An evening about death and awakening
June 3-5, 2016 Serenbe | Chattachoee Hills, GA
We’re pulling the covers off taboo topics at Serenbe, a luxury, eco-friendly travel destination and residential community located just outside of Atlanta. On June 3-5, 2016, we will host conversations, lectures, meditations and lively dinner parties focused on three topics rarely explored in the South: Death, Drugs and Sex.
As a culture, we do not confront hard topics. We bypass the most important issue we all face: that we are mortal. We place silent restrictions on conversations about sex and drugs. By avoiding these conversations, we limit our ability to live our lives fully.
Our speaker line-up ensures a well-guided exploration and dismantling of the current taboo structure and a new freedom to face life’s shadows and integrate them powerfully into our daily life.
In addition to intensive lectures from internationally renowned speakers, this micro-conference will include daily transformational topic-based meditations, in-depth interactive topic-based feasts, food by culinary heroes, bhakti yoga, a Chartres-scale labyrinth, nature hikes and beautiful music performed around a bonfire.
Multiple packages are available for the weekend, providing different levels of access, from all-inclusive passes to single ticketed events.
Various packages are available for the weekend, providing different levels access. Early Bird pricing is available until April 1, 2016.
VIP Weekend All Access packages includes six meals and beverages, all weekend activities, upscale inn accommodations. Prices range from $1,555 for individual to $3,875 for couples.
VIP Weekend Day Pass includes six meals, beverages and all weekend activities. Prices range from $940-$1040.
The Inn at Serenbe is nestled in the rolling countryside on the edge of Atlanta, just minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Our 900 acres include preserved forestland, wildflower meadows, 15 miles of trails that go by two waterfalls and a large granite outcropping, an animal village, swings and rocking chairs, two pools and a cabana, two hot tubs, croquet lawn, and endless opportunities for relaxing and connecting with nature.
Michael Meade, D.H.L., is a storyteller, author, and scholar of mythology, anthropology, and psychology. He combines hypnotic storytelling, street-savvy perceptiveness, and spellbinding interpretations of ancient myths with a deep knowledge of cross-cultural rituals.
Nicole Daedone is a speaker, teacher, visionary, author and entrepreneur who has spent her groundbreaking career redefining orgasm, bringing a more fulfilling sense of orgasm to the world, and asking the question “What if we re-built sex from the ground up”.
Michael Hebb is the Founder of Deathoverdinner.org, Drugsoverdinner.org, and Seder2015.org. He is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Washington Communication Leadership Graduate Program and a Trustee of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts.
Jessica has been bridging the gap from the soul to the world and redefining what it means to be spiritual in a modern age since 1998. Her humorous and relatable approach to spiritual life, relationships, motherhood and the challenges we all face on the path are reflected in her writing, teaching, speaking and as the host of the Where is My Guru Podcast..
Download a copy of the agenda here.
A meditation on coming alive
Our chefs prepare a beautiful farm to table lunch featuring vegetables from our own gardens.
Facing our toxic culture and the hungry ghost of addiction.
The power and beauty of discussing taboo topics; and the cost of repression.
A dinner to discuss drugs, connection to source and the universality of addiction.
Bonfire session with local musicians and Belle Meade whiskey.
What if sex were re-built from the ground up?
An afternoon picnic in a beautiful open field to discuss intimacy, sex, and love.
Illness and health in a toxic society. (Limited to first 30 ticket holders).
Photos from the last Taboo Weekend event.
A renowned speaker, and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development.
Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them.
For twelve years Dr. Maté worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV, including at Vancouver’s Supervised Injection Site. With over 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience and extensive knowledge of the latest findings of leading-edge research, Dr. Maté is a sought-after speaker and teacher, regularly addressing health professionals, educators, and lay audiences throughout North America.
As an author, Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction; When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress; and Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder, and co-authored Hold on to Your Kids. His works have been published internationally in twenty languages.
Dr. Maté is the co-founder of Compassion for Addiction, a new non-profit that focusses on addiction. He is also an advisor of Drugs over Dinner.
Dr. Maté has received the Hubert Evans Prize for Literary Non-Fiction; an Honorary Degree (Law) from the University of Northern British Columbia; an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University; and the 2012 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Mothers Against Teen Violence. He is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.
Michael Hebb is the Founder of Deathoverdinner.org, Drugsoverdinner.org, and Seder2015.org. He is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Washington Communication Leadership Graduate Program and a Trustee of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts. He has served as a Senior Advisor to Summit Series, Theo Chocolate, Learnist, CreativeLive, Architecture For Humanity and Siren.
Hebb has been staging convivial gatherings and redefining hospitality/tablemaking since 1997; co-founding the City Repair project with Mark Lakeman; and co-founding family supper, ripe, clarklewis, and the Gotham Bldg Tavern in Portland OR with Naomi Pomeroy. His expansive multidisciplinary dinners have taken place on five continents, have been exhibited in several museums and featured in the NY Times, W, Art Forum, The New Yorker, GQ, The Guardian and dozens of international publications. Michael strongly believes that the table is one of the most effective (and overlooked) vehicles for changing the world.
He is also the founder of One Pot – a creative agency that specializes in the technology of the common table, and the ability to shift culture through the use of thoughtful food and discourse based engagements and happenings. One Pot has worked closely with thought/cultural leaders and many foundations/institutions including: The World Economic Forum, Republic of Gabon, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative, X Prize Foundation, FEED Foundation, The Nature Conservancy.
Michael is the founding Creative Director of The City Arts Festival, the founder of Night School @ The Sorrento Hotel, and is currently a Teaching Fellow at UW’s Master of Communication in Digital Media department. His writings have appeared in GQ, Food and Wine, Food Arts, ARCADE, Seattle Magazine and City Arts.
Angel Grant is the Executive Director of deathoverdinner.org and Co-founder of drugsoverdinner.org. She is on the teaching faculty at whereismyguru.com, and part of the convivium.co collective.
She has been traveling the globe for more than a decade sharing talks on how to reduce the many ways we suffer and teaching yoga and meditation practices. She served as Co-founder of Yoga in Common and Yoga in the Forest in coastal South Carolina, and has been leading teacher trainings focused on somatic and emotional intelligence since 2010. Much of Angel’s time is spent facilitating workshops, retreats and sharing meditations focused on dying, healing addictions and waking up from early life conditioning. She works one-on-one with people to rewire neural pathways that limit their lives and relationships.
Recent meditations have been held at Peak Mind’s event with the Dalai Lama for his 80th birthday, The NY Academy of Medicine, The Conscious Dying Summit, Newport Academy and Summit Series.
Angel has engaged extensively with at-risk youth, from creating a yoga program in a socio-economically challenged elementary school to teaching teens meditation while living in the woods of Pisgah National Forest as part of a wilderness therapy program.
She founded a project called The Yoga Bus and traveled the country with her two dogs, living in a tiny RV she helped build from the ground up. The project’s focus was mindfulness-based workshops for healing traumas of populations who would likely never make it into a healing setting. She furthered this work in South Africa though TRIAD Trust, an organization centered on HIV education and prevention, in a region believed to have a 40% infection rate.
In what feels like a previous life, Angel produced intimate events for guests ranging from high profile professional athletes during the week of Super Bowl XXXVII to South Carolina legislators.
Michael Meade, D.H.L., is a renowned storyteller, author, and scholar of mythology, anthropology, and psychology. He combines hypnotic storytelling, street-savvy perceptiveness, and spellbinding interpretations of ancient myths with a deep knowledge of cross-cultural rituals. He has an unusual ability to distill and synthesize these disciplines, tapping into ancestral sources of wisdom and connecting them to the stories we are living today.
He is the author of Fate and Destiny: The Two Agreements of The Soul, Why the World Doesn't End, The Water of Life: Initiation and the Tempering of the Soul; editor, with James Hillman and Robert Bly, of Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart; and editor of Crossroads: A Quest for Contemporary Rites of Passage. Meade is the founder of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, a nonprofit network of artist, activists, and community builders that encourages greater understanding between diverse peoples.
Nicole Daedone is a sought-after speaker, teacher, visionary, author and entrepreneur who has spent her groundbreaking career redefining orgasm, bringing a more fulfilling sense of orgasm to the world, and asking the question “What if we re-built sex from the ground up”.
Throughout her work, Nicole has expanded the horizons of sexual experience, which has earned her invitations to share the stage as a speaker alongside other luminaries such as Neil Strauss, Tony Robbins, Naomi Wolfe and Esther Perel, as well as inclusion in Timothy Ferriss’ breakthrough book “The Four Hour Body.” In his #1 New York Times Bestseller, Ferriss calls the practice of Orgasmic Meditation, (the cornerstone of Nicole's OneTaste company), “required education for every man on the planet.”
Starting with her fundamental belief that a woman’s sex is her power, she treats supposedly taboo subjects with unparalleled humor, intelligence, and insight. Nicole brings a no-nonsense, empirical approach to the question most of us ask, “What if more was possible?”
But much more than that, her life has been spent exploring the impact of our full human potential in the arena of sex. And the benefits she brings to not just individuals and couples, but to communities, organizations and societies.
Voted one of Vanity Fair’s Twelve Women Who Changed the Way We Look at Sex, Nicole first came to prominence as the leader of the Slow Sex Movement and the innovator of the 15-minute orgasm.
Nicole is the author of Slow Sex: The Art and Craft of the Female Orgasm (Grand Central/Hachette, May 2011) and is the founder of OneTaste, a company that offers training in orgasm, sex, and the betterment of relationships and connection of men and women, through online media and in-person coaching and courses. In 2014 and 2015, OneTaste has also been awarded the distinction of operating the 11th fastest growing Education Company in the World and in the top 500 fastest growing privately held companies, by Inc Magazine.
Nicole has appeared on ABC’s Nightline and NPR’s It’s Your Health. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Goop, Elle, Marie Claire, Time.com, Vanity Fair, and the UKDaily Mail among others, and her writing has also appeared in the Buddhist wisdom Tricycle Magazine. She was also a featured speaker at the 2011 TEDxSF conference.
Jessica has been bridging the gap from the soul to the world and redefining what it means to be spiritual in a modern age since 1998. At 19 years old she assisted in the operation of the TLC School in Port au Prince, Haiti, offering free education to local village children, where she lived and taught for over six months. At 21 she stepped on a yoga mat for the first time and found her personal vehicle for healing and her foundation to understand her Divinity and her day-to-day mortality. She has over 1500 hours in teacher trainings.
In 2007 Jessica co-founded Global Awareness Project, a non-profit organization that gave grants and scholarships to artists doing service work all over the world. Their efforts as an organization expanded over four continents including a water tower mural project in Haiti.
Jessica founded Where is My Guru in 2008 as a blog and podcast/radio show focused on inspiring the Guru that lives within each and every one of us. She spent several years traveling to conferences and festivals such as Wanderlust, Yoga Journal, LOHAS, Hanuman Festival and Sat Nam Festival interviewing teachers, leaders and authors in yoga, wellness, sustainability, community, service and leadership. In 2011 Where is My Guru presented at SXSW on the potential of conscious media to change the world. In 2015 Where is My Guru expanded to include an online school. The Where is My Guru Virtual Center for Higher Learning offers courses in personal and spiritual development led by master teachers such as Jai Uttal, Katie Silcox, Sarah Durham Wilson. Chris Grosso, JP Sears and Angel Grant. Jessica also leads classes in slow living and practical spirituality.
Her humorous and relatable approach to spiritual life, relationships, motherhood and the challenges we all face on the path are reflected in her writing, teaching, speaking and as the host of the Where is My Guru Podcast. Her writing has been featured in Elephant Journal, Mantra Yoga & Health, Origin Magazine, Rebelle Society and Intent.com.