Conscious Connection Retreat

August 26-31, 2022
 
Join us at Sahale Retreat on the Kitsap Peninsula
 
Experience wonderful days of emotionally intelligent, poly-friendly, 
eco-sexy, open hearted, community connection!
 
We recommend you have attended a Network for New Culture week long event, or a Tantra Festival, or an ISTA Level one training previously.
 
*Enjoy the closeness and sweet support of community
*Join our community Forum sharing 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
  • Reid Mihalko

  • Mac Scotty McGregor

  • Hema Latha

  • Amara Karuna 

  • Kim Keller

  • Ray Cohen

  • Gwenn Cody

  • Victor Warring

  • 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:

Positive Masculinity

(With Mac McGregor)

This is open to all genders who would like to walk through exercises about peeling back the layers of our socialization around gender and sexuality for the purpose of conscious examination. We will have the opportunity to look at how our socialization around these core things has shaped and guided how we walk in the world. We will do all of this in a supportive container held to foster growth, discovery and to empower us to create a better path forward.


 

The Power of Connection

(With Reid Mihalko)

This inspiring opening session of the retreat will talk about The Power of Connection:  what does it mean to connect, how to connect, failing at connecting and the ultimate realization that all connection comes from within.


 

Desires, Consent and Healthy Boundaries

(With Ray Cohen and Gwenn Cody)

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.


 

Embodied Dance

(with Victor Warring and others)

Embodied dance is tuning into the internal movement of emotions, sensations and our collective energies.

Discover your own way to move in this delightful form that is both playful and loving.

Dance serves as the perfect metaphor to learn about ourselves as we tune into a partner. What your body learns transfers to other relationships.

Honor your desire for social, sensual, sexual and spiritual connection.

Feel your passion burning within and notice how others will gather to warm themselves at your flame.

All levels welcome, no previous dance experience necessary.


 

Latihan

(with Hema Latha)

Latihan hails from Indonesia and is a powerful meditation in movement exercise.  This is an experience in letting go as you deeply surrender to navigating the unknown.  Many participants leave feeling nurtured, connected and blissed out.


 

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 various facilitators) 

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 Ritual

(with Kim Keller and Victor Warring) 
A Neo Tantra Puja
This ritual is modeled after the neo-tantric practice of Puja.  Puja is the sanskrit word used to describe a ritual of honoring and connecting with Divine Essence, both in yourself and in others.  This Heart Connection Ritual will be an uplifting and transformative experience designed to heal, awaken, and open your bodies energy system, especially the heart!
With step-by-step facilitation, participants are given the opportunity learn and practice neo-tantric skills, and to connect through practices such as eye gazing, breathing exercises, verbal sharing and sacred self-touch.

 

Ecstatic 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.


 

Want more information on the program?

Click here to get more detailed information on the agenda, workshops and presenters.

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. 
 
We will notify you by June 15th if you have a spot.  People registering after June 15 will be notified as soon as possible.
Send your full payment within 2 weeks after getting the Welcome letter.  We are not taking deposits.
___Tenting/ RV ticket $660- $800 sliding scale, you bring your tent, bedding, towels
___Indoor dorm Ticket $775 - 900 sliding scale
___Private room Ticket $900- 1100 sliding scale per person 
Pay with Check or credit card!  You will get details when you are notified you have a spot.
Extra nights
You can choose to spend an extra night before the retreat (but no nights after the retreat), at the cost of $55 per night for camping or $85 per night for indoors. Arrange this with the venue.  There will be more information on this in your welcome letter.
Fill out the Application!

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, except for the needed travel to the site:
*refraining from risky practices such as going to large events with people you are not familiar with,
*practicing social distancing when around crowds for the week before the event,
*avoiding anyone who is sick,
*we recommend, but don't require, 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, regardless of vaccination status.
*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!

If you want to be on work trade at the retreat, Apply here!

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.

Mac Scotty McGregor

Mac McGregor – the “Gender Sensei” – is a speaker who works to educate and train various corporations, colleges, and groups on topics
concerning diversity, gender, healthy masculinity and being true to themselves. He is a dedicated, heartfelt activist and educator who focuses every part of his existence on creating a world wherepeople can feel free to be their authentic selves.

He has been a keynote speaker at many events including Mayo Clinic, and many colleges, organizations, and conferences. This includes
the University of Washington where he is a guest instructor each semester who discusses the complexities of gender, transgender, and gender
non-conforming. Mac has also made appearances on Ripley’s Believe it or Not, The Learning Channel, The Discovery Channel, the 700 Club,
Univision, People Magazine, and many more. He also writes for the Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, Seattle Gay News, Unite Magazine and other publications.

Mac’s experience prior to transition was that of a successful female athlete, champion competitor, and business owner. This experience
shaped him to become a guiding figure for women’s rights, specifically closing the pay gap and providing equal opportunity for those that are
gender variant. He was a former US karate team member, inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame as a competitor and as Master Teacher.

 

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.

Reid Mihalko

Reid Mihalko of ReidAboutSex.com and SexGeekSummerCamp.com helps adults and college students create more self-esteem, self-confidence and greater health in their relationships and sex lives using an inspiring mixture of humor, keen insight, and comprehensive sexual health information. He frequently speaks at colleges and universities, and regularly appears in the media sharing his views on consent, dating, and shame-free sexuality. Reid would also like you to know that he recently concluded a yearlong restorative justice-based accountability process so he could address harms that were brought to his attention during the #MeToo movement. You can find details on that process at TinyURL.com/reidaccountabilty

Victor Warring

 

Victor Warring, MA is a somatically trained individual, relationship and group facilitator, a somatic sexuality educator/coach and a pleasure whisperer. His work/play embodies re-wilding our animal bodies and inviting play, pleasure, connection, eros, community and social justice into all aspects of our lives.

Victor’s work and life are focused on the reclaiming of our innate, sovereign somatic intelligence buried within our domesticated lives; the intelligence of our wilder ancestors for which our animal bodies long. His work is gender orientation, sexual orientation, relationship orientation and libido spectrum inclusive and trauma informed.

Gwenn Cody


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

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.

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 2022 to receive a full refund minus $100 processing fee, and any transaction fees.

Cancellations July 16 to August 1st receive a 50% refund, and after August 1 or failure to appear receives no refund. Exception: if someone takes your spot, you will receive a full refund minus $100 and any credit card fees.

Cancellation requests received after August 1st 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, in which case you get a full refund minus $100 and any transaction fees.

Cancellations due to illness: If you cancel within 7 days of the event due to your illness that you send us documentation for, we will refund all of your money if we can fill your spot, half of it if we can't, minus a $100 fee.

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.

Cancellation requests must be received by email to [email protected]

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.

Other Retreats of Interest

Liberation- Releasing the Past, with Stacy Lynn

Are you ready to really heal from your childhood experiences and unfold your life to new levels?  This is in a similar style to those offered by ISTA.
August 19-23, at Sahale Retreat Center.  And November 19-23 near Portland.

ISTA Level One

The powerful Spiritual Sexual Shamanic Experience, September 6-13, at the same venue, Sahale retreat, near Seattle, WA.
Amara will be organizing the powerful International School of Temple Arts Level One again in September, with Triambika MaVive as Lead teacher.

ISTA Level 2- SSS IN

You will have the rare opportunity to attend the Spiritual Sexual Shamanic Initiation Level 2 on November 12-18, near Portland, OR, with Elaine Yonge as Lead.  More info soon.
See www.istaoregon.com.