Pride Tent

A vision planted from the seeds of past gatherings, we bring to you the Pride Tent.

Our mission is to instill and foster love and respect throughout the entire community, to celebrate all SOULS no matter your gender identity, sexual preferences, race, ability, ethnicity, size, or body you were born into. We gather to honor ourselves, our community, and our ancestors before us. By providing resources, education, support and a safe space for our 2SLGBTQIA+ family, we will act as a container for you to be seen, heard and validated. Along with a full curriculum of classes each day, we will also be holding dinner parties every evening with an assortment of discussion topics from Queer Spirituality to Queer History! And be on the lookout for our other special events, including midday casual speed dating, dusk drag shows, and intellectual panel discussions on intersectionality. Bring your joy, bring your sadness, bring your costumes, bring your stories. WE ARE HERE. – and we have always been here –

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Our purpose is to gather strength as we all come together to create change and (r)evolution. As white, able bodied folks, we both recognize that our perspectives and needs do not reflect the whole. In this light, we hold our role as facilitators loosely and look to You, the greater community, to tell us what you are needing and wanting from this space. Keep an eye out on the Spirit Weaver’s Instagram for interactive posts where you can tell us what kinds of classes, events, and resources you want to see in this space. We also welcome you to email us with any feedback, suggestions, questions and concerns. -Our emails can be found in our bios.- 

 

We so look forward to celebrating you. 

 

With Gratitude and Open Hearts,

 

Ang Caruso and Jacks Pleus

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Meet our Pride Tent Facilitators

Jacks Pleus – they/them

Jacks is a trans non-binary student, sailor, and aspiring herbalist. They grew up in the PNW, but now call sunny Southern Oregon home. Currently attending Southern Oregon University, they are finishing up their Bachelor’s in Psychology with a Minor in ASL and will be starting the Clinical Mental Health and Counseling Masters program next fall. Their dream is to be a Queer Youth Counselor and an ASL translator, as they are passionate about destigmatizing mental health through education and advocating for the next generation. When they aren’t in school, you will most likely find them in the woods talking to plants, cooking meals with friends, or thrifting at the local Goodwill. Jacks has served as a Moon Maidens Seva for the past three years and looks forward to forging a new path this summer with the Moon Beams.

You can reach Jacks on Instagram at @shaky_jaguar_love or by email at jackiepleus@gmail.com

Ang Caruso (they/them)

Ang Caruso (they/them) is a white, queer, non-binary, able bodied being who lives on unceeded Hohokam, Aikmel O’Odham, Yavapai Apache and O’odham Jeweḍ lands in what is called Carefree, Arizona. Originally from the Ozarks, Ang moved to Arizona to attend the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts.They have their AOS in Holistic Healthcare with a concentration in Mind/Body Transformational Psychology, specializing in Life Coaching and Hypnotherapy. Ang also completed the Master Massage Program, specializing in Cranial Unwinding, Polarity Therapy and Reflexology. After battling life long chronic illness, pain, fatigue, addiction and constant symptoms, Ang found healing through using plant foods and now helps support others on healing journeys. Their greatest passion is to serve their 2SLGBTQIA+ community to heal, process, learn, love, evolve and celebrate. You can reach Ang at angela@soulisticaz.com or on instagram at soul_seeker_az