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Dearest Family

True Intimacy is a 5-day initiatory experience and workshop for couples and singles on how to both heal and awaken through the art and beauty of relationships.

This workshop was born out of a deeply felt need to unite the worlds of personal healing and Tantra into one coherent and clear path. Shadow work, inner child work, embodied polarity practice, trauma release, and relationship therapy all come together as a foundation for genuine harmony, healing, and authentic awakening in relationships.

We will share with you proven methods and practices to work with and take care of each other’s nervous systems, integrate your psychological shadows, heal emotional wounds, and open to Spirit in a safe, practical way together. This workshop is open to couples and singles, with no previous experience required.

In our perspective, the personal and spiritual dimensions must be understood simultaneously to manifest an authentic, lasting unfolding of compassion, love, and true spiritual intimacy.

In this workshop we will bring light and clarity to the questions:

  • Why do I keep running into triggers, patterns of intense conflict or sexual stagnancy, or wanting to run away from intimacy?

  • Where do these triggers come from, and how can I heal them to experience the love I’ve always wanted?

  • How can I create spirals of healing and deepening in love instead of cycles of conflict, further wounding, and re-traumatization?

  • How can we authentically walk the spiritual path together without bypassing emotional wounding and trauma

And much more .. 

We hope to have you with us on this journey to re-writing the story of what true beauty and lasting love can look like in intimate relationships. By healing the relationship to ourselves, we heal each other, our past, our future and this Earth. 

Pillars of Our Work


Embodied Practice


Sacred Connection

Shadow Work

We will explore and experience what it means to truly embody our most powerful masc/fem qualities, our most vulnerable emotions and psychological shadows to create depth, transparency, openness and evoke love in ourselves and our partners.

We will use traditional Tantric rituals, meditations and practices as a way to awaken to the essence of who we are, control our sexual energy for the purpose of amplifying love and worship each other as expressions of the sacred masculine and feminine.

We will connect with wounded parts of our hearts and learn how to reveal, hold and heal those parts of us through embodied intimate connection, group healing work and intimacy practice.

We will explore the hidden, disconnected and undesirable parts of our psyche and learn how to embody and integrate them in ourselves, in our relationships, and love making in a healthy and safe way so that no part of us is left unacknowledged.

Accommodation & Location



Nimis Community in Dretzel, Germany

We are hosted by a beautiful self-sustainable community/retreat center located just 2hrs west of Berlin.

The center is rustic and simple, yet providing all that is needed for comfort and a sense of being deeply immersed in nature.  The center is surrounded by national forest evoking a feeling of sacredness, peace and spaciousness, ideal for our work together.


For accommodation there are large canvas bell tents complete with beds and furniture that can be booked as a single or double.  There is also space for bringing your own tent and camping.  On site there are dry toilets, showers and also a sauna which will run every evening.


 There will be a light breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food we will eat will be all organic (mostly grown at the community) and vegan with the option for farm fresh eggs from the chickens living there.




Thursday 6/July

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday 7-10/July

1:30pm - 3:30pm


3:30pm to 5:30pm - Opening Ceremony 

5:30pm - 7pm Dinner

7pm - 9pm Evening Session


9am - 1pm Morning Session (with short breakfast break)

1pm - 3pm - Lunch

3pm - 6pm - Afternoon Session

6pm - 730pm - Dinner 

730pm - 9pm - Evening Ritual


Tuesday 11/July

9am to 11am - Final Sharing/Integration

11am to 12pm - Brunch

12:30pm to 1:30pm - Closing Ceremony




Ian Wilkes

Transformational Coach and Mentor

Ian is a men's work facilitator and coach, couples intimacy coach, breath work and trauma release facilitator, Kambô practitioner and yoga/meditation teacher.


After going to business school and working as a night club promoter and hotel manager in New York City for 7 years, Ian began to experience a deep longing for truth and healing and left normal western life behind. 


Ian has spent 10 years and continuing in deep practice and study of ancient spiritual traditions and healing arts around the world. From living in ashrams in India, to buddhist monasteries in Myanmar, to being an apprentice to an Ayahuasca shaman in the Amazon, to many long silent solitary retreats, to studying with masters of modern healing modalities he not only transformed his own life, but created his own modalities for healing and awakening which he now shares in his programs, workshops and ceremonies around the world. 

Ian combines his knowledge of trauma release, psychology, Yoga, meditation, Tantra, sacred intimacy, and group healing work to help others on the path of self remembrance, healing and total acceptance.  

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Valentina Cannavó

Tantra, Yoga and Meditation Teacher 

Valentina is is yoga/meditation and Tantra teacher with over 10 years of teaching and intensive practice experience.  

In her early 20's she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a disease which is deemed incurable by western medicine standards.  Through the deep fire of her heart, her unwavering dedication to the spiritual path and an aspiration to heal herself she spent months in deep practice, including long periods of fasting, extensive dark retreats, and other intensive yogic disciplines.  Through her persistence and dedication, her symptoms of the disease began to lessen until they completely disappeared, a miracle by western medical thinking.

She now shares her experience and journey with other women who suffer from MS and teaches yoga, meditation, feminine embodiment work, and Tantra from that place of profound depth and dedication to the teachings.

Valentina is currently one of the senior pre-board members and teachers at the world renowned Hridaya Yoga centers in Lyon France and Mazunte Mexico. She coordinates and teaches many of their top programs and retreats and is one the most highly respected and senior teacher of Tantric Ritual in the community. 


This will be a very intimate retreat and our capacity is limited to 30 total practitioners, 13 masculine and 13 feminine.

Attending as a couple or single is welcome. 

Prices are per person.

Prices are in $USD


Each bell tent comes with a bed (or two) and all bedding. Price is per person and includes a breakfast snack, lunch and dinner on the full days, dinner on arrival day and brunch on departure day.


If needed, you can book the pick-up service for the transportation between the center and the train station (10 EUR/person).


  • Single Camping

    Camping - Bring your own tent, course & full meal plan
    • Private Glamping

      Private bell tent for one with one bed, course & meal plan
      • Price is per Person
    • Shared Glamping

      Shared bell tent for 2 singles (2 beds), course & meal plan
      • Price per person
    • Couple's Camping

      Couple Camping - Bring your own tent, course & meal plan
      • Couple Glamping

        Private bell tent for two, course & meal plan
        • Price is per couple
      • Pick-up Service

        Round trip from/to train station Dretzel
        • Price per person
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