Summer Retreat Info
Welcome to the Pacific Northwest Fattitude Summer Retreat! We are thrilled you have chosen to share this weekend with us!
On this page, you will find some important information about the retreat, so please review it carefully and be sure to complete the attached forms. You will need to either email us signed copies, or bring them with you when you arrive.
We aim to provide an inclusive environment for relaxation as well as for activities this weekend. While we may not be able to create a “perfectly inclusive” environment, we want to identify the ways we are (and aren’t) practicing inclusion and hope to create an overall weekend that makes everyone feel comfortable and safe. We are always open to feedback during and after the retreat (we will be sending out a post-retreat feedback survey) so please don’t hesitate to speak with an organizer or email us with any questions or concerns you may have.
We hope you have a great weekend full of fun, new friends, laughs, and fat solidarity!
Please complete the following forms and email them to us or turn them in upon arrival.
The media release form is completely optional. Media from our events help us promote PNW Fattitude on marketing materials, including social media -- we want to show the world how much fun we’re having! (Be sure to use the hashtag #PNWFRetreat2019 when posting to social media!) More interest in the group helps us build our community and leads to more awesome events in the future! But no worries if you decide not to participate in any media. We will totally respect your decision and make sure your beautiful face does not get uploaded to social media or used in marketing materials.
That said, we can only control the media that PNWF shoots. If you do choose to post any photos or videos from your weekend to social media, please make sure to get the consent of the people in it before doing so.
Our chalet is located at 89397 E Steel Ln, Government Camp, OR 97028. We are not sure what the cell service is like in the area, so please print out hard copies of directions in the event that your GPS cuts out on your way to us. Alternatively, if you use Google Maps, we highly suggest downloading offline maps just to be safe!
Please note that parking space is limited. We will be setting up a carpool system to get as many of you to Government Camp as possible, in as few vehicles as possible. Please keep your eyes peeled for carpool information in the coming weeks. We will update this section as we finalize all the details.
The chalet is unfortunately not ADA accessible, and climbing a flight of stairs is required to enter and move throughout the space. There are stairs (~15 steps) from the top of the driveway to the front door of the chalet, as well as stairs (~12 steps each) connecting the floors inside.
Most of the activities and all meals will be contained to the main floor. If you would prefer a bed on this floor to avoid more stairs, please let us know asap. Additionally, we will have volunteers available each day whose sole responsibility will be to partner with folx who need assistance. If this is a service you anticipate you will need, please don’t hesitate to let an organizer know and we’ll introduce you to a volunteer when you arrive.
Please let us know if you have any concerns regarding accessibility — we are committed to making sure your stay is as comfortable as possible.
Government Camp, Oregon is the territories of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (Warm Springs, Wasco, Paiute peoples), Molalla, & Upper Chinook.
You can go beyond acknowledging who the land actually belongs to by donating, therefore directly supporting the life, wellbeing, & health of the Tribes below:
http://www.chinooktribe.org/ (Donate button on bottom of site)
Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
1233 Veterans Street
PO Box C
Warm Springs, OR 97761
General Phone: (541) 553-1161 General Fax: (541) 553-1924
Human Resources Phone: (541) 553-3262 Human Resources Fax: (541) 553-3263
Visit Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Spa: http://www.kahneeta.com/
Visit Indian Head Casino: http://www.indianheadcasino.org/
Donate to Spirit Mountain Community Fund: https://www.thecommunityfund.com/
The Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde Housing Department
1-800-422-0232 (ext 2401) or 503 879-2401 or Fax: 503-879-5973
28450 Tyee Road Grand Ronde, OR, 97347
CTGR PORTLAND OFFICE:
4445 S.W. Barbur Blvd. Portland, OR 97239
Tel: (503)-235-4230 Fax: (503) 239-8047
Visit Spirit Mountain Casino: https://www.spiritmountain.com/
(This information was generously compiled by our friend and fellow guest, Aura Rose. Be sure to thank them when you see them, but please direct any questions about land acknowledgements and the Tribes mentioned above to Google. We will not and should not be asking BIPOC to perform any more labor than they are willing to contribute voluntarily this weekend.)
Fragrance Free Policy
This retreat has a fragrance free policy so that our guests with multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS) can attend the retreat safely. Realistically, we cannot guarantee a fragrance free weekend, as there are environmental chemicals we can't control, but we are relying on everyone to keep our guests with MCS as safe as possible. Please limit your use of strongly scented items and pack fragrance free alternatives in preparation for the weekend.
Here are some tips to make sure we can all have a safe and fun time this weekend:
Refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, or essential oils.
Do not use fragranced personal care or laundry products.
Smokers who are able to refrain from smoking, please do so.
Smokers who need to smoke, do so outside, away from the chalet (at the bottom of the driveway). Wash your hands with fragrance free soap (provided in bathrooms) after smoking. The smoke and chemicals clinging to your clothes after smoking is a barrier to participation for people with MCS so if you are unable to change your clothes after smoking, you will need to avoid workshop and community spaces until you can.
If you wear strongly scented items and use heavily scented laundry products on a daily basis, we strongly advise you stop using them for a few days leading up to the retreat to allow enough time for any lingering fragrances to off-gas completely.
Bring and use personal care products that are free of essential oils and artificial fragrances; read the label and avoid using products with fragrance/parfum, parabens, or petroleum products.
Many fragrance free products can be purchased at your local drugstore. If you are unable to find “fragrance free” at a store, often the hypoallergenic version of a product is scent free. (Also, Google is your friend!)
Please note that this itinerary is still being finalized and may change between now and the retreat weekend.
5:00 pm - Check-in begins
6:00 pm - Welcome, land acknowledgement, ice breaker activities
7:30 pm - Dinner
9:00 pm - Movie Night, Film TBA
7:00 am - Trillium Lake Loop Hike
7:00 am - Yoga class
8:00 am - Breakfast
9:30 am - Intuitive Card Reading
11:00 am - Fat Positive Cross Stitch
12:30 pm - How to Make a Zine
2:00 pm - Lunch
3:30 pm - Writing workshop TBD
4:30 pm - Unburdening Ceremony
5:00 pm - Cookie Decorating Class
7:30 pm - Dinner
9:00 pm - Karaoke
7:00 am - POUND class
8:00 am - Breakfast
10:00 am - Clean-up and Load-out
11:00 am - Group photo & Check out
This is your weekend and we want you to have a great time. Spend your time doing things you want to do. Please know that you are not obligated to participate in any activity that makes you uncomfortable or have no interest in. Also, we know socializing for an entire weekend can be daunting for some and we totally understand the need for a break from the group. Please be respectful to those who need some quiet / alone time.
Lastly, if you have the bandwidth, you are more than welcome to run your own activity -- lead a knitting group, head into town, spend some group time in the hot tub, etc. Just make sure to let someone know where you are if you decide to leave the chalet.
Workshops & Classes
Trillium Lake Loop Hike
Aura Rose will lead an early morning hike around Trillium Lake. The site is a 25-minute drive south of the chalet, so please be ready to go at 7 am. We advise getting up early enough to have breakfast before you leave; self-serve breakfast items will be made available in the kitchen for early risers.
The trail loops around the lake with opportunities to view wildlife, and boardwalks take you through alpine wetlands. While hikers would describe it as flat, there are a couple of short grades of under 5%. Please be prepared wearing comfortable outdoor clothes and hiking shoes. We also recommend bringing a water bottle and light snacks.
Accessibility Note: This trail was built to be barrier free. The trail surface is a combination of wooden boardwalk and very finely compacted rock. The boardwalks at Trillium Lake may be difficult for some people with mobility issues to navigate. Please use extra caution while crossing the boardwalks. There are also a few benches along the trail.
Aura Rose is a self-taught TRANSdisciplinary artist, writer, photographer, and activist. You can follow them on Instagram at @wildwoodlandndn.
Intuitive Card Reading
There are lots of ways to use tarot and oracle cards, and with so many out there it can be intimidating! But there is a way to read them even if you are a total beginner. Intuitive reading can be a great way to explore the cards and develop your intuition. Tarot and Oracle decks will be provided, but feel free to bring your own if you have them.
Amber Bushnell is an artist who loves creepy and cute things. She has been exploring tarot for 4 years and is still learning. Check out all her projects at Dead Pastel, and follow her on Instagram at @ambergloom.
Writing Workshop TBD
Rachel Moore is a ... You can follow her on Instagram at @songfromabox.
Cookie Decorating Class
Exercise your creativity in this low pressure, sprinkles-filled class led by Carrie from Unicorn Bake Shop. Decorate your very own cookie to keep, gift, or post on the ‘gram. Supplies will be provided, just bring your enthusiasm!
Carrie Padian Teller runs Unicorn Bake Shop in Portland and delivers joy, love and care to Portland area residents in the form of custom cakes, cookies, bars and other sweets. You can find her online at unicornbakeshop.com. You can also follow her on Instagram and Facebook.
fat positive cross stitch
A cross stitch class open to all skill levels, led by resident crafters Kristin-Leigh and Liz. You’ll learn how to read and work from a cross stitch pattern chart and create your own little cross stitch souvenir! Supplies will be provided.
Kristin-Leigh Brezinsky is …. You can follow her on Instagram at @klmesoftly.
Liz Wilson is … You can follow her on Instagram at @talkn3rdytome.
POUND is a full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and pilates-inspired movements using lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising. A yoga mat will be required to participate in this class.
Kim Correa is a Vancouver-based yoga teacher and POUND instructor. She believes in the power of joyful movement for all bodies, as well as the power of ice cream. She can be contacted via her website Sea Joy Movement or on Instagram @seajoymovement.
How to Make a Zine
Zines can be used to subvert dominant, mainstream, and patriarchal ideologies through the sharing of lived experiences, disseminating information, and publishing creative work about things you love. In this quick workshop, you will learn how to make your very own mini zine!
Rachelle Abellar is a graphic designer, fat activist, self care advocate, and cat lover. She works at a local newspaper by day and rocks a long reach stapler by night. You can find her online at Archive Six and follow her on Instagram at @rachelleabellar.
Meal plan TBA
We will have coffee and tea available for all, but other beverages will not be provided. We suggest bringing a refillable water bottle, your favorite drinks, and light snacks (especially if you choose to participate on the hike we have planned for Saturday morning).
We will have a second refrigerator with limited space for anything that needs to be chilled. You will be responsible for labeling any food and drink you bring with you. If you bring anything to share, please label it accordingly and make sure folx can easily access ingredient lists in case they have allergies or dietary restrictions.
Take up all the space you need but please make sure stairs, bathrooms, exits, etc. are accessible at all times.
The chalet is a smoke-free facility. The property manager will fine us if they find out anyone has been smoking in or around the chalet, and payment of said fee will become the responsibility of the person(s) who do not abide by this rule. If you must smoke, you may do so outside at the bottom of the driveway. Please properly dispose of cigarette butts and/or ashes.
Retreat attendees are responsible for leaving the chalet in the same condition it was found. Please do your part to keep the chalet clean and pick up after yourself.
Please take off your shoes when entering the chalet. Normal wear and tear on the floor surfaces is expected, but if there is excessive dirt, stains, or spills, you may be charged additional cleaning and/or repair fees at $50/hour.
Please observe the “Quiet Zone” from 10pm to 8am.
Be considerate of other people’s need for quiet time this weekend. Do not aggressively coerce someone to participate in an activity if it is clear they do not want to.
Always ask permission before taking someone’s photo and/or posting their photo to social media.
We would like this weekend to be as “unplugged” as possible so please keep your use of your phone as limited as possible. We also request that phone ringers be set to vibrate or silent so as not to disturb others. Please conduct all phone conversations outside of the chalet.
Please be energy considerate. Turn off any lights, fans, water taps, etc. when not in use.
If you decide to leave the chalet for a hike, a day trip, or for any reason, please be sure to let someone know.
Please use the hot tub with caution. People that are pregnant, have heart conditions, asthma, or poor physical health should not use the hot tub. Please monitor your own health condition while using the hot tub. When not using the hot tub, leave the cover on so it will stay warm.
Do not use indoor bath towels outdoors. Cover the hot tub after use and do not exceed the maximum capacity. Any foreign objects, spills, or clogs will result in a hot tub cleaning fee - it is not covered by the damage deposit.
Do not sit on any indoor furniture in wet clothes/swimsuits and please don’t track any water or outdoor debris into the chalet.
Nothing other than toilet paper may be flushed down the toilet.
If you brought your own food and drink and do not intend to share it with the group, please be sure to label everything with your name when storing it in the kitchen. And please do not consume anything that is not yours or is not offered to you by the person who brought it.
Suggested Items to Pack
A refillable water bottle
Beverages and/or alcohol
Light snacks, especially if you plan to go hiking
Bedding and/or air mattress if you have a floor spot
Swimsuit for hot tubbin’
A bath towel and/or robe (towels will be provided by the chalet but they are definitely not plus size!)
A small towel for movement activities
Activewear for movement activities
Yoga mat for movement activities
Yoga props (if needed)
A light jacket
Phone charger and/or spare battery pack
The chalet has a nice deck, but they only have flimsy plastic chairs. If you’d like to lounge around the property and take in some sun but don’t want to lay on the ground, we highly suggest you bring your own collapsible/folding chair!
Please be respectful of our fragrance free policy and limit your use of strongly scented items. We advise packing fragrance free alternatives, if possible (read the label and avoid using products with fragrance/parfum, parabens, or petroleum products).