Bonney Lake, Near Seattle, WA, USA

Monday Sept 2nd 2024

With Amara Karuna and Ray Cohen

Blissflow Intimate Massage:

Couples who would like to practice intimate massage and conscious touch will find this a powerful deepening, as we teach this healing erotic massage practice which combines opening the bodys energetic channels with arousing touch.


This will be a training in enjoying and improving our ability to be present, loving and skillfully erotic with our lovers.
The content is wonderful for newcomers or those experienced in touch and healing modalities.

Each part of the workshop can be taken independent of the other. We will begin with a section taught by the main teachers, and then other section Apprentices will teach the same material. The apprentice section will be discounted.

This retreat includes:

1. Monday Sept 2nd - Blissflow Intimate Massage
led by Amara Karuna and Ray Cohen
9:30 am to 4:00 pm. $200-400 per pair sliding scale

2. Apprentice Led Blissflow Intimate Massage 

Monday Sept 2nd  4:30 am to 10:00 pm. $125 -200 sliding scale per pair

This is the same material as eariler, but presented by Apprentices, so it another chance to learn the technique more deeply and practice, at a discount.

The power of conscious touch

This is sensual and deep bodywork, done as a devotional practice, using aroused sexual energy combined with long, sweeping strokes on the whole body.
Treat your lover to an amazing, sensuous new experience!
Relax, energize and open to new levels of pleasure!

If you are interested in deep healing for your body, becoming a better lover, and taking your physical intimacy to another level, then you will find Blissflow a beautiful experience.

When we are in highly aroused states, our physiology changes radically. This shift can be a gateway into health and healing. When these erotic energies are channeled correctly, profound changes in physical and emotional health can occur.

This workshop will consist of erotic bodywork that includes touching the whole body. The massage strokes run along meridians and muscle fibers, and are slow and deep.  These long strokes along the limbs and torso are combined with a steady, slow arousing touch with the hands, for a little journey into heaven. It does not involve any fluid sharing, only touch with the hands and chest.

The emphasis is on treating our bodies as a sacred temple, using continuous, flowing strokes, which move the energy throughout the body, leaving you both relaxed and energized.  It is not so much about learning detailed techniques as it is creating a feeling of flow.

This work is a simplified version of Rivers Of Love, a style developed by David Bruce Leonard, but does not require a protective plastic sheet. The pattern of the work on a male or female body is different, taking into account the difference in sexual energetics.
"Being in the presence of such loving luscious sensual beings felt so natural and arousing. The energy in the room was electric, which made it that much more arousing. I was in an altered state after leaving the house. Thank you so much for sharing your gifts with us.” -Rose L.
"What a superb collection of massage styles and techniques make up Blissflow massage. I thoroughly enjoyed what I learned in Amara's expansive class, and I am sure my lovers will too."
-Bruce Bartlett, Portland, OR


The instructor will demonstrate these techniques, and the participants will be guided in practicing with their partners.

This event is for couples. If you are a single and are open to working with someone new, you can get on a waiting list, and meet with others beforehand to see if it's a fit.

You must be physically able to give a full body massage, from a seated position.  You could bring a massage table if needed, but there is not much space so that's limited.

Be comfortable with an erotically charged group environment.

 All couples will remain together throughout the event. Our focus will be on healing our physical and emotional bodies, and on bringing more pleasure and joy into our lives and greater connection with our partner.

Participants need to be comfortable with group nudity and sexuality.  We will be touching sexually with our hands (with our partners only), but there will be no intercourse.

The Facilitators

Amara Karuna

Amara Karuna has been involved with New Culture for many years and is the Director of the New Culture Hawaii Winter Camp.  She lives on the Big Island of Hawaii in the New Culture community called La’akea Permaculture community.  She lives New Culture full time!
Amara was a main organizer of the Oregon Tantra Festival, and the Cascadia Tantra Festival, both events that offered a variety of classes on sacred relationship and sexuality as a spiritual path.  She now co-organizes the Conscious Connection Retreat.
She also organizes for International School of Temple Arts, for their Level 1 and 2 week-long trainings in sacred sexual healing through Karuna Retreats, in Hawaii, Oregon and Washington.
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”

In 1989, she developed her own approach to peer counseling, called Holistic Peer Counseling integrating counseling with spiritual meditation practices, psychic healing, breath work and body centered techniques.   She has studied 6 different methods of pelvic bodywork, and has taught Sacred Pelvic Healing Work, Blissflow Intimate Massage, and led NeoTantra Pujas since 2007.

Ray Cohen

Ray Cohen has been a co-organizer and presenter at the Oregon Tantra Festival since 2017. He began his professional counseling career in 1981 helping people recover from substance abuse. In his private practice ( he specializes in issues of intimacy, polyamory, open relationships, and sexual healing, working with both individuals and couples.
He is passionate about personal transformation and is devoted to helping remove the blocks from intimacy and connection. In addition, Ray has presented for Sex Positive Portland, Polytopia, and Network for New Culture and has been teaching Sacred Pelvic Healing Massage since 2018 with Amara Karuna, who developed this technique. Ray also has maintained a personal fitness coaching practice since 1992 and a has had a lively career as a professional musician.