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 a Tantra Festival, 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

  • OBob Czimbal

  • 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.


 

DEEP DANCE IS

(with Bob Czimbal)

Deep 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.

A spontaneous conversation unfolds as motion releases emotion. By using the language of our bodies, we give expression to feelings that are beyond words.

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

Using massage-like movements we will explore ways to nourish the hungry heart.

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.

You are invited to join a gathering of Kindred Spirits.

All levels welcome, no previous dance experience necessary.


 

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!


 

Blissflow Sensual Massage

(with Amara Karuna)

Partner required. Bring someone who you feel good sharing sexual touch, taking turns.  Does not involve fluid sharing.

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.

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.

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.

The emphasis is on treating each other’s body 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.

We can will be working on the floor, on a pad.

Bring a sheet, towel and sarong or robe.  We will have coconut oil or bring your own oil.  This workshop has limited space and will have a sign up sheet beforehand.


 

Pampering Ceremony

(with Amara Karuna and Ray Cohen) 
Are you ready to relax and let yourself be pampered?
Ready for an oxytocin ocean?
Ready to get out of your head and into your senses?
 
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! Come join us in an evening of sensual yet non-sexual loving, in a safe and sweet ceremony.
 
Come with a partner and share the whole event together,
or enjoy circulating and being cared for by several friends.
We can do a lot to help each other feel happy and nurtured in this event.
 
Our pampering practices will include
Compassionate listening,
Cuddles or cradling as the receiver wishes,
Head pampering (hairbrushing, head massage),
Foot adoration,
Facial nurturing, and
Sensory meditations with the receiver blindfolded.
There will be a general cuddling opportunity at the end.
 
Instruction will be given to help you be clear with what you do and don't want
in terms of touch and pampering. The receiver is always in charge.

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 Ritual

(with Kim Keller) 
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 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. Participants will:
*Practice opening and softening your heart
*Learn tantric practices to apply to life
*Foster deep presence
*Be nourished by human connection
*Experience intimacy,  even with physical distance
*Immerse into the larger field of love
When we share from that place of honoring each other's hearts, bodies, and souls, something deep inside of us is fed. In this puja you will be invited to step into sacred space so that together we might create the possibility of deep healing, nurturing, and joy together.

 

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.


 

Heart of Now Triads

(with Debby Sugarman) 

Heart of Now is an experience of creating intimacy by letting ourselves truly open and be seen by each other.  In a culture that teaches us that we must only show our best self, it’s a radical act to be who we really are and share our truth.  When we take the risk to share deeply about our journey on this path, we grow closer.  And when we do this as a community, we exponentially expand the possibilities of what we can create together!  "Triads" is an experience where everyone who wants to will have an opportunity for deep personal sharing and discovery in small groups.  As listeners in those groups, participants will build capacity for compassionate witnessing and simple coaching.  We invite the community to dive into this culture of sharing, witnessing, and coaching as a path to intimacy and emotional resilience at this camp and beyond.

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, 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!

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.

Debby Sugarman

Debby seeks the marriage of activism with heart, vision with practicality.  While working on environmental issues in her twenties, Debby realized that the issues she cared about were won or lost based on the strength or failure of human relationships and the effectiveness of interpersonal communication.  Hoping to be a catalyst for more effective and creative endeavors, Debby became skilled in many modalities of group and interpersonal communication.

Debby is a skilled meeting facilitator, mediator and transformational coach.  She is passionate about training others to skillfully manage difficult emotions, communicate with clarity, and navigate difficulties in personal and professional relationships.   Fluent in a wide range of group connection processes, and meeting modalities, Debby helps groups work together to not only get things done efficiently but to nurture creativity and healthy relationships.

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.

Bob Czimbal

Since 1972, Bob has been a counselor in private practice. His professional career includes work as a Sociologist, Community Planner and founder of the Cherry Grove Retreat Center. He is the director of The Abundance Company and author and publisher of: Vitamin T: A Guide to Healthy Touch and Kindred Spirits: The Quest for Love and Friendship.

Bob offers dynamic engaging presentations entitled Erotic Spiritual Play and The Joy of Tantric Love. Deep Dance is his favorite way of releasing emotions, expressing creativity, deepening intimacy and bonding with community. Bob has devoted his life to the evolution of the human spirit.

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

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.

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.

ISTA Level One Portland, November 2021

ISTA Level One 
November 16-23, near Portland, OR
Amara will be organizing the powerful International School of Temple Arts Level One again in November, with Frank Mondeose as Lead teacher. See www.istaoregon.com.