Temple Staff aka “The Priestess Body”

Reverend Teri D. Ciacchi, MSW – High Priestess, Hierophant & 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.

When I arrived at my first Aphrodite Temple, I arrived with a broken heart. This magical weekend retreat allowed me to begin my healing through movement, meditation, joy, touch, love, and group support. I’ve grown so much through my times at Temple…I’ve had times of tears, laughter, and great ecstasy. I see each Aphrodite Temple as both an opportunity to turn inward and connect with my own heart, and a chance to connect with other amazing, beautiful, sex-positive people. Temple challenges our cultural story of isolation and scarcity and shows us how we can meet our needs for touch, intimacy, and community with a sense of abundance. Together we create an environment that is healing, body positive, connecting, and deeply transformative.

Helena De Felice – Hierophant, Initiated Priestess, and Program Lead.

Helena is a Certified Wheel of Consent Facilitator, full-spectrum doula,  artist, and Priestess of Aphrodite with over 6,000 hours of experience in facilitation and coaching. Helena joined the Living Love Revolution in 2015, and was initiated as a High Priestess in 2019.

Her mission is to empower and enable people to celebrate their authentic selves and experience their relationship with pleasure and erotic energy as creative, positive, life-affirming, and energizing. Expanding our practice of and capacity for sensuality allows us to be connected to ourselves, the divine (whatever that means for each of us), each other, and all of life.

She believes our capacity to experience pleasure is a function of our capacity to know what we want, trust it, value it, and trust our ability to engage consensually with others. “Pro-choiceness” (a commitment that each person is empowered to make informed choices for themselves) and loving compassion weave through every aspect of her work.

Helena offers trauma-informed coaching to individuals interested in deepening their connection with their bodies and strengthening their sense of sovriegnty, agency, and autonomy.

Megan Pedone – Temple Manager, Priestess in Training: Novice

Megan Pedone 2020

Megan became a Licensed Massage Therapist in 2004, and attended her first Aphrodite Temple in 2016. Since then, she’s become an Acolyte in the Priestess Training system, earned her certification as a Holistic Peer Counselor, and taken anchoring training from Henry “Oakry” Welch. She has served as the Temple Manager for many Temples, and facilitates many pieces of Temple programming.

In her own words, “Aphrodite Temple has been important to me because I had never understood before the degree I was letting people cross my boundaries and I had been giving consent without wanting to. To be a part of a group of people who empowered others to respect and be respected, no matter what the answer; was magical.

“From then on, I wanted to be a Priestess to help facilitate helping others find a strong no and a passionate yes within themselves. To help myself and others on a regular basis to be intimate, vulnerable and trusting. To work through fears, misconceptions, and lies about sex, sexuality, and diseases that are associated with them. To find the beauty in all that is around us and in ourselves…

“…Priestess training has taught me to facilitate in front of a group of people and feel almost comfortable with it (this, coming from someone who took a D grade instead of giving an oral essay in school). It has taught me the joy of meditation, of taking a breath to think before I react or withdrawal. It has taught me the joy of receiving ecstatic pleasure as well as giving it.

“I can’t wait to have this experience of a lifetime with you.”

Sarabell Eisenfeld “Tending to Grow”

Sarabell Eisenfeld (she/they) 

Embodied communitarian, Certified Sexological Bodyworker, mediator, peer counselor, social permaculturist, seeker, lover: Sarabell’s roles in community on Earth grow from a delight, intrigue, and presence with communication, desire, and ritual.

As a Somatic Sex Educator, Sarabell facilitates individuals and groups accessing body wisdom, cultivating self-trust, unspinning shame, and expanding capacity to embody curious creativity and pleasure. 

Trained also through Resolutions Northwest’s yearlong mediation training program, Sarabell serves community members, couples/moreples, all configurations of striving humans experiencing conflict.

Sarabell facilitates interrupting internalized and systematic oppression through Theater of the Oppressed playshops, and pursues trainings in Trauma Aware Conflict Transformation (with Rain Crowe,) Reiki (with Oakry,) Sexual Sovereignty with mentors Teri Ciacchi, Betty Martin, Amy Jo Goddard, Eva Blake, and Captain Snowdon, and Living Love Revolution Aphrodite Temple Priestess Training Body. Sarabell works with creatures of all ages, celebrating seasonal rhythms, self-awareness, allyship, and empowered self-expression.

Sarabell lives with 10 other people on an urban co-op ecovillage in Portland called Fosterville (fostervillagepdx.org) working to shift the dominant urban paradigm from land “ownership” to land stewardship, service, lovership.

Somatic Sex Educator, Mediator, Facilitator: tendingtogrow@gmail.com,  610.804.6656

Mischa Gilraen – Temple Manager, Program Lead, Anchor, Priestess in Training: Mystai
Mischa Gilraen 2019

Mischa Gilraen has been involved in the Living Love Revolution since attending EcoSex Celebrating Lover Earth in the summer of 2018.  She is an Acolyte in the Aphrodite Temple Priestess Training system of Sex Magick and has been involved in creating and maintaining queer sex-positive and kink events and spaces for two decades.  She believes wholeheartedly in humans getting their passions, desires, and sexual needs met, in whatever way works for them. For her, Aphrodite Temple is the space where we can create a magical container to hold our bodies, desires, and passions, so that we can let go of the expectations and dogma that the patriarchal uber-culture puts on us and instead simply connect as humans and spirit.For more than twenty years, Mischa has been involved in intentionally creating both magick and magickal spaces for over two decades.  She is an experienced radical organizer and group facilitator who relishes engaging in group dynamics and process.  Mischa is a founder of a worker-owned cooperative; designing custom software for the labor movement. Mischa is excited about using technology to create radical revolutionary change.

Mae Mae – Program Lead, Manager and Priestess in Training: Novice

Mae Mae Cosmos Temple Dec 2019

Ian Mae is an ecosexual herbalist, a licensed body worker, peer counselor, a feminist and a queer, poly, genderfluid PAMP (person with access to male privilege) of European descent who has several years of experience participating in and facilitating transformational men’s circles in the Portland area. At Surrender 2017  Mae was wedded into sacred marriage to Earth. He has a magical background in Reclaiming Witchcraft, as well as the Northern Mysteries and works closely with the Runes as ancestral guides and teachers. He believes that men working together to heal themselves and each other is a critical step on the journey towards collective liberation.

 
Shelley Koorbatoff – Temple Manager, Program Lead, Priestess in Training: Acolyte

I’m 49 and a Canadian Doukhobor working and living in Canada and the USA. My passion is to awaken possibility in people. I guide my life by love, inspiration and courage. I’ve spent over 25 years as a consultant leading multi-million-dollar change initiatives across North America. I’m a leader of in person and virtual transformational programs. These programs impact the lives of thousands of people from around the world. I’ve been an Aphrodite Temple Priestess of the Living Love Revolution since 2018 and this means I’m a resource for holistic healing. I build leadership, bring people together to collaborate on transformative projects, love to sing, and follow my passions.   

Mark Welch has been an Aphrodite priest-in-training since 2015. Mark has served on the production teams of both Aphrodite Temple and Living Love Revolution festival events since 2012, and has been lead underwriter of these events. Mark is an ordained member of the Mystical Arts Gathering and Information Circle (MAGIC), a 501(c)(3) organization.

I first discovered Teri Ciacchi and Living Love Revolution in 2011, and quickly recognized its transformative potential. Teri rewrote my sexual lexicon, and has taught me a great deal about consent, negotiation, group processes, meditation practice, and heart awakening. In the course of this work, I’ve also learned a lot about social justice, and the need to deconstruct my societal conditioning and privilege, and work to help build a more just and equitable society. I’ve come to believe that we are all part of an interconnected whole, and this work has helped me experience this interconnectedness in a personal way. This work has truly changed my life.