Actualize is an intentionally-small lesbian gathering that takes place in Southern California every year (for the most part).
This year, we kicked things off with speed-friending (think speed-dating, but less awkward). Attendees were randomly assigned to one of four tables where they played games like Heads Up or Charty Party for five minutes before rushing off to the next table to interact with new people.
Saturday was jampacked with activities. We started the day with what was supposed to be an hour-long exercise class. However, about twenty minutes in, we gave up on working out (at least in a traditional sense) and had an impromptu dance party instead.
We learned how to write outlines for short stories and were given a bunch of helpful writing tips in a Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction workshop that was led by L. Malia Nobles. We did an observational drawing workshop where we explored the meditative aspects of drawing and messed around with some watercolors.
The last workshop of the day was a crocheting workshop that my girlfriend insisted on naming “Hookers United.” While a few people were already pros at crocheting, many of us spent more time than I care to admit trying to figure out basic things like finger placement and how to make a slip knot. It was nice to see people’s reactions when they made progress. I, for one, raised both hands in the air victoriously after I managed to string a chain together.
In addition to the three workshops, we tried our hands at archery and rock-climbing, and we ended both nights with sing-alongs around the camp fire.
One of my favorite parts of this year’s gathering was staying up late to talk to the women in my cabin. Our conversations ranged from deep discussions about difficult topics to incredibly revealing rounds of Never Have I Ever (gotta find a balance, y’know?)
Every moment at Actualize was a reminder of how lovely the world can be when women gather.
Actualize is an intentionally-small, lesbian focused gathering. Tickets are not available to the general public. The next event will take place in 2024. If you’re interested in attending, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
June 12, 2022 at 6:32 am
Your event looks SUPERBLY fun and empowering and is a model for similar gatherings all over the place. I am encouraging lesbians in other areas to create similar gatherings near them. Thanks for all that you do for lesbians, even those of us who live on the other end of the US and never meet you!
June 17, 2022 at 4:50 am
Sounds like such a great time and those workshops look really fun too! I’m glad this year was a success and I hope to join y’all in 2024!