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Sacred Touch Retreat
April 21-23, 2023

with Amara Karuna

 This will be a dive into enjoying and improving our ability for conscious touching and intimate massage.

These practices are a powerful way to explore our creative energy potential, and expand beyond usual limits to a new level of consciousness. It is an invitation to gain confidence in opening in sacred love to others, and a greater ability to experience ecstasy in all dimensions of life. 

This work focuses on deep heart attunement, emotional safety and respect, with more emphasis on intimacy than on sexuality.

    Open to couples and singles. Come with a friend or beloved, or be willing to make new friendships.  

The content is especially adapted to welcome newcomers with a respect for the individuality of each person. Also people with experience in intimate massage and conscious touch will find this a powerful deepening.

     These practices can help to let go of our tensions and to experience peace, silence and the presence of our Being.

The Program:

Sacred Pampering Puja


Do you love to receive massage, cuddling, and loving compassionate listening from others?
And would you also enjoy giving others this kind of relaxing, safe enjoyment, in a way that invokes your own inner priest or priestess? Come enjoy being honored as the Divine Being that you are while generally being pampered.
 
 We can do a lot to help each other feel happy and nurtured in this sensual, yet non-sexual event.
Our pampering practices will be massage, compassionate listening as they share whatever is in their heart, cuddles or cradling as the receiver wishes, head pampering (hair brushing, head or face massage, eye gazing) as the receiver wishes, contact improv dancing to lovely music. and sensory meditations as the person lays blindfolded.
 
We will have finger food like cut up fruit, nuts, crackers, chocolate.  Please bring a hairbrush for yourself if you want your hair brushed.


Conscious Touch Training

Why do some people seem to have a golden touch that invites you to melt with pleasure?


What is the essential difference between a massage that feels businesslike or clumsy, and one that is deeply intimate and satisfying?

There is so much more to massage, and healing touch than just giving some good rubs. Our bodies are complex and amazing living systems with so many levels.  With a little training, you can greatly upgrade your ability to give amazing touch!
This introduction compresses many years of training in many different types of massage into a sampler, to give you the basic ideas of how to effectively give pleasure and relief from pain to your loved ones.

Blissflow Intimate Massage

is sensual and deep bodywork, done as a devotional practice, using aroused sexual energy combined with long, sweeping strokes on the whole body. 


If you are interested in deep healing for your body, becoming a better lover, and taking your physical intimacy to another level, then you will find Blissflow a beautiful experience.

When we are in highly aroused states, our physiology changes radically. This shift can be a gateway into health and healing. When these erotic energies are channeled correctly, profound changes in physical and emotional health can occur.

This workshop will consist of erotic bodywork that includes touching the whole body. The massage strokes run along meridians and muscle fibers, and are slow and deep.  These long strokes along the limbs and torso are combined with a steady, slow arousing touch with the hands, for a little journey into heaven.  

The emphasis is on treating each other?s body as a sacred temple, using continuous, flowing strokes, which move the energy throughout the body, leaving you both relaxed and energized.  It is not so much about learning detailed techniques as it is creating a feeling of flow.


Secrets of Your Erotic Body
 The  Anatomy and Energy of Arousal

Reclaim your pride and enjoyment of your own sexual organs. Come learn some amazing facts, Taoist breathing and energy practices for sexual health, and bring your questions and experiences to share.
We will explore:
*Pelvic Breathing & stretching- Bringing aliveness to the pelvic area for more health and extending sexual pleasure
* Exploring our own experiences and attitudes toward our sexual areas
* The amazing and complex structure of our genital organs
* Taoist reflexology zones hidden in them, used for health and vitality

Limited to 22 people. We will be gender balancing. No vaccination required and no testing, but we ask that you avoid large crowds for 5 days beforehand, and test yourself before you arrive.

Weekend tickets cost:


Friday April 21, starting with Dinner at 6 pm, through Sunday April 23, ending at 5 pm, not including dinner. Includes 6 meals, dorm accommodations. Private tents or cabins can be rented for extra cost.


Costs: Residential Tickets

*Single Tickets Residential, in a dorm: $300 -$425

*Couples Ticket Residential (housing extra): $550-800


Residential Housing Choices and fees:

1. Cabins cost between $30-50 per night extra. Couples are given preference.

2. Private quonset hut for couples is $100 for 2 nights for 2 people. Bedding, beds, and towels provided.  

3. Our private tent under a tarp: is $50 extra. Bedding, beds, and towels provided.  

4. You could bring your own tent or RV, bed and bedding, at no cost.

5. You could be in a dorm at no extra cost, bed and bedding provided.

Costs: Non residential for people staying offsite:

Want to bring your own meals? Plan to bring prepared foods and a cooler as there will not be an easy way to cook.


*Single Offsite Ticket with 2 lunches and 2 dinners: $250 - 350

(Single offsite with no food: $170)

*Couple Offsite tickets with 2 lunches and 2 dinners: $450 - 600

(Couple offsite with no food: $320)

Payments Due
To simplify our bookkeeping, we prefer one full payment. Please send it when you've been accepted.  It will be due at the latest by April 1st, 2023.  You will get a Welcome email with all the payment details when accepted.  Check your spam!

Extra nights:

1 Extra night beforehand- $80 per person including food, plus extra housing cost for cabins and huts. Only one night before is available.

1 Extra night afterwards- $80 each with food plus housing cost for cabins and huts. If not going to Spring camp. Only one night after is available, unless you are staying for Spring New Culture camp.

Want more?


Stay on for our New Culture Hawaii Spring Camp, April 26-May 2nd

Add $80 per day to stay on as a guest, food included.


You may stay for 3 extra nights with food after retreat, only if you are staying for Spring Camp. $180 plus housing

No program happens except our normal active community life, all meals included, but only dinner will be prepared. You use our kitchen to prepare your own breakfast and lunch. Expect to help with housekeeping as everyone here does.


Amara Karuna has been involved with New Culture for many years and is the Director of the New Culture Hawaii Winter Camp.  She lives on the Big Island of Hawaii in the New Culture community called La’akea Permaculture community.  She lives New Culture full time!  

Amara was a main organizer of the Oregon Tantra Festival, and the Cascadia Tantra Festival, both events that offered a variety of classes on sacred relationship and sexuality as a spiritual path.  She also co-organizes the Conscious Connection Retreat.
She also organizes for International School of Temple Arts, for their Level 1 and 2 week-long trainings in sacred sexual healing through Karuna Retreats, in Hawaii, Oregon and Washington.

Amara developed Heartbeat Nurturing Therapy, a method of healing the inner infant-self using cradling, hypnotic induction and suckling to address emotional issues stemming from lack of breast feeding & loving closeness as an infant.  She is the author of "Heartbeat Nurturing Therapy- Healing Our Hearts Together”

 In 1989, she developed her own approach to peer counseling, called Holistic Peer Counseling integrating counseling with spiritual meditation practices, psychic healing, breath work and body centered techniques.   She has studied 6 different methods of pelvic bodywork, and has taught Sacred Pelvic Healing Work for men and women, and led NeoTantra Pujas since 2007.