Program for 2017
See below for Presenters' bios....
Monique Darling and Peter Peterson, Kelly Bryson, Amara Karuna, Miranda Rudegeair, Tracy Matfin, Kalama Becker, Ray Adastra, Iolani Deva, Luke Aitken, Alasandra, Anjalisa and Gary, 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 Adastra 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.
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.
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 the Skin You Are In, with Monique Darling and Peter Peterson
Are you ready to look into all the stories that have been handed to you from parents, teachers, friends, lovers, society about your body? This session will be spent in circle, in vulnerable connection.
This will be a rewiring of old patterns and include many radical transformational shifts to begin releasing what doesn't serve and reclaiming passion, power, and confidence in the amazing body we were each blessed with.
Are you ready to embark on a life-transforming journey to empower yourself and unleash your potential?
Are you ready to heal the shame, guilt and fear around your vulnerability, sexuality, and luscious body?
Are you ready to bring pleasure and more intimate connections into your life? (beginning with the one with yourself?)
If so join Peter and Monique for a playful and raw expansive adventure.
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.
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.
The workshop is appropriate for all levels of experience.
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. "
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”
Hawaiian Shamanism with Tracy Matfin
Jade Yoni Egg with Iolani Deva
Deep Wild Wisdom: Freeing Your Beautiful Belly Beast
with Amara Karuna and Ray Adastra
Come join us as we support each other in re-wilding and opening our core bodies, using breath work, bodywork, sounding, playful movement and powerful ritual!
• Do you find yourself often too busy, too scattered, stressed or distracted by other people's needs?
• Is it sometimes challenging to know who you are, what you want and how you are feeling?
• Do you feel emotionally numb or have digestive issues?
Feelings of being lost, overwhelmed and numb are symptoms of our inner disconnection from our deep core wisdom. We are trained by our culture to live in our minds, and ignore the beautiful beast that lives in our guts.
That wild self is our connection to our old magic; the part of us that always knows the next step to take, that feels the flow of the subtle energies of the world around us. The Hawaiians call it the Na'au, the deep wise self, the wild child.
That animal self is far more ancient than our intellect, and is discounted, caged and domesticated to the point where it become lost from our conscious awareness. Then we have issues such as loss of aliveness, shame and guilt about our needs, abdominal and digestive pain, and feelings of dead numbness.
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.
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.
Sensual Touch Tantra Puja with Monique Darling and Peter Peterson
Join us for a very Tantric journey Where every touch sensation you have ever imagined and even a few beyond your wildest dreams have a place to be felt. Let some of the most sensual beings on the planet take you on a journey where your fingers do the talking, and you have an invitation to expand your capacity of pleasure in the largest organ of your body.....your skin! We will include a wide array of touch options including: the most intimate form of touch......breath From sensation play to words, to learning to touch for YOUR own pleasure and having the opportunity to practice asking for the exact touch that you are craving in any moment. And diving into the elements as we open and expand our capacity for pleasure
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.
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
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
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.
workshop facilitator extraordinaire has led over 800 workshops in the past 5 years. She is the founder of Juicy Enlightenment an organization dedicated to empowering people who are questioning the assumptions of how their life should be and to offering tools for self expression that create trust, inner knowing and wisdom to enjoy the life they have. Monique has been featured on TLC and The Dr’s as well as various radio shows, podcasts and magazines across the USA. She specializes in helping others reclaim their power and natural sensuality by transmuting fear and repression into courage, self-love and freedom. Her primary purpose is helping folks bring out their vulnerability, energetic embodiment and fearless relating.She guides from a place of understanding and her natural exuberance is infectious! She is available for private sessions, experiential workshops and Cuddle Parties. Learn more about Monique by going to juicyenlightenment.com or track her whereabouts at whereintheworldismoniquedarling.com
Peter Petersen has been teaching qigong for 14 years and has been a certified massage therapist for the last 10. Peter has been teaching in health clubs, hospitals, retirement villas, and several different wellness/spa resorts in Mexico and the United States, such as Rancho La Puerta, Mayacamas Ranch, and Present Moment Retreat. Peter is also a personal wellness coach. This Qigong practice helps people ground themselves into their “now” to increase their present moment awareness of their behaviors, and find simple solutions to problematic habits such as: eating, moving, negative thinking, and sleeping. The result of this tool box of healthy information is that clients become their own health advocate and regain a sense of stability, peace, and well-being into their everyday lives.
is a professional counselor with experience helping people recover from substance abuse, a personal fitness coach and a professional musician. He supports clients in working with issues of intimacy, polyamory, open relationships, and sexual healing, and can work with couples. Ray has been teaching Sacred Pelvic Healing Massage with Amara Karuna, who developed this technique. They live in Eugene, OR and teach mostly on the west coast and in Hawaii. He just returned for 2 years of service in Uganda in the Peace Corps.
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.