My original goal after my Primordial Sound Meditation Weekend at The Chopra Center last month was 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes at night.
It is a meditation technique rooted in the Vedic tradition of India revived by Chopra Center co-founders Deepak Chopra and David Simon. If you haven’t heard about the Chopra Center it is in Carlsbad at the La Costa Resort and Spa.
It was more class time than I thought it would be, but then again how long can you meditate and the instruction gave you a chance to understand the origin, benefits, and put together a vision for your practice. If you’re not in the area,  they also have a Free 21 day guided meditation challenge online which starts on February 20th. For more on the guided meditation and what led me to this place check out Project Zen: Finding Stillness. The Art of Ascension is for anyone looking for a means to create a better world, anyone seeking an effective way to dissolve stress, improve health, build a positive outlook of life, explore their spirituality, and ultimately expand their consciousness. A “First Sphere” meditation workshop is being offered over the weekend of December 4-6 in Bentonville, beginning Friday evening at 7pm-10pm, then Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 5pm. Event details may change at any time, always check with the event organizer when planning to attend this event or purchase tickets. Nicole Daedone Nicole is a sought-after speaker, teacher, and author who has spent her groundbreaking career redefining orgasm from a woman’s point of view. OM uniquely combines the tradition of extended orgasm with Nicole’s own interest in Zen Buddhism, mystical Judaism and semantics. Steven Kotler Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and cofounder and director of research for the Flow Genome Project. Flow Flow is an optimal state of consciousness where we both feel our best and perform at our best. Naomi WolfAuthor, social critic, and political activist Naomi Wolf raises awareness about the pervasive inequities that exist in society and politics.
Wolf’s landmark international bestseller, The Beauty Myth, challenged the cosmetics industry and the marketing of unrealistic standards of beauty, launching a new wave of feminism in the early 1990s. Power, Sex and The Feminine"Is a greater awareness of the divine feminine emerging in the world? Why is this idea of the Goddess -- a concept that remains highly controversial in our Western (and often alienated) contexts -- such a lightning rod? Gabrielle Anwar You may know Gabrielle Anwar for her role as Margaret Tudor on The Tudors, for dancing the tango with Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman, and for her role as Fiona Glenanne on USA's Burn Notice. Catherine Oxenberg Award-winning actress Catherine Oxenberg is best known for her role as Amanda Carrington on the 1980s prime time soap opera Dynasty. Born and raised on Chicago’s South Side, Slaughter developed an early and passionate interest in the concepts of forgiving and reconciliation. Slaughter is an entrepreneur, author and filmmaker behind the powerful documentary collection "Odyssey To Save Ulysses." Mr. Marc David Marc is the Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, a leading visionary, teacher and consultant in Nutritional Psychology, and the author of the classic and bestselling books Nourishing Wisdom and The Slow Down Diet. Emily Rosen Emily is the Chief Operating Officer for the internationally acclaimed Institute for the Psychology of Eating, where she oversees business development strategies, student affairs, marketing and PR, and keeps a pulse on the fields of nutrition and eating psychology to ensure the Institute’s position as a leader worldwide.
Her two popular docu-films, "The Pain Game" and "Tie Me Up" are noted for their authenticity in embodying the spirit of connected BDSM play. Eli Block After spending five and a half years working for tech industry leader, Apple, Eli had the realization that while computers and humans both have buttons you can push, they function in very different ways. Jennifer Steed Jennifer Steed, from Nelson, BC Canada is a passionate and engaging facilitator of yoga, ecstatic and trance dance as well as health and lifestyle coach specializing in adrenal exhaustion, depression and anxiety. Founder of one of Canada's premiere yoga teacher training programs, trainer for T.Harv Eker of Peak Potentials and Success Resources Jennifer brings a sincere yet humorous approach to living an embodied joyous life. Neil Strauss Neil Strauss is the author of seven New York Times bestselling books, including The Game, How to Make Love Like a Porn Star with Jenna Jameson, and The Dirt.
The men of Orgasmic Meditation take the spotlight for 50 minutes of unfiltered conversation about men, women, OM and life. Some men wonder why on earth they would spend their time stroking a woman for 15 minutes without any reciprocation. Rob, Marcus and Eli are taking the lid off on their personal lives and giving you the inside scoop on a life lived in Orgasm. Learn to OM Learn to OM is a great starting point for both men and women who are looking for the concise, “cliffs notes” version of how to learn OM as a practice.
Art of Intimacy You know that moment you feel the spark of connection between you and another?
Join your conference friends for an evening of connection and experience more electrciity, intimacy and aliveness in your relationships - new and old. Through a series of playful one-on-one exercises express your desire, speak your truth and see a new side of others around you. A Hunger for Life: Food, Sex, and the Insatiable There are parts of us that hunger for a lifetime – the desire for food visits us daily, our appetite for sex can pulsate every cell, while the longing for a turned on life may be one of our biggest hungers of all. Orgasmic Meditation Just like practicing yoga or meditation with others, there's something about practicing OM in a group. Rachel Cherwitz Rachel Cherwitz is a passionate player in the arena of bringing consciousness into the shadowy areas where people most commonly shut down - sexual shame, eating disorders, anger. Yoga Movement is medicine and part of living the orgasmic life is breathing, moving and enjoying your body more.
Join OneTaste founder, Nicole Daedone for a dynamic evening of lecture, discussion and a live demonstration of the practice of Orgasmic Meditation.
In this highly participatory hour, Joanna Van Vleck, President of OneTaste invites audience members to join her on stage to share their stories of OM and transformation.


Before CrossFit (BC), Brian was a software startup technologist with roles in product management and business development.
Brian Mulvaney gives his thoughts on belief, behavior and the adoption of radically good methods from fifteen years of CrossFit.
Reese Jones is a biophysicist studying internet evolution intersecting biological life on this planet.
Join biophysicist Reese Jones for a discussion of the interplay amongst orgasm, flow, sex, internet, death and infinite play.
Sex in Wonderland: Light and Dark Worlds When Transcendent Sex Takes You through the Looking-Glass Everybody has the potential to access other realities and spiritual experiences during sex. JaiyaJaiya is an internationally recognized, award-winning sexologist, author of Red Hot Touch & Blow Each Other Away, filmmaker and the founder of New World Sex Education: a company dedicated to using “real” sex education to help men and women experience the sex lives they desire.
Alphagasm by Barrie ColeAlphagasm is a hilarious and serious performance-essay which uses the letters of the alphabet as a structure to investigate, celebrate, and contemplate Om and the landscape of orgasm.
His Katdelic counterparts are in perfect harmony with him and the result is something that has your full attention while you tap you foot and have your soul touched at the same time. They give you a personal mantra (sound), which when repeated silently, helps quiet your mind and get you to a deeper more peaceful place. A one-time cost of $300 USD includes this workshop and unlimited participation in future First Spheres.
Starting with her fundamental belief that a woman’s sex is her power, she treats supposedly taboo subjects with unparalleled humor, intelligence, and insight. Helping to foster a new conversation about orgasm—one that’s relevant and real—she has inspired thousands of students to make OM a part of their everyday lives.
With an entrepreneurial background in consumer internet businesses, Joanna brings her experience and unique perspective to the practice of Orgasmic Meditation in a way that no one could have anticipated. His books include The Rise of Superman, Abundance, A Small, Furry Prayer, West of Jesus, and The Angle Quickest for Flight.
She encourages people to take charge of their lives, voice their concerns and offers specific ways to enact change.
She’s a frequent blogger for The Huffington Post and writes cultural commentary for The Washington Post and Harper’s Bazaar.
How are respect for female desire and sexuality, and a greater empowerment of women politically and socially, connected?
Gabrielle is also a talented film maker and will be presenting her current project with co-creator Catherine Oxenberg. She is a strong advocate for womens' issues and is passionate in her desire to improve the conditions of women who live in suppressive cultures. Slaughter is Chief Navigator of Slaughter and Slaughter, a multi-faceted development consultant company that specializes in holistic reconciliation.
Slaughter is author of the book "Dear Daddy, I hate you: letters to my mother's killer" and Founder of The Faces of Our Fathers Film Festival. With an extensive and varied background in nutritional science, counseling, natural foods, the culinary arts, conscious sex education, mind body practices, business management and marketing, Emily brings a unique skill-set to her role as a consultant to corporate and professional clientele. Reef Karim Reef Karim is a double board certified Psychiatrist, Addiction Specialist and Relationship Expert. A versatile sadomasochist, she came out in the San Francisco Leather Scene in the early 80s. Sara Gottfried is a hormone expert, Harvard-educated physician, keynote speaker and author of the New York Times bestselling book The Hormone Cure: Reclaim Balance, Sleep, Sex Drive and Vitality Naturally with The Gottfried Protocol (Simon & Schuster, 2013). Having served over 20,000 people globally Jennifer is a global citizen delivering memorable impactful programs. He is also a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and a former columnist at The New York Times.
In this dynamic interactive hour, ask them any question you like about how the practice of OM has changed them, their connections with women, their beliefs about sex and pretty much everything about their lives.
After the class, you'll have the opportunity to try OM for yourself in the Conference OM sessions. Join Marc David and Emily Rosen - founders of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, as they weave together compelling ideas, stories, science, and research around how food, sex, body image, metabolism and weight can be places of great challenge – and immense power. Let me share with you what I know about  journeying into consensual erotic powerplay.   I'll tell you how I gained personal growth and learned to enjoy new levels of sexual intimacy. With rapid advances in technology and a rapid decline in interpersonal skills, our brains are slowly changing and more and more people report being less satisfied.
Reef Karim, will break down the science of connection and highlight which experiential techniques, including following one's desire, can make dramatic shifts in connection and enhance personal development. Nicole takes us on a ride into the raw possibilities of a life lived in Orgasm, sharing stories, insights and ideas that ignite your body and mind for the weekend ahead. So why not bring together our keynote speakers for 50 minutes of dynamic conversation about the themes and trends that have emerged over the weekend. Tech Geeks, Trauma Survivors, Parents, Former Priests, Monks and more get personal about how OM has impacted their sex, lives and relationships.
He was an original member of the first CrossFit gym in Santa Cruz and has advised the founder since 2002. Jenny Wade is the internationally known researcher, speaker, and author of Transcendent Sex: When Lovemaking Opens the Veil and numerous other books and articles on sex, altered states of consciousness, and their transformational power.
This presentation discusses the great potentials and potential hazards of transcendent sex. Jaiya has mentored thousands of men and woman in her private session work and has appeared as a guest expert on Playboy, the Doctors, Good Morning America, Anderson Cooper, TLC and Joy Behar. Her most recent play, "Elevator Tours," the third in her trilogy about relationships premiered in January of this year to sold-out houses and was called an "unmitigated triumph of perversity." Critic Tony Adler wrote, "Cole mounts a powerful attack on our expectations.


With her passion, perseverance and pure orgasm, Joanna is pioneering the Industry of Orgasm. His work has been translated into thirty languages and his articles have appeared in more than seventy publications, including New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Wired, and Forbes. When she wrote Vagina: A New Biography, Wolf was surprised to find that the discussion of 'the divine feminine' and 'the Goddess', a concept that many cultures take for granted, proved to be the most controversial and even outrageous premise in the book, to many Western critics - even though many readers expressed how much they longed for this ideal to manifest, and how healing they found it to be in terms of their sexuality and self-image.
What does it even mean to recognize and embrace 'the divine feminine', even 'the Goddess' within, and how would that help to heal our incredibly damaged, battered constructs of women, female desire and sex, and the female body? Catherine is also a talented film maker and will be presenting her current project with co-creator Gabrielle Anwar. He supported the strategic development of The OM Reconciliation Council and serves as a council member. His expertise in difficult family reconciliations was the subject of an Oprah Winfrey Network pilot called "Reconciled." Mr. She has been a long-term director and administrator for Weight Loss Camps and Programs serving teens and adults. He's an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience, the founder and director of The Control Center, a personal development rehab in Beverly Hills and a published author, journalist and media personality. He enjoys experimenting with life and has a passion for doing the personal work required to meet it on its terms. An expert in interpersonal dynamics and communication, Robert is committed to helping men and women uncover the behaviors they employ with each other by teaching how to shine a light on the unconscious, and bring it into a new, healthier space of aware- ness.
Find out from experienced strokers why stroking is an unmatched pleasure - in more ways than one! What about that electricity in your body that comes from not holding back, but letting out what's true for you? This creative presentation will help you understand the science of appetite, the chemistry of pleasure, and the metabolic power of orgasm in a whole new way. As we embody our erotic archetypes the door to pleasure, personal power and the grace of surrender opens wide. People are more anxious, more reliant on prescription pills, more impulsive, more lonely and many are numbing out and escaping with drugs and alcohol. Some of the advice was good: CrossFit is now a small business revolution of ten thousand independently operated gyms, eighty five thousand trainers, millions of committed practitioners and a disruptive force across the fields of fitness and health. Her script becomes a kind of micro-tragedy, about two people using every ounce of their intelligence, creativity, goofy comic sensibilities, and vast immaturity to defeat whatever makes the most sense." In addition to writing plays, Cole is completing a book of short stories entitled, Fascinating Mistakes. The next day we started the morning with a yoga class and then continued with more meditation and focused on our next steps so we would walk away with a plan. And Emily has held the position of Executive Chef at the world renowned Option Institute and The Autism Treatment Center of America. He's published scientific articles in the International Journal of Neuroscience, The Journal of Addiction Medicine and many others. Gottfried has been dedicated to helping men and women feel at home in their bodies with natural hormone balancing.
His forthcoming book, Game Over, delves deep into relationships, sexuality, and personal transformation.
We’ll learn some great lessons about hunger and appetite, and how to better understand these unstoppable forces that shape our destiny. Profoundly moved by the discovery of how to live a turned-on life, she decided to pursue a career as a coach and teacher of OM to give other people the same opportunity. What do you get when you bring together the scientific understanding of a Harvard-trained MD with the insights of a 20 year practitioner of Orgasm? She is a professor at Sofia University, Palo Alto, and uses her public and proprietary research in human development and change to work with business leaders to enhance organization performance. Cole has been writing and performing her solo work both nationally and in Chicago for many years including numerous alphabet performances on a wide variety of themes, some of which include: Home, Sugar, Bisexuality, Sports, Divorce, Pleasure, Literature and Love. Her passion for health and transformation has provided her the opportunity to teach, counsel, manage, and be at the forefront of the new wave of professionals who are changing the way we understand the science and psychology of eating and sexuality.
After graduating from the physician-scientist training program at Harvard Medical School and MIT, Dr. Over the last 6 years, Rachel has taught thousands of people the practice of Orgasmic Meditation and helped reveal to them what an integral part orgasm can play in their life. With live demos and "hands-on" learning we'll take your experience out of your head and into your body. Early in her career, reviewer Carol Burbank said, "Sometimes Cole seems a hybrid of Gertrude Stein and Kali, exulting in the musicality of language even as she breaks the world open like a rotten egg." She is still doing exactly that.
Gottfried completed her residency at the University of California at San Francisco, where she still teaches medical students. She is currently Head of Sales for OneTaste, now bringing her extensive experiential expertise in business development and sales into training others in how to do sales in an unprecedented, ethical, and orgasmic way. Harvard Educated, Dr Sara Gottfried, gives you the lowdown on how to tune up your hormones for optimal flow.
She is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, a teacher of the adjunct faculty at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and a mentor to medical students in her virtual medicine practice and online learning center, The Gottfried Institute.
For his work in advocacy, television and film, Reef Karim was voted one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive.




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