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COSTA RICA - 20-27 APRIL 2023
The Medicine of Eros
Learn new skills,
Awaken greater power,
Explore deep and meaningful connection.
A 7-day deep dive into Somatic movement therapy,
Shamanism and Sacred sexuality.


The journey will be composed of a variety of activities:

- lectures
- sharing spaces including emotional processing
- individual somatic and erotic body work practices,
- partner practices,
- group practices.
- Yoga and movement practices
- Breathwork
- Ecstatic dance
- Meditative nature walks

The content will be based on the 5 stages
(1) Discovery, (2) Initiation, (3) Awakening, (4) Embodying, (5) Integration and will be taught over the course of 9 modules as below:

You will learn somatic movement therapy practices of breath, sound movement and touch.
You will experience a somatic attunement which will awaken new ways of engaging with your body.
You will explore how your body can become a tool for achieving oneness and wholeness.
You will learn to build your own regular practice.
You will learn about the healing power of the orgasm and Eros.
Through partner work, you will learn ways of engaging in deep cosmic sexual connection with a partner or partners.
You will explore how sexual encounters can become a tool for achieving oneness and wholeness.
You will learn new ways of engaging with the areas of your lives that are needing transformation.
You will learn the fundamentals of shadow work and techniques to drop below shame and other forms of patterning and conditioning.
We will explore how our sexual desires and fantasies relate to fear and trauma.
You will learn to pause and slow down and explore your erotic landscape in new ways.
We will explore a more truthful relationship with our sexuality, desires and fantasies.
We will get to know how our desires and fantasies are a gateway to wholeness.
You will learn some techniques for energetic development and got awaken your deeper essence.
We will learn to integrate these techniques to better interact with others.
We will practice the art of the deep dive, a somatic practice of deep awareness, somatic movement, energy work and sacred intimacy.
You will learn how to interact with others (and yourself ) in deeper and more cosmic ways.
For a full 24-hour period, we will be immersed in a deep meditative practice of somatic movement and sacred sexuality. We will dive below our habitat patterns narratives too awaken a deeper truth.
For this period, no digital technology or verbal communication will be allowed.
Communication will be able to take place with other students through sound, and consensual touch (sexual or non-sexual)
We will explore how to integrate the insights and powers we have awakened into our daily lives.
You will learn how to build your own practice to sustain these teachings beyond the period of this course.
Upon confirming your space, you will get instant access to a collection of home-study video courses to prepare for the live in-person course and to maintain the practice at home afterwards.

The course will also include:
✔ An online 60-minute preparatory group session prior to beginning the course. This is to allow to set our container, set intentions and get to know each other.
✔ A 60-minute online individual follow-up session to allow the integration ofthe learnings after the retreat.
✔ Students who have successfully completed this course will be able to move forward to the level 2 group Mystery School training.

This will be a sex-positive space in which we will be able to explore our desires and also our boundaries.
Everyone will be responsible for their own body and will let others be responsible for theirs as well.
All participants will commit to respecting the rules of the container with regards to voicing and respecting our Yeses and Noes.
Rules on consent and boundaries will also apply to sharing spaces where everyone will be invited to speak only from their own experience and not that of others.
Everything shared in the sharing spaces will be sacred and confidential.

You will be strongly encouraged to switch off all electronics for the duration of the course in order to connect more deeply to nature and to yourself.

Use of electronics will be strictly limited to the bedrooms.
Electronics such as phones, iPads or laptops will not be able to be used in any public areas.
It is my intention to create a safe space for us to thrive together.
Therefore, prior to registering to the course you will be notified of the COVID Monkey Pox and any other STI protocol which will be in place.
✔ Included:

-3 vegetarian organic meals / day
-All workshops and practices  

✗ NOT included:

-Airport transfer to the house -
this can be organised for an extra fee.  
-Any visas that may be required 

All Prices are in USD$ and include all taxes.

*Early-bird pricing is available until
28 February 2023.

A 50% Deposit payment is required to book your space.
The remaining 50% will need to be paid 2 weeks prior to the start of the course.

All payments are non-refundable.*

*Cancellations with full refunds will only be honoured in the case that government regulations have changed in a way that the retreat can no longer take place, or that you can no longer participate.

Arrivals to the house can begin on 20 APRIL at 4pm.
The retreat will end on 27 APRIL at 12 noon.
Marc Peridis - Primary facilitator

Marc is a somatic therapist and shamanic practitioner specialised in the Medicine of eros, healing practices related to eros and sexuality. 

His work has two main focuses:
1- Supporting the transmutation of shame, trauma and shadow to power, purpose and mastery.
2- As a teacher's teacher, he trains facilitators, therapists and teachers by supporting their development of new abilities. 

His practices, which are often considered radical, combine talk therapy, with experiential processes involving the soma (the body), energy transmission and sexual explorations.

Interactions can range from gentler ones including soft touch, cuddling and conscious stillness to more radical ones such as dark-room therapy, and re-enacting kinky, taboo and shameful sexual scenarios in healing and conscious ways.

Today, he shares his work through 1-1 sessions, online and in-person, residential and non-residential courses and workshops, and online live and pre-recorded courses. 

After spending over a decade training in somatic movement therapy, energy work and sacred sexuality, his own practice emerged as a result of his years spent observing behavioural responses in 1-1 and group therapy sessions worldwide.

As well as being a trained somatic movement therapist, he has also been initiated into shamanism in 2015 and in the Mystery School as a student in 2013 and a guide in 2018.
He is also senior faculty at the Shakti Shiva Academy since 2021. 

While his process and practice are open to people of all levels of experience, he tends to work mostly with advanced practitioners, people who are keen to become facilitators, and facilitators wishing to develop new skills. 

Timothy McFarland - Collaborating facilitator

Timothy has long been a seeker and explorer of deeper understandings and awareness. His journey to become a facilitator began in India where he studied yoga and its philosophy, becoming an accredited yoga teacher. He spent several years practicing meditation and the Buddhist teachings through the Triratna Buddhist lineage, as well as years exploring the world of Kabbalah. Timothy has also lived in the Amazon jungle of Peru, studying under the Shipbho lineage, learning the traditions of the healing power of plants and nature.
This fusion of ancient cultures and traditions, of the east and west, have influenced the yoga and meditation facilitation he offers; rooted in a deep connection with nature and utilising different healing modalities, Timothy offers an opportunity to connect you with your innate power.
After teaching and facilitating in a variety of settings; city yoga studios, countryside meditation centres and remote tropical retreat centres throughout the world, Timothy now calls the Diamante Valley in Costa Rica home, and is a member of the core community that stewards the space that is the Jungle Gayborhood. Timothy is passionate about creating safe and transformational spaces for the queer community.

Shelby Clark - Collaborating facilitator

Following a life-changing psilocybin ceremony at the tail end of yoga teacher training, Shelby has focused his life on providing consciousness-expanding experiences to people that could benefit from them. As they have helped him heal the many traumas of growing up gay, he has been particularly passionate about the healing that could be brought to this population through the intersection of sacred medicines, embodiment modalities, and modern psychology. he still considers himself a student on his own path, and is happy to walk this path in community with others.
He is a meditation guide and yoga facilitator. He has been studying meditation with Lorin Roche, author of the Radiance Sutras, since 2017. This philosophy of mediation views ordinary moments (such as the breath, sensations and emotions) as opportunities to connect with the most intimate experiences of life. This tantalizing, delicious perspective of life has helped him find gratitude, beauty, and joy all around him, and is a perspective he is thrilled to share.
He has been living in the San Francisco Bay Area for the last 15 years, but has recently relocated to Costa Rica to co-found the Holos Diamante retreat center and community, and continuing on in the Diamante Valley to found the Jungle Gayborhood.