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Radiant Intimacy

In partnership with Science and Non-Duality

1440 Multiversity 800 Bethany Drive Scotts Valley,CA 95066

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We all long for love. We long to be intimately connected to others and ourselves. For some, a partnership or marriage is the natural outcome of this longing. Others find alternative styles of intimacy more fulfilling. For most of us, love and sexuality can be complex and confusing.

Radiant intimacy is an emerging field of exploration bringing awareness to the topics of relationships, sexuality, and love. Join Esther Perel, the founders of the Science and Nonduality series-Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo, and leading scientists, authors, and teachers, for an experiential weekend of workshops designed to expand your understanding of intimacy and what neuroscience can teach us about love.

Through carefully crafted exercises, keynote lectures, targeted workshops, potent meditations, and performances, you will engage the concept of radiant intimacy, and how to express and integrate it within a spiritual path. You will also explore:

  • Attachment styles and their effects on relationships
  • Shadow elements within a relationship, and how early developmental trauma can impact our capacity for relating
  • How sexuality and sexual energy-an essential life force-can open us to the experience of our true nature and the unity consciousness
  • The evolution and future of human sexuality, love, and relationships.

You’ll return home with tools you can use in your daily life to create and sustain deeply fulfilling relationships with life, yourself, and others.

Esther Perel | Justin Garcia, PhD | Sasha Cobra | Michaela Boehm | Steve James | Lorin Roche, PhD | Camille Maurine | Facilitated by Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo

May 25 - 28, 2018
Friday-Monday , 3 nights

$525 Tuition

Plus 3 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.

Register

Program Description

Science & Non-Duality Logo, featuring the "Om" sign + "mc squared"
We all long for love. We long to be intimately connected to others and ourselves. For some, a partnership or marriage is the natural outcome of this longing. Others find alternative styles of intimacy more fulfilling. For most of us, love and sexuality can be complex and confusing.

Radiant intimacy is an emerging field of exploration bringing awareness to the topics of relationships, sexuality, and love. Join Esther Perel, the founders of the Science and Nonduality series-Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo, and leading scientists, authors, and teachers, for an experiential weekend of workshops designed to expand your understanding of intimacy and what neuroscience can teach us about love.

Through carefully crafted exercises, keynote lectures, targeted workshops, potent meditations, and performances, you will engage the concept of radiant intimacy, and how to express and integrate it within a spiritual path. You will also explore:

  • Attachment styles and their effects on relationships
  • Shadow elements within a relationship, and how early developmental trauma can impact our capacity for relating
  • How sexuality and sexual energy-an essential life force-can open us to the experience of our true nature and the unity consciousness
  • The evolution and future of human sexuality, love, and relationships.

You’ll return home with tools you can use in your daily life to create and sustain deeply fulfilling relationships with life, yourself, and others.

Faculty Bio

Esther Perel

Psychotherapist and New York Times best-selling author Esther Perel is recognized as one of today’s most insightful and original voices on modern relationships.

Fluent in nine languages, she helms a therapy practice in New York City and serves as an organizational consultant for Fortune 500 companies around the world. Her celebrated TED Talks have garnered nearly 20 million views, and her international best seller Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence became a global phenomenon translated into 24 languages.

Her newest book is the New York Times best seller The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity (HarperCollins). Esther is also an executive producer and host of the popular Audible original podcast Where Should We Begin?

 

Justin Garcia, PhD

Justin R. Garcia is Ruth N. Halls Associate Professor of Gender Studies and the associate director for research and education at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington. Dr. Garcia holds a master’s degree in biomedical anthropology and a doctorate in evolutionary biology from Binghamton University.

His research interests focus on the evolutionary foundations of variation in monogamy, intimacy, and sexual behavior, with a particular emphasis on bio-cultural approaches to sex, gender, dating, and reproductive strategies.

He has published on a variety of topics related to romantic and sexual relationships, and is coauthor, with Peter Gray, of Evolution and Human Sexual Behavior (Harvard University Press) and co-editor of Evolution’s Empress: Darwinian Perspectives on the Nature of Women (Oxford University Press).

He has lent his expertise to a variety of industry partners, and has served as a scientific advisor to K-Y Brand, Teva Pharmaceuticals, and others. Dr. Garcia has appeared as an expert witness for the U.S. Department of Defense, and since 2010, he has been scientific advisor to the world’s largest online dating company, Match.com.

Sasha Cobra

Sasha Cobra is a world-renowned teacher focused on spirituality and sexuality. She is known internationally for her unique way of using orgasmic energy for healing and raising consciousness. Sasha shares her work globally via workshops and private sessions in over 20 countries across five continents.

Sasha fuses her deep sensitivity to energy with a loving, direct, in-your-face approach. She goes beneath the surface of each individual and sheds light on the world of the subconscious and all of the conditioning attached to it, especially around relationships and sexuality.

She leads workshops and conducts sessions for couples, single men, and men in relationships, helping clients lead a lifestyle that supports being able to generate and accumulate energy for spiritual growth and development, while embracing love, compassion, truth, freedom, and authenticity as the essence of life.

 

Sasha’s work is solely for those who are courageous enough to explore their vulnerable and hidden places with a commitment to transform their lives from the inside out.

Michaela Boehm

Michaela Boehm is in the lineage of Kashmiri Shaivism Tantra, having received a formal, classical Tantric education from the age of 16. Born and raised in Austria, Michaela also has an extensive background in Jungian and forensic psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma therapy, hypnosis, and numerous somatic modalities.

Upon moving to the United States in 1994, Michaela established what is now a 24-year counseling practice, logging over 40,000 client hours, including four years as a counselor and treatment plan developer at a Malibu celebrity drug rehabilitation center.

Michaela is founder of the Non-Linear Movement Method®, a somatic movement modality which facilitates stress and trauma release, now taught internationally by authorized teachers.

With her extensive academic and clinical background in psychology and counseling, she teaches internationally and has developed a women’s curriculum for feminine embodiment. She also teaches couples and men about the principles of intimacy and polarity.

Michaela’s current private clients include Oscar-winning actors, producers, and writers, Grammy-winning musicians, and several family offices where she consults on second-generation wealth issues.

Steve James

Steve James travels internationally teaching somatic practices, meditation, and yoga. He also leads explorations in contemplative, mystic, and relational realms. Known for his intelligent, grounded approach and his dedication to first-hand research, Steve has extensive experience in elite athletic performance, contemplative and spiritual disciplines, the arts, extreme outdoor survival, and human behavior.

Steve’s background in somatic practices began with dedicated martial arts and physical training from the age of five. He was a member of the Scottish fencing team in his teens, and as an elite athlete he engaged in high-level competition and peak athletic performance strategies.

He went on to study with and graduate as a teacher under yoga master Godfrey Devereux, and continues to deepen his education in yoga, qigong, and physical performance.

In addition to private client work and international public workshops, Steve has released a DVD series of his movement approach called the Movement Koan Method®, a fusion of joint-nourishing movement and body-based mindfulness.

Steve’s current private clients range from pioneering entrepreneurs, CEOs, and multi-billion dollar fund managers to multiple Grammy-winning musical artists and Oscar-winning actors.

 

Lorin Roche, PhD

Lorin Roche began meditating in a physiology lab at the University of California in 1968 and immediately fell in love with the practice. He began teaching meditation in 1970 and earned his doctorate from University of California, Irvine for his work on the subjective experience of meditation.

He trains meditation teachers worldwide and specializes in helping people customize individual meditation practices to align with their unique nature. Rather than imposing a standardized, one-size-fits-all model, he has drawn on insights from the best of Western science and Eastern yoga to create his own approach called Instinctive Meditation.

Lorin is the author of several books, including Meditation Made EasyThe Radiance Sutras: 112 Gateways to the Yoga of Wonder and Delight, and, with his wife Camille Maurine, Meditation Secrets for Women: Discovering Your Passion, Pleasure, and Inner Peace.

Camille Maurine

Camille Maurine is an internationally-renowned meditation and movement mentor, with a keen passion for female spiritual empowerment and embodiment.

Her healthy, liberating approach is expressed in the groundbreaking books, Meditation Secrets for Women: Discovering Your Passion, Pleasure, and Inner Peace, and Meditation 24/7—both written with her husband, Dr. Lorin Roche. A dancer versed in the performing and healing arts, Camille is also the creator of Moving Theater, a transformational creative process.

Camille gives global online courses in Meditation Secrets for Women, as well as performances, meditation trainings, and retreats worldwide with Lorin Roche and The Radiance Sutras, his poetic, sensuous version of an ancient yoga text. Sharing her journey of over four decades of teaching and 35 years of intimate relationship, Camille invites us into the fullness of being alive.

Facilitated by Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo

Zaya Benazzo is a filmmaker from Bulgaria who has degrees in engineering, environmental science, and film. For many years, she worked as an environmental activist in Holland and Bulgaria, and she later produced and directed several award-winning documentaries in Europe and the United States.

Her lifelong passion for science and mysticism merged when she met Maurizio Benazzo in 2007, and their first project together was filming the documentary Rays of the Absolute on the life and teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. This project sparked their next level of creation and collaboration: Science and Nonduality (SAND)—a global community inspired by the timeless wisdom traditions, informed by modern science, and grounded in direct experience.

Maurizio Benazzo grew up in Italy, and in 1984, he came to the United States on a 98-year-old sailing boat. He started working as an actor, model, and filmmaker, but his thirst for knowledge was only satisfied in 2001 upon encountering I Am That, the seminal work by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, while he was in India shooting the award-winning documentary Short Cut to Nirvana.

When Maurizio met Zaya in 2007, their first project together was filming the documentary Rays of the Absolute on the life and teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. This project sparked their next evolution of creation and collaboration, Science and Nonduality (SAND)—a global community inspired by the timeless wisdom traditions, informed by modern science, and grounded in direct experience.

After more than 10 years of intense event organization, community growing, parenting, and managing a household, it became apparent to both Zaya and Maurizio that the test of real practice, spiritual teaching, and realization was their relationship—the crucible for awakening.

Zaya and Maurizio became passionate explorers of ways to upgrade the post-patriarchal model of relationship and love—by integrating science, modern psychology, and a new understanding of what it means to live life with a natural attunement to our sexual bodies.

Why Attend

  • Explore radiant intimacy in the setting of the Tantric and Advaita spiritual traditions, and through the lenses of neuroscience, integral psychotherapy, and attachment theory.

  • Get a taste of expanded aliveness and intimate attunement through a rich selection of workshops, experiential activities, and performances with leading educators, scientists, and artists.

  • Explore ways to break outdated paradigms for relationships and sexuality-create relationships that are more aligned with who you are and with your deepest desires.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Radiant Intimacy

    May 25 — Friday (arrival day)

    2:15 pm  Check-in begins; rooms are ready by 4:00 pm (Luggage Room available to store bags until 4:00 pm)

    4:15 – 5:45 pm Yoga and Meditation Classes

    5:30 – 7:00 pm Dinner

    6:45 – 7:15 pm Guest Welcome Session

    7:30 – 9:30 pm Opening Program Session

    May 26 Saturday

    6:30 – 7:45 am Yoga and Meditation Classes

    7:00 – 8:30 am Breakfast

    9:00 am – 12:00 pm Morning Session

    11:30 am – 1:30 pm Lunch

    2:00 – 5:00 pm Afternoon Session

    4:15 – 6:45 pm Yoga, Meditation, and Tai Chi Classes

    5:30 – 7:00 pm Dinner

    7:30 – 9:30 pm Public Event: Esther Perel

    May 27 — Sunday

    6:30 – 7:45 am Yoga and Meditation Classes

    7:00 – 8:30 am Breakfast

    9:00 am – 12:00 pm Morning Session

    11:30 am – 1:30 pm Lunch

    2:00 – 5:00 pm Afternoon Session

    4:15 – 6:45 pm Yoga, Meditation, and Tai Chi Classes

    5:30 – 7:00 pm Dinner

    7:00 – 10:30 pm Evening Session & Dance

    May 28 — Monday (departure day)

    6:30 – 7:45 am Yoga and Meditation Classes

    7:00 – 8:30 am Breakfast

    9:00 am – 12:00 pm Morning Session

    12:00 noon Checkout Time

    11:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunch (departure day lunch is included in your stay)

  • Prerequisites

    None Required

  • Experience Level

    None Required

Accommodations

Standard Rooms
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.

Deluxe
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.

Suites
Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.

Pods
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available from mid-February 2018.

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

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