What Is Aphrodite Temple?
Living Love Revolution Aphrodite Temples are Aphrodisiacal Education Weekend Retreats designed as Sacred Sex Magick Rituals dedicated to the experience of Transpersonal Love and creating sex-positive, consent-oriented, queer-centric, and poly-normative sacred space.
Aphrodite Temples are quarterly opportunities to practice creating a community of Aphrodisiacal culture where we agree to investigate and explore our own needs for touch and intimacy while holding exquisite space for each of us to explore desire as it naturally arises in our bodies. It is open to people of all sexes, genders, sexualities, bodies, and relationship structures.
Experience training in being able to provide Transpersonal Divine Love; love that goes beyond socialization, beyond gender essentialism and beyond heteronormative dyads. The (counter)cultural context created by and experienced within LLR Aphrodite Temples is oriented toward healing the erotic traumas inflicted on all of us by the dominant paradigm and shifting our lived experience from one of oppression and obedience to one of sovereignty and authenticity.
Temple includes five catered meals, two nights’ accommodations at our retreat center, and a three-day facilitated workshop retreat. Dinner on Friday; breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday; and breakfast and optional “leftovers lunch” on Sunday. The weekend begins at 1pm on Friday afternoon and concludes Sunday at 1pm. The three-day workshop includes chanting, singing, meditations, dancing, spell work, and abundant opportunities for connection and ecstatic exploration with individuals and within groups.
After attending Temple, celebrants report experiencing new depths of safety and authenticity that help them achieve unprecedented levels of intimacy and liberation in their personal lives.
Intention and Consent
In Aphrodite Temple, sensuality is celebrated, sex is sacred, your body is a temple, and “All Acts of Love and Pleasure are Her Rituals.” The intention of Aphrodite Temple is to create a sacred sexual group healing that gives you an opportunity to experience yourself as “soul-and-mind-inseparable-from-body1” in intimate context with others.
Our desire is to move you out of a place where intimacy is performative and operates from concepts of looking good and being perfect, into a context where you can see yourself and others as intact and “integrated fields of erotic beauty1” that long to simply BE with each other. Join us as we share the techniques we have learned that allow an expansion of our divine selves and a glimpse at embodied consciousness.
Learn to be physically intimate in small groups with excellent boundaries and clear explicit verbal consent based on a foundation of love. This weekend of embodiment practices is designed to increase your ability to experience both Immanence and Transpersonal Divine Love.
Explicit Verbal Consent
In LLR Aphrodite Temples, explicit verbal consent is the default. As part of Temple programming, we explore our own desires and ability to both give and receive an enthusiastic yes, as well as a compassionate no. Feeling safe, being deeply listened to, being clearly witnessed, and being comfortable in your body are essential aspects of all Aphrodite Temple activities. Authentic and honest communication provides a safe and relaxed environment for participants to explore their inner and outer erotic selves.
The level of intimacy you experience at Aphrodite Temple is completely dependent on your own comfort level. You must be comfortable being in the same room as nudity and sexual activity, but you are in no way required to take off or engage in anything you do not want to. Checking in with yourself and only making authentic requests or offers is prioritized over doing what other people want you to do or acting only to meet other people’s needs.
For More Information
If you have never attended a Living Love Revolution Aphrodite Temple and you are interested in learning more about the program, its context and intentions, please listen to the Temple audio invite here:
What Is Living Love Revolution Aphrodite Temple? Podcast
Spring 2017 Temple Theme:
Breath & Embodiment
February 17th-19th, 2017
House of Breath, Beaverton, Oregon
Mycelium, Bees, and Stardust are the central mysteries of the Living Love Revolution. The February 2017 Temple of Breath and Embodiment is connected to both Mycelium and Bees as our theme focuses on the basic ground of our Being: breath and body. The venue for this temple is the House of Breath in Beaverton, OR. In this temple, we work to create a community and culture based on love that includes love of our own selves and our own bodies as well as extending that love to others and the planet herself (the Gaiaic Body).
Our focus on breath invites us to explore the qualities of the element Air and the Elemental aspects of Air: all things associated with breath: speech, sound, song, music. Bees, birds, the sound and sensations of wings, flight, wind, the caress of breezes on our skin, all of these beings, images and sensations apply.
In the temple we will focus on embodiment practices that keep us grounded and present in these astounding times of transformation and challenge. The veil has been lifted, be present to all that can be seen and the greater mysteries that remain hidden within and without us. We ask ourselves what we need to be grounded in our physical experience. What do we need to stay anchored in the earth plane? As Winter crests in its seasonal round, we contemplate the eternal nature of the air and take a deep look around at the beauty of our bodies and the earth that supports us. Come ask yourself what it is that you need for growth and healing around your sexuality and your life.
Temple FEE: Fair Energy Exchange
We operate on a FEE (Fair Energetic Exchange2) structure. This means we ask to be compensated for the time, money, and energy we put in to the development and running of each temple in a reasonable amount. This also means we are more than willing to work with those who cannot pay full price (see the Work Trade section below).
Price includes five (5) catered meals, two (2) nights’ accommodations at our retreat center, and a three (3) day facilitated retreat-style workshop.
We use a tiered pricing structure. The cost of the temple for all participants is $500, and anything less than that will be considered to include work-trade up to that amount. If you can afford it, you are encouraged to pay above the current minimum (see dates below).
Payments are non-refundable. However if you are unable to attend temple for whatever reason, and you cancel more than a week before you will be able to transfer the amount you have paid to future services, such as future temples or individual sessions.
Sliding Scale Pricing Availability
The full cost of temple is $500, but we offer entry on a sliding scale based upon your own judgement of your financial situation. Those paying $400 or less will be requested to make up the difference in work trade.
Payment is due in full for all participants by February 3rd.
Scholarship & Work Trade
If you are unable to afford the full price of temple we are happy to work with you. We want Aphrodite Temples to be accessible to all, regardless of income.
We offer a small amount of work trade slots that are tailored to your unique talents and financial situation with preferably a minimum cost of $200 to cover the essential expenses of food and accommodation. Other arrangements can be made if necessary. If this is something you would be interested in, please let us know when you arrange your interview.
We also offer the potential of a scholarship fund that is made up of donations. This is only available dependent on the donations we receive. Let us know if you are interested in this during your interview and we will let you know if scholarship funds are available.
Reverend Teri D. Ciacchi, MSW – High Priestess and Creatrix. Teri is the matrix of the Living Love Revolution, a sexologist, a Priestess of Aphrodite, a holistic spiritual healer, and an EcoMagicks practitioner.
She has over 30 years of training in Reclaiming Witchcraft, Ceremonial Magick, Tibetan Buddhism in the lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and the Tantric lineage of Swami Rama, she has taught Living Love Revolution Aphrodite Temples in Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; Austin, TX; and the California Bay Area.
Living Love Revolution is her life work and spiritual calling and a non-hierarchical, self-organizing, experience-based system of healing that focuses on expansion, liberation, and sovereignty.
Oakry – Temple Anchor. Oakry is a shaman, queer activist, and ecosexual. He studied Anglo-Catholic theology in the UK, Eastern Orthodox mysticism in the US, and has a diverse background in esoteric magic. His magical skills and teaching areas include potions making, crafting magical tools, wand lore, anchoring, and long-term caregiving for the dying.
Anchoring involves listening to your own body first, others, the earth, and outside the earth to the cosmos. As an anchor for LLR Aphrodite Temples, Oakry also brings to group ritual his masterful practices of intuition and empathy, skills he uses in his work as an end-of-life caregiver. Oakry has priested and co-priested a magical circle since 1996. He practices sustainable living whenever possible and enjoys spending time on his 800-tree apple orchard, where works as an arborist. Oakry has long been involved with lobbying for immigration reform and has worked with Hosteling International for 17 years to promote cultural understanding through travel.
Kat Camp – Priestess in Training
Kat is a Certified Sexological Bodyworker, intimacy coach, professional cuddlist, and Priestess of Aphrodite with over 15 years of experience in facilitation and coaching. She believes that sexual health, pleasure, and intimate connection with oneself and others are basic human rights, and has finally found a way to help people reclaim those rights.
She offers compassionate, intuitive support to individuals, couples, and groups who want to direct their personal erotic development, deepen their connection with their bodies, or work through issues or concerns around sexuality or relationship. Kat uses an individualized combination of guided breath work, touch, holistic peer counseling, and other tools to help each client in their personal journey towards embodying bliss. Her work is trauma informed, feminist, queer-friendly, poly-normative, and supports all beings in their expressions of sexuality and gender. You can find more about Kat’s professional work at www.EmbodyingBliss.com
Reverend Madeline Adams – Temple Manager. Maddie is an old soul with a young heart. People feel safe, loved, and deeply witnessed in Maddie’s presence. As a healer, Maddie uses Qi Gong and other modalities to help clients transform trauma, illness, and injury. As a ritualist, Maddie works with clients and groups, lending her empathic, poetic, and spiritual skills to co-create unique rituals for healing, community building, or rites of passage. She is an intuitive painter and oracular poet.
As a child she spent every hour she could in nature, talking to the plants and animals, and learning to listen deeply. She was a Boy Scout and a missionary. While at Princeton University, she studied East Asian language and philosophy. She serves on the board for Princeton’s LGBT foundation. She contributes her time and creativity to local communities in artistic, feminist, queer, and spiritual circles. Trained in CPR, first aid, mountain rescue, meditation, magic, and peer counseling, Maddie regularly dances naked in the woods.
How to Register
Not all who desire to attend will be allowed to register, as we want to be sure the experience and theme is right for your particular needs from a group sacred erotic experience. Only those who have had a application interview with one of the High Priestesses are eligible to register for Temple. If you have not yet had an official interview, please use the email below to arrange a call.
Once we have determined together if Aphrodite Temple is right for you, in order to be registered you will be required to make a full or partial deposit and to fill out our Registration Form. If you are accepted, information on how to pay and where to find the form will be provided.
Registration does not officially occur until payment has been received as long as you have had an application interview. We do accept deposits or multiple payments as long as registration is paid in full one week before temple. A partial deposit also locks you in to the current pricing level.
Interested in attending?
Contact LLRAphroditeTemple@gmail.com or one of the High Priestesses directly to arrange a screening call now!
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some frequently asked questions that we get about Temple attendance and experience. Click on a question to read the answer, and if you have any other questions feel free to contact us!
Is this a free-for-all orgy or a sex party?
Is this a place to hook up or find a new partner?
Relationships have formed through meeting at temple. A few of them have lasted, but for the most part the connections made at Aphrodite Temple are, like Aphrodite herself, fickle and ephemeral. This is not a place to attend seeking to find your ideal mate.