It’s great news and exciting news!

You probably noticed that it has been a little quiet on the urbangay website recently. This is because I was really busy with two great projects – and I’m excited to let you know more about them today – and more will be revealed over the next few weeks!
Although there was more interaction as the curators for the @urbangay twitter account took over last month, now it is all back to me… so I’m looking forward to hearing from you! And here are the details of the exciting things that are happening in the world of urbangay:

1. The Quinta Project
The “Queer Quinta” project has been the main focus of my work in the recent months. To summarise the project: it will be a queer/gay ecovillage right in the heart of Portugal, with facilities for co-living, retreats and learning – a haven away from the big city, and a refuge for those seeking to connect with themselves, other guys and nature in a queer/gay environment.
The great news is that I have recently made an offer on a property, and now the solicitors are working through the purchase details. Fingers crossed, this will be completed early next year. You can follow all the updates and find out more details on the Queer/Gay Quinta webpage – and via Twitter @gayquinta.

2. Tantric Vibes Workshop
The next workshop will come up in January: Tantric Vibes combines ancient ideas from Tantra and Taoism with more modern influences such as Orgasmic Yoga into a comprehensive intimacy workshop for gay men. The release is a little later than planned (sorry for this!). The great news though is, that the final workshop has evolved much from the original workshop plan, and includes many more interactive exercises for you and your partner(s). I’ll post a few more details before January – and in the meantime, get set to start your new year in the most intimate and sexiest way – ever!

I’m really excited about the new big projects – and I hope you’ll enjoy being part of them! Please get in touch with any questions or suggestions… it is always great to hear from you!

The Quinta Project – gay retreat community in Portugal

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live together with other gay men on a farm?
Maybe you want to take a break from bustling city life – and just disconnect for a few weeks?
Or maybe you want to just be yourself, and stay in a relaxed community with like-minded guys.

Whatever your answers, you should definitely check out the Quinta Project: a gay co-living community and retreat centre forming in Portugal, based on the values of urbangay.

The Quinta will offer medium-term co-living in a rural setting for gay men: from a few weeks to a few months, for guys who want to disconnect from big city life and reconnect to themselves and other men. Based on the mission to offer a unique experience, the Quinta Community will be a unique and different alternative to escape to – away from to stressful and demanding urban life. The idea is to offer a safe, supportive, inclusive and non-judgemental space for guys from all over the world, where you can connect with others, live, learn and exchange ideas and form friendships away from the hurried and often superficial city life.

A key principle setting  the Quinta community apart from just a shared living space will be the emphasis on community-based social and learning experiences. Upon joining, guests will become “contributors” to the project itself. The Quinta will provide shared spaces, meals and social events for everyone. And in addition, all contributors are also asked to organise at least one event for the other community members during their stay. This could be a yoga session, a guided workshop, a talk, screening or anything else that the member wants to share with the group. This way, everyone is encouraged to bring a piece of himself to the others, and the other contributors can learn something from every guest at the Quinta.

At the moment, the Quinta Community is looking for a suitable location. With plenty of summer shine guaranteed, the Quinta is building a body-, age- and sex-positive community to share a rural habitat, where a group of men can live respectful, towards nature, the environment and other men.

To find out more about the project and see how it develops, head over to the project webpage or follow them on Twitter or Facebook. The urbangay newsletter will also have major updates as the community and project progresses, so don’t forget to look out for them in your inbox!