Conscious Connection Retreat

August 16-22, 2021
 
Join us at Sahale Retreat on the Kitsap Peninsula
 
Experience wonderful days of emotionally intelligent, poly-friendly, 
eco-sexy, open hearted, community connection!
 
Pre-requisite: one Network for New Culture week long event, or an ISTA Level one training.
 

*Enjoy the closeness and sweet support of community
*Join our community Forum sharings for emotional transparency
 
*Bliss out at the Connection Ceremonies and temple spaces
*Learn the skills of pleasure, including nurturing, respectful touch
 
*Time at the nearby river bank and lush forest,
*Savor the yummy organic meals!
 
with
  • Hema Latha

  • Amara Karuna 

  • Kim Keller

  • Miranda Rudegeair

  • Ray Cohen

  • Gwenn Cody

  • Debby Sugarman

  • Sheya grace wind

  • and more!

Creating Connection

Join us in co-creating safe, nurturing, inspiring community, with a focus on how we can be deeply connected with each other, with nature and the world. 
 
We are dedicated to examining every aspect of our existing cultures and experimenting to find out how to create a world based on love and freedom, rather than fear and violence.
       The simple act of sharing loving touch is a deeply powerful practice that most of us would like to have more often, especially in these times.  The intention for this event is to create a warm, loving and safe space for exploring sensuality, communication and relationship skills in an experiential way. 
 
In order to create a safe bubble to touch in freely, we will ask for safety protocols to be followed beforehand, including testing and relative self seclusion.
 
We will have some open time blocks for participants to offer workshops and events.  If you have an idea for leading one, let us know on the application!
 
Come celebrate, be challenged, and enjoy yourself on the land as we share our talents, knowledge and hearts with each other!
This will be held at Sahale Retreat Center, near Tahuya, WA on the Kitsap Peninsula.  The center is very private, tucked away in a lovely forest and is comfortable with sensual activities and nudity.  It offers great food, and a number of private and dorm style rooms, and lots of space for camping.
We will limit the retreat to 70 people including organizers/presenters. Because of the limited attendance, we will not be selling part time tickets.

Samples from the Program

We have many wonderful offerings to delight you, presented by our very skilled presenters including:

Desires, Consent and Healthy Boundaries

(With Ray Cohen)
This session will give us the important foundations of consent and healthy boundaries and allow us to develop erotic communication skills while deepening connection . We'll learn to share non-sexual touch that lets us practice communicating desires, as we release what prevents fulfilling them. You'll be able to explore coping mechanisms you may unconsciously use to deal with being vulnerable. Experience the deep presence Tantric exchanges make possible. . . Enlightening, pleasurable practical skills that enhance intimacy.

 

Blissflow Sensual Massage

(with Amara Karuna)
Sensual and deep bodywork in pairs, done as a devotional practice, using aroused energy combined with long, sweeping strokes on the whole body. Involves nudity.  Bring a sheet, towel and sarong or robe, and a pad to lay on.

 

Dancing Freedom

(with Sheya grace wind)
Dancing Freedom is a free form, authentic movement practice.  Integrating elemental waves of music and magic, we give body to our prayers.  The process is lightly facilitated, mainly self directed, a recipe for community coherence and human rewilding, welcoming to all.

 

Energy Playshop

(with Hema Latha)
This workshop is a 2 hour experiential workshop that enables participants to tune into their somatic and energy field.  The playshop consists of fun activities with and without partners.  Participants will learn about how to create and respect energetic boundaries, pick up on other's energies and much more!

 

Mojo Tantra Dance

(with Miranda Rudegeair)
Mojo Tantra Dance is an opportunity to dance with heart, humor, curiosity, and to celebrate the mystery and magic of human connection.  After connecting with yourself and the group, the invitation is to take a new partner at the start of each track, and to dance whatever is genuine in each connection. However this is a suggestion only and not a rule. There are no circles or gender divisions. The space is held with strong respect and integrity, and individual sovereignty is honored at all times.
Please note:
• No prior dance or Tantra experience is required.
• Individual boundaries are respected at all times.
• No partner required, but couples welcome.
• All genders are welcome.
• You are always in control.
Simple. Safe. Fun. Sensual.

ZEGG Forum

(with various facilitators) 
ZEGG Forum is a group process developed at the German community ZEGG to provide a stage for whatever is happening inside the person: one's true motivations, deep feelings, ideas and emotions. The Forum helps facilitate transparency, sharing and clarifying unsolved situations of daily life, and it can be a catalyst for one's own personal growth.

Authentic Relating Games

(with Miranda Rudegeair
Create new and authentic connections by getting to know people in fun and playful ways.  Authentic Relating Games creates a safe atmosphere for people to show up, exactly as they are, and connect from this place.  The games are aimed at keeping what is present in the moment very alive and exploring it together with child like curiosity.  Depending on the group, the games can be light and simple.  They can also get edgy pretty quickly.  You decide where you want the games to take you!  Enjoy the ride!

Heart Connection Puja

(with Kim Keller) 

If you enjoy being honored as the Divine Being that you are, and also enjoy giving others this relaxing enjoyment, this is the right event for you! Join us in an evening of sensual yet non-sexual loving, in a safe and sweet ceremony.  

 

Ecstatic Chakra Breathing

(with Gwenn Cody) 
In this session we use breathwork to activate your energy system and work through the obstructions formed by chronic emotional and energetic patterns, usually developed in childhood.
The session takes us through a developmental sequence that opens the “inner flute” and brings awareness to places that have been wounded, blocked or disowned and offers nourishment and vitality to the innate self.
People often feel a new sense of release and possibility after the session.

 

Retreat Cost: 

We ask that people give an amount that is both generous and joyful. 
If you are unable to contribute at bottom of the sliding scale, please contact us – we may be able to work something out!  
Those of you who are able to pay at the higher end of the sliding scale enable us to hold this retreat in a spirit of generosity and inclusiveness. 
 
Full Payment will be due by July 30.  A $200 deposit will hold your place once you are notified that you have a spot.
___Tenting/ RV ticket $490- $600 sliding scale, you bring your tent, bedding, towels
___Indoor dorm Ticket $670 - 800 sliding scale
___Private room Ticket $770- 900 sliding scale per person 
Pay with Venmo, Check or credit card (add 4%)!
Extra nights
You can choose to spend an extra night before the retreat and/or one or two extra nights after the retreat, at the cost of $55 per night for camping or $85 per night for indoors.
Fill out the Application now!

Pre-event Safety Agreements

We will be taking many steps to insure all of our safety, including:
*requiring a period of you moving in a relatively tight bubble at least 5 days beforehand:
*refraining from risky practices such as going to large events with people you are not familiar with,
*practicing social distancing when around others for the week before the event,
*avoiding anyone who is sick,
*we recommend getting a PCR COVID test a within 4 days before the event and bringing the negative results with you, for an extra layer of safety, if possible,
*We will do a rapid testing of everyone the day the event starts at the site.
*If you have any symptoms of illness, please do not come to the training. If you need to cancel in the 7 days before the event because of becoming ill, we will refund you all of your money if we can fill your spot, or half the money if we can't.
We all want to feel safe to explore and connect with each other! We know people have different beliefs around COVID and being safe with it, and we ask you to please abide by these guidelines to protect the organizers and other attendees.

The Facilitators- More coming soon!

Amara Karuna

In 1989, she developed her own approach to peer counseling, called Holistic Peer Counseling integrating peer counseling with spiritual meditation practices, psychic healing, breath work and body centered techniques.
She began studying Tantra and Sacred Spot work, a method of sexual healing, on Maui in 2003, and has since studied 6 different methods of pelvic bodywork.  She has taught Sacred Pelvic Healing Work, and led Tantra Pujas since 2007.  
She is the author of the pictoral guide “Sacred Pelvic Healing Massage Practice Manual”, and offers Yoni and Lingam Massage DVDs to students for practicing at home.
Amara developed Heartbeat Nurturing Therapy, a method of healing the inner infant-self using cradling, hypnotic induction and suckling to address emotional issues stemming from lack of breast feeding & loving closeness as an infant.  She is the author of Heartbeat Nurturing Therapy- Healing Our Hearts Together“.
See http://www.karuna-sacredloving.com for counseling, classes, workshops, writings, videos.

Hema Latha

Hema, the founder of Hema Yoga, is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher and has been teaching yoga for over 6 years. Hema blends mindfulness, meditation and breath into a yoga experience that results in a greater awareness and connection to your body.

Hema is also a gifted energy healer, channeler and psychic. She uses Tantric techniques combined with her spiritual gifts to help individuals release traumas and negative blocks from their mind, body and spirit.

Kim Keller

Kim Keller is a Certified Tantra Educator and Intimacy Coach, as well as Co-Organizer of Oregon Tantra Festival. Kim lives in Ashland, OR, with her partner, Jimmy Nacey. She specializes in working with women, men and couples looking for more pleasure, joy and intimacy in their sexuality, and utilizing that juicy energy to inspire and enliven their everyday life.

As a on-one-one coach, group facilitator, keynote speaker and workshop presenter, Kim has over 30 years experience as a counselor and coach, and is driven by her strong commitment and passion in the support and service of others as they discover and reclaim their own deep sensual and sexual nature as a critical part of overall health, wellness and vitality.

Gwenn Cody, MSW, CET, CTE


Gwenn Cody, MSW, CET, CTE has been teaching tantra and sexual enhancement classes for over 20 years. Her education includes professional level training with Margo Anand and Charles Muir, and participation in numerous other tantric, neo-Reichian and sex-positive workshops and trainings. She has presented at Hawaii Tantrafest, Oregon Tantra Festival, NFNC, Sex Positive Portland, and Loving More, as well as 10 years co-facilitating Sexual Radiance for Women.  In addition, Gwenn has been a private practice psychotherapist since 1988 and an early provider of body-oriented psychotherapy, and therapy/support for non-monogamous people and those exploring “alternative” sexualities in her community. She’s certified as a Core Energetics therapist and a Pelvic…
Learn more about Gwenn Cody, MSW, CET, CTE

Miranda Rudegeair

Miranda’s journey started in Melbourne, Australia in 2014 when she began a one-year tantric yoga course presented by Tantra Is Love. This course inspired Miranda to further research the path of pleasure. Miranda began training in topics such as sacred sexuality, tantric massage and conscious relating. In the years to follow, Miranda continued to attend other tantric based courses, workshops and festivals including ISTA, Authentic Relating Facilitator Training and Somagetic Experience Training. Miranda is also a certified conscious movement facilitator. Miranda loves to connect, play and dance (and be a goof), so brining people together to connect on a deeper level but in a playful way is an absolute joy for her!

Ray Cohen

Ray Cohen is a co-organizer of the Oregon and Cascadia Tantra Festivals, a professional counselor with experience helping people recover from substance abuse, a personal fitness coach and a professional musician. He supports clients in working with issues of intimacy, polyamory, open relationships, and sexual healing, and can work with couples.

Ray has presented for Sex Positive Portland, Polytopia, and Network for New Culture. Ray has taught Sacred Pelvic Healing Massage with Amara Karuna, who developed this technique. He did 2 years of service in Uganda in the Peace Corps.

Sheya grace wind

Sheya grace wind practices life as art.. offering her gift bundle of opening spaces for love, grace, creating and transformation serving earth community. dancing freedom, an enlivening elemental tantric movement ceremony, is a favorite cocreation She is also a visionary painter and loves to make spaces for people to focus on creating art as magic, teaching and sharing heartivism ( sacred art activism ) whenever possible..

Event Guidelines

* No Pets or children Please
* This is a substance free event, please leave alcohol and drugs at home
* We ask for respect for the neighbors driving to the site, and keep voices low when outside the buildings.
* Please keep the site clean, leave no trace, give space and respect the animals and the private homes on the land.
* All interactions with others are by mutual consent, based on respect and clear communication
*No public sexual activity, keep it private in the temples
* Refrain from wearing strong scents to help others who are chemically sensitive
*No violence or loud public arguments or disturbances of any kind tolerated
* Keep quiet, especially in the dorms and camping area after 10 pm so others can sleep.
*Failure to comply with these guidelines could result in you being asked to leave without a refund.

Our Cancellation Policy:

Substitutions of attendees may be made with discussion with the organizers.
Attendees must cancel by midnight, Pacific Coast time, July 15 2021 to receive a full refund minus $25 processing fee.
If you cancel between July 16 and August 6th, you get a half refund, unless we can find someone to take your spot, in which case you get a full refund minus $25.
Cancellation requests received after August 6 or failure to appear for the camp will result in forfeiture of the entire course fee, unless we can find someone to take your spot.
Cancellation requests must be received by email to [email protected]
If you need to cancel in the 7 days before the event because of becoming ill, we will refund you all of your money if we can fill your spot, or half the money if we can't.
You are responsible for ensuring that we receive your written request. We will reply by email with a written acknowledgement. Cancellation refunds will be completed via check or Venmo.
Karuna Retreats reserves the right to cancel or reschedule events at any time. This is very unlikely to happen. A sufficient enrollment decision will be made two weeks after the early payment deadline.
If Karuna Retreats cancels or reschedules the event due to low enrollment, weather, or unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Karuna Retreats, you are entitled to a full refund, but Karuna Retreats is not responsible for travel arrangements, travel fees, or any expenses incurred by you as a result of such cancellation.
If Karuna Retreats cancels an event is which you have registered, you will be contacted at the email address you provide when registering, so please be sure to provide a valid email address.

Afterwards: ISTA Level One

ISTA Level One 
August 26- Sept 1st, at Sahale
Immediately following the CC retreat, 3 days later, will be another event at the same venue; the powerful International School of Temple Arts Level One.  Stay and join us!  See www.istaseattle.com