You love each other. You have a strong foundation as a couple, but you know there's MORE!
In a safe and welcoming environment, expert guide Mary Campbell leads you through practical explorations including:
Skillful ways to communicate your desires both verbally and non-verbally
How to come back to deeper intimacy after a fight
Learning about male and female arousal anatomy and sacred spot touch
Breath work for more powerful connection and greater pleasure
It is possible to see your partner with fresh eyes, bring play back into your relationship, and experience an ever-expanding level of connection and vitality.
In this week in paradise, experience how to:
Expand your bodies' capacity to channel Nature's erotic energy
Take tantric intimacy practices beyond the hype and into your life
Understand, align and enjoy each other's personal love languages
Deepen and empower your passion and connection with simple body meditation practices
Safely broach unexplored and too often threatening territory with a safe and compassionate guide
Moving stagnant relationship energy
Breathwork on the beach
if desired, there is room for one-to-one work to express and explore what can arise during the week. Opportunity to do private work to
no public nudity in this retreat
I didn't think our lovemaking could get any better, but... uhhh..!"
- quote from a 40-something man attending one of Mary's intimacy retreats
Great relationships are built on open communication and trust. But when differences emerge, in or out of the bedroom, too often we don’t know how to talk about what's coming up, don’t know how to move through and beyond into renewed connection and sweetness.
Then it can feel easiest just to stay silent.
Couples often avoid hitting up against those same old disagreements, but in so doing they losethe potential for the vibrant juicy relationship they most desire.
Then they sacrifice truth and sexual vibrancy for what feels like peace, but is actually a deadened connection.
And the fun is gone!
We believe that a committed relationship can actually be its own fast tract to spiritual enlightenment.
When a couple is willing to let themselves be annealed in the fire of mutual respect, forgiveness, and honesty, what results is a real sense of personal freedom, deepened love, and abiding sexual connection.
This is what every couple hopes for, but few have the opportunity to access an experienced and wise guides.
And fewer still let their desire for a life of love lead the way instead of living on maybe someday hopes and imagined dreams.
Relationships have the potential to be so much more real and juicy than most couples are willing to tolerate!
See what is possible for you over Valentines Day 2020
Take your senses on a tour of the Haramara Retreat Center, acclaimed by Yoga Journal as one of the 10 best yoga retreats in the world.
You'll see why I return to lead retreats every year!
FRESH is created specifically as an intimate retreat for only 8 couples. This is a rare opportunity to receive abundant coaching and personal time with two master professionals, in an exquisite retreat experience.
$500 per couple non-refundable deposit is required to hold your reservation. Payments may be made by check in agreed-upon increments. Full payment is required by December 1, 2019.
Cancellation policy before December 1. Through November 30, we are happy to refund your payment less deposit. If we are able to fill your spot after December 1, you will receive full refund, less deposit.
Who are we?
First, I'm a continual adventurer into intimacy. But I didn't start out that way. Growing up in a loving but religiously restrictive home, I had very little connection to my body. Still, I innately knew that deep committed connection was my path. An early marriage (and my romantic idealism) faded when inevitable intimacy issues arose that we had no sense of how to address.
It wasn't until my mid-40s that I began a serious search into my own core defensive compensations and recurring struggles in relationship. I couldn't hide out any more. It was after nearly 20 years of a long-term marriage and mothering 3 children that I "remembered" an early incident of sexual abuse. As I began to peal back the cultural overlay of dis-respect for the feminine and my own long-standing and unrecognized repression, I launched into the adventure that has become my calling: to release all that stands in the way of living ALIVE in my own erotic life-force energy ... and assisting others in adventuring there, too.
Over the last 15 years I have been devoted to the ancient teachings and practices of tantra and qigong, and have attended or assisted in more personal growth, spiritual, and relationship trainings than I can count. I am certified as an Exceptional Marriage Mentor(where Nicolai and I met) and am accredited and endorsed through Caroline Muir's Divine Feminine Institute's rigorous programas a spiritual/sexual educator and practitioner.
Then in 2013, after two years of focused study, I was ordained as an inter-spiritual minister through One Spirit Interfaith Seminaryin New York City,bringing together my devotion to Deep Connection and my passion for living fully alive in this body, in this lifetime.
We all carry wounds that, if not released, limit the joy we might feel in life. Most people are willing to live half-alive, satisfied with the patterns they're created to avoid exploring what hinders real living. But we are destined for more. Love is our essence, and loving another well through years of life creates a rare and magnificent life!
I've watched how healing happens most powerfully when our bodies are involved instead of ignored. Through my work, I have had the pleasure to personally assist well over 100 singles and couples who were no longer satisfied with life as usual... or who knew there had to be more to intimacy than what they'd experienced thus far.It's my particular joy to accompany couples in welcoming Spirit, Heart, Mind, and Body to dance together.
I am also a frequent blogger at DiviningBeauty.com and the author of the forthcoming book, The Pleasure Playbook:13 Invitations for Awakening Joy. I lead retreats and workshops for women and couples in New England, Central America, and New Zealand, teach on-line and FB live workshops, and coach and counsel couples, individuals, and groups as we re-unite the sensual, sexual, and spiritual to live the life all humans were meant to enjoy.
Dad was really young - 20- when I was born. Came from a destructive life. I was alone in a family structure. No guidance or protection. Four kids emotionally. 13, my parents divorced and I became the emotional head of the household. Dad loved me by teasing me. Sarcasm I didn't understand. Mental mind-fuck. photography graduated 1992 - free-lance fashion in NY photographer in the early 90s.
family superficial rock and roll lifestyle - marriage minor breakdown world coming a part == spritiatul tachiner told me to see a therapist who told me I needed to move the energy -- told as well as talk about the issues. Thru that intrude to core energetic therapy... did as a client 1997-2007 bi-weekly. Became clear unless the energy that is stored from the traumas is released its a very slow process to come into a balanced state. the energy always wasn't to move... in a circle.. stays in your body. You can release the energy thru drugs or a workout.
You need the energy and consciousness combined. Talk therapy - cons. gym - energy. Move the energy within the story -- somebody does you wrong. If you don'w work with the energy it'll coe back. If you only do the consciousness..
Express the energy in the way it was created...violation then do a push back in the same mental state as you were. Then you really allow yourself to move it.
Shift for N was becoming a father - having a daughter - in photography cosmetic, producing images unattainable for women... self-loathing and low self-esteem... one day I decided I no longer wanted to work like that... contribute to society.
Went back to school 2008 - 5 year program - now do core energetics (body based phsycoltheaby form). The story of what people tell you... where the energy is stored on the body.
Goal - dream for this work - see people thrive. Pinicle is when someone makes a healthy choice for the first time in a long time -- put down a habit when they realize the destructiveness of that without judgment. Support people in moving - doesn't matter what issue -- addiction, habit, mental blockage, physical issue -- mapping out the places where you're blocked.
Biggest piece of core -- negative self aspect -- human physical map/neg self beliefs/positive self most people disassociate the stuff they don't like about themselves -- violence, hatred. They try to find ways not to have them... repression of that is addiction. Need a substance to keep you from feeling it. Every human has these negative stuff -- every experience is actually a positive experience -- murder can also be self-preservation. every neg has a pos spin to it.
We take out the sting of the judgment of the lower experiences... you need to have contrast (hot/cold, sweet/sour) . in order to know what works, you need to know what's not pleasurable. When you're really self-aware, you can pick your experiences.. they're not happening to us. Rage is a choice. We're always choosing. In not choosing it you're choosing not to choose.
WE're choosing everything all the time. Agency. Begin to choose the beautiful experiences.. You can only be in a thriving environment if you're -- you're only going to get as high up as the lowest common denominator. I know I have that choice. I just choose not to. Not judge the emotion. I'm not a raging person, I'm trying to express something -- go to the gym, scream at the top of the mountain, do it consciously. You choose it. That's freedom. When you have full permission you're life can have full flow.
Violation experience -- instead of being a victim, takes their power back to rewrite the story. Those moments... that's why I do this!!! I know I was present for that transformation. To witness them do that is magic!!
Hope to bring -- create a community for men to play with how to have a language with your partner. Can you say whatever you want with your partner not responding, just hearing you. Show how to hold what's being said -- it's never personal. We say after something happens, or a reaction to it. We make assumptions. It's about the language. What does a man support look like. not take each other out. Men be with men. Am men - testpsterion society. GIJoe lifestyle. eradicates the feminine and softness... Men become hard. They don't know how to be soft. Allow men to be soft and open.
Indeed, seeing our sexuality as sacred is the best antidote I know for struggles with body image and sexual difference.
Supporting a spiritual awareness that integrates reverence for the body can open us to a most profound lifetime of awakening and joy.