The Art of Desire retreat is a challenging, fun, and life-changing 3-day event! This immersive experience will give you a new understanding of your desires, sexuality, spirituality, and self that will open up entirely new possibilities.


Should Covid 19 health advisories discourage group gatherings on the event dates, you will receive a full refund, or you can keep your ticket for the new event date. 

This event is SOLD OUT.  Join the waitlist HERE

Many LDS women have inherited an understanding of sexuality, desire, and spirituality that encourages self-doubt and undermines sexual development.  

The Art of Desire Retreat will challenge these false traditions and offer you a new, life-expanding understanding of desire as well as its relationship to self-confidence and your ability to  be at peace with your (God-given) sexuality.

In addition to exceptional instruction, you will enjoy delicious gourmet meals, rejuvenating exercise and meditation options, beautiful grounds for walking and reflecting, evening discussions with Jennifer and other participants, plus a fun-filled movie night!  

This three-day transformative retreat is an opportunity you will never forget and do not want to miss!

OVERVIEW OF THE RETREAT

  • Hosted at Scholls Valley Lodge, on a beautiful Oregon orchard.
  • Exceptional day-long instruction and interaction with Dr. Finlayson-Fife
  • Daily Exercise (Yoga, Zumba, hiking) mornings and afternoons. Please Contact our office if you are a registered exercise instructor.
  • Three delicious catered meals each day.
  • Evening activities including a discussion about Perfectionism with Dr. Finlayson-Fife and a movie night.
  • Space for 28 women to stay on-site (first come, first serve).
  • Enjoyment of the beautiful grounds, relaxation, and the company of amazing women.




"I am a big follower of Jennifer's podcasts but being there in person and hearing her dive deep into her instruction was life changing. I love how she doesn't sensationalize her presentation and she took time to answer all of our questions. She's brilliant and I'm so grateful for her work in bringing female sexuality out of obscurity."

— Art of Desire workshop participant




WHAT'S INCLUDED WITH THE RETREAT TICKET?

  • The Art of Desire exceptional course content
  • Catered gourmet meals (10 total) and snacks.
  • Exercise options each day. 
  • Art of Desire content related guided meditations each day with a take-home recording of these meditations for each participant's personal use.
  • A bound instructional workbook.

TICKETS!

The Art of Desire 3-Day Retreat

Solo Ticket - $975

Bring-a-Friend Ticket - $940 

Order tickets or join the waitlist here!



Scholls Valley Lodge

ACCOMMODATIONS

SLEEPING ACCOMMODATIONS (WHETHER AT SCHOLLS VALLEY LODGE OR IN A LOCAL HOTEL) ARE PRICED SEPARATELY. 

Accommodations at the lodge are fully booked for this event.  Attendees can use airbnb or local hotels.

We have received feedback that connecting with other participants is one of the most beneficial parts of the retreat.  We encourage you to share accommodations with other participants when possible.  You can join the event Facebook Group here to coordinate with other attendees to share an airbnb or rideshare, or contact Kristi, our event coordinator. 



Reserve a Room

 


DAILY EXERCISE AND MEDITATION

Each day yoga and Zumba classes will be available, with options in the morning and afternoon.  You can also walk the beautiful grounds for relaxation and meditation.  

In addition, Art of Desire content-related guided meditation sessions will be offered each day.

CATERED GOURMET MEALS AND SNACKS

Bellyful Catering will provide us with exceptional and nutritious meals Monday evening through Thursday evening, in addition to mid-day snacks and delicious evening desserts.  

RETREAT TERMS & CONDITIONS

Tickets can be canceled for a full refund with no cancellation fee through July 5th. Between July 5th and July 26th, tickets can be canceled with a $300 cancellation fee. No refunds after July 26th. However, if your seat can be filled from a waitlist (which we cannot guarantee), a refund will be issued with the deduction of a $300 fee.

We are requiring that all attendees are either fully vaccinated or have recovered from the coronavirus.

You will receive a full refund if CDC or State recommendations prevent the event from taking place.


Please contact our office with the subject "Oregon Retreat Dietary Restrictions" and tell us your needs. We will try to accommodate you as best as we can.

You can join the event Facebook Group here to start a conversation with other retreat attendees!

Please contact our office with the subject "Oregon Retreat Exercise Instruction" and tell us what you teach. We will make a decision if it is the right fit and get back to you with instructions and compensation options if it is a good fit.


Tickets can be canceled for a full refund with no cancellation fee through July 5th. Between July 5th and July 26th, tickets can be canceled with a $300 cancellation fee. No refunds after July 26th. However, if your seat can be filled from a waitlist (which we cannot guarantee), a refund will be issued with the deduction of a $300 fee.

We are requiring that all attendees are either fully vaccinated or have recovered from the coronavirus.

You will receive a full refund if CDC or State recommendations prevent the event from taking place.

You'll want to pack clothing that is comfortable and able to layer (i.e. sweaters or sweatshirts for the evenings).  Be sure to bring exercise clothes if you want to participate in the daily exercise classes as well as a yoga mat, if possible! A water bottle is also a good idea to reduce the use of plastic cups.  Please also bring a journal or notebook for self-reflective writing that you will use in addition to your retreat workbook.  If you have additional specific questions, please email Kristi, our event coordinator.

If you are a professional photographer and would be interested in taking some photos for focused periods during the retreat, please contact our office to discuss both the project and compensation. 

Retreat schedule

Monday, August 16th

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Arrive at Scholl's to check-in, pick up your workbook and settle into your room (if staying at the Lodge).

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Welcome Dinner at Scholl's Valley Lodge

7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

SESSION 1: The cultural (mis)construction of female sexuality and desire. Impact of cultural ideas on women's relationship to their bodies, sexuality, and desire.  (This session includes a deep dive into Dr. Finlayson-Fife's research and what it shows us about the misguided ideas many of us have inherited around sexuality and femininity.

Tuesday, August 17th

7:00 am – 7:50 am

Sunrise Yoga and Morning Mediation 

8:00 am – 8:50 am

Breakfast

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

SESSION 2: Deconstructing women's relationship to desire: Challenging the shackles of perfectionism, guilt, and an externalized measure of self; How these factors hamper desire, self-respect, and the integration of sexuality.  

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

SESSION 3: Developing your capacity for emotional and sexual Intimacy and understanding the relationship of this capacity to self-development. Includes video clips and self-reflection questions to help you harness and develop your unique gifts and forge deeper honest confidence.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Zumba, walking and meditation

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Dinner

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Perfectionism discussion with Jennifer

Wednesday, August 18th

7:30 am – 8:15 am

Sunrise Yoga 

8:30 am – 9:20 am

Breakfast

9:30 am – 10:50 am

Guided group meditation and journaling.  Preparation for session 4. 

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

SESSION 4: Developing genuine generosity as well as the capacity to deeply receive. Understanding the distinction between pleasing / reflexive-giving, and heart-felt giving. Understanding the distinction between getting or taking, and true receiving.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch

2:00 pm – 4:50 pm

SESSION 5: Sexual-integration: Understanding women's amazing sexual capacity 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.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Zumba, Walking and mediation

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Dinner

7:30 pm – 9:15 pm

Movie Night!!  Bring pillows and blankets!

Thursday, August 19th

7:00 am – 7:50 am

Sunrise Yoga and Morning Mediation

8:15 am – 9:00 am

Breakfast

9:00 am – 11:45 am

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. 

11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Lunch

12:45 pm – 4:00 pm

SESSION 7 & WRAP UP: 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.  Reflections and Intentions as you go forward!

4:00 pm

GOODBYES, Grab your boxed dinner for the road.

Reviews From Retreat Participants

  • "I am still reeling a little from the retreat, and in a good way. ...The way I view just about everything has shifted. I'm still just fizzing with new ways of seeing things, and new information about my life and my purpose. I can't describe it very well, but it's a feeling I have not had in a very long time. And it's exciting and empowering and motivating, and I LOVE it.”

    — J. S., Art of Desire Retreat Participant
  • 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....

    — H.S., Art of Desire Attendee
  • "I had an amazing weekend... I came with my sister and best friend. It was really helpful for us to hash through all the material together during each meal and break. I want every woman to take the time to do this workshop."

    — M. M., Art of Desire Retreat Participant
  • "This workshop was wonderful! I am a big follower of Jennifer's podcasts but being there in person and hearing her dive deep into her instruction was life changing. I love how she doesn't sensationalize her presentation and she took time to answer all of our questions. She's brilliant and I'm so grateful for her work in bringing female sexuality out of obscurity."

    — Art of Desire Attendee (written on Instagram, used with permission)
  • "Thank you so much for your time and for your work--I appreciate it so much.  My mom came (on my recommendation) to your Art of Desire Retreat in Alpine last fall, and my dad told me several weeks later that he felt like he was living with a different person.  Her transformation and new ability to discern what she wants in any area of life, and then to express that desire, has been ASTOUNDING to watch."

    — R.W.