Annual Men's Kink Retreat in California

GearUp Weekend 2020 Registration Info

Cancelled Due to COVID-19

The GearUp Weekend committee, with great sadness, is announcing that GearUp Weekend 2020, which was set for July 9-12, is canceled because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

This is bad news not just for us and our registrants but also for Saratoga Springs Retreat Center. But it is extremely improbable that, by early July, efforts to contain the disease will have progressed enough to allow 150 people to safely attend an event without social distancing. Even if, by some also unlikely chance, local and state authorities would allow it, the committee is not comfortable with hosting it. As important as this gathering is to us and many others, our concern for the health of our community is greater. We prefer to take steps now to help protect the community so that we can prosper again in the future.

Regarding the future, some good news: GearUp and Saratoga Springs have already confirmed our contract to hold GearUp Weekend 2021, on July 8-11 next year.

If you are currently registered for GearUp 2020, please check your e-mail for information about your options.

Though we are very disappointed that we can’t celebrate with you this year, we look forward to the next event and hope you can join us.


In light of COVID-19: our refund policy has changed. Please read the next section for those details.

Sleeping Options

Don’t feel like camping? You can upgrade to a single bunk in a dormitory-style room (8-10 people per room) or a private cabin room for an additional fee. If you need accommodation for a disability, please email and we will do our best to assist you. To see what the bunk rooms or cabins look like, you can check out the Saratoga Springs website.

Note: While bedding (top sheet, duvet, pillow) is provided for cabins and bunks, towels are not. Campers must supply both their own toiletries and towels.

Sharing a Cabin Room

Only one person needs to purchase the upgrade. Your roommate should purchase a base price “camping” registration.

Paying for Another Person

Each attendee must be registered separately with their own legal name. If you want to pay for someone else, simply enter their name, email address, and other information. When you proceed to PayPal, you can still use your own credit card to pay. The credit card information does not need to match the name of the attendee.

Applying for a Scholarship

Applications for scholarships and hardship discounts for GearUp Weekend 2020 are currently open. A very limited number of discount registrations are available for those who may not be able to afford the weekend due to financial hardship. Hardship discounts are awarded based on need and on participation in GearUp events. Although we try to provide discounts to everyone who needs one, it is not always possible due to limited funds. Awards will be announced in late June. For more information about the GearUp scholarship program, please contact us by email at

Donations and Sponsorships

We rely on the support of our community to make Gear Up Weekend affordable for everybody. If you are interested in donating to support low-income GearUp Weekend attendees, you can do so on Eventbrite when you check out. And thank you!

If you are not attending GearUp Weekend 2020 and would like to donate anyway, just email to coordinate. And double thank you!


Registrations are 100% non-transferrable. The name on your registration must match the name on your ID when you check in at the retreat. No exceptions. This is to prevent re-selling and protect the community. For additional questions about transfers, please contact

I’m sold!!! How do I buy it?

You can purchase registration packages starting on February 5th at 8 PM Pacific time on Eventbrite HERE. This event is very popular and we sell out quickly every year, so set a reminder and be ready at 8 PM Pacific exactly. In particular, Cabins are limited and sold out within 45 seconds last year.

Terms and Conditions

By registering for GearUp Weekend, you are certifying that you will be at least 21 years of age on the date of the event. Attendees are required to sign a liability waiver to be admitted to the event. Refusal to sign the waiver will not entitle you to a refund. Attendees agree to abide by all rules established for the event and not to hold the sponsors or their members or guests responsible, liable, or accountable for any loss or injury to your person or property, or for your actions, intentional or otherwise. Please note that pets and non-prescription drugs are not allowed at this event.

GearUp Weekend is a private event. To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all participants, we reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone for any reason.