WHat to Expect
Virtually join us as we mark the completion of each lunar cycle, together. New Moons are a great time for personal reflection and to set intentions for the coming month. As queer and trans folks, we bring our collective energy together to bring about powerful manifestation in our lives and world. Each month we tap into the living flow of energy that has sustained our queer forebears and transcestors throughout time and space — dismantling oppression, co-creating a more equitable world, and healing in community. We aim to create an informal and relaxed environment to (re)connect with yourself and others, following the flow of the seasons and rhythms of nature.
Gatherings begin at 7pm on the night of each new moon, and last for approximately 50 minutes.
Supplies to have ready:
- a pen/pencil and notebook (or device for writing notes or drawing)
- a mug or cup of tea, water, or other drink
- a candle (optional)
Contact us for more information or free registration.
* an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, body positive, trauma-informed space
What is an anti-racist space?
All gatherings that we host are carefully curated and heavily moderated. We resist all forms of racism,
white supremacy and colonialism, especially when disguised in language and practice of religious beliefs or spiritual identity. See “our commitment to you” below, for the specifics on how we aim to create safer spaces.
If you have suggestions to improve or clarify our anti-racist policy, please reach out.
What is a body positive space?
All bodies are amazing, powerful, and inherently worthy of love. We affirm and celebrate the diversity of human form, size, and shape whenever we engage with our physical bodies in the context of spiritual practice, meditation, or movement. We also take into account the wide range of physical dis/ability, both visible and invisible, and strive to make our gatherings as accessible as possible.
If you have any suggestions for increased accessibility, please reach out.
** Closed captions are available for all gatherings.
What is a trauma-informed space?
We come from an understanding that trauma affects our whole person (body, mind, and emotions), and that whenever people gather together there is potential for trauma responses to be activated or triggered. Sometimes trauma affects us at the individual level, other trauma is generationally inherited, and some forms of trauma are experienced across entire populations or groups of people.
All trauma responses are natural and valid, and we hold a space that acknowledges that sometimes our nervous systems just can’t handle any more. If for any reason you feel activated or triggered during a gathering with us, we encourage you to do whatever you need in order to be safe. We remind all groups at the beginning of every session (both verbally and in written form) of our commitment to maintaining a trauma aware space.
Check out our resources page for more about what trauma is, how to build resilience practices, ideas on what to do when activated or triggered, or to find therapists who are qualified to help.
What about cultural and spiritual appropriation?
As un-invited, white, European settlers on this land, Xris and Pip acknowledge the problematic and harmful trend in many spiritual communities towards cultural and spiritual appropriation. That’s why we’re doing our best to stay in our lane. Whenever we come together, we only share from our own lived experience of spirituality — honouring keepers of wisdom and tradition in their original context. The forms and practices used in gatherings draw from our personal practice, which has been informed by (1) universalist, post-christendom mysticism, (2) eclectic, animistic paganism drawing from Pip’s Witchcraft and Xris’s dutch ancestral heritage, and (3) contemporary scientific research on techniques to calm the mind and ground the body (like Generative Somatics).
We think this is an important issue, which is why we encourage people to read through this guide and list of resources from the team at Native Governance Centre: Cultural Appropriation and the Wellness Space.
Our commitment to you
As organizers and facilitators we commit to:
(a) stay in our lane by not using iconography, music, clothing, sacred medicines, regalia, or embodiment practices from outside our lived experience, and by ensuring proper compensation for any special guests from outside our religious or spiritual context,
(b) regularly remind gatherings (in verbal and written form) about the real impact of cultural and spiritual appropriation,
(c) interrupt racism, classism, fat-phobia, misogyny, ableism, transphobia, homophobia, and all other forms of discrimination immediately,
(d) be open to being called in or called out if a member of the group feels that we have failed to maintain group safety as facilitators, and we will work to repair the situation,
(e) create and encourage opportunities for honest feedback and constructive criticism to continue to improve on our ability to offer safer spaces for spiritual work in community.
Who is this for?
In the interest of maintaining group safety and comfort, gatherings are not open to the general public. This is a space especially designed for the experiences of queer and trans people.
This includes, but is not limited to: queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, pansexual, demisexual poly/omnisexual, 2-Spirit, transgender, intersex, nonbinary, mtf, ftm, genderfluid, agender, gender neutral, and questioning people (and their partners, polycules, or chosen families).
* New Moon Gatherings are an independent spiritual offering and are not affiliated with any religious institution or organization. We have no expectations on your beliefs, morals, philosophy, spiritual practices, or religious/cultural identity – and we do not tolerate proselytizing or evangelizing of any kind.
* In the spirit of inclusion and accessibility, there is no cost to attend New Moon Gatherings. If you would like to make a contribution to support this work, please reach out.