New Culture Northwest Summer Camp 2018

Presenters and Offerings

Decolonizing Culture
Collective Empowerment in the Modern Village

with Ridhi D’Cruz

Ridhi D'Cruz

To cultivate allyship is to acknowledge our responsibility to dismantle oppressive systems. To accept this responsibility is to more fully participate in the web of life. To participate in the web of life is to cultivate our collective empowerment. In this interactive workshop, we hope to apply ecological metaphors to transform organizational and cultural challenges into opportunities for justice and peace.
Ridhi D’Cruz is one of the co-Executive Directors of City Repair. As an intercontinental cross-pollinator, sociocultural anthropologist, and permaculture educator who has been living in Portland since 2010, Ridhi participates, facilitates, and supports various initiatives in the areas of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Placemaking, Capacity Building, Houseless Advocacy, Native American Allyship, Cultural Sustainability, and Social Permaculture. She is also a passionate herbalist, urban wildcrafter, natural building and participatory technology enthusiast, animal lover, and urban permaculture homesteader. See more at

Power and Rank

with Meg Fenwick and Mark Hamlin

Meg Fenwick and Mark Hamlin

Power and Rank is about… (description forthcoming)
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.

Navigating Relationship Communication

with Akien MacIain & Marnie Askh

Aiken and Marnie

(description forthcoming)
Together with their other partners, Akien and Marnie have 26 years of experience in relationship with each other. They have been teaching and helping others in relationship coaching since Summer 2017, and are currently working on multiple written projects centered around making their tools and models available to all.
Akien MacIain identifies as a goof who is aging backwards, doing his best to be more and more childish, er, childLIKE, with each passing year. He calls wisdom simply having made the particular relevant mistakes over and over again enough times to have finally learned better. And he is an expert at mistakes. In spite of that, he has racked up 5 years in management, 10 years in professional relationship coaching, 10 years teaching tantra and sexual energetics, and more than 20 years in software architecture. He is also fond of red.
Marnie Askh is a unique woman with a huge heart who has lived a lot in her young 35 years. She has a B.S. in Psychology and spent about 10 years in massage, bodywork and healing arts. She has 15 years of polyamory experience of which she learned, with stubborn determination and a will driven by intuition, how to do any situation at least 10 ways wrong and 3 ways right. She loves color, learning and reading anything, and thinks of herself as a fairly social introvert.

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

Heart Openings

with David Spinney

David Spinney

Heart Openings are experiences derived from exercises of Human Awareness Institute workshops. They will allow heart connections where you can dive as deeply as you wish with others, using verbal communication and consensual touch.
David Spinney has been an intern with the Human Awareness Institute (HAI) for over 3 decades, and leads HAI support groups, HAI community events and HAI introductions. He also 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 simple tools for relieving the effects of those things which trigger us by getting to the underlying core causes of the triggers, and making peace with them.

Mandala Project

with Lynne Sarah Wilburn

Lynne Sarah Wilburn

NCNW Values Mandala Project – We will learn about the history of Mandalas, and their meaning and use for individuals and groups. Each Deepening Group will focus on the details of one NCNW Value (Love, Transparency, Sovereignty, Ecology, Community, Transformation, Spirituality), as a creative project. Each Group will discuss what symbols to include in your piece and create a design, based on the value you choose. When all Groups are finished, we will combine all the pieces into a large New Culture Northwest Values Mandala to hang in the dome. Optionally, individuals or pairs can create additional, smaller mandalas.
Art is an integral part of Lynne Sarah Wilburn‘s being, and includes both performing (dance) and visual arts. She has been blessed to being able to share this passion throughout her teaching career. Currently, she is teaching students at Greenwood Elementary in Seattle. Every day brings an exploration of artistic expression and an exchange of new discoveries! Bringing the arts to NCNW camps is a great joy and she is most pleased to offer a project that combines areas that are dear to her heart: spirituality, personal growth, community and art expression.

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