SEX & SOUL: Integrity, Power, and Healing
A 3-day, in-person workshop retreat at a tranquil farmhouse just outside of Portland, Oregon
April 18-21, from 4pm Thursday through 1pm Sunday
Includes 3 nights shared accommodation and all catered meals during your stay.
$990 or 4 payments of $273
Who are you sexually from the inside out, when it is not being pushed and pulled by something outside of you?
Where are you hiding in your creative and sexual life?
What is your relationship to your own desire?
What is the possibility of your erotic future?
Who are you trying to become? What futures are knocking on your door?
This is a space to safely and beautifully work on your erotic life.
This work is reverent, compassionate and soulful.
This retreat will be a profound immersion into the work of MogaDao Sacred Daoist and Depth Sexology. It is both a part of The Great Remembering Foundations program, a powerful entry point into this body of work for new students and a chance to receive the gifts of Sarah Byrden’s masterful teaching, transmission and careful guidance. In these 3 days, you will experience and understand how your sexual energy is connected to every facet of your life and being.
Sarah will hold a container for the inner intimacy that is required if we are to make the brave passage into the deeper areas of our sexual truth. It will be a sincere, honest and deep dive. Together, we will cultivate sexual energy, Eros (in a non-sexual way) courage, vulnerability, honest expression, longing and a capacity to hear the deep stirrings of the sexual soul.
It is a chance to plumb into the depths of your desires for sexual healing, embodiment and transformation. Our sacred container will be woven with the Archetypal Qigong and sexual practices of the MogaDao Tradition, self-inquiry, writing, voicing, witness, community nourishment, creative expression and time in nature. The power of being in person together is what creates the ground for personal breakthroughs, insights and powerful healing. There is no replacement for our time together in body and space.
Our questions and challenges around sexuality are as infinite and unique as we are. We will hold space for the intricate nature of our sexual lives and hold space for questions such as choice in partners, low libido, high libido, a great love of sex, a great fear and sadness around sex, creative blocks, 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, pornography, past sexual experiences, pleasure, intimacy, friendship, laughter, true masculine and feminine, shame… and any others that you bring to the table.
Participants will receive a 1.5 hour video teaching- The Great Remembering: Sex, Soul and our Eternal Wildness., as a way to re-mythologize sex and begin the understanding before you arrive at the retreat.
**Please note that there will not be any nudity, request of sexual energy exchange between participants, or sexually explicit demonstrations at this retreat.. Anatomical teaching will be demonstrated on silicon models of respective anatomy. This work is taught in a culture of reverence, care and non-lasciviousness. It is non-sexual in its delivery. To that end, the same level of respect is asked of participants.
This course welcomes all gender identifications and sexual orientations.
***Because of the depth and nature of this work, if you have not previously attended a full sexuality program with Sarah, an interview process is required for this retreat in order to discern whether or not it is the right choice at this time.
ABOUT THIS WORK
Our sexuality is one of the most fundamental aspects of our lives. 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. When we are far away from our true sexual energy, which is the root of our existence, we suffer in many areas of our lives.
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 retreat will be 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, and a place to receive sacred practice technologies that will bring you closer to the power, dignity, truth-telling and essential goodness of your sexual energy than ever before.
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, embodied, and intimate relationship with your sexuality.
ABOUT OUR LOCATION
We have the honor of gathering at an extraordinary private home and retreat center outside of Portland, Oregon (in Vernonia). We will be held in an earthen-made farmhouse, surrounded on 3 sides by river, in the midst of second-growth cedar and maple trees, with nothing but the sound of the leaves and the water around us. We will be deeply held and nourished by this home and land. This center was built originally as a Yoga Farm, with the spirit of Yoga at the heart.
Accommodations at the Farm are in shared cabins with single beds. The cabins on the farm are handbuilt, artful, tasteful and nestled in the trees. They will make you feel like you’re in a storybook slumber party. You will love them.
There are a few beds on the 3rd floor of the main house, up a tall ladder, through a magical portal in the ceiling. If you prefer to be in the main house in this shared dormitory style room, you can indicate that on your registration form.
All meals, from Dinner on Thursday through lunch on Sunday will be lovingly prepared for us.
Portland is your airport of choice (PDX). It is about a 1.5 hour drive to the retreat center. You may arrive at the Farm beginning at 4 pm. We will have dinner at 5:30 pm.
Please plan on a flight arrival no later than 1:00 pm on Thursday to give you plenty of time to arrive and settle in.
The retreat will finish after lunch on Sunday. Flights at 4 pm or later will be safe on Sunday.