I just got back from the first ever Sex Geek Summer Camp and it was just as fun, mysterious, exciting and sexy as it sounds!
Sex Geek Summer Camp was produced by Reid Mihalko and took place at Abrams Creek in Elk Garden, West Virginia. It’s a five- day, sleep-away retreat to help people in the sex positive industries have a greater reach, be more financially and emotionally liberated and achieve more in their careers.
It’s also a whole lotta fun designed to help sex educators relax, skillshare, network and bond.
And it delivered 100% !
I’ll share the work of some of my fellow sex geek summer campers in this post as well as on this blog over the new few weeks, so you can get a sense of who comes to camp.
Part of my infatuation with the experience I had there was due to the camp setting. Most business retreats or conferences are held at hotels or convention centers. This was in the middle of lush, forests, next to a stream with swimming holes, far out of reach of city noises. All the workshops were held in a huge geodesic dome that graced us with beautiful lighting and sounds during the presentations, parties and quiet times. It was like spending five days in a sex positive city that just popped up in the middle of West Virginia. We were all glowing with sex positive geeky energy!
The other part of my experience that made camp worth it was the emotional sharing and intimacy/vulnerability trainings we shared. It was almost like a relationship-building course for strangers who all share common desires and goals. The entire focus and operation of the summer camp was an exercise in expressing yourself genuinely, finding community, asking for and receiving help and feedback in a truly intimate and safe way.
Maybe I’m not going to the right business conferences, but I’ve never experienced that level emotional and mental well-being after attending a work-related conference.
The flow of camp was unique because the ‘counselors’ (read: presenters) were constantly checking in with ‘campers’ to make sure the pace was OK and that we felt like we were getting the information we needed. There was a LOT of information to take in, so on days where we needed to spend more time talking about social media, for example, we found time to do some extra workshopping as needed.
Some of the presentation topics included making Youtube videos, genuine storytelling, the importance of modeling vulnerability, self-publishing, podcasting, revenue streams, building engaging presentations, branding, and more! Presenters included Cathy Vartuli, Rick Wilkes, Allison Moon, Sex Nerd Sandra, Pamela Madsen, Mac McGregor, Megan Andelloux, Carol Queen, Katrina Rainsong and more!
We made Youtube videos, had social media competitions, won sex toys as prizes, reviewed sex toys and ate delicious hand-made, wholesome food!
If you’re a sex educator, or someone who works in a sex-positive profession, or someone who is curious about the industry, I can’t recommend this event to you enough! You will meet people you want to build community with, learn skills you can put into use immediately and find a way to make pursuing your passion more sustainable. Did I mention you’ll probably win sex toys as prizes?
You can get more information about signing up for Sex Geek Summer Camp 2015 here!