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Portal of The Feminine: A Time of Reclaiming

  • South Orange, New Jersey (map)

Portal of the Feminine: 'A Time of Reclaiming' is a specially designed non-residential weekend retreat for women that was created to welcome entry level erotic explorers, and support and inspire advanced students as well! Join us as we guide you in exploring your erotic embodiment and the role of arousal (your inner pharmacy) in your creative life. Develop your ability to identify and expresss your desires, and discover new ways of listening to the voice and wisdom of your own body. ♥ Portal of the Feminine is a sexual reclaiming and wellness program designed for women through body based experiemential learning. 

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Portal of the Feminine, is in its sixth year of creating a safe, generous space for women and seeks to provide an opportunity for women to cultivate a strong connection to their own bodies, arousal and their own erotic power. Right now, women are needing more than ever to come back to their bodies, and feel the full agency of their collective and individual power. You will leave this workshop feeling turned on, empowered, playful and full of a sense of renewal.

Portal of the Feminine was conceived out of a desire to introduce women to the power of collective female energy as well as support individual cultivation and exploration of the power of playfulness, embodied presence and your own individual expression of sexuality.

Portal of the Feminine is about learning your own entry way into your own body. We will take the time to listen to your body and actually talk to the erotic inside of you. You will have the opportunity to been seen through each others' eyes and through the eyes of a camera. We will encourage you to listen to what your body wants and you will be able to explore your erotic creature in your own way, with the guidance and support of experienced teachers of female sexuality.

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In a sacred, playful and intentional environment that respects each woman's boundaries, we will go deep into the potential pleasure and wisdom of our bodies as we dance in the dark and the light of pleasure. Together we will experience our bodies as expressive, powerful and playful beings.

Each woman will have the opportunity to explore their sexuality on both the physical and energetic realms. All expressions and choices are honored and celebrated.will explore and expand upon their awareness and sensation through a process of movement, the art if adoration, expanded arousal, boudoir photography, orgasmic meditation (not “OMing”) and playing with our edges.

Each woman will have the opportunity to eplore their sexuality on both the physical and energetic realms. All expressions and choices are honored and celebrated.

This workshop is for women of all sexual orientations and ages who are willing to explore their own power to initiate the erotic and surrender to the erotic within a community of women.

During our weekend non-residentual two-day retreat, kicking off with a Friday evening gathering; we will explore embodiment practices that will allow us to go deep into the wisdom of our own bodies. We will play with sensation and expand our knowledge of our own body. We will explore the power of female sexual initiative as well as the bliss of surrender.

This is an opportunity to gather wisdom not just from your body but also by supporting and witnessing other women in their unfolding.

Are you ready to develop an internal guide to successfully and sustainability explore your sexuality?

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Please join Pamela Madsen - internationally known sex educator and pioneer in women's sexuality for this non-residential two day retreat created just for women. At this Portal event, Pamela will be joined by Lori Sutherland, owner of Dame Lori Unlimited who will be teaching Sensual Soul Style: Owning True Beauty Through the Pleasure Visionary Leadership! The Art of Adoration and private boudior sessions will be given by Sway SaraWay who will capture and help call forth your erotic creature in images, and Dan Powers, the Director of Back to the Body, an extraordinary somatic sex educator and founder of Beyond the Bedroom will be co-facilitating with Pamela.

We will join together Friday evening before our weekend retreat to get to know each other, share some light food and refreshments, create the intentions for our retreat, and begin to explore shadow play; the right of the divine feminine.

On Saturday we will start the process of exploring, reclaiming or getting to know parts of our own erotic selves that we may never have explored before.

Friday Evening, We will begin at 7pm and complete no later than 11pm. On Saturday and Sunday; We will begin at 10am and end by 6pm.

Our process will include:

1. Guided meditation into listening to our own internal erotic guide.
2. Explore The Lotus Lift Meditation to tap into Arousal Energy to fuel your creativity
3. Explore our full female expression and how we hold those emotions in our bodies.
4. Explore a guided Art of Adoration Meditation and feel what it is to become living art in our own bodies in a ritual space.
5. Experience Sensual Soul Style: Owning Your Beauty Through the Divine Power of Pleasure Visionary Leadership.
6.. Clear our relationship with the masculine.
7. Witness a live demonstration of Sexological Body Work and the Power of the Full Goddess Array in a woman's body.
8. Experience a sensual and fully support photo shoot.
9. Explore sensation as a tool of erotic trance states.
10. Examine why we keep ourselves small erotically and practice opening ourselves up to our greatness
11. Explore the concept of erotic fermantation.
12. Confront our hunger in every form from sexuality, to food, to money.
13. Dive into Orgasmic Yoga and Learn to access and work with our Arousal and Orgasm as a holistic tool for healing and transformation in our lives.

This workshop is LGBTQ friendly and is open to any person that identifies as female.

Investment: $545.00 which includes the private Boudior Photoshoot by Sway.

Early Bird $495.00 until September 1st.

This class is limited in size. Only 20 women may attend and this will sell out. 

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Refreshments will be served on Friday Evening. Participants are asked to bring their own lunches, but snacks and beverages will be provided. Once you are registered, you will be added to a private group.

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Meet Your Educators:

Pamela Madsen
A pioneer in fertility and sex advocacy, Pamela Madsen is the Founder of Back to The Body: Sensuous Retreats for Women. Before taking on female sexuality full time; Pamela was the first Executive Director of The American Fertility Association. She is a fearless advocate for women’s health and integrated sexuality who leverages her raw honesty and well-informed wit to help strip the stigma from female desire and body image.

Pamela, a certified Somatic Sex Educator with a Master's degree in Education has coached hundreds of women on their own personal journey back into their bodies, and their own expression of their "Divine Feminine" whatever that means to them. Sometimes, it is a very masculine of center divinity. Pamela has been called a "Force of Nature"and has recently lead 23 sold out retreats for women in locations such as South Africa, Venice, Tuscany, Barcelona, Canada and New Orleans. Her Back to the Body Retreats boasts a 98 percent return rate and currrently has a 8 month waiting list.

Pamela is a veteran speaker, educator, and renowned blogger for The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, The Fertility Advocate, After50 and Care2.

She is the author of Shameless: How I Ditched The Diet, Got Naked, Found True Pleasure and Still Got Home In Time To Cook Dinner (Rodale, January 2011). Pamela has appeared on 60 Minutes, Oprah, CNN, AARP Primetime Radio, The Dr. Laura Berman Show, The Jane Pratt Show, and Playboy Radio. As well as countless other media outlets. To learn even more about Pamela Madsen please visit her personal website: or see her retreats

Dan Powers, CSB
At the age of 40, Dan Powers was introduced to the Western version of the tantric arts through Charles Muir and the Source School of Tantra Yoga. That introduction began his quest for knowledge about all things related to a more intimate expression of sex and sexuality. Being an engineer, Dan sought to learn other grounded approaches to sexuality and gain an understanding of the inner working from the perspective of how bodies function. After years of study, the result of his quest is a comprehensive knowledge about sex, sexuality and relating from a wide variety of disciplines and traditions including Quodoushka, Sky Dancing Tantra, Human Awareness Institute (HAI), Lafayette Morehouse, Body Electric, One Taste, and many more. He shares his knowledge with his clients and the wider community through his company Beyond the Bedroom asking them to explore what is possible so they can decide what works best for them and their relationships. Dan was recently made the Director of "Back to The Body: Sensuous Retreats for Women"

At Back to the Body, Dan brings all his teaching to the table through coaching and bodywork. Working with the guidelines of Sexological Bodywork, Dan is driven by the deep knowledge that each woman needs to be treated uniquely to create the most appropriate experience for her journey. Dan is a man who possesses advanced experiences of tantric transformation and is therefore able to increase the blissful wisdom of a highly qualified practitioner.

Lori Sutherland, Dame Lori Unlimited
"Sensual Soul Styling: Owning Your Beauty Through the Power of Pleasure Visionary Leadership".

"We women are brilliant and incredibly gifted leaders. And, it can be a struggle to truly reflect our passions and visions through personal style. We struggle to share the wealth of our self-worth. We think we can't afford it so we compulsively undervalue our decisions. I approach styling through seeing your soul so you can adore, adorn and astonish yourself with elegance and ease. I love to teach women's leadership from a soul styled source of sensual freedom. That is a life changing seductive power on a global level!" 
- The Dame

With over thirty years in the fields of fashion activism, divine feminine leadership, buddhist chaplaincy, compassionate care and mental health advocacy, Lori "The Dame" Sutherland has developed several empowerment programs from her experience as director, coach, teacher and the miracle of being alive. Dame Lori's mission is to educate and inspire all to adore, adorn and astonish themselves with soul-filled leadership skills experiencing the arts and sciences of pleasure and sensuality.

Sway Photography
“Capturing the sensual beauty of your authentic realness!”

"When sitting with me you will go through a self empowering transformational process that I get to witness and capture. You will feel the healing power of sexual empowerment. Through the collaborative process, we get to dive into one’s true expression of self, we connect, laugh, sometimes cry, and most importantly, create a heart connection. I lean toward the spectrum of sexuality, creating images in a safe consensual space were we explore the entire spectrum of desire, identity, sexuality, erotica and much more across cultural and world boundaries.” – Sway

Sway is a photographer specializing in fashion erotica, sexuality, and sexual empowerment. She is a master of her craft and has been working in the industry for over decade empowering her models to be in their full power, beauty, and radiance. Sway creates an atmosphere of mutual collaboration, connection, and inspiration. Her skill goes beyond framing the perfect shot and playing with light, her gift is in capturing peoples essential beauty. She states, “My favorite moment as a photographer is a little hard to describe. The moment just hits me. You see a person begin shed their baggage and their pre-fabricated boundaries and their true essence shines through. I am privileged to be able to capture that.”

Sway has worked for high end corporations capturing industry standard products for marketing materials for companies such as J lab audio and in addition she is skilled at taking professional headshots for local and national organizations. She has photographed numerous weddings, families, and special events. Her skills are broad but her main passion and personal purpose is to capture authentic sensual beauty.

Sway has published a book called Queerography | Intimate Expressions of Queer Culture in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Bangkok. The main purpose of this art composition is to connect queer culture across international borders. Queerography highlights Sways interest in non-binary intersections of gender, queer culture, and desire across cultural and world boundaries.

Sway is currently located in the front range of Boulder, Colorado and travels frequently for photographic work as well, shooting both nationally and Internationally.