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Radiant Intimacy

A Modern-Day Crucible for Healing, Awakening, and Celebrating Life

May 24th – 27th, 2019

1440 Multiversity, 800 Bethany Drive
Scotts Valley, CA 95066


A retreat with Helen Fisher, Terry Real, Celeste Hirschman, Dimitry Yakoushkin, Michaela Boehm, Steve James, Diane Poole Heller, and other teachers, leading scientists, and artists.
Facilitated by Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo.


We all long for love. We long to be intimately connected to ourselves and others. For some, a partnership or marriage is the natural outcome of this longing. Others find alternative styles of intimacy more fulfilling. For most of us, love and sexuality can be complex and confusing. 

We live in a dynamic time of transition with post patriarchy relationships, gender equality, new femininity and masculinity, modern parenting and modern sexual dynamics.

Radiant intimacy is an emerging field of exploration bringing awareness to the topics of relationships, sexuality, and love while drawing from psychology, trauma theory, modern evolutionary biology and science sex research. By bringing together practitioners from a multiplicity of backgrounds and disciplines, we will give you tools to navigate the complexities of modern day relating and expand your experience of intimacy.

Through carefully crafted exercises, keynote lectures, targeted workshops, potent meditations, and performances, you will engage the concept of radiant intimacy, and how to express and integrate it within a spiritual path. You will also explore:

  • Attachment styles and their effects on relationships
  • Shadow elements within a relationship, and how early developmental trauma can impact our capacity for relating
  • How sexuality and sexual energy—an essential life force—can open us to the experience of our true nature and the unity consciousness
  • The evolution and future of human sexuality, love, and relationships
  • Transparent communication skills.

Why Attend?

  • Explore radiant intimacy through the lenses of neuroscience, integral psychotherapy, and attachment theory.
  • Get a taste of expanded aliveness and intimate attunement through a rich selection of workshops, experiential activities, and performances with leading educators, scientists, and artists.
  • Explore ways to break outdated paradigms for relationships and sexuality—create relationships that are more aligned with who you are and with your deepest desires.


None required

Experience Level:

None required


Our home for the retreat will be the 1440  located in the beautiful redwoods near Santa Cruz, CA

Workshop facilitators

Helen Fisher – Neuroscientist and Anthropologist
Internationally-renowned neuroscientist and biological anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher is a pioneer in the biology of human personality and the neurochemistry of leadership. Named a TED All-Star and one of “the 15 most amazing women in science today” by Business Insider, Dr. Fisher has given the world a new way to look at relationships and “corporate chemistry.” Her groundbreaking research has shown how understanding the biology behind personality styles can be used to build teams and corporate boards, advertise, innovate, and succeed at work.
The Chief Scientific Advisor for, Dr. Fisher has developed The Fisher Temperament Inventory. Taken by over 14 million people in 40 countries, the Inventory is the first and only personality questionnaire built from and validated by neuroscience (using fMRI brain scanning data). Her discovery of the four basic biological styles of thinking and behaving — Explorer, Builder, Director, and Negotiator — represents the biggest leap in personality tools in the last 100 years.
A Senior Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute and an Anthropologist at Rutgers University, Dr. Fisher is the most referenced scholar in the field of love and relationships in the world today. A documentary film based on her work, Sleepless in New York, premiered in April 2014. She has written five bestsellers on the neuroscience behind human social behavior, including Why Him? Why Her? and the 1994 classic Anatomy of Love, which was released in a second edition in February 2016.
In addition to appearing on 20/20 and The Colbert Report, her articles have appeared in The Huffington Post, Frontiers in Psychology, and Newsweek, where she examined the leadership styles of Presidential nominees.

Terry Real is a nationally recognized family therapist, author, and teacher.  He is particularly known for his groundbreaking work on men and male psychology as well as his work on gender and couples; he has been in private practice for over twenty-five years. Terry has appeared often as the relationship expert for Good Morning America and ABC News. His work has been featured in numerous academic articles as well as media venues such as Oprah, 20/20, The Today Show, CNN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today and many others. 

In 1997 he published the national bestseller: I Don’t Want To Talk About It, the first book ever written on the topic of male depression. That was followed by How Can I Get Through To You? an exploration of the role of patriarchy in relationships and most recently, The New Rules of Marriage: What You Need to Know to Make Love Work, a practical guide for couples and couples therapists. 

Terry founded The Relational Life Institute, in Arlington, Massachusetts, dedicated to working with the general population to help women reclaim their voices and men open their hearts. The Institute offers a training program for therapists as well as workshops and trainings throughout the US and Canada. 

For more information on his work, please visit his website,

Celeste Hirschman received her Master’s Degree in Human Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s Studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC). At UCSC she was a Teaching Assistant as well as a Dean’s and Chancellor’s Award recipient for her thesis. She taught as a lecturer at San Francisco State University (SFSU) in the Human Sexuality Studies Department and was a Research Assistant and Project Manager at the SFSU’s Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality, where she published numerous articles on adolescent sexuality development. She was also an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, where she taught the Sexological Bodywork Training and Certification Program. She is the the Co-creator of the Somatica Method ® and is the Co-Founder and Lead Instructor at the Somatica Institute. She also has her own private practice where she sees clients in her San Francisco office. She is the co-author of two books – Making Love Real and Cockfidence.

Dimitry Yakoushkin is a Sex and Relationship Coach and a Certified Somatic Practitioner since early 2010. He is an Instructor in the Somatica method and holds a Sexological Bodywork certificate from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco. Dimitry is also trained in the Hakomi Method – a body-based, experiential therapy method that helps clients get in touch with and live from their deepest self. Prior to his entering into sex and relationship coaching, Dimitry worked for over ten years as a counselor and tutor to high school and college students in both academics and life skills. Dimitry’s professional track and field career has given him fantastic embodied awareness, and his warm, patient approach creates an atmosphere of safety and acceptance where women, men, and couples can explore their desires, heal from trauma, share passion and experience profound transformation.

img-Michaela-BoehmMichaela Boehm is a lineage holder in Kashmiri Shaivism Tantra having received a classical tantric education from a young age. Born and raised in Austria, Michaela also has an extensive background in Jungian and Forensic Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Therapy and Hypnosis as well as numerous somatic modalities. Upon moving to the United States in 1994, Michaela established a 24-year counseling practice logging over 40,000 client hours. Included in her clinical experience are 4 years as a counselor and treatment plan developer of a Malibu celebrity drug rehabilitation center, subsequently consulting other facilities on wholistic treatment plans. Michaela is the founder of The Non-Linear Movement Method®, a somatic movement modality which facilitates stress and trauma release and is now taught internationally through authorized teachers. In addition to over twenty years of extensive academic and clinical background in psychology and counseling, Michaela traveled and taught with David Deida for 13 years. She teaches internationally and has developed a women’s curriculum for feminine embodiment as well as teaching couples and men about the principles of intimacy and polarity. Her book ‘The Wild Woman’s Way’ will be published in June 2018 by Enliven/Atria, an imprint of Simon and Schuster. Michaela’s current private clients include Oscar-winning actors, producers, writers, multiple Grammy-winning musicians and several family offices, which she consults on second generation wealth issues.

Steve-James-Speaker Steve James travels internationally teaching somatic practices, meditation, yoga, as well as leading explorations in contemplative, mystic, and relational realms. Known for his intelligent, grounded approach and his dedication to first-hand research he has extensive experience in elite athletic performance, contemplative and spiritual disciplines, the arts, extreme outdoor survival, and human behaviour. In addition to private client work and international public workshops, Steve has released a DVD series of his movement approach called the Movement Koan® Method, a fusion of joint-nourishing movement and body-based mindfulness. Steve’s current private clients range from pioneering entrepreneur CEO’s and multi-billion dollar fund managers to multiple Grammy-winning musical artists and Oscar-winning actors.

Diane Poole Heller, Ph.D., is an established expert in the field of Adult Attachment Theory, Trauma Resolution, and integrative healing techniques. She is a renowned trainer, presenter, and speaker offering many workshops, webinars and educational materials on Trauma and Attachment emphasizing their effects on childhood and adult relationships. Diane has created the Dynamic Attachment Re-Patterning experience and the DARe to CONNECT series on Healing Early Childhood and Adult Attachment Wounds. With refreshing clarity and humor, she has lectured and taught professionals internationally as a Somatic Experiencing® Senior Faculty member and a Somatic Attachment Educator. She has also created very popular interactive online Attachment Mastery Programs and the ongoing Therapy Mastermind Group.

* 1440 Supplemental Option Classes include: yoga, meditation, nature walks, Qi gong & Tai Chi

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