Published On: Sat, Jan 20th, 2018

2018 Bloom Freedom Competition Set for November 28


Having an LGBTQ occasion in Jamaica might sound a bit peculiar. However after experiencing the Bloom Freedom Competition with my accomplice this previous 12 months, I perceive why folks hold returning to the extremely constructive occasion that’s held on the uniquely accepting Hedonism II resort.

The brainchild behind the competition is Olubode Shawn Brown, a Jamaican-born New Yorker who created Bloom as a program of self-discovery for professionals, artistic varieties, entrepreneurs and others. Along with penning a book, Brown started a collection of Bloom events in NYC.

By 2009, Hedonism II reached out with an invite to go to and probably convey down a gaggle.

“Although skeptical, we did a website go to and that cemented issues for us,” stated Brown. “The preliminary impulse was to convey a big group of associates to my nation and present them a very good time. It’s now a facilitated experiential journey for people who find themselves exploring—internally and externally, bodily and spiritually—the thought of freedom.”

In our expertise, the overwhelming majority of the attendees had been homosexual males of shade, however the occasion is open to all. As a Caucasian man, I used to be fully welcomed and accepted.

“We don’t use the language LGBTQ, but we’re keenly conscious that on the coronary heart of Bloom’s management and membership are homosexual black males from the Caribbean and African Diaspora—and by extension our associates, no matter race, gender or orientation,” stated Brown.

Nightly events had been themed across the parts of fireside, water, nature, earth and mineral. I used to be blown away by the creativity and complexity of the costumes—and shortly realized that I wanted to convey my “A-Recreation” subsequent time.

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Whereas there was positively construction to the occasion, my accomplice and I loved the flexibility to chill out across the resort and never really feel like we needed to take part in each occasion. Some actions had been included, whereas others—corresponding to a waterfall hike and sundown boat cruise—had been supplied for an additional cost.

We additionally loved a deep and significant ’ dialogue round monogamy versus open relationships that went on lengthy after its scheduled finish time—none of us needed to wrap it up.

Folks had been prepared to open their hearts and converse their reality, and that resulted in some fantastic bonds that we’ve got continued, lengthy after Bloom wrapped up.

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The 2018 iteration of the Bloom Freedom Festival will run from November 28 to December three at Hedonism II in Negril, Jamaica. The competition will function 5 nights and 6 days of fantastic ritual events, spell-binding artistry, thought-provoking conversations, international beats, native excursions and group engagements.

There might be alternatives to satisfy in teams, and revel in life-class-events about life-balance, meditation, sexual power and spirituality.


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