Awakening the Pleasure Body: Special Immersion Retreat – USA


2021 dates coming soon!

Special extended hours, see below.


Ojai, California
Exact location to be given at registration





Optional food package in drop down menu. NOTE: If you are entitled to a 50% discount via your study group participation or any other discount, please apply discount to retreat *only*- food is not discounted.



Join us for this first of its kind retreat in the US. This event is open to a small number of attendees by application and does not follow the usual format of our events.

This retreat is designed specific to each location, using the natural world around us as a means to deepen your connection to your pleasure body. We will immerse into the subtle body practices of erotic friction and give you the opportunity to deepen and expand your capacity for aliveness and pleasure. From what arises through your body, you can offer powerfully to relationship, creativity, community and yourself.

Utilizing the privacy and location of the space, we will enter into a multilayered exploration of somatic, relational and shamanic tools as they relate to the awakening and expression of life force, pleasure and creativity in our bodies.

From there, you will explore how to use the aliveness of your body in relationship, both in the intimate play of partners and in your chosen creative expression. We will engage in experiential practices of subtle body communication, deep connection and how to commune with another through full-bodied expression, from the sublime subtle to the dark erotic.

Using the phases of day and night, the rhythms of nature, engagement with the elements and communal explorations, we will engage in a multitude of celebrations, challenges and practices that deepen your relationship with yourself and the natural world as it arises around and through you.

Each day you will be involved in opportunities for individual assignments and explorations, group processes and somatic work. Each of the 3 evenings and nights are dedicated to a specific theme that explores your capacities, your gifts and offers personalized assignments to support your unique themes and considerations.

You have the option to receive personalized all night practices as well as personalized time in nature and engagement with your pleasure body. We will enter into ritual, art, considerations and celebrations during our time together.

Due to the nature of the material and the special location, this retreat is by application and open to a very limited number of participants. There are a variety of hotel, airbnb and camping options that can be rented and/or shared in walking and short driving distance. Our communal meals are prepared on site and are optional, please see drop down menu for options.(NOTE: If you are entitled to a 50% discount via your study group participation or any other discount, please apply discount to retreat *only*- food is not discounted) Details, locations and logistics are provided upon application. Applications are reviewed in the order received.

Times for this retreat:

Day 1 – Starts at 10am, Day and evening program – flexible hours
Day 2 – Day and evening program – flexible hours
Day 3 – Day and evening program – flexible hours
Day 4 – Day and evening program – flexible hours
Day 5 – Day program, ends at 5pm

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Michaela & Steve are truly masterful in their craft

Michaela and Steve are truly masterful in their craft – weaving a seamless tapestry together to guide us on a deeply embodied journey of enquiry. As a workshop facilitator, I really see facilitation as a true art form within itself, so it’s quite powerful to be guided through this journey by facilitators with such laser precision, quick wit and deep wisdom and experience.

Bonnie, Australia

Both gentle and mind-blowingly profound

I found the processes to be both gentle and mind-blowingly profound. I really enjoy the contrast and resonance between Michaela and Steve, which makes for both richness and humour. Both Steve and Michaela’s depth of practice is abundantly clear, and their contrasting bodywork practices open the body in wonderfully different and complimentary ways.

Emily, Australia

Expert approach to teaching & empowering

Michaela & Steve are truly amazing in their expert approach to teaching & empowering their students. The depth, clarity and potency of the work is transmitted on so many levels – it’s incredibly unique. Professionally I feel hugely supported & resourced while personally am so grateful for their generosity and the inner medicine I’ve received throughout the progress.

Jenna, Australia

Michaela and Steve have the knowledge and experience

Michaela and Steve have the knowledge and experience to provide what few teachers can – the opportunity to explore edges with the confidence that the experience will lead to deeper understanding and aliveness as opposed to confusion and self-doubt.

Nadine, Chicago

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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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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