In the Cuddle Experiment we will do a few authenticity exercises and share about our boundaries. Then, we will be free to make requests, extend invitations and play together around touch. This is a lab where you get to discover yourself and your partner(s).
Originated by the German ZEGG group, a central and essential value for The Forum is trust. And there are two distinct but complementary fields of behavior in every community that must be sharply separated before people can trust each other or not. The community must make a clear differentiation between problem solving involving information and factual discussions, versus a process designed to aid transparency of ideas and intentions. In both fields questions of power, money, sex and love will invariably arise. If these issues are not transparent, then paranoias, distrust and alienations arise which will invariably undermine the community’s problem solving ability. The Forum is thus a critical process for ensuring the transparency so essential to the community. It is there that we reveal our patterns in power and decision making, where we lay bare what is happening in our love-lives, where we bring to awareness our real intentions, where both the light and the dark get their due.
The Forum constitutes an artistic way of organizing sharings, a stage for whatever is happening inside ourselves. Here one’s true motivations, one’s deep feelings, longings, ideas and emotions become public. This focus on transparency, sharing and clarifying unsolved situations of daily life make it an invaluable catalyst for one’s own growth. In order to create this transcendence the individuals making up a Forum sit in a circle. One person who is “working” or “presenting” goes into the middle of the circle as though going onto a stage. So the “actor” holds centre stage and the others form the audience. The actor gets the full attention of the group, with the power and the space to speak and act without being interrupted by the others who initially play the role of spectators. When the “actor” has finished, then others can step into the middle to give feedback and express what they perceived. Now the actor can learn what others think about him and what they have to say which supplements, broadens and sharpens the personal issue he brought forward. The discovery of what others think and value about us, what perhaps keeps them from loving us, what meaning we have for them… provides the essential social feedback and clarity that shapes us as social beings. For more detail, see http://www.nfnc.org/info/document_library/what_is_the_zegg_forum .
Intro to Tribal Technologies with Kelly Bryson, MA, MFT
Imagine having both freedom and closeness in all your relationships. It can be done. We’ll learn how to grow a circle of friends who have the skills to truly “commune” and help you create a joyful, free, fully lived life. So, what if we were able to create a world based on these skills and principles? A world that is more loving, trusting, compassionate, and peaceful? In our time together, we will explore how, through the use of what I call Tribal Technologies, we can learn from and support the emerging community dedicated to this new consciousness, where feelings are transparent, individual autonomy is respected, and true human needs are met.We’ll be dipping into a few Tribal Technologies, including Nonviolent Compassionate Communication – NVC, finding FRED (Frequency, Resonation, Energy Dynamics), Thomas Hubl’s “Sharing the Presence”, Next Culture work & the Sacred Matrix.
Erotic Seduction & Attraction Arts: Three levels of Flirting
with Evalena Rose and Lindy James
Lindy and Evalena invite you to join us as we develop the fine arts of activating erotic energy and playing with sensual connection. Find your unique style of enticing people to see your beauty and be drawn to get to know you. With lovers, build confidence in your ability to create intrigue, signal your interest in elegant ways, and discern your impact to maximize the pleasure on both sides. Explore ways to enhance the fire with beloveds. With friends and erotic playmates, release agenda and flirt for the sheer joy of it, negotiating the waters of seduction in ways that both people stay at choice. Enjoy playing erotically and sensually within this supportive and compassionate community that accepts you exactly as you are.
Evalena Rose, M.A founded LoveJourney: Tantra of the Heart in 1997, which includes both workshops and a compassionate community practicing the highest erotic and romantic arts. Her deeply spiritual work includes MetaTherapy, couples’ counseling, multidimensional healing, and channeled readings, plus 10 years of Tantric coaching. Her work is informed by degrees in psychology and decades of study in alternative healing, shamanism, spiritual paths, Tantra, and recovery from abuse and addictions.
Lindy James is a Certified Tantric Educator. with 20 years of Tantra studies, trained in the Hakomi Method, body-centered psychotherapy. Lindy loves to help people find the connection of heart and sexuality. She has a talent for creating safe environmentsthat inspire and nurture the spirit. She offers sessions in the Art of Conscious Loving, Intimacy coaching, Wind Horse, a unique blend of Hakomi and horseback riding. She is available for groups and private sessions with couples or individuals. www.lindyjames.com Lindy@LindyJames.com
“In all my work, my central focus in sacred intimacy”
Aikido and New Culture with Ken Seehart
“The transition from the matrix of violence to the Sacred Matrix of peace does not act on the logic of a power struggle, but on a change of program that is possible to conduct in every moment.” – Dieter Duhm
“In true Budo there is neither opponent nor foe. True Budo is uniting with the center of the Universe. It is the work of love. It is neither fighting nor killing. Rather, true Budo gives life and nurtures all things.” – Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido
We will explore a live body manifestation of the transformation from a Matrix of Violence to a Matrix of Life.
To find out about Aikido in Santa Cruz, see http://www.aikidosantacruz.org/
Tantra Puja with Evalena Rose and Lindy James
Tantra teacher Evalena Rose, MA brings 20 years experience in leading workshops on sacred intimacy and sexual healing and in an evening puja she’ll help you learn how to enhance connections through breath, imagery, and movement.
She’ll guide you through safe, sacred, heart-centered interactions that deepen contact and open you to full sexual aliveness. Singles and couples enjoy these pleasurable evenings and often find their lives happier from this work.
Carole has the unusual gift of being able to use her whole body to channel love and healing into her lovers in a way that drives them wild with ecstasy. She is excited to invite you to learn how to explore using your entire body as an instrument of pleasure to share with your lovers.
Getting Real with Tree Cretella
Getting Real Workshops are a safe, and loving space to practice some baby steps toward Radical Intimacy. Participants bring their real and authentic selves, and in return receive love, support and connection. We will play an intriguing ‘game’ which opens the space for a loving, supportive environment where the magic of authenticity happens. Practicing authenticity in a safe environment deepens our capacity for honest communication in our daily lives.
Tree or Theresa Cretella is a dynamic teacher, workshop leader, and relationship coach. Tree leads workshops for men on dating and social skills, Heart Centered Speed Dating and Getting Real Workshops for couples and singles. In these workshops Tree creates a safe place for the participants to share authentically and the end result is a magical event filled with connection, awareness and growth. www.heartcenteredevents.com
Gathering of the Tribe
A time for us to come together in community to talk about the next steps in creating New Culture.