Libido: Riding the Waves

Residential workshop eligible for 20 CE Credits


Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

August 26, 2024
5:00 PM
August 30, 2024
Variety may be the one and only truly universal characteristic of human sexuality.
- E. Nagoski

The ups and downs of our days, months, and years are unpredictable, but change will always be constant and reliable. The energy we call libido, in all the ways we might perceive it — as sexuality, vitality, creativity, aliveness, pleasure, and more — can shift and often be elusive and hard to maintain. Wanting moves us toward some situations and away from others. The sensations and desires of our libidos change through our different life cycles and relationships. Sometimes, the answer is yes, sometimes no, but the most likely answer is maybe. Libido energy is deeply contextual.

One thing we know for sure is that libido is always on the move. We cannot always know how, where, or why; what turns us on and brings pleasure is always a moving target.

Conscious dance practice offers the skills we need to ride these waves — to stay connected to the emerging truth of our libido energies. We can develop the capacity to move toward and with desires or, when we are on the wrong track, away from them. Open floor movement practice can teach our bodies how to up-regulate, bring more energy to a situation, and down-regulate to settle, create space, or take more time without shutting down or losing focus.

Dancing with others provides opportunities to communicate and track attraction, aversion, consent, and non-consent.

Pleasure is a perception of a sensation, and perception is context dependent.

Recommended Reading: Come as You Are By Emily Nagoski

This course fulfills the embodied sexuality pre–requisite for Open Floor teacher training. This workshop is eligible for 20 CE Credits. The cost of the Continuing Education credits is $85 and is now available for purchase below. For all CE inquiries, email Nicole at

20 Continuing Education Credits:

"Teachings are appropriate for healthcare professionals as well as the general public. Healthcare professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients."


Esalen Institute

55000 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920


‍5:00 pm – 5:45  How to Drop into Esalen
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Accommodations & Tuition

Click Register Now on the Esalen event page to view availability of accommodations and all-inclusive, program-specific tuition. Please note that not all accommodation levels are available for every workshop and additional faculty fees may apply.

Esalen does offer scholarship funds for those with financial need. Please contact Esalen directly for scholarships.

Note: this workshop is not about mating, dating, or sexual performance - you do not need a partner to participate. All genders and sexual orientations are welcome.

Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals

• CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Academy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

• The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.

• LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.

• SCA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. RNs must retain their certificate of attendance for 4 years after the course concludes.

• For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact Nicole at

• For questions about CE, contact Spiritual Competency Academy at

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