Archive: May, 2012

May 28, 2012

Heart Centered Sexuality

This retreat is located in NE Portland in an office that opens up to this pond and garden.
This retreat is located in NE Portland in an office that opens up to this pond and garden.

Heart Centered Sexuality Retreat

Facilitated by Ami Opal, ND and Julie Jeske, MS

  • Does it feel like there is a disconnect between your body and your mind?
  • Is it hard for you to ask for what you want or receive pleasure?
  • Is shame getting in the way of enjoying sex or pleasure?

This is a one-day retreat for women who want to align their body, mind and spirit with their sexuality.  Julie works with clients from a mind perspective and Ami reaches their bodies.  Together they will help women embrace who they are and eliminate obstacles to pleasure. The workshop is limited to 10 women and takes place in a beautiful garden setting.  We will incorporate visualization, ritual, journaling, educational information about sexuality and your body and therapeutic exercises.

Who should attend this retreat?

  • Any woman who feels  something blocking her capacity for pleasure.
  • Any woman who feel disconnected from her body or feels something is getting in the way of feeling her body completely.
  • Any woman who would like a whole day to focus on herself.
  • Any women looking to connect with other like-minded women.
  • Any woman who wants to learn more about her body and her sexuality.
  • Any woman who wants to eliminate sexual shame and repair messages about sex she may have learned from past partners, families, religion or negative experiences.
  • Any woman who would like a little help learning to love her body and honor who she is sexually.

What makes this retreat different than the work Julie and Ami do in individual sessions?

  • This retreat is 7 hours long with a 1 hour break for lunch.  If you were to work with Julie and Ami for 7 hours it would cost a combined total of $1125.
  • In addition to working with Julie and Ami, you get the benefit of being around a group of women with whom you can share experiences.  There is a power in groups of women.  It is healing to share your stories and listen to others’.
  • While we will be working and learning and growing, this is also a retreat.  It is designed to make your body and spirit feel good and give you a break from your day-to-day life.

Click here to see when this retreat is happening next!

Contact Julie Jeske at 503-756-3478 or for more information or to reserve your spot.

Ami OpalAmi Opal, N.D. is a physician who takes care of the organs of creation and reproduction in the female body.  Through hands on work with bones, muscles, fascia, and the energetics of the body, Dr. Opal’s unique approach is directed at unraveling old patterns of disease, both physical and emotional.  Ami’s work helps women connect with themselves through their pelvic space, abdomen, and heart.  Ami enjoys helping her patients find more space in their bodies, more room for joy, and greater ease and depth of self expression.  Dr. Opal graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2001 and is the co-owner of Yew Medicine, a clinic in North Portland.

JulieJeskeWebSmallJulie Jeske, M.S. is a sex and relationship counselor who helps people increase intimacy, passion and sexual satisfaction. She loves helping women uncover their sexuality.  She is skilled at helping couples spice up their sex lives and deepening their connection.  She frequently contributes to online articles, magazine articles and TV segments. Her forthcoming book is titled: You Don’t Have to be a Sexy Tiger: Discover YOUR Sexual Self.  Julie received her MS in Couples, Marriage and Family Counseling from Portland State University.  She has a private practice in NE Portland and believes we all deserve a healthy, fulfilling sex life.

Filed under: Body-Image,Groups,Intimacy,Sexual Being,Sexuality,Shame — admin @ 7:55 pm

May 24, 2012

Blow Your Partner’s Mind in Bed!

explosive sex

  • Want to know the secret to driving your guy wild?
  • Ready for some tips to please your partner?
  • Need a little help taking your sex from so-so to so GREAT?

I can’t walk through a grocery story checkout line without a magazine promising me that they have THE ideal sexual position, pickup line, seduction tip or the secret to explosive orgasms.  But if they really had THE secret would they keep publishing a different one each month?  If they really had THE key to unlocking sexual pleasure, would there be so many people who are feeling sexually stuck or unsatisfied?

Fancy toys, twisty positions and stripper seductions moves can be great…but there is an easier way to blow your partner’s mind in bed.

The best way to excite your lover is to ENJOY YOUR SEXUAL EXPERIENCE!

That’s right!  Over and over and over again, I’m told that the biggest turn on for people is seeing their partner is excited, turned on, present and pleased.

That should be some pretty big incentive for speaking your truth, naming your desire and asking for what you want in the bedroom.  You don’t have to pretend something feels good if it doesn’t.  You don’t have to fake it and play a character.  You can just show up, as you are and connect with your partner.

And if you aren’t enjoying yourself, it’s time to take ownership of your pleasure.  Take the time to discover what feels best and then share that information with your partner.

Filed under: Relationship,Sexual Being,Sexuality — admin @ 11:54 am

May 17, 2012

Aligning Your Body, Mind, Heart and Spirit

I recently had a brainstorming session with my friend and colleague, Ami Opal.  She is a naturopathic doctor who specializes in women’s pelvic health and we’ve been kicking around ideas for a joint workshop.  I love Ami’s work because she is able to reach women through their bodies.  As a counselor, I work with women in a way that accesses their minds or their spirits.  We’ve been talking about how easy it is for women to feel disconnected in some way.  We are developing a one-day workshop to help align your body, mind, spirit and heart.  We want to help women eliminate shame, open up their ability to receive pleasure and ask for that they want.  We want to help women feel whole in their bodies and empowered in their sexual experience.  I wish you could have seen us as we talked about our passion and our ideas for this workshop.  We were giddy!  It’s going to be a very connecting and electric day.  We are ironing on the details right now, look for specifics later this week.

Filed under: Body-Image,Change,Intimacy,Pleasure,Self-care,Shame,Workshop — admin @ 10:35 am

May 9, 2012

Treat Your Body Well

love your bodyI often write about self-careSelf-care can include so many different things.  Self-care can be taking care of yourself emotionally, mentally or physically.  It can involve rest or pleasure or self-love.  One of the ways you can practice self-care is by treating your body well.

Here are some ways to treat your body well

  • Get enough sleep or rest
  • Get some exercise (but don’t overdo it)
  • Get a massage, acupuncture, craniosacral therapy or another form of bodywork that feels good
  • Dance
  • Eat well (This can be tricky because at times having a treat can be self-care too.  Having a treat is different than overindulging.  Notice how your body feels after you eat different things.)
  • Enjoy some physical pleasure
  • Make sure you get check ups and treat any injuries, illnesses, etc.
  • Love your body (How do you look at your body?  How do you talk about it?  Is it time for you to send some love to your body?  Recognize at least one thing you love about your body.)
  • Appreciate your body (It’s so easy to focus on what isn’t working.  Aches and pains can consume our energy.  What about what is working?  Practice some body gratitude.)
  • Pamper your body (get a pedicure, take the time to spread lotion all over your body, have someone wash your hair, etc)

How you feel in your body has a big influence on how you feel in general.  Treat your body well and notice how that positively impacts your life!

Filed under: Body-Image,Change,Pleasure,Self-care — admin @ 3:19 pm

May 4, 2012

Releasing Shame – Embracing Pleasure

How does shame impact who you are sexually?  How is it getting in the way of fully enjoying life?

What keeps you from embracing pleasure?  How do you find time for pleasure in your every day life?

Shame comes up all the time when I am talking with people about sex or about living their best lives.  In fact, when I talk with people about pleasure I am often told they feel guilt or shame about feeling pleasure.

So I decided to offer a 4-week group called “Releasing Shame – Embracing Pleasure.”

I’ve written about shame before and the importance of talking about it, writing about it and releasing it.  In this group we will be doing just that.  We will spend 2 weeks identifying shame and the way it impacts our lives.  We will then explores ways to release the shame and even have a releasing ceremony together.  We will then take two weeks to identify ways to invite pleasure into our lives.

I’m very excited about this group and would love for you to join me.

“Releasing Shame – Embracing Pleasure” will be meeting for 4 weeks on Tuesday evenings from 7pm-9pm. Please let me know if you would like more information or if you are interested in registering for the group.  The cost is $120 for the entire 4 week series.

It’s time to shed the shame that is weighing you down and step forward and receive the pleasure that is waiting for you.

Filed under: Groups,Pleasure,Sexuality,Shame — admin @ 2:53 pm