NC Hawaii Winter Camp Presenters, Program & Schedule


Winter Camp Program for 2020

More coming soon!


(See below for Presenters' bios....)


Patrick Noble, Shezza Walters, Amara Karuna, Art Lashbrook and Marylea Toher, 

Mystopher (Christopher Fuelling), DJ eO, Audrey Ichida,

Tracy Matfin,  Kalama Becker, Anjalisa Aitken, Gary Garrett and more!


Register here!



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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 Dance and Pod Meetings: 

We start each morning with a time to dance!  And then meet in small groups to check in about your experiences at camp.

 
Morning Circle:
An important part of camp!  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.


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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.

 
Boundaries: Speaking Truth, Meeting Needs, and Releasing Attachments

with Various Presenters

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. We tend to look at boundary setting as ways we cannot connect and rarely see them as having real potential for deeper connection. 

This workshops intention is to free us up to have boundaries without judgement of our selves or others. 

It is also designed to help us embrace diversity, and difference and creatively interact with it authentically.

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!

 
Open Sessions
Open Sessions are an opportunity for campers to convene dialogue groups on topics they've been wanting to explore, or create group massages, or do a music jam 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.

Temple space opening events will take place for the first 1/2 hour every night. including massage and sensual meditations by Amara, Mystophur, Shezza and others.

 
Men's Circle, and Gender Fluid circle, and Women's Circle:
A Sacred Circle & Check-in for people who enjoy meeting in gender groups, where every persons voice and experience is heard, valued, honored. Where every one speaks uninterrupted and who is held by the group in a solid, trust-building container.
Playful, loving, and gentle exercises to get us more and more comfortable with fully inhabiting our bodies.
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Authentic Relating Games
with Patrick Noble
AR games involve leaning into an edge of vulnerability (with consent) and maybe sharing that which we are disinclined to speak about. It’s not uncommon for a new awareness to arise during the course of a game. Awareness is the start. 
From there, the healing is to transform, transmute, and let go. 
I love AR games because they are fun, dynamic, smile-inducing, and both light hearted and potentially encompassing deeper work!

 Yoni Power Ceremony 
with Shezza Walters
 In this fun, healing, and soulful ceremony, we will have the opportunity to explore the power and beauty of our vaginas! Most women never have their yonis observed outside of a sexual or medical setting. And most heterosexual women have never had the chance to just check out with curiosity and wonder a variety of yonis outside of watching porn. 
 It’s time for change! In this playshop of pussy Empowerment, the yoni will be adored and celebrated in all shapes and sizes. We will have the chance to gaze in wonderment at other women’s pussies, and will also have a chance to have our pussy adored as the divine temple that it is. This is for female identified humans only and has been requested by several camp participants.

 The Shamanic Cycle of Conscious Cultural Evolution
with Mystopher
Beginning with a presentation of how culture change emulates evolution and contemporary changemakers can employ this process intentionally today, the rest of the workshop is a practical experience of this theory to co-create culture in your own community. PRESENTATION: One of the vital, original roles of “shamans” was to change their society's culture to adapt to new environmental, technological, and political realities. Today such roles are currently divided into different disciplines amongst visionaries, scientists, explorers, designers, and storytellers, etc. However, the culture change process then as now has three clear phases: 
1) Envisioning new ways of being or doing (beyond our cosmology), 
2) Exploring/Experimenting (the practical application of these new ideas), and 
3) Storytelling (persuasively presenting these possibilities to their society). 
Given this framing of how culture change can be observed to happen in humans, we can consciously apply it and iterate this cycle intentionally. 

 Erotic Story 
with Audrey Ichida
 Audrey’s erotic story telling is designed to welcome people into play places and help people feel comfortable with the natural flow of their sexual energies. By speaking story Audrey involves people who might not be physically interacting with others and connects the field of the space. The people present are brought together in a shared experience that is both erotic and safe. Initially the group offers ideas, or seeds for a story, like setting or fantasy situations. Audrey chooses one of these and through improvisation brings the scene to life in intimate juicy detail. The stories may be part performance art and part poetry. Because each story is crafted based on the collective energy of the group, no two stories are the same. 
 Regardless of the story prompt the principles of trust, respect, consent, and compassion are upheld. Audrey speaks into being what we wish we could be in our sexual interactions.
 
A Unified Theory of Desire
with Mystopher
PRESENTATION: This theory of desire and sexual dynamics visualizes both arousal and polarization without value judgements or gender essentialism to allow us to objectively observe how we navigate erotic experiences. It further proposes that desire is intersubjective, individual, and intentional: 1) the cultural field provides much of the symbolic terrain in which our sexuality operates, 2) yet we fundamentally navigate it individually (via our own psyche and internal physical and neurological systems) and thus, 3) given this knowledge, we can become both more aware of our patterns and biases and consciously co-create the erotic experiences we choose.

 We then invite participants to join our ongoing research on this topic by testing the theory: first they chart their own patterns; then they try on some of our practical, embodied performance techniques that manifest the principles; and finally they create short performative scenes where they deliberately employ this theory for both their own personal experience and reflection by the group.

 

Play Your Desire & Quadraphonic Temple Playscape

Temple Opening Night

  • Play Your Desire: is a 45-90min set of ice-breaking exercises that embolden expression and raise the room’s erotic energy. Led by Mystopher w/support from DJ eO, we are excited to debut in Hawaii co-leading by Shezza & Mystophur as a comic duo. The high energy seamlessly crossfades into a blissful… 
  • Quadraphonic Playscape:  introduced by Shezza and Mystophur, is created by the unique sound environment live-mixed and performed by eO that changes depending upon where one experiences it. Quadraphonic sound (from four instead of two speakers) provides an immersive experience harmoniously networking a dancefloor with a play/chill area.

 Movement With Music 
with Patrick Noble
Ecstatic-dance for everyone! It's a great way to blow off steam and enliven the body.

 Enneagram Instincts
with Audrey Ichida
The Enneagram is both a personality model and spiritual map. It is an elegant tool for community development and self-reflection. It reveals our shadows and blind spots as well as reminding us of our higher self. It helps us see our deep patterns and have the freedom to step beyond those patterns. It brings us back to compassion in moments when compassion feels far away. It helps us move from being in the grip of personality patterns to having the presence to see the patterns and awaken to them with kindness. 

The Enneagram is about how the spiritual nature becomes in communion with our human life and how to live our human life with an anchor in our spiritual nature. This compassionate objective view of our patterns takes the shame out of our patterns and is a path to loving self, not an excuse to let ourselves off the hook. The Enneagram helps us understand the commonalities and uniqueness of each person. It affirms our continuity as humans and honors the preciousness of each individual life. It is a powerful model for understanding self and others, and cultivating deep compassion for both. 

 The Enneagram Instincts are in many ways the simplest part of the Enneagram to understand, yet working in the Instincts is really where “the rubber meets the road” in our spiritual journey. The 3 Instincts are Self-preservation, Sexual, and Social. The three Instincts help explain important personality patterns that are tripping spots for our spiritual nature and are also highly influential in relationship dynamics. The egoic distortions around these Instincts can lead to patterns of addiction to comfort, impulsivity, crimes of passion, backstabbing, and organized conflict (war). Presence with the Instincts allows you to grow into a life pattern where you are thriving, resources are flowing in and out as needed, self-care is supporting full wellbeing, you are plugged into the energy of your being, and your work in the world is for the sake of All of Humanity. This 2 hour workshop includes lecture and interactive exercises to enhance and integrate your learning.
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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 Art of Sensual Massage 
With Shezza Walters
Learn the art of Tantric touch with sensual touch magician Shezza. We begin by connecting deeply with our partner and then getting clear with our boundaries and desires as well as how to communicate them for greater intimacy. Then we will practice the art of touching for our own pleasure, followed by the five elements of touch, and other sensuous techniques. 

We will use breath sound and movement for greater potency. Allow magic to flow through your hands as we dive deep into the healing potency of sensual massage. Ideally you will come with a partner as we will work with one person the whole time, but you can also find someone there.

 

Cabaret/ Creativity Sharing-

MC: TBA.  Featuring us all!     

One of the highlights of camp!  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...

 

Auction:

One of the most fun parts of camp, is the fast and furious auction where you get to donate goods or services for the benefit of La'akea community!  Sell your products, your sexy self as a servant for an hour, or a a visit to your house or a massage!  All in good fun!


Closing Circle

Honoring the experience of the past days, we will connect, reflect, and bid farewell to this incarnation of our community.

 

7-8 am Yoga & Meditation

8-8:45 am Breakfast

8:45 am Dancing

9-9:30 am Morning circle 

9:30-10:45 Forum

11-12:45 Workshop

1-2 pm Lunch

2-3:30 pm Free time or Open Space

3:30-5:30pm Workshop

6-7 pm Dinner

7:15-8:30pm Evening program



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 7:00 pm.

Winter Camp Presenters

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 has lead 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

Art Lashbrook and Marylea Toher blend their rich experience with Ballroom dancing, Sufi dancing, Tantra, spirituality, relationship and open-hearted connecting to create very special and unique dance and Tantra experiences.

They host fun and transformative dance events that include lessons on essential dance partnering skills, creating boundaries and safety, opening hearts and souls, moving together as one, romance, intimacy and sensual expression.

Audrey Ichida is a New Ventures West Integral Coach®, an Enneagram Teacher, a story teller, a scientist, a dancer, and a mother. All of these identities, held lightly, serve her personal vision to support humanity in building a life we love to live. Teaching the Enneagram, coaching, and living Tantra are ways Audrey honors her daily vow to “nurture vitality in myself and others.” 

Audrey’s facilitating style is rooted in the understanding that everyone is teacher and student simultaneously and knowledge is transmitted through way of being. Audrey’s mastery of the subject material allows for fluid and emergent content design for workshops, based on the unique and present needs of the group. 
For additional Bio info, see https://www.yabyumstories.com/about

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.

Christopher Fuelling (Mystopher)

Theatre director, teacher, and tenor currently based in Los Angeles and Kansas City, the headquarters of his "Theatre of Love," Teatro Korazon, he currently co-directs the SSSTaR (Sacred Sexual Shamanic Theater and Ritual) Initiative with ISTA Lead Facilitator Dawn Cherie.


His projects explore ritual, the ecstatic, and the numinous in widely different contexts from Early Music liturgical reconstructions in European churches to experimental ritual theatre and outrageous rock operas from Bali to Burning Man. He also teaches SSSTaR ritual theatre workshops and Korazonics physical theatre training, as well as presenting his conscious cultural evolution theories and practices. 

 Degrees in anthropology from Princeton and opera directing from California Institute of the Arts, he co-founded and was the original artistic director of the Art Monastery in Italy and The Alchemy in Los Angeles. www.teatrokorazon.org

Mystopher and eO (Eric Oberthaler: composer, music director, & performer) met during their MFAs in the music department at CalArts (via studying anthropology at Princeton and composition at Oberlin, respectively). Over the next twenty five years they have collaborated, as director and music director, on over a dozen projects, including giant opera rituals at Burning Man and  Situbanda, neo-traditional theatre inspired by Balinese cultural traditions that performed in Indonesia. They even created a rock opera, Joe Messiah (pictured below) as lyricist and composer.


Recently they have toured their immersive experiences, such as Play Your Desire (Temple opening and quadraphonic Temple Playscape) through Teatro Korazon (Christopher's "Theatre of Love" non-profit) at festivals and ISTA Level 1s,  as well as developing productions and research labs and teaching workshops with the SSSTaR Initiative (Sacred Sexual Shamanic Theatre & Ritual) that Christopher co-founded with Dawn Cherie of ISTA (International School of Temple Arts). www.teatrokorazon.org & www.soundsliketree.com


Clarity (Carly Be) Berinstein

Clarity is an ex-academic, currently cultivating embodiment practices that help to understand and integrate her education in Neuroscience and Cognition. Since completing her Master's in consciousness studies, she has since begun practicing tantra, the therapeutic use of psychedelics, nonmonogamy and conscious relating, Vipassana meditation, and much more. Her work focuses on the application of current scientific research to the enhancement of embodiment and quality of life for those pursuing their highest states of truth and happiness.
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.

Gratitone (Patrick Noble)

As a DJ, musician, and dancer, Gratitone is a passionate being. Soulful and balanced, he has experience leading dancers on a journey to release and letting go. As a facilitator of Authentic Relating games Gratitone brings this same soul, balance, and passion to the fun exploration of humanity and fostering connection.

Shezza Walters is a Tantra teacher, Love coach, and sensuous touch magician. She has a passion for helping people to love all parts of themselves and find freedom within. She is a Tantra teacher who combines the   spirituality and the sexy in an innovative and fun way. She loves teaching the art of sensual touch and Tantric   massage. She helps people connect to their own heart, find more pleasure in their bodies, and have more fulfilling  intimacy with others while seeing the Divine Beauty in all of life.


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.