Sacred sex retreats from the Body Electric School

The Body Electric School is hosting two sacred sex retreats for women and queers in May. The first is a residential workshop from May 13 to 15 in New York. This workshop is called "Power, Surrender & Intimacy" and is taught by Alex Jade. Here's a description of it.

This workshop explores techniques of BDSM practice, using the circle of women as a grounded, respectful container in which to discover and clarify edges of empowerment, liberation and embodiment. Learn to recognize aspects of yourself that are continually engaged in power dynamics, and hence become more choiceful about how you can share power with compassion and skill. Learn ways that power and sensation can be wielded for a healing intention, and experience the intense fire generated by a surrender to trust. Expect heightened awareness of your body’s capacity for sensation, a greater sense of personal empowerment, and appreciation for the connection between the divine energy of power and the human energy of surrender.

You can register online for this retreat.

The second retreat is called "Celebrating the Body Erotic for Women." It takes place in Oakland from May 20 to 22 and is taught by Lizz Randall.

In a safe, serious and playful space that respects boundaries, embrace pleasure and experience your body as powerful, expressive and sacred. The class expands awareness and sensation through a process of breath, movement and touch. Each woman's choices and rhythms are honored and celebrated. This workshop is for women of all sexual orientations and ages who are ready to learn about their own power to illuminate and enjoy sexuality and sensuality within a community of women.

Register online for this retreat as well.

Loving Choices Seminar coming up

Loving More is hosting a one-day poly seminar on April 23, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. There will be a variety of presentations and workshops such as "Battling the Eight-Armed Octopus of Jealousy!" and "Polyamory from a Minority Perspective." The seminar is meant for anyone and everyone who wants to learn about, explore, or improve polyamorous relationships:

Who says that love has to follow a specific set of rules that limit how you love others? Do you feel like you can't be your honest self? Are you already involved in a polyamorous relationship and looking to improve your relationship skills and meet people of like mind? We invite you to attend the Loving Choices seminar, build new relationship skills, meet amazing people and have fun.

In addition to the seminar, there is a Cuddle Party on April 22, which is described as:

A structured, safe workshop on boundaries, communication, intimacy and affection . . . This playful, fun workshop has been a place for people to rediscover non-sexual touch and affection, a space to reframe assumptions about men and women, and a great networking event to meet new friends, roommates, business partners and significant others.

The seminar is $49; register here. The Cuddle Party is $20, or $12 with seminar registration.

2011 World Polyamory Association Annual Conference

The World Polyamory Association is gearing up for its 2011 annual conference, which will be held July 29 - 31 at the Harbin Hot Springs Conference Center in Northern California. There will be a wealth of exciting activities to participate in, such as panel discussions, poly-tantra, and poly relationship commitment rituals. At this conference you can meet new friends and possible lovers, and converse with like-minded folks about poly issues.

Join us in an intensive, playful, entertaining, active, respectful, informative participatory sharing, learning opportunity for networking and celebrating polyamorous conclave consciousness for a weekend.

This year we move again into our favorite venue, Harbin's Conference Center. It's our private, gated, sex-positive celebrative community, complete with its own huge group room, breakaway areas, two hot pools and camping area. Harbin Caterers dish up yummy food. Camp, sleep in a group room or your RV.

Sounds awesome! The association is still taking applications for presenters, and tickets to the conference are sold on their website.