New Culture Summer Camp East

When: 11 Jul 2014 - 20 Jul 2014 (Fri - Sun, 9 nights)
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A.C.T. Retreat Center

A.C.T. Retreat and Event Center situated in the spectacular natural beauty of West Virginia.  Eco-Friendly Lodging, Camping, Cabin and Cottage rentals along a beautiful cascade and waterfall filled stream in the West Virginia Potomac Highlands; perfect for vacation getaways.  Group retreats and events welcome.  

Our event staff has helped to put on many events, and we can help if you don't know where to start.  Come see why once our customers have held their event here they always come back!  

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Monique Darling

Monique Darling, Authenticity, Vulnerability and Relationship coach, is the founder of Juicy Enlightenment, which provides workshops and experiential play-shops in the art of Tantra, Vulnerability and conscious loving. She has studied and taught with renowned Tantra teachers and extraordinary workshop facilitators since 1990 and is a certified Cuddle Party Facilitator. She has been featured on TLC and The Dr’s and has been interviewed by magazines across the USA. Monique is dedicated to empowering others utilizing her vast repertoire of cutting-edge teachings. She specializes in helping others reclaim their power and natural sensuality by transmuting fear and repression into courage, self-love and freedom. She guides from a place of understanding and her natural exuberance is infectious! She is available for private sessions, experiential workshops and Cuddle Parties.
She is devoted to helping YOU uncover your magnificence!!! To empower YOU, who dream of something more, to awaken further and discover it is within you. You have all the answers – let her help you remember the questions. See more photos and other events by this presenter

Charles Eisenstein

Charles Eisenstein (, is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. His books (The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible, The Ascent of Humanity and Sacred Economics) as well as his other essays and blog posts on web magazines have generated a vast online following; he speaks frequently at conferences and other events, and gives numerous interviews on radio and podcasts. Writing in Ode magazine’s “25 Intelligent Optimists” issue, David Korten (author of When Corporations Rule the World) called Eisenstein “one of the up-and-coming great minds of our time.” Eisenstein graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy, and spent the next ten years as a Chinese-English translator. He currently lives in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania with his wife and three sons. See more photos and other events by this presenter

Ted Maddry

After sneaking awareness, intimacy and communication skills into his dance classes for years, Ted Maddry ( is excited to be facilitating personal growth more directly. Now he enjoys bringing movement and body awareness to an exploration of self. His intuition and keen attention to detail create a dynamic facilitation style that adjusts each session to the needs of the participants. Expect to be challenged in unusual ways. Expect Ted to say the things unsaid in "polite company," in support of your growth and self-awareness. Expect to use your body, and experiment with your boundaries. Ted is also the Ringleader of Beyond Blues, offering weekly Blues Dance venues in Berkeley and San Francisco, workshops, and dance camps. See more photos and other events by this presenter

Jilsarah Moscowitz

Jilsarah Moscowitz has been practicing the 5Rhythms® since 2001 and has a been a certified 5Rhythms teacher since 2011. She’s led classes for people of all ages and abilities. Currently, she teaches a class in NYC for people in bodies that may have been injured or are healing. She also leads classes for seniors, people with Alzheimer’s and NYC hipsters. Based in NYC, the hub of the 5Rhythms practice, she enjoys her own personal dance practice which she considers her “movement medicine”. She dances to shape-shift, to transform suffering into art, to explore distant edges, to experience ecstasy— and she teaches to offer her students the same opportunities. Her students describe her teaching style as “permissive”; she holds a space with safety for her students to express themselves without judgment. Jilsarah had the opportunity to study directly with Gabrielle Roth, the founder of the 5Rthythms practice, who passed away in October 2012. Before discovering the 5Rhythms, she was an active volunteer and leader in the Dance New England community. For more information, go to See more photos and other events by this presenter

Michael Rios

Michael Rios is an entrepreneur and practical visionary with a creative genius for freedom and empowerment; as some have said, “Michael doesn’t have a box to think outside of.” In 1964, he founded a commune based on service, spirituality, and sensuality that lasted 30 years and (among other projects) provided emergency shelter and support services for homeless people and troubled young adults. In addition, he started one of the first domestic violence hotlines in the USA in 1971, and one of the first computer business in the DC area in 1976. Michael co-founded and lives at Chrysalis, a small urban intentional community in Arlington, VA, whose mission is to support activists and healers ( Since 2004, he has been a major organizer of Network for a New Culture’s East Coast Summer Camp (, and other events aimed at creating a culture based on awareness, compassion, and freedom rather than on fear and judgment. In 2011, Michael became the director of Abrams Creek Center (, a retreat center in the mountains of West Virginia. His current passion is creating an “intentional village” there and in the nearby town - a place where people live consciously with and near one another, building a life based on personal enterprise and freedom, economic independence, and a web of social interconnectedness ( See more photos and other events by this presenter

Max and Elise Rivers

Max and Elise Rivers ( pioneered combining NVC and mediation and focusing on using these powerful tools specifically on primary relationships over the past 15 years. They have developed a six session process for coaching people to find the benefit of their differences, specializing in helping people in nontraditional intimate relationships like their own. See more photos and other events by this presenter

Oblio Z. Stroyman

Oblio Z. Stroyman is a Queer identified relational therapist (LMFT) in Eugene OR, and is the steward of "The Point" studio, an intimate venue that supports community through hosting events and skill share opportunities. She has always been passionate about community and social trends, focusing her undergraduate and graduate studies on family, gender and sexuality. She has been connected to the Network for a New Culture Community since 2000, participating as an organizer of Summer Camp West since 2010, and helping to bring gender to the forefront of New Culture dialogues. In her professional work, she focuses on raising awareness in professional organizations regarding polyamory, gender, LGBTQI concerns and community through offering regular trainings. She has been intricately involved in Eugene's ecstatic dance and contact improvisational dance community since 2008, and incorporates somatic healing modalities into her practice. Oblio strives to weave together strengths from the aforementioned communities into cohesive opportunities for increased intimacy, depth, learning and social change through group processes. See more photos and other events by this presenter

Debby Sugarman

While working on environmental issues in her twenties, Debby Sugarman realized that the issues she cared about were won or lost based on the strength or failure of human relationships and the effectiveness of interpersonal communication. Hoping to be part of more effective endeavors, Debby became a connoisseur of all forms of group and interpersonal communication. She became trained in mediation, studied various forms of meeting facilitation including a 2 year class with Laird Schaub, and immersed herself in personal growth work and experiments in group dynamics. Debby has facilitated Heart of Now personal growth weekend workshops and evenings in the DC area for many years. Along with Sarah Taub, Debby developed a training for ZEGG Forum facilitators focused on breaking down the facilitation process into its different aspects and creating exercises for participants to practice new skills. Debby has enjoyed experimenting with bringing a new culture into her workplace, a 30-person nonprofit retail store. She adapted a version of ZEGG Forum and led a monthly Forum at work for 3 years. She also taught a monthly leadership training workshop for new managers. See more photos and other events by this presenter

Sarah Taub, Ph.D.

Sarah Taub, Ph.D., is a cultural activist whose passion is creating events where people transform. She teaches the skills of peaceful, sustainable community – self-awareness, honesty, clear boundaries – and facilitates group processes of many sorts, including consensus decision-making, business meetings and retreats, ZEGG Forum (, and conflict resolution sessions. Sarah co-founded the first cohousing community in Washington, DC, and for the past 10 years has lived at Chrysalis, a small urban intentional community in Arlington, VA whose mission is to support activists and healers ( Since 2004, she has been a major organizer of Network for a New Culture’s East Coast Summer Camp (, and other events aimed at creating a culture based on awareness, compassion, and freedom rather than on fear and judgment. In 2006, she left her tenured professorship in Cognitive Linguistics at Gallaudet University to focus full-time on events, community-building, and cultural change. Since 2011, she has been the financial and programs manager for Abrams Creek Center(, a retreat center and community in the mountains of West Virginia. Sarah’s current koan: only when you let go of urgency can you be truly effective. See more photos and other events by this presenter

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