Summer Camp East 2017 Presenter Bios

program_clip_image002Atticus Mooney has an insatiable appetite for the infinite dimensions of our human experience; she believes magick lies within the grey area of transition and unknowns; and so she shares teachings from that place. Artistic movement is her portal to spirit and she draws on lifelong experience as a movement artist of various expressions to feel through life. As a dancer, intuitive and yoga teacher she synthesizes her appreciation of form and formless to curate transformational events. She is the visionary founder of bhAva DC, a community organization that aims to promote conscious connection with substance-free dance parties and sound healing. She is the founder of Source Cacao, which imports ceremonial-grade cacao from Guatemala and hosts cacao ceremonies in the US. Additionally she is the founder and producer of Ecstatic Dance DC, a chapter in a global network of conscious freeform dance communities. As a 200-hour eRYT and a 500-hour RYT she facilitates yoga classes and yoga teacher trainings internationally; she has taught for the Hirshhorn Museum of Modern Art and is contracted to teach at the Kennedy Center and US Botanical Gardens in Washington, DC. No matter the form or place, she continues to to be amazed by the power of the human body and spirit.

program_clip_image002Crystal Byrd Farmer, is an engineer turned educator in North Carolina. She began organizing New Culture Charlotte in 2015 and is also a leader in the local polyamory community. She is passionate about encouraging people to change their perspectives on diversity, relationships, and the world. She loves organizing meetups, teaching, and playing with her five year old daughter. She owns Big Sister Team Building in Charlotte, which uses some New Culture exercises and creates mobile escape room experiences.

program_clip_image002Crystal Dawn Morris founded Tantra for Awakening in 2007. Her workshops and private coaching sessions give people practical tools for manifesting a heart-full life. She is known for her warmth, enthusiasm and ability to create a safe space where magic unfolds. She is catalyst for change, helping people discover their True Self which allows them to experience more ease and flow in their lives. Her intention is to create a world based on love, freedom, and compassion for all beings. She draws on a diverse background of experience; as a Shamanic Minister, Nurse-Midwife, Reiki Master, breath-work facilitator and writer. She is also a lead faculty member for the International School of Temple Arts and facilitates ISTA events around the globe. You can reach her at crystal@tantraforawakening.org

program_clip_image002Debby Sugarman (www.debbysugarman.org) seeks the marriage of activism with heart, vision with practicality.  While working on environmental issues in her twenties, Debby realized that the issues she cared about were won or lost based on the strength or failure of human relationships and the effectiveness of interpersonal communication.  Hoping to be a catalyst for more effective and creative endeavors, Debby became a connoisseur of all forms of group and interpersonal communication.  She became trained in mediation, studied various forms of meeting facilitation and group process technologies, and immersed herself in personal growth work and experiments in group dynamics. 

Debby studied ZEGG Forum Facilitation with Teryani Riggs and completed a 16 day intensive ZEGG Forum training with Ina Meyer-Stoll and Achim Ecker of ZEGG Community.  She is excited about bringing this kind of culture change work into communities, workplaces and organizations.  She currently co-teaches ZEGG Forum Clinics and New Culture Skills workshops with Sarah Taub and has led a modified version of ZEGG Forum in her workplace.

program_clip_image002Laurie Handlers is a Sex and Happiness Coach, author of Amazon #1 International Bestseller Sex & Happiness. Through her company Butterfly Workshops, she offers sexual health and awareness courses plus leadership courses for corporations and individuals throughout the world. For over a decade, she has hosted a weekly radio show Sex and Happiness where she discusses all topics about sex. She has also produced and starred in two independent films. Her current focus is on Sexual Ecstasy at Any Age. She ​spends a great amount of her time learning about Radical Life Extension.

program_clip_image003Michael Rios is an entrepreneur and practical visionary with a creative genius for freedom and empowerment; as some have said, “Michael doesn’t have a box to think outside of.” In 1964, he founded a commune based on service, spirituality, and sensuality that lasted 30 years and (among other projects) provided emergency shelter and support services for homeless people and troubled young adults. In addition, he started one of the first domestic violence hotlines in the USA in 1971, and one of the first computer business in the DC area in 1976. Michael co-founded and lives at Chrysalis, a small urban intentional community in Arlington, VA, whose mission is to support activists and healers (www.chrysalis-va.org). Since 2004, he has been a major organizer of Network for a New Culture’s East Coast Summer Camp (www.nfnc.orgwww.cfnc.us) and other events aimed at creating a culture based on awareness, compassion, and freedom rather than on fear and judgment. In 2011, Michael became the director of Abrams Creek Center (www.abramscreekcenter.com), a retreat center in the mountains of West Virginia. His current passion is creating an “intentional village” there and in the nearby town - a place where people live consciously with and near one another, building a life based on personal enterprise and freedom, economic independence, and a web of social interconnectedness (http://aciv.cfnc.us).

program_clip_image002Oblio Stroyman is a queer-identified, gender-queer, trans-masculine former relational therapist turned Ecstatic Dance DJ who lives in Oregon’s Eugene/Springfield community. They are the Executive Director for the non-profit organization Trans*Ponder that serves trans/gender diverse folks and allies.They are the founder of Gender Camp, and are one of the organizers of the International Gender Odyssey conference.

They have always been passionate about community and social trends, focusing undergraduate and graduate studies on family, gender, and sexuality. They have been connected to the Network for a New Culture community (nfnc.org) since 2000, participating as an organizer since 2010, helping to bring gender to the forefront of New Culture dialogs. They offers regular training that focus on raising awareness in professional organizations regarding polyamory, gender, LGBTQIA concerns, diversity and inclusivity, and community. Oblio strives to weave together strengths from their communities into group processes that cultivate increased intimacy, depth, learning, and social change.

http://www.nfnc.org  

program_clip_image001Sarah Taub, Ph.D., is a cultural activist whose passion is creating events where people transform. She teaches the skills of peaceful, sustainable community – self-awareness, honesty, clear boundaries – and facilitates group processes of many sorts, including consensus decision-making, business meetings and retreats, ZEGG Forum (www.zegg-forum.org/), and conflict resolution sessions. Sarah co-founded the first cohousing community in Washington, DC, and for the past 13 years has lived at Chrysalis, a small urban intentional community in Arlington, VA whose mission is to support activists and healers (www.chrysalis-va.org). Since 2004, she has been a major organizer of Network for a New Culture’s East Coast Summer Camp (www.new-culture.org) and other events aimed at creating a culture based on awareness, compassion, and freedom rather than on fear and judgment. In 2006, she left her tenured professorship in Cognitive Linguistics at Gallaudet University to focus full-time on events, community-building, and cultural change. Since 2011, she has been the financial and programs manager for Abrams Creek Center (www.abramscreekcenter.com), a retreat center and community in the mountains of West Virginia. Sarah’s current koan: only when you let go of urgency can you be truly effective.