2016 Autumn Camp

Autumn Camp

hands and tree - autumn campSeptember 23-28, 2016

at beautiful Venture Retreat in Pescadero, CA

Community Wisdom: What can we create together?

The Bay Area New Culture community has been growing and evolving for many years. We are ready to take the next step… and we must work together to do so. What are our strengths and vulnerabilities, individually and as a community? How can we best utilize our collective talents, open-heartedness and wisdom, and what do we want to manifest?

Utilizing the four pillars of deep community – sharing our stories, taking the time to enjoy one another, taking care of one another, and working together for a better world – we will spend six days as a village, deepening our skills, consciousness and connections, and asking these and other questions.

We are especially excited to offer Venture Retreat as a new venue for Autumn Camp. Venture’s beauty, privacy, and serenity will enhance the energetic field we create together. Venture offers a centrally-located lodge with indoor and outdoor gathering spaces, a pool and hot tub, and a separate structure for our wonderful sensual temple.

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Please join us for communication and connection playshops, music, art, games, performance opportunities, Zegg Forum, and sensual explorationas we co-create a magical heart-centered space in which to better understand our authentic selves, grow as social beings, and thrive in the experience of true belonging.

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We plan to go deep without the introductory and orientation sessions experienced campers are already familiar with.  Anyone new to New Culture camp, or those who would like a refresher, must attend an orientation at 3:00 p.m. on the first day of camp.  New campers will also have a camp buddy to assist them with any questions or issues that may arise.

Leaders and Presenters

Sheya Grace wind and Owl Grateful wind  SHEYA GRACE WIND & OWL GRATEFUL WIND

Sheya and Owl are a team of evolutionary love artists and nomadic pollinators, committed to growing and sharing new/ next culture.

Sheya’s primary offering is transformational heartistry. Bringing together all her years of initiation, decivilizing, and more trainings and tribes than can be named here… She is a dancing freedom and breath-wave practitioner as well as a next culture trainer, Also a wild grandma. And a visionary artist. She loves being a weaver of village. Currently her favorite activity is synergising and making up fresh language and practices for the new world. Her supershero love powers include grace, creating, clarity and possibility.

Owl is a nature wizard of harmony and deep heart. He brings decades of experience in healing ( Rolfing, yoga, Taoist and shamanic practice, bone whispering and human design) He is passionately into authenticity, empowerment, and assisting the great mutation. His superhero love powers are ease, high level fun, and service. He can often be found playing shakuhachi in the forest or chess..

Dancing Freedom

Dancing freedom is a free form, authentic movement practice. Integrating elemental waves of music and magic, we give body to our prayers. The process is lightly facilitated, mainly self directed, a recipe for community coherence and human rewilding, welcoming to all.

Evo Puja

Erotic play and love powers in purpose and service to evolution! This space will be for deepening our feeling and being. Prep session is oriented towards resensitizing our sexual/sensual shutdowns and shadow healing. We will be weaving breathwave, primal play and intimacy as medicine practices. Evening session will move more into celebration and gifting to the spirit of sex, an alchemical space for regenerative erotic field creation.

Heartivist Collaboratory

Sacred activism thru creative expression! We will share a focused ceremonial space, engaging the modality of each of our choosing, (spoken word, song, movement painting, writing, etc) to make an offering of helpfulness, beauty or change, for one aspect of life that calls to us (possibilities such as earth, water, air, sex, women, men, children, animals, plants, food, cultural healing…). Using our heArts abilities to serve and support Life…

Ritch 1113 2x4  RITCH DAVIDSON 

Ritch is the Senior Vice Emperor of Playfair, Inc., an international consulting company that offers keynote presentations, management seminars and playfulness trainings to over 100,000 people every year. He is an innovator in the design and presentation of programs that focus on the value and impact of humor in team building, stress management, and living a healthier worklife.

Additionally, he has been studying Compassionate Communication (Nonviolent Communication) since 2002 and in 2005 completed the nine-day International Intensive Training (IIT) led by NVC founder, Marshall M. Rosenberg, PhD and other NVC certified trainers, including Robert Gonzales. He teaches beginning Compassionate Communication and leads practice groups through Sunrise Center in Corte Madera, CA.

Ritch can be contacted: Ritch@playfair.com. Please also visit him on Playfair’s website: www.Playfair.com where you can send a friend a Standing Ovation!

Exploring The Deeper Meaning Of The Cosmos:                                                                                      Deepening Connections Through Fun And Play

In any new group situation, to one degree or another, people are often concerned  with issues of Identity, Connectedness and Power. Identity: Who am I in this group? How will I fit in?  Connectedness: Will I form meaningful relationships with other members of the group? Will I be liked? Power: Will be listened to? Will I have influence on group decisions or direction?

And, of course: Will this experience be gluten-free?

This playful session will subtly address all these issues…and more!  Join Ritch and your fellow Autumn Campers for an evening of non-competitive play, filled with laughter, child-like movement, discovery, mirth and merriment. Help generate an atmosphere of community spirit and celebration while making new friendships and deepening old ones.

Come prepared to have serious fun.

“When we play, we sense no limitations. In fact, when we are playing, we are usually unaware of ourselves. Self-observation goes out the window. We forget all those past lessons of life, forget our potential foolishness, forget ourselves. We immerse ourselves in the act of play. And we become free.” — Lenore Terr in Beyond Love and Work

“We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything, than when we are at play.” ― Charles E. Schaefer

“Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.”  ― Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

“Laughter is a holy thing. It is as sacred as music and silence and solemnity, maybe more sacred. Laughter is like a prayer, like a bridge over which creatures tiptoe to meet each other. Laughter is like mercy; it heals. When you can laugh at yourself, you are free.” — Ted Loder, retired Methodist.

“You’re never too old to do goofy stuff.”  — Hugh Beaumont as Ward Cleaver in Leave it to Beaver

max rivers    MAX RIVERS

Over the past 15 years, Max and his wife Elise pioneered combining NVC and mediation, and using these powerful tools to work with people in their primary relationships.  They developed a six session process for coaching people to find the benefit of their differences, specializing in helping people in nontraditional intimate relationships like theirs.  Max has presented at Summer Camp East, Winter Camp in Hawaii and various Poly Living events.

Embodied NVC

You’ve studied NVC, or not, and maybe it’s hard to see how it fits in your life, or perhaps your loved ones are resistant to it.  Max will help us learn to embody the principles of NVC without looking we are ‘doing’ NVC.  Max will also be available for question and answer sessions throughout camp.

amber pic    AMBER SEITZ, B.A., CMT, CYT

Coming from a background in massage, healing arts, yoga, magical practice and tantra,  Amber brings a rich offering of engagements to any group wanting to explore connection, deeper intimacy and playful explorations of sensuality.  She has been holding magical sacred space for 15 years including the creation of two tantrically attuned temples: YumMaTopia and Skywood Temple.  Her passion is to created a beautiful and comfortable place where  people can feel safe and encouraged to express themselves fully.  Her new realization, as she turns 50, is that life is way short and precious…So love full on, be vulnerable, go deep, be big in passionate enjoyment, as much as you can in every moment.  She has been successfully hosting various offerings including coconut oil massage parties, tantric shiatsu (tantsu) classes, and tantric play parties; and is excited to be bringing her yumminess to share and inspire others at New Culture camp.

Temple Keeper and Yum Priestess

Look for Amber’s late evening temple play happenings or come to the temple as needed to bask in the energy of precious sacredness and playfield of  god/goddess’s divine union.  Offerings include Coconut Oil Massage Play, ARAWR: a primal exploration of playful interactions that will make you roar, purr, and howl, and All Things Yummy: yummy hugs, yummy kisses, yummy breast massage, yummy foot worship, yummy cuddles…..

amara glitter300    AMARA KARUNA

Amara has been involved with New Culture for many years and is the Director of the New Culture Hawaii Winter Camp.  She lives in Oregon and on the Big Island of Hawaii in the New Culture community called La’akea Permaculture community.  She lives New Culture full time!   In 1989, she developed her own approach to peer counseling, called Holistic Peer Counselingintegrating counseling with spiritual meditation practices, psychic healing, breath work and body centered techniques.   She has studied 6 different methods of pelvic bodywork, has taughtSacred Sexual Healing Work for men and women, and led Tantra Pujas since 2007.

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”

Enjoy her web sites at:

http://www.karuna-sacredloving.com for counseling, classes, workshops, writings, videos

http://www.karunapublishing.com for inspirational music, books, children’s books, videos

http://www.heartbeatnurturing.com for info on Heartbeat Nurturing, cradling inner child therapy

http://www.karunaarts.com for Amara’s unique batik prayer flags, Stickers and Goddess clothing

Heartbeat Nurturing Therapy – Returning to the infant state, being cradled in loving arms, letting go and trusting…  (Do you get enough of that?)

A version of inner child therapy, this process works with accessing the infant self and memories still stored in our deep subconscious and cellular memory.

By using cradling, hypnotic induction, shamanic journeying, touch, sound and spoken words, we open a direct channel back to that time and those experiences around birth and infancy.  Both men and women can give, and receive.

This intimate healing practice addresses the pain that many of us experienced as infants in our birth traumas, and the lack of enough skin to skin contact and breastfeeding from our mothers after birth.

We will be trading a number of shorter sessions with same gender and opposite gender pairs, so we can experience being both mothered and fathered.

CopperwomanMorrayIMG_5195-300x287    COPPERWOMAN

“Open your heart, Let your voice come through, Just the way you do it, Nothing to compare to.” Copperwoman has been gifted in this lifetime to “catch” songs for us—for people who want to sing together to raise the collective vibration in a prayerful way, and for those who might be afraid to sing. She is a keeper of Sacred Space and weaves a thread of harmony from beginning to end, whatever the occasion or gathering. She offers a safe space in which to find your voice and express that which lives within and wants to come out vocally.

Copperwoman has been singing and making up melodic rhymes as long as she can remember. She brings people together to sing in gatherings called “CircleSong” from Santa Cruz to Arcata and has been an integral part of the ritual backbone at the thrice annual Women’s Herbal Symposium in Laytonville. She has several CDs of original “singable” tunes including a CD called Gratitude—songs she wrote during her healing journey with cancer. She is mother of two grown offspring and Grandmother to her daughter’s two beautiful children.

Having visited Peru seven times, Copperwoman carries an energy of pachamama and a certain depth of ancient connected earth culture. Let’s sing!

www.copperwoman.com

We all have wisdom to share. When we surrender to the moment and the vibration of the space, each other and the song, we have a chance to contribute lyrics which can be repeated, modified, harmonized with, etc. Eventually the song takes on a life of its own. We LISTEN to each other, we are sensitive, and we co-create magical music.

fred   FRED BURKS

Fred 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 http://www.peerservice.org for the inspiring and transformational websites he manages.

evalena    EVALENA ROSE, M.A.

Evalena has been in private practice for 30 years, helping people heal and grow emotionally and spiritually. She has extensively studied alternative healing, body-centered therapies, psychic and spiritual healing, energy balancing, soul retrieval, Tantra, and recovery from incest, abuse, and addictions.

She has channeled the Council of Twelve for 25 years, doing readings with individuals, business owners and entrepreneurs, as well as with groups. She sees clients in Sebastopol, CA and the San Francisco Bay Area and works by telephone with others in several countries and states. Her channeling work continues to be a source of spiritual growth and unfoldment for her and many who see her regularly.

Some individuals work with Evalena first in a therapeutic role to clear issues of childhood and dysfunctional patterns, then move on to channeling for advice and guidance on creating a healthy, fulfilling life, and energetic healing to free the body of the past. Others prefer sessions that include these various modalities in each session.

Evalena has taught seminars for 35 years, including those on sacred intimate relationships, and founded LoveJourney: Tantra of the Heart in 1997, which consists of both workshops and a conscious community developing sex-positive lifestyles. Evalena is a master at creating safe and sacred spaces in which to reclaim sovereignty over our bodies and our lives.

Evalena has a M.A. in Educational Psychology and a B.A. in Psychology and has attended hundreds of post-graduate seminars in a wide range of topics. She is not a licensed therapist, though she has the education of many who are, choosing simply to maintain her freedom to combine healing and therapeutic work in whatever ways are most effective for each person.

Community Puja

Evalena will hold space for and coordinate a puja created by the community.  How does this work?  All campers will be encouraged to submit the narrative for a puja station. Evalena will compile and arrange them into a flow.  As your narrative comes up, Evalena or another assistant will hand you the microphone so you can lead the station while she or they take your place in the puja.  This is your chance to create a puja station for your community to enjoy.

kelly    KELLY BRYSON, M.A., MFT

Kelly is the Director of The Center for Compassion, a community organization providing education in Compassionate Nonviolent Communication℠ 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.  languageofcompassion.com

Click HERE to learn more about Kelly’s mission and how you can support it.

Waking up in Love Together – With “Tribal Technologies” for a New Freer Love

Imagine a global community of people who aspired, conspired and perspired to create a shared and durable mental, spiritual and sensual paradise.All this begins with a new Love Freer from fear.  Because “It takes a village to raise a consciousness, or a relationship” we will dive deep into “What does it take to create a Transparent, Trusting,Touching. Tantric, Tolerant Tribe.”  We will be creating a “Field” of “Weness”, or connection, thru experiencing Kelly’s different “Tribal Technologies” like “Humanizing Hugs”, the “Aloha Kiss”, “Ear on Heart”, “Empower Shower”, “Dance I am”, etc. And then from that Connection flows the Direction of the group.

We will be responding to questions and issues emerging from our collective group field. We will also learn and practice compassionate “Transparency” and clean “Rough Love” to enjoy the hell out of each other, the hell RIGHT out of each other.

“The next Buddha will be a community” says Thich Nhat Han. And community is a state of consciousness, says Sabine Lichtenfels co-founder of the Tamera Community in Portugal. (seeTamera.org)  We will experience how to enter this state and learn principles and tools for deepening this state.

Because we are Social Spiritual beings we can only evolve thru 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 erotic, spiritual, self and community loves.

We will be drawing from the just released “Terra Nova, Global Revolution and The Healing of Love” – the brand new book by Dieter Duhm, cofounder of the Tamera Community.  We will also draw on Kelly’s 30 years of experience as a certified NVC trainer, his personal work w/Abraham Hicks, Eckhart Tolle, Virginia Satir and Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication, Sabine Lichtenfels and his own Higher Elf.

THE CORE TEAM – ORGANIZERS OF AUTUMN CAMP 2016

Connie Wisesan – Connie has served on team for several Spring and Autumn Camps in the Bay Area.  She is an Intuitive Healer, Body Worker and Healing facilitator and see’s energy in people, places and things. Her life work is to be a 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.  http://www.healingyoursoul.us

Jen Siegel – I have attended three Summer Camps (in Oregon), two Autumn Camps (in Sebastopol), and one Winter Camp (in Hawaii)… and I have been truly inspired by what community members can create together. I am amazed by the combination of competence and humility I have witnessed in the various New Culture communities, and especially in the planning team for this Autumn Camp. I can’t wait to see what we create together this year!

Brenda B. – My first New Culture experience was Spring Camp 2010, where  I found my Tribe.  I find transparency, free love and community to be the components of New Culture that most resonate with me.  I’ve enjoyed the journey we as a Core Team have been on this past year.  I love and respect each of my teammates more than words can convey.  I wish the campers of Autumn Camp 2016 the full experience of what we have dreamed will be.

The Core Team wishes to express thanks to our founders and mentors, Kelly Bryson and Evalena Rose. We love and appreciate you.  

Schedule

The schedule is subject to change.  Click this link to open the most current schedule in a new window:schedule-12 .

One of the things we often hear from campers is their desire for more free time. Although we have not designated free time, we’ve attempted to create more space between scheduled happenings. We trust campers to be at choice and take time for themselves as needed/desired. Every effort will be made to stop and end sessions as scheduled, and your help by being on-time is very much appreciated.

Karma Yoga and Love Groups

The Sanskrit phrase “Karma Yoga” means (more or less) the spiritual path of community service. We use this phrase to refer to our shared work.

Autumn Camp is a co-created community experience where everyone contributes to the work that needs to be done to prepare meals, tidy community areas, clean up after meals, and so on. Working together builds community. Doing something together such as helping prepare a meal or tidying the Temple allows us to experience people in a different kind of setting, practice relationship skills and demonstrate love for the community.

If you have a special circumstance or other need/limitation/requirement in regard to your Karma Yoga participation – please contact us via email before camp.

What is a Love Group?  healing

We are experimenting with having a period of time each full day of camp when campers will meet in 4 small groups. Each Love Group will be responsible for an area of Karma Yoga (KY) each day. The group will decide together how to accomplish their KY. The group will usually have time to do something together other than KY during the time scheduled for Love Groups. Each group will decide how to use the time they have. Each group will have a leader or co-leaders to facilitate this process and provide suggestions. Please contact us by email if you are interested in knowing more about a volunteer position as a Love Group leader and/or co-leader.

As part of our experiment, we are sorting the groups by “Love Language”.  There are 5 Love Languages and 4 groups, so how they will be sorted is a mystery.  Everyone is asked to complete a Love Language quiz so we will have your numbers for all of the Languages. A printable quiz may be found here (QuizforLoveGroups).  You can also use the official Love Language site (click here to open a new window for Love Language site), which asks for personal information that may put you on their mailing list, to take an on-line quiz.

We’ll appreciate your contacting us by email to send your results (the total number for each language) before camp so we won’t spend precious camp time on the sorting process.