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THE ART OF DESIRE RETREAT!


  • Powder Mountain 3923 Wolf Creek Drive Eden, UT, 84310 United States (map)

LDS Women's Desire and Sexuality Retreat in the Wasatch Mountains!

September 12-15, 2018

This is a women-only event.

Tickets include exceptional instruction from Dr. Finlayson-Fife, along with gourmet meals, exercise options and comfortable accommodations in a beautiful location!

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Powder Mountain Resort provides an inspiring space to learn life-changing lessons from Dr. Finlayson-Fife.

The "Art of Desire" Retreat is challenging and life-changing. This multi-day experience provides the setting, space, and time needed to process and integrate significant and perception- changing material. 

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 challenges these cultural false traditions and offers you a new, life-expanding understanding of desire, its relationship to your personal development and self-confidence, and the integration / expression of your God-given sexuality.  In understanding true principles, you can create deeper peace within yourself, more capacity for intimacy, and the ability to love more honestly and profoundly.  This workshop is about coming into your strength and clarity as a woman which includes peace within your own body and a deeper integration of your sexuality. 

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn these life-changing lessons in the tranquil setting of the Wasatch mountains, while enjoying gourmet meals, comfortable accommodations, and the company of other LDS women.  Come and see why past participants have called the Retreat "magical!" and "transformative". The Art of Desire Retreat is an opportunity you do not want to miss!  

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Payment plan now available for any ticket option. Pay only $480 today!

Invest in a life-changing experience!

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.
 Gourmet meals provided in serene landscape in the Wasatch Mountains.

Gourmet meals provided in serene landscape in the Wasatch Mountains.

OVERVIEW OF THE RETREAT:

  • Hosted at Powder Mountain Resort in Eden, Utah.

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

  • Three delicious and nutritious meals each day. Authentic farm to table dining cuisines prepared by acclaimed chefs for a locally supplied, world-class dining experience.

  • Comfortable, condo-style lodging included with your ticket, beginning Wednesday evening.

  • Daily Movement : Yoga with a registered yoga instructor and guided hikes in the gorgeous Wasatch Mountains.

  • Evening discussion and a movie night with Dr. Finlayson-Fife.

  • Welcome banquet on Wednesday evening.

  • Shuttle service between lodging and presentation locations.

  • Enjoyment of a beautiful venue in the Wasatch mountains, offering relaxation and the company of other amazing women.

 Enjoy farm-to-table cuisine prepared by a former Sundance chef.

Enjoy farm-to-table cuisine prepared by a former Sundance chef.

ACCOMMODATIONS:

Modern, comfortable housing awaits you at the base of Powder Mountain, all within a ten-minute drive of Summit gathering spaces. The Powder Mountain condos and townhomes are the perfect apace to unwind and debrief the days lessons and events with other participants in a homey setting. Enjoy spacious common areas, full-sized kitchens, cleaning service, a pool, the wellness center, and private hot tubs---all beginning Wednesday night, after a lovely welcome banquet! 

A General Admission ticket reserves space in a room, which you will share with another participant.  You can meet a new friend or invite friends to attend and share a room with you for a discounted ticket price. 

The opportunity to interact with other women has proven to be one of the most successful aspect of the Art of Desire Retreat. However, private bedroom upgrades are available if you would like more privacy. We have two options available for solo rooms: the "Private Room" does not have a bathroom attached to the room itself, while the "Master Suite" does have a bathroom attached. Coming with a friend a both want private rooms? We have an option for that, too. See all options for lodging included in the specific ticket prices at the "Get Tickets" link at the top of this event page.

Your three-night stay begins on Wednesday evening, checkin being before the Wednesday welcome banquet--please plan accordingly. Checkout is late-afternoon on Saturday.

 Three nights in homey accommodations.

Three nights in homey accommodations.

WORKSHOP SESSION TOPICS:

SESSION 1:     

The cultural (mis)construction of female sexuality and desire. Impact on women's relationship to their bodies, sexual agency, and desire.  (This session includes a deep dive into Dr. Finlayson-Fife's research and what it shows us about the restrictive lessons many of us have inherited.)

SESSION 2:

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.  (This session Includes a follow-up evening discussion with Dr. Finlayson-Fife on perfectionism and how it impacts our relationship to our sense of self, our bodies and our relationship to others.)

SESSION 3:

Developing the capacity for Emotional and Sexual Intimacy and understanding its relationship to integrity, creativity and self-development.  Includes video clips and self-reflection questions to help you harness and develop your unique gifts and forge deeper confidence.

SESSION 4:

Developing genuine generosity as well as the capacity to deeply receive.  Understanding the distinction between pleasing or reflexive-giving, and true generosity.  Understanding the distinction between getting or taking, and true receiving.

SESSION 5:

Sexual self-integration: Understanding our God-given bodies. Understanding women's amazing sexual capacity and nature and how it is different from what we've been taught.  Understanding the virtue of embracing our bodies and how this profoundly shapes our relationship to ourselves;  Discussion about the objectification of females (including exploitation and repression) and how to truly integrate our sexuality and be at peace with our bodies in the face of these harsh cultural messages.

SESSION 6:

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

SESSION 7:

Fostering eroticism in relationship to ourselves, a spouse, and to life.  Sexuality and belonging more deeply to oneself. Understanding fantasy and sexual creativity and its relationship to intimacy and self.

Wrap up : Questions / comments, and setting intentions for oneself going forward.  

UNSOLICITED COMMENTS FROM ART OF DESIRE COURSE AND WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS:

"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.

 Presentations to be followed by movement activities including hiking and yoga.

Presentations to be followed by movement activities including hiking and yoga.

"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).

 Your condo or townhouse located in the beautiful valley of Eden, UT.

Your condo or townhouse located in the beautiful valley of Eden, UT.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Tickets can be canceled for a full refund with no cancellation fee through July 15th.  Between July 15th and August 15th, tickets can be refunded with a $300 cancellation fee.  Beginning August 15th, a no-refund policy will be instated. **However, if the seat can be filled from the wait list (which we cannot guarantee), a refund will be issued minus a $300 fee.**

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
 Each day includes opportunities for hiking and yoga. 

Each day includes opportunities for hiking and yoga. 

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

The option of a deposit is available for those who want to pay in installments.  Please contact Kendall at office@finlayson-fife.com for more information.