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Radiant Intimacy

Radiant Intimacy: 4-day experiential workshop

May 25th – 28th, 2018

1440 Multiversity, 800 Bethany Drive
Scotts Valley, CA 95066


“The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along. ”
~ Rumi

We all long for love. We long to be intimately connected to others and ourselves. We all want to be seen and known as we are. For some, a partnership or marriage is the natural outcome of this longing. Others find alternative styles of intimacy more fulfilling. For many of us, love and sexuality can be complex and confusing.

Radiant Intimacy is an emerging field of exploration, bringing awareness to the topics of relationship, sexuality and love. We will explore radiant intimacy through the lenses of neuroscience, integral psychotherapy, attachment theory and the Tantric and Advaita spiritual traditions.

Through carefully crafted exercises, keynote lectures, targeted workshops, potent meditations, you will engage the concept of radiant intimacy, and how to express and integrate into daily living. We will explore:

  •  What can we learn from neuroscience about love?
  • How do our attachment styles impact our relationships?
  • How can we create deeply fulfilling relationships with life, with another and with ourselves?
  •  What are the shadow elements within a relationship?
  • How does early developmental trauma impact our capacity for relating?
  • How can our sexuality open us to the experience of our true nature and of unity consciousness?
  • How is self-knowledge reflected in our relationships?

This four-day experiential workshop is designed to expand our understanding and experience of intimacy, while giving us tools to create deeply fulfilling relationships. Through carefully crafted exercises and potent meditations, we will taste expanded aliveness and intimate attunement.

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Workshop facilitators: Esther Perel, Michaela Boehm, Steve James, Lorin Roche, Camille Maurine, Sasha Cobra, Justin R. Garcia and Amanda N. Gesselman.

Our home for the retreat will be the 1440  located in the beautiful redwoods near Santa Cruz, CA

Workshop facilitators

img-Esther-PerelEsther Perel, Psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author, is recognized as one of today’s most insightful and original voices on modern relationships. Fluent in nine languages, she helms a therapy practice in New York City and serves as an organizational consultant for Fortune 500 companies around the world. Her celebrated TED talks have garnered nearly 20 million views and her international bestseller Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence became a global phenomenon translated into 24 languages. Her newest book is New York Times bestseller The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity (HarperCollins). Esther is also an executive producer and host of the popular Audible original podcast Where Should We Begin?

img-Michaela-BoehmMichaela Boehm is a lineage holder in Kashmiri Shaivism Tantra having received a classical tantric education from a young age. Born and raised in Austria, Michaela also has an extensive background in Jungian and Forensic Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Therapy and Hypnosis as well as numerous somatic modalities. Upon moving to the United States in 1994, Michaela established a 24-year counseling practice logging over 40,000 client hours. Included in her clinical experience are 4 years as a counselor and treatment plan developer of a Malibu celebrity drug rehabilitation center, subsequently consulting other facilities on wholistic treatment plans. Michaela is the founder of The Non-Linear Movement Method®, a somatic movement modality which facilitates stress and trauma release and is now taught internationally through authorized teachers. In addition to over twenty years of extensive academic and clinical background in psychology and counseling, Michaela traveled and taught with David Deida for 13 years. She teaches internationally and has developed a women’s curriculum for feminine embodiment as well as teaching couples and men about the principles of intimacy and polarity. Her book ‘The Wild Woman’s Way’ will be published in June 2018 by Enliven/Atria, an imprint of Simon and Schuster. Michaela’s current private clients include Oscar-winning actors, producers, writers, multiple Grammy-winning musicians and several family offices, which she consults on second generation wealth issues.

Steve-James-Speaker Steve James travels internationally teaching somatic practices, meditation, yoga, as well as leading explorations in contemplative, mystic, and relational realms. Known for his intelligent, grounded approach and his dedication to first-hand research he has extensive experience in elite athletic performance, contemplative and spiritual disciplines, the arts, extreme outdoor survival, and human behaviour. In addition to private client work and international public workshops, Steve has released a DVD series of his movement approach called the Movement Koan® Method, a fusion of joint-nourishing movement and body-based mindfulness. Steve’s current private clients range from pioneering entrepreneur CEO’s and multi-billion dollar fund managers to multiple Grammy-winning musical artists and Oscar-winning actors.

img-Camille-MaurineLorin Roche, PhD began meditating in a physiology lab at the University of California in 1968 and immediately fell in love with the practice. He began teaching meditation in 1970 and earned his doctorate from University of California, Irvine for his work on the subjective experience of meditation. He trains meditation teachers worldwide and specializes in helping people customize individual meditation practices to align with their unique nature. Rather than imposing a standardized, one-size-fits-all model, he has drawn on insights from the best of Western science and Eastern yoga to create his own approach called Instinctive Meditation. Dr. Roche is the author of Meditation Made Easy and The Radiance Sutras: 112 Gateways to the Yoga of Wonder and Delight. For the past 35 years Lorin and his partner Camille Maurine have been exploring what they call the Path of Intimacy and Engagement, which is different in important ways from the Path of Detachment. Together they are the authors of Meditation Secrets for Women: Discovering Your Passion, Pleasure, and Inner Peace. Lorin is on the faculty of Esalen Institute, 1440 Multiversity, Loyola Marymount, and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Lorin and Camille train meditation teachers worldwide and give workshops, retreats, and presentations with The Radiance Sutras.

Camille Maurine is an intrepid traveler on the path of embodiment, venturing high and low into the world of energy and love. Her work is an intimate fusion of meditation, movement, and expression, with a keen passion for women’s spiritual empowerment.  She is the author of the groundbreaking book, Meditation Secrets for Women: Discovering Your Passion, Pleasure, and Inner Peace, as well as Meditation 24/7: Practices to Enlighten Every Moment of the Day, both written with her husband, Dr. Lorin Roche. Camille Maurine is on the faculty of Esalen Institute, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and 1440 Multiversity. She gives online courses on meditation and intimacy such as “Living in Love’s Body.” Camille is also the creator of Moving Theater of the Soul, a transformational creative process. Renowned for her scintillating embodiments of feminine energy, Camille loves performing excerpts from The Radiance Sutras, Lorin Roche’s sensuous version of the Bhairava Tantra, an ancient meditation text. Camille and Lorin lead a dynamic meditation teacher training and travel widely to give presentations, workshops, and retreats. Sharing her journey of over four decades of teaching and thirty-five years of intimate relationship, Camille invites us into the mystery of being alive.

sasha_cobra_sandSasha Cobra is a world renowned teacher, healer, and energy worker with a focus on Spirituality and Sexuality. She is known internationally for her unique way of using Orgasmic Energy for healing and raising consciousness. Over her 10 year practice of The Work, she has built up a reputation for assisting trauma victims get “their life back” when “nothing else has worked.” Her expertise in sexual dysfunction, sexual trauma, conscious relating and conscious lovemaking, has gained her 1000s of clients in over 50 countries across 6 continents, including sex therapists, coaches, teachers, doctors, scientists, CEO’s, professional athletes, and celebrities. After having worked exclusively with men for 8 years, she has officially opened the work to women, and continues to share her wisdom globally via a variety of speaking engagements, workshops, retreats and private sessions.

img-Justin-GarciaJustin R. Garcia is Ruth Halls Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Associate Director for Research and Education at The Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington. Dr. Garcia holds an MS in biomedical anthropology and PhD in evolutionary biology from Binghamton University. His research interests focus on the evolutionary foundations of variation in monogamy, intimacy, and sexual behavior, with a particular emphasis on biocultural approaches to sex, gender, dating, and reproductive strategies. He has published on a variety of topics related to romantic and sexual relationships, and is co-author (with Peter Gray) of Evolution and Human Sexual Behavior (Harvard University Press) and co-editor of Evolution’s Empress: Darwinian Perspectives on the Nature of Women (Oxford University Press). He has lent his expertise to a variety of industry partners, including serving as a scientific advisor to K-Y Brand, Teva Pharmaceuticals, and others, and he has appeared as an expert witness for the U.S. Department of Defense. Since 2010 he has been Scientific Advisor to the world largest online dating company,

img-Justin-GarciaAmanda N. Gesselman is the inaugural Anita Aldrich Endowed Research Scientist at The Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington. Dr. Gesselman holds an MS in developmental psychology and PhD in social psychology from the University of Florida. Her research examines the psychology, sexuality, and health of romantic couples, as well as dating and sexuality in single adults, with an emphasis on technology and health behaviors. She has served as scientific expert on several sexuality-related projects with industry partners, including Clue, K-Y Brand, and Teva Pharmaceuticals. Her research on romantic and sexual behavior has been published in top scholarly journals in various disciplines, and has been featured on television and in internet and print media in outlets around the world.


Radiant Intimacy Program

May 24

2:15 pm Check-in begins. Rooms ready by 4:00 pm
4:45 pm – 5:45 pm Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Dinner
6:45 pm – 7:15 pm Guest Welcome Session
Opening Program
7:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Maurizio & Zaya - Opening and introduction of presenters.

Evening Session
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Drive to Love: Romance in the Digital Age with Helen Fisher

Room 101
"Is technology changing love? Is monogamy natural? Why do you fall in love with one person rather than another? How can you use neuroscience to keep love alive? And where are we headed in our digital age.

Anthropologist and neuroscientist Dr. Helen Fisher uses her brain scanning work (fMRI) to discuss three brain systems that evolved for mating and reproduction–the sex drive; romantic love; and attachment; and maintains that these basic mating instincts will not alter due to Internet dating. But the Internet is changing how we court and who we choose. Hooking up? Friends with Benefits? Polyamory?

Fisher then uses her data on 35,000 single Americans to explain modern dating tactics—from Millennials to Seniors—and the newest trend in courtship, what she calls “slow love.” She also proposes that humanity has evolved four broad basic styles of thinking and behaving which draw us naturally toward one person rather than another—in love and business. And she discusses the biological underpinnings of love at first sight, love addiction, adultery and divorce. Last she shows some of the brain circuitry of long-term romantic happiness and explains how to use neuroscience to keep love alive."

9:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Room 101
Q&A with Helen Fisher

May 25

6:45 am – 7:45 am Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation
7:00 am – 9:00 am Breakfast
Morning Sessions
9:00 am - 10:25 pm Enhancing Spiritual Maturation by Healing Early Attachment Wounds and Embracing Secure Relationships with Diane Heller

Sanctuary Room
Understanding and releasing childhood attachment ruptures by learning secure attachment skills is key to enjoying more fulfilling relationships and healthy intimacy as an adult. This workshop will include an overview of attachment adaptations including secure, avoidant, and ambivalent, as well as how each style impacts adult relationships. From a spiritual perspective, healing insecure attachment helps us have more awareness to support ego dis-identification and essential maturation.

Learning objectives:
  • The participant will be able to identify and describe secure attachment
  • The participant will be able to identify and distinguish avoidant and ambivalent attachment.
  • The participant will understand how to create corrective experiences to facilitate healing.
  • The participant will understand the challenges of dissociation as well as embodiment related to resolving relational trauma issues

10:30 am – 11:50 am

Men & Women In Love: The Future of Romance with Terry Real

Sanctuary Room
We have never wanted more from our long term relationships. We want to be lifelong lovers. But do we act like lovers with one another? What gets in the way? Over time many of us stop telling our whole truth to our partners, because it doesn’t go well when we try, and the first casualty of backing off is our passion. The reclaiming of women’s “voices” has been an issue for decades. But men in relationship rarely articulate their emotions or deepest needs either.

Learn the art of standing up for yourself with love - asserting yourself and cherishing your partner in the same breath. And then learn how to listen and respond with a generous heart, so that you deal well with conflicts as they arise and keep things between you honest and alive.

12:00 pm -12:15pm

Introduction of afternoon program with Terry Real and Michaela Boehm

Sanctuary Room
Preparing folks for the afternoon sessions

11:30 am - 1:30pmLunch
Afternoon Concurrent Sessions
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Wild Woman’s Way: The Embodied Feminine: Michaela Boehm with women

Sanctuary Room
Join us for an interactive exploration into full-bodied expression of your original, deeply connected feminine nature. “The Wild Woman’s Way®” is Michaela’s body of work and this session is an invitation to find and unfold the parts of you that are deeply connected to nature. Deepen into who you are as a woman by releasing layers of societal conditioning, belief, and habit and learn to listen to your bodily genius.

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Masculine Dilemma: Our Next Frontier: Terry Real with men

Room 201
Never before have we men been awash with so many confusing messages:

“Be sensitive. Be strong. Just listen to me. Tell me about your feelings. Throw me against a wall and just do me! Be gentle. Be in control. Act like a man! Don’t act like a man! Just be yourself!” Conservatives reassert old mores, some progressives speak like they want to throw the whole thing out. But it’s up to each of us to look at the legacy we’ve been handed, figuring out what to kill; what to keep, and what to pass on to our kids.

What is the legacy that was handed to you? How was it transmitted? Through exercise and discussion we will look at ourselves as men - we will look at the messages given from our fathers in particular but also our mothers and the culture.

We will explore what it means to live whole, relational lives.

4:45 pm - 5:45 pmSupplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Dinner
Evening Session
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Whole group integration with Terry Real & Michaela Boehm

Sanctuary Room

May 26

6:45 am – 7:45 am Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation
7:00 am – 9:00 am Breakfast
Morning Concurrent Sessions
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Radical Intimacy And The Play Of The Erotic with Michaela Boehm & Steve James

Sanctuary Room
Whether you would like to start a new intimate relationship or want to deepen passion with your partner, the principles of Intimacy and Erotic Friction — the spark that keeps passion alive — are always available to deepen your experience. The erotic play of masculine and feminine, springing from a radical intimacy with life itself, is a challenging and delightful realm of inquiry. We will explore the deep principles of embodiment, uncover and work with personal blocks to expansion and contraction, engage in practical exercises, dialogue, and learning to widen both heart space and the ability to embody as energy or thrust. In this experiential session you will be shown the building blocks, practices, and disciplines of creating deeper relational and erotic connections in your life.

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Deepen Intimacy Through Erotic Embodiment and Emotional Vulnerability with Celeste Hirschman & Dimitry Yakoushkin

Room 201
In order to have deep intimacy with another person you need two core skills - erotic embodiment and emotional vulnerability. The more you can show up in your erotic body in the present moment, the more you can understand your feelings, boundaries, desires, and capacities. The more you are able to share vulnerably, the more acceptance and empathy you can feel from your partner. In this 3-hour workshop we will take you on a journey into deep erotic embodiment and vulnerable sharing to enhance your pleasure, joy and connection with those around you.

11:30 am – 1:30 pm Lunch
Afternoon Concurrent Sessions
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Ecstasy & Mystery with Michaela Boehm & Steve James

Sanctuary Room
Join us for an immersion into the tantric subtle body arts. Experience ecstatic intimacy and explore the sacred mysteries of erotic friction. In this experiential session we will engage in specific transmission oriented around subtle body practice and the realms of sacred union.

We'll first engage in a series of practices to sensitize and open both body and heart, resulting in greater feeling capacity and sensitivity towards yourself and others. Once the body and heart are sufficiently relaxed and sensitized, we will dive into the mysteries of erotic friction by engaging with the full spectrum of energetic offerings and touch, from the sublime light to the mysterious dark. In this session you will engage with practices and disciplines of creating ecstatic play in all aspects of your life. Using cutting edge explorations & new practices, we will be inviting not just understanding of these principles, but true embodiment of them.

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Art of Giving and Receiving Sensual Consent with Celeste Hirschman & Dimitry Yakoushkin

Room 201
Consent is a very important topic that has come to the forefront recently. While it may seem straightforward, truly understanding, giving, and gaining consent is actually quite complex. What’s more, it can be done very clumsily or very sensually depending on your awareness and skill level. In this 3-hour workshop, we will introduce the foundational skills you need to have in order to give and receive true consent in a connected and arousing way

4:45 pm - 5:45 pm Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation
5:30 – 7:00 pm Dinner
Evening Session & Dance
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Sanctuary Room

May 27

6:45 am – 7:45 am Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation
7:00 am – 9:00 am Breakfast
Morning Session
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Q&A with Michaela Boehm, Steve James, Celeste & Dimitri and group sharing time .

Room 101
Closing experiential session and conversation with presenters & attendees

12:00 noon Check-out time
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunch (Included on day of departure)

* 1440 Supplemental Option Classes include: yoga, meditation, nature walks, Qi gong & Tai Chi

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