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2017 WORKSHOP PRESENTERS

dawn-cartwrightDawn Cartwright is a Tantric visionary, sacred writer, world traveler, and innovator in bio-energetic Tantra fusion. She discovered the path of Tantra by accident shortly after a period of life-changing mystical experiences in lovemaking more than twenty years ago.
Dawn’s study and research is focused on the ancient and modern forms of Tantra, bio-energetics, and the actualization of human potential through sexuality.

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Dawn received her degree in psychology from the University of California, Davis, and has had extensive training in Tantra, Yoga, Sexuality, Bioenergetics, Meditation, and Expressionistic Movement & Art. She has studied many schools of Tantra including Neo-Tantra, Shaktism, Kashmirian Shivaic Tantrism, Vaishnavism, Tantric Buddhism, Tantric Kriya Yoga and the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra. Dawn has had the honor of receiving these transmissions from some of the most acclaimed Tantric masters of modern times, Aditi Devi Ma, Christopher Tompkins, Margo Anand, Daniel Odier, Bohdi Avinasha, and Osho.

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Founder of the Chandra Bindu Tantra Institute in Santa Monica, California. You can also find Dawn on Facebook and Twitter. You can read Dawn’s blog on Elephant Journal. Dawn lives in Santa Monica, California.

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Sanctuary Workshop #1: Divine Lovers Rose Petal Puja & Cacao Ceremony – You’ll be guided through a beautiful lovemaking puja. You’ll discover a spherical place where every desire, wish and attainment is knowable and touchable at once. Singles & couples welcome.

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Sanctuary Workshop #2: Tantra: The Path of Divine Love – You’ll be guided through the most exquisite practices I’ve yet to discover. A journey into the far reaches of human sexuality and Tantra. The path of divine love. Singles and couples welcome.

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Red Tent Workshop: The Red Tent – Sacred Sexuality for Women – Since ancient times women have gathered together to dream mystical dreams, share wisdom, renew sexual power and explore the secrets of the cosmos through the gateway of their wombs.

maxresdefaultDemetri Velisarius BSW / RYT 200 /is a Prana Flow Vinyasa Yoga and meditation teacher, social worker, ex- boxer, bicycle racer, and co-creator of PranaDandaYoga.

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Demetri is dedicated to the living dharma and his teachings are drawn from his varied life experiences from the authenticity of the streets to the wisdom of mountain retreats.

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PranaDandaYoga Workshop

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In this special class for men we will learn a choreographed sequence of a moving meditation  called PranaDandaYoga.

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PranaDandaYoga is an empowering mind~body training method that incorporates a five~foot staff as a guide to wield in skillful sword like movements aligning with yoga postures to create a state of flow, alertness and mental calmness.

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The staff symbolizes our primal connection and becomes a natural and powerful way channel prana, stabilize the mind and embody the archetype of the guardian warrior.

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Dharma Devi ~ Dana DeLong  has been involved in the Global Breathwork Community for over 35 years as a Certified Clarity Breathwork Trainer and Practitioner, inspirational spiritual teacher and guide. She travels the world, sharing the power of Clarity Breathwork~ Sacred Breath & Embodiment- A feminine form of Breathwork that is lead with gentle compassion and deep presence.  She is also certified by ARTI (Association of Rebirthers and Trainers Int’l.), and the former LRT (Loving Relationships Training) as well as Condor Blanco in Chile-a holistic and ecological mystery school. She is the co-founder of Clarity Breathwork & Clarity Productions, producing seminars, retreats and musical events around the globe, including many treks to India to immerse in the Divine Mother Festival.

Day 1. Birth Imprints & The Healing Power of Breath

The way we came into being – early messages & memories from conception, womb-time, and delivery can reverberate within us, and keep us from experiencing our beauty and true essence.   Many of us did not experience gentle birthing practices from unconscious handling by well meaning doctors & delivery teams.

This gentle yet deep feminine way of breathing into, & embracing these places inside of us – brings deeper understanding, compassion & courage to resolve what keeps us from shining fully, & opening to love.

Day 2. The Awakening Heart

The Clarity Breathwork  process helps to activate the subconscious mind and bring awareness and insights not easily accessed through traditional therapy. Breath opens the energy channels in the body and allows what we have been holding onto to surface and be released. This may be suppressed emotional material, physical blocks in the body, old beliefs structures and identifications, old memories, escape patterns and addictions.  Clarity Breathwork combines counseling and insight as well as a somatic experiential process where clients gain a deep level of insight, release emotional baggage and actually feel the patterns shifting and transforming. This supports a deeper experience of freedom, fulfillment and joy in one’s life.

A truly awakened heart knows the pathway to peace & can not help but serve humanity from it’s illumined compassion.

 

divine_harmonyDivine Harmony is an astrologer, writer and teacher. With her background in Depth Psychology and Spirituality- she works to weave together the Dark and the Light, the mundane and the sacred, the depths and the heights in ways that promote healing and wholeness. She sees astrology as an amazing tool for self-understanding and living a more conscious, integrated life. Come attend her lectures to get the latest Cosmic Insight!

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The Astrology of the Divine Feminine in 2016!
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We will explore the archetypes of the Divine Feminine in astrology- including the Moon, Venus, The Asteroid Goddess (Juno, Pallas, Ceres and Vesta), as well as Black Moon Lilith. We will look at what each of them mean symbolically, how we can work with them consciously and also how these Goddess archetypes play out in 2016 (what significant transits they make to outer planets and what they mean). Bring your chart and questions to class! 

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The Astrology of 2016

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We will explore the major astrological transits of 2016 giving us all a head’s up on the Cosmic Weather that is incoming! This class will cover retrograde stations, eclipses, planetary transits and more. 

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Author | Speaker | Mystic Poet | AyurVedic Astrologer | Vedic Scholar |

Founder of VASA Vedic Academy of Sciences & Arts

www.JeffreyArmstrong.com

Jeffrey has a unique gift to speak the ancient Vedic/Yogic knowledge in a dynamic and transformative language that inspires audiences of all ages. Featured in the CBC documentary Planet Yoga and Take Back Your Power.A monk for 5 years with degrees in Psychology, History & Comparative Religion, and Literature, Jeffrey had a successful career as an executive in Silicon Valley, and was a motivational speaker to Fortune 500 companies for 10 years before turning to teaching yoga philosophy full time. Jeffrey Armstrong is available for private AyurVedic Astrology Consultations. Contact: vasa@JeffreyArmstrong.com

THE DIVINE COUPLES: Co-creating “Divine Relationships”

According to yoga teachings there are three divine couples who are running the material world – not just a male deity. Their qualities are embodied in us, and in everything around us. In this talk, Jeffrey Armstrong reveals this clear vision of the cosmos, and once you see it – you will not be able to stop seeing the beauty of all of nature’s principles. (Ishwarapranidhan)

UNDERSTANDING SHAKTI: 9 Aspects of the Feminine Divine Revealed

As a Vedic scholar and mystic poet, Jeffrey Armstrong takes you deep into the mysteries of the Feminine Divine. According to Vedic teachings, Mother Nature and all women have nine different personalities within their being. Over time, our male dominant culture has been threatened and confused by this complexity. Jeffrey contends that this feminine diversity is the salve that heals the world, and must be embodied, nurtured, and protected by both genders. Find out how to understand and honor these nine faces of the Feminine Divine.

THE SECRETS OF RADHA & KRISHNA: The Ultimate Love Affair

Immerse yourself in the most intense and romantic union that has inspired millions of devotees around the world. As a Vedic scholar and mystic poet, Jeffrey Armstrong takes you deep into Bhakti yoga. It is said that one of the highest states of mediation is that we can approach the Supreme Being in a relationship that resembles human romantic love. When we approach Krishna in this way we are said to be “in the mood of the gopis”. Learning to practice this mediation is one of the great yogic secrets.

unnamed-8Josie Keys is a shamanic dancer, a weaver of dreams, and a deep diver  into the psyche of the body.

A facilitator of Divine Feminine Embodiment and Igniter of the Flame of Mary Magdalene. She is deeply engaged in the rising wave of this energy as it re-emerges on the Earth plane. Through the practice of Sacred Tantric Dance, Josie helps shift the old paradigm of a shut down disconnected feminine, and grounds into our bodies the empowered, luscious, fertile expressions of God/Goddess that we are meant to be—beautiful manifestations of life force in human form.

Josie started on the devotional path in 1999, when Spirit brought her onto the paths of Amma, a Tantric Priest and a Tantric Belly Dance teacher in the same year. She was a student of all three for over a decade, and became a lineage holder of the dance when her teacher retired.

 

 

 

A natural seeker, Josie grew up in Australia, has travelled all over the world and currently resides in Venice, California. She teaches nationally and internationally, and along her path, has brought the Energy of the Divine Feminine into all of her creative explorations. She started as a photographer, filmmaker, and graphic designer, became a 5 rhythms dancer, Intuitive Astrologer and fine artist, and now embraces and embodies the Divine Mother in all aspects of Her Creative Expression.

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Allison and Katie opened Orange County’s first donation-based Yoga studio, Be The Change Yoga. They made it possible to make Yoga accessible to all in their local area, and create a studio that integrates the philosophy and subtler aspects of Yoga into every class. They believe Yoga provides the antidote to the stressors and chronic illnesses caused by our modern society, and are  passionate about bringing the practical applications of Yoga to life, helping students to become healthier, happier versions of themselvs. As a team, they achieved their dream to create a sacred space for EVERYONE to practice Yoga and integrate the timeless teachings of Yoga philosophy off the mat.

LarisaStowHealing and Rebalancing the Divine Feminine

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In this experiential playshop we will be utilizing Shakti Mantras, movement and healing circles to facilitate and catalyze healing and rebalancing of the Shakti (divine feminine) and Shiva (divine masculine) energy currents for inner and outer peace.

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Larisa Stow is a modern day mystic, student of heart-centered living and sacred sounds gypsy, touring consistently with her band Shakti Tribe.  She performs year round at festivals and consciousness raising events around the world. Inspired to help others live a heart and soul centered life, she regularly leads transformational playshops, incorporating tools from her private practice as a Transformational Life Coach, NLP certified practitioner and Prema Shakti Yoga Instructor.  She is a founder of the Shakti Tribe Peace Outreach program which brings peace concerts and transformational tools into prisons, jails, recovery centers and juvenile detention centers to teach peace paradigms to those at a cross roads.  www.larisastow.com, www.larisastowcoaching.com

lorinLorin Roche has been teaching meditation for 44 years and his work centers on how to customize the practices to suit individual nature. He holds a PhD from the University of California for his work on the language of meditative experience. He is the author of Meditation Made Easy (Harper 1998), and The Radiance Sutras (Sounds True 2014). With his wife, Camille Maurine, he wrote Meditation Secrets for Women (Harper 2001) He lives in Los Angeles and bodysurfs daily.

unnamed-e1445283669722Manoj Chalam uses humor and personal anecdotes in his lectures and workshops to illuminate Hindu mythology. An Indian-born scientist with a PhD from Cornell University, Manoj helps individuals find their archetypes in Hindu Yogic deities and teaches the 4 ways to work with an archetype as a Vedantic practice. He has also compiled a book on the symbolisms of Hindu and Buddhist deities. Manoj presents workshops on Hindu symbolisms and Tantra at yoga studios, keynotes at festivals, ashrams, and universities.

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Secret Symbolisms of Hindu & Buddhist Deities

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Using statues to illustrate, Manoj will relate the symbolism of Hindu and Buddhist deities to the archetypes (i.e. Ganesh, Shiva, Lakshmi, etc.) within us. Through mythology, we will uncover hidden symbolisms and learn the four ways to work with them as part of a spiritual practice. Discover how knowing and working with your archetypes can profoundly shift you, especially during moments of life transitions, and how these ancient teachings have practical relevance to your life, bringing peace of mind and leading to enlightenment.

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Manoj will help you find your personal deity/Ishtadevata.

 

Mas-VidalMas Vidal is the Director and Founder of Dancing Shiva Yoga and Ayurveda (DSYA) in Los Angeles, California, the original center dedicated to the practice, education and lifestyle of the great Vedic sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda. Since its opening in 2001 the center Mas has been committed to teaching an integral form of yoga that combines the classical yoga system of Patanjali, integrated with Ayurveda’s science of Tri-dosha. Under Mas Vidal’s direction DSYA has been recognized internationally for developing a strong balance between the mind-body relationship and the spiritual principles emphasized in both yoga and ayurveda.

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Mas Vidal strongly encourages education in a practical sense and as a way of life in his dynamic yoga classes. The center is aligned with various notable institutions of health and wellness, spirituality and higher learning throughout the United States, Europe, and India and maintains interaction in the areas of consulting, research and providing educational materials. 

PrajnaPrajna Vieira is a kirtan singer and yoga teacher. She is lead singer of the group “Mukti,” and also sings regularly with Jai Uttal and other kirtan singers. She teaches yoga regularly in the SF Bay area. Prajna recently released the duet album “Amrita” with Ben Leinbach, on the Mantrology label.

ramRamana Erickson has taught Sanskrit and yoga philosophy courses for more than twenty years in the United States, India, and Japan.

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Born in the U.S., Ramana first started practicing yoga and singing kirtan at the tender age of 10 under the tutelage of Swami Vishnudevananda at Vrindavan Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, California. At 13, Ramana became the youngest hatha yoga student to graduate from the Sivananda Yoga teacher training course taught by Swami Vishnudevananda himself.

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Ramana is also a master kirtan musician schooled in tabla, harmonium, hand cymbals, and singing. Guided by by Swami Tejomayananda, he immersed himself in the study of Sanskrit, Vedic chanting, Vedanta, Kashmir Shaivism, tantric puja, and yoga. He is the tabla player and back up singer for the kirtan band Mukti featuring Prajna Vieira, and shares his deep, multi-faceted wisdom at the San Ramon Mata Amritanandamayi Center in the San Francisco Bay Area where he currently resides.

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Sanskrit Workshop: Pronunciation, Past & Present

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In this this 90 minute workshop, participants will have a good overview of the structure and proper pronunciation of Sanskrit using English transliteration. In addition, they will know exactly what all those dots and slashes above and below the letters mean when Sanskrit is transliterated, and will have more confidence about pronouncing Sanskrit words properly. However, this workshop is not just about the mechanics of the language. We will also go into the origins and esoteric side of Sanskrit and explain why Sanskrit is so powerful, why it is the language of Yoga and Kirtan, why it is used for mantras, how the language connects all of us to the universe at large – the macrocosm contained within the microcosm etc.

DSC_5488-768x513Shellie White Light is an Illuminated Living Expert, modern day mystic, and Priestess of Play!

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As a highly sought after bodyworker, internationally renowned hoop dance professional, breath work instructor and lifestyle coach, she has created a life of liberation rooted in love that inspires many. Her mission is to assist others to do the same, with their own flare and flavor! Her unique approach to coaching has helped thousands to step out of the box and into the circle of inspired living. Shellie has been traveling the world since 2010 teaching and performing hoop dance, facilitating healing work, studying indigenous cultures and living her deepest truths. Her workshops, talks and coaching sessions reflect her verve for life and all of it’s multifaceted beauty.

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Day 1: Hoop Dance and The Breath

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We begin at the beginning. The Breath.

Setting the tone of this class is a very powerful ancient breath work technique used for centuries to attain higher awareness and wellbeing. Using the power of your own breath we clear a sacred space for the wisdom of the very sacred and simple Circle. The Hoop. From this space of breathed bliss, we begin our dance with the basics and work our way up and down the spine with the hula hoop as our guide. This class is appropriate for all levels and is certain to excite each chakra and cell!

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Day 2: Hoop Dance and The Body

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We begin with a delicious dance that honors our body and every element that it is made of. Invoking the air, fire, earth and water within us, we use our external movement to move into a space of internal stillness. From there, we step into the Circle. The relationship between The Hoop and The Body is sensual, sexy and sacred. This divine shape moves around us, calling us into our most authentic selves. From this place of authentic movement, we dance! Adding onto the Breathing and Basics of Day One, we emerge as wet-winged butterflies ready for flight!

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Day 3: Hoop Dance and The Spirit

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Today we Rise. Up from the elements and into the realms of infinity we flow! The hula hoop may seem like a simple plastic circle, but it is actually a portal into the most mystical worlds and wonders. Imagination and sensation take flight as we spin our prayers into the earth and our own hearts. This workshop fuses the ancient Art of Dervish style spinning with the modern musings of the hula hoop. This practice takes us to new levels of love, flow and grace. This is the third and final stage of Hooplightenment: A Journey to Awareness through Hoop Dance. Hoops will be provided for class and for sale.

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To Pre-Purchase a handmade hoop (or pre-order the Hooplightenment eBook) email shelliewhitelight@gmail.com

Swami PremodayaSwami Premodaya obtained a masters degree in psychology rising to become head of all outpatient psychological services at Cedar Sinai hospital, overseeing the care of 2,000+ patients. Augmenting his Western knowledge, he became a formally initiated disciple of the Indian Master, Osho. In 2004, he was called to integrate his Western and Eastern knowledge and become a spiritual teacher. He founded the International Centers of Divine Awakening (I-CODA), a non-profit serving seekers from around the world. His proven methods for spiritual achievement, personal growth and worldly success have transformed and enriched lives in many countries.

 

TRUTH AND HOW TO GET IT
Absolute Truth is completely attainable. To get there, you don’t need a better religion or a new philosophy; nobody needs to teach you “the secret.” What you actually need is (1.) correct information, information which you, yourself, can scientifically verify, and (2.) simple, straightforward methods you can easily try out, then implement ─ methods which prove themselves with immediate, tangible, permanent success results. Swami Premodaya works with individuals and groups who genuinely want spiritual advancement, better living, happiness, or Truth itself. In this workshop, Swami Premodaya will rapidly ground you in the fundamental truths which underlie all achievement and then lead you through practical exercises allowing a realization, an internalization of these truths, so you can live them.

 

GOD, AND HOW TO PROVE HIM/HER
The world endlessly debates whether God exists or not. That worldly debate may never end, but it can end for you. You can reach absolute, once-and-for-all, direct, personal knowing that God is real. You can reach proof-based certainty that requires no discussion, arguments, theories or belief systems ─ a certainty that is not based on belief in yet another “ism.” You can meet God, know God, and experience God for yourself. To achieve that, you do not need convincing or preaching ─ you need competent, effective guidance. In this workshop, Swami Premodaya will start attendees on the way to direct knowledge of God or enhancement of existing knowledge, through techniques designed to increase your awareness of God’s Presence. Awareness of God brings peace and the energy and wisdom to lead a better life.

syamaraniSyamarani is a master of Bhakti art. At the age of 19, met her spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder-acarya of ISKCON, and world-famous preacher of Krsna Consciousness and Vedic culture, and the saintly spiritual master of millions of spiritual seekers.

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Srila Prabhupada taught her the philosophy of Krsna consciousness, also known as Sanatana-dharma and bhakti-yoga – the timeless ancient wisdom of spiritual India. Even when she was still new to Prabhupada and Krsna Consciousness he sent her to various yoga groups, schools and universities, including Harvard University. There she represented her spiritual master’s words in the mission to spread the science of God.

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“Shakti ALIVE!” with Tymi Howard – Women Only

Anything that has Shakti is alive, luminous and desirable.

Shakti is the essence of vibrant health, feeling good in your own skin and feeling that your life has meaning and value.

When you have Shakti you have the energy to engage with life in meaningful ways. Shakti empowers you to seek growth and change and to find purpose and fulfilment in everyday life. We will be sharing, exploring and stirring up our shakti energy using music, breath and creative movement to connect the 3 main forms of Bhakti.

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Indian philosophy states that creative power has three parts:

Gyana (jnana) Shakti – the power to know

Iccha Shakti – willpower

Kriya Shakti – the power to act 

These three Shakti’s can be thought of as intention, formulation and expression.

 

 

 

Zat barakaConscious relationship is the deepest exploration into loving, this is where we all stumble. On this journey we explore the archetype of the conscious lover and you will gain clarity on what you desire in relationship. Learn what a conscious relationship is and how to create one. Unhealthy wear and tear of arguments can deplete the juiciness of relationship and create power struggles. Men will learn to receive feedback and women will practice communicating from a place of power and skillfulness. We will focus on seeing where our limitations are, learn practices to digest our issues and take steps for creating the relationship we long for.

zach_mainZach is the host of the “It’s All Happening” podcast, kirtan artist, infrequent blogger/writer and a seasoned digital marketer and brand strategist.

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Zach is also a practitioner of bhakti yoga as taught through many of the vedantic systems of Northern India. Through the practice of bhakti yoga he has found keys that unlock doorways that allow the soul to experience it’s true nature of being eternal, full of knowledge and full of bliss. In addition to bhakti yoga, Zach has been influenced by many different methods and traditions of consciousness exploration ranging from trans-humanism to buddhism and clinical psychology. Zach is also a frequent pundit on the political systems that are fueling societies economic systems and structures. At the core of all of Zach’s work is the belief that we have been fused together by the adoption and collective practice of using technology, spirituality and mysticism to define the very nature of who we are.

zc2Zoë Kors is committed to transforming the way we hold our sexuality—both individually and culturally—and to creating a compassionate, loving world through the cultivation of a sisterhood of wildly-expressed women. She is a certified Co-Active Coach with the prestigious Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael, CA, and has a thriving private practice. Zoë’s work reflects her extensive study of Tantra, Zen Buddhism, meditation, yoga, breathwork, and other Eastern disciplines, which she blends with more process-oriented modalities of Western psychotherapy and Co-Active Coaching.

SHAKTI FEST              JOSHUA TREE, CA               MAY 12 – 14, 2017