SAND presents “From Quarks to Love: Exploring Relationships at Every Scale”


October 23-27, 2019


Dolce Hayes Mansion
200 Edenvale Avenue
San Jose, CA 95136





This event is hosted by SAND. Michaela and Steve will be speaking at the conference on Saturday, October 26 at 11am in the ‘San Jose’ room at the Dolce Hayes Mansion.

Michaela and Steve’s talk:

Experiential: The Embodied Path to Intimacy

Intimacy starts with our connection to ourselves, via our feeling body. Our bodily genius holds the secrets of intimate perception and deep connection. As we become more sensitive to the signals of our body we become more aware of others and true connections can begin. From here there are endless means of artfully deepening and enlivening these connections through communication, touch, and gaze. In this interactive class we will engage in processes and exercises to sensitize the body in relationship to another, and explore ways to deepen into an understanding of the principles of intimacy.


More about SAND “From Quarks to Love”:

For scientists, bonds and connections are essential to the working of the universe; for mystics, love is the ultimate principle. From the depths of physics to the delights of being human, relationships make life possible.

The mechanistic view of reality which sees the world as separate objects, separate individuals, communities and nations, has led to fragmentation in every aspect of life. We are now realizing that, from quarks to people, from gut bacteria to galaxies, it’s all about interconnectedness, cooperation, and symbiosis.

This year, SAND will be bringing together some of the brightest minds in science, along with spiritual teachers from various traditions and artists, in a quest to expand and deepen our understanding and experience of our relational nature through the two lenses of science and spirituality. We will explore and integrate our human knowledge and experience around the theme of relationships. We will inquire into the many scales of relationship we are part of, from microbes and bacteria to mushrooms and trees, to people and families, to galaxies and black holes.

At the end of the day, no matter how complex the field of study becomes, the innate intelligence and reflective nature of the universe shines through. Love is what breathes life into the equations; Love is the field in which the quarks and human beings relate.

We will meet you there.

Learn more about the event and register through SAND here.


Michaela & Steve are wonderful teachers and so incredibly supportive

Understanding the practices that underpin erotic friction & how to cultivate polarity in a workshop setting was incredibly valuable. Michaela & Steve are wonderful teachers and so incredibly supportive.

Jenna, Australia

Michaela and Steve facilitate the safest of containers

Michaela and Steve facilitate the safest of containers with grace, humor and a vast knowledge base. Both eye and heart opening, their workshop allowed me to sink into myself, unpacking layers. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to explore what intimacy means to them, both solo and in partnership.

Kat, UK

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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