Welcome to the Inner Sanctum
The 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.
We 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.
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 2017 – Updated March 24, 2017
The line-up for the Blue Ridge Beltane Inner Sanctum is almost complete – and it includes some fabulous workshops, speakers, and sensual activities for the sensual, sexy people at Beltane! Most of the schedule is set – and we’ll keep releasing details as we get them! So, check back for updates between now and May!
Meet Your Inner Sanctum Hosts and Staff
Lily “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.
Eric 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.
Christy Pischke – Guardian
Christy Pischke has been a member of the BRB Inner Sanctum for five years, always adding her brilliance through performance art and supporting staff. She has also been involved with the Primal Arts Village for over five years. She has been a solitary practitioner since 1994 and an ordained Asatru Priestess since 1995. She is a passionate artist, singer/songwriter, and poi performer.
Guardians of the Inner Sanctum: Christy, Samantha, Owen, Adam, Sunny, and Matt
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.
1-2:30pm: Rope Bondage 101 w/ Nate and Sirene
4-5:30pm: Poly Talk! w/ The Polyglomerate
6:30-7pm: Intro to IS w/ Lily
Friday night/Saturday morning
12am: RITUAL: To be announced
After Ritual: After-hours Cuddle Lounge and free-play space
10-11:30am: Impact Play and Negotiation w/ G and Lauren
12:30-2:30pm: Sacred Sexuality Circles:
– Both and Neither Circle w/Jack and Aspen
– Red Tent Event w/Melissa and Dirty Mother (held at Red Tent Space this year)
– Men’s Circle w/Eldritch
4-5:30pm: Honey on the Stones: Sovereignty, Sex and Myth w/ Byron Ballard
Saturday night/Sunday morning
11:30pm: Faerie Ball
After ball: Cuddle Lounge and free-play space
2017 Inner Sanctum Full Schedule
FRIDAY, May 19
1pm: Rope Bondage 101
Nate and Sirene
Artists, lovers, partners, friends, humans of all shapes, sizes, and genders can tie or be tied. This class teaches the very basics of capturing your fellow human. Join Nate and Sirene in learning a few simple ties to be used for play, love or art. Bring rope if you have some or just yourself! We are here to feed the curiosity of what can happen with just a few feet of rope, a little imagination and practice. Rope will be provided, and you can take it with you!
Nate and Sirene met at a rope practice and fell in love through a hank of rope. Tying together for the last three years and enriching their skills as both rope tops and bottoms through workshops, classes and conferences have filled them with skills in safety and technique, as well as tips and tricks in the art of bondage. Whether hosting skill shares in their Maryland home or Knotting Circles in a Missouri apartment, these two have been spreading their joy and passion for rope.
4pm: Poly Talk!
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 (how do you fit all your toothbrushes in a cup?). Above all, you will find a safe, non-judgemental 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 night/Saturday morning
11:30pm: IS space opens
12am: RITUAL: To be announced
Lily and the IS Tribe
Check back for details – but whatever it is, you know it’s going to be good, and it’s going to be sensual, and it’s going to be powerful! Stay tuned!
3:00am: After Hours Lounge
We wind down the sound after the IS ritual, 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!
SATURDAY, May 20
10am: Impact Play and Negotiation
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. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about impact play, how to improve your technique, how to up your game (as either top or bottom), what different toys (such as floggers, canes, or paddles) feel like, or have simply wondered, “How can someone possibly get pleasure from being hit on the bottom – or anywhere else?” this is your workshop. Join Lauren and her “Daddy” for a demonstration and discussion on impact play techniques and negotiation. If you have toys you want to explore with, please bring them. You’re encouraged to come with a partner or a friend, 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 impact play. 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 lifestlye” 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.
Both and Neither Sacred Sexuality Circle
Jack and Aspen
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) and those who experience and are exploring a path of gender fluidity. This learning circle discusses multiple and fluid orientations of being heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, hetero-flexible and homo-flexible. Community members Jack and Aspen are leading this discussion as an open forum for those exploring these issues in their daily personal and spiritual lives.
Men’s Sacred Sexuality Circle
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 men and transgender men are equally welcome to attend.
Persephone’s Healing Circle – Women’s Sacred Sexuality Circle
“Dirty Mother” Denise
NOTE: This year’s circle will be held in the Red Tent space instead of in the IS. We dedicate this time in the Red Tent to holding sacred space for womyn who are sexual abuse survivors. We will begin the circle with an introduction to the Red Tent. We’ll also discuss sexual abuse, rape culture, consent, and reproductive health. The circle will include empowering and an empowering art project. All womyn will have an opportunity to speak their truths and support each other in a safe and healing space. All people who identify as female are welcome.
4pm: Honey on the Stones: Sovereignty, Sex and Myth
The counterbalance to living in a culture of death is to embrace the totality of life and enrich the life force through conscious and intentional action. This workshop will explore the Sacred Sexual as a
healing modality for both ecosystem and human community. We will examine techniques for utilizing the life force as it courses through human bodies to enact change in the world around us – sexual activity (partnered or otherwise) as a means of raising energy. Discussion will include the hieros gamos and sovereignty in the modern world, the so-called Great Rite, and the terrible question of power. This is an intensely adult workshop covering several aspects of sexual activity (including technique) in the service of Earth healing and of magic.
Saturday night/Sunday morning
11:30pm: Faerie Ball
Magical, sparkly, amazing! Join the IS community for a Faerie Ball on Saturday night! Details are still emerging, so check back soon, and keep an eye on the Blue Ridge Beltane-Virginia Facebook page for announcements!
3:00am: After Hours – Cuddle 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.
For questions regarding the Inner Sanctum, please contact Denise using the form below.
Inner Sanctum Form