Men’s Study Group – USA 2021


Starting January 2021


Ojai, California
Exact location to be given at registration






The Men’s Study Group is dedicated to intelligent exploration and diligent practice as it applies to engaging in the world. Informed by Steve and Michaela’s approach to Men’s Work, this group demystifies the development process and empowers each man to stand on his own two feet as a practitioner.

In this intense, highly personalized setting you will receive one-on-one attention, group support and homework assignments. We will meet in-person four times for a full day, with individual assignments and tailored support.

Between meetings you will engage in supervised self-practice and group assignments supported by an online platform. There will be additional connection via a dedicated Facebook group.

You will explore pathways that not only reveal and clarify the nature of your interior structures, but also equip you to practically apply these learnings in your life, work, and relationships.

You will receive:

Three In-person Immersion Days + One Special Weekend Immersion with:

  • Personalized Assignments
    Throughout the study group you will receive personal assignments tailored by Steve and Michaela to your goals, practice level, and individual make-up.  The assignments are often reported to be among the most transformative aspects of the journey.
  • Embodied Movement
    Engage in wide range of movement practices to open and educate the body, including the Non Linear Movement Method and the Movement Koan Method. You will experience movement as a method of release, somatic education, empowerment, and life practice.
  • Meditation
    Drawing from various traditions and sourced in living experience, we meditate as a means of engaging with life. In developing the core attentional skills of concentration, sensory clarity, and equanimity we can reduce suffering, increase satisfaction, gain insight into self and other, become more skilful in the world, and uncover a spirit of genuine and effective service. Learn a variety of techniques, as well as an understanding of how and when to use them.
  • Engaging with Sensations
    Through engaging bodily practices, meditation, and nature we explore relationship to the full spectrum of sensations from the pleasurable to the unpleasant. This engagement can be applied to situations of stress, survival, emotional turmoil, and also has strong sexual and relational implications.
  • Honing your Discipline
    You will be supported to develop a personal practice of your own and a broad understanding with which you can self-guide or work within various traditions, approaches, and practice modalities.
  • Erotic Engagement and Relationship
    Learn the foundational requirements for proper sexual yoga and energetic work. In Year 1 you will learn how to clarify and modify your body’s sexual patterns, as well as bring the whole body online for increased pleasure, and to address the most common performance issues.
  • Iron Sharpens Iron 
    Connect with a group of inspiring men as you journey through the months together, drawing strength and inspiration from each other as the course unfolds.


Three Online Course Segments for the in-between meeting time:

  • Guided Practices
  • Additional material to support your exploration and practice
  • Questionnaires to deepen, enhance and reflect on your development. These questionnaires allow for personalized explorations and ground your learning into your everyday experience.
  • Updates and support


Community & Connection

In addition to the immersive learning you will have the chance to connect with like-minded men, creating connection and community. Through the online platform and a private, moderated Facebook group you will have the opportunity to ask us and each other questions, connect and share your discoveries through these nine months.


Live Event Discount
Enrollment in this program entitles you to a 50% discount on all events hosted by Michaela and Steve for a full year including 5-Day Immersion and Teacher Training (discount cannot be combined with other promotions or discounts).

Each Year has its own curriculum which functions as both a standalone exploration and builds on previous years.

Year 1

The focus of Year 1 is to obtain a working knowledge of key practices that acquaint yourself with your mind, body, sexuality, relationship, and life navigation.

The emphasis is on acquiring and integrating practical skill, and does not rely on peak state experiences or aspirational ideology.

Real skill acquisition involves consistent practice, and you will be guided in both how to establish a personal practice and how to organize your time for maximum effectiveness. This starts at a very manageable minimum and is scale-able depending on your available time and energy.

Whether you’re a beginner or already have experience, this disciplined and creative approach to practice is highly valuable and honed from both Steve and Michaela’s decades of training and their years of work with high performing individuals.

The in-person meetings will involve specially designed experiences to facilitate deep exploration, as well as technique instruction, lectures, and Q&A.

Between the in-person meetings you will implement homework that progressively installs the core skills in your body and mind. You will also receive a personal assignment tailored by Steve and Michaela for your individual path.

By the end of Year 1 you will have:

  • An established personal meditation practice with facility in a range of techniques.
  • A grounding in embodiment practices.
  • A foundation of sexual yogic techniques. Learn how to clarify and modify your body’s sexual patterns, as well as bring the whole body online for increased pleasure, and to address the most common performance issues.
  • Reflection on your life, direction, and character.
  • Connection to other men similarly committed to this path.


Year 2

In Year 2 we engage the theme of increasing personal capacity, resilience, and clarifying the sexual impulse.

As Year 2 stands on the work of Year 1 so completion of Year 1 is a pre-requisite.

For a detailed description of Michaela and Steve’s Men’s Group approach, click here.

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It’s refreshing to partake in a self-inquiry Intensive for men only

It’s refreshing to partake in a self-inquiry Intensive for men only. Even more refreshing was the clarity and objectivity in Steve’s facilitation. I am now equipped with a sensible and workable toolset of self-inquiry practices for my everyday life. Good bye ‘self-development’ workshops.

Ben, Australia

Michaela and Steve are phenomenal teachers

Michaela and Steve are PHENOMENAL teachers. They are both so passionate and compassionate. And they bring forth such depth of knowledge and experience in their field. Their workshops have been life changing for me and I am SO grateful to them both.

Steve, California

Steve is really unique

Steve is really unique in his extremely grounded educational style and his depth of experience, his ability to integrate the teachings bodily and intellectually and this without loosing connection to real people and our life…Meeting Steve James, following his work and attending all of his teachings in Amsterdam since our first meeting has been pivotal in both my own spiritual and personal development.

Dennis, Denmark

About Steve

Steve James travels internationally teaching somatic practices, meditation, yoga, as well as leading explorations in contemplative, mystic, and relational realms.Known for his intelligent, grounded approach and his dedication to first-hand research he has extensive experience in elite athletic performance, contemplative and spiritual disciplines, the arts, extreme outdoor survival, and human behavior.In addition to private client work and international public workshops, Steve has released a DVD series of his movement approach called the Movement Koan® Method, a fusion of joint-nourishing movement and body-based mindfulness.

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About Michaela

Michaela Boehm teaches and counsels internationally as an expert in intimacy and sexuality. Born and raised in Austria, Michaela combines her training in psychology and extensive clinical counseling experience with her in-depth training in the yogic arts as a classical Kashmiri Tantric lineage holder. Michaela’s approach empowers her students through an eclectic mix of education, experiential exercises and guided explorations. Known for her work with high-performing individuals, her ongoing private clients include Oscar-winning actors, producers, business pioneers, and multiple Grammy-winning musicians. Michaela is the Author of “The Wild Woman’s Way”, published by Simon & Schuster/Atria in August 2018. She lives on an organic farm in California where she rescues and rehabilitates animals.

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