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New Culture Spring Camp ’18  May 18 – 22

Finding the Sweet Spot:
A 5-Day Community Playground and Cultural Laboratory
 
Let’s play and discover together!  The #MeToo movement has exposed the pain of living in a culture where others are treated as vehicles to get needs met instead of as sovereign, beloved beings.  We have been trained to ignore our inner truth and/or to push through others’ objections, and as soon as we start to connect, our wounds and difficulties emerge.
 
What a beautiful opportunity for healing, learning, and understanding each other!
 
At Spring Camp, we’ll dive into compassionate, loving exploration of our desires and boundaries – spiritual, sensual, emotional, and more.  Starting with intensive training in consent and clear communication, we’ll be gently encouraged to step into our power as autonomous, playful, flexible beings.  We’ll practice tuning in to what we want, yet holding our desires lightly and flowing gracefully with what is happening around us.  As we play together, no doubt we will sometimes stumble across deep wounds from the past.  We’ll collectively hold space for grief, pain, and rage – allowing those wounds to get air and light, and to heal.  We’ll also engage in deep self-inquiry – have I ever pushed someone else’s boundaries?  If so, what needs was I trying to meet?  How can I meet these needs in other ways? 
 
We will draw on these deeply personal explorations to consider the key question: how can we co-create a sustainable culture that supports bodily autonomy, personal empowerment, and radical compassion?

*Start building your tribe!

What is tribe? Tribe is your community, the people who accept you as you are. It is the people you can learn from, grow with, play with, and share life with.

At Spring Camp, we live, work, learn and play together up to 4 days or more in a rustic woods-and-water setting. Hang out around a bonfire, enjoy a song circle, cuddle up at a snuggle party, learn skills to make your relationships richer and more satisfying, and build connections with others that last all year long!

Camp takes place at a private campground / retreat center with a wild, whitewater stream alongside, about 2.5 hours west of the Washington DC area and 2.5 hours southeast of Pittsburgh. Indoor accommodations are available starting at $75 for the whole event.

*What is Unique About New Culture Spring Camp?

– The Wisdom of the Tribe

We have an eclectic yet integrated approach to creating an environment that allows each person to thrive. We bring in top-notch presenters who share a wide range of tools, techniques, and insights for dealing with all aspects of relationships, sexuality, and self-integration. The result is that our participants have a huge pool of technologies and practices to draw from. Each person is fully “at choice” in any of our events, and each person is free to use the insights and practices that work best for them.

– There’s Time to Get to Know Each Other

Not just another superficial meet-and-greet, Spring Camp is 5 days long so that there is time for real connections to be made, and real interactions that create a basis for ongoing connections after the retreat as well. Of course, intimate connections sometimes have their challenges. The program offers new tools and skills training that help those connections reach their full potential, with support available from experienced team members.

– Only One Workshop at a Time

There is none of the scattered energy that many events have. For most of the retreat, there is one workshop at a time, chosen for its critical value for virtually all campers, led by a nationally known facilitator. Those who choose to go to a workshop will have new skills and experiences shared with most of the other participants, building the context for ongoing relationships and adding to the common context available to all campers. Certain topics may be critical for some people, but not relevant to many others; these will also be offered one at a time, with free time and recreational and connecting activities as alternatives.

– Group Practices Supporting Transparency and Understanding

Most of these are created and facilitated by participants. We have morning whole group check-ins, afternoon community circles, and one on one support whenever you need it. And of course, everything is optional– you are fully “at choice” about your attendance and/or participation in any activity or workshop.

*The Goals:

Making new connections. Deepening our existing relationships. Gaining relationship skills and personal empowerment techniques. Building our tribe that stays with us all year long. Many participants can expect to wind up connected with other participants on an ongoing basis, through e-lists, frequent gatherings, personal relationships, and joint projects.

*Pricing:

$295-$495 – Fees are on a sliding scale. Any money received above and beyond our basic cost will go towards a scholarship fund for lower income individuals and the improvement of this and future Camps. We ask you to pay as high on the scale as you can reasonably afford.

There are scholarship funds available for those truly in need. If you want to be at camp, we want to have you here! Contact us at info@cfnc.us and we’ll work out a win/win.

The registration fee covers all workshops, events, campsite, and all meals shown on the schedule. Every all-natural meal will have vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and non-dairy options, and we can accommodate most other special dietary needs as well.

Accommodations available from $75 per person for the entire event.

>> Can’t make it this Spring?
Center for a New Culture offers Intimacy for All Seasons:

Beyond Gender June 8 – 14, 2018! (cfnc.us/gender)

New Culture Summer Camp East– July 13-22, 2018 (cfnc.us/sce.html)

Endless Poly Summer – Aug. 17-22, 2018 (cfnc.us/eps)

New Culture Fall Camp – Oct. 5-9, 2018 (cfnc.us/fc)

Winter Poly Wonderland – January 26-29, 2018 (cfnc.us/wpw

New Culture New Year’s Celebration – Dec. 29-Jan. 2, 2018-19 (cfnc.us/newyear)

*Join us all year round!*