The Great Remembering: A path of integrity to sacred sexuality

A 12 Week Online Course 

REGISTRATION FOR THE 3 DAY ASHLAND RETREAT IS STILL OPEN!

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Because your sexuality is your birthright.

and your deepest wisdom knows that.

Because it’s finally time

to attend to this fundamental aspect of your life.

Because your sexuality is more beautiful and trustworthy

than you ever imagined.

With integrity, compassion and reverence…

I welcome you to a journey of celebration, refinement, cultivation and understanding of the most fundamental energy of your life.

These 12 weeks will transform the way you relate to your body, sexuality and your sense of belonging in this world.

Our sexuality is one of the most fundamental aspects of our life. It is our most intimate, vulnerable and personal sphere,  and is more important and all-encompassing than we ever imagined—It is the most sacred and primary energy that we have. Ancient Daoism and Chinese Medicine hold sexuality in its rightful place as a primordial power and acknowledge it as the fundamental energy of every aspect of our lives—responsible for physical health, vitality, creativity, generosity, trust in life, and our ability to live a life that is aligned with our unique and original purpose. Our sexuality holds, quite literally the code to our destiny.

This course is a homecoming, a great and beautiful remembering of the inherent goodness of sexuality that will return you to your sacred self and the wild river of your  life.

If you have made it this far, there is a longing and a question that has already been stirring inside of you. You are in the right place. This is a sanctuary for your most intimate questions, desires and struggles around sexuality.

These 12 weeks will be a sacred journey and mystery school in which you will discover and meet your sexuality, from the inside out, possibly for the first time in your entire life. Because sex is not separate from any area of our lives, we will journey through the diverse territories of our desire, our pleasure bodies, the emotions of our heart, our longings and a wildness that is innate and lives in our bones.

Whether you are in a partnership, single, choosing celibacy, and no matter your sexual orientation or gender identification, this is the place for you to move into a more integrated and reverent relationship with your sexuality. This work is safe, intimate, reverent, caring and soulful.

Our questions and challenges around sexuality are as infinite and unique as we are. This course will hold space for the intricate nature our sexual lives and hold space for topics such as choice in partners, low libido, high libido, a great love of sex, a great fear and sadness around sex, sexual addiction, sexual disinterest, self respect and body love, the pain and shame of sex and sexuality, our deepest longings to be “seen and met”, the place of vulnerability and emotion, past sexual experiences, pleasure, intimacy, friendship, laughter, true masculine and feminine, infidelity, shame…and any others that you bring to the table.

**Please note that there will not be any nudity, sexually intimate demonstrations whatsoever in this course. Any anatomical teaching will be demonstrated on silicon models of respective anatomy.This work is taught with tremendous respect for privacy and boundaries. It is non-sexual in its delivery.

Among other bodies of work, this course is largely based on the teachings of Zhenzan Dao and MogaDao Sacred Daoist Sexuality  

 

This course welcomes and is a refuge for all gender identifications and sexual orientations.

COMMUNITY BUILDING REFERRAL PROGRAM 

For every person you refer, you will receive 10% of their course cost in cash as a thank you. Just ask them to mention  your name upon registration

The full courses will offer you:

  • Greater intimacy and connection with your partner and yourself
  • Opening the heart and the sexual body
  • Returning to the self-reverence, fundamental beauty and the innocence of sexuality
  • Healing from past trauma, stories or unsettling sexual experiences in your personal biography
  • Understanding how your sexuality is related to every facet of your life
  • Cultivating a greater sense of strength, sensual aliveness and sensitivity in your body
  • Cultivating deeper erotic pleasure, practices and understanding for yourself and a partner
  • Understanding the healing power and medicine of erotic fantasy
  • Greater discernment in how you relate to your life, including choice of sexual partners
  • Understanding why sex can get so “messy” and how to navigate when things “come up”
  • Breaking free from limiting beliefs and paradigms about masculinity and femininity
  • A greater sense of home, personal power and trust in the world
  • Honoring your sexuality and body as sacred
  • Cultivating, nourishing and harnessing your sexual essence, vitality and desire
  • Claiming an embodied sense of true feminine and masculine power and the necessary capacity to embody both energies for wholeness
  • Refining your sense of discernment and courage so that your choices are more in line with your original energy (i.e. choices in partners, direction, etc.)

Please read  carefully as there are beautiful intricacies to this program (as there are in our sexuality) and important clarifications and explanations made below that will help you feel at ease and understand the best option for you.

I have designed this course to be available at many levels of participation, to meet the needs of this growing community and for the greatest depth and healing possible.

PROGRAM ELEMENTS

In my years of teaching this work to hundreds of students, I have identified 4 essential elements to truly reorient and heal in our sexual sphere. A new context/mythology about sex and all of its facets, sacred physical practice, time in and with community, the expression and witness of creative voice. All of these are represented below and being offered for this course, which has been expanded by 4 weeks, 15 hours of personal guidance as well as an in-person retreat to ensure the kind of support and width that students need on this journey. 

SEE SCHEDULE CHART BELOW FOR EXACT SCHEDULE. THERE ARE SOME EXCEPTIONS TO THE DAYS LISTED BELOW. 

10 Weeks of Audio Teachings

Release Thursdays at 8 am EST. To be listened to at your leisure

A carefully crafted and comprehensive curriculum, “re-storying” sex and sexuality to offering guidance and illumination to our deepest questions and longings. These teachings will lift the veil on misunderstandings and cultural conditioning around sex, shine a healing light on our personal sexual past, while at the same time offering a life giving paradigm that will change the way we relate to sexual energy, our own life energy and partners forever.

  • WEEK 1 Your Great Remembering: A new paradigm for sexuality
  • WEEK 2  True masculine and True Feminine: Attuning to energy and the integrity of your soul
  • WEEK 3  The emotional territory of sex and the heart: A journey through the Five Elements in a sexual context
  • WEEK 4  Self love, sensitivity and sensuality: The foundation of sexual possibility
  • WEEK 5 Sexual self cultivation: Sex as medicine, the creative act of self-touch
  • WEEK 6 Deepening into Cultivation and Creation:  The mythology of sexual fantasy, Eros as life.
  • WEEK 7 Mutual Pleasuring and Lovemaking: An endless landscape
  • WEEK 8 Sex as a doorway to God/Source/Spirit: The primal awe of the Chthonic in sex and in life 
  • WEEK 9 Building Orgasmic capacity, the risk of loving and creating a new sexual culture in your partnership
  • WEEK 10 This is not the end. This is just the beginning: Tying it all together.

Sacred Sexual Practices for Cultivation, Healing, and Empowerment : 13 one hour classes (these classes must be attended live and will not be recorded)

Tuesday Mornings + 3 Wednesday mornings

6:30-7:30 am PST Female Identifying

7:45-8:45 am Male identifying.

These early morning hours have been chosen very intentionally.

Through MogaDao Sacred Daoist Sexuality practices (based in Qigong and Chinese Medicine), we will come together to cultivate, refine, heal and transform our sexual energy, bodies, pasts and futures.  These practices are the bridge allow a new paradigm and possibility to become embodied, rather than just an idea. We will be learning MogaDao Internal Alchemy, Archetypal Qigong forms and Sexual Self Cultivation, among other meditations and sensitivity practices.  These classes take us from context and concept to living truth. If you are a student with sexual trauma in your history, these practices are essential to your healing and empowerment.

**Please note that there will not be any nudity or sexually intimate demonstrations  whatsoever in this course. Practices take place fully clothed, and are non-sexual in nature. All anatomical teaching takes place on silicon models of anatomy.

The Community Well: Essential questions and expressions- 11 sessions

Wednesday evenings + 3 extra sessions for trans, gender fluid and non-binary people

4:30-5:45 pm PST for Female identifying people

6:00-7:15 pm PST for Male identifying people

This community time is essential to the process of sexual awakening, embodiment, healing and transformation.  It is rare and precious for us to enter into sacred dialogue about our sexual selves in community. We often feel alone and isolated in our sexual worlds, secretly longing for something deeper, but not knowing with whom or how to speak about it. This is the space in which you realize that you are joined by so many others on this path. These sessions will touch you deeply and speak to your deep and tender questions. While maintaining respect for both privacy and the power of voice, witness and being seen, these sessions will be invaluable to helping us along in our beautiful humanness. Each week there will be a time for Q and A, sharing, mutual witness and creative voice. The audio version of these classes will be recorded for those enrolled in them, in the event you cannot attend one or two.

The Great Remembering: 3 Day in-person intensive in Ashland OR

April 12-15

 This is when and how it all comes together and grounds into your body, life and being in a profound way,  taking root in your cells in a defining and undeniable way. These 3 days will be a sacred container for the deepest dive into practice, self-inquiry, community nourishment and creative expression. The power of being in person together is what makes creates the ground for breakthroughs, insights and powerful healing. There is no replacement our time together in body and space. It will be one of the most memorable practice and community weekends you have attended.

 

CHOOSE YOUR PATHWAY BELOW: 

 

These charts are quick glance references for the information contained below, as well as the exact schedule of current  classes.   Please click the image to get the full size PDF download.

 

RETURNING STUDENTS

For students who have studied this work with me before or have taken the self study course and would like to continue and/or dive deeper, the best options for you are the a la carte options of the  PRACTICE PATHWAY AND COMMUNITY SESSIONS. You will need to register and pay for both independently- (you only need to fill out one registration page fully- the other will just need your name and email address)

 

 FULL IMMERSION: THE DEEP DIVE

10 WEEKS OF AUDIO TEACHINGS, 13 SACRED SEXUAL PRACTICE SESSIONS, 11 COMMUNITY SESSIONS AND A 3 DAY INTENSIVE IN ASHLAND OR (APRIL 12-15)

This pathway is the most comprehensive and profound offering of this course that includes every element needed to impact every aspect of your life- your sexual relationships, creative life, self-expression, and sense of belonging in the world. It has been carefully designed to nurture all the necessary aspects of transformation and healing in the sexual realm- Understanding a new paradigm about sex (A sacred re-storying of sex), sacred sexual cultivation practices for greater embodiment, healing and energy, weekly community sharing and Q and A  time, and an immersive 3 day retreat in Ashland OR  dedicated to sacred practice, community witness, creative expression and celebration of our 12 week journey. This 3 day retreat is when and where this work will take root in your body in a defining and powerful way. We will be in  “field”, in-person together, and there is no replacement for this.  I have designed each of these components with great intention and foresight, to hold and tend the most fundamental aspects of your becoming.

GIFT OF TIME per week: 1-2 hours of audios (of course, it’s fine to fall behind on these- you will have them forever), 1 morning hour of sacred practice, 1.25 evening hours of community time,  your own personal reflection, journaling and practice time and 3 days in Ashland

 $1950 OR 4 payments of $536 (Please note this does not include room and board at Buckhorn Springs. (Estimate an additional $390-$550)

RETURNING HOME: A FOUNDATION FOR TRANSFORMATION

10 WEEKS OF AUDIO TEACHINGS, 13 SACRED SEXUAL PRACTICE SESSIONS , 11 COMMUNITY SESSIONS.

This pathway is the full online program in all of its carefully considered comprehensiveness. Since the program in Spring of 2017, I have expanded this course by 4 weeks and 15 hours of personal guidance (practice and community time) in order to create a more beautiful, well-held and tended online journey. This foundational course will speak to all of the needs that I see come up in this work- a need to enter the body and come into a greater feeling of personal potency and potential, a new understanding of what sex actually is and can be, and time together, in community, hearing your own voice and the voice of others in a safe and sacred way. These 12 weeks will rewrite your sexual history, present and future.

GIFT OF TIME per week: 1-2 hours of audios (of course, it’s fine to fall behind on these- you will have them forever), 1 morning hour of sacred practice, 1.25 evening hours community time,  your own personal reflection, journaling and practice time

$1250 OR  4 payments of $359

SELF STUDY PATHWAY

10 WEEKS OF AUDIO TEACHINGS AND GUIDANCE  

This pathway is for students who are unable, for either schedule or financial reasons at this time, to participate in the full program.  These 10 weeks of audios are A carefully crafted and comprehensive curriculum, “re-storying” sex and sexuality in a way that will grant you healing and integrity.  These teachings will lift the veil on misunderstandings and cultural conditioning around sex, shine an illuminating and healing light on our personal sexual past, while at the same time offering a life giving paradigm for topics  that will change the way we relate to sexual energy, our own life energy and partners forever. Includes 3 guided meditations. These audios in and of themselves are the beginning of a brand new sexual life, healing of sexual pasts and a greater understanding of just how big, beautiful and trustworthy you and your sexual energy really are at its core.

GIFT OF TIME per week: 1-2 hours of audios, at your own pace. You will have these audios forever.

**Please note, if you have a history of sexual trauma, I do not recommend taking this course without the sacred practice portion. The practices will reconnect you with your sense of personal power and integrity in a way that will help keep you feeling contained and grounded as we walk through this work.

  $550 OR 3 payments of $210

 

PRACTICE PATHWAY

13 SACRED PHYSICAL PRACTICE SESSIONS: Please note these will not be recorded and must be attended live

Through MogaDao Sacred Daoist Sexuality practices (based in Qigong and Chinese Medicine), we will come together to cultivate, refine, heal and transform our sexual energy, bodies, pasts and futures. Internal Alchemy, Archetypal and Sexual Qigong forms sacred sexual self cultivation instruction. These practices are the bridge allow a new paradigm and possibility to become embodied, rather than just an idea. These classes take us from context and concept to living truth. If you are a student with sexual trauma in your history, these practices are essential to your healing and empowerment and are wonderful to take just by themselves, if you aren’t able to participate in the full course at this time.

GIFT OF TIME per week: 1 morning of hour sacred practice (plus one additional hour on the 3 weeks we have 2 classes)

**Please note that there will not be any nudity or sexually intimate demonstrations whatsoever in this course. Practices take place fully clothed and are non-sexual in nature. All anatomical teaching takes place on silicon models of anatomy.

  $300 OR 3 payments of $115

 

COMMUNITY SESSIONS ONLY

This community time is essential to the process of sexual awakening, embodiment, healing and transformation.  It is rare and precious for us to enter into sacred dialogue about our sexual selves in community. We often feel alone and isolated in our sexual worlds, secretly longing for something deeper, but not knowing with whom or how to speak about it. This is the space in which you realize that you are joined by so many others on this path. These sessions will touch you deeply and speak to your deep and tender questions. While maintaining respect for both privacy and the power of voice, witness and being seen, these sessions will be invaluable to helping us along in our beautiful humanness. Each week there will be a time for Q and A, sharing, mutual witness and creative voice. The audio version of these classes will be recorded for those enrolled in them, in the event you cannot attend one or two.

GIFT OF TIME per week: 75 minutes per week for 11 weeks.

  $500 OR 4 payments of $143

 

RETREAT ONLY: THE GREAT REMEMBERING:

3 Day in-person intensive in Ashland OR

April 12-15

Please note that a prerequisite for this retreat is to have worked with Sarah in some capacity. If you have not, and would like to attend this retreat, please contact her at info@theelementalself.com

This is when and how it all comes together and grounds into your body, life and being in a profound way. These 3 days will be a sacred container for the deepest dive into practice, self-inquiry, community nourishment, creative expression and your exquisite uniqueness. This is when and where this work will take root in your body in a defining and undeniable way. The power of being in person together is what makes breakthroughs, insights and true healing possible. There is no replacement for this. It will be one of the most memorable practice and community weekends you have attended.

Early Bird through March 10th: $650 or 4 payments of $185

After March 10th: $750  or 4 payments of $193 plus room and board (ranging from $390-$550)

Lodging options and sign ups will be sent out by March 15th

 

To LGBTQQIA individuals: 

Because of the differences in cultivation practices and sexual qigong forms, you will notice that practice and community sessions are divided into Female and Male identifying sessions.   For trans, gender-fluid and gender-neutral individuals, you are welcome to join both the male and female identifying sessions at no extra charge. You will find great beauty and confirmation in this full spectrum. You will also notice 3 special community sessions (outlined on the SCHEDULE CHART) for LGBTQ, gender queer, trans and non-binary individuals.

You are beyond safe here. We need you in our world.

A word about sexual trauma

I have found no other body of work as re-embodying, healing, integrating and soul-honoring for working with sexual trauma. I trust this work immensely in its care and power to recover this fundamental aspect of life and have worked with countless individuals of all genders in this process. Being in sacred community on this journey is also paramount to this process.  That said, the physical sacred practice portion of this course is essential for your empowerment and healing. Please choose an option that includes the practice portion.

What Others Have To Say About Working With Sarah:

Your teachings have been a homecoming for me, my body, and my sexuality. It’s given me a ground for what sacred sex really means and is and provides beauty and profound comfort to my experience of life. My work with clients is enhanced, my sexual relationship with my lover is becoming more engaged and playful, and I feel great in my body.  – Women’s Immersion, Boulder CO

The work I’ve done in just two months with Sarah and her teachings of MogaDao Sacred Daoist Sexuality has been beyond transformational….This work is SO much bigger than sexuality. This is about rediscovering who. you. are. and how to be a vessel capable of holding all that power, all that pleasure, and knowing how to give your heart out to the world in the most beautiful way. I recommend MogaDao to every friend in my life who is struggling with life purpose, clarity, low energy, and of course, sexual intimacy issues. This is one of the best investments I’ve ever made.  – Women’s Immersion, Boulder CO

Sarah’s teachings create an atmosphere of such unconditional sexual self-acceptance that it has helped me relax with all of myself in a way I never have, or at least not since I was a young child. – Men’s Workshop, Boulder CO

Sarah is courageously shifting the way we think about, talk about, and experience sexuality. The depth of her knowledge is remarkable, as is her capacity to shed light in dark, uncharted places. She does so with compassion and urgency I find infectious. – Women’s Sexuality Workshop, Boulder CO

I am honestly in awe of your ability to guide, intuit, hold space…. Your ability to truly listen and allow us to be as we were while providing guidance and compassion is beautiful to both behold and be a part of. I am having a hard time finding the words to describe the beauty with which you lead, but know it is an art you have definitely developed, and it truly does appear to come from a deeper knowing. – Women’s Program, Ashland OR

This is the work of a lifetime. I cannot recommend this work enough to anyone with the courage to peel back the layers of their conditioning to reveal their essential self, in all its magnificence and beauty, and to discover that there has never been anything wrong with who they are and what they feel. It is a path to true personal power and sovereignty. – Teresa H – Spring 2017 Online course

My need for this work was urgent, & I am eternally grateful for your teaching. – CC – Spring 2017 Online course

About Sarah

For almost 20 years Sarah Byrden has been a visionary teacher and guide, praised for her intuition, insight and trustworthy ability to guide her students into sacred territory with wisdom and grace. She is known for her domain-changing work in sexuality, cross-cultural, wilderness and experiential education. She has been working in the fields of empowerment education, international cross-cultural development, and body-based healing since 2000. As a pioneering leader in the field of sex-education, Sarah’s work, mentorship and consultation is sought after by educational institutions, teachers, parents, birth-workers, and students of all ages, genders and orientations. She is a certified MogaDao Sacred Daoist Sexuality Teacher, holds over 2500 hours of formal training in western and non-western body-based healing modalities and a BA in Anthropology. . Her most recent project, THE BODY OF SEX is a radical paradigm-shifting approach to sex education and empowerment on college campuses.