Things are moving forward.

As I write this update, I chose to share with you my view at my self-imposed self-care retreat. I have spent a week relaxing, rejuvenating, and re-imagining what the world will look like for me in the months and years to come.  Thank you for being present and following me on my journeys. It means the world to me.  In case you don’t normally follow me on social media, this post will give you an update on my various endeavors.  It includes information on how to stay updated and connected to me moving forward, so please at least scan through!

Progress on Dissertation on Sacred Healing Practice Known as Sacred Intimacy

I am pushing aggressively to complete my dissertation and at least defend by the end of this calendar year. For those who are not aware, I am conducting a phenomenological examination of the practice known as sacred intimacy as taught by Joseph Kramer and the Body Electric School in the era of the emergence of the AIDS epidemic.  Initially created for the purpose of providing vital sensual, erotic and sexual experience in a safe manner primarily to cis men dying of AIDS, sacred intimacy evolved into a practice to support people on such paths as working on reducing active substance use and addiction, developing self-esteem, healing from mental, emotional, and spiritual blocks related to unhealthy relationships, and fostering more meaningful intimate relationships with others. Sacred intimacy has also been explored as a method to explore sexual orientation and gender identity, safely navigate the many possibilities of sexual expression, learn about sexual health and wellness, and build a more meaningful life experience.

I continue on with data collection and writing chapters to complete the project, and hope to defend the final work in front of my dissertation committee either late fall or early spring semester at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).

Appointment to Postdoctoral Fellowship to Examine Pleasure in the Context of Sexual Health and Wellness

I am incredibly humbled and thoroughly excited to share the next stage in my career! This opportunity aligns almost perfectly with my personal, professional, and research life goals to promote not only accepting but also embracing the importance of pleasure as vital to sexual health and wellness.

I was offered and accepted a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position with the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. The article attached explains the project and the journey to this project by Professor B. Ethan Coston, principal investigator.

I will be working with Professor Coston and a team of researchers on the Sexual health, Erotic life, and pleasure eXperiencing (SEX) Project to learn as much as we possibly can about the pleasurable and positive aspects of sexuality. The five-year study aligns very closely with my own research on pleasure and sexuality. As a fellow I will continue to learn about all aspects of developing, conducting, and funding academic research that I began at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).

You can find out more about this study here.

Rejuvenation of My Men’s Embodiment Coaching and Sacred Intimacy Practice

During the last several years, I had the honor of supporting patients to access sexual health and wellness as well as gender-affirming care services. The time I spend in the arena was invaluable, as it allowed me to explore healing from a more prescriptive, clinical context. I found great learning in supporting members of the LGBTQIA+ community, trans and gender-expansive people, people living with HIV, Spanish-speaking patients, and victims of sexual assault, among others. Having previously only supporting similar populations in a somatic, embodied, and spiritual context, working in a clinical context helped me to understand what medical and mental health providers struggle with when helping to support their patients.

During that time, I severely limited my somatic and embodiment coaching as well as sacred intimate practice.  Although I am grateful for learning in the medical space, my heart yearned to return more actively to supporting clients in sexual wellness. Although I scaled back on the work, the work never truly left my heart and my soul.

Beginning June 1, I will again be offering limited availability appointments in my somatic and embodiment practice. Re-branded as Ecstatic Life Path Coaching for Men, I will be offering experientially-focused sessions and programming from a body-based perspective for self-identified men. In person, virtually (via Zoom) and in small, intimate workshop settings, my programs will help men to learn how to open their hearts to vulnerability, trust in authenticity, and foster greater intimacy. For those who are struggling with finding their authentic selves, exploring their erotic possibilities, and finding greater opportunities for intimacy, this programming will be for you. I welcome and am exploring opportunities to collaborate and facilities expansive program to support persons of other gender identities and orientations as well.

This, by far, has been the work that most feeds my soul, and I am convinced is my gift to offer to the world.

More soon!

Things are moving forward.

As I write this update, I chose to share with you my view at my self-imposed self-care retreat. I have spent a week relaxing, rejuvenating, and re-imagining what the world will look like for me in the months and years to come.  Thank you for being present and following me on my journeys. It means the world to me.  In case you don’t normally follow me on social media, this post will give you an update on my various endeavors.  It includes information on how to stay updated and connected to me moving forward, so please at least scan through!

Progress on Dissertation on Sacred Healing Practice Known as Sacred Intimacy

I am pushing aggressively to complete my dissertation and at least defend by the end of this calendar year. For those who are not aware, I am conducting a phenomenological examination of the practice known as sacred intimacy as taught by Joseph Kramer and the Body Electric School in the era of the emergence of the AIDS epidemic.  Initially created for the purpose of providing vital sensual, erotic and sexual experience in a safe manner primarily to cis men dying of AIDS, sacred intimacy evolved into a practice to support people on such paths as working on reducing active substance use and addiction, developing self-esteem, healing from mental, emotional, and spiritual blocks related to unhealthy relationships, and fostering more meaningful intimate relationships with others. Sacred intimacy has also been explored as a method to explore sexual orientation and gender identity, safely navigate the many possibilities of sexual expression, learn about sexual health and wellness, and build a more meaningful life experience.

I continue on with data collection and writing chapters to complete the project, and hope to defend the final work in front of my dissertation committee either late fall or early spring semester at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).

Appointment to Postdoctoral Fellowship to Examine Pleasure in the Context of Sexual Health and Wellness

I am incredibly humbled and thoroughly excited to share the next stage in my career! This opportunity aligns almost perfectly with my personal, professional, and research life goals to promote not only accepting but also embracing the importance of pleasure as vital to sexual health and wellness.

I was offered and accepted a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position with the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. The article attached explains the project and the journey to this project by Professor B. Ethan Coston, principal investigator.

I will be working with Professor Coston and a team of researchers on the Sexual health, Erotic life, and pleasure eXperiencing (SEX) Project to learn as much as we possibly can about the pleasurable and positive aspects of sexuality. The five-year study aligns very closely with my own research on pleasure and sexuality. As a fellow I will continue to learn about all aspects of developing, conducting, and funding academic research that I began at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).

You can find out more about this study here.

Rejuvenation of My Men’s Embodiment Coaching and Sacred Intimacy Practice

During the last several years, I had the honor of supporting patients to access sexual health and wellness as well as gender-affirming care services. The time I spend in the arena was invaluable, as it allowed me to explore healing from a more prescriptive, clinical context. I found great learning in supporting members of the LGBTQIA+ community, trans and gender-expansive people, people living with HIV, Spanish-speaking patients, and victims of sexual assault, among others. Having previously only supporting similar populations in a somatic, embodied, and spiritual context, working in a clinical context helped me to understand what medical and mental health providers struggle with when helping to support their patients.

During that time, I severely limited my somatic and embodiment coaching as well as sacred intimate practice.  Although I am grateful for learning in the medical space, my heart yearned to return more actively to supporting clients in sexual wellness. Although I scaled back on the work, the work never truly left my heart and my soul.

Beginning June 1, I will again be offering limited availability appointments in my somatic and embodiment practice. Re-branded as Ecstatic Life Path Coaching for Men, I will be offering experientially-focused sessions and programming from a body-based perspective for self-identified men. In person, virtually (via Zoom) and in small, intimate workshop settings, my programs will help men to learn how to open their hearts to vulnerability, trust in authenticity, and foster greater intimacy. For those who are struggling with finding their authentic selves, exploring their erotic possibilities, and finding greater opportunities for intimacy, this programming will be for you. I welcome and am exploring opportunities to collaborate and facilities expansive program to support persons of other gender identities and orientations as well.

This, by far, has been the work that most feeds my soul, and I am convinced is my gift to offer to the world.

More soon!