Summer Camp East 2017 Program


This year's theme is Power, Rank, and Privilege.

Power, rank, and privilege are present in every facet of our society. These forces impact the lives of each and every one of us every day, affecting all of our interpersonal relationships from the casual to the intimate.

Many of these effects are invisible to us. Those of us with more power are often unaware of how we impact those with less power. In some situations, those of us who have power may not recognize it because we feel disempowered in other settings.

How do we recognize power in its various forms? How do we mitigate the pain and injury inflicted by its unconscious or aggressive use? How do we shift dynamics of power, privilege and rank for the benefit of all? How do we humbly hear one another through our individual pain to foster deep healing, connection, and conscious relating on a community level?

Last year in our “Intimacy Labs” we experienced the deep soul connection that is created by having hard conversations in a space of true empathy and compassion. This year let’s dive in even deeper, open up our blind spots, and learn to love and honor each other even more profoundly.


Diving Into Connection – Sarah Taub, Friday, July 7

Let's find out who's here and what we have to offer each other! We’ll spend much of the time moving around, meeting new folks and deepening existing relationships. Participants can engage with the group and get quick, direct feedback on issues they care about. We'll also have time to go deeper in one-on-one connections. This is a quick, fun, easy way to meet lots of people, get a sense of the diversity of the group, and dive into connection.
Sarah Taub

Opening Circle – Saturday, July 8

The community gathers to share vision and intention for creating a New Culture.

Going Deeper – Multiple presenters, throughout camp

Over the years we’ve been building a culture that supports intimacy by teaching skills for healthy boundaries, handling painful emotions, holding space for others’ process, and so on. Now it’s time to take it to the next level. When the need arises to give difficult feedback or address something that’s getting in the way of getting close to another person, many times we still let it go, not wanting to ruin a happy moment or create a rift. But in reality, we’re keeping ourselves from intimacy when we could have it. When we’re willing to tell another person what’s keeping us from getting closer, we actually get closer.

In the “Going Deeper” spaces, we’ll have a chance to share difficult truths, intimate appreciations, and vulnerable parts or ourselves. Let’s get beyond this kind of sharing being an extraordinary experience, to where it’s an ordinary everyday thing. Every day we deepen our connections. Consider the possibility that we have no idea who our closest friends could be once we start sharing at this level. We have no idea what could happen when we really give our relationships our deepest attention.

Safe Sex Conversations – Michael Rios, Saturday, July 8

In a sex-positive and body-honoring community, we have a responsibility to educate ourselves on how to keep ourselves safe while having fun. This workshop presents up-to-date scientifically and medically sound information on how to manage health issues for anyone who has multiple sexual partners--including how we can have *safe* sex, not just "safer" sex. We cover specific techniques, brands, and concepts that allow responsible sex without damaging pleasure or intimacy.
Michael Rios

Boundaries & Cuddles –  Sarah Taub, Saturday, July 8

Mmm, that glorious moment when we are giving exactly what our partner wants to be receiving! Sometimes we find that “sweet spot” spontaneously—but more often, we find it through clear communication and feedback. How many of us say “yes” to things we don’t actually want out of guilt or a fear of losing connection? In many ways, “no” is the most daring and intimate response possible – if I can hear your “no”, I can trust your “yes.” Sarah helps us practice finding that sweet spot of mutual “yes” through a series of juicy experiential exercises … leading into a nurturing, non-sexual cuddle gathering focused on connection and consensual, loving touch.
Sarah Taub

ZEGG Forum – the Forum Team, daily

Forum (  was created at ZEGG, an intentional community in Germany, and its sister communities as a way of promoting transparency and mutual understanding among community members.  ZEGG members found that decision-making meetings often got derailed because of emotional conflicts and undercurrents that were not known to or understood by all.  In Forum, each individual’s experience could be seen and understood, leading to greater empathy and creativity in the community.  Now, many residential and non-residential intentional communities have adopted Forum as a way to maintain ongoing connection, intimacy and understanding.
The goal of Forum is to reveal what is alive but not known to all.  The community sits in a circle, forming a stage for one person at a time to stand and show what is true for them.  Facilitators may assist the person (or “presenter”) to reveal themselves more deeply.  Afterward, community members may offer reflections, or “mirrors,” on what they saw. 
One of the gifts of ZEGG Forum is that it allows us a space to appreciate every perspective without taking it on as “truth.” Every voice has its own poignancy, its own wisdom, its own truth, that does not negate the wisdom and truth of other perspectives. Allowing all voices to surface and be known can lead to a profound and unexpected integration within a community. We tend to think that events leading to painful experiences and conflicts are bad, because they feel bad in the moment. However, when we open ourselves and compassionately witness what is happening for everyone, these experiences can be gateways to greater closeness, understanding, and love. When conflict emerges, whether or not we are in a formal Forum space, we can choose to listen in this way.  This deep listening sustains and nurtures community life and relationships.

Unconscious Bias–Presenter TBA,Saturday, July 9

Sensual Playspace Orientation and Opening, Sunday, July 9

The Sensual Playspace is a warm and inviting space to explore connection and intimacy by engaging all of the senses. This is a space to lounge together after spending the day learning communication and intimacy tools - the perfect place to practice communication and share affection in a relaxed and sex positive atmosphere. Sarah will give an introduction to the space and we will practice the “Safe Sex Elevator Speech.” The introduction will take place in our main meeting area and is open to everyone.

After the Playspace Orientation, those who wish will proceed to the Playspace for its official opening. All are invited to explore the Playspace – the opening activities will be sensual but nonsexual, and there will be a clear transition when the space becomes open for sexual connection.

Heart Opening Puja – Crystal Dawn Morris Monday, July 10

Description coming soon!

Crystal Dawn Morris

Cacao Ceremony & Ecstatic Dance – Atticus Mooney, Monday July 10

Description coming soon!

Atticus Mooney

TBA – Oblio Stroyman & Crystal Byrd Farmer, Tuesday, July 11

Description coming soon!

Oblio Stroyman / Crystal Byrd Farmer

Fundraiser Auction – Tuesday, July 11

Expect to be amused and surprised by the variety of unusual items and services donated by fellow campers for bidding. Previous auctions have included such offerings as "1000 kisses" and "a morning serenade." Auction proceeds help to provide scholarships and improve future camps.

Tantra & Empowerment – Laurie Handlers, Wednesday, July 12

Description coming soon!

Laurie Handlers

Exploring Rank – Sarah Taub,Thursday, July 13

Description Coming Soon!

Sarah’s bio

Heartivist Practice – Sheya Grace Wind & Owl Grateful Wind,Thursday, July 13

Description coming soon!

Dance Freedom – Sheya Grace Wind,Friday, July 14

Description coming soon!

Open Sessions – Friday, July 14, andSaturday, July 15

Join in as the entire camp self-organizes for concurrent events, inspired by your own passions and interests. Open Sessions are an opportunity for campers to convene dialogue groups on topics they've been wanting to explore, or create group massages, or do a music jam together. Participants are free to move from session to session, honoring their instincts and natural enthusiasm. /wiki/Open_Space_Technology

Open Mic – Saturday, July 15

Come one, come all, and show us more about you! No talent is required – “if you can walk, you can dance; if you can talk, you can sing!”

Closing Circle – Sunday, July 16

Honoring the experience of the past ten days, we will connect, reflect, and bid farewell to this incarnation of our community.

Lighter Side - as the mood strikes us!

Participants create and perform skits to illustrate humorous events that they have observed or experienced at camp.