What Is Aphrodite Temple?

Living Love Revolution Aphrodite Temple is an Aphrodisiacal Education Weekend Retreat designed as a Sacred Sex Magick Ritual dedicated to the experience of Transpersonal Love and creating sex-positive, consent-oriented, queer-centric, and poly-normative sacred space.

Aphrodite Temple is a quarterly opportunity 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 Temple 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. Meals include 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

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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 Temple, 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 your clothing 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 experience: please click here to listen to the Temple audio invite!

 

Summer 2018 Temple Theme:
the Golden Hive Heart

August 17th-19th, 2018
Portland, Oregon

Mycelium, Bees, and Stardust are the central mysteries of the Living Love Revolution. This summer temple theme focuses on the bees that pollinate our food to help grow and sustain us. The Golden Hive Heart is a phrase that we use to capture our vision of what an Aphrodisiacal Culture is and can be: a functional, satisfied group of people who are dedicated to developing themselves as a resource of Transpersonal Love for themselves, their community, and the planet.

This is the humming resonance of a hive busy gathering nectars and making honey while repairing their homes, their hearts, and their consciousness. In this state, everyone is present and aware of their interconnection, thinking well about each other, and offering their love and care to each other and to their lived environments while also maintaining their individuality, sovereignty, and authenticity. This is the type of connection and community we are working to create and grow with Aphrodite Temples.

Come to the Temple and experience this great oneness of bee-ing. Develop your skills of love, sensuality and sex within this sacred and consent-based environment. Feel Golden waves of acceptance, friendliness, openness, and curiosity through your own body’s felt experience and intentionally send these waves out into the rest of the world. Know that you are love. Love runs from you and through you connecting you to the Golden Hive Heart of All.

Temple FEE: Fair Energy Exchange

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We operate on a FEE (Fair Energetic Exchange) 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 self-assigned sliding scale pricing structure. 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 $700, but we offer entry on a sliding scale based upon your own judgment of your financial situation. Those paying $500 or less will be requested to make up the difference in work trade.

Payment is due in full for all participants one week before the event.

Scholarship & Work Trade

If you are unable to afford the full price of temple we are happy to work with you. We want Aphrodite Temple events to be accessible to all, regardless of income.

We offer a few 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.

Temple Staff

tericiacchiReverend Teri D. Ciacchi, MSW – High Priestess, Heirophant and Creatrix of Living Love Revolution Aphrodite Temple system 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 been generating Cascadia Holistic Peer Counseling system since 1997 and co-creating EcoSex: Celebrating Lover Earth (formerly known as Surrender: The EcoSex Convergence) since 2013

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 Temple in Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; Austin, TX; and the California Bay Area. She has been ordained in four separate ceremonies, the most recent being M.A.G.I.C. Spiral Rhythms Spring Equinox 2016. She founded Living Love Revolution as a church in 2010.

Living Love Revolution is her life work and spiritual calling and a power sharing, intergenerational, self-organizing, experience-based system of healing that focuses on expansion, liberation, and sovereignty.

Kat Camp – Program Lead, Initiated Priestess. 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 joined the Living Love Revolution in 2014, and was initiated as a Hierophant in January of 2018. She is currently studying Anderson Feri witchcraft with a local Elder, and serves as Warder for the newly formed Seattle chapter of the Fellowship of the Phoenix.

She believes that pleasure, magic, and intimate connection with oneself and others are part of the human experience, and loves being able to help more people find their best expressions of themselves. Her motto has long been “Saving the world, one orgasm at a time!”

In her work, Kat 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 relationships. Using an individualized combination of guided breathwork, touch, holistic peer counseling, and other tools, Kat helps each client navigate 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.

 

Jennifer McCann – Program Lead, Initiated Priestess.Known worldwide for her vegan cookbooks and her open hearted friendliness, Jennifer is a compassionate and healing presence wherever she goes.  Jennifer is a certified Cuddle party leader, a facilitator of Polyamory support groups, an accomplished bellydancer and a devotee of Aphrodite, Dionysus and other old gods. She began studying with Reverend Ciacchi in 2013 and completed the Priestess training course in January 2017, becoming an initiated High Priestess and earning the title of Heirophant (One who reveals the secret teachings). She lives in Portland.

 

 

How to Register

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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 an 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

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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!

No. While sexual activity can and often does occur between participants, this is primarily a space for sacred sexual healing and exploration of your own self and desires. We do a lot of work discussing and emphasizing the importance of consent. This is not a sex party, an orgy, or even explicitly for the purpose of sexual activity, though self-knowledge, desire, and pleasure are emphasized. Healing is prioritized over getting off, ejaculating or achieving orgasm.

Aphrodite Temple is not a place to come expecting erotic experiences or to find a partner because it is first and foremost for healing. That said, it is also true that sexual activity can and does occur between participants and it is possible to experience what might look from the outside to be “hooking up.”

Relationships of all kinds 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.

We are open to people of all sexes, genders, sexualities, bodies, and relationship structures. If you are interested in gaining self-insight around sexuality, open to participating in a sacred sex magick ritual, and desire to explore your own abilities around intimacy, openness, and vulnerability, temple is the right place for you regardless of personal identities or current relationship status.

No. We do not engage in gender segregation for this event as we are interested in healing for everyone. While we recognize it can be beneficial in certain circumstances, we are working in a context that includes people of all of sexes and genders.

As long as you are open to participating in sacred sex magick ritual in a respectful way without disrupting the group, you are welcome to attend. We regularly have attendees from various spiritual backgrounds, and all that matters is your willingness to attend. The weekend is structured as a combination workshop and ritual, and there is something here for everyone.


  1. Languaging taken from the work of Joanna Freuh. [] []