2023 – 2024 Presenters
Quanta (herShe) *Crone* is an InnerLife and Spiritual Sherpa.
Quanta entered earth-life on Sacred Native Yakima reservation land over 7 decades ago… but their childhood was soon thrown into a chaotic dynamic of oppression, trauma, addiction and dysfunction…
Through processes of Transformational Intervention, Meditation and deep Shadow-work, they uplifted their self into breakthroughs of Self-Discovery, Recovery and Empowerment… and emerged to a life of Centered Creative Expression and Holistic Spiritual Service to others. Quanta’s life experience and training covers a broad range including Life-Coaching, Expressive Movement and Group-dynamic Interactive Circles of many kinds.
Now after 73 trips around the Sun, 20 years of Intentional Community living, “sur-thriving” through Bi-polar Disorder and Pancreatic Cancer, Quanta, Mother/Grandmother/Great-
Quanta recently co-founded YASHAPI, a 501(c)3 entity, and shares their gifts of lessons learned, holding Brave Spaces to explore Abundance, Aligned Intention, Compassionate Confrontation and Deeply-Rooted Connection.
Offering: Morning MMMs, Dream Bigger
David Thurston is a poet, dancer, organizer, and social worker. He was trained in ballet and the Lester Horton modern technique, performing with the DC Youth Ensemble and later studying dance at the Alvin Ailey School and at Columbia University’s Barnard College in New York City. David has been exploring contact improvisation and other ways of integrating movement into performance work, organizing, and community building.
Offering: Sensual Space leadership
Rebo Hassell leads sex discussion groups, with the goals of increasing self-awareness, improving communication between partners, reducing stigma and self-consciousness around sex — and having fun. She began guiding Women Uncorked, which is for people who identify as female, in 2017 and later expanded to offer People Uncorked, which is open to everyone. Rebecca has led Uncorked groups throughout the greater Washington, DC area, including at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue and regional Burning Man events.
Rebecca’s journey began when she claimed “polyamorous” as a key part of her identity, and deepened when she participated in Betty Dodson’s famous BodySex workshop in November 2016. Since then, Rebecca has received training in nonviolent communication (NVC) and mediation and is working to combine both skill sets as a relationship mediator. She is also a former chef and plays classical piano.
Offering: Opening Circle, Closing Circle, Circling: Connecting in the Present
Sarah Taub, Ph.D., (www.sarahtaub.com) teaches relationship and community skills and helps groups deepen their intimacy. She facilitates group processes including consensus decision-making, business meetings and retreats, conflict resolution sessions, and ZEGG Forum (www.zegg-forum.org/en), and has co-created consent policies and led consent support teams for retreats and festivals of 50 to 1500 people. Sarah has been organizing with Center for a New Culture (www.cfnc.us) since 2004, putting on multi-day camps and other events that create a culture based on awareness, compassion, and freedom rather than on fear and judgment. Since 2011, she has co-managed Abrams Creek Center (www.abramscreekcenter.com), a retreat center and community in the mountains of West Virginia, where she now lives with her intimate network of lovers and co-creators.
What excites Sarah most is holding space for the deepest group conflicts so that an even deeper level of connection, understanding, and creativity can emerge.
Offerings: ZEGG Forum lead facilitator