Our most recent Erotic Partnership Retreat

A Valentine Weekend - From Romance to Ritual

Friday-Sunday, 10th to 12th February, 2017
Time: Friday 4:00p to Sunday 1:00p
Location: IONS EarthRise Retreat Center,
Marin County, Northern California

Cost with Food and Lodging is $1,200 per couple
$750 for the workshop plus $450 for lodging and all meals.


Cost with Food only (no lodging) is $975 per couple
$750 for the workshop plus $225 for all meals.

A Valentine Weekend 2.0 - From Romance to Ritual

"The Creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the object it loves." - Carl Jung

This Valentine's weekend we turn toward the spirit of play. Different from entertainment and recreation, Sacred Play offers an opportunity to challenge old patterns or beliefs. Play between romantic partners is a doorway into Erotic Partnership, an important part of healthy adult life, essential to good sex and, well... fun.

This retreat for committed couples will deepen emotional connection and facilitate heart-centered sexuality with your partner through the exploration of spontaneity, authenticity and openness. We will guide you through processes leading you to the doorway of the heart where you can enter the realm of everyday magic.

No abracadabra. Just simple ways to soften, speak the truth about yourself, and surrender into possibility. A practice of generosity and acceptance. We call this everyday magic because it creates moments that open your heart to enchantment.

Our venue, EarthRise, offers corridors of over-arching oak and a labyrinth overlooking the bedrooms, grounding the sense of magic in the land. We will carve space out of time and create a container of safe we will evoke the spirit of play.

If you have participated in our basic Erotic Partnership training weekend and are ready to take the next step, or you have a good enough relationship and want more than that, come play with us as we explore what play means in adult relationships. Join us for A Valentine's Weekend, 2.0.

In this workshop we articulate core relationship principles in a way that is powerfully simple and allows for accelerated growth.

This weekend will include practices for:
• Mindfulness
• Emotional and physical intelligence (embodiment)
• Skillful communication
• Structures for every-day magic which can be used
   for celebration and transformation.

During this retreat you will: • Practice giving and receiving affection
• Use ritual play to enliven your connection.
• Practice bridging emotional connection with
   erotic exploration.
• Move gently from sensuality to sexuality.

Group practice and couple explorations lead to private "homework" assignments that deepen into the erotic. As in all of our retreats, group exercises are never sexually explicit. We help couples create a special Valentines play-date for the Saturday night of the weekend. This date will be a template for ongoing transformation.

During this weekend, you will meet like-minded couples who, like you, are interested in taking their relationship to the next level. For some, this will be the beginning of a community that supports relationship as an important and meaningful part of life.

There are two ways to participate in this retreat. You may stay onsite at EarthRise in their clean and simple housing. Or you may arrange other accommodations that are more luxurious. Either way, all of you meals are provided onsite for the weekend. Staying at EarthRise has the advantage of creating a more sheltered time away and is less expensive, The rooms are small and do not have private baths. Staying off-site nearby offers more possibilities for what your room can be, is generally a little more expensive and means you will have a 10 to 15 minute drive to and from the Center each day.

Make your primary partner relationship an important part of your journey, honor your partner and celebrate your life - a Valentines Weekend 2.0.

This weekend retreat is limited to twelve couples.

CE Certificates are available for Marriage and Family therapists and Licensed Social Workers - $20 each for 13 CEs. Felicia Matto-Shepard is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for MFT/LCSW/LPCC. Felicia Matto-Shepard maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Hours are based on time spent in seminar, while lunch time and break time is not included in awarded hours. Go to Contact page to submit grievances.

We have arranged reasonable rates for staying at IONs Earthrise Retreat Center IONs EarthRise. This beautiful retreat center is located in the hills of Marin County, convenient to the freeway about 35 minutes north of San Francisco. It has a serene sweet and peaceful feel as if it were located deep in the mountains. Food is excellent.

Cost for workshop with Food and Lodging is $1,200 per couple:
$750 for the workshop plus $450 for lodging and all meals.


Cost for workshop with Food only (no lodging) is $975 per couple:
$750 for the workshop plus $225 for all meals.

Lodging plus all meals from dinner Friday through breakfast on Sunday, as well as snacks, coffee, tea, etc. is $450 per couple. Click for Details about accommodations and Information about the food.


Participants can commute from nearby Petaluma or Novato and pay for food only $225 instead of $450. However, to facilitate the process we strongly suggest that, even if you live close by, you reserve a room at IONs.

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