April 19-26, 2017 :: 9th Annual New Culture Spring Camp in Santa Cruz Mountains

Loading Map....

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - Wednesday, April 26, 2017
2:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lupin Lodge


9th annual
Network For a New Culture

*Spring Camp*

“Truth, Trust, Touch and Transparency
A Community Celebration 

at Lupin Lodge, in Santa Cruz mountains, Ca

 April 19–26, 2017

Facebook Visit our Facebook page:: “Invite” your friends and “Share” the event! Thanks!

To REGISTER and for general info see below.


* Imagine your “Longing” for “Belonging” fully satisfied!
* Imagine your “Sense of Separation” replaced by “Unitive Awareness”!
* Imagine finding the missing link to the redeeming joy of your own fully lived life!
* Imagine a global community of people who aspired, conspired and perspired to create a shared mental, spiritual, sensual paradise.
Join us for a week of diving deep into mindful conscious community as we practice and play in a loving container of Trust….

What to Expect

Experiential connection exercises, Lots of dancing, SD/Zegg Forum Transformational Psychodrama, Nonviolent Communication training, Tribal Technologies, Singing, Tantra light, Community building wisdom classes, Sensual Temple, Strut your stuff – Talent show, Musical performance, Improv, Massage, Cuddling, Biodanza, Connection, Self exploration in the container of a loving community…

There will also be opportunity for working together to integrate shadow, reclaim power, voice, sacred conscious responsible sexuality, and trust for each other.

About Us

Happy group photoNetwork For a New Culture (NFNC) is a group that was originally inspired by the German community ZEGG (acronym for German words meaning “Center for an Experiment in Cultural Design”).  NFNC seeks to build a sustainable, violence-free culture through exploring intimacy, personal growth, transparency, deep self aware honesty, equity, compassion, sexual freedom, and the power of sacred mindful community.

Here is a fabulous video of Spring Camp last year!


Join us in the creation of this event!  Please let Connie Wisesan (conniewisesan@sbcglobal.net) know if you are available for a volunteer position!  Let your creativity and leadership shine!!! Connie would be happy to have a conversation with you about how your special interests and talents can be celebrated!

The Container

We will be creating a “Field” of “We-ness” or connection thru experiencing healthy boundary training from the start.  We will explore questions and issues emerging from our collective group, including Power, Sex, Money, Love and Spirituality.

The ZEGG Forum will be also be used as a tool to hold the personal growth process of the whole community as well as for individuals.

Our Presenters 2017

Kelly Bryson, M.A., MFT  is the Director of The Center for Compassion, a community organization providing education in Compassionate Nonviolent Communication(sm) 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 Communitarian, workshop facilitator, consultant and developer of “Tribal Technologies” for the growth of communities and organizations of every description.  http://languageofcompassion.com/
Evalena Rose, M. A., has taught Tantra for 22 years and is a skillful coach in intimacy practices and communication skills.  She has helped people heal emotionally and spiritually through MetaTherapy, energetic healing, and channeled readings for 35 years.  Through Love Journey: The Healing Path of Tantra she offers workshops and supports a compassionate community practicing the highest erotic and romantic arts.   Evalena has decades of study in Tantra, alternative healing, body/mind therapies, Soul Retrieval, and recovery from incest, abuse and addiction.  She works in the San Francisco Bay Area and by phone or Skype world-wide.  Her channelings and tele-seminars have reached people in 14 countries and 24 states.  LoveJourneyTantra.com or evalenarose.com.

Evalena will be offering an Ecstatic Erotic Dance workshop. Stretch your potential for igniting your erotic energies in dance and movement, both to entice and seduce, and simply to enjoy having a body to play in. Enjoy moving through various ways to express yourself erotically and sensually, while having a good time revealing yourself to others.

And a beautiful Celebrating our Connections in Radiant Puja. Enjoy playful and deeply fulfilling connections with old friends and delightful new people.Be gently guided in heart-centered exchanges that are nurturing and often energizing, filled with the blessings of deep presence and universal love. We share undulatory breath practices, soul gazing, sacred touch, erotic dance, and chakra merging breaths, all with boundaries and respect. Sensual, though not sexual, intimate and deeply moving, designed to see the divinity in each other. Pleasure heals.
She will also be on team facilitating Zegg Forum.

Connie Wisesan An Intuitive Healer, Bodyworker and Healing facilitator Connie see’s energy in people, places and things. Her life work is healer and a Custodian of the Land and Its’ People. Her interesting perspective of both the seen and unseen world supports all in the movement back to the higher vibrations of love, peace, abundance and complete health. www.yourtrueself.us

Connie will be offering a Healing Hands fully interactive workshop where she will be supporting all in tapping into our own divine healing nature. She will also be helping to hold the container as mistress of ceremonies and event coordinator as well as be on team facilitating Zegg forum.

Fred Burks has been deeply dedicated to spiritual growth and transformation for his entire adult life. He became interested in tantra and energy work nearly 20 years ago, and has facilitated many engaging, heart-centered workshops around the country helping people to open to the limitless sources of transformative energy available within themselves and others. He was a key founder of the sex and spirit based Sacred Connections community in the SF Bay Area and is a respected spiritual activist on the Internet. See www.peerservice.org for the inspiring and transformational websites he manages.

Fred will be offering a workshop entitled, From Sexual Shame to Vibrant Flame.

As children, almost all of us were shamed around our sexuality. It became hidden in dark corners of our psyche such that we couldn’t even talk about it. In this activity, we’ll start by supporting each other in unmasking and sharing the disempowering messages and taboos we took on as kids. We’ll then find experiential ways to shake this all up and release our shame so that we can step into ever more joy and vibrance around our beautiful sexuality. Come help us to release sexual shame and step into the vibrant flame that is our natural state of being.

He will also be on team facilitating Zegg Forum and leading our Men’s Group.

Katrina Vaillancourt is a “snuggle-master,” artist, certified Sex Educator, Love Coach and is the co-founder of Love Coach Academy. She has led classes and workshops to hundreds of couples, and individuals since 2006 including Sacred Snuggles, White Tantra Pujas, and Nonviolent Communication. She has over 16 years of polyamorous experience and has been coached by Kamala Devi who starred on Showtime’s reality TV show, Polyamory Married and Dating where she learned critical skills for Conscious Non-Monogamy.  As of a year ago, she met a man who has (for the first time since her divorce in 2000) inspired her to re-embrace the model of polysensual monogamy as a container for deep and abiding partnership. She loves creating spaces where people can fully, authentically show up and discover who they are in the context of supportive community.

Sacred Snuggle Puja & Play     This playshop is designed to set the stage for safe, creative and playful exploration of all forms of intimate connection during your time as Spring Camp. Learn about how to have clear conversations for consent, how to deeply honor your NO, and how to discover and safely explore your edges and your juicy YES.

Compassionate Communication Playshop   This introductory level workshop will experientially answer basic questions related to Compassionate Communication:

  •   What factor drives all of human behavior?
  •   How can we connect with this knowledge in a way that makes life more wonderful for everyone?
  •   What is empathy and what is not?
  •   What difference does empathy make?
  •   How can I effectively train myself in this skill?

We will also be touching upon effective expression skills, beginning to answer questions like:

  •   How do my thoughts impact my emotions and ability to communicate effectively?
  •   How can I create more connection with others?
  •   What do I do if my emotions are such that I am incapable of giving empathy, and perhaps not even capable of being kind?
  •   How can I uplift the emotional frequency in myself and in connection to others?

This is a deeply interactive playshop in which I will be introducing an educational card game called “Love Smart Cards,” which will be available for your use during the course of Spring Camp.

Behzad   A pioneer in the Holistic health movement, Behzad has devoted the past 33 years to the study and teaching of alternative healing modalities, meditation, music, dance and conscious evolution as pathways to opening the heart. His professional trainings include: Somatic Psychology, Rolf inspired myofascial bodywork, N.V.C., Classical yoga, Dance Therapy, Mindfulness Stress Reduction Program, Medical Hypnotherapy, Re-birthing and Trauma resolution work.

Behzad will be offering a workshop on Compassionate Touch & Movement – drop into deep communion as we touch and breathe and move together.

He will also be our Master Chef in our community kitchen which will feature Ethnic Fusion Cuisine.  His love for delicious, conscious vegetarian food will be joyously served and mindfully prepared. He invites you to bring prayers of gratitude and blessing from around the world that are special to you to honor the food and contribute to the meal. 

A little culinary teaser:  one meal he is preparing is featuring  ‘a passionate Persian – Greek wedding’……   come celebrate life and dine with us!

Layla Centorrino is a healer, mentor and intuitive guide. She supports people to navigate their relationships and lives with skill and awareness. Layla helps women connect to their feminine wisdom and power with her Menstrual Mystery teachings and Womb Awakening work. She offers Gender Alchemy Circles and supports couples in Conscious Relating, Un-Coupling and Conscious BabyMaking. Find out more at TheArtemisWoman.com

Layla will be offering a workshop on Gender Alchemy:  A sacred time to come together to learn, share, heal, explore, discover and play as men, women and all that’s in between. This workshop/ ceremony is intended to help bridge and build connection, understanding and skill around relating to one another. Alchemy = a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination.

She will also be leading our Women’s Circle: Together we will cast a sacred circle to connect our hearts and wombs .. create safety and explore who we are. As women we hold lots of power and juice …especially when we are feeling connected! So let’s begin camp by syncing up and getting the feminine magic flowing!

Alara Tiernan   This will be Alara’s second year with New Culture Camps.  Alara has been facilitating NVC practice groups and workshops since 2012.  She works as an Intimacy Coach for individuals and couples, while also pursuing Mediation certification.  She loves connection games that build intimacy and skill in community, and is enthusiastically looking forward to sharing Spring Camp with you!        

She will be holding a Compassionate Communication for Conscious Lovers workshop.  Many of us avoid conflict by saying yes to things we don’t really want, or withholding our full vulnerable honesty.  Alara will be offering an experiential workshop on mutually pleasurable consent, and edgy honesty.     

Amos Lovell

Shamanic Medicine, Life Coach and Workshop Facilitator.  Amos has been working with individuals and facilitating workshops promoting full human aliveness, health and consciousness for 25 years. It is his passion to connect authentically with a person thereby facilitating ease, personal awareness and core-level healing.


Brian Bourke is a Certified Hypnotherapist, EFT Practitioner and Life Coach.  

Brian is committed to supporting the health and well-being of his clients.  His near death experience has given him a deep awareness or our greatest potential and dance with the divine. He will be holding the container for open space and Zegg Forum team coordinator.

Paul Glassco has been involved with intentional communities since the mid-70’s, when he lived in a dozen-person community and was kitchen manager for two years. In the nineties, he became passionate about the ZEGG and Tamera communities, eventually visiting them in 2006 and 2011. Introduced to ZEGG forum, he has taken extensive forum facilitator training. Just this year, Paul has found sociocracy, a radical, ‘new’ way to run groups, communities and even businesses. Jumping right in, he has since attended three workshops given by Diana Leafe Christian, including an in-depth three-day introduction to sociocracy.

Paul will give us a glimpse into sociocracy—governance by peers. Unexpectedly, it’s both fun and efficient! This radical process of proposal- and decision-making is based on effectiveness, transparency and equivalence of voice. Sociocracy is a powerful antidote to endless and/or emotionally-charged work meetings. It avoids many of the known pitfalls of voting and consensus. And it’s cybernetic—it uses feedback loops!

Folks who use sociocracy feel more heard and empowered, and more work actually gets done.  They say things like:

  • “We’ve made more decisions in the last two months than we have in the last two years!”
  • “The meeting process creates a sense of connectedness.”
  • “Both inspiration and accountability go up.”

Paul will unpack the three mantras of sociocracy: “Good enough for now”, “Safe enough to try”, and “Okay, let’s find out”. Paul’s hour-long intro will whet your appetite for this streamlined decision process. Come hear how sociocracy can benefit you and any working groups you belong to.

Philosophically Speaking

“The next Buddha will be a community” says Thich Nhat Hahn, and “Community is a state of consciousness,” says Sabine Lichtenfels, co-founder of ZEGG & Tamera Community in Portugal (see Tamera.org).  Because we are Social and Spiritual beings, we can only evolve through truthful intimate encounters in service to a Sacred Matrix of Life.  We will go spiritually spelunking into the four great love caverns of consciousness – the Spiritual, Self, Other and Community loves.
We will draw from the book
Terra Nova: Global Revolution and The Healing of Love
by Dieter Duhm, co-founder of Zegg and Tamera Communities.
And from the book Sacred Economics by C. Eisenstein –
“Really the only security is to be found in community: the gratitude, connections, and support of the people around you. If you have wealth now, I recommend, as your investment adviser, that you use it to enrich the people around you in lasting ways.”

Lupin Lodge


Lupin Lodge offers a variety of sleeping accommodations:  Camping is always available for the basic price of $25 per night.  Additional fees are asked for RV space, personal yurts, and community lodge room space.


A delicious restaurant offers a varied menu for lunch and dinner.  Breakfast is included in the Lupin lodge fees and a cook-it-yourself-kitchen is also available!  The Spring Camp participant run kitchen will also be up and running this year, serving $10 lunch and $7 supper.  Vegetarian/Vegan options will be provided.  We are looking for community kitchen volunteers who would be willing to support (Some of you may remember this from last year! Yummmm).

Event registration:

Event tuition:  $ 495* (additional costs for accommodations with Lupin Lodge and food will apply). We will be providing delicious meals for modest additional cost, Wednesday dinner through Tuesday dinner; breakfasts are complimentary with Lupin registration. Campers may also provide their own meals; bring and cook your own -or- dine at Lupin’s restaurant. Note: it is inconvenient to go off-site for meals.

You will complete two separate registrations. One with our registrar for the Spring Camp event, and one with Lupin Lodge for lodgings.

For info on Lupin’s special discounted lodging rates for Spring Campers :: Lupin’s contact info :: address and driving directions SC’s Lupin info page.

For Spring Camp event registration and information contact our registrar at: SFBay.NC.Events@gmail.com or (831) 687-8878.

*We are open to negotiating scholarships if you have financial need. Please inquire with the registrar.

It will support us if you can PAY BY CHECK. If you are able & willing to do this please email our registrar for the mailing address. ~Thanks

Tuition for: Please type the name(s) of the people for whom you are registering in the text box below: if more than one person, separate names with a comma. Then click the “Register Now” button. You will be directed to a Paypal form where you can complete your payment. Pay by credit card, debit card, or Paypal account. No Paypal account necessary for credit or debit.

*Early Bird Special: $445 by April 1!*

Scholarship Donation:

If you would enjoy making a donation to the “All Needs Met” Scholarship fund, please use the button below to access our Paypal donation form. The scholarship fund supports participants who need financial assistance to attend this event. We want everyone who is excited to spend this time with us to be able to attend!