MEDICINE OF EROS:
January 07-14 2024
Our sexuality holds our greatest power, and also our greatest shadow. It connects us to our highest pleasure, and also our deepest shame. It can help us find ourself, but also lose ourself completely. This week-long intensive course will explore two main aspects of the healing power of sexuality. First, we will look at Eros, which is the force behind the creation of everything. Its medicine comes from knowing that it exists abundantly within each of us. Second, we will look at our desires and fantasies, as well as the shame that comes with them. These will often give us windows into the parts of ourselves that are seeking to be awakened to be more whole.
This 7-days course will be a deep dive into the realm of awakening the life-creating force within us, and also exploring the power behind our most defining fantasies.
Our days will include 8-hours of workshops including:
(1) Practices of shamanism, somatic therapy and sacred intimacy. Practices will be individual and will also include partner and group work.
(2) Sharing spaces in which emotional processing and integration of the teachings will take place.
(4) A 24-hour deep dive, a long non-verbal practice space.
(5) Role play of your most significant fantasies with a partner (s)
Male-identified bodies of any age, sexual orientation, body shape, race. No previous experience is necessary. It is intended for participants who are seeking a deep with their self-discovery. It also tends to attract advanced practitioners who are interested in becoming facilitators, as well as facilitators who are seeking to develop new skills.
We will gather as sacred brothers to share a deep journey of personal growth and self-discovery.
We will find a sacred space of deep communion with each other, ourselves and the greater field.
We will share openly in a compassionate and non-judgemental space.
We will laugh, and cry, as our shadows find a potent space to be explored and released.
We will hold space for our deepest shame to reveal its greatest power.
We will gather as lovers to share deep erotic connection.
We will awaken our ability for sacred sexuality through self-pleasuring,
partner work and group practice.
We will gain knowledge of erotic, shamanic and somatic healing techniques
that can unlock deep realms of transformation.
We will weave an energetic web that will outlast this experience,
as we carry its ripples with us out into the world.
Teaches us techniques to find wholeness and oneness in the body; to heal old wounds, to explore and integrate the (sexual) shadow, to engage with trauma in new ways.
Teaches us the power of transmission, yours and that of others. You will experience a process of energetic development and "attunement" and develop new energetic skills to allow more power and presence.
You will explore your sexual landscape in ways that are consequential. You will explore fantasies, desires, as well as deep, authentic and empowered touch. You will learn to harness the power of Eros and Orgasmic energy.
This programme is best suited for men who are on a journey of deep exploration, seeking to achieve great transformation.
Who are seeking to become facilitators or hold space for the transformation of others.
Experienced facilitators who want to gain new abilities for somatic, energetic or sacred intimacy work to expand their practice.
PLEASE NOTE: this course is open to all humans in male-identified bodies.
Men of all ages, racial backgrounds, body shapes and sizes are welcome.
No Previous experience of this type of work is required.
Yet a willingness to go deep is necessary.
Those seeking a pleasurable / sexual holiday in the company of other men.
Those seeking to learn mainly about intimacy and sexuality practices with other men.
Those who are looking to exchange massages and or learn massage techniques.
PLEASE NOTE: I think all of the above are wonderful things!
I write this with no judgement, but rather with a knowingness that those with these above expectations will be sorely disappointed if they were to join this course.
*Please note: A 13% Tax will be added to all costs
Participants who would like to join the course but are facing financial challenges and difficulties can opt for one of a limited number of scholarship option.
They will be able to access the course at a greatly reduced price. Accommodation will be in a camping tent rather than a cabin.
In order to qualify for this, a participant needs to send us an email speaking of their motivation for joining the course as well as describing the nature of their difficult financial situation.
-3 vegetarian organic meals / day
-All workshops and practices
- Shuttle from San Jose airport to the Jungle Gayborhood
-Airport transfer to the house -
this can be organised for an extra fee.
-Any visas that may be required
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.
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.
To book your space on the retreat, please click the link below. You'll be asked to pay a 50% deposit and fill out a form.
If you have any questions you can also email email@example.com
We look forward to sharing this journey with you!
Marc, Shelby, and the rest of the Jungle Gayborhood team!