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Inner Sanctum

Welcome to the Inner Sanctum

IS1The Inner Sanctum welcomes you to our adult-only sacred sexuality village. We are so proud to offer you this unique experience. At BRB’s Inner Sanctum, you can enjoy meeting other like-minded folks from the community and exploring your own sexuality in a safe and consensual space. Our staff is devoted and excited to bring you the most memorable, enjoyable, and educational sacred sexual experiences, as well as some new adventures and stories to tell.

 
 

We honor consent
Two of the major themes that carry through each year at the Inner Sanctum are consent and boundaries. Consent and boundaries are the most important things we work on in the IS and are essential to the exploration of our sacred sexual selves and our sacred sexuality community. Without knowing how to communicate our needs and negotiate our desires openly and honestly, we cannot come into our true power as sexual beings. We have much pride and hold a high standard of consent at the Inner Sanctum.

IS2We honor the tradition of a family friendly festival
We understand the delicate balance needed to keep this festival alive and thriving year after year. We are very proud of Blue Ridge Beltane’s family friendly atmosphere, and we have gone to great lengths to make sure the families and children attending the festival feel safe and comfortable. We deeply honor the families who want a safe and fun environment for their children and themselves. We deeply honor the adults who want a safe and adult-fun environment for themselves, their partners, and their potential partners.

What should you expect to find at the Inner Sanctum?
Tucked away from the open areas and skyclad optional, you will find a carpeted and sensually decorated tent and an outdoor open gathering space that will tempt your senses. You will be offered a range of educational workshops, gender-related sexuality circles, an annual themed cabaret, and a sacred sexuality ritual with a bit of daring and devotion. All events are fueled and spawned from within the BRB community and planned in such a way to bring attendees to a heightened energy and awareness of the sacredness of the human body and their own inner passions.

Thank you,
Lily “Dirty Flower” and the Inner Sanctum Staff

Rules and Conduct

  • Enter the Inner Sanctum with an open heart and an open mind. Please show respect for all attendees during events, workshops or while just hanging out in the IS Village.
  • No cameras, video, or audio recording devices are permitted in the Inner Sanctum.
  • Do not touch anyone’s belongings without permission.
  • Please respect all items placed on the altar and do not touch them, unless something is your own property or you are making an offering.
  • Please respect and honor your own boundaries and all other IS attendees’ boundaries. Always ask before touching anyone. Never assume that it is okay. If you feel you or someone else has been violated in any way, please notify IS Guardians or Staff immediately.
  • Inner Sanctum Staff’s word is final and must be obeyed.
  • Using the Inner Sanctum during free time is welcomed. Please follow normal party etiquette and use common sense. Do not interfere physically or verbally with a scene or anyone else’s fun, unless you are invited.

Inner Sanctum 2018 – Updated April 9, 2018

The line-up for the Blue Ridge Beltane Inner Sanctum includes some fabulous workshops, speakers, and sensual activities for the sensual, sexy people at Beltane! See what classes appeal to you, and check this page for updates between now and May!

Meet Your Inner Sanctum Hosts and Staff

diamondlilLily “Diamond Lil” AKA “Dirty Flower” – Inner Sanctum Coordinator
Lily started out as a co-coordinator for the Inner Sanctum, assisting the illustrious “Dirty Mother” herself, Denise, who was the one who helped get the Inner Sanctum started at Blue Ridge Beltane! This year marks the first year Lily is coordinating solo – with the help and support of the Inner Sanctum tribe! Lily has been a member of the larger pagan community since 2002. Her whole life, however, has been spent doggedly pursuing personal growth and union with the Divine. She started in the pagan community volunteering as an event and vendor coordinator for PagaNet News, Inc. Shortly thereafter, she became a member of Four Quarters Interfaith Sanctuary, where she danced her first all night fire circle as part of an ordeal ritual and promptly fell in love with that style of worship. From there she participated in and facilitated numerous rituals in a mostly eclectic Wiccan and ecstatic framework. Lily has aligned her professional work with her values and has become a Certified Massage Therapist and Registered Yoga Teacher. Lily’s mission in both her spiritual and professional life is to assist others in transforming the lead of their human existence to live empowered, loving lives by working to heal the mind-body-spirit connection so that they can experience themselves and others as they truly are: whole, no more and no less than a child of God…Sacred.

 
 

EldritchEric Eldritch – Workshop and Ritual Leader
Eric Eldritch is a ritualist and healer living at the intersection of sexuality and spirituality on the path of the Sacred Fool. His symbol is Sacred Spoon, stirring up experiences for body, mind, and spirit. An artist of identity formation, he encourages everyone Male, Female, Both or Neither to explore all things profound and profane and find the inner Sacred Self. His studies at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality (San Francisco) allowed him to gain the Sexological Bodywork Certificate from the California Department of Education. Eldritch incorporates this training with shamanic and Wiccan practices in modern urban living. Using meditation, breath-work and tantra, he leads and encourages individuals to explore and express the embodiment of spirit. He has been invited back to Blue Ridge Beltane to coordinate a “Maypole for All” and to co-teach a Sacred Sexuality and Spirituality session for the Inner Sanctum.
 
 

Samantha Story – Guardian
Samantha has been a member of the Blue Ridge Beltane community since 2009 and has been actively involved with the Inner Sanctum tribe for the past 6 years. She volunteers in any way she can to help keep the space safe for those who enter and to provide comfort and support to both attendees and those running the show. She has been a solitary practitioner since 1995 with an open mind and an open heart. After finishing a career as a sailor, she was able to tap into her passion for alternative health and wellness to become a certified massage therapist/bodyworker, helping others heal while aligning mind, body, and spirit. She is a compassionate, caring, and supportive asset to the Inner Sanctum Tribe.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Jackrabbit Burgess
Jackrabbit Burgess is a ridiculous person who has attended this event for nearly a decade. He loves it and you. He is a father of two and a grad student who loves trivia, hiking, karaoke and dismantling the patriarchy. He is onsite Registration Coordinator for Blue Ridge Beltane and will be leading the Both/Neither Sacred Sexuality Circle. Jackrabbit is a Gemini, which doesn’t matter, and a Hufflepuff, which totally does. Go Badgers!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lisa Adams
Spiritual Badass, Renegade Mystic, Priestess, Tantrika, Yogastrologer®, Warrior, Luminary, Catalyst. Lisa’s fierce dedication to self-growth fuels her passion to help others. She propels people along their journeys to craft extraordinary, sensual, spiritual lives. Lisa believes that anyone can be a force of transformation in the world.

Lisa was born to teach and priestess the ancient, esoteric, and sensual arts. She has worked in holistic health for over 25 years, holds a bachelor’s degree in religion and women’s studies, and is an ordained minister. Since 1999, she has facilitated countless rituals and workshops, strongly believing that sacred ceremony is a key to healing.
 
 
 
Logistical Goddess: Pilar

Guardians of the Inner Sanctum: Samantha, Owen, Adam, Sunny, Matt, Melissa, Darrell, and Lauren
Along with IS coordinators and facilitators, the Guardians will be serving the Inner Sanctum community as protectors and volunteers of our sacred space during rituals and events. If you have any concerns or need any assistance, feel free to seek their help. All Guardians will be easily recognizable by a red sash worn on their garb.

 

Schedule-At-A-Glance

Thursday – Pre-festival
3pm: Poly Talk! w/ Polyglomerate

Friday
1-2:30pm: Sensual Massage w/ Aimee Zwart
4:15-5:30pm: Sensual, Sexual Energy Work w/ Ed Gatti
6:30-7pm: Intro to IS w/ Lily

11:30pm: RITUAL: Sacred Adoration Puja

Friday night/Saturday morning
After Ritual: After-hours Cuddle Lounge and free-play space

Saturday
10-11:30am: How to Negotiate Kinky Play w/ G and Lauren
12:30-2:30pm: Sacred Sexuality Circles:
– Both and Neither Circle w/Jack
– Red Tent Event w/Dirty Mother (held at Red Tent Space this year)
– Men’s Circle w/Eldritch
4-5:30pm: Sacred Sexuality for Pagans w/Dirty Flower and Lisa Adams
6:30-7pm: Intro to IS w/ Lily

11:30pm: A Beltane Carnivale: Annual Cabaret and Dance Party

Saturday night/Sunday morning
After ball: Cuddle Lounge and free-play space

 

2018 Inner Sanctum Full Schedule

THURSDAY, May 17
3pm: Pre-festival workshop: Poly Talk!
The Polyglomerate
Come join the Polyglomerate for a frank and honest conversation about the intricacies and complications of polyamory and how to navigate them. We will be discussing everything from emotional challenges to the mundane daily stuff (i.e., how do you fit all your toothbrushes in a cup?). Above all, you will find a safe, non-judgmental place to ask questions and have enlightening conversations.

The Polyglomerate includes, but is never limited to, Nate, Sirene, Jon, Patch, Bee, Logan, Reisa and their daughter, Luna. They have been a full poly unit for over year and a half and have extensive poly experiences individually. This colorful group of eccentric lovers are always striving to perfect their communication and help each other towards their fullest happiness.

FRIDAY, May 18

1pm: Sensual Massage
Aimee “Thistle” Zwart
Discover how to relax, nurture, and soothe your partner while taking care of your own body in the process. Aimee will teach you how to increase the blood flow in the body and how to revitalize and energize your partner rather than just soothing and relaxing. WHAT TO BRING: Please wear something you are comfortable moving in. Bring a blanket and pillow, if you like, to make yourself more comfortable.

Thistle hails from the local Staunton/Waynesboro/Stuarts draft area and has been an integral part of the magical community for many years. She is the proprietor of Raven’s Mysteries in Staunton, Virginia. She has vended at Blue Ridge Beltane and participated in rituals and workshops. Now, she has made the transition to valued committee member. She says to everyone, “May we aid each other in loving growth during this time of celebration.”

4:15pm: Sensual, Sexual Energy Work
Ed Gatti
Welcome to Beltane, a wonderful time to get in touch with your baser instincts, have fun and cast the odd spell. The focus here will be on using energy work in a sensual manner. Breathwork and light touch (with items, such as our fingers, flowers, feathers, etc.) will occur. Music will enhance the experience for one and all. This workshop should really appeal to anyone who embraces the animalistic, BDSM and goth sides of themselves. Couples, groups and singles are welcome. Clothing is optional. Presenter’s note: “As with all my presentations and workshops, depending on who attends and what their interests are, a playful darker side may be explored. Questions are highly encouraged.” WHAT TO BRING: If you would like to, please bring comfort items (pillows, cushions, blankets, towels), as well as soft items for sensation play (some feathers and other items will be provided).

Ed Gatti is originally from England and grew up in West Africa – Nigeria to be exact. He currently lives just outside Warrenton in Northern Virginia. He has been practicing and walking the grey eclectic path for over 33 years, drawing on Celtic and Eastern philosophies. Ed has presented at Blue Ridge Beltane for the past three festivals and at other Virginia events over the last five years.

6:30-7pm: Intro to the IS
Lily AKA “Dirty Flower”
If this is your first time at Blue Ridge Beltane or if you’re a regular who’s considering visiting the Inner Sanctum for the first time, but you’re not sure what it’s all about, this is for you! Come see the space, meet the coordinator, and ask any questions you may have. Alternatively, feel free to jump in with both feet and attend our workshops and evening activities. This workshop is not mandatory, and we don’t bite unless you ask us to!

11:30pm: RITUAL: Sacred Adoration Puja
Lisa Adams, Lily “Dirty Flower” Arrington, & IS Staff-in-Service
Lisa writes in her invitation to all, “We’ll begin with an (optional) Sacred Cacao Ceremony to bless and prepare us and to facilitate dropping into our heart-space. Singles, couples, and multiples of all genders are welcome to join us to create conscious connection with ourselves, each other, and the Divine within a container built of positive consent and an honoring of mirth and reverence, light and dark, joy and bliss. Adoration is an act of profound love and worship where we witness the Divine in another with due reverence.” WHAT TO BRING: Please bring your own mug, cup or vessel in order to drink the Sacred Cacao, as well as nesting materials (i.e., blankets, pillows, etc.) for relaxing in the Temple after the ceremony.

Friday night/Saturday morning
3:00am: After-Hours Lounge
We will wind down the sound after the IS ritual, but not the heat, with our after-hours lounge – sensual sounds, conversations, and lots of cuddling to keep you warm if you just aren’t ready to zip up your tent for the evening. Don’t forget to bring a pillow, blanket, or comfy chair. Please come and enjoy the energy and the space.

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SATURDAY, May 19

10am: How to Negotiate Kinky Play
G and Lauren
Some of you will enjoy this workshop simply for the chance to see Lauren get spanked like a little girl. But that’s not the main attraction. This workshop is for everyone from kink newbies to intermediate players looking to up their game to experienced kinksters who would like to join the conversation. DON’T BE FOOLED! You don’t have to be into kinky stuff to get something out of this communication workshop. Join the discussion and get techniques for how to:

  • Ask for what you want when you’re having sexy fun times (kinky or not)
  • Clearly state what you don’t want
  • Listen to your partner and really hear what they are asking for
  • Figure out what you do like when you’re just not sure yet
  • Establish rules and communication for safe play
  • Have the awkward conversations that lead to better play and better sex
  • Make the awkward conversations less awkward

Class time will include discussion, demonstration, and hopefully practice time if time permits and participants are interested in doing so. If you have toys and tools you want to explore with, please bring them. You’re encouraged to come with a partner(s) or a friend(s), so you can try some of the techniques, if you like. However, a partner isn’t necessary. G and Lauren will be available on a limited basis for some practice demonstrations. Come with an open mind and your questions!

Lauren has been part of the Blue Ridge Beltane community since 2001 – long before she discovered her kinky side – and a part of the planning committee since 2009. She’s happy to share what she’s learned about kink and “the lifestyle” with others who are exploring that side of themselves. She’ll be joined by her “Daddy” (and if you don’t know what that means, we’ll explain that part, too!) for this demonstration.

12:30-2:30
Both and Neither Sacred Sexuality Circle
Jack
The BRB Inner Sanctum has created the Both and Neither Circle – a discussion and learning opportunity for individuals who are exploring the intersection of flexible genders (male, female, both and neither), as well as for those who experience and are exploring a path of gender fluidity. This learning circle discusses the multiple, fluid orientations of being heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, hetero-flexible and homo-flexible. Community member Jack is leading this discussion as an open forum for those exploring these issues in their daily personal and spiritual lives.

Men’s Sacred Sexuality Circle
Eldritch
Men of the Blue Ridge Beltane community are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Sit with other guys in a facilitated discussion of sex, gender, social roles, and sacred sexuality. Explore the range of topics in Men’s Mysteries: friendships, memories, milestones, and maturity. Learn by listening to stories about the wonders and discoveries men find on life’s journey. All people who identify as male are welcome to attend.

Womyn’s Red Tent Gathering: #MeToo…What Next?
“Dirty Mother” Denise
[18+ Womyn Only]
NOTE: This year’s circle will be held in the Red Tent space instead of in the IS.
This year has been one of reveal and revelations, as masks shattered, veils were removed and we sought and found courage to bring truth and true form into the light through the #MeToo movement. Are you included in this number, looking for a way to express, a way to heal, a way to contribute to change? We will gather and share our truths, shed our silence and transform our fear into an awakening, creating space to envision tangible action for change in our communities. This Red Tent will give womyn the opportunity to speak their own personal truths, hold space for one another and through a guided meditation empower ourselves to be strong voices in our communities. As the foundations of misogyny continue to crack and crumble, we can heal and plant seeds for change. Visit the Red Tent page for additional Red Tent offerings.

4pm: Sacred Sexuality and Tantra for Pagans
Dirty Flower and Lisa Adams
Engage in breathing and energy exercises as Lily and Lisa lead you through techniques for joining your sexuality with your spirituality. Bring your questions and your open minds.

6:30pm: Intro to IS
Lily aka “Dirty Flower”
If this is your first time at Blue Ridge Beltane or if you’re a regular who’s considering visiting the Inner Sanctum for the first time, but you’re not sure what it’s all about, this is for you! Come see the space, meet the coordinator, and ask any questions you may have. Alternatively, feel free to jump in with both feet and attend our workshops and evening activities. This workshop is not mandatory, and we don’t bite unless you ask us to!

11:30pm: A Beltane Carnivale: Annual Cabaret and Dance Party
Dirty Mother and IS Tribe
Dress to express, or come as you are! Join us for our annual sexy cabaret and dance party! First, members of our Tribe will regale us with their authentic dance, song and poetry. Then, the dance floor opens up to all and we move together in joy and bliss. As always, we will bring a sensual mix of mirth and reverence to Sacred Sexuality. Come celebrate with tribe in safe, sex-positive and body-positive space. Want to perform? See Dirty Flower or Dirty Mother for details.

Saturday night/Sunday morning

3:00am: After Hours Lounge
We wind down the sound after the cabaret, but not the heat, with our after-hours lounge. A great time to hang out with friends, explore your sensual side, or just cuddle – when you’re ready to wind down but you’re not ready to turn in for the night!

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For questions regarding the Inner Sanctum, please contact Lily through our Facebook group.

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