What should I bring to the Arouse Festival?

  • a water bottle
  • snacks
  • a yoga mat
  • a yoga block or meditation cushion for your comfort
  • a large towel
  • a hand towel
  • a pen & notepad or journal
  • personal lubricant
  • an open, curious mind!
...and as a courtesy to others, please arrive freshly showered and fragrance-free.

What can I expect?

There will be three workshops offered simultaneously at each workshop session throughout the weekend, so you can follow your curiosity. Each workshop is taught by an expert, trained, and inspiring instructor. You can expect lots of loving support as you explore yourself and others. You can also expect to join in a community of open-hearted, curious and caring, self-identified men.

Who can attend? Will I feel welcome?

All self-identified men and people with lived experience as men are welcome. This includes gay, queer, bisexual, cis-, and trans- adult men. You must be 18 years or older. We welcome all body shapes and ethnicities.

Can trans men and non-binary folk attend?

Definitely. The volunteers and presenters have taken steps to ensure your comfort and safety at Arouse.

I can't participate the entire weekend. Can I still attend?

Certainly! We'd love to have you participate. You can purchase a 1-Day Pass that gives you access to all the activities on one day, either Saturday OR Sunday, plus the Friday evening opening.

I can't afford the full ticket price, but I want to attend.

Talk to us! There are several ways to save money on your tickets to Arouse.

  • Buy early bird tickets now and save a lot over the cost of tickets in June.
  • Get on our e-list to be notified of any discounts & promotional offers.
  • There are a limited number of volunteer/workstudy discounts for folks who work as volunteers during the event.
  • Limited partial scholarships may also be available, based on financial need and benefactor funding.
Contact us by email for more information about any of these options.

How can I save money on my ticket price?

Buy your ticket now!

  • Save $95 on Early-Bird tickets bought before May 1st.
  • Save $50 on May Special tickets purchased before June 1st.
Simply go to the Tickets page or click a Buy Tickets button to go direct to our ticketing site.

Can I smoke at the festival?

For the health & comfort of all participants, there is no smoking or vaping in the facility -- whether tobacco or weed -- as per WA state law. You may smoke outside on the sidewalk 20 feet away from any doorway.

Can I drink or get high before or during the festival?

This is a weekend that's both fun & sober. Many of the workshops touch on deep, sensitive, and personal topics. You will get the most out of this weekend, and have the most fun, if you have clarity, presence, & focus. Thus we ask that you not indulge in alcohol or other mind-altering substances before or during the festival.

What forms of payment do you accept?

All advance ticket sales are made through Brown Paper Tickets. They accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express cards. And with advance tickets, you can save big with our Early Bird and May Special discounts! We expect the festival will sell out beforehand. But if any tickets remain available during the weekend of the festival, they may be purchased at the door using Paypal or Venmo. No checks, cash, or money orders accepted.

I bought a ticket, but now I can't go. Can I get a refund?

All ticket sales are final. But you can transfer your admission ticket to another man. Just contact us by email with your name and the name of the person taking over your ticket. It's also helpful if your friend brings a printed copy of your ticket receipt. If you are unable to find a man to transfer your ticket to, we do have a Waiting List of men interested in attending. Contact us for more information.

Do you have accommodations for disabilities?

We welcome participants of all abilities to Arouse.

  • Our site has a wheelchair access entrance to the north of the main entrance on 12th Ave. Once inside, the facility is fully wheelchair-accessible.
  • Hearing-impaired or deaf individuals should contact festival organizers in advance to secure an ASL interpreter willing and able to attend the festival.
  • Low-vision or blind individuals should contact festival organizers in advance to discuss accommodations.
  • We are not able to accommodate emotional support animals at this site.
If you need special accommodations, please contact us by June 1st, so we can ensure you get the best possible experience at Arouse.

Is parking available?

There is no parking on site, and on-street parking is time-limited and can be difficult to find on Seattle's Capitol Hill. There are a few paid parking lots nearby. Public transit is a great option though, with several bus lines and Seattle's light rail station within a 5-minute walk of Arouse.

I have more questions...

We have answers! Contact us by email using this site's Contact page.

The 1-page Weekend Schedule looks fuzzy on my phone or tablet. How can I read it?

Tap or click on the fuzzy preview image and that should open up the actual 1-page Schedule PDF document on your device.

How can I help others attend, even if they can't afford the full ticket price?

There are three ways you can help others attend:

  • Buy an extra ticket for a friend! These make unique, outstanding gifts!
  • Buy a benefactor ticket. The surplus funds beyond the current ticket price will be deposited in the festival's Scholarship Fund, to help others attend Arouse Festival.
  • Donate to the GoFundMe Arouse Festival Scholarship Fund. This is a great way to help others, even if you won't be attending Arouse Festival yourself.