Our 2021 Presenters
Hand on Heart
Hand on Heart, developed by the Human Awareness Institute, is an opportunity to connect without words in a heart-centered way. It is an exercise in presence with one person at a time; an opportunity to see and be seen while breathing and feeling, further dropping into oneself.
Louisa Rainbow Blossom, MSN, and Certified Tantra Educator, has enjoyed participating in events held by the Human Awareness Institute (HAI) since 2001. She joyfully volunteers as a team member at Northern Californian HAI workshops, coordinates Southern Oregon HAI events, and is a co-leader of HAI Community Events.
Heart of Now
Heart of Now is one of the most powerful transformation experiences anywhere, and has touched the lives of thousands of individuals, helping bring them clarity, healing, connection, and greater joy.
At Heart of Now we do exercises that enable us to access the art of being present. We focus on body sensations, what we are feeling,thinking and what emotions are present. We notice what our intuition, and our gut are telling us. Then we create closeness and honesty (with ourselves and others) by sharing what is true for us, right now, in this moment.
We begin by simply being present with our self and each other. When we do this, our insecurities might come up. We might notice that we have a story about ourselves - about our unworthiness, or our desire to be liked. We might notice that we trust. Or that we don't. When we take the time to be present with our self and listen, we can notice that life isn't just happening to us. We create it each moment in the midst of whatever filters, fixed ideas and emotional contexts we attach to it. Suddenly, we can look at the choices we've been making, and realize the world is filled with many other options! Then, at Heart of Now, we will then spend time looking at what is inside us that inspires us and what next steps we can take to create that.. Many people who go through this workshop begin to interact with others with more ease, experiment with new ways to deal with difficult issues in their personal lives and at work, and take more risks towards getting what they want. For more info., please visit our website: www.HeartofNow.org.
Lisa Stein has 20 years of leading groups of all sizes, focusing on open hearted love, going deep into full connection and acceptance, and helping people share needs, desires and joys from a place of true presence and honesty. Facilitator of Heart of Now for 20 years, Lisa offers group, community and couples facilitation, conflict resolution, counselling, mediation and exercises for deeply sharing and connecting with our full selves.
DJ DanceBecca enjoys creating evocative dance sets that are musically eclectic. She has created dance jams for parties as well as 5-Rhythms-inspired dance sets for ecstatic dance. She enjoys playing with themes, and holds dance as a unique way to unify body, mind, emotion, and spirit. Whether playful and fun or a little more serious, dance helps us connect to a part of ourselves that is beyond words. It is a celebration of embodied existence.
Somatic Movement -- Authentic RelatingIn this mini-workshop, we will practice connecting deeply with ourselves and then build upon that by connecting with others. We will play in the flow of attention between self and other, with the goal of achieving a healthy, vibrant balance. This is especially helpful to those of us who tend to lose ourselves in our connections with others, and also to those who may be a bit shy about initiating that connection.
Becca Perry Becca has been working with body-centered awareness since 1998, first as a peer counselor, and then as a lead facilitator for the personal growth workshop Heart of Now. She has also practiced and been formally trained in somatic meditation. She co-founded the ecstatic dance community Coalessence (with Karly Loveling) in 2005, and currently creates dance sets for Eugene Outdoor Ecstatic Dance. She is a counselor in private practice and continues to take a somatic approach to counseling and group work. She attended her first NFNC Summer Camp in 2002 and was a Scamp 2003-2005 and again in 2010.
Playback Theater -- What just happened?What's your story of this past year? Where did it start and how is it ending - or is it? What heartbreaks, losses, gifts, skills, connections and discoveries, new or newly-honed, happened along the way? How are you different from pre-pandemic, and what do you want to continue to carry with you? In a morning and afternoon session (optional) we will reflect on the dilemmas, delights and transformations of the last year, share stories of how we lived, what we learned and what we lost and come together in an evening performance of the stories that need to be told. Abigail, Judy and Melanie lead us in a playful, interactive day of playback theater, games and more to collectively and individually reflect on our experiences over the past year, grieve and celebrate, and declare where we go from here.
An Intensive day:
Morning Session: Dilemmas, Delights and Transformations of the last year (Fluid sculptures, Pairs, Transformational fluids)
Afternoon Session: Stories of how we lived and what we learned (3 part stories, Perspectives, Metaphoric enactment, Cast Stories)
Evening: Performance. “What needs to be told”
ReWeaving Camp is a powerfully transformative experience for many people. Often we find our buttons get pushed, our self-limiting habits are upended, and our stories about who are and who we can be in the world are challenged. Our ideal is to create a community which offers compassion and support for all campers, especially those who are feeling disconnected, unheard, or simply overwhelmed by their camp experience.One of the ways to realize this aim is through the Compassion Cadre Team. This year we will have a team of designated Compassion Cadre volunteers offering support for the week in any of the following areas: empathy and peer counseling, mediation, group process facilitation, and bodywork.
If you would like to be a part of the Compassion Cadre Team this summer, please mention this and your experience/training on your registration application. An organizer will follow up with you.
Other Camp Events
In this popular camp event, campers get an opportunity for several spontaneous connections of only 7 minutes duration. This event can promote higher levels of transparency, and the spontaneous nature often facilitates unexpected connections.
♥ Hand on Heart ♥
The HAI favorite exercise... connecting with every single camper, seeing the Angel within all of us.
♥ Aphrodite's Temple ♥
Aphrodite’s Temple is a place for campers to experience the dimensions of sacred sexuality and sexual healing. As in previous years, we'll create a sacred and safe play space for adults who wish to explore healing, intimate touch and the joys of sharing love & pleasure.
♥ ZEGG Forum ♥
The Forum is a group process developed at the German community ZEGG to provide a stage to express your true motivations, deep feelings, ideas and emotions. The Forum helps facilitate transparency, sharing and clarifying unsolved situations of daily life, and it can be a catalyst for one's own personal growth. More info about ZEGG forum may be found here.
Join in as the entire camp explores Open Space principles to self-organize for a day of concurrent events, inspired by your own passions and interests. These Open Sessions events are an opportunity for campers to convene dialogue groups on topics they've been wanting to explore, or create group massages, or do a music jam together. If a group doesn't feel fulfilling, participants are encouraged to move to a new one, honoring their instincts and natural enthusiasm. Bring your ideas and inspiration! Note: Not every camp will have a formal day for Open Sessions, However, there will be times in the schedule where self-organized, camper led offerings can be shared.
♥ Lighter Side - as the mood strikes us! ♥
Participants create and perform skits to illustrate humorous events that they have observed or experienced at camp.
♥ Closing Circle ♥
Honoring the experience of the past week, we will connect, reflect, and bid farewell to this incarnation of our community.