Bonney Lake, Near Seattle, WA, USA

Sunday Sept 1st - with Ray Cohen and Amara Karuna
Apprentice Led Seven Secrets Training on Wednesday Sept 4th

7 Secrets of Masterful Massage:

Why do some people seem to have a golden touch that invites you to melt with pleasure?
What is the essential difference between a massage that feels businesslike or clumsy, and one that is deeply intimate and satisfying?
Learn the art of conscious touch for the seven layers of the body. There is so much more to massage, and healing touch than just giving some good rubs.
Our bodies are complex and amazing living systems with so many levels.  With a little training, you can greatly upgrade your ability to give amazing touch! This introduction compresses many years of training in many different types of massage into a sampler, to give you the basic ideas of how to effectively give pleasure and relief from pain to your loved ones.


Join us for a powerful exploration of the essentials of aware healing touch.  This massage is done partially clothed and is non-sexual.

Your massages will never be the same!

The content is wonderful for newcomers or those experienced in touch and healing modalities.

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

This retreat includes:

1. Sunday Sept 1st - Seven Secrets of Masterful Massage 9:30 am to 6:30 pm. $135-250

2. Apprentice Led Seven Secrets Training on  Wednesday Sept 4th

9:30 am to 6:30 pm$90 -150 sliding scale

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

Options for residential and non residential participation.
Study this topic and/or two others.
See the main Nurturing Touch Training page for details.

Exploring the layers of the body

You will learn:
  • To touch another person with deep awareness
  • What happens to our chemistry when we are touched lovingly?
  • What kind of touch helps a muscle let go?  
  • What works for unwinding the fascia? 
  • How can we work with the bones to bring them more aliveness?
  • How can we delight the skin and drain lymph?
  • How can we feel into the energy body underlying the physical and open the channels?
  • How is breath related to healing touch?
  • How to be aware of your own body comfort while giving.
  • How you can use your own hands as healing magnets for energy balancing.
We will exchange a series of small touch trades practicing various intentions and techniques of touch, and then have a longer time for trading healing touch with each other.  Come with a partner or circulate to practice with several others.  We will be working on all genders.
This workshop is non sexual yet very sensual in nature.  We will keep the genitals covered.  
You will be pumped with Oxytocin by the end!
"What an amazing experience! It was wonderful to learn to channel universal power to serve my fellow participants. This was returned to me tenfold, and for the first time in years, I have no lower back pain!"  -Karen, Portland OR
*"This was an expertly distilled experience that taught the foundations of energetic grounding and presence in an appropriately easeful and accessible way. As someone who has completed an 800 hour massage program,  was impressed by how Amara conveyed topics built on mountains of academic, experiential and embodied knowledge, in a way that made everyone come away with a sense of skill and confidence. Thank you Amara!"  - Julian Moon, Portland OR
Thanks you for bringing this sacred knowledge.  Connecting through touch is so profound.  thank you for teaching me to touch and connect with intention." -Miquel Lopez, Portland OR

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.

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.

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.

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.