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Queer Nature Project

18 99 Linne Doran: Duvall, WA 195.00 195.00 9am-5pm Both Days; Camping available Sat. evening s
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Are you LGBTQ+ identified and interested in learning earth-based skills with other queer folks in a safe and empowering space?

Join us for a weekend at Linne Doran led by two queer Anake Outdoor School graduates, Pinar and So Sinopoulos-Lloyd. Pinar and So are the founders of Queer Nature, a Colorado-based organization devoted to teaching and learning ancestral skills within the LGBTQ+ community.

We will focus on foundational nature-connection practices and survival skills, delving into the ancient art of friction fire-making to deepen our relationship with our inner and communal hearth. We will also engage with more subtle awareness practices and scout-craft to hone our intuition and channel our instincts into tools of compassionate protection. We look forward to exploring the ecological aspects of our queerness, both in our unique gifts as queer and in-between people, and in the wonder of nature’s ability to mirror our diverse ways of belonging to the world. 

Meet the Instructors

Pınar has always been allured by how the natural world mirrors one’s internal landscape and the intersections they carry. Enchanted by the liminal, Pınar is a genderfluid QTPOC (Queer/Trans Person of Color) with their mother’s side native to the Americas and father’s side from Turkey which is where they grew up. Their self-designed studies include a B.A. in “Somatic & Depth Ecopsychology” from Prescott College, graduating from the Wilderness Awareness School’s Anake Outdoor School and Wildlife Tracking Intensive as well as other immersive studies at School of Lost Borders, Animas Valley Institute, Naropa University, and Esalen Institute. Pınar is the co-founder of Queer Nature, a collaborative vision with their spouse, So, to cultivate an earth-based queer community rooted in decolonial and queer rites of passage.

Sophia ("So") is a queer Greek-American who grew up in the northern hardwood forests of central Vermont. So went on to do immersive studies in wilderness survival skills and naturalism at Roots School and Wilderness Awareness School, and also completed an MA that focused on relationships between religion and ecology in the Eastern Mediterranean, some of their ancestral lands. Much of So's work is animated by a keen study of how human spirituality is interwoven with geography and can be further informed by intimate knowledge of place through naturalist study.