everything that each person does or says, but we hold space for each other to come together in our imperfection and our humanity and to be transformed.

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