Queer Wilderness Retreat, Victoria, Australia

Apr 24th, 2020 - May 1st, 2020
Ruth Wharton, Pedro McMillian

Victoria, Australia

Retreat on the Nature of Queerness and Belonging

Nature reminds us that being Queer* is both natural and something to be celebrated! Showing up as who we are in our own unique queer form is a celebration of nature’s diversity and honors our profound connection to the natural world and a deep sense of belonging.

Accepting the fullness of our queer selves is both a radical act of rebellion against forces of hate and division, and a radical act of communion with all living things. Now is the time to reclaim our roots and celebrate the gifts that our queerness brings to the world!

Come join us as we move through the seasons of our queerness opening to and honoring our full nature. This ceremonial time is designed specifically for the LGBTQIA+ community. This journey will have guided, intentional time on the land each day along with time gathering together in council to tell and witness our diverse and unique queer stories.

As one participant has put it:
"In sacred circles before, I have found an ally or two, another queer person who understands in some fundamental way some part of my story. But to sit in sacred space with an entire group that shares that common thread, that common understanding of shame and fear and celebration, that is a gift that I had no idea until I stepped into that space that my soul was craving." -Alicia B.

The retreat will be guided by Ruth Wharton and Pedro McMillan, who are guides with more than 30 years of experience between them leading queer vision fast and other rite of passage programs. All guides and assistants on this program identify as queer.  

LOCATION AND DATES: We will meet in the afternoon/evening of April 25th, 2020 in Trentham East, a 1.5 hour drive Northwest of Melbourne, Australia. The program will end early afternoon on May 1st.

ENROLLING AND COST: $975 AUD ($800 Concession) with limited scholarships available. A deposit of $350 is required and will hold your place. Please email Pedro at pedro@pedrosplanet.com to enroll or inquire about scholarships.

LOGISTICS: Plan to bring a tent, pad and sleeping bag to 'car camp' and food for the entire program. We will often share meals so bringing things that can be shared is a good idea. You can also eat alone if you wish. There is a full outdoor kitchen for your use.

ASSISTANTS: Mel Turnbull and Emily Steele.

Note: This is an independently run program, offered by Ruth Wharton and Pedro McMillan, that the School of Lost Borders is listing in support of international Rite of Passage programs.

*We recognize and honor that the word “queer” has been used in the past as a derogatory term and may still be hurtful for some in the LGBTQIA+ community. Many of us have reclaimed the word “queer” and this has been both empowering and uniting of the multiple identities within the community. We use the word here as an inclusive term and shortcut for the LGBTQIA+ lettering.


What will we make of the life before us?

How do we translate the gifts of solitary

beauty into the action required for true

participatory citizenship?

Terry Tempest Williams