Resources

Ready to expand your awareness of sacred sexuality, relationships, spirituality,
somatic psychology, medicine work, and more?

Check out some of my favorite books, healers, and trainings that have inspired me
and shaped my constantly evolving understanding of this fascinating terrain.

 
 

Video

Leslie’s Podcast “5 Games to Play to Create Authentic Sexy Connection.” with Gaby and Raj of Relationship Fun & Games.
https://www.facebook.com/RelationshipFunAndGames/videos/878584112341624/

Nessi Gomes’ Music Video for All Related, stunning, gorgeous, inspiring. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Iiycfiq1Zs

Books

Tantric Quest by Daniel Odier — A must read! One of my favorite books of all time, an incredible true story that plunges you into the tantric wavelength..

Desire: The Tantric Path to Awakening by Daniel Odier — What if it wasn’t about fulfilling your desires, but that desire itself was a pathway to God?

The Radiance Sutras by Lorin Roche — Another must read! A modern poetic translation of an ancient Tantric text in the form of short mystical meditations on the bliss of everyday life

Tantra Illuminated by Christopher “Hareesh” Wallis — Quintessential textbook on Classical Tantra theory and practice, Hareesh is one of the foremost Tantric scholars alive today, and has TONS of material available for you to take your Tantric spiritual path deeper

Cutting through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa — Oh, spiritual seekers, if you haven’t read this one, start here and you will be properly humbled to even be able to begin the path..

Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha by Tara Brach — One of the most healing books I have had the privilege of imbibing, about waking up from the “trance of unworthiness” and learning to truly love our lives.

Urban Tantra by Barbara Carrellas — Great practical intro to get you started right away

The Tantra Experience by Osho — Hear from the crazy wisdom master himself what it means to live a Tantric life

Love, Freedom, and Aloneness by Osho — Going through a breakup or wondering if you’re ready for a relationship? Inspiring and ass-kicking real talk about the human condition

Mating in Captivity by Esther Perel — “Can we desire what we already have?” Brilliant book by a Belgian sex therapist who explores the needs we have for both safety and freedom in long term relationships, and how couples can understand and balance these basic drives

PUSSY: A Reclamation by Regena Thomashauer “Mama Gena” — For women who are ready to bust out, smash the patriarchy, and own their pleasure

The Magdalen Manuscript by Tom Kenyon & Judi Sion — Channeled material about Mary Magdalene, for all you recovering religious folks like me

Finding God through Sex by David Deida — Love him or not, his stuff is a powerful transmission that is both easy to digest yet points to the beyond

Opening Up by Tristan Taormino — A practical and thoughtful guide to exploring open relationships

The Multi-Orgasmic Man/Woman/Couple by Mantak Chia — Excellent intro to the Taoist practices for sexual energy mastery

Narcissus and Goldmund by Herman Hesse — My favorite novel of all time exploring what it means to seek God through devoted study versus plunging into the gorgeous chaos of Life

New and Selected Poems by Mary Oliver — Or anything that she writes.. It’s raw, real, often nature-based poetry that grips you and breaks your heart open to the beautiful, painful mess of it all. Same with David Whyte..



Teachers and Trainings

Reggie Ray, Dharma Ocean: I cannot more highly recommend Reggie’s teachings, he is me and Matt’s teacher of somatic meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist Tantric tradition known as the Vajrayana. The Tantric path is not about going up and out, but down and in, to fully inhabit these human bodies and lives. For many reasons we often stay disconnected from what we really feel. Reggie’s work invites students to connect to the intelligence of the body through somatic practices, and to begin to empty out the storehouse of traumatic experience we hold in our subconscious. Regularly holds fantastic online meditation trainings, hundreds of free podcasts to check out. https://www.dharmaocean.org/

Shakti Malan, Shakti Shiva Academy: I was so blessed by even my brief time with this magnificent teacher and healer who beautifully traversed the realms of Classical and NeoTantra. She passed away in 2017, but her work lives on through her community in the form of comprehensive online courses and live retreats. https://shaktishiva.academy/

ISTA International School of Temple Arts: Sacred Sexual Shamanic Experience — Level 1 and 2, weeklong trainings happening all over the world that get you into your body and activating your sexual energy in a safe and loving community, also involves learning hands on sexual healing techniques. https://www.schooloftemplearts.org/

Hakomi Institute, Comprehensive Training in Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychology: A two-year training for therapists & coaches to learn mindfulness-based somatic therapy, one of the most powerful trainings I’ve taken! http://hakomiinstitute.com/

Christopher “Hareesh” Wallis: Hareesh is one of the foremost Classical Tantric scholars alive today, and has TONS of material available for you to take your Tantric spiritual path deeper. http://hareesh.org/

Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts: Based in New York City, this wild & hilarious diva is inspiring women of all ages to let loose, discover their erotic power and shine like a goddess! You can totally go, and take your mom with you. There’s a free weekend that happens once or twice a year for you to get a taste, but tickets go fast! http://mamagenas.com/



Healers & Other Amazing People & Communities

Matt Sturm: Healer & teacher of Sacred Sexuality, Founder of Embodied Erotic, former co-lead of Ritual Tantra. This man has brought about more healing in my life than any other human. I highly recommend his offerings. :) https://embodiederotic.com/

Maya Luna: Poet & Ritual performance artist, Tantric Dakini of the most wild order. This woman is a force of nature! Check out her latest creation, “A Tantric Opus,” it’s Rumi-esque poetry celebrating the chaos of the dark feminine. https://www.depravedanddivine.com/

Layla Martin: Sacred Sexuality Teacher, Public Figure, check out her lively YouTube videos that are fun and informative! https://www.youtube.com/user/laylamartintv

SoulPlay Festivals: Every June and September, about 300 people gather in a glorious forest setting for a substance-free weekend of community, connection and play! Check it out! http://soulplay.co/

Ecstatic Dance: Groovy, sexy, substance-free conscious dance space with hundreds of happy people and up-beat electronic music! If you don’t yet dance, I would recommend this as *the most important practice* to get connected with your sexual energy. Go! http://ecstaticdance.org/ Other options available at: http://www.soulsanctuarydance.com/bay-area-dance-calendar.html

The Center SF: Inspiring community hub with awesome tea house and a never-ending flow of incredible workshops and offerings. http://www.thecentersf.com/

East Bay Community Space (& The Well Cafe): Lovingly run Oakland event space with dozens of wellness and personal-development workshops and events designed to bring the community together. https://eastbaycommunityspace.org/