What is Conscious Sensuality?
We are a global community focused on personal growth and planetary transformation through cultivating emotional & embodied health, mindfulness and communication skills, ecstatic sensuality & sexuality, and ecological community living. The Institute for Conscious Sensuality was created with the inspiration to offer education and professional training to empower people as practitioners, facilitators and leaders within the new paradigm! We draw upon our training and knowledge of: meditation, yoga, dance, tantra, shamanism, taoism, massage, psychotherapy, permaculture as well as other schools and lineages.
The workshops, events and training programs we offer are an opportunity to explore the principals and practices of Conscious Sensuality within a group setting. These events are experiential in nature and are designed to bring greater awareness, healing, empowerment and skills to the participants. The practices, exercises and rituals are held in a loving, meditative manner that encourages pausing, breathing, feeling and sharing in ways that support everyone to move beyond default patterns of thought and behavior. Whether you come as a single or a couple, the focus is on our primary relationship with ourselves. We employ a variety of meditation and practical consciousness-raising practices that you can use in daily life and your on-going relationships. We welcome people of all genders, orientations, ages, relationship modes and spiritual paths. We all want love, safety, pleasure and purpose in our lives.
Conscious Sensuality is the practice of utilizing our senses to become more conscious. It is not focused just on sexuality. But sexuality is a key aspect of Conscious Sensuality because in sexuality we experience some of the most intense sensations and emotions in our lives. By exploring our sensuality and sexuality consciously we are practicing the art of using pleasure for the purpose of greater understanding, compassion, empathy and love.
Who is Robert Silber?
In addition to founding the Institute for Conscious Sensuality (ICS) and the Hawaii Tantra Festival, Robert teaches with many of the leading sacred sexuality teachers around the world. He is a licensed massage therapist giving bodywork that incorporates the elements of lomi lomi, thai, cranial sacral and pelvic release techniques in a process that is deeply empowering and transformative. He also provides conscious sensuality coaching, trainings and mentoring via phone/email/in person.
He is a nature lover, master gardener, and was appointed by Robert Kennedy, Jr. as a Riverkeeper. He has worked in the fields of environmental activism, political organizing with Sierra Club, is a certified permaculture designer and co-founded La’akea Community, an intentional community and environmental education center in Hawai’i. He has a background in Zen Buddhist meditation, yoga, Re-Evaluation Counseling, and Non-Violent Communication.
He brought these aspects together in creating the Institute for Conscious Sensuality (ICS), where he provided a framework of sensual living involving beautiful spaces, permaculture gardens, sustainable living, spiritual cultivation, and perhaps most importantly – a community grounded in conscious communication and intimacy practices.
The new home of the Institute is at Lolia Place which is developing on 25 beautiful acres near the beach in Hawaii. In addition to ICS, the 25 acres will have a small neighborhood of homes in the ecovillage and will host permaculture workshops and sustainable agriculture activities. From this location, Robert is traveling internationally to lead workshops, trainings and events. He is currently finishing a book on conscious sensuality, community and sustainability.