See below for Presenters' bios....
WITH Amara Karuna, Tracy Matfin, Kalama Becker, Iolani Deva,
David Bruce Leonard, Melekai Matson,
Alasandra Star, Prem Ananda and more!
Opening Circle / Orientation / Connecting and Intros (Various Presenters): We welcome each other into the camp community and go over the nuts-and-bolts of camp culture and logistics. Let's find out who's here and what we have to offer each other! We'll spend much of the time moving around, meeting new folks and deepening existing relationships.
7 Minute Dates: This fun, interactive, facilitated experience invites campers to pair up for 7 minutes to share more of themselves and get better acquainted. In the course of the activity, there are various criteria offered by the facilitator to encourage campers to explore their edges and take risks around attraction to and assumptions about others.
Early Morning Yoga and Meditation: A space will be available for this, led by camp attendees, as desired.
Morning Circle: We start each camp morning with a circle to re-connect and learn about what's happening that day at camp. We offer appreciations to each other. This is a time to express any concerns or needs of a logistical nature. Announcements are made about karma yoga duties, the day's schedule, and descriptions of the workshops.
The Forum: is a group process developed at the German community ZEGG to provide a stage for whatever is happening inside the person: one's true motivations, deep feelings, ideas and emotions. The Forum helps facilitate transparency, sharing and clarifying unsolved situations of daily life, and it can be a catalyst for one's own personal growth.
Boundaries: Sacred Yes Sacred No
with Tracy Matfin and David Bruce Leonard
Differentiation • Boundaries & Desires • Honest Appreciations & Clear Requests. How many of us say “yes” to things we don’t actually want out of guilt or a fear of losing connection? In many ways, “no” is the most daring and intimate response possible – if I can hear your “no”, I can trust your “yes.” We’ll practice the skills of self-awareness, transparency, and non-attachment, which help us find the space of mutually desired connection that is available with each person. An important and fun orientation to our basic guidelines on relating to each other during camp. If you are a new camper, make sure not to miss it!
Playing with Selection: Patterns & Synchronicity
with Kalama Becker
How do we select our partner(s)? This session will explore this question from biological, psychological, social, communicative, and spiritual perspectives.
After a brief introduction to each paradigm and what it offers us about partner selection, an interactive activity will be offered for deeper exploration.
Safer Sex Information and Conversations,
and Entering the Temple- Amara Karuna and others
In a sex-positive and body-honoring community, we have a responsibility to educate ourselves on how to keep ourselves safe while having fun. We’ll go over the latest medical information, and practice talking with community and prospective partners about these issues.
We will explore the guidelines for participating in the Temple space, where we can be openly sensual in a respectful and safe environment. If you have never been to a temple at camp, this workshop is required in order to enter the space.
Going to the temple is completely voluntary. It might include spending time with one or more friends in an intimate way, or sharing in a workshop that has to do with healing, massage, etc. There are guidelines for sharing this space in a way that is safe and comfortable for everyone, and following these guidelines is a requirement for all temple participants.
Temple space opening events will take place for the first 1/2 hour every night. including massage and sensual meditations by Amara, David, Iolani and others.
Divine Inter Play
with Iolani Deva
With breath, intention, and movement, we will connect deeply with our innermost selves and then with each other and then with nature. We will tune into our connection to the aliveness of all life. (People, plants, animals, energy)
We will dance and tone and breathe and end in a big yummy cuddle puddle.
Connection: Healing our Bodies, Minds and Souls with Joy:
with Tracy Matfin
Connections are the most important tool we have to increase our own personal joy reservoirs and raise our vibrations. Come join Tracy in exploring a variety of connections that can be done during camp!
Finding True Intimacy
with Melekai Matson
We are all looking for love and connection. It is a basic human need. However, most of us get stuck in relationships that don’t seem to provide the intimacy we want, or spend years searching for “the one” or a compatible person to share life with. While there is nothing wrong with this, many of us don’t realize that the source of true intimacy, and ultimately what we are all looking for, is right inside our own hearts, bodies, and souls.
This two hour workshop is beyond any spiritual platitudes or New Age affirmations that may point to what we are seeking. We will journey into the body, into the edges of the soul, where we will hang out with the parts of our personality that feel afraid of intimacy. We will gently give attention to the parts of ourselves that may still be unconscious or simply uneducated, and guide ourselves into the heart of our own soul. Therein lies true intimacy…..This is what the Buddha meant when he shared the Four Noble Truths; we will uncover the roots of our dissatisfaction and rediscover the source of our bliss…right inside of our own hearts!
Men's Circle, and Gender Fluid circle, and
Women's Healing Circle
Sacred Pampering Tantra Puja
with Amara Karuna
Are you ready to relax and let yourself be pampered?
Ready for an oxytocin ocean?
Ready to get out of your head and into your senses?
If you enjoy being honored as the Divine Being that you are, and also enjoy giving others this relaxing enjoyment, this is the right event for you!
Come join us in an evening of sensual yet non-sexual loving,
in a safe and sweet ceremony.
Snuggle Meditations and Sound Healing
with Amara Karuna and Alasandra Star
Closeness, awakening, presence, deep relaxation, nurturing touch, peace, consent- rolled all together at once. And combined with the sound of singing bowls, this is amazing!
Where is the elusive boundary where one person ends
and another begins?
What happens when we dwell together in stillness and silence?
What happens when all the performance pressure is off, and are just together with no agenda but presence?
Snuggle Power: A certain kind of deep, sub-conscious healing happens simply by being close, and letting our hearts and breathing synchronize.
Meditation: A deep harmonizing of all the chakras and energies happens when we engage in meditation.
Putting both these powerful things together creates amazing transformation.
Polyamory Share Circle: TBA
Do you ever wonder about the intricacies of how everybody else does it? Maybe there are things you didn’t know existed or things that you found that worked for you that you would be happy to share. Come and listen to some personalized stories from people who have navigated their own form of polyamory.
Cabaret/ Creativity Sharing- featuring us all! Come one, come all, and show us more about you! No talent is required - "if you can walk, you can dance; if you can talk, you can sing!" Sing, dance, read poetry, share art, do a skit...
Closing Circle - Honoring the experience of the past days, we will connect, reflect, and bid farewell to this incarnation of our community.
Arrive at the airport the first day hopefully between noon and 4 pm, to set up between 2-5pm. Dinner is at 5:30 the first night. Evening Program is 7:15 pm.
Weekend program begins Friday, ends at 5:30 on Sunday.
7-8 am Yoga & Meditation 8-8:45 am Breakfast 8:45 am Dancing 9-9:30 am
1-2 pm Lunch 2-3:30 pm Free time or Open Space 3:30-5:30pm Workshop 6-7 pm Dinner 7:15-9:00pm
Amara Karuna: has been studying alternative healing since 1978. Amara taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, a method of peer counseling, for over five years, and has been studying and practicing it since 1983. In 1989 she developed her own approach to peer counseling, called Holistic Peer Counseling, integrating many ideas from RC with spiritual meditation practices, psychic healing, breathwork and body centered techniques. She has taught hundreds of people to do peer counseling, and currently leads several classes and support groups in Hawaii, including groups for sexual healing, parents and leaders. She is the author of Heartbeat Nurturing Therapy- Healing Our Hearts, A Guide for Friends and Lovers.
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 and sexual healing bodywork. She has been teaching Sacred Pelvic Healing Work for men and women, and leading Tantra Pujas since 2007. See http://karuna-sacredloving.com
I always love playing with energy. As I child I was enamored with the power of Nature and spent hours of each day exploring the wonders She has to share. Later I learned to play with electricity and make it with the Sun, Wind and Water. I’ve enjoyed being an example for women, and anyone, who wants to have energy independence and freedom to make their own electricity.
After about 10 years, I decided it was time to take it to a more personal level and began a career as a hypnotherapist. Guiding people through the process of tapping into their personal power, and turning negatives into positives, excites me. Sometimes this takes us on journeys thru the veil to past lives. I also learned to channel the healing power of the Reiki Masters and have had the honor of being a student of our local Kahuna Harry Uhane Jim, learning to channel healing energy through lomi lomi, laulima, and ho’opono pono. With these gifts in my toolbox, I am honored to guide you on your journey of empowerment and transformation.
Catherine Kalama Becker is an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Hawaii, Hilo where she teachers courses in Interpersonal and Family Communica-tion, Sustainability, and Leadership. Her research is on Cultural Transformation. She has facilitated workshops designed to assist people in listening to themselves and one another at the Network for New Culture Camps and in Japan.
She created, Mana Cards: The Power of Hawaiian Wisdom, in order to offer individuals and groups a tool for expanding consciousness and deepening communication while exploring Hawaiian culture and spirituality. Additional influences for this session includeHAI, Paul Lowe, and David Schiffman.
David Bruce Leonard
David believes in the innate somatic intelligence of the body and the power of our brain and nervous system to heal us and our planet. He is fascinated by human behavior, including sexuality, the potential resolution of trauma, and the genius of indigenous cultures.
A practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine, medical herbalist, acupuncturist, martial artist, and author, David has engaged in sacred sexuality and Daoist practices for all of his adult life.
He is the founder of the Earth Medicine Institute, whose mission is the reclamation of the sane core of our humanity and creation of a healthier planet for all species. His work encompasses many disciplines and is designed to “connect the dots” between biology, medicine, history, anthropology, psychology, evolution, spirituality, and the human nervous system.
Author of How to Worship the Goddess and Keep Your Balls: A Man’s Guide to Sacred Sex and Medicine at Your Feet: Healing Plants of the Hawaiian Kingdom, and Wild Wisdom: Listening from the Heart of Nature, he studies, lectures, and teaches internationally.
Earth Medicine Institute http://earthmedicineinstitute.com/
Iolani has been on a path of being in tune with nature and her inner wisdom for about 42 years and on the Tantric pathway for about 38 years. She lives as love and is good at being with what is and at the same time consciously creating a very happy life that keeps getting better. She is very tuned in to energy and sees the divine in all life. She has led Tantra Pujas for many years and was very inspired by her teachers (Joan and Thomas Heartfield). She has developed a Jade Egg practice and is starting to teach classes in it. She has also been a dancer all her life and is currently a massage therapist for 25 years now.
Melekai Matson has been living on the Big Island for 9 years, growing a community, growing food, and growing two children, now 6 and 7. She is a Registered Nurse and Certified Nurse-Midwife, specializing in natural birth. She no longer attends births as a CNM. In her community on the Big Island, GaiaYoga Gardens, she practices Compassionate Communication, Permaculture, Earth-based practices of sustainability, and teaches intimacy and sexuality classes as well as Integrative Awakening classes during their Immersion Program. Her main focus is Psycho-Spritual Integrative Awakening, which she has been being trained by its originator Neil Cohen for almost a year. As a Practitioner, she blends Integrative Awakening with her training in sexual healing to provide a profound therapeutic support around intimacy issues for her clients. She is also in a long-term polyamorous relationship.
Tracy Matfin: studied environmental science at U.C. Berkely, and went on to be a high school science teacher for a decade, instigating as many progressive projects into her curriculum as allowed, her love of nature coming out in her leading the hiking club on many weekend hikes and restoration projects. With many lessons learned from that adventure she set about creating community here at La'akea. She brings with her skills in permaculture, edible plants, non-violent communication, Hawaiian Shamanism, vipassana meditation and group facilitation.