Heartbeat Nurturing Therapy Training

Bonney Lake, Near Seattle, WA

Saturday Aug 31st with Amara Karuna and Ray Cohen
Apprentice Teaching Day: Tuesday Sept 3rd, 2024

This therapy addresses and heals the pain that many of us experienced as infants and in our birth process; especially the lack of enough skin to skin contact and breast feeding from our mothers after birth.

A version of inner child therapy, this technique works with accessing the infant self and memories still stored in our deep subconscious and cellular memory.  By using hypnotic induction, nurturing touch, invoking the Sacred, hearing another person's heartbeat and loving words, we open a direct channel back to that time and those experiences around birth.  

It is designed to be used with friends, children and lovers, and is simple enough that most people easily can offer it to their loved ones.

1 or 2 day options

Returning to the infant state, being cradled in loving arms, letting go and trusting…
(Do you get enough of that?)
Come join us for a powerful and healing event!
  • Create deeper bonding in relationships
  • Learn to transform needy childlike feelings
  • Trust others more deeply
  • Love and accept yourself more
  • Hold space for nurturing others

Open to couples and singles.

Come with a friend or beloved, or be willing to make new friendships.

The Power of Reparenting

Our birth is the primal imprint, the initiation moment on which we base our beliefs about life. Unsatisfied needs for oral stimulation and closeness can lead to overeating, smoking, relationship problems and other addictions later in life.In this form of therapy we can offer new imprints of love and nurturing directly back to those younger parts of ourselves.
This frees us to create more mature and satisfying intimate contacts with others.Within a spiritual and intentional context, we act as healing channels to help release this pain and create new healthy imprints in the psyche.
It is a way of loving yourself and others deeply; reaching into areas of the most basic infantile needs and giving nurturing. It explores the need for healing and the negative effects of common western birth procedures. For those who are new to therapy or counseling, the basics of how to do emotional release work, peer counseling, inner child work and role-playing are explored.
Since the practice is so simple, anyone can do it, and people can easily exchange sessions with each other as a conscious form of nurturing and sharing. The basic form can be used between friends, parents and children, clients and therapists, or to comfort someone who is ill or injured.
Come on Friday evening for our Snuggle Meditations Ceremony,
Aug 30th, 7:15-9:30 pm $35

Does not include food or lodging.

Prepared dinners, camping and lodging are additional options.

Heartbeat Nurturing Training
on Saturday 31st from 10 am to 7 pm.

include a prepared dinner for $20 more if you stay overnight. Additional programming in the evening for those staying.

with Amara and Ray

*Bonus Heartbeat Nurturing Practice Day*
on Tuesday Sept 3rd with Apprentices leading!  10 am to 6:30 pm.

This is the same material as Saturday, but presented by Apprentices, so it another chance to learn the technique more deeply and practice with others.

What people say:

Getting Real:

 "Taking the Heartbeat Nurturing Therapy class was a profound experience in and of itself. It caused such a degree of de-armoring, of "getting real," that it took my whole life and forced the moment to its crisis, so to speak. It laid bare whatever was not working authentically and also what was authentically true about me and my life. In less than 24 hours my vision, being so cleared, produced the action steps that provide the context for my destiny, if you will.  

All the pieces fell into place perfectly and my understanding, too. It was so fast and amazing as to feel miraculous. I feel blessed by your presence and your class."

    I. H, Seattle, WA

Amara is one of my absolute most favorite teachers.
I went to her Heartbeat Nurturing Therapy class/workshop and I bought the book and the CD there.
I don't thing there is even one adult or child that does not crave non-sexual loving/caring/nurturing touch.

And it does not even need to be a "Therapy" session. 

It also makes for a most wonderful paired meditation. And as a man, I find the ability to hold such a safe, loving, nurturing, sacred space for another to be a privilege that many are men are denied the opportunity to have, or shamed into not doing so.  Every time I held a person with loving intentions in my arms and put his/her head on my heart magic happened. 

I can't really explain in with words.
You have got to try it for yourself!"
Alex W.

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 is a main organizer of the Oregon Tantra Festival, an event that offers a variety of classes on sacred relationship and sexuality as a spiritual path.  She also 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 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 is the author of "Heart to Heart, Hand in Hand: How to Trade Holistic Peer Counseling".
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 is 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 by phone or in the Portland area.
He says:

"As a holistic practitioner, I work with those seeking to feel more at home in their lives through attuning to mind, body and spirit.

My style emphasizes deep compassion, and weds spiritual understanding with commonsense coaching tools that bring your well-being and personal alignment into sharper focus."

Ray leads neo-tantra ceremonies, Zegg forums, consent workshops, and has been teaching Sacred Pelvic Healing Massage and Blissflow Massage for years with Amara. Ray is a main organizer of the Oregon Tantra Festival, an event that offers a variety of classes on sacred relationship and sexuality as a spiritual path.
He lives in Portland, OR.  He gave 2 years of service in Uganda in the Peace Corps.
See https://ray-cohen.com/

The Venue in Bonney Lake, WA

Residential Options: Rent a private yurt $100 per night

Or bring your own tent to camp in the field, or an RV for $50 per night.  Limited space in indoor and tent dorms for $55 per night.
Choose to bring your own food, or choose catered dinners for $20 per meal.

Enjoy our meeting yurt

Our large beautiful meeting space is in a spacious field surrounded by forests on this private small retreat center.  The main house has the kitchen and a dining area.

Self Responsibility

We bring awareness and nourish aspects emphasizing self-responsibility as an essential requirement to navigate healing and spiritual spaces.

This training is based on peer to peer healing, and is not a replacement for physical-emotional-mental therapy and is not focused on treating pathology.

If you suffer from severe trauma, mental illness, or are taking medications, we recommend you consult your therapist/ psychiatrist to check if participating is advisable.

This is a fully clothed event. All activities are optional and by consent.

COVID Safety

We will be taking steps to insure all of our safety, including recommending 3 days of relative self seclusion beforehand and refraining from being around people who are ill, and testing if needed during the event.  No vaccination or testing is required. We all want to feel safe to explore and connect with each other!  Ask for more details at karunaretreats1@gmail.com.