New Culture Northest Summer Camp 2017

Presenters and Offerings

Primal Bonding with the
Divine Mother and Father
Heartbeat Nurturing Therapy

with Amara Karuna

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 breastfeeding 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

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 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.

Radical Forgiveness Ceremony

with Lucia Petig

Lucia Petig

Based on the ancient idea of a healing circle, used by various indigenous populations around the world, this event enables people to automatically forgive themselves and many others besides, all at the same time, without needing to reveal their story. It is a safe, non-threatening and powerful healing experience.
Radical Forgiveness Work goes for profound transformation of long held pains, wounds, grief or resentments from past experiences.
The Radical Forgiveness Ceremony helps us quickly move out of this victim consciousness to regain our inner balance, strength, and peace, and close some old chapters, to create a new future living our lives freely, unburdened and joyful!
It just needs your open mindedness. Give yourself the chance and get ready for the miracle—it can be life changing!
To learn more about this very powerful tool, read Jill’s story.
The creator of this method, Colin Tipping, gives a wonderful introduction to his work by sharing a story about his sister Jill, and how she used the paradigm shift provided by the forgiveness process to change her life. Many of us can identify with it, and it gives a clear impression about what Radical Forgiveness can do for you.
Lucia Petig recently settled to the West Coast from Germany, where she changed her career path from being a fully educated German lawyer to becoming a trained and certified Coach for Radical Forgiveness at the Academie for Transformation in Germany. After consciously and consistently pursuing her own healing journey for over a decade involving a variety of approaches, she was led to this work and has found her true calling in holding a sacred container for transformation.

Power and Rank

with Meg Fenwick and Mark Hamlin

Meg Fenwick and Mark Hamlin

Power and Rank is about…
Meg Fenwick is an innovative relationship and sex therapist with a vibrant background as a theatre artist. She combines theatre and sexual energy to create a highly effective and enjoyable approach to loving and being loved. Meg recently completed the renowned Conscious Loving Advanced Training with Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks. Meg has also studied with Barbara Carellas, completing the Urban Tantra professional training 5 years ago. With great humor and insight, Meg brings her 20 years of experience working with groups and couples, to put people at ease with even the most taboo areas and to discover the joy of their sexual self. Get ready to experience permission, play and pleasure with a big heart.

Mark Hamlin lived and worked at Tamera, training in community building, Love School and ZEGG forum. Back in the UK, he was inspired by Tamera and Terra Nova to create a community building initiative exploring group dynamics, love, sexuality, transparency and community. Driven by a desire to address the challenges facing community, such as a need for conflict resolution, clear communication, and transparency, he began Facilitation and Psychotherapy training with Process Orientated Psychotherapy. (Arnold Mendel). Working with group dynamics is a main focuses of his diploma program.

Diving Into Desires

with Mel Mariposa

Mel Mariposa

What do you want, and why is it so scary to ask for it?
What clues do our desires give us about our needs? How do we sabotage our desires without even realising it, and how can we have more exciting and fulfilling relationships?
In this high energy, interactive mini-workshop with relationship coach Mel Mariposa, we’ll be playfully exploring these questions and learning techniques for building authentic, dynamic, empowering connections in our relationships.
Mel Mariposa is a group facilitator, mentor, and relationship coach with two decades of experience teaching and facilitating in groups small and large. The grandchild of refugees—with a cultural heritage that includes Greek, Roma, Irish, and Anglo—Mel has lived on three continents and brings a multi-cultural, diverse perspective to her work.
University educated in London, England, Mel has professional experience in theatre, education, special needs, management, holistic wellness, psychology, counseling, and yoga, all of which she brings into her coaching and mentoring. Taking a trauma-informed approach, she helps individuals discover new dimensions of their relationships to themselves, and the people in their lives.
Mel is queer, loves cats, and lives on unceeded Coast Salish lands in British Columbia, Canada. More info is available at and

Contact Improvisation
Playful Movement and Connection

with Lynne Wilburn and Carsten Almskaar

Carsten AlmskaarCarsten Almskaar

This workshop is designed for people of all ages, skill levels and abilities to authentically and safely express themselves. Wake up the ability to listen, become aware, respond and connect through movement. Experiment, play with, explore, and create shared moments of movement that encourage trust, letting go and spontaneity. Join us for a structured play session where your body indulges in the creative process. The workshop will provide time for self, small and large group movement explorations. Come play with us!
Lynne Wilburn began improvisational dance in her living room as a child, dancing to ‘Wild Thing’ thus beginning a career of uninhibited self expression at an early age. In college, she focused on Modern Dance, dance history and choreography. She continued her studies in graduate school. Her currents interests include ethnic and ecstatic dance. Lynne deeply believes everyone can dance, each expressing through creative movement, their own exquisitely beautiful and unique choreography.
Carsten Almskaar holds a 2nd degree black belt in Aikido, has many years of experience in various forms of dance, and is currently teaching Aikido in Bellingham, Washington. He enjoys sharing his understanding of how present moment body awareness is empowering and life affirming.

Vision into Action

with Rachel Payne

Rachel Payne

Do you have a vision—for your life, your local community, the world? Do you want to share it with others in a way that inspires and motivates them? Vision into Action provides an opportunity in both small and large group settings for you to hear and provide feedback on others’ visions, as well as to share your own. Learn to give encouragement from the past, overcome fears from the present, and provide perspective from the future. Join Rachel and fellow campers as we weave the stories that inspire us into visions that can be shared and made real in the world.
Rachel Payne is an active Seattle Star Community leader and volunteer with NCNW and Windward Education and Research Center and the Evergreen Land Trust. She has studied and taught sacred literature at the university level for many years, traveled the world as a student, teacher, and volunteer, lived in intentional communities for more than 10 years, helped build Earthships, organized and facilitated weekly ZEGG Forum and advanced Forum training in Seattle, studied and promoted the global peace work of Tamera and other groups seeking to create healing biotopes around the world.

Get Your Groove On!

with Miranda Rudegeair

Miranda Rudegeair

Get Your Groove On! Open to your bliss by connecting with the group on the dance floor! Unite in a rhythm and then dance your heart out! We stay connected throughout the class and build our community feel by dancing TOGETHER! Bring your style, personality and your booty! See you on the dance floor!
After personal training and teaching dance all over Melbourne and the USA over the past fifteen years, Miranda Rudegeair discovered GROOVE Dance and a new way of living, authentically! Miranda, who loves sarcasm and saying it how it is, studied Tantra and Tantric yoga in Australia and learnt a lot! She enjoys sharing what she has learnt and has a passion for ‘psychological experiments’ – because they always offer a different perspective on things. Miranda is excited to connect with the community and see how much more we can all learn together!

Embodied Connection

with Kushad Watson

Kushad Watson

Come join us to heighten, explore and have fun relating and connecting from the subtle energies and sensations in our bodies. From there, we will also experiment with enhancing or cultivating more masculine or more feminine energies to create polarities of opposites in relating pairs. Opposing energies can bring about ecstatic connections in a dance of consensual play. The challenge is to remain aware of self via the body in the flow of relating, expressing the truth of our “Yes” and our “No” each moment. AND… taking it slowly enough to notice when we slip into old habits/patterns and potential “consent accidents.” There will be many fun relating activities, as well as free exploration time. ALSO tools to take home that help us to flow in life and relationships.
Kushad Watson brings passion and joy to workshops on body awareness, consent, and expressing what you want, especially regarding personal relating and sexuality, since 1991. After attending Summer Camp West in 2008, he jumped in as a participant, scamp and sometimes presenter with New Culture NorthWest. As a team player and facilitator, he thrills to the growth and expansion he witnesses in others as he learns along with them. Major influences on his path include Osho, David Deida, 14 years in community in Vancouver, BC, communal living and 26 in loving, open relationship with his primary, Wendy.

Hand on Heart

with David Spinney

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 briefly yet deeply with everyone else, one by one.
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 with them.

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