The May 2017 Aphrodite Temple has been cancelled. There will be no public LLR Aphrodite Temples from May 1st, 2017 to May 1st, 2018.

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

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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 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

 

May 2017 Temple Theme:
Petals Buds & Thorns

May 12th-14th, 2017
House of Breath, Beaverton, Oregon

May 2017 Temple Theme:Petals, Buds & Thorns

Mycelium, Bees, and Stardust are the central mysteries of the Living Love Revolution. The May 2017 Temple of Petals, Buds & Thorns is focused on the mycelium that nurtures and connects all of our flourishing, blooming bodies. Reaching into that mycelial network connecting us to each other, 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 Gaiac Body).

Aphrodite’s Rose is a portal, a gateway that connects us to the source of erotic life-force that flows through all of us, spreading throughout the mycelial mat of our bioregion and beyond. Our individual rose is our own beautiful budding or full glorious bloom of ecstatic, erotic self expression that is connected to the other roses in the garden of life. One garden, many roses. We will sink back and down into our own bodies and selves, accessing the portal to the infinite within us.
As Spring comes into full bloom so are we encouraged to blossom.
In this temple we will take the time to find
where we need to grow, where we need to unfold and
open ourselves to the warmth of the sun, or what nutrients we may need more of in order to come into full bloom. We will investigate what it takes to meet our basic needs for love and belonging and how we can choose to extend ourselves to meet the physical and spiritual needs of others. In this time of the earth’s renewal, come ask yourself what it is that you need for growth and healing around your sexuality and your life.

 

Temple FEE: Fair Energy Exchange

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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.

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 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 Temples in Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; Austin, TX; and the California Bay Area. She has been ordained in 4 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.

oakryOakry – 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. Oakry teaches anchoring workshops to others regularly. 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.

 

Jennifer McCann – Program Lead, Initiated Priestess & Hierophant

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 a rural part of Washington and plans to move to Portland to be closer to the priestess body and marry her fiance Micheal Sanborn.

 

Kat Camp – Program Lead  & 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 & Priestess in Training. 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

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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 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

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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!

Is this a free-for-all orgy or a sex party?
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.
Is this a place to hook up or find a new partner?

As previously stated, sexual activity can and does occur between participants, and it is possible to experience what might look from the outside as “hooking up.” However, this does not mean Temple is a place to come looking for erotic experiences because it is first and foremost for healing.

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.

What if I’m not queer, poly, or partnered?
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.
Is this a women-only or otherwise gender-restricted event?
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.
I’m not pagan/witchy/spiritual, can I still attend?
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. [] []
  2. The acronym FEE was introduced to us by fellow educator Lee Harrington, who was introduced to it by Del Tashlin. []