Beings of Faith and Desire: Embracing, Balancing and Maintaining Our Spirituality as Erotic Individuals
Many of us are not just sexual explorers, kinksters, swingers, hedonists, power exchange practitioners, polyamorists or queer sex radicals. We are people of faith, belief, and spirit. We are Christian, Pagan, Jewish, Muslim, New Age, Hindu, Catholic, or follow many other spiritual systems and truths. What struggles and unexpected joys have you found in finding the balance between your erotic identities and the truths of your connections to divinity? Come discuss your hopes, fears, sorrows and joys amongst other individuals invested in or struggling with their respective beliefs as sexual beings.
Binding Intentions: The Art of Fiber Magic
Fiber magic has been a part of sacred mysteries for ages, the Fates measuring our lives, weaving them into the tapestry of life, and then cutting our cords when our time has run out. Let’s discuss the applications of this magical form, from intention setting to connection building, blessings to curses, weaving lives together and relaying the strands of our own lives into the patterns we desire. Cingulums, dream catchers, restraint ordeals, laying astral cords, and creating “haunted” rope; rope and fiber magic comes in a thousand forms and we’ll touch on as many as we can.
Erotic Alchemy: An Introduction to Sex Magic
The world of sex magic is clouded in mystery, with images of shadowy covens and yogis who possess cults of scantily clad women filling the imagination. However, erotic energy working is simultaneously more complex –and much more accessible – than pop media might have us believe. Sexual contact and connection is a powerful tool to use in our sacred, sensual, and spiritual lives. From the “Great Rite” to dedicated tools, the power of orgasm to the debates about polarity and resonance, we will examine a wide variety of topics surrounding the world and applications of erotic alchemy. Join us as we examine and discuss raising sexual energy to create connection, manifest change in our lives, and affect the world at large.
Fleshing it Out: Sacred and Profane Body Modifications
The world over, body modification is used as a way to express identity – whether that is self-identity, cultural (or sub-cultural) affiliation, personal milestones, political views, spiritual connections, or other points of personal expression. Are you aware of the modifications you have already made to live the life you currently have, such as having a specific hair style to blend in with your peer circle, or living at a specific body weight? We will look at the wide variety of body modifications available today (from henna/mehndi to hook hangs, tattoos to ritual jewelry, stage makeup to genital reconstruction surgery, breast augmentation to flesh removal), and discuss the energy and inherent in each type of modification, and their social implications today. Let’s examine together why every act of modifying our flesh can be sacred, and every act can profane – no matter the type of alteration, no matter the transformation.
Power Exchange, Energy Exchange: Energy Flow and Feeding Through Conscious Inequality, Dominance and Submission
When power exchange is discussed in many circles of BDSM, the notion of power being literally exchanged is often glossed over or forgotten. Whether you are kinky or not, conscious constructions of interpersonal dynamics can be an intense tool for accessing life force and the dance of it between individuals or a group. We will look at types of conscious and unconscious power exchange dynamics, why people would want them (for an evening, a long-term connection or between lifetimes), and how to apply the technology to your own magical work, feeding and life. This will also include safety and awareness of astral connections, unintentional bonding, and destructive behaviors. Power is power, and inequality is not inequity, so let us look at this together with eyes wide open.
The Queerness of Magic, The Magic of Queerness
(often co-taught with Tai Phoenix Kulystin)
Many pagan and magic-based paths are not LGBTQ+ focused, and yet magic in and of itself has a queer nature. In this class we will discuss queer deities throughout history, as well as the ancestors that can be drawn upon outside of bloodlines, while acknowledging the power of ourselves being outside of, between, or embracing multiple layers of orientation, identity, and experience. We will explore queering and queered magics, from turning rituals that already exist into ones that center queer experience to creating or embracing rituals and paths specifically for those of us who walk these paths. This class is open to anyone drawn to learn more about these topics, share their own personal experiences, be around peers, or become an ally through looking at the expansive nature of magic beyond boundaries.
Sacred Kink: The Eightfold Paths of BDSM
In our sensual, sexual, kink, BDSM and fetish encounters, many of us enter into altered states of consciousness without being aware of it! Exploring the eight major routes of Sacred Kink, we will examine how we use the Path of Ritual for earning our leathers, Path of Rhythm for cathartic flogging, Path of Flesh for sensual bondage scenes, and so much more. Come learn how to be conscious of your own sacred and magical connections, how these tools have been used for thousands of years, and how to incorporate new approaches to deepen your energetic connections in the future.
Sacred Rope: Rope Bondage for Energetic, Spiritual, and Magical Connection
Ordeal path workings using torture tie techniques. Hand-made rope collars for intentional acts of submission. Transformational rites using rope for rites of passage or deity invocation. Bondage positions for yoga, trance workings, and divination. Rope has the power to be used as a diverse energetic, spiritual, and magical tool. In this class we will dive into historical applications of rope magic and turn to the present in a discussion full of storytelling exploring how this amazing tool can be modified to your needs no matter your path.
Safer Sex Magic, Magical Safer Sex
How do we as sacred sex explorers protect ourselves energetically and physically during acts and journeys that involve our bodies, will and desire? From masturbation to kink and all manifestations in-between, we will discuss how to use our erotic props (safer sex supplies, sex toys, fetish items, and other gear) for magical shielding, extensions of our astral body, and energetic empowerment. Join us as we discuss body fluids and prana (and how to get our energy to move beyond physical barriers), how to choose what parts of ourselves intermingle with our partners, dedication or cleansing/grounding of our erotic props, energy ethics, sacred spaces, and the why behind some of these interactions. A background in sex magic and energy working is useful to be an active part of the conversation, but is not required for attendance.
Sex Magic Workers and Magical Sex Practitioners
Many of us use the tools of sex magic, or are magical sex practitioners – be they spirit workers, ceremonial magicians, shamans, sacred whores, god spouses, or those dedicating their sex lives to the divine. If you are currently a sex worker doing magical work, a magical worker using sex as a tool, or something else that might apply, join us for a discussion of our ethics, magical practices, safer sex, networking, temple work, designing rituals, the difference between sex magic and magical sex. We will share war stories, lift up our delights, and troubleshoot with one another about our challenges as erotic and magical peers.
Invocations and Evocations for Ritual Work and Beyond
Putting on a mask and becoming something fun for a moment is a form of roleplaying, right? Not for everyone – some of us are called to go further. Whether calling upon a persona that is inherent in our very being, calling down God-forms, donning erotic personas, or embracing animal roles, invocation and evocation can be powerful tools for both personal exploration and intense ritual work. From wardrobe to rituals, dabbling in persona manifestation to evoking emotional responses, and getting into *and* out of head space, we’ll discuss and delve into these tools together. Come connect with your personal, cultural, and universal archetypes for personal growth, connection, roleplaying, and spiritual identity alike.
Rituals, Workings, and Group Experiences
Alignment and Integration of the Personal Trinity
Within a great variety of traditions, there is a belief and experience of each individual having multiple layers of Self. In this ritual, we will work to align these parts of Self, creating a web of communication. Referred to by some as the mind, body, and divine self, we will work in this ritual with breath, symbols, sound, and movement to create a connection between our Selves – taking the experiences of our journeys and integrating them into our lives as we move forward.
Awakening the Ruby Pentacle
In Feri tradition, the pentacles are powerful tools for finding ourselves in alignment with our journey in the world, and with our calling on this planet. The Ruby (or Leather) Pentacle calls us to find alignment with the resonances of Honor – Integrity – Discipline – Responsibility – Purpose. These are the core Work of the Ruby Pentacle, and you are called to awaken its vital energy within your being, or recharge yourself for your Work and Bliss ahead in this learning ritual and astral energetic modification experience.
Bound Intentions: Fiber Magic Ritual
Turn your focus inward, find your will for transformation in the coming year, and work that will in this hands-on learning ritual. Using the basics of binding fiber magic, we will apply our desires for the coming year into the physical manifestation of the cords before us, learn about types of knots and knot magic, the basics of dedication work, and then bind all of our spells together into a single long line. From there we will learn about and create a spirit catcher, focus our wills into catching our dreams, and from there learn the basics of tasseomancy (pattern reading for divination) using the web before us. Learn new magic techniques with your hands, and transform your life with the binding intentions of fiber ritual work.
How are you feeling (and experiencing) the event so far? Would you like a chance to simply talk it out loud as a tool for processing, without others needing to chime in? Join us in the sharing of our hearts and spirits in a non-religious experience of intention and safety. This space will be a chance for everyone to open up – or bear witness – to your journey and that of others. The heart circle is confidential, and all participants must agree to confidentiality and respect before the circle begins.
I Thee Wed
We each form different relationships in our lives – with friends, family, lovers, and more. But what about our relationship with ourselves. In this intense ritual and journey into love, the ultimate question will be asked “Do you take yourself to be your own spouse?” To love and to cherish, to appreciate and support, for the rest of your days? Come dressed in wholesome white or slutty scarlet, a three piece suit or your birthday suit, as this group self-marriage ritual explores our passions for our personal journey. Come make a commitment to your SELF – you deserve it.
The Ordeal of Love
When people think of ordeals, images of walking on hot coals, or hanging from flesh hooks, tends to come to mind. But for many, pushing the limits of the heart can be far more taxing than pushing the limits of the flesh. All are welcome and encouraged to attend the ordeal (whether you enter the center or not), as one by one, courageous ritualists will take to the center and have bestowed upon them words of love, acceptance, adoration, and awesomeness. You are an amazing being, and by facing the fears of your own story, you will brave the fire of your self-deprecation and come out holding the mantle of your loveable truth and essence.
Sacred Consort: Connecting with your Divine Lover
On the other side of the veil your holy beloved waits. Join this ritual circle and sensual guided meditation out of our mundane world and into the land of our spirit, where our companion awaits us. Some of us will connect to the flame at the heart of the universe, beating in union with our souls and loins. Others will open up to find a specific spirit, deity or being who has been hoping to court us as a one-time liaison or as a partner along our life’s journey. Or we may find a reflection of ourselves longing to embrace our own hedonistic worship and desire. Bring a towel, and perhaps a pillow, sex toys, blindfolds or other tools that you are called to bring for auto-erotic touch as well. Gloves, lube, and other safer solo-sex supplies will be available as well, though physical auto erotic stimulation and/or nudity are not required for participation. Please arrive on time as there will be no late entry allowed.
Falling In Love with Ramblewood: A Mindfulness Hike
Only at Ramblewood Retreat, Maryland
At big events, most of us only ever get to see perhaps ten or fifteen acres of this 200 acre beautiful piece of land. This hour and a half (or so) hike will take us from the Dining Hall to the Labyrinth, along the property line near the the Lake, to the back path that leads off to the Raven’s Roost and the River, back past the Camp Fire and the Obstacle Course, and wrap up by the Amphitheater. Lee will guide you along its pulse, its lay lines, and let you listen to Ramblewood’s majesty for yourself. We will walk in mindfulness, awareness, and bring attention to our breath and the breath of this very land as we walk, between hearing stories from Ramblewood’s past, present and future. Please bring: a large bottle of water; a removable overshirt in case it gets cold in the shady areas (if cold/wet, a jacket/umbrella/hat too); comfortable walking/hiking shoes and socks; and a sense of awe and wonder. Using bug spray or sunblock isn’t a bad idea either. This is a fantastic way for campers new and old to find hidden spots for enjoying later, or simply to breathe in the amazing space that is Ramblewood.
Shapeshifter: A Ritual Journey in Astral Gender and Desire
Your personal gender and sex are far more complex than one physical form might infer. Join this ritual and sensual guided meditation out of our mundane world and into the land of our spirit, where we will see our astral forms for what they are. Greeting and meeting our energetic self, we will learn to shift our shapes into a variety of forms that our astral flesh is called to, in ritual work inspired by the astral transformational journeys of Raven Kaldera. After exploring the basics of shifting our astral genders, we will ask these selves that are us what messages of desire, touch or connection they have for us as we move forward in our lives. Bring a towel, and perhaps a pillow, sex toys, blindfolds or other tools you are called to bring as well. Gloves, lube, and other safer solo-sex supplies will be available as well, though physical auto erotic stimulation and/or nudity are not required for participation. Please arrive on time as there will be no late entry allowed.
Some educational material needs to be explored more deeply to truly absorb, or appreciate, the material. Over the years, Lee Harrington has developed these intensives as an opportunity for a group of students to dive into a topic, as well as other intensive learning opportunities for individual students. Lee has also done work in immersive spiritual exploration that is not listed here. To bring an intensive to your town, please contact Lee.
On Wings of Desire: Aerial Ropes for Magic, From the Ground on Up
How many of us have felt the longing to fly? To take off from the ground, and return again? Whether we are shapeshifters or sensualists, rope enthusiasts or magi who want to use aerial rope skills as a tool for ceremonies, suspension bondage is an incredibly powerful tool. In this eight-hour intensive, we will learn basic physiology of suspension, examine why there is a primal need for some of us to get off the ground or create the opportunity for flight for others, and then learn how to make this magic happen ourselves. Chest harnesses, hip harnesses, one column ties, drop lines, mechanical advantage, and attachment techniques will be taught (and yes, feel free to think on that from a Buddhist standpoint if you want a fascinating meditation). By the end of this intensive you will learn at least two different poses of suspension, with the basic skills in hand for applying the concepts to hundreds of other ideas. If time allows, we will also look into moving the individual in the air between poses, and alternative harness forms.
Students will need a minimum of five 25-30 foot and two 15foot load-worthy pieces of rope and either a suspension ring, four climbing carabineers, or some other metal load-bearing gear. By the end of this course every rope artist will have had an opportunity to get their partner, or themselves, up in the air. Though focusing on the technical aspects of how to move bodies in partial and full suspension, this class will also heavily look into the bio-mechanics of suspension, the whys of doing suspension (from magic or meditation to torment or trust) to best be able to use this camp of advanced ropework for what you really want it for.
Ropes Entwined: A Journey Into Connection, Energy, and Power
With ropes in hand and dancing across our flesh, we can each feel it if we close our eyes. Our partner’s breath flows out, and we breathe it in. They struggle, we hold the line. In this full-day intensive, let us experiment with ways to build our mindfulness and passion alike within our rope bondage. With touch and sensuality, rhythm and objectification, let’s feel our way into different ties from both sides of the line. Dominance and submission are one form of power exchange we will tap into in our floor work, as well as giving and receiving, topping and bottoming, and artist to canvas. Beyond the binaries we will find the ways that we each let our juice flow, all while learning a variety of ties and practicing those we already know.
This intimate course is limited to ten couples/triads. Bring your toy bag, your spirit, your curiosity and your power, expanding your own ropes entwined.
Sacred Kink Initiatory Intensive
The elements and practices of Sacred Kink are boundless…
Spiritual seekers, erotic explorers, and sexual kinksters alike are drawn to the power of alternate states of consciousness. During the course of this 3-day intensive, we will explore the Eightfold Paths of Sacred Kink through hands-on practices, hearts-open exercises, and rituals of energetic engagement.
This weekend experience is a chance to awake the skin, embrace our breath, arouse creativity, laugh loud, purge pain, and release rhythm. We will further develop our natural abilities in an intimate group setting, learning how others have been traversing their erotic journeys as well.
Join internationally known sexuality and spirituality educator, author, and shaman, Lee Harrington, as we journey into the shadows of our passion, descend into desire, face our fears, and find the touchstones of our erotic authenticity along the way.
Whether you’re a seasoned explorer or have never delved into the depths of adventurous sex and personal truth, this immersive experience will expand your own path of Sacred Kink.
Sacred Kink. Serious Play.