Program for 2018
See below for Presenters' bios....
Sarah Taub, Kelly Bryson, Amara Karuna, Miranda Rudegeair, Tracy Matfin, Kalama Becker, Lee Warren, Iolani Deva, Luke Aitken, Alasandra, Anjalisa and Gary, Tim Weaver 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 Sarah Taub
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.
LovEvolution for a New Earth, with Kelly Bryson MFT
Imagine love without Fear based on Freedom.
Imagine community without coercion based on Trust.
Imagine communication without violence based on vulnerability
Image everyone Evoloving each other.
(Based on the New Word: Evolove -that is love spelled forwards and backwards. It is a transpersonal love that we can express to each other that helps evolve one another.)
A Love Free of fear. Because "It takes a village to raise a consciousness, or a relationship" we will dive deep into "What does it take to create a Transparent, Trusting, Touching. Tantric. Tolerant Tribe." We will be creating a "Field" of "We’ness" or connection thru experiencing Kelly's different "Tribal Technologies" like "Humanizing Hugs", the "Aloha Kiss" "Empower Shower"
"The next Buddha will be a community" says Thich Nhat Han. And “community is a state of consciousness”
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, Monique, Iolani and others.
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 resevoirs and raise our vibrations. Come join Tracy in exploring a variety of connections that can be done during camp!
Men's Circle, and Gender Fluid circle, and
Women's Healing Circle: with Lee Warren
Women of all ages and stages are welcome.
Trusting the Goddess: Random Chaos or Divine Alignment
with Kalama Becker
Ever wonder if your attractions are driven by hormones, childhood wounds, or divine intervention? In this workshop we will explore this question by experimenting with partner selection activities as we practice finding the highest potential with whomever comes into our field.
with Amara Karuna
Closeness, awakening, presence, deep relaxation, nurturing touch, peace, consent- rolled all together at once.
Where is the elusive boundary where one person ends
and another begins?
What happens in your brain after you hug someone a full 30 seconds?
What happens when nothing outward is happening?
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.
Social Permaculture (Zones of Intimacy)- A Robust Tool for Navigating ALL of your Relationships
With Lee Warren, of Earthaven Ecovillage, Asheville, NC
Imagine a system that can help you design the time, intensity, depth, and commitment that you desire from lover/s, friends, family, and even co-workers. This model, based on the permaculture zones (the principles and patterns used to create regenerative human settlements), when applied to our social/emotional/relational lives, looks at how to integrate others in our lives in a conscious, practical, sustainable, and elegant way. This robust tool is a framework that emphasizes personal awareness and assists in understanding conflict, fairness, and integrity in a whole new way. Join Lee Warren, a long-time communitarian, relationship counselor, and poly-practiced, eco-dweller, in this compelling and eye-opening workshop. You will never look at relationships the same way again.
Hug, Hold & Harmonize with Gary and Anjalisa
Tantric intimacy & harmonizing have a lot in common. We feel that harmony is a powerful metaphor for love, encompassing all kinds of relationships. In this fun workshop, you will experience exercises that explore the power, magic & basics of vocal harmony, while engaging in fun touch with others. We will be singing to ourselves & one another in varied combinations with the intention to learn the following:
-- What harmony actually is
-- How different combinations of notes create different emotions
-- How to find and hold your own part while blending with other voices
-- A fun way to improvise.
with Tim Weaver and Shoshana
We live in a world full of preferences...and consequently limit the fullness of our life experiences and potential for connectivity and bliss by consciously and unconsciously allowing our preferences as well as our internal unrecognized prejudices to guide our interactions with other humans everyday. We will be utilizing blindfolds and a series of safe, non-invasive touch and movement exercises to illuminate these blockages and create a container of unconditional touch, where people of all colors, sizes, genders, levels of "attractiveness" and other differences/distinctions that divide us can learn to touch and SEE each other with unconditional love and true acceptance. We will be deeply engaging with the core of Tantric experience, using our somatic physical experience to connect with essence of another soul AND explore the expansion of our sensual nature!
Mojo Tantra Dance:
with Miranda Rudegeair
Ecstatic Dance in partners. You are invited to share a song with someone different each time and explore the many types of connections that can exist without words - some will be playful, some will be intense, some will be ridiculous and some might even get a little sexy. It’s all up to you! The dancing is not guided.
Jade Yoni Egg with Iolani Deva
Then we will sit up and do some toning of sounds that energize the pineal gland. Then we will squeeze our PC muscle while intending our kundalini to rise up the back of our spine and circulate around the inner circle. This is a very yummy exercise and very balancing. You will feel energized in a deep calm way that is empowering. A sense of well being. I will have handouts so you can keep doing this practice from now on.
The Way of the Council
With Luke, Anjalisa, Gary 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 these past few years 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. "
Speaking Our Sexual Secrets
with Sarah and Harold
Polyamory Share Circle: with Miranda Rudegeair
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.
Erotic Dance with Iolani Deva
This class is for everyone who loves to dance and those interested in learning. We will be doing a lot of moves from the art of Belly Dancing and some some Burlesque. These moves feel very good to do and some of them move kundalini energy. We will have lots of yummy fun and feel energized and sexy.
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 7:15-9:00pm
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
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.
Gary Garrett and Anjalisa Aitken write, record and perform together as The Harmony People. They are both singer-songwriters and lifelong musicians. They met in 2013, when Anjalisa was in the audience at a Gary performance and started singing harmony full voice, and have been touring in Hawaii and the Western US ever since. You can get to know them at theharmonypeople.com.
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.
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
Lee Warren - has been living in intentional community for more than 18 years. She lives a deeply integrated and authentic life with a commitment to conscious relationships, real-life expertise in regenerative systems, and a passion for sacred embodiment. She is the co-founder, -designer, & builder, since 2001, of Village Terraces Cohousing Neighborhood at Earthaven Ecovillage outside of Asheville, NC; co-founder and co-manager of a 5-acre cooperative farm; co-founder and managing partner of SOIL, School of Integrated Living, which teaches organic food production, regenerative systems, and community living; and a long-time food activist, herbalist, homesteader, farmer, writer, teacher, relationship counselor, and advocate for women’s issues. More information at reclaimingwisdom.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.
SARAH TAUB, Ph.D., is a cultural activist whose passion is creating events where people transform. She teaches the skills of peaceful, sustainable community – self-awareness, honesty, clear boundaries – and facilitates group processes of many sorts, including consensus decision-making, business meetings and retreats, ZEGG Forum (www.zegg-forum.org/), and conflict resolution sessions. Sarah co-founded the first cohousing community in Washington, DC, and now lives at Chrysalis, a small urban intentional community in Arlington, VA whose mission is to support activists and healers (www.chrysalis-va.org). Since 2004, she has been a major organizer of Network for a New Culture’s East Coast Summer Camp (www.new-culture.org) and other events aimed at creating a culture based on awareness, compassion, and freedom rather than on fear and judgment. In 2006, she left her tenured professorship in Cognitive Linguistics at Gallaudet University to focus full-time on events, community-building, and cultural change. Since 2011, she has been the financial and programs manager for Abrams Creek Center (www.abramscreekcenter.com), a retreat center and community in the mountains of West Virginia. Sarah’s current koan: only when you let go of urgency can you be truly effective.
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.
Tim Weaver: I have been walking the path of personal and communal awakening for almost 30 years, studying spiritual disciplines, practicing natural building and permaculture, growing and preparing plant medicines for healing, living in intentional spiritual community, and I have extensively trained and become licensed in Western Clinical Psychotherapy, numerous Massage Therapy techniques, Watsu and Wataflow, and other healing modalities.
I am currently focusing my energy on Somatic therapies and practices that bypass the cognitive mammalian cortex conscious thought process to focus on accessing the Limbic Piscean/Reptilian brain, where we as humans store ALL of our Peak Experiences....the Traumas which set our fight/flight/freeze patterns of response as well as the transformational/psychedelic/integrative Transcendent experiences of Peak Consciousness.
I utilize a variety of techniques from many sources, including EMDR, EFT, Tantric practices, Cranial Sacral techniques, Sexological Bodywork, Wataflow/Watsu, and the conscious presencing of unconditional loving witness to facilitate CNS access and healing.