Sexuality and spirituality are potent forces in our culture—contradictory in many ways, yet deeply connected through ancient indigenous and ceremonial roots. In this practice-oriented intensive, you will learn distinctions between spirituality and religion and how they affect your clients’ experiences of desire and intimacy. You will investigate how religious proscriptions may generate shame, performance anxiety, homophobia, misogyny, compulsive use of pornography, and more. You will practice creative ways to help clients reframe negative sexual experiences by incorporating positive spiritual teachings into your sessions—from mindfulness rituals and breathing awareness to activities for relational connectedness and meaning. As a direct benefit of this class, you can hope to gain increased comfort in addressing how both spiritual and religious belief systems influence sexual attitudes and behaviors. Most importantly, you will take home tools for developing your own unique ways to address sexuality and spirituality with clients of all sexes, ages, backgrounds, orientations, and sexual lifestyles.
As our experiential model for exploring sexuality and spirituality we will use the Four-Dimensional Wheel of Sexual Experience, a clinical approach that evolved directly from the provocative findings of Gina’s 1997 nationwide survey “Integrating Sexuality and Spirituality.”
* Participants will receive a free copy of Gina Ogden's most recent publication, Exploring Desire and Intimacy: A Workbook for Creative Clinicians.