OUR FESTIVAL PRESENTERS
St. James Community Square, Vancouver
April 19, 2020
Jaia is an ecstatic poet, singer-songwriter, dancer, facilitator, and community organizer based in Vancouver, BC.
A practitioner of The Artist's Way and a student and teacher of voice, his drive in life is to share his tools of full expression.
He regularly shares his original lyrics and improvised vocals with DJs and producers of electronic music at festivals around the world and recently released his debut studio EP, "Shake yr Sunshine."
WANDERING IMPROV POET
Amy Color is a relationship and intimacy coach, certified therapist, TEDx speaker, international clinical trainer, supervisor and more.
She saw a need for a solutions-based alternative to conventional talk therapy that addresses intimacy challenges and supports people feeling safe in connecting. She's created simple steps based on the brain and nervous system that foster physical and emotional trust.
Close to ten thousand individuals and couples have benefited from Amy's expertise.
She says, "Having an intimate connection is healing. Having a coach in your corner is priceless."
Find out what Amy can do for you. She offers a free consultation. See amycolor.com #AskAmyColor
WORDS OF WISDOM 5 pm
Corinne is a professionally trained Sexual Health Educator through Options for Sexual Health, an International Coach Federation Certified Coach specializing in sex and intimacy coaching, and currently a student of Somatic Sex Education.
She works with clients to repair and strengthen the relationship with themselves and others by supporting them to tap into sensation, embody pleasure, and utilize sexual energy to live fulfilling lives.
Corinne also provides youngsters, teens, and teachers with comprehensive sex education and mentorship and supports parents to create sex-positive homes.
She is a strong advocate for menstrual health and is actively involved in creating greater access to menstrual products in schools, public buildings, and work places.
Corinne is a transformational leader who is committed to breaking down barriers to sexual education, inclusion, communication, honesty, acceptance, authenticity, and pleasure.
She is dedicated to changing the world one conversation at time.
SACRED BLOOD: CELEBRATING MENSTRUAL WELLNESS 4:20 pm
Chenoa offers 18 years of wisdom and experience in the work of human sexuality, pleasure and healing through tantra massage, intimacy coaching, and tantra coaching.
With extensive training in yoga, yoga therapy, tantra, therapeutic and sensual massage, BDSM, Breema, Bondassage, spiritual anatomy, and the Wheel of Consent, Chenoa is a fluid sensual artist living life by her own terms.
"My passion is healing," she says, "and yet the deeper passion is to prevent the need for healing."
Chenoa invites us to come play with your friends and immerse in the energy of sensual awareness at the Sacred Sexual Music Festival.
YOUR SACRED SPOTS 2:20 pm
VISIT CHENOA at THE SACRED SPOT in the HALL BALCONY
PETER D. COOPER
We are blessed with Peter's presence as space holder and ceremony facilitation as his intention is to embody the Divine Masculine and offer strength, power, and gentleness to his community.
For 30 years, he has been a Sacred Firekeeper in the Coast Salish Tradition and, as well, leads Sweat Lodges and Fire Ceremonies.
Peter has received teachings in the Four Sacred Medicines by traditional elders and is a practitioner of Energy Healing that combines traditional First Nation, Pagan and Eastern Chakra Medicines supporting individuals to access the healing powers within themselves.
Peter leads opening and closing ceremonies for events such as the 2018 Sacred Sexual Music Festival, the Conscious Goddess Festival, and the Abundance Farm Festival.
OPENING CEREMONY 1:30 pm
CLOSING CEREMONY 10 pm
Why are trans folks so sensitive? Am I using the right terminology? What questions can I ask? How do I ask? The stereotypes!
Questions, thoughts and beliefs that for those not in the know, are real and relevant. The Transgender Stereotype is the tip of the proverbial iceberg to get you thinking in a progressive manner, and or formulate the right questions to ask.
Welcome to the multifaceted world of Velvet Steele, who defines herself as a “woman with a transsexual medical history”.
She is a fetish service provider of 25 plus years, known for her appearance on the wildly popular documentary series "KINK" filmed here in Vancouver.
She is an advocate and activist for transsexual and transgender rights, within, and outside the sex worker community. She is a sensitivity facilitator and counsels on lifestyle, sex, sexuality and gender drawing on her lived experience.
She educates on the good, the bad, and the ugly of the world of sex toys plus Velvet created the first Fetish Night in Vancouver which ran for 10 years.
Life as a fetishist and visual artist led her to activism on sex, sexuality, sexual health and subsequently sex worker rights.
TRANSGENDER STEREOTYPES 8:10 pm
Jaitara is a transformational artist, guiding lovers and creators to live their ultimate love life -- spiritually, sexually, and creatively -- with or without a partner.
To support you in private sessions or at workshops and retreats, Jaitara holds space with the tenderness of a mother, the wisdom of an elder, and with youthful playfulness.
She is the author of the #1 bestselling book, The Four Sacred Laws of Sexual Enlightenment, and is the is the founder of Vancouver's Women’s Red Tent Mysteries, and The Tantra of Being events.
Jaitara is a teacher of Tantric living, Sacred Sexuality, and a master facilitator of breath, guided meditation, intimacy coaching, and personal transformation. A lover of dance, she incorporates movement as a method of transformation, healing, and play.
She is certified as a Holistic Rebirther, Cuddle Party Facilitator, Reiki Master Teacher, and as a life and business coach.
Jaitara is thrilled to be back at the Sacred Sexual Music Festival offering her gifts and her love for this magical event.
EXOTIC CHAIR DANCE 4:40 pm
CUDDLE CORNER all DAY!
Known as a “crazy inventor” by his friends and neighbours, Ian of Vancouver Island has supported his family for 40 years by inventing electronic products, and has dozens of unusual interests.
His favourite area of exploration is as a bodyworker, focusing on sexual health and education for men and women.
Trained with Caffyn Jesse (Erospirit.ca) in Intimacy Education, he also brings his interests in Sufism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Taoism into his bodywork.
With training also in Trager massage, alternative medicine, and intimacy education, Ian offers a full spectrum view to healing and well being, particularly around sexuality.
SEXUAL HEALTH for MEN 6:40 pm
LOVERS CARESS: MYSTICAL HARP MUSIC
This band includes Fanny Starchild and Vegari, with Fanny sending out waves of love with every note on her heavenly harp, while her beloved partner, Vegari, plays bass, and percussion.
Together they compose and offer jazzy improvised, sexy music to soothe and delight -- Caribbean, Latin, and Afro Pop, offering French and English lyrics.
Have a listen .... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGSmFTX-sQw
LOVERS CARESS: MYSTICAL HARP MUSIC 1 pm & 1:50 pm
Sonya studied "Sexuality in Cinema" at Concordia University's Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in Montreal.
Since moving back to her native city of Vancouver, she's become a consultant for Pure Romance, providing relationship enhancement and intimate products.
She also offers workshops and seminars to men, women, and couples on expanding sexual horizons by exploring topics such as aphrodisiacs, sensual aromatherapy, tantra, and BDSM.
In addition to articles on sexual health, she also writes erotica fiction.
PLAYING WITH POWER DYNAMICS 7:50 pm
Lisa is a Playful AmoraTherapist and Sensual Adventure Guide.
She combines a love of sensual scents and essential oils, plus a background in adventure tourism, yoga, circus arts, massage, tantra, and shamanism to offer a fun, magical, and healing experience.
About Lisa's massage, she claims she will "break you out of your shell, turn your reality on its head and make you fall in love with your entire self all over again."
BLESSED BOOTY SHAKING 5:30 pm
VISIT LISA at THE SACRED SPOT in the HALL BALCONY
INCREASE YOUR PLEA-SURE POSSIBILITIES 5:10 pm
Native to Beirut, Lebanon, Rawia grew up watching her mom belly dance at parties.
Since the age of six she has been exploring Tribal, Eastern, and Egyptian belly dance.
Rawia taught basic belly dance at Ballare Dance Studio in Bahrain as well as private dance lessons before moving to Victoria, British Columbia in 2018.
Idealizing sensuality, beauty, and love, Rawia dances to express her deep emotions and loves to offer this sacred form of communication between heaven and earth.
Indeed, Rawia says, "This dance is a sacred and direct form of connection with the Divine."
PRAYERFORMANCE 9:20 pm
EVERYONE BELLY DANCE CLASS 9:30 pm
CHANT YOUR HEART OPEN!
"Chant Your Heart Open!" is a warmly embracing and participatory sound experience that offers healing songs and melodic mantras to open your heart and enliven your spirit. It's for everyone!
Led by Wendy DeMos on vocals and guitar and accompanied by Anne Leader on harmonium and piano, and Nathen Aswell on bass, Wendy's songs are deeply spiritual, celebrate life, and support the body and heart to go within.
“By repeating the mantras and uplifting lyrics, we increase their power,” she says. "When we express our souls with these sounds, we tune into specific frequencies of consciousness — like a radio tuning into different stations — and we vibrate at the frequency of love."
Chant Your Heart Open gatherings support community, healing, compassion, and joy, dedicated not only to our own uplifting, but to healing Mother Earth and to our larger human family.
CHANT YOUR HEART OPEN! 3:15 pm
Anne Leader is a musician, composer, and music teacher with an inherent awareness and respect for the power music has to impact people’s lives.
In her twenties and inspired by contemporary artists of the day, Anne turned her focus to rock music and began writing, recording, and performing with groups such as Barney Bentall and Spirit Of The West.
Her love for music composition directed her into the world of television where she scores award-winning films.
Anne has a passion for musical styles and instruments from all corners of the world, in particular, India. She incorporates them into her compositions and works with these instruments with great respect and reverence.
with CHANT YOUR HEART OPEN 3:15 pm
Nathen Aswell plays bass, Chapman Stick and is a recording artist and inspirational speaker based in Vancouver.
He believes that his calling in this life is to encourage people to live Big Lives one Small Step at a time.
Nathen honours his calling by performing and speaking internationally at conferences, concerts, retreats and churches, presenting his music, stories and tools for transformation with his voice and the Chapman Stick (a 12-stringed electronic instrument that is tapped with both hands like a piano).
WITH CHANT YOUR HEART OPEN 3:15 pm
WILL BLUNDERFIELD (TEJ RANDHIR SINGH)
Will is a yogi, podcast host, musician, seeker, and dedicated champion of the LGBTQIA + community.
He currently has two award-winning albums out globally, "Hallelujah" and "Wild Horses" and is training in Buddhist Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Level II Kundalini Yoga.
As an outspoken advocate for sexual and gender fluidity, he has been featured in national media outlets, in print, online, and on television.
Gabor Maté, M.D. says, “Will’s voice is supple and ethereal, his musicality impeccable, and he delivers his songs from a deep place within that reaches into our hearts and souls.”
And Bif Naked calls him “a powerful and beautiful mentor, whose music fills the universe with a love energy from his soul.”
Will’s goal is to bring authenticity, positivity, and love back into the pop music world and bring Kundalini yoga music to the masses.
WILL BLUNDERFIELD 8:35 pm
Gershone has been traveling as a musician since 2002, touring North America with bands like DubConscious and Rahasya.
As well, he has found himself in the heart of the Mantra Music genre, playing festivals from Bhaktifest to Bonnaroo with a variety of well-loved music artists including Wah!, David Newman aka Durga Das, and David Estes and Ananda Rasa Kirtan.
In 2015, he spent six weeks in northern India to dip his toes into Indian classical music. He returned inspired to share his love of Kirtan to all across the nation!
GERSHONE KIRTAN 6:55 pm
Steven Seva is a passionate tantrika, lover, public speaker, business owner, serial entrepreneur, and musician and has been teaching sexuality intensives for 12 years.
His training includes the International School of Temple Arts Spiritual Shamanic Sexuality series (ISTA), as well as training in Compassionate Communication and Emotional Intelligence with the Love Coach Academy.
His private mentors include Triambika Ma Vive (ISTA), as well as Scott Catamas and Emily of Love Coach Academy.
His public speaking style is tailored specifically for people hungry for transformation who have a sincere willingness to self reflect as his style is provocative, loving, direct, graceful, and compassionate.
"Awareness is key to heal any of our limiting patterns," says Steven. "I like to bring light to our blocks, fears, self-defeating habits, and self-sabatoging beliefs."
HUNGRY FOR TRANSFORMATION? 2:55 pm
CATAYA T. CAVEN
Cataya is a Holistic Wellness Coach and Counsellor and an intuitive channel. As well, she offers natal chart analysis.
"Everything is interconnected," she says. "Between our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual parts, there are underlying messages that want to be heard and understood to help us become empowered, bountiful, peaceful, and joyful."
In a supportive and safe environment, Cataya and her Soul Mapping method work to unlock and unblock the pieces that are holding you back to help move you into a place of empowerment and alignment.
As well, by creating a step-by-step path, her effective Soul Coaching helps to move you from wishing a change in your life to bringing those goals and desires to fruition.
CATAYA IS AVAILABLE AS COACH AND LISTENING SUPPORT
Rachele is a Holistic Counsellor and Life Coach who specializes in helping women find their own unique path to empowerment through personalized self-care practices, reconnecting with self-love, and rebuilding self-trust.
Through her own journey with chronic pain and divorce, Rachele offers a compassionate edge when supporting her clients.
Plus, she is particularly gifted with the ability to hold space for those who are empaths, intuitives, or highly sensitive.
"Self-love practices, speaking your truth, expressing your needs, and setting healthy boundaries," she says, "all contribute to moving you to a place of empowerment."
RACHELE IS AVAILABLE AS COACH AND LISTENING SUPPORT
Megan Gilron (she|her|hers) built a self-directed career as a Sex Educator and Youth Facilitator and has privately trained in the Bodysex Method with Betty Dodson, PhD, as well as with Barbara Carrellas and Jaliya Ma.
She is a certified Mental Health First Aider, regularly attends summits and conferences in the sex education field, and was accepted into the Spring 2019 cohort for the Sexual Health Educators Certification with Options for Sexual Health.
These certifications and trainings contribute to the high calibre of her workshops and talks about sexuality, communication, consent and assertiveness for Safeteen International -- a violence prevention program focused on creating healthy dialogue with young people around assertiveness, boundaries and consent, communication, conflict resolution, social media safety, and self-care.
MEGAN OFFERS INFO ON THE SAFETEEN PROGRAM AT THE PRESENTERS TABLE
Sheryl integrates massage, craniosacral, lymphatic breast massage, the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy, Holistic Pelvic Care (internal vaginal work), and shamanic practices and with these skills focuses on pelvic health and integrated sexuality.
Sheryl says that listening to the body’s subtle cues and weaving modalities together yields profound levels of relaxation and healing.
"Our physical state is profoundly affected by our emotions, mental overwhelm, our disconnect from ourselves, community, nature, and our purpose," she explains. "We rarely consider the impact of these imbalances, especially as it ripples out into our sexuality."
Integrated sexuality work is where Sheryl Watson has done her most profound personal healing and it is this aspect of her integrated work that gives her the most joy and professional fulfillment.
THE IMPORTANCE OF PELVIC FLOOR STRENGTH 4:10 pm
Julia is dedicated to empowering everyone to live life orgasmically -- in each moment!
She works with men and women individually and in groups to help them overcome past conditioning around intimacy so they can blossom from the inside out.
Julia intends to raise everyone's standards around sex. No more "shameful junk sex," she says. "Instead, why not up-level to "sacred gourmet sex?"
Which would you prefer?
As an intimacy coach, she will give hands-on training and gently guide you through sexual blocks to open the door to bliss.
SEX TIPS YOU NEED TO KNOW Sacred Spot Balcony School
SAT KRIYA KAUR
Sat Kriya Kaur is a KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher teaching both private students and regular classes at Yoga West.
She has a passion for sharing deep principles of yoga to enhance her student's understanding and awareness.
Sat Kriya Kaur recently returned from India where she taught Kundalini Yoga and studied tabla and classic Indian vocals.
With formal study in contemporary dance, martial arts & Qi Kung, Sat Kriya Kaur will lead movement-based Celestial Communication at the Festival. Sat Nam! Wahe Guru!
BODY PRAYER 1:40 pm
Olivia is a passionate and inspired Relationship Coach and Somatic Sex Educator who guides singles and couples to experience their unlimited potential.
"Through trust and respect, I like to help my clients feel happier and more connected," she says.
She does this by supporting them to make choices toward a more embodied and enlightened way of being. As well, she uses somatic and communication skills to uncover blocks in the body .
Scar tissue, ageing, hormones, health issues can contribute to pain during sex. Emotional trauma from childhood or first-time sexual experiences writes its memory on our bodies, creating pain. This can be devastating for any kind of intimacy.
Learn to heal the emotional trauma stored in your body and learn to explore options with our bodies as we age.
SEX AND AGING: THINGS YOUR DOCTOR WON'T TELL YOU 5:20 pm
Ryan serves as a sex and relationship coach for men through his content, group workshops, and individual coaching.
He helps men cultivate emotional and sexual self-mastery, and become unapologetic in who they are, resulting in more respect, appreciation, and intimacy in their relationships.
As a coach, he comes with a mixed bag of experience. He has a B.Sc., from the Royal Military College. Over a decade of training and experience in leadership in the military. He’s a Master Practitioner of NLP and certified hypnotherapist. And for the last 8 years, he’s taken innumerable workshops and training around meditation, sexuality, group therapy, and conscious relationships.
Ryan has interviewed over 100 sex and relationship experts, and currently has numerous articles, videos, and over 130 available podcast episodes to help men get the kind of sex life and relationship they deserve.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR MEN:
FINDING LOVE FOR WOMEN (WHEN YOU FEEL RESENTMENT) 6:20pm
Mahan is a down-to-earth, reach-for-the-skies, wildly spirited woman.
As a passionate and committed yogini, dynamic healer, and lifestyle entrepreneur, Mahan shares ancient practices and practical modern tools to inspire and support others along their transformational path to holistic health and well-being.
Mahan shares the practice of kundalini yoga, known as the Yoga of Awareness to guide and assist others in living life with vitality, creativity, and a connection to their higher self.
Mahan discovered yoga in her early 20s when she was suffering from depression. And now, her passion for yoga and wellness has not only brought healing to herself it is spreading like wildfire in Vancouver through her yoga company and top-notch team.
To learn more, visit:
Facebook: MahanDharma Instagram: @mahandharmaqueen
ACTIVATE YOUR PRIMAL ENERGY using KUNDALINI YOGA 2:40 pm.
Wendy devoted 40 years to social service work in Manitoba helping vulnerable people involved in the sex trade. However, she had limited awareness of the full spectrum of sex work.
"Once I was introduced to somatic sex education," she says, "I came to see another side of sex work that had eluded me for many years."
It was through her own sexual healing that Wendy came to understand how important somatic sex education was and, with this inspiration, she signed up for training as a Somatic Sex Educator.
Hear the fascinating story of her journey from being abolitionist-leaning to embracing somatic sex education.
SEX TRADE ABOLITIONIST TURNED SOMATIC SEX EDUCATOR 4 pm
Kamile is a dynamic singer-songwriter and storyteller. She shares candidly about relationships and sexuality in a way that has audiences laughing and relating.
“Kamile has a natural sense of humour and flow to her performance that is engaging and fosters total audience participation."
- Paul Plimley, Vancouver Jazz legend.
“You can take it slow or make it fast. Nobody is there pressuring you to last. It’s all about feeling the self-love. Chillax and give yourself the love you’ve been seeking from somebody else.”
HOW TO LOSE YOUR VIRGINITY WITHOUT LOSING YOURSELF 8:50 pm
Morgaine is a photographer, doula, birth educator, rebirthing breathworker, holographic kinetics practitioner, yogi, personal wellness coach, bioresonance and mandala light therapy practitioner who follows the flow of spirit on the west coast of Canada and around the world.
“After the birth of my son I experienced quite profound post-partum depression so I trained in the healing modalities that were most effective for my own wellness. As I healed, I experienced beautiful states of bliss that lasted for days," she explains. "I saw how we separate ourselves from pleasure, sweetness and life force in our busy lives and how the primary experience of birth and first limbic imprinting sets the tone for this dualistic approach to life."
After birthing her son in a completely natural way at home, and learning more about how to generate pleasure and self-love in her life, Morgaine explored how neuroscience, limbic imprinting, fear, pain, and pleasure have all been imprinted in our usual primary life experience.
"What if birth was orgasmic?" she asks. "What if the orgasmic state we experience in love-making extended itself through pregnancy and birth? What if we came into the world not through pain and fear, but through confidence, pleasure, and orgasmic exuberance? What kind of world could we create?"
Join us as Morgaine shares and holds space for the sacredness in our sexuality and how that leads to pleasure and orgasmic bliss in birthing.
Also, Morgaine was voted Best Newborn Photographer by VancouverMom.ca!