New Culture New Year’s 2018-19 Presenters

April Dobbs headshotApril L. Dobbs, M.S.Ed. is passionate about individual freedom, personal growth, and living beyond conventional ideas about the form that relationships should take. She values emotional intimacy, vulnerability and connection, and she is working to integrate more of these values into her life. She enjoys helping people recognize that infinite possibilities exist in every moment, and that it’s possible to investigate and remove the limitations we’ve created through our fears, thoughts and assumptions. She has an academic background in education, statistics and psychology. In her previous professional life, she worked in higher education doing institutional research for 13 years.


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Dahlia Morgan is an artist and social justice  activist who is passionate about many things. At the forefront is compassionate communication and fostering safe spaces for authentic expression. Dahlia has studied and utilized many different divination styles and techniques through the course of their life, and feels an affinity for Tarot and Nordic Runes. Currently residing in West Virginia, Dahlia spends their time creating art, writing and supporting New Culture.


Dawson Driver headshotDawson Driver is a fountain of love. Their passion is to create spaces for anyone and everyone to feel seen, heard, and loved. And they strive for this as an organizer and presenter for Center for New Culture ( while living and spreading New Culture wherever they go.  To realize their larger dream they are pursuing a degree in psychology for counseling and seeking out new learning opportunities in facilitation, personal growth, and intimacy all the time.


Harold Kornylak headshotHarold Kornylak D.O., practicing since 1983, specializes in Osteopathic manual medicine, Psychotherapy, Intimacy Enhancement, Tantra, and a wide variety of body-oriented psychotherapeutic approaches. Prior to medical school, he achieved degrees in physics, biochemistry, Eastern Philosophy, and research in the neurophysiology of consciousness.  Over the last 15 years, he has studied and taught Tantra and sexual healing with some of the premier teachers in the U.S. and abroad, including Margot Anand, Deborah Anapol, and Charles and Carolyn Muir.  His passion is continuing to refine his unique ability to help others to experience fulfillment and ecstatic states in their life and relationships.


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Harper Quante is an environmental scientist by day and hedge witch by night who is passionate about helping people discover and connect with the natural world. From their perspective, science and spirituality are not conflicting viewpoints, but beautifully complementary lenses we can use to explore ourselves and the entire universe. Harper’s nature-based energy work weaves together many perspectives they’ve studied over the last 10 years, including druidry, ecology and biology, ritual and breathwork, European folk traditions, chaos magic, and Western herbalism.


Indigo Dawn headshotIndigo Dawn (They/Them) is an impact-oriented love activist, whose vision is to create a sustainable society for all its stakeholders (  Their scheme to make this happen includes spreading platonic touch as a Cuddlist ( and creating events, workshops, and communities that change lives.  As a key organizer and presenter for Center for New Culture, Indigo spreads skills and mind-sets that support sustainable relationships and communities– including self-awareness, open communication, authentic connection, and healthy boundaries. Their most recent project is co-creating intentional community at Chrysalis in Arlington, VA; Allegheny Crest in Mt. Storm, WV; and within the DC metro region.


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I am a classically-trained violinist, pianist and percussionist.  I’ve taken about 2 dozen “Music For People” improvisation weekend workshops led by Grammy award-winning cellist David Darling and his colleagues as well as several years of jazz violin lessons from Eddie Drennon who recorded and toured with Bo Diddley and many others.  I love to facilitate connection and intimacy through musical expression and conversation.  Intuitively, we feel the emotional content of sound and music. Setting clear intentions and using simple structures where there are no wrong notes, and where listening and silence are valued as much as a vibrant solo allows even those with limited or no formal musical training to express and contribute to a rich, playful musical tapestry that can flow, evolve and expand.
Starting with simple vocalization, we find our way to the freedom and confidence to take musical risks, to let the music rather than our egos guide us into a creative experience of collaboration and creative flow.  I often begin with vocals because the skill and comfort level is usually more closely matched and we can all hear each others voices pretty well if we’re not too soft or too loud.  We open with exercises to invite expression of feelings as well as listening and imitation.  Setting aside the musical critic that can shut down creativity, I strive to encourage a “Yes, and…” orientation of contribution and addition.  We let the music tell its own story, without trying too hard to follow or lead.  We listen and play in a spirit of lighthearted contribution and collaboration.




Michael Rios headshotMichael 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 US in 1971, and one of the first computer business in the US 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 ( Since 2004, he has been a major organizer of Network for a New Culture’s East Coast Summer Camp ( 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 (, 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 (


Ryan Taylor headshotRyan Taylor has a profound passion for self-growth, psychology, and spirituality. Deeply inspired by the potential these fields have to transform the world, he seeks to bring positive and radical change into every interaction, project, and situation that arises in his life. Ryan is well-versed in a number of different self-development practices including Vipassana meditation, circling, the study of integral theory, and re-evaluation co-counseling. Ryan is also a music teacher and author. He recently published his book The Theory and Creation of Music and holds a degree from Berklee College of Music. He loves to explore the deep intellectual study of music as well as the creative process of developing original music through composition and improvisation. Ryan is currently working on a new book about his own system of self-growth: Adoga.


Sarah Taub headshotSarah 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 (, and conflict resolution sessions.

Sarah co-founded the first cohousing community in Washington, DC, and for the past 10 years has lived at Chrysalis, a small urban intentional community in Arlington, VA whose mission is to support activists and healers ( Since 2004, she has been a major organizer of Network for a New Culture’s East Coast Summer Camp ( and other events aimed at creating a culture based on awareness, compassion, and freedom rather than on fear and judgment.  Since 2011, she has been the financial and programs manager for Abrams Creek Center (, 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.