EcoSex: Celebrating Lover Earth is hosted on a private campground on the beautiful Orcas Island, WA. Details will be given in your registration confirmation letter.
The land hosts a diversity of habitat for human and nonhuman animals to explore: A forest with towering Cedar, Hemlock and Fir trees, mossy logs, lichen-rich branches and salal filled forest floors. Home to deer and eagle, songbirds and squirrels, friendly farm goats, chickens and a donkey, the land invites you into your senses and your wild knowings.
How do I get there?
DIRECTIONS FROM I-5 TO ANACORTES FERRY TERMINAL:
From I-5 take exit 230 for Highway 20 WEST to Anacortes. Follow signs for San Juan Islands/BC Ferries, approximately 20 miles.
What about Parking?
What’s the weather like?
Orcas Island has temperate climate, buffered by the ocean. It is usually warm and party sunny in June but all weather is possible! Plan for day time temperatures in the 60s or 70s, with cool nights, and the possibility of wind or rain.
What kind of camping is available?
Is there camping with electricity
Is there van camping?
What about the Ferry?
If you plan to drive to the event, it is essential that you reserve a space on the Ferry ahead of time. On the day of travel, it’s recommended that you arrive 45min-1 hour before your departure time. Even if you have a reservation, you will be put on stand-by if you arrive at the toll booth less than 30 minutes before departure.
June 20th: Anacortes to Orcas
Tier 1: April 20 at 7am
Tier 2: June 6 at 7am
Tier 3: June 18 at 7am
June 24th: Orcas to Anacortes
Tier 1: April 24 at 7am
Tier 2: June 10 at 7am
Tier 3: June 22 at 7am
This is the page where you can make your ferry reservations. Please review the WDOT page for more information.
Showers & Bathrooms
There are four hot water outdoor showers available for use, the showers require tokens that can be purchased at the Lodge, $3 for 7 minutes. We also encourage you to bring solar showers and coordinate with others to set them up in clearly designated areas. Please only use earth friendly products to wash your body as they go directly into the forest.There are porta-potties distributed throughout the venue.
Delicious well water will be available for drinking. Please bring your own water bottle.
Food & Hearth
This year, the Hearth Keepers are holding space and organizing the meals in the Rainbow family tradition. This means that while we will be buying beans, rice, and greens, we are asking people to bring things from their own gardens and supplies to add to the community soup pot and large stir fry. We will also have 4 food carts available for you to purchase delicious supplemental foods and treats. The closest store is 10 minutes away, but this is a closed event, so you will not be able to leave to purchase food during the event. Each of the campsites has its own grill for you to prepare your own food.
The Grizzly Flats Commons
Located in a grassy meadow, surrounded by forest, the Commons is the heart of the event, where we gather to enjoy each other's’ company, share food, and more. Some of our presenters will also be selling handcrafted items, aphrodisiacs, and herbal medicines. You will want to bring cash.
This year the tea house will be in the lodge, and will be tended by our venue hosts. At the Tea House, you will find a select offering of herbal and medicinal teas, both hot and cold. Every participant will receive one complimentary tea token to use during the event. Additional tea may be purchased for $1/cup, or with an event-long tea pass for $20. **Be sure to bring a mug so you can enjoy all these items!**
Swap Shop & Drag Closet
The Swap Shop is a space to give and get clothing and gear. The Drag Closet is a place to play with your physical presentation. Mirrors, makeup, and body paints will be available. Surrender your old clothing, costumes, makeup, and body paints for community fun!
Give a massage, receive a massage, offer reiki sessions, enjoy yourself, and relax at the Healing Oasis.
Let’s make art together! We will be providing a small amount of markers, pastels, colored pencils, paper, scissors, and glue. We invite you to bring art supplies to share with the community as well.
Grizzly Flats Commons Vending
Members of the ecosexual community will be offering some of their crafts, books, artwork, medicinals, and creations for sale and trade. If you are interested in vending, please indicate that on your event registration.
Cell phones & Internet
The venue has good cell coverage. There is access to WiFi, but we encourage participants to use the opportunity to step away from digital devices for some time. There are only a few locations with electricity to charge your phones.
Lilith’s Forest is a section of the private campground that will be designated for full (consensual and negotiated) celebration of our wild, erotic, and spiritual selves. Full public nudity and outdoor sexual activity are welcome in Lilith’s Forest after attending Thursday afternoon’s plenary session. Please be sure to read, understand and be able to embody the EcoSex definition of consent. We ask that if you plan to play in Lilith’s Forest that you not “cruise the forest looking for hook ups” but rather use our negotiation station (or some other lovely spot outside of Lilith’s Forest) to make agreements about levels of engagement and states of consciousness. and then enter the forest with your intended lovers with an already stated intention and basic agreements already outlined. This allows us all to mitigate uninvited behaviors and increases the likelihood of welcome responses to courtship gestures and foreplay frolicking. If you want help in learning how to successfully negotiate and achieve enthusiastic “Yes!” responses, you can look for a consent ambassador and request coaching. Consent Ambassadors like to hang out in the negotiation station conveniently located in the Commons.
Shrines & Altars
We will be co-creating natural, earthen altars throughout our gathering space that will be available for personal practice, ritual or meditation. We invite attendees to participate in the co-creation of these spaces through our time together on the land.