New Culture Cascadia Summer Camp 2015
Presenters and Offerings
Primal Bonding with the
Divine Mother and Father
Heartbeat Nurturing Therapy
with Amara Karuna
Our first impression of the divine comes from our parents, as they are our first nurturers. Our feeling connection to Spirit is based on this first relationship, and reflects how much or little nurturing we got. This imprint deeply affects of relationships with lovers. We can repattern this early imprint by doing specific therapy to create a deeper and more fulfilling connection to Source.
This Tantric healing practice addresses the pain that many of us experienced as infants in our birth traumas, and the lack of enough skin to skin contact and breast feeding from our mothers after birth. A version of inner child therapy, this process works with accessing the infant self and memories still stored in our deep subconscious and cellular memory.
By using ritual, hypnotic induction, massage, touch, sound and spoken words, we open a direct channel back to that time and those experiences around birth. Both men and women can give and receive. We consciously invoke the larger energies of the Source, imagining ourselves as channels of the archetypal Mother and Father. We will cradle the receiver to our chests, with the option of being bare-chested.
People attending beginning class do not need to come with a partner. We will be trading a number of shorter sessions with same gender and opposite gender pairs, so we can experience being both mothered and fathered.
Women may optionally offer the Advanced form, which includes nuzzling, and touching the breasts, and the offering of a breast for suckling, but this is not required. We have found that the actual shape and texture of a real breast is the best for effectively changing the deepest patterning. For more info, see heartbeatnurturing.com.
Amara developed her own approach to peer counseling, called Wholistic Peer Support, integrating many ideas from RC with spiritual meditation practices, psychic healing, breathwork and body centered techniques. This has since evolved into a network of people under the name of Holistic Peer Counseling. She began studying Tantra and Sacred Spot work, a method of sexual healing, on Maui in 2003, and has since studied six different methods of pelvic bodywork. She has been teaching Sacred Sexual Healing Work for men and women, and leading Tantra Pujas, on Hawaii and the west coast. 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 and loving closeness as an infant. She is the author of “i>Heartbeat Nurturing Therapy- Healing our Hearts. She eats all raw food, identifies as polyamorous, and currently lives in a land-based permaculture community in Hawaii.
Play the 3 Minute Game
How to Give and Get the Touch You Want
with erotic educator, author
and coach Dr. Charla Hathaway
Mmm, that glorious moment when we are giving (or getting) exactly the touch that feels good on our body! Sometimes we find that “sweet spot” spontaneously, but more often, we find it through clear communication and feedback. How many of us say “yes” to things we don’t actually want out of guilt or a fear of losing connection? Learn through structured, sweet activities to offer and request touch, negotiate the touch you want, and give verbal feedback on the touch you receive.
Practice good erotic communication skills that make you feel safe, relaxed, and sensual. Participants often remark, “I could feel more. I didn’t have to worry about guessing or getting it right. Everything slowed down.” Expressing clear boundaries makes your playing field bigger …and more exciting! In this workshop, clothes may remain on or not, and touch is non-sexual yet often sensual. You learn the difference between permission and consent, active/passive, touch for you/for me, offers/requests. Expand your erotic self awareness, trust, and expression. Anxiety about performance melts away and a natural curiosity emerges. For more info, see bodyjoy.org.
Charla Hathaway, PhD, certified sex educator, Sexological Bodyworker, Surrogate Partner Therapist, and author of 8 Erotic Nights: Passionate Encounters that Inspire Great Sex for a Lifetime, and Erotic Massage: Sensual Touch for Deep Pleasure (available in nine languages), founded the BodyJoy Intimacy School in Austin, Texas, has has guided thousands through classes, retreats and private sessions, finding intimate ways to touch, talk and play that feel safe and satisfying.
with Jack Pollard and Paul Rogers
In modern culture feelings are so distorted that we often equate “feeling numb” with “feeling good.” People learn to exist in a state of hopelessness and depression, to not trust each other, and to have no vision of something better. The current global crisis and the general failure of seemingly intelligent people to create a sustainable future reflects this deep disconnection from our own feelings. Possibility Management is an approach to the current state of our culture and ourselves.
Possibility management shows you how you can upgrade your thoughtware. In this workshop we’ll provide a safe learning environment for changing traditional thinking and behaviors that we have adopted from our parents, our culture, and our education system. These patterns limit the quality of our relationships and our ability to respond creatively to life’s opportunities. The workshop gives the participants tools to bring more consciousness and power into their lives. We will explore new thoughtmaps, and there will be several practical exercises and group processes. New skills will be developed in the area of listening, speaking, feeling, experiencing and interacting, which will make your life richer, more vivid and more conscious.
Jack Pollard began training in Clinton Callahan’s Possibility Management four years ago, studying with Paul Rogers and Anette Schuster. PM so profoundly changed his life that he continued his training and became the first certified Possibility Manager in the United States. He’s excited to bring the potential of PM to the camp, and to take it out into the world.
This year, he’s surfing a rapidly changing life, building his community, and moving into a large house with friends. Besides Possibility Management, he also leads ZEGG Forum events in Seattle, paints, and sculpts—all which are a great deal of fun!
Paul Rogers was drawn to Possibility Management because of its ability to empower people to transform their lives. He spent several years sharing these tools with sex offenders in prison because he found it the most effective way to help them to avoid re-offending and to build a healthy and fulfilling life. He recently left that work to focus on doing Possibility Management full time. He loves this work and the insights it gives, but he considers the quality of connection and caring he has for people as important as any tools he uses.
His prior work includes ten years of teaching full impact self-defense classes with a focus on emotional healing.He is a third degree black belt in Aikido and has 10 years of experience with peer-counseling.
Can 36 questions lead to love?
with Ted Maddry
“Can 36 questions lead to love?” We’re going to give it a try. The hope is to create close connections, which could be romantic or not. The questions (from a 2010 study) are broken up into three sets, with each set intended to be more probing than the previous one, though if you’re anything like me, none of them seem too far from what I might normally ask a stranger. The idea is that mutual vulnerability fosters closeness. To quote the study’s authors, “One key pattern associated with the development of a close relationship among peers is sustained, escalating, reciprocal, personal self-disclosure.” Allowing oneself to be vulnerable with another person can be exceedingly difficult, so this exercise forces the issue.” If you’d like to give it a try on your own, the New York Times has put together a handy app.
After sneaking awareness, intimacy and communication skills into his dance classes for years, Ted Maddry is excited to be facilitating personal growth more directly. Now he enjoys bringing movement and body awareness to an exploration of self. His intuition and keen attention to detail create a dynamic facilitation style that adjusts each session to the needs of the participants. Expect to be challenged in unusual ways. Expect Ted to say the things unsaid in “polite company,” in support of your growth and self-awareness. Expect to use your body, and experiment with your boundaries. Ted is also the Ringleader of Beyond Blues, offering weekly Blues Dance venues in Berkeley and San Francisco, workshops, and dance camps. (For more info, see tedmaddry.com.)
Face Masks: Self Connection and Expression
with Lynne Wilburn
Masks have been used for over 30,000 years on all six continents. They are a universal medium that express, communicate and connect. Face masks evoke and commemorate as well as reflect each person’s unique expression. They reveal and show details of the true self, and this image, made concrete and tangible, is captured in this process. This workshop guides participants through a direct casting process to create masks of their faces. All materials for the mask as well as embellishments will be supplied.
Lynne is deeply artistic, creative and expressive. Dance and art are her primary forms of expression. Sharing her passion with others has been one of her greatest joys. She has been an educator for 35 years, teaching all ages. Lynne has found that both art and dance create a universal language that reaches across and connects with other cultures. Celebrating diversity through the arts is a way to connect with the global community. Through a program she created called The Global Gallery, she joined her students on a journey to explore other cultures through the arts. Through her dance and multi-cultural studies, She became fascinated with masks and mask-making and is excited to offer a workshop sharing her passion. For the last few years, she have been on a journey of deep reflection and life changing exploration. This year, Lynne is connecting with community, moving into a house with several friends, and continue to paint and dance.
with Brooklin Kayce
This is an opportunity for you to redefine ‘play’ for yourself — embracing the innocent to the erotic, clothed to bare — in a safe and sacred space. Through dance we find our connection to personal expression and freedom in our bodies — embracing vulnerability into strength and acceptance and fun! You are invited to embark on a pilgrimage of self-revelation rooted in action and movement. Reveal passion, power, presence and PLAY!
Brooklin Kayce was born in the destiny year of The Path of Empowerment. Her life journey has been to find her personal power while transforming serious health and personal challenges along the way. Brooklin walks her path in a way that feels accurate to her personally (and encourages you to do the same), taking precious teachings from many sources which include: Spiritual Community, Conscious Language, Brene Brown’s work on shame, Shamanic Dearmoring, Family Constellation work, Clitoral Revelations with Teri Ciacchi, Raw Foods, Vitamins/Minerals/Herbs/Plant Medicine, her own personal artistic creations through Velvet Eyce Artistry, her balanced name through The Kabalarian Society, and DANCE! It is Brooklin’s vision to fully express her human potential on our planet; and in so doing, resonating with others to create profound awakening and healing as we enter/create/transform together into our new planetary consciousness. Join Brooklin twice a month in Seattle at Dance Embodied (Seattle’s only clothing optional ecstatic dance) which she created as her offering to you as a resource for your own personal growth as well as a safe, sacred space to find your ability to express yourself fully. Dance Embodied is a living event and community which transforms with us as we share ourselves verbally and in our dance. Dance as if you are already fully Embodied. (For more info, see DanceEmbodied.com.)
Listening to the Earth
with David Bruce Leonard
We are profoundly disconnected from the Earth, from our bodies, from our unconscious “shadow”, and from each other. Our disconnection arises from our cultural bias toward scientific (reductionist) thinking to the exclusion of the other kinds of somatic (body-centered) awareness. In this class we will explore ways of activating our parasympathetic (intuitive) nervous system using tools from different cultural traditions.
Materials covered will include:
- The Physiology of Nature Connection
- Hālalau (peripheral vision exercises)
- Naʻau (body wisdom)
- Locus and Focus (somatic and visual self-identification)
- Hākahele (synchronizing movement and vision)
- Dermis (the skin as the eyes of the body)
- Snapshots (magnifying gut instinct into muscle memory)
(For more about David, see EarthMedicineInstitute.com.)
Hand on Heart and Bringing It All Home!
with David Spinney
Hand on Heart is the exercise offered at the beginning and the end of every Human Awareness Institute workshop. It is a heart-opening modified Sufi dance that allows for everyone to have a moment to connect with everyone else, individually.
Bringing It All Home! is a time where we can focus on what New Culture means to us personally, and collectively brainstorm ways to keep it alive and even grow it in our daily lives.
David Spinney has been an intern with the Human Awareness Institute (HAI) for over 35 years, and leads HAI support groups, HAI community events and HAI introductions. He facilitates such diverse events as the Pachamama Alliance‘s Awakening the Dreamer symposium and Brené Brown‘s Connections Curriculum. He is currently developing a new workshop entitled Embracing Your Dream – It’s Impatiently Expecting You to teach tools for relieving the effects of things that trigger us by getting to the underlying core causes of the triggers, and finding ways to make peace.
Conscious Relating for a New Culture
A Panel Conversation
with Lindsay Hagamen, Amara Karuna, Kushad Watson and others
New Culture Summer Camp offers abundant opportunities to explore connection and intimacy with fellow campers. Beyond learning how to express our desires and boundaries, how do we actually create conscious connections that can nourish us during camp, promote the well-being of the New Culture community, and enrich our lives long after we leave camp?
There’s also a lot of conversation in New Culture communities about alternative relationships styles. But what can these actually look like? How do we start them? And how to do we avoid all the drama?
In this round table conversation, we will entice the sapiosexual in all of us to come out and play as we geek out and explore what intimate relationships and love-styles can look like in a New Culture. Drawing on the personal experiences of the panellists, we’ll distill some best practices for a diversity of relationship styles, including monogamous, open, polyamorous, ecosexual and the line family. We’ll also discuss best practices for conscious exploration of relationships with all the alluring fellow campers.
Take advantage of this opportunity to ask all those questions you’ve always wanted to about relationship styles!