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  • Scholls Valley Lodge 12840 SW River Rd. Hillsboro, OR, 97123 United States (map)

For the first time, I am offering a three-day LDS Women's Sexuality Retreat!

May 3-5, 2018

This is a women-only event.


You can add your name to our waitlist by clicking on the "get tickets" button below.

The retreat will take place at serene Scholls Valley Lodge, 29 miles west of Portland!

The retreat will take place at serene Scholls Valley Lodge, 29 miles west of Portland!

The "Art of Desire" workshop and retreat are both challenging and life-changing.  Many of us as LDS women have inherited an understanding of sexuality, desire and goodness that encourages self-doubt and limits our development as women.  The "Art of Desire" retreat will challenge these false traditions and offer you a new, life-expanding understanding of desire, its relationship to your personal development, and the integration / expression of your God-given sexuality.  In understanding true principles, you can create deeper comfort within yourself, more capacity for intimacy, and the ability to love more profoundly.  This three-day retreat is an opportunity you do not want to miss.  


  • Hosted at Scholls Valley Lodge, on a beautiful Oregon orchard.

  • Exceptional day-long instruction and interaction with Dr. Finlayson-Fife

  • Morning Yoga with a registered yoga teacher each day, and additional exercise classes.

  • Three delicious meals provided daily (by Bellyful Catering).

  • Evening Discussion about Perfectionism with Dr. Finlayson-Fife.

  • Space for 30 women to stay on-site (first come, first serve).

  • Enjoyment of the beautiful grounds, relaxation, and the company of amazing women.

Peaceful areas to relax, read, write and talk with others.

Peaceful areas to relax, read, write and talk with others.

*All activities are optional, but encouraged.*


SESSION 1:     

The cultural (mis)construction of female sexuality and desire. Impact on women's relationship to their bodies, sexual agency, and desire.  


Deconstructing women's relationship to desire: The shackles of shoulds, guilt, perfectionism, and an externalized measure of self; How these factors hamper desire, self-respect, and the integration of our sexuality. 


Developing the capacity for Emotional and Sexual Intimacy.  Integrity, creativity and self-development.  Self-development and its relationship to Intimacy. Includes evening discussion of perfectionism.


Developing genuine generosity as well as the capacity to deeply receive.


Sexual self-integration: Understanding our God-given bodies. Understanding women's sexual capacity and nature.  The virtue of embracing our bodies;


Sexual self-development: Understanding, uncovering, and developing your erotic nature. Squaring eroticism with goodness.  Forging sexual integrity and its relationship to experiencing joy. 


Fostering eroticism in relationship to ourselves, a spouse, and to life.  Sexuality and belonging more deeply to oneself. Wrap up : Questions / comments, setting intentions for oneself going forward.  

It is difficult to put into words what a life-changing experience last weekend was.  ... To be fortunate enough to be in that headspace for that amount of time will be an experience I will look back on and recount as a personal turning point. To say “thank you” for your work seems completely insufficient....
— Art of Desire workshop participant
Beautiful gardens and walking trails.

Beautiful gardens and walking trails.

If you ever have a chance to attend one of Dr. Finlayson-Fife’s ‘Art of Desire’ Workshops, move heaven and earth to make it happen.  She is incredible!” 
— Written on Facebook by an Art of Desire workshop attendee.  Used with permission.


Scholls Valley Lodge sleeps 28 people with 9 bedrooms, many with a pull out couch, sleeping 4 people to a room. **The accommodations at the Lodge are completely booked. To be added to a waitlist, please text or call Kendall at 435.901.4222.


Below are a few alternative accommodation options. A few of these are Air BnB's with several bedrooms. We have received feedback that connecting with other participants is one of the most beneficial parts of the course. This being the case, we encourage those who would like to share their accommodations with other participants to do so. Email to be added to a collaborative Google Doc where participants can correspond in regard to sharing accommodations and ride-sharing.


Air BnB Options:

Tuition includes three meals and snacks each day, as well as all activities and an instructional workbook. SLEEPING ACCOMMODATIONS (WHETHER AT SCHOLLS VALLEY LODGE OR IN A LOCAL HOTEL) ARE PRICED SEPARATELY.


"Because of the impact you have had on my life and my marriage, I want to thank you for all you have done to acquire the knowledge and eloquence to be able to understand and explain these principles of relationships and sexuality to people like me. My life and marriage has changed incredibly for good. Recently my husband teared up in bed because he was so overwhelmed and happy with how our relationship is moving forward. He is a good, patient and loyal man. Bless him. It has taken me 38 years to choose him, and to own my sexuality. This happened surprisingly quickly once true principles were introduced to me. Those life-changing events came through you and the course I signed up for. Life is good. I don't know how to thank you."
— R.L, Art of Desire Participant

"I absolutely LOVED this course! It was truly amazing, Jennifer. What you taught completely opened up my view of my sexuality and has been so liberating. I have been more relaxed and present when I"m with my husband. I have a lot to learn still but I feel possibilities in a way that I never have before. THANK YOU FOR TEACHING THIS CLASS !"
— G. B., Art of Desire Participant

Thank you so much for using the talents you have been blessed with for the good of so many women, and especially for LDS women. ... I have had a huge paradigm shift that has caused me to realize things that I didn't know about my sexuality. My goal is to own that part of me that I rejected .. and to be integrated and "whole". I'm not sure how or if it would have happened without your guidance and willingness to use your time and talents to bless my life and the life of my husband through me. ... This experience was a sacred one for me and one I have been searching for, for a long time."
—E.A., Art of Desire participant

"Of all the podcasts of yours I’ve listened to, of all the counseling sessions, and of all the online courses I’ve worked through over and over again, the most meaningful, deeply touching thing that you have taught me happened this weekend [at the workshop]. It wasn’t necessarily anything particular you said, it was more in the woman you have become, in who you are. It is manifested in the way you talk and the way you teach and they way you live. ... You have had a powerful impact on my life. You have impacted my marriage and my family. The work that you are doing is directly affecting, for the better, the quality of life for others, and I admire that so much."
— A.P., Art of Desire workshop participant.

"My wife attended your workshop in Orange County recently and already it has changed our relationship in so many good ways. Not just my wife changing for my sake, but changing in ways that she has wanted for a long time, but didn't know how. The ramifications of this are huge. I think we'll both be happier as she starts to live more authentically. And this all applies to me as well, as I'm trying to put the work in to improve to the same level she is. (Also, I'm listening to your Love Rice podcast and it's blowing my mind. So many good principles!) Thank you so much for doing what you do. I really appreciate it."
— E.I., Spouse of workshop participant

"It is difficult to put into words what a life changing workshop last weekend was. I have been listening to you since nearly the beginning of your entrance into the podcast world and have taken all of your courses, listened to every office hours, caught every interview... I am not joking when I proclaim I could be president of the JFF fan club. However, even with all that study and listening and applying there is still so much work to be done! I had new insights at your Art of Desire workshop this weekend and am seeing myself even more clearly. To be fortunate enough to be in that headspace for that amount of time will be an experience I will look back on and recount as a personal turning point. To say "thank you" for your work seems completely insufficient.... "
— H.S., Art of Desire workshop participant).

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Your ticket to the retreat includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, provided by Bellyful Catering. We encourage you to attend the three-day workshop with a retreat mentality. Particularly for those commuting from home, making arrangements to stay for meals and activities (and minimizing the expectations of home) will allow you to get the most out of your experience.

Schedule and additional workshop information

Schedule and additional workshop information


Tickets can be canceled for a full refund through April 1.  After April 1 and through April 15, tickets can be canceled  for a full refund within 24 hours of purchase, or for a 50% refund after that.  No refunds after April 15, but tickets are transferable.

Warm, inviting spaces

Warm, inviting spaces

I had the privilege of attending your Art of Desire Workshop in Walnut Creek a few months ago.  You have literally changed my life!
— Art of Desire workshop participant