Workshops and Training

Sacred Sexuality Workshops, Seminars, Retreats and on-line Courses Invite You to Explore Ancient Daoist, Tantric and Shamanic Traditional Teachings on Sex.

Nourishing Arts provides learning opportunities and a variety of educational material to help women and men cultivate their beauty and youthfulness, realize their full human potential and achieve tranquility in daily life. Our mission is to inspire and educate people, awakening their capacity for wonder and restoring spiritual and sexual vitality and physical health. Our trainings present practices and teachings from the Taoist and Shamanic traditions.

Aloha Quodoushka 1 & 2 Kauai


We’re thrilled to announce the Aloha Quodoushka 1 & 2 on KAUAI

Quodoushka  1 October 27 – 31  2016 ~ Kauai, Hawaii

Quodoushka 2 November 4-8   2016  ~ Kauai, Hawaii

Travel and Lodging Costs Are Separate.

Kauai Q1-2 2016

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There will be space to stay on site for the Quodoushka I and 2 on Kauai. (1st come – 1st serve).


The Aloha Quodoushka QI and Q2 ~  Single Registration

The Aloha Quodoushka QI and Q2 ~  Couple Registration

Q1 Kauai  Single Registration – October 27 – 31

QI  Kauai  Couple Registration -  October 27 – 31

Q2 Kauai  Single Registration ~ November 4 – 8

Q2  Kauai  Couple Registration ~ November 4 – 8

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Shakti Queen Women’s Healing Retreat, Kauai

We are thrilled to announce our first Shakti Queen Healing Retreat on Kauai

with Amara Charles, Shyena Venice and Special Guest,  Master Angela Yan

8 Day All Inclusive Residential Retreat

North Shore Kauai, Hawaii

October 13 – 20

Shakti Queen Healing Retreat FLYER

Experience the Tranquility & Supreme Aloha Beauty of Kauai

Experience the Tranquility & Supreme Aloha Beauty of Kauai


October 13                 Workshop starts at 7 pm

October 13 – 16        Shakti Queen Retreat with Amara and Shyena

October 17 – 20        Healing Sessions and Spiritual Practices with Angela Yan

October 20                Workshop complete at 3 pm.

Shakti Queen Women’s Healing Retreat with Angela Yan

Shakti Queen is about discovering a softer and more loving way to nourish your Shakti – the female principle of divine energy. This year we are blessed and thrilled to have our teacher Master Angela Yan, a world-renowned Buddhist energy healer join us for this special retreat on the Garden Isle of Kauai, Hawaii. During your retreat you will  have plenty of time to integrate, take walks on the beach, swim in the ocean and casually spend time with a truly extraordinary teacher. This is how Shyena and I learn from Angela, and we want to share this with you.  In addition, Angela will be offering healing sessions and guiding us with feminine spiritual practAngela - 1ices during the second part of our retreat.

This is a rare opportunity for women to experience profound healing practices with one of the most extraordinary women I’ve ever known. Shyena and I have traveled with Angela to China several times.

For the first few days of the Shakti Queen Healing Retreat Amara and Shyena will share women’s empowerment ceremonies so that by the time Angela arrives, we will be ready and open to receive profoundly deep personal healing. This might include any type of healing – from physical ,spiritual  or emotional issues.


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Amara, Shyena & Angela with Sifu Gandan in China

This picture includes our teacher Sifu Gandan in China. Although he won’t be with us on site, he will be in spirit. More …

Shakti Queen III Santa Fe ~ March 24-26

Shakti Queen Women’s Empowerment Retreat

Sante Fe, New Mexico, March 24-26

The Shadow Queen

Healing Our Feminine Relationships

with Amara Charles and Shyena Venice

All women are welcome to attend Shakti Queen Retreats in any sequence.


Dates Times and Registration

Friday 6PM pm – Midnight

Saturday Morning – Midnight

Sunday Morning – 5pm

Monday (optional) ~ Special Healing Rejuvenation Gathering Day as desired

Registration Info Coming Soon!

Amara and Shyena will present their totally nourishing Women’s Empowerment Retreat to uplift your health, happiness and sexiness to a whole new level. It’s for healing and transforming personal wounds of the feminine and celebrating your divine presence in Goddess Beauty Ceremony. It’s for those who want to nourish their inner wisdom by letting go in shamanic ceremony. It’s a way to open the Dharma door so you can breathe in the golden heart of compassion. It’s about learning to inspire the best in the men in your lives, learning White Tigress health practices for increasing erotic energy. It’s about learning feminine spiritual chants and being in nature. And of course, it’s about meeting amazing women from around the world, finding a circle of women who feed our hunger for deep sisterhood bonds. Yes, it’s about giving your self time to relax in your feminine beauty. In Beauty, Amara Charles

From recent Shakti Queen Graduates

All the teachings and connections have been keep unfolding. i have been ignoring my petty tyrant boss. Not sure how long this approach can last, but i am amused and pleased – i have not tried this attitude and approach, so this is something i am experimenting for myself. This change in approach in my work situation gives me some more space and headroom to have a different approach to the relationship i’m in. 
Not quite seeing the clear change yet, but i am definitely more conscious on what i am seeding. Kyoko North Carolina Shakti Queen

How do you feel and what do you know? What was your biggest gain?

- I feel lovely and beautiful and expansive and open and delicious! What I know is that there are tools and ways of knowing and learning and other women that can help me handle the challenges in my life as my son grows into an adolescent and young adulthood, and I begin to move into perimenopause. My biggest gain was to FEEL this stuff – not just read about it or talk about it, or hear about it. It was a transformative experience. (Denise)

- I feel alive! I found a place of remembering; Remembering my strength, my grace, my beauty and my truth. My greatest gift was rekindling the strong woman that has given birth to a child and will take that strength and vigor and openness to birth many things in my life. (Ann)

- I feel more attuned with my internal vibrations, with my womb, with my deep self, with myself as a Shakti Queen. I know, in my body, what my Shadow feels like. I know that the connection among this circle of women is ancient magic and crucial, essential to any being vibrant.

- I FEEL GREAT!! I know that I am a strong, capable, beautiful and intelligent woman – goddess being! I know that I am supported on my path. Despite any doubts or struggle that arises, I know now that I have a strong woman – goddess support system and that my dream and vision is purposeful and needed. My biggest gain would have to be sharing in and experiencing with this magnificent group of ladies J Very powerful to be surrounded by the strength, beauty, nurturing one that is the feminine. (RaeVyn)

- Having just concluded my first Shakti Queen Retreat I feel such feminine empowerment/growth and know its launching a new path! The biggest gain was “seeing” inner beauty that I’d forgot was there. Heartfelt thanks to Amara and Kelly! (Sheryl)

- I am feeling anxious, hopeful and relaxed. Feeling sooooo grateful and at home. My biggest gain is my increased measure. I will be harvesting and looking into what I have given the birth. Renewed commitment to my own neutering. Feeling lots of space, spacious heart, softness, bigger acceptance of self. AMUSED!

Is there anything you’d like more of? Less of?

- More drumming, more dance because at times, many times I am uncomfortable and scared of these things <3 (Ann)

- More paring exercises to have different partners and get to know the women on an individual bases more deeply (Denise)

- Love the women’s circles in which we talk openly as a community and provide support and different viewpoints with one another. (RaeVyn)

- I’d like more time… as the experience was SWEET! (Cheryl)

- Neither more nor less of. Just want you to know that I cherish the spontaneous questions, conversations, stories and wisdom sharing that seem to pop up when we are sitting in the full circle. I changed my mind – I do want more of this! it is not the formal, more structured teaching and it is not the stories and wisdom that get shared in small groups on the porch, over meals. I love all the women in the circle, present, reflecting and sharing when they are sparked with a teacher responding and guiding, feels the most fluid ancient and feminine to me.

- Nothing less. More, more, more. Loved groundmothering. Loved sharing in the group, and paring with someone. (kyoko)



Shakti Queen Women’s Retreat

Manifestation of Beauty

with Amara Charles and Shyena Venice

The focus of Shakti Queen is learning how to unleash our feminine power to birth our dreams. It’s experiential. It’s deeply moving and it’s fun. Shakti Queen I is about discovering a softer and more loving way to nourish your Shakti – the female principle of divine energy. It’s about filling your basket with such nourishing self love it begins pours over with the passion and wisdom you need to walk your way in the world.

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You can attend Shakti Queen Women’s Empowerment Retreats in any sequence.

Seeds of Compassion Features

  • Goddess Ceremony to awaken the Shakti Queen
  • Dream Harvesting to share the magic hidden in your dreams
  • An amazing reference guide to shift any problem into its proper solution
  • Jade Egg and White Tigress Yin Way Breast exercises for sexual restoration
  • Bodhisattva Queen Wheel to celebrate sisters of power


Shakti Queen  Women’s Retreat

We welcome ALL new sisters to join this amazing circle of women.

For now, as Shakti Queen 1 – 4 workshops are mostly held only once a year. All women are welcome to attend Shakti Queen Retreats in any sequence.

Om Mani Padme Hum

Amara Charles and Shyena Venice

All Women Are Invited to Attend Shakti Queen Retreats in Any Sequence

Beloved sisters, you are the Shakti Queen walking the Lightning Bolt Path of Awareness. Shakti Queen IV takes our shamanic ceremonies and spiritual practices to a completely different place. We will we continue to sweep clear the womb doubts and fears that exhaust us and we will revel in our catlike natures to embrace the warrior queen inside. The Shakti Queen learns to shed her distractions, laser her heart on what matters and leaves the rest. She must know which skills to hone for the journey, which paths to ignore and which fires to feed.

About Shakti Queen Women’s Retreats

About Shakti Queen Women’s Retreats

There are currently three different Shakti Queen Retreats. To find upcoming workshops, please join our mailing list and Like Nourishing Arts of Sexual Pleasure. 602 820 4661

Manifestation of Beauty- Leaning the power of feminine manifestation

The Dragon King – Healing Our Relations with Men

Shadow Queen – Healing our Feminine Relationships

Warrior Queen – Feminine Power with Grace (in development)

Birthing The Goddess Within – Rights of Passage into a new Paradigm (in development)

Shakti Queen Women’s Retreat Descriptions

with Amara Charles and Shyena Venice

Shakti Queen is about discovering a softer and more loving way to nourish your Shakti – the female principle of divine energy. The focus of this Shakti Queen retreat is learning how to nourish our feminine power. It’s about how to birth our dreams by planting seeds of compassion. It’s experiential. It’s deeply empowering and it’s fun. It’s about filling your basket with such nourishing self love it pours over with the passion and wisdom you need to walk your way in the world.

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Quodoushka 2 Denton, Texas, Feb 16-19

Quodoushka Level Two

Quodoushka Spiritual Sexuality Sex and Intimacy Retreat for Singles and Couples

Facilitators: Amara Charles, Michael Stein

Denton, Texas FEBRUARY 16 – 19 2017

Places to stay onsite available. Please contact Heidi Bamberg <>

Q2 DEPOSIT Denton, Texas

 Q2  Single Registration Denton, Texas $695/$795 (after December 15)

 Q2 Couple Registration $1290/$1390 (after December 15)

Q2 Graduates and SMSD Apprentices 

Returning Q2 Grads $495/$595 after December 15

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Thank You lovely Shakti Queens.
We shall be back in August.
Y’all are amazing.
In beauty
Amara & Shyena



Attraction, Magnetism and Spontaneity. These are the three jewels of a Shakti Queen. Today we’ll peek at the power of our highest attractions.

A Shakti Queen understands the power hidden inside her gentle attention. She knows what matters through practice. She pays attention to subtle feelings inside her body. She rouses the inner dragon and draws to her what delights her by the softness of her breath, the pulse of her heart, and the emptiness of her mind.

Taking the time to pay attention to your highest attractions is one of the most deeply nourishing Self Love practices a women can give to herself.

When something attracts you should pay attention. Where does it touch you? Where do you feel it in your body? If you pay attention, you’ll start to notice this: when you are attracted to something or someone there’s a place in your body that tingles. It could be your heart, or your breasts, your pussy or even your eyes can tingle. Different attractions cause different parts of our body to twitch and when you awaken your senses, and you begin to pay close attention, you’ll start to feel into what every attraction is telling you. More …

About Quodoushka Spiritual Sexuality Levels 1-4


Based in ancient shamanic traditions, the experience of Quodoushka will change the course of your life forever. This series of spiritual sexuality workshops will empower you to be a more sensitive, creative lover and will help you enjoy the intimacy you deserve in your relationships.

Since 1985 Quodoushka workshops have empowered people around the world to unlock their deep seeded blocks against pleasure and to have greater health, hope, happiness, harmony and humor in their sexual lives

Quodoushka workshops include:

Practical exercises to reach higher levels of orgasm, renew relationships, and discover the healing power of sex

  • Demonstrates how to identify and best please the nine male and female genital anatomy types—such as Coyote Man or Buffalo Woman
  • Provides exercises for greater sexual pleasure and orgasmic intensity, including the Firebreath exercise for full-body orgasm
  • Explains how to perform powerful healing sexual energetic work with the chakras and light body

Based on ancient Mayan, Olmec, and Toltec teachings passed down through the generations by the Twisted Hair Nagual Elders of the Sweet Medicine Path, Quodoushka offers practical guidance on sex, intimacy, and relationships as well as how to reach higher levels of orgasm and sexual ecstasy. Working with the healing power of sexual union and orgasm, this practice offers a path to repair emotional wounds and sexual insecurities, revive monotonous relationships, and discover the sweet medicine of sex.

Discovering Quodoushka Spiritual Sexuality

“Since most of us come from families where meaningful guidance about sex was scant if it existed at all, many of us are hungry to find sensible approaches for creating healthy intimate relationships. For me, discovering the teachings and practices of Quodoushka dramatically changed the course of my life. They not only offered an inspiring system of integrated knowledge, they expanded my whole view of sex, orgasms and relationships. They helped me accept the unique characteristics of my sexual anatomy and most importantly, showed me how we can learn through pleasure in order to become more sensitive, creative lovers.” Amara Charles

All Quodoushka Teachers

All Quodoushka teachers are highly trained individuals apprenticed to the Sweet Medicine Sundance Path of Turtle Island. Each Quodoushka is taught by both male and female teachers. This select group of teachers is authorized to present the Quodoushka teachings around the world.

Worldwide Quodoushka Calender

Including Workshops with Amara Charles and with other qualified Quodoushka instructors worldwide.

‘The Sexual Practices of Quodoushka’ Published by Inner Traditions/Bear & Co.

Now Available at Barnes and Nobel, Amazon, and our Shop

The Sexual Practices of Quodoushka


New York Quodoushka April 6-9 2017

Sex and Intimacy Workshop for Singles and Couples

NEW DATES: April 6 – 9  2017

Sag Harbor New York
Thursday – Sunday evening

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Orbit Coaching with Amara Charles


Private Coaching with Amara Charles

I’ve been working  for over twenty years mentoring, coaching and guiding individuals and couples to strengthen their bonds of intimacy. I specialize in helping men and women integrate sexual practices  for greater awareness and pleasure. I create what I call an orbit of influence where you and I partner together to realize your highest possibilities.

Sessions my be done by phone, in person or via Skype.

Sessions may be private between you and I, or if you have a partner and want to work together, we can also do Talking Stick sessions on Skype. This is popular because it helps you practice finding your voice and hearing each other with very sensitive issues.

Why I do This

Over the last twenty years I’ve listened to countless people say they want to sexually let go, they want to trust and fully surrender but there’s something in the way. I often name this as having an ‘aching to open.’ My passion is to feel this ache, look for the openings and then help you express the love you long to give.

What I discovered is that there are certain keys to unlock the different ways we close down, and that if you use the wrong key at the wrong time, no matter how much we may love someone, the door is staying shut. I’ve also discovered that breaking through a closed mind, body or heart comes down to sensing and feeling that closure, and then knowing how and when to approach. What is required is learning how to place the right key in the lock, properly turning that key and then allowing the correct amount of space and time for permission to enter. To this end, one of the things I do is help you identify your Lover’s Type, so that you can  learn how to approach your lover by making the right choices at the right time ~ in a way that works for them.

There is so much to explore in the realm of sex and intimacy.

I know first hand how having a healthy, intimate relationship makes all the difference in life and I am passionate about supporting you to resolve intimacy and sexual issues, plan creative projects and realize your dreams.

Some possibilities

I love sharing ceremonies for sexual forgiveness , clearing  blocks to sexual pleasure and well as guidance on how to make new sexual agreements.

In my private consultations, depending on what works best for you, I give you tasks to improve your intimate communication and increase your sexual energy. I may design specific ceremonies or give you detailed guidance on sexual restoration exercises to help you learn, practice or integrate many of the Quodoushka spirituality teachings.

Throughout the course of an orbit, personal issues, visionary dreams and new explorations often arise. Every session is about finding solutions that work for you. My approach is down-to-earth and practical. We can address any emotional, mental, physical, spiritual and sexual matters that arise over the course of our orbit.  I’m here to support your highest possibilities.

How Orbit Coaching Works
An Orbit consists of 10 sessions which can be spread out according to our schedules over the course of a year. Sessions are an hour to an hour and a half. Sessions can be in person, by phone, or on Skype.

Availability and Application

I often have a waiting list for private sessions.
Please apply by writing to me at Briefly describe why you wish to create an Orbit.

In beauty
Amara Charles