Program for 2017
See below for Presenters' bios....
Miranda Rudegeair, Bob Czimbal, Kelly Bryson, Amara Karuna, Luke, Anjalisa and Alasandra, Layla Centorrino, Tracy Matfin, Sapphira de la Terre, Kalama Becker, Ray Cohen, Iolani Deva and Kirby, 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: Speaking Truth, Meeting Needs, and Releasing Attachments
with Ray Cohen and Amara Karuna
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!
Growing Your Connections - Fun with the land, yourself & each other: A Sensual Tour of La'akea
with Tracy Matfin
Learn about how we work with nature to create a beautiful and functional environment on our farm. We will walk along our paths and find lots of berries, flowers and leaves to nibble on the way.
A Gathering of Kindred Spirits – Bob Czimbal
Who are the people at this gathering? Some of us are excited and nervous newbies, some of us are working through many issues related to alternative lifestyles, and some of us have arrived at a place of ease in our alternative practices. We’ll spend much of the time moving around, meeting new folks and deepening existing relationships. Let's find out who's here and what we have to offer each other!
Energetic Self Care - Healthy Boundaries = More Energy to Share
with Layla Centorrino
Lets explore what it is to stay grounded and present energetically, not "take on" others energy or loose our own! We will expand our skills of connecting in ways that feel safe, build trust and invite intimacy by learning more about our own edge and how to sense others energetic boundaries. Practice how to connect and disconnect in healthy and effective ways so you stay feeling full and juicy!
(no prior energy work needed - all levels of awareness welcome!)
Games Time with Miranda Rudegeair
This fun, energizing playshop will teach basic skills of comedy improvisation and skit making. Create characters and enjoy interactive games that let us connect in new and imaginative ways. Learn the power of "yes, and..." and "make your partner perfect," as we experience our spontaneity and laugh together.
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.
Love, Spirit, Eros and Sacred Community, with Kelly Bryson MFT
Love and Sex free of fear and drama!
Imagine having the perfect quality and quantity of love and sex you want! I am bursting to share with you the tools i have collected over these 30 years, and the teachings of several masters and magical intentional communities including Zegg & Tamera.
This class will be experiential, including many dyadic connection exercises. The content will be inspiring, earth shaking, and liberating. (Including the 8 ethics to a sexually free community.) Kelly will create a container that supports transparency, intimacy, humor, play and trust.
We will work with people on the individual level, so bring your personal issues, and we will also find new solutions on the new culture community systems field level. We will learn how to make the “relationshift” from a separated sense of “Me’ness” to a connected sense of “We’ness”
Imagine a community of people who aspired, conspired and perspired to create a mental, spiritual, and sensual paradise!
Come! Help us build it! Concrete Utopia!
Workshop is based in part on Eckhardt Tolle, Marshall Rosenberg, the Zegg and Tamera communities, HAI, Abraham Hicks, Charles Eisenstein’s interbeing.
Welcome to the world, welcome to the family!
Thats the feeling each baby deserves to be greeted with when they are born. A circle of welcoming, loving people to care for them and enjoy them. A place to fit in, and caretakers that are sensitive to their needs and feelings.
But many of us were born into a scarcity of love. The birth experience itself is often disturbed with hospitals, drugs, bright lights and rough handling. The people are often disturbed and fearful, and lacking support for themselves. And we are lucky to have even two parents to be caregivers, much less the tribal situations that our ancestors had.
In this powerful workshop, we will give each other an initiation simulating the birth we wish we had. Working in groups of 5, each person is wrapped in a womblike blanket and surrounded by the others, who gradually unwrap them to move them through the birth process and welcome them into the world. They are welcomed with lots of delight and admiration.
The initiate instructs the others beforehand in how they want to be mothered and parented, and gets the wonderful feeling of having 4 loving parents!
This process reaches far into our ancestral memories and pushes a reset button in our beings, taking us back to a time of abundance of care and community. Then we can open to more of that in our lives!
Power of Pleasure Puja with Amara and Tracy
A warm, loving, and safe, spiritual space for exploring intimacy and sensuality.
We'll be guiding you through various activities and Tantric practices in pairs. Activities might include dancing, sharing something about ourselves verbally with another person, using our life-force to connect energetically with others, touch and massage, and directing our energy in ways that open our hearts, connect us with Spirit, and strengthen our relationship with our inner Divine Self. We also practice sensitivity to our own and other's boundaries, and support everyone's choice-fullness.
Tantric Couples Yoga
with Joel Hirsch
with Bob Czimbal
This Love Puja will be an ecstatic blend of highly contactful exchanges designed to foster community and communion. Activities will range from solo expression to interactive duets and dynamic tribal encounters. The Puja will be a tribal event in which singles and couples are equally welcome. You will be interacting with beginners as well as seasoned explorers. There will be opportunities to engage with all genders, ages and sexual and spiritual preferences.
The Art of Leveling and Mutual Respect
Love as a Spiritual Path
The Evolution of the Human Spirit
We will explore ways to nourish each other. While playing on the edges, we will create rules of engagement to promote safety. Respect for a wide range of comfort levels will be everyone's responsibility. You can be sensual or sexual. You will always have the choice of how you engage and with whom. As an explorer, you are responsible for establishing and maintaining your personal boundaries while communicating your wants and needs. Endure nothing yet be open to discovering new frontiers. Trust and sensitivity foster spontaneity.
"Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flame."
The GROOVE DANCEfloor™ - CONTACT
with Miranda Rudegeair, Australian and Hawaiian GROOVE DANCEfloor™ Representative
The most fun you can legally have on the DANCE floor! We are UNITED and UNIQUE! GROOVE is a different way to experience group dance that is quickly spreading across the globe. Integrating unification, individuality and creative connection to which nurtures the mind, body, heart and soul. GROOVE contact is dynamic, playful and highly interactive. No dance or contact experience necessary. Get on the DANCE floor and let’s get our GROOVE on TOGETHER!
Hawaiian Shamanism with Tracy Matfin
Aloha means a lot more than “hello” and “goodbye”. Aloha is the essence of maintaining love and light in your life. Following the adventurer style of shamanism this workshop explores several Hawaiian concepts which increase connection. Part one will be an introduction to the key principles. These principles have been elemental to my own personal growth and I am excited to share them with you!
with Kalama Becker
“Our deepest longing is the connection to our own self and others”- Audre Lorde
Sometimes we consciously keep secrets our own, or another’s. Often, we unconsciously keep secrets that we don’t need to. Secrets keep a particular narrative going to avoid the change that may ensue by speaking the truth. Secrets also keep us from making our internal reflections known to others and ourselves. Research has revealed the threats to well-being that secret-keeping can have on the body. Secrets may block memory, empowerment, authenticity, connection, desire, and healing.
Sharing our secrets makes the invisible known to self and others, releasing new potential. Releasing from the weight of performances that no longer serve us, allows for the creation of new stories and connections. By disrupting of the silence of secrets, we release blocked energy, manifesting new potential and configurations. In this workshop, we will practice the sharing and compassionate witnessing of secrets to cultivate a deeper intimacy with one another and ourselves.
The Way of the Council
With Luke, Anjalisa and Alasandra
This is a workshop inspired by Jack Zimmerman's work, introducing us to the existence of a third presence in every relationship-- which is the relationship itself. Powerful stuff!! The facilitators say: "Studying with Jack this past year has not only put our four adult family on a firm relational foundation; the experience has also profoundly altered our way of engaging our lives. "
Tantra & Deep Ecology with Iolani Deva and Kirby:
Expanding Awareness through doing some extra sensory exercises. This is about experiencing being fully in our bodies and feeling all the senses in and around us. Some of these exercises will be done with a partner.
Beyond Jealousy and Insecurity with Sapphira de la Terre:
Imagine if you never felt jealous or insecure? Imagine if you could dissolve these feelings quickly and painlessly? Rising above jealousy doesn't work - the feelings just get pushed into our shadow where they often do more harm. But if you actually dissolve the feelings, then you are no longer in their grip and can start to behave as an adult instead of sometimes feeling like a four-year old!
EFT - Emotional Freedom Technique - is an extraordinarily simple and effective tool for dissolving difficult feelings. What is more, it also clears a layer of the psychological mechanism which triggered you being affected in the first place. We create our own reality, but with EFT you can dissolve whatever made you manifest a difficult reality...
You can use it on all feelings - shame, guilt, resentment, even trauma... Once you learn the skill you can apply it to whatever has been triggered within you.
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.
Note: Those choosing to stay for the extra 3 day Paradise Afterglow will have a full day of activities this day, after closing circle.
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.
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 7:15-9:30pm
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
Since 1970, Bob has delivered dynamic presentations to wide variety of groups ranging in size from 20 to 2,000. Laughing at Life: The Adventures of Saturn Man and Erotic Spirit Play (ESP) are examples of his popular presentations. Currently he is the director of The Abundance Company.
He was the founder and director of Cherry Grove Retreat Center.
He is the author of A Guide to Healthy Touch: Vitamin T and Kindred Spirits: The Quest Love and Friendship
Bob presented at the early Summer Camps in the 90’s. Recently he presented at the New Culture Camps in Washington, Hawaii, and Oregon.
Bob has dedicated his life to the evolution of the human spirit.
Catherine Kalama Becker is an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Hawaii, Hilo where she teachers courses in Interpersonal and Family
Communication, 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 include HAI, Paul Lowe, and David Schiffman.
Iolani Deva and Kirby
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.
Kirby’s spiritual path started in childhood and provided a foundation for later work. He was certified as a tantra teacher in the Kriya Joytish Tantra Society in 1991 and has taught since then. In 1994 Kirby took refuge, the Bodhisattva Vow, and the beginning stages on Ngondro in the Vajrayana path of Tantra in the oldest school of Tibetan yoga, the Nyingma. In 1995 he was adopted into a family lineage of Kali priests and astrologers from Kolkatta in Bengal, India. Kirby is a teacher of teachers and has certified many teachers in Tantric practices. He has presented Tantric teachings and ceremonies around the world. He has also studied Taoist healing, Hatha Yoga, western magical teachings, many varieties of martial arts, and first nation teachings, and Wilderness Awareness.
Kirby sees Tantric teachings as a contribution to the founding of a society that is woven into the natural world through training in the natural perceptions and awakening into whole being awareness. We are truly woven together and we belong to each other.
Jo'el's been teaching many styles of Yoga and meditation all over the world for over thirty years. He is an avid Yogi, dancer, bodyworker (with a very successful healing practice), adventurer and lover of life filled with service. He brings many different esoteric practices into his workshops that lead to a profoundly enriching experience.
Kelly Bryson, M.A., MFT is the Director of The Center for Compassion, a community organization providing education in Compassionate Nonviolent Communication℠ to organizations and individuals, and conflict resolution locally and internationally. He is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice working with individuals, couples, and families, and a Certified Trainer for the Center for Nonviolent Communication since 1984. Kelly Bryson is the author of Don’t be Nice, Be Real—Balancing Passion for Self with Compassion for Others an NVC handbook. He is also a contributing author to the anthology The Marriage of Sex and Spirit. Kelly is a singer song writer, humorist, Communitarian, workshop facilitator, consultant and developer of “Tribal Technologies” for the growth of communities and organizations of every description. languageofcompassion.com
With a collective 190 years of experience, these three spent significant portions of it devoted to (besides studying with Jack Zimmerman):
Alasandra Star--Chinese medicine, reiki, and currently sound healing and nutrition.
Anjalisa Aitken--Music music music and Trager, Woman Within, and CTI trained as a life coach
Luke Aitken-- Group Dynamics, mediation, mankind project, Mondozen
Layla Centorrino is a healer, dancer, mentor and intuitive guide for conscious wo:men. She supports people to navigate the uncharted territories within themselves, their relationships, and their lives with skill and awareness. Layla helps women connect to their intuitive brilliance and feminine wisdom and power with her unique Womb Awakening work. She supports couples in Conscious Un-Coupling as well as Conscious BabyMaking. Find out more at TheArtemisWoman.com
Miranda is a worked for over 13 years as a holistic personal trainer with a passion for DANCE. She has taught and studied various forms but when she discover the GROOVE, she was able to put all of her knowledge and expertise as a holistic trainer into a mind-blowing dance experience for the heart and soul. She is currently one of the lead educators and presenters for The World GROOVE Movement, which has facilitators and DANCEfloors in over 15 countries. She has been invited to present and teach The GROOVE Dance Experience to kids and adults all over the world with her current focus in Australia and Hawaii. Miranda is passionate about honesty and telling yourself the truth and has playful and creative way of inspiring others to be authentic and true to themselves.
Sapphira de la Terre:
Sapphira is coming all the way from the UK to the Big Island! She has been committed to personal development and spiritual growth for around 30 years and has trained in various modalities. She settled on EFT though - Emotional Freedom Technique - as her main offering 'because it is so simple and effective - it works every time - and she can train someone to do it in about 15 minutes'.
She works in a person-centered way, to bring people back into alignment with 'what is', and sees it as a tool of spiritual awakening.
Her areas of specialization are: feminine alchemy (reclaiming our sovereignty, sensuality...), conflict resolution in relationships and communities and spiritual awakening.
For more information and testimonials go to www.Sapphira.com.
At present she is working on a creative project using EFT called Sacred Again - making life sacred again.
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.