New Culture Costa Rica Camp 2019
Land Blessing (optional) – Tuesday 2/19, 3:45PM
Raven Neuhaus & Amy Melrose
Connecting Games (optional) – Tuesday 2/19, 7:00PM
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 lay the groundwork for our time together, get a sense of the group and the facilities, and get to know each other!
Opening Circle / Orientation / Culture Creation – Wednesday 2/20, 8:00AM
On our first morning together, we’ll create the cultural container that will hold and nourish us for our collective adventure. We’ll discover our intentions for camp, meet our teams and people with special roles, and start building a field of empowerment, love, and freedom. We’ll combine sweet connection activities and compelling logistical details. The organizers request that all campers join us who are not performing camp duties so that we can form our community with common understandings.
Boundaries: Finding the Sweet Spot – Wednesday 2/20, 3:00PM
Sarah Taub & Indigo Dawn
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.” In this workshop, we will practice finding the sweet spot of mutual “yes”– through a series of juicy, experiential exercises.
Radiant Puja – Wednesday 2/20, 7:00PM
Enjoy playful and deeply fulfilling connections with old friends and delightful new people. Be gently guided in heart-centered exchanges that are nurturing and often energizing, filled with the blessings of deep presence and universal love. We share undulatory breath practices, soul gazing, sacred touch, erotic dance, and chakra merging breaths, all with boundaries and respect. Sensual, though not sexual, intimate and deeply moving, designed to see the divinity in each other. (Triads or poly groups welcome and committed partners may stay together). Pleasure heals! LoveJourneyTantra.com
Snuggle Party – Wednesday 2/20, 9:00PM
Evalena Rose & Indigo Dawn
Together, we will open up a playground to explore consensual, platonic touch in community. Nurturing touch has been shown to release compounds (i.e. oxytocin) which help lower blood pressure, heart rate, and cortisol levels, and contribute to feelings of connection and emotional well-being. No one is required to touch another person in this workshop; you’re welcome to talk, cuddle, read a book, or observe– observation is full participation.
Dancing Freedom – Thursday 2/21, 7:30AM
Sheya Grace Wind
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.
New Culture Relating Skills – Thursday 2/21, 3:45PM
Sarah Taub & Indigo Dawn
This workshop focuses on concrete skills and practices that make romantic, community, and even business relationships work well. Knowing your truth, speaking your truth, working skillfully with emotional triggers, holding compassionate space for others, developing curiosity about ourselves and others, letting go of attachment to being “right” – all of these contribute to loving and intimate relationship with self and others. We’ll engage body, mind, and emotions in this exploratory and experiential learning process.
Abundance Activation Sound Healing – Thursday 2/21, 7:00PM
Using crystal bowls and other sound healing instruments, we will activate heart coherence to connect with the quantum field of possibilities. Bring your intentions, a yoga mat or blanket to lie on, and be ready for a relaxing yet profound journey to creating a new reality you desire!
Eros Sanctuary Orientation & Opening – Thursday 2/21, 8:30PM
The Eros Sanctuary is a warm and inviting space to explore Connection & Intimacy by engaging all of the senses. This is a space to relax 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. In our main meeting space, we will give an introduction to the Eros Sanctuary that sets the tone and gives etiquette and health and safety best practices.
After the Eros Sanctuary Orientation, those who wish will proceed to the Eros Sanctuary for its official opening. All are invited to explore the Eros Sanctuary – the opening activities will be sensual but nonsexual, and the Eros Sanctuary Team will create a clear transition when the space becomes open for sexual connection.
Radical Honesty: How to get over s*** and BE happy – Friday 2/22, 10:00AM
Michael “Mak” Alan Kolb
What you resist persists.
Most of us choose a lifetime of dull misery in order to avoid a few moments of heightened sensation. Our culture has big taboos against the expression of certain feelings, especially anger and sexual attraction. So most of us are totally messed up, passive aggressive and sexually repressed. We can learn to grow up and out of our perpetual state of adolescence and deal better with these and other neuroses by allowing ourselves to fully experience anger and other taboo emotions instead of avoiding, repressing and pretending the way we normally do.
Radical Honesty teaches us awareness of our present moment experience and how to share that directly with others by reporting what we notice, rather than trying to get others to buy in to our stories. It teaches us to free ourselves from the jail of the mind by grounding ourselves in reality and sharing that directly with the people in our lives.
Sacred Arts of Love – Friday 2/22, 3:45PM
Learn to enhance intimacy thru breathing practices that move kundalini through your body and open you to full sexual aliveness. Enjoy sacred, heart-centered interactions that deepen contact and enhance pleasure. Experience a brief Tantric giving and receiving through simple eye gazing and sacred touch. Deeply fulfilling, enjoyable, and nurturing. Meets intimacy needs with warm presence and sacred exchanges. Great for singles and couples opening to the ecstatic life. LoveJourneyTantra.com
Massage Party – Friday 2/22, 7:00PM
In this facilitated and inclusive safe container (for adults only) we will explore consent and boundaries within the context of non-sexual touch with therapeutic massage as our platform. Everyone can benefit from therapeutic massage, but sometimes we have trouble finding our voice when we want to say no to an invitation, to ask for something different or to speak up for what we really want.
We will begin with a 40 minute workshop where we will lay out the rules and agreements for the massage party, followed by an hour or two of open freestyle massage where we will practice the strategies covered in the beginning of the class, and we will culminate with a closing circle. At no time will anyone have to do anything they don’t want, and you can leave at any time, although late entry is prohibited.
The true power of this workshop is found in people being able to practice finding & using their voices, inner intuitions, asking for what they want and taking care of themselves by practicing honoring their boundaries. The massage will be fun and playful with the facilitator demonstrating and leading fun multi-person massage games that anyone can choose to participate in. It is a true delight to relax into the revelry and play that is possible when a safe space is set, all agreements are kept and all boundaries are honored. The goal is for everyone to leave the massage party feeling understood, respected, appreciated and yummy.
CoCrea Partner Dance – Saturday 2/23, 10:00AM
The Village ABC’s: Allies, Borders, and Culture – Saturday 2/23, 3:45PM
Learn the ABC’s for your Plan Z! This workshop in social accountability is designed to prepare you for engagement in community building within a context of decolonization. It covers what to know before you go and where to look for places that match your special needs, offerings, and familiarity with intercultural relationships. We’ll share information, tools and practices to develop our personal and collective competencies and better prepare us for the life-changing experiences found in community activism. Building the village together will challenge you, exhilarate you, and bring forth the very best of yourself you didn’t know existed.
Sacred Song Circle – Saturday 2/23, 7:00PM
Cacao Experience – Sunday 2/24, 7:30AM
Harnessing the bliss/happiness compound Anandamide and the love biochemicals of Phenethylamine found in Cacao, this experience will take you on a sensuous journey through the senses where you will get to experience your own spirit and body in a way you may not have before.
Endorphins expand with the cacao magik and the love consciousness.
And when we take away our sight, which equates to 80% of our experiences,. we allow our spirit and emotional bodies to come alive through the physical experience. This Cacao Experience takes you on a journey through your senses, awakening the depths of your human sensuality. You have the opportunity to allow your heart to open where the mind steps aside and the soul flourishes in its expression.
Inhabiting Nature – Sunday 2/24, 10:00AM
We are human, AND we are nature; the earth is our body and is our home. So our senses, are her senses and all of life is in communion with itself, sharing intimate details and vital information at all times. Connecting to nature is simply reconnecting with and more fully inhabiting our own true self. In this workshop we will learn a series of fun and simple practices that help us do this with the joy of a child and the wisdom of an ancient. These skills will then be taken out into the wild, to enhance our sensory awareness of the elements and life in all forms. We’ll close by coming back together to weave a collective story and share gratitudes.
Cabaret – Sunday 2/24, 7:00PM
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 – Monday 2/25, 10:00AM
As our time together comes to a close, we will connect, reflect, say goodbye, and prepare to re-enter our usual lives. What gifts will we bring with us from New Culture Costa Rica Camp? What will we create in our lives and communities?
Daily Circle – Daily, 3:00PM
Every day our community will gather for appreciations, announcements, and connection.
Dance – Daily, 7:30AM
Wake up your energy for a bright new day by moving your body in community!
Going Deeper – Daily, 2:30PM
New Culture’s aim is to supports intimacy by teaching skills for healthy boundaries, handling painful emotions, holding space for others’ process, and so on. 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 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.
ZEGG Forum – Daily, Various Times
ZEGG Forum (http://www.zegg-forum.org/index_en.phtml) 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.