Sacred Touch Training

Bonney Lake, Near Seattle, WA, USA

Aug 30-Sept 5, 2024

Weekend, 4 day, or 6 day options

Do you love to receive massage, cuddling, and loving compassionate listening from others?
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And would you also enjoy giving others this kind of relaxing, safe enjoyment, in a way that invokes your own inner priest or priestess?
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Come enjoy being honored as the Divine Being that you are while generally being pampered.

with Amara Karuna and Ray Cohen

This will be a three part training: enjoying and improving our ability to nurture each other, conscious touching and masterful massage, and intimate massage.

The content is adapted to welcome newcomers.

These practices are a powerful way to explore our creative energy potential, and expand beyond usual limits to a new level of consciousness. It is an invitation to gain confidence in opening in sacred love to others, and a greater ability to experience ecstasy in all dimensions of life.

This work focuses on deep heart attunement, emotional safety and respect.

These practices can help to let go of our tensions, feel nourished, and to experience peace, silence and the presence of our Being.

 

First two sections are open to couples and singles. Come with a friend or beloved, or be willing to make new friendships.

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

This retreat includes:

1st Weekend Aug 30-Sept 1 includes:
• Sacred Body Blessing Ceremony
• Ecstatic Dance and Yoga
• Heartbeat Nurturing Therapy Training
2nd Section Sept 2-3 includes:
• Conscious Touch Training
• Seven Secrets of Masterful Massage
• Daily movement and embodiment practices
3rd Couples Only Section Sept 4-5 includes:
• Blissflow Intimate Massage
• Evening sensual temples and rituals

8/31- 9/1

Heartbeat Nurturing Therapy:

On the first weekend we will be learning how to deeply hold and heal our inner child, and assist our own children and family members in releasing old trauma. This is a simple and very powerful technique that anyone can use.

Sept 2-3

Seven Secrets of Masterful Massage:

in the second 2 days we will be learning how to work with the body on many different levels of touch, from the energetic body to deep tissue massage.  We will practice ways to work with muscles, skin, fascia and lymph. Basic massage ability is a universally useful skill.

Sept 4-5

Blissflow Intimate Massage:

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

 

Weekend Activities

1st Weekend Friday Aug 30- Sunday Sept 1

SACRED Body Blessing CEREMONY

The Art of Sacred Body Worship

with Amara Karuna

  • Would you love being pampered and treated as a divine being?
  • And does your own inner priest/ess love to give devotion to others?
  • Do you want to take your love and relationships into a deeper and sacred realm?
  • Have you had wounds, neglect or trauma around your body that has left residuals of shame, guilt and fear? Taking these issues, which many of us carry from our body negative culture, into a sacred healing space is a powerful and deep practice.

If you enjoy ritual and want to learn more about Tantra, this event will delight you!

We will create a strong container of safety and healing, and practice  using each other’s bodies as altars for the Divine.  We will include invocations of healing powers, and it is a chance for you to call on your own inner priest and priestess to be present.

The process includes some creative dance, compassionate listening, sensual mediations, and massage.  You will have the chance to both give and receive and we will rotate to have short practices with different partners.

This will have no intimate touching. Partial nudity will be optional. Our primary focus is on honoring, loving and healing.

A partner is not required for this event and you will be practicing with a mix of people.  All genders and gender preferences are welcome, and same gender partnerings are great.

Event fee
$35 -45 per person

Conscious Touch Training

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 Seven Secrets of Masterful Massage! 
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.

Blissflow Intimate Massage

This is sensual and deep bodywork, done as a devotional practice, using aroused sexual energy combined with long, sweeping strokes on the whole body. 

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.

Self Responsibility

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

This training 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.

The training activates the life force and is, at times, emotionally intense. There will be group nudity. All activities are optional and by consent.

Please consider if your mental health is ready and capable of undertaking such powerful initiations and if you can take responsibility for your mental stability.

On that basis, we, the facilitators, acknowledge and recognize our responsibility to offer participants nondiscriminatory care, a consent-focused space, and appropriate support concerning the process as you navigate the training.

COVID Safety

We will be taking steps to insure all of our safety, including requiring 5 days of relative self seclusion beforehand and refraining from risky practices, and testing if needed during the event.  We all want to feel safe to explore and connect with each other!  Ask for more details at karunaretreats1@gmail.com.

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 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.
Ray leads neo-tantra ceremonies, Zegg forums, consent workshops, and has been teaching Sacred Pelvic Healing Massage and Blissflow Massage for years with Amara.  He lives in Portland, OR.  He just returned for 2 years of service in Uganda in the Peace Corps.