“Our first and most important partnership is with Life itself.” – Christiane Pelmas, www.therewilding.com
What is Surrender?
Surrender is an annual gathering to bring together wild souls who express a love for Life by stewarding and merging with the Earth through the whole of their bodies, minds and spirits. Over the course of five days in an oak and pine forest, Surrender creates space for deep grounding of participants with the land and in the sacred sensual prayer of life. Together, as we open our hearts to the Earth and to each other, we connect, support, grieve, celebrate, listen, learn, inspire, imagine and create.
Surrender weaves together permaculture, ecosomatics, large group ritual, earth-based spirituality and artistic expression all within a sex-positive container that celebrates sexuality as a powerful source of personal, social & ecological transformation. Surrender creates a cauldron for deep connection, healing, and collective creation where life is sacred, our bodies are sovereign, and the Earth is our beloved partner with whom we collaborate to create abundance.
With the forest as our witness and as our guide, we participate in rites of initiation to affirm our role as EcoSexuals. Eco-Magick path-work and group ritual inspire the experience. Workshops are offered on topics that range from permaculture to sacred sexuality. During the evening, we further build community with activities ranging from cuddle piles to erotic temples, healing massage to ecstatic dance. Throughout the long weekend there is ample spaciousness to create art, make music and commune in Lilith’s Forest with the divine.
Listening intimately to the land and each other, we surrender to the deep consciousness of Nature in order to evolve towards a culture that is life positive, sex positive and ecologically sustainable.
All of Earth’s lovers are welcome.
What Inspired Surrender?
Surrender: the EcoSex Convergence is the co-vision of Lindsay Hagamen, Executive Director of the Windward Education and Research Center, and Rev. Teri D. Ciacchi, creatrix of the Living Love Revolution.
Surrender evolved out of Lindsay and Teri’s mutual desire to develop regional sustainable community, cultivate love-based living and actively midwife the transition to a culture that partners with the Earth. Surrender is a DBA of the non-profit Windward Education & Research Center. All proceeds from the event are donated to the Living Love Revolution Church and to the Windward Center 501(c) 3 to further the vision of creating an ecosexual world.
Envisioning an EcoSexual World
Can we invite you to join us in a life-long journey to create intimate, nurturing relationships with one another and the Earth, relationships that inspire a culture that nourishes Life itself?
Nothing short of a life-long love affair with the earth, the nook of the world we call our home and the people with whom we share it, will create a culture that can be, and is indeed worth being, sustained. We can take joy in using our love, sexual energy and intimacy to serve a deep purpose: to build and tend to a better world, a world where children are free to run and play, people are free to love and create, and this earth is free to continue in its ancient dance of living.
To reach a place in ourselves where we nourish our souls deeply, love inclusively and care for the whole, we are called to walk the path of personal transformation that will show us the marrow of our bones. We must heal and make whole that which lies at the core of our life energy—our awareness of, our connection to and our ability to respond first to ourselves, then to one another and ultimately to the whole of the Earth.
Our sexuality and our wild, instinctual self rise out of this awareness, connection, and responsiveness. These are the forces that intimately bind us—our body, our psyche and our spirit—together with the Life that ebbs and flows all around us. When we feel inextricably connected to Life, we choose to care deeply for the well-being of others, we respect the earth, cherish its creatures, and we become aroused by the sensual nature of the material world. In celebration of all this, we choose to give ourselves to the service of life and the living.
What is the first step?
It is essential that the first step in the personal transformation that will enable a (r)evolution towards an EcoSexual culture be to reconnect with our sexuality and reclaim our wild nature—to embrace our erotic and physical selves in order to heal the parts of our human nature that have been unwelcome in much of the modern world. When we allow ourselves to enjoy our sensuality, sexuality and creativity, when we allow ourselves to acknowledge our life, our physicality and our mortality as all part of the natural world, we can tap into the powerful personal resources that the consumer and patriarchal cultures have undermined and repressed for far too long.
When we are able to access the regenerative forces of our own sexuality and creativity to serve the deep purpose of building greater connection and intimacy with one another and with the natural world, we draw upon powerful resources that emanate from the very core of our being. These resources are innately renewable and can provide profound pleasure. We can use these resources to create a culture in which human connection, trust and respect, rather than money, are the basis for an economy that stewards the land and provides for our home.
When we gather together a tribe of lovers, a group of people with whom we share our greatest intimacies, with whom we create a life, tend to a home and steward the land that nourishes us, we can leave behind the culture of consumerism and produce for ourselves, from our own inspiration, sweat and love, a culture of true abundance.
We create abundance by treating the land as our beloved, knowing it intimately, caring for its needs, all with the knowledge that we will be held accountable for our actions. We join together to create a team, a small tribe of people, working together to build an ecologically sustainable way of life for creating a culture in balance with the natural world is simply too great an undertaking to be accomplished alone, and because in challenging times the best thing to hold on to is one another.
The key to unlocking this wealth is claiming our sovereignty over our erotic selves. By purposely using our love, sex and intimacy to bring people together in the sensual prayer of life, we can inspire, create and fuel a culture we will be proud to gift to future generations.
Are you ready to join us?