WHAT WE DO AT GMS
Since 2010, we have gathered each summer for a weekend of digital detox, discussions and workshops, dance parties, campfires, big thinking, and more.
Each June, 100 Bay Area professionals gather for a weekend of disconnecting from the default world in order to reconnect to each other and to nature in the majesty of the Mendocino Woodlands.
This event provides a forum for mission-driven people to come together to share innovative ideas, teach each other new skills, make meaningful connections, and even just have solo time to rest and recharge.
Every year, it is incredibly inspiring (and ridiculously fun) to connect with others who believe in causes greater than our individual selves.
GMS is a participant-driven event, not a panel of "talking head" experts. There's an un-conference, which means that the agenda for a series of small group conversations is set by the attendees themselves (you!). We also have oodles of participant-led, interactive workshops on a wide variety of passions--from Scaling Renewable Energy to Creating Co-Housing to Technology and Spirituality. All attendees can suggest, create, and lead a workshop or session of their own. The participants of GMS make the event what it is by bringing who they are and what they love to the event.
The leadership team is 100% volunteer based; it's incredible people like you that make GMS what it is each year.
What will happen each day at the summit?
The Greenermind Summit an un-conference with a twist (of summer camp and party). Each day is a balance of structure and openness, serious and playful, action and reflection. There are participant-led workshops, games, open dialogue, campfires, costume parties, and wild-card activities to spice things up.
Who should come?
The conference is geared towards active professionals who are passionate about having a positive social and/or environmental impact. The sessions will be active and collaborative - and everyone will get to contribute. We welcome families and children of all ages; please see below for more information on the kids track.
What topics will be covered?
It depends on the mix of attendees, but expect the topics to be wide-ranging. The conference began with a strong emphasis on the leadership, business, and design aspects of making the world a better place. However, every year is different and we've been totally stoked to have people from all sectors come and cross-pollinate more and more over the years. Check out people's bios to get a sense for what might be the flavor of this year's event!
Should my company pay for it?
The event is driven by the interests and passions of the attendees. If you are interested and passionate about your work, then yes. The Summit will be a great place for you to refine your ideas, further your projects, and meet great people who could become collaborators.
How many folks will be there?
We limit the group to 100 attendees.
When does it start and end?
The program will begin on Friday at 10am with a series of workshops. The formal program starts at 1pm. However, we encourage people to arrive on Thursday if possible. This is a great chance to get to know folks early. We need to leave the camp on Sunday afternoon by 4pm.
It says it starts Friday. Can I come early on Thursday?
Heck yeah! We'll be setting up the venue on Thursday and you are welcome to come as early as Thursday morning to hang out in the woods and start meeting people. Official programming doesn't start until Friday, but Thursday is a great chance to relax and unwind before the conference gears up. (We serve dinner on Thursday for those who have arrived, but Thursday lunch is BYO.)
What if I can't come Friday?
We strongly encourage you to attend on Friday. The event is all about taking time out from the daily grind to get new inspiration, ideas, and energy to contribute to your personal and professional growth. Being present for the full event will allow you to have a more meaningful experience and create deeper connection with the community of people who will be there. That said, if you can only join us for Saturday and Sunday - we'd love to see you there.
How do I get there? Will there be a carpool?
Unfortunately, there's no good way besides driving. Check the Transport + Venue page for the latest on carpooling. We'll also be sending out emails to participants in order to organize carpools as we get closer to the event. Carpooling is a great chance to meet and have good conversations with other participants on the way up.
What's the lodging like?
You'll be staying in rustic wood cabins without heating or air conditioning. The cabins have cots but you'll need to bring your own sheets or sleeping bag. You'll most likely have roommates (helps build connections!), and you can request who to stay with (and other cabin preferences) when you register.
What's covered in the cost of the ticket?
- Delicious lunches, dinners, and snacks throughout the day (It's BYO breakfast.)
- All event programming
Who's making all this delicious food?
We all are! The conference organizers will gather and bring all the food to the event. All participants will be assigned one cooking or cleanup session during the event where they can cook/clean, share a glass of wine, and bond over the stove. The only thing that will not be provided is breakfast--everyone is responsible for bringing their own breakfast food. There is a full kitchen available, including tons of refrigerator space.
What are we eating? What if I have dietary restrictions?
The food is always de-li-cious! We will provide both omnivore, vegetarian, and vegan options for lunch and dinner. We also have a gluten free option at each meal. If you have specific dietary restrictions, please let us know (email email@example.com with "food" as the subject header) and we will do our very best to accommodate you.
What should I bring?
We'll send you an "Attendee Info Guide" as we get closer to the event. This guide will list everything you need to know before coming, including what to bring. Take a look at this guide from a previous year to get a sense of what to expect.
Can I bring my pet?
Sorry, the Woodlands does not allow pets.
Is the event family friendly? How much are child tickets?
Yes! We have a "kids track" with special programming for the little ones. We ask that all adults buy regular tickets for the event; child tickets are $50 each. We will have childcare handled on-site for most of the conference. If you have questions, please let us know (email firstname.lastname@example.org with "kids" as the subject header).
Is there cell phone reception or internet access?
There is no cell phone reception (and we're excited about it). There is no internet either. There is a pay phone. We always have a communal roll of quarters, but if you plan on long pay-phone calls, it will be best to BYO roll of quarters. :)
Who is organizing this event?
The Greenermind Summit is planned by a volunteer leadership team who originally came together under the Net Impact San Francisco Professional Chapter. We are 100% volunteer run and led, and everyone contributes financially to participate in GMS.
Can I help?
es! If you're interested in becoming a part of our fun-loving, high-impact group of volunteers, please contact us at email@example.com.