We know that it can be hard to imagine what the curriculum for a sexual empowerment weekend might look like! One thing you should know about Amy Jo is that she earned a Masters in Human Sexuality Education and is a total curriculum geek who thrives on designing experiential workshops. This is not going to be a weekend where the speaker talks and you just listen; it’ll incorporate everything from group discussion and small group exercises to writing, role-play and movement. You’ll bring a journal and spend the weekend learning about sexuality and understanding what it means for YOU to step into your own sexual empowerment.
We also have two very special evening events planned: a Sexual Archetype Ritual, where you will get the chance to meet and interact with 12 archetypes of female sexuality, and an Erotic Carnival, with the chance to learn hands-on about different erotic skillsets. Most people have never been in an environment where talking about sexuality has been normalized like this. We create a safe learning environment where you can ask questions and be curious. All the activities we have planned are educational — this is not a sex party or a space where people engage in sexual activity with each other.
We have invited other esteemed, skilled teachers to share their wisdom and you will be held in a container where you can be witnessed as you do your healing, where you can laugh, play and have fun, and where deep transformation can happen.
It’s true that this work requires courage — and it’s not the first step on the self-transformation highway. Only you know if you’re ready for it — but we encourage you to listen to the voice of desire that says “I want this” instead of the voice of fear. When you come to this event, you will be with a group of other women who have also courageously chosen to say “yes” to this experience, even when it felt scary.
Know that at this event you will be held very well by a team that is dedicated to this work. We’ll have an area especially for women to take time to retreat and be nurtured with tea, herbal tinctures and other self-care tools. There will be lots of time for your personal processing and you can always step out of an exercise to have a moment with yourself. We also have a very skilled team of women who are equipped to hold space for the emotional aspects of the work. We build the container thoughtfully and give you tools to integrate your insights back into your life.
We always hear from women who expect to be different from others at Amy Jo's events — and are nervous that they’ll be “the only one.” You won’t be the only one! Women of all sexual orientations, identities and relationship styles come to these workshops and programs. You will meet other women who are on a similar path to you and others who have led very different lives. As a team, we honor the diversity of sexual expression and we do not have an agenda to impart in terms of how you should act, identify or conduct your relationships. We will give you tools and help you find insights into your personal sexual journey — which is yours to own. We ask that you be open to people of different sexual expressions, gender expressions and relationship styles. Part of how we learn is by sharing our different experiences with each other. The diversity of our groups is rich and it is a critical part of what makes the work so powerful.
We have reserved a block of rooms at the nearby Courtyard Oceanside Marriott (a 15 minute drive from the Fire Garden), with rooms at $119-139/night for a king or two queens respectively. It’s a short drive to and from the hotel and Lyft/Uber operate in the area. We also have a Facebook group set up for women to coordinate sharing rides and/or hotel rooms if they’re interested.
If you want to stay right on the land, there are limited camping spots available for $69 for the whole weekend (which covers the wear and tear on the land for the landowners)—however showers will not be available. You would want to bring a solar shower or know that you’ll get a little gritty!
There will be food vendors/caterers at the event and special beverages available for purchase. Due to land restrictions we cannot cook on the land. You can bring your own food or purchase from our local vendors. We recommend that you bring any snacks or special comfort foods and drinks you will want to have. We will announce food packages shortly so you can pre-purchase and not have to worry about it.
We ask that you do not bring any mind-altering or mood-altering substances to Fire Woman, including alcohol, marijuana, or other drugs. There are several important reasons for this. One is that many of us have our wires crossed in terms of using substances to lower our sexual inhibitions and this can have multiple effects. It might very well make you more present, but it often takes you out of your body a bit, or a lot. Our goal is to help you access your sexuality and desire sober, fully present--and we know you will be able to take that into your sexual life and build from there. If you choose to use substances on your own that is your choice. For this retreat, we ask you not to.
We also honor that we have women who are sober in our communities and want this to be a safe space for all of us.
We will designate a smoking area for those who smoke cigarettes as the event itself is non-smoking.
Thank you for honoring this important boundary.
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