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Join us in Scotland for a true highlander adventure into the land of men in kilts and goddesses.

We will be going back in time.

A Back to the Body retreat is a modern reincarnation of an ancient Venus temple. 

For thousands of years, God was a woman, and sexuality, the body and life itself were worshiped and celebrated in the temples. Ecstatic pleasure was a path to healing and enlightenment, and served the community. The Goddess incarnated through priestesses in sacred sexual rites, and when She was well-pleased, the land would be fertile and the crops abundant.

The planet Venus has been linked with the Goddess, and the priestesses who served her, for at least 5,000 years. Our Goddess-worshiping ancestors tracked Venus’ journey through the sky and enacted ritual in sync with her cycle.

At this retreat, we’ll revive both the awareness and embodied practice of the ancient Venus temples. We will be bringing along guest presenter, Emily Trinkaus who will offer insight into current Venusian astrology, and guide the group through Venus-aligned ritual at sacred sites. And, before the retreat, Emily will offer a two-part online class, providing both historical and astrological context to prepare for our time together.

All of this, and everything you have come to expect from Back to the Body: Sensuous Retreat for Women. We are all about bringing the environment into the erotic for women. Imagine going deeper here in the Scottish highlands in a historic manor. 


Your Scotland Awakened Goddess Journey Awaits....


Medieval and picturesque, Scotland awakens your ancient arousal.  Our travels will take us from Edinburgh to a 3 hour scenic drive North, where our private Mansion beckons us to explore pleasure.  Men in kilts, 3 mile beaches, stone circles holding prehistoric knowledge, Scotland will be a special adventure for our sensuous travel group.  On our first day, we will stop along the way and visit sacred goddess sites led in ceremony with Emily Trinkaus.  Our Inner Goddess will be greeted on these rolling hills and green land.


Here's what you will experience....

Your Scotland retreat will include everything you have come to expect from Back to The Body: Sensuous Retreats for Women. Every woman will receive personalized attention, and the opportunity to receive five complimentary sensuous somatic sex education sessions with one practitioner, sensuality coaching, deep sisterhood experiences and grand adventures all help from our home base of The Regency Mansion, just outside of Fraserburgh and on 5 private acres of woods and gardens. Plenty of room to spread out our pleasure mapping throughout the week.


Pre-Retreat Phone Calls with Emily Trinkaus

A special retreat to awaken the goddess within begins with Emily leading us with pre-retreat exploration.  Two phone calls prior to the retreat will be a bonus to those who are traveling with us.  

An Introduction to the Sacredly Sexual Priestess and Ancient Venus Temples
Wednesday, August 29, 5-6:30pm Pacific/8-9:30pm Eastern

What was the role of the Sacredly Sexual Priestess in the pre-patriarchal Goddess religion? How is this archetype relevant to Back to the Body, and to the greater context of the return of the Divine Feminine? We’ll dive into the ancient story of how Priestesses channeled Eros through their bodies in service to the community, the destruction of these practices under the patriarchy, and the return of the Sacredly Sexual Priestess in contemporary culture.

An Introduction to the Cycle of Venus and the Rise of the Warrior Goddess
Wednesday, September 5, 5-6:30pm Pacific/8-9:30pm Eastern

Venus has been associated with the Divine Feminine for thousands of years, and ancient Priestesses of the Goddess performed rituals aligned with her astronomical cycle. This webinar gives you an overview of how to work with the Venus cycle to awaken and strengthen your inner Goddess. You’ll also learn about Venus’ current cycle, activating the Warrior Goddess, and the phase of the cycle we’ll be working with at our Scotland retreat.


Emily Trinkaus is an astrologer, writer, teacher and priestess devoted to the reemerging sacred feminine. Her background includes an M.A. in Women’s Studies and training in several healing modalities. A professional astrologer since 1999, she translates the complex language of astrology into relevant and inspiring information you can use for growth and healing.

In Emily’s online Temple of Venus Revolution, she facilitates groups of women through a multidisciplinary process, combining astrology, energy anatomy, history and mythology. Her passion is to support women to dismantle their inner patriarchy and uncover, remember and embody their Goddess selves.

She’s a regular contributor to The Mountain Astrologer magazine, and her article “Venus, Mary Magdalene and the Reemerging Sacred Feminine” was reprinted on She’s also the author of Creating with the Cosmos: An Astrological Guide to Awakening and Enhancing Creative Power.


Program Activities


A daily invitation to experience complimentary Taoist Sensuous Bodywork Sessions conducted by Dan Powers, Ondra Veltruský, and Neal Wecker Certified Sexological Bodyworkers- a new profession certified in California, including the invitation to receive one complimentary session with two body workers for "Cradle of the Love”.  

A female practitioner is available upon request for women only comfortable with working with another woman.

Sexuality and Intimacy Coaching throughout the week by Pamela Madsen to support you in overcoming body shame, identifying your desires and safely exploring them.

Our special guest, Emily Trinkaus, will lead us through ceremony as we play among the sacred goddess sites throughout the area of Northern Scotland. 

Explore the possibility of feeling the full activation of your whole female autonomic system and learn to do this at home.

Workshops led by Pamela Madsen, on “Eating Sensually”, “Experiencing and Embodying Our Sensuality Out of The Bedroom”, “Understanding Female Orgasm”, “Jade Egg Embodiment Practice”, Unleashing The Power of Your Pelvis”, “The Arousal Principle” and The Anatomy of Arousal”.

Lotus Lift Meditation Practice instruction with Pamela Madsen, recently featured in "O, The Oprah Magazine".

Daily morning practice with guided visualization meditations.

Group discussions on body image, orgasm, sexuality, speaking desire, power play, understanding boundaries and how to open to more pleasure in our daily lives.

Melt into a sisterhood experience like no other.


Additional Activities


Sailing along the coast and see scenic seaside villages, puffins, porpoises, and seals

Visit to Sacred Goddess Sites and stone circles

Discover medieval castles

Stops along the way to our final destination

Scotland scenery of rolling hills and ocean views

Croquet on the grand lawn and hikes through the woods

Optional Embodied Photography session -supplemental fee. 

Visit a nearby beach 

Authentic Scottish meals

A whiskey distillery tour and tasting



October 4-11, 2018

This retreat is limited to 12 women

Women will fly into Edinburgh Airport (EDI) and should stay in Edinburgh a night or two beforehand.

Minimum Investment: $7,800. A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 is required to secure your spot in the workshop.

Payment can be made online with a credit card. Once we receive your deposit we will send you a formal Registration Confirmation with further information about the program.

You will receive 2-3 other correspondences by email prior to the workshop with information about the retreat, how to prepare and electronic invoices for the balance.


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