Workshops

Experience the workshops at INTENTION

Workshops are one of the places where Intention really gets to show off its heart and showcase our community's gifts!

A big part of the culture of Intention is creating a safe place where people can explore their self-expression. Get vulnerable or silly or do something new and exciting, digest it all over meals with new friends, then shake it out and integrate it on the dance floor!!

Maybe you'll find yourself singing in a way you never have before, exploring wild or thought-provoking ideas, or playing with a new way to move in the world… From yoga and conscious movement that energizes our bodies to meditation sessions and philosophical discussions that stimulate the intellect, INTENTION’s Workshops will enrich your experience and offer you the chance to cultivate new interests while connecting with your co-participants. 

Confirmed Workshops at INTENTION XX include:

SHAMANIC TRANCE DANCE - Celia Auclair & Anchor Hill

A trance-inducing experience facilitated by moving blindfolded to sounds and songs carefully curated to allow participants to go inward on a powerful introspective journey.

RHYTHM MEDITATION - Patrick Dubois

Experience a simple, playful meditative practice that provides a calm & centered grounding in the present moment. Share in the self-transcending blissful balancing techniques I’ve developed as a professional jazz musician in a way that is accessible to novices. No musical background required! 

GOOD MORNING YOGA - Roy Marvelous

Welcome another beautiful day with intentional movement. There will also be space for you to flow into any variations in your practise.

TRIBAL REUNION: FACILITATED DANCE JOURNEY - Jenna Jade & Beatfarmer

With Tribe and the element Earth as our inspiration, we deepen into our whole selves and open to each other through conscious dance, breath, and music. Dancing with our tribe, with our ancestors and our roots—we dance to awaken, to remember and to be present. 

EFFECTIVE ALTRUISM - Tom Ash

Effective altruism is a philosophy and nascent social movement that uses evidence and reason to determine the most effective ways to benefit others. It encompasses the choices of your charities and your career. Find out and discuss what it has to say about both!

EMPATHY & VULNERABILITY - Jonathan Bean

We create a safe space for people to experience a feeling that is vulnerable enough that they experience genuine openness and emotional exposure—and help practice staying open and connected to the people around you.

SPEED DATING WITH INTENTION! - Roy Marvelous

Speed dating is a fun and great way to connect with others, especially if you are a little shy. Catering to all you lovely single adults of all types interested in a romantic connection, if you have
ever been curious about speed dating, this is your opportunity to come and play!

INTRO TO CONTACT DANCE - River Ritcey

Contact Dance or lmprovisation (Cl) is a unique partner form of dance where no one person is leading—the dance is formed through a balanced union between listening to your partner & listening to your own creative intuition. This workshop is for all levels. Come and experience the joy of being in body, of being present and being lost - the joy of co-creation through dance!

ELIMINATION COMMUNICATION: The Art of Diaper Free Babies - Charlotte Watson

Come learn this lost primitive skill of how to use your baby’s instincts and cues to reduce diaper use and avoid having to potty train a toddler.

PSYCHADELIC INTEGRATION - Aron Buky-Tompa

Some say that the only thing more important than the psychedelic experience is how you integrate it into daily life. This integration group will let past, present, and future users of psychedelics to share their experiences, ask questions, and provide insight to one another in a safely held container. 

LET'S SING OUR HEARTS - Ofira 

It is our day to simply welcome our hearts to the joy of singing together, without internal/external fear of judgment. Let's sing some songs of hope and wisdom together.

VIBE TRIBE - Jonathan Bean 

Intention Gathering curates the vibe of our parties as carefully as we can. We’re a consent positive community, encourage closeness and social connections among our members, and make a “good vibe” a priority.

THE RED TEMPLE - Laura Ahava

In the Red Temple we gather sisterhood for connection, celebration and liberation through earth based rituals, movement, prayer and song. As we witness one another we consciously participate in evolving the collective conditioning, holding space for grief, joy and all of our experience into the sacred sovereignty of being. The Red Temple is a portal for the preistess to be witnessed and activated fully and freely who she is!  As we reclaim our sovereignty and our sexual nature we tap into the orgasmic flow of our natural state. In temple we awaken and give space for our energy to flow through our wHoly body temple with somatic awareness for an integrative embodied experience! 

CARDBOARD DAY - Michael Undem 

Cardboard day is a workshop that focuses on crafting recycled cardboard into costumes and props for the purpose of parading around in play and celebration. After the making workshop we will parade our cardboard creation as well as have a mock battle for the kids/adults making warrior gear.

SEXY DANCE - Sabina 

Channel your inner stripper and connect to your sensual energy with an hour of sassy exotic dance. Build confidence and tone your entire body as you dance your way down to the floor and back up. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have an arsenal of sexy moves you can use to dance with and set the dance floor on fire.

YIN YOGA - Shaina Winddancer

Come relax and stretch to prepare your body for dancing! Yin yoga is wonderful for hydrating the connective tissue and support the body in becoming more resilient and flexible.  Slow and gentle is the way, let's make friends with our bodies and cultivate compassion towards ourselves.

CUDDLE PARTY! - Sensa

Talking about boundaries, consent. Then Cuddling! I will guide people through different styles of cuddling in a group. You can come and just do what you can/want to. 

FREE YOUR MIND - Erik Paulsson

Reprogram your mind to unlock higher states of consciousness, a life of abundance, and unlimited joy. This is the condensed version of an 8 week mind training class developed by Erik that delves into meditation practices, ancient mystical philosophy, modern neuroscience, heart/mind connections, and an exploration of frequencies and.

UNLOCK YOUR CREATIVITY - Willy 

This workshop will explore what blocks we currently have around creativity and how we can shift them to generate more flow. I will be leading you through a Shamanic journey (similar to a guided meditation) where we will be working with our inner children, guides and other curious creatures. There will be moments of play as well as practical ideas that you can add to your toolbox, so bring your journals and a pen!

CONSCIOUS RELATIONSHIPS AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS - Steven Seva

This workshop is about thriving in relationship! From the most explosive ecstatic joy, to the agony of being awake and triggered until 5am, the tools taught in this class can help! We'll explore the question "How can our relationships be deeper, more fulfilling, and transformative?"

20 YEARS OF INTENTION: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE - Dave Praxis & Kaia

As we celebrate this milestone event of Intention 20, let's reflect on what we've loved about Intention over the years. This participatory workshop will provide an opportunity for you to share your memories, insights and passion through different media.

WOMEN'S CIRCLE: FEELING AND SPEAKING YOUR TRUTH - Shaina Winddancer

This circle will support you in slowing down and tuning in, so that you can hear the wisdom that lives in your body.  We will use guided meditation, movement/dance, deep listening, and respectful touch to facilitate deeper knowing and authentic connection.  This space is open to all self-identified women and non-binary people.

YOGA FUSION FLOW - Tesla Rainbowdancer

Get your life force flowing with this fusion of yoga and other ancient arts! The class is intuitively guided based on the needs of the class, which may include pranayama, qi gong, sounding, and live music during savasana. Self-expression and exploration are encouraged.

COMIC JAM DOODLE - Michael 

Comic jam doodle-on is a drawing workshop with a focus on co creating simple improvised comic strip drawings & text on paper using pencils and pens.

EMOTIONAL MEDITATION TOWARDS 'JOYGASMS' - Sensa

“Joygasms" are orgasms caused by intense emotions or light sensations. We’ll start with a talk, followed with a demonstration and a small discussion. We'll follow with an ultra-focus meditation on body sensations without touch, fully dressed, then move on to emotional meditation.

LEARN A SELF-HELP TOOL FOR STRESS REDUCTION - Farah Ali 

The workshop will review personal stressors that you face personally, give a brief look at some of the ways the body handles stress, and teach you how to use Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) as a tool for managing stress.

STORYTELLING FOR THE ROAD - Naomi Steinberg

Workshop includes solo and group exploration of traditional folk/fairytales. Play and imagination invited and basic storytelling facilitation tricks shared. Time given for practicing techniques and discussion of cross curricular connections encouraged. After session you should be more confident telling oral stories in multiple contexts.

FLUSTER CARDS CIRCLE - Saida 

Let the Fluster Cards be your guide for connection through tricky personal questions. This is a safe space for you to practice vulnerability, while sharing your personal stories. It's a great opportunity to meet new people and to learn more about those you already know.

FREESTYLE FOCUS GROUP - Michael aka MC Oatmeal

Join the Freestyle Focus Group for a freestyle rap workshop. You’ll expand your mind as you learn to express yourself creatively with confidence. Explore new styles as you develop your performance skills and mic technique. This is for all levels, beginner to advanced.

A WORKSHOP ON WORKSHOPS - Jill Binder

Think these Intention workshops are wonderful and would like to do one but are not sure you have anything to share? Would you like to feel more comfortable in front of crowds? In this workshop, we will do 3 exercises: an exercise on finding what you could talk about; figuring out a format for it; and some stage presence techniques.

PERSONAL YOGA PRACTICE FOR LIFE - Deniz 

Yoga workshop focusing on accessible, classic poses you can do every day for your personal practice.

TRANSFORMATIONAL BREATHWORK - Mark 

Come experience what a superoxygenated body is capable of! With safety from hyperventilation, the power of the body to integrate held emotions is quite astounding. Bring your questions for whatever area of your life you're interested in, and open to the assistance of the body at it's highest!

WITNESSING CIRCLE - Jonathan Bean & River Ritcey

Witnessing circle is where we have an opportunity to reflect on the year that has just passed, and to speak to our hopes for the coming year while witnessed by community.  Hold space for others who want to share something about 2018 or 2019 that they would like witnessed by the Intention community, or experience the support of the Intention Gathering with something about your year that's gone by and the year that's yet to come.

OVERCOMING BARRIERS TO ACHIEVING GOALS FOR 2019 - Farah Ali

Participants will spend time reviewing goals that they have set for 2019. We'll be exploring potential obstacles that may hinder them and develop strategies to overcome them, so that they can have better success accomplishing their goals. The workshop will include a demonstration of how to use Emotional Freedom Techniques to achieve their goals.