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Shanya Luther (Torch)

torchShanya Luther, M.Div., is a social-sexual ecologist. She writes, speaks and conducts trainings about all facets of human sexuality, emphasizing relational integrity, justice, and reconciliation. She also facilitates events, teaches trainings, and offers workshops and classes specializing in body image, vibrant relationships, conscious touch and much more! Currently, her focus is teaching about Sexual Integrity and Conscious Touch.

Shanya holds a bachelor’s degree in Family Counseling, Child-Adolescent Development, and Women’s Studies; a Master of Divinity degree; and a certificate in Human Sexuality. She continues to study art, movement therapies, interpersonal relationships, and emotional intelligence.

Shanya owns and operates Among Friends in Portland, Oregon; offering social-sexual behavior supports and coaching individuals and couples. Her latest passion project is creating a Snuggle Mobile to teach healthy relationship and communication skills.

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Tai Fenix Kulystin

Tai KulystinTai Fenix Kulystin, MA, CSB, CCTP is an identity and intimacy geek, somatic sex educator and bodyworker, sacred sexuality practitioner and guide, and ritual artist. As a student and practitioner of magic and witchcraft for over half of their life, Tai has a love of bringing the sacred and ritual into all aspects of their being. They are a student of Anderson Feri witchcraft, an adept in the Golden Dawn tradition of magic, and a practical and erotic Alchemist.

Their professional work is called Embracing Pleasure, a somatic sex education and bodywork practice based in Seattle, Washington where they provide heart-centered, therapeutic guidance for adults of all genders, sizes, relationship statuses, and sexualities who are struggling with identity, sexuality, or connection and who long to be seen. They have been facilitating classes, workshops, and sacred sexuality temples around the Pacific Northwest since 2011 and writing online about gender and sexuality since 2007.

They hold a Master’s in Sacred Erotic Psychology from Antioch University Seattle and are a Certified Sexological Bodyworker and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Their degree and work is focused on the uniting of concepts from depth psychology, sacred sexuality, and erotic neurobiology to assist understanding of the Self through the erotic/alchemical union of the individual soul-spirit-body with others and the world. You can find more about Tai’s professional work at EmbracingPleasure.com and TempleOfEroticAlchemy.com

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Sarabell Eisenfeld

1004151215_0001Sarabell Eisenfeld ~embodied communitarian, mediator, facilitator, social permaculturist, seeker, teacher, lover, priestess in training~ is a grateful member of the Guardian team. Sarabell’s roles in community on Earth grow from her love, curiosity, and reverence for humanness, communication, desire, and ritual.

Trained through Resolutions Northwest’s yearlong mediation training program, Sarabell serves community members, neighbors, couples, moreples, and all configurations of striving humans experiencing conflict. Sarabell facilitates opportunities to interrupt internalized and systematic oppression through Theater of the Oppressed playshops, and pursues trainings in Trauma Informed Conflict Transformation (with Rain Crowe,) Grounding and Sacred Self Care (with Oakry,) numerous Sexual Empowerment trainings with mentors including Teri Ciacci, Betty Martin, Amy Jo Goddard, Eva Blake, and Bob Czimbal. Sarabell’s dedication to sacred healing sex and sovereignty has found kinship and blessed witness and support in Living Love Revolution’s Aphrodite Priestess Training. Sarabell also works with youth of all ages, celebrating seasonal rhythms, self*awareness and empowered self*expression.

Honored and lit up supporting people to gain confidence with new skills and new tools, growing and rewriting our mythologies, Sarabell shows up with warmth and empathy (…except when she doesn’t! which is useful to her growth as well!) Sarabell lives with 10 other people on an urban ecovillage in Portland called Fosterville (fostervillagepdx.org) working to shift the dominant urban paradigm from land “ownership” to land stewardship, service, lovership.

Tending to Grow; mediation, facilitation, education 610.804.6656

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Martin Ericksen

Martin_imageGrowing up on a farm in rural Oregon, Martin Ericksen, gained both an attachment and deep love for all things green and growing. He may have left the farm but it never left him. Perpetually curious, Martin enlisted as a medic in the Army where he served four years. He was taken by a strong wanderlust that has taken him to 42 countries. This journeying has included stints playing professional rugby in Europe and Asia, learning what it meant to be a citizen of the world. Martin eventually returned home and received a Fine Arts degree from the University of Oregon. Always needing to touch, he mostly focused on sculpture. Currently, Martin casts and carves, working in metal and wood, glass and stone, creating what could best be described as organic forms. He is also exploring two-dimensional arts, including a recent foray into encaustic work. The past few years have found Martin on the road again, working for the Army and US State Department as a Civil Affairs officer. His focus on conflict resolution and community outreach—in some of the most remote areas in the world—has led Martin to realize that with action and involvement all things are possible.

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Joleen Ross

Jolene RossJoleen Ross has worked and volunteered in social services for the past 12 years in a variety of settings, including domestic and sexual violence crisis lines, an alcohol and drug treatment center, and providing home-based services for people with physical and developmental disabilities. Since obtaining her Masters in Social Work from Portland State University, she has been providing individual and family therapy in a community mental health setting and doing on-call work at a local emergency department as a child abuse specialist. She believes strongly in the values of empowerment, social justice, and self-determination.

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Kevin Haggarty

Kevin Haggerty At the age of 2 years and 10 months, Kevin Haggarty died (blunt force trauma to the head), went to the Other Side, and was told he would have to go back. That’s what they said, in their speechless, infinitely kind way: “You need to go back.” Seems he wasn’t done with Life on Earth. His tiny self was heartbroken. He cried, and cried. Waking up in a hospital bed, after what appeared to his parents and the staff of the hospital to be a three day coma, Kevin became aware of helpers, angels, communicating with him, comforting him. When they told him he’d have to go back to Life on Earth, he had no idea they’d be coming with him! He discovered that he knew things without being shown, knew things would happen before they did, knew when people were lying to him as if a loud game show buzzer had gone off at their words.

Kevin leads workshops now on Befriending the Self, Using Graphic Art to Shift Consciousness and Heal Trauma, Self-care for Caregivers, and Tarot Reading Without a Net. He also works with people individually, as a psychic reader/reality doula. His expertise is helping people regain their focus and reconnect with their soul’s purpose. And he’s honored, and humbled to be bringing his skills to bear for the community at Surrender this year. Kevin has dedicated his life to helping in every way he can to bring about the species-wide course correction of which our little world stands in such dire need. <3

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Rose Larkin

Rose Larkin

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