Summer Camp East 2019 Program
Diving Into Connection – Indigo Dawn and Dawson Driver, Friday July 12
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 explore opening up to each other.
Creating Our Culture of Love and Freedom – Sarah Taub, Indigo Dawn, Saturday July 13 & Sunday July 14,
In our first days 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. Sarah and Indigo will guide us in a dynamic combination of 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.
Deepening the Love Field – Sarah Taub & Indigo Dawn, Saturday July 13
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Snuggle Party – Indigo Dawn, Saturday, July 13
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.
Korazonics – Christopher Fuelling, Sunday, July 14
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Play Your Desire – Christopher Fuelling, Sunday, July 15
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Sensual Space Orientation and Opening – Indigo Dawn, Sunday, July 14
The Sensual Space is a warm and inviting space to explore Connection & 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. We will give an introduction to the space and we will practice the “Safe Sex Elevator Speech.”
After the Sensual Space Orientation, those who wish will proceed to the Sensual Space for its official opening. All are invited to explore the Sensual Space – the opening activities will be sensual but nonsexual, and the Sensual Space Team will create a clear transition when the space becomes open for sexual connection.
Four Phases of Conflict – Monday July 15
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Heart of Now Triads – Debby Sugarman, Monday July 15
Heart of Now is an experience of creating intimacy by letting ourselves truly open and be seen by each other. In a culture that teaches us that we must only show our best self, it’s a radical act to be who we really are and share our truth. When we take the risk to share deeply about our journey on this path, we grow closer. And when we do this as a community, we exponentially expand the possibilities of what we can create together! “Triads” is an experience where everyone who wants to will have an opportunity for deep personal sharing and discovery in small groups. As listeners in those groups, participants will build capacity for compassionate witnessing and simple coaching. We invite the community to dive into this culture of sharing, witnessing, and coaching as a path to intimacy and emotional resilience at this camp and beyond.
Dance Playground – Indigo Dawn, Monday July 15
“Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion.” ― Martha Graham. Whether you’ve danced all your life or never set foot on a dance floor– come express yourself with radically accepting, loving community! In this space, all forms of expression are welcome– from yoga, to laughter, to shaking, to rest. All bodies, movements, emotions, and sounds are welcome… in our Dance Playground.
Working with the Dreaming Body in Individuals, Relationships, and Groups – Gary Reiss and Irina Feygina, Tuesday July 16 and Wednesday July 17
We will be offering workshops based on Process Oriented Psychology, or Process Work. Process Work is an awareness based method that brings together working with body symptoms, dreams, relationships, meditation, spiritual work, group and worldwork into a unified approach. In these workshop we will focus on introducing the work; working with chronic body symptoms; childhood dreams and life myth; the signals, double signals and inner work around consent; and then do extensive work with the entire group on its group process around central issues and polarities. The work is feeling, playful, intense, and brings new insights into often stuck places.
Fundraiser Auction- Tuesday, July 16
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.
A Day of Creative Attention – Shoshannah Crow, Wednesday July 17- Thursday July 18
Leave Your Words at the Door! (Or in the tent!)
How many of you have experienced the following greeting ritual, “How are you?” You respond, “Fine, thank you, and you?”. . . “Fine, thank you.” And, . . .you’re done, that’s it, that’s all! Just an act of habit. Well, humans are creatures of habits. Our minds predict what will happen next based on passed experience.
What happens when we create a new environment, if we change our habitual behaviors, our reflexive, predictable behaviors? We create an environment of attention. We pay more attention to ourselves and to each other. Listening deepens when we hear different sounds. When we interact and express ourselves without words, we open up the space for the unusual, the unpredictable to happen. When our deep human desire for connection is coupled with this attention, powerful, creative play ensues!
I first experienced this at The Leibeskunst Festival in Berlin 2017. I was blown away by my experience; and wanted to bring it back home. For this one day, we will put our words aside and play. Please join us, it won’t be whatever you expect !
Channel Writing Poetry – Apollo Love, Friday July 19
A workshop focused on opening up our channels to receive inspiration, as we explore the power of language right after a non-verbal day. We will integrate the lessons from the week and receive downloads on what’s next in our lives. We will tap into our creativity through a group mastermind writing session, as we allow the words to flow through us. We will then open up the space for a few people to practice using their voices and share their creation with the group.
Blindfolded Contact – Apollo Love, Friday July 19
“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”
Let us explore the depths of our vulnerability in this blindfolded experience that allows us to remain anonymous, while connecting with each other based on energy instead of projected story lines. This blindfolded dance is a slow, sensual, emotional experience that will bring you deeper into yourself and allow you a level of freedom that’s often untapped in the visual world. How deeply can you trust?
Open Sessions – Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20
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
Cabaret – Saturday, July 20
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 21
Honoring the experience of the past ten days, we will connect, reflect, and bid farewell to this incarnation of our community.
ZEGG Forum – the Forum Team, Daily
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.
Honoring our Differences – various presenters, various times
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