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ReNew Culture Camp 2021 Program

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Our 2021 Presenters

Shana Dean Shana Dean ♥ Truth Mandala
In a sacred space of loving, presence and support, we will gift each other and the field with being with the truth of the impact of these times.
Dedicated to the welfare of all beings and the healing of our world, this ritual provides a simple, respectful, whole group structure for owning and honoring our pain for the world. The practice emerged in 1990 amid a large, tension-filled workshop near Frankfurt, on the day of the reunification of East and West Germany. Since then it has become a trusted and featured part of countless workshops the world over.

Bio:
Shana Deane: Long time organizer of New Culture Events. Stewarding workshops and courses in compassionate communication and conflict resolution -- via the lens of Marshall Rosenberg's nonviolent communication model and Dominic Barter's Brazilian Restorative Circles. Zegg Forum facilitator. New York City Occupy movement teams: mediation, communication trainings, healing circles. Red Tent holder at Romemu Shul, NYC. Private practice: mediator, counselor, end-of-life counsel. Student of aliveness, beauty & spirit. Fierce seeker of truth. Life and death doula. Meditation, contact improv, yoga, qi kung student.


Lisa Stein Lisa Stein ♥ Heart of Now

Heart of Now

Heart of Now

Heart of Now is one of the most powerful transformation experiences anywhere, and has touched the lives of thousands of individuals, helping bring them clarity, healing, connection, and greater joy.

At Heart of Now we do exercises that enable us to access the art of being present. We focus on body sensations, what we are feeling,thinking and what emotions are present. We notice what our intuition, and our gut are telling us. Then we create closeness and honesty (with ourselves and others) by sharing what is true for us, right now, in this moment.

We begin by simply being present with our self and each other. When we do this, our insecurities might come up. We might notice that we have a story about ourselves - about our unworthiness, or our desire to be liked. We might notice that we trust. Or that we don't. When we take the time to be present with our self and listen, we can notice that life isn't just happening to us. We create it each moment in the midst of whatever filters, fixed ideas and emotional contexts we attach to it. Suddenly, we can look at the choices we've been making, and realize the world is filled with many other options! Then, at Heart of Now, we will then spend time looking at what is inside us that inspires us and what next steps we can take to create that.. Many people who go through this workshop begin to interact with others with more ease, experiment with new ways to deal with difficult issues in their personal lives and at work, and take more risks towards getting what they want. For more info., please visit our website: www.HeartofNow.org.

Lisa Stein has 20 years of leading groups of all sizes, focusing on open hearted love, going deep into full connection and acceptance, and helping people share needs, desires and joys from a place of true presence and honesty. Facilitator of Heart of Now for 20 years, Lisa offers group, community and couples facilitation, conflict resolution, counselling, mediation and exercises for deeply sharing and connecting with our full selves.


Ms Fay Ms. Fay ♥ Be your Healer

Be Your Healer Through Sound Expression.
Sound expression is the practice of making sounds with the body to aid in personal and collective transmutation of denser energies/unnecessary mental programming.

Join Mz. Fay for the Divine Sound Playground, a sound experience like no other. Together we will become a soundscape of expression, where participants will have the opportunity to participate and witness a harmonic, symphonic, erotic, hypnotic, exotic, multiversal playground masterpiece of sound.

As a group we will create a space where there will be awareness during the sound for stillness or movement, depending on what is arising in each and as a group. The only rules are no words and no instruments, once the playground begins.

Playground sounds include: Vocal sounds, not words, Finger snapping, Hand clapping, Booty smacking, Feet stomping, Ground pounding, Moaning, Groaning, Laughing, Cackling, Whistling, Giggling, Screaming, Tongue clicking, Whatever sounds one can emit and create by using the physical self.

The goal of this workshop is to:
Create a safe space to express without words
Make sounds with our bodies
Share our sound expressions
Activate keys to unlocking one's soul potential

Bio: Mz. Fay has been working with sound and self healing for over ten years. She has developed a practice which she calls Sound Expression. This is the practice of making sounds with the body to express what needs to be cleared in the physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies. Through this practice you can heal, feel better, be more clear, and create more focus in your life. You can transmute some shit and level up!

Come play with Mz. Fay in the Divine Sound Playground.

Ray Ray Cohan ♥ Tantra



Ray Cohen has been a co-organizer of the Oregon and Cascadia Tantra Festivals, a professional counselor helping people recover from substance abuse as well as working with issues of intimacy, polyamory, open relationships, and sexual healing. He is also a personal fitness coach and a professional musician. Ray has been helping to organize events and teaching workshops on the west coast for Network for New Culture and Sex Positive Portland, as well as co-leading Sacred Pelvic Healing message with Amara Karuna since arriving in Oregon after completing Peace Corps service in 2016.

Leif Leif Hansen ♥ Game Changers ♥ The Sweet Spot

Game Changers Tuesday evening
Sweet Spot Wednesday morning
Leif's events are radically fun, now-sourced group experiences that explore the crossroads between consciousness, creativity and play. Using a variety of improvisational group inter-activities, Leif will help those gathered to connect more deeply to themselves, to each other and to each participant Spark!

Leif Hansen, founder of Spark Interaction, is a nationally recognized group facilitator, trainer and teacher with over 25 years experience. His workshops have been featured on NBC's Today Show, PBS and the LA Times. Leif is known for using highly engaging, playful and innovative processes, primarily from the field of Applied Improvisation, to accelerate personal growth, catalyze communities and transform organizations. Leif's passion is to help people creatively express their most authentic selves in ways that make this world a more caring, inspiring, and fun place to live. His series, "Lila: Divine Playformations", focuses on helping people playfully connect to the 'Divine', and have been receiving rave reviews. https://leifhansen.me/

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Ecstatic Dance

Thursday night

Ecstatic Dance is a freeform movement jam to a varied mix of organic and electronic beats from around the globe in warm, playful, inclusive community. There's no formal facilitation; the journey is guided by the music. Dancing solo or in connection with others are equally welcome. We'll open with flowing warm-up music, dance through waves of increasing tempo & intensity to reach peaks of ecstasy, and gently land into meditative, heart-chakra stillness. Ecstatic Dance is a movement meditation to drop out of our thinking minds into our bodies, so we hold it free from the distractions of social conversations and photography.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Other Camp Events

♥ Going Deeper Daily Practice ♥
How would you like to know what's really going on with the people in our community? What could you share that would help you feel more connected and more authentic? "Going Deeper" is about skillful transparency that brings us closer as a community by co-creating a container for self-revelation and compassionate listening, building trust one relationship at a time. Very often it's the things we don't say that keep us from creating deep intimacy; that inhibits new connections from blossoming into friendships. We think we're being kind by not saying what's really going on for us — it's so much easier to say nothing than to take a risk. But those "unsaids" can fester and create distance, and powerful cultural norms help keep that pattern in place. Let's strengthen our power as cultural creators of summer camp! Join us in our daily practice and let's make it a habit to share difficult truths, intimate appreciations, and vulnerable parts of ourselves as we go about our day. Consider the possibility that we have no idea who our closest friends could be once we start sharing at this level.
Facilitated by Debby Sugarman, Shana Deane, Lisa Stein

♥ 7 Minute Connections ♥
In this popular camp event, campers get an opportunity for several spontaneous "dates" of only 7 minutes duration. This event can promote higher levels of transparency, and the spontaneous nature often facilitates unexpected connections.

♥ Hand on Heart ♥
The HAI favorite exercise... connecting with every single camper, seeing the Angel within all of us.

♥ Aphrodite's Temple ♥
Aphrodite’s Temple is a place for campers to experience the dimensions of sacred sexuality and sexual healing. As in previous years, we'll convert the building on the upper part of the property into a sacred and safe play space for adults who wish to explore healing, intimate touch and the joys of sharing love & pleasure.

♥ Lighter SIde - as the mood strikes us! ♥
Participants create and perform skits to illustrate humorous events that they have observed or experienced at camp.

♥ Camper Offerings - Open Space - Open Sessions ♥
Join in as the entire camp explores Open Space principles to self-organize concurrent events, inspired by your own passions and interests. These Open Sessions events 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. If a group doesn't feel fulfilling, participants are encouraged to move to a new one, honoring their instincts and natural enthusiasm. Bring your ideas and inspiration!

♥ Cabaret Show ♥
Here's your chance to show us your special talent. An evening of family fun with music, poetry, singing, stories, dance, skits, and more. Created by all of us!

♥ ZEGG Forum ♥
The Forum is a group process developed at the German community ZEGG to provide a stage to express your true motivations, deep feelings, ideas and emotions. The Forum helps facilitate transparency, sharing and clarifying unsolved situations of daily life, and it can be a catalyst for one's own personal growth. More info about ZEGG forum may be found here.

♥ Closing Circle ♥
Honoring the experience of the past ten days, we will connect, reflect, and bid farewell to this incarnation of our community.


Compassion Cadre

cadreReNew Culture Camp is a powerfully transformative experience for many people. Often we find our buttons get pushed, our self-limiting habits are upended, and our stories about who are and who we can be in the world are challenged. Our ideal is to create a community which offers compassion and support for all campers, especially those who are feeling disconnected, unheard, or simply overwhelmed by their camp experience.

One of the ways to realize this aim is through the Compassion Cadre Team. This year we will have a team of designated Compassion Cadre volunteers offering support for the week in any of the following areas: empathy and peer counseling, mediation, group process facilitation, and bodywork.

If you would like to be a part of the Compassion Cadre Team this summer, please mention this and your experience/training on your registration application. An organizer will follow up with you.



Other Camp Events

 
♥ Getting Acquainted / 7 Minute Connections ♥
In this popular camp event, campers get an opportunity for several spontaneous connections of only 7 minutes duration. This event can promote higher levels of transparency, and the spontaneous nature often facilitates unexpected connections.

♥ Hand on Heart ♥
The HAI favorite exercise... connecting with every single camper, seeing the Angel within all of us.

♥ Aphrodite's Temple
Aphrodite’s Temple is a place for campers to experience the dimensions of sacred sexuality and sexual healing. As in previous years, we'll create a sacred and safe play space for adults who wish to explore healing, intimate touch and the joys of sharing love & pleasure.

♥ ZEGG Forum ♥
The Forum is a group process developed at the German community ZEGG to provide a stage to express your true motivations, deep feelings, ideas and emotions. The Forum helps facilitate transparency, sharing and clarifying unsolved situations of daily life, and it can be a catalyst for one's own personal growth. More info about ZEGG forum may be found here.

♥ Camper Offerings - Open Space - Open Sessions ♥
Join in as the entire camp explores Open Space principles to self-organize for a day of concurrent events, inspired by your own passions and interests. These Open Sessions events 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. If a group doesn't feel fulfilling, participants are encouraged to move to a new one, honoring their instincts and natural enthusiasm. Bring your ideas and inspiration! Note: Not every camp will have a formal day for Open Sessions, However, there will be times in the schedule where self-organized, camper led offerings can be shared.

♥ Lighter Side - as the mood strikes us! ♥
Participants create and perform skits to illustrate humorous events that they have observed or experienced at camp.

♥ Closing Circle ♥
Honoring the experience of the past week, we will connect, reflect, and bid farewell to this incarnation of our community.