Expand | A Tantric Retreat

Four day tantric deep dive focused on intimacy, presence, intention, and TOUCH.

In the course of our tantric coaching, we get a lot of curiosity about touch, connection, pleasure and sxx. For example:

  • How can I experience more pleasure for myself and in my relationships?
  • Does tantra teach us how to bring more love to our lovemaking?
  • How do I make space for touch, pleasure and sxx in my busy day?
  • And most importantly: How do I create more intimacy in my life?

What if you could nurture your connection to yourself and others and take those parts of you into the depths of true connection? What if you had the tools to touch and be touched to maximize pleasure? What if you could spend a four day weekend with no responsibilities other than to kindle presence and connection to your deepest desires?

If this sounds alluring in your body, then Expand | A Tantric Retreat is for you.

What will I experience in this workshop?

This fully immersive and experiential weekend is designed to deepen intimacy and have some fun. You’ll learn :

  • Tools for greater presence.
  • Expansion of your definition of lovemaking
  • Techniques for more intentional and pleasurable touch.
  • Tantric practices to bring home and enjoy for the rest of your life.
  • How some kink can add spice and flame.
  • Understanding of what sacred sexuality is and why pleasure is your birthright!

Cost for Four Day Retreat

$888 per person until April 1

$999 per person after April 1

What does the schedule look like?

Friday 2pm – 8pm

  • Arrive by 2pm and circle together to drop in, form intentions and learn about the weekend.

Saturday 10am – 10pm

  • Presence practices, both solo and in connection.
  • Learn tantric touch concepts and put them into practice.
  • Lunch break from 12 – 2
  • Dinner break from 5 – 7
  • Ends by 10pm

Sunday 10am – 10pm

  • Arrive by 10am
  • Additional types of touch exercises
  • Rituals to embody greater sensuality in connection
  • Lunch break from 12 – 2
  • Dinner break from 5 – 7
  • Ends by 10pm

Monday 10am – 6pm

  • Arrive by 10am
  • More intimate touch rituals
  • Finish by putting all the presence, touch practices and rituals together into a full tantric massage experience
  • Lunch break from 12 – 2
  • Ends by 6pm

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is this retreat for singles or partners? All are welcome. Partnered pairs can choose whether to stay together for all exercises. Individuals also welcome.

Will people be disrobed? This a personal preference at your discretion. While nothing is a “have to”, and everything is an invitation not a requirement, there will be practices where attendees may be disrobed. Agreements will be discussed at opening.

Will there be confidentiality? Yes, and all agreements will be discussed at opening circle.

When do I need to arrive? Please arrive on time so we can get started promptly. 2pm Friday, 10am on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

What should I bring? Bring your curiosity, any comfort items to aide in creating a comfortable place to nest. maybe a notebook, a closed top water bottle, and an open heart and mind.

What about food? We will supply you with snacks throughout, water, tea. We will not serve meals but rather we have breaks in the schedule for you to go out or have meals delivered.

What should I wear? Dress in comfortable clothing that allows movement and engagement. We welcome sexy fun clothing that makes you feel good.

What about housing? This is not a residential retreat. If you’re not local, we will be happy to give you recommended hotels. There are also a lot of gorgeous airbnb’s in the area.

Recent Testimonials:

Temple in the Trees is a delightfully safe haven for exploration and connection, and the exploration OF connection. Michael and Lara deftly lead us through a series of exercises designed to put us more in touch with ourselves and others as we explore our own boundaries and challenge ourselves to come right to our edges with confidence and curiosity. I cannot recommend this space and these facilitators more fervently. I often imagine what the world at large could be like if only everyone would take the time to walk this path with themselves and their fellow humans.

~ B. Miranda

A classroom unlike any you may have experienced. Instantly our senses of sight, fragrance, and sound were stimulated. A very calming serene place.
After the “new experience” anticipation and jitters were behind us It didn’t long to enter a new calm place, with chimes and movement.The experience was all that we hoped it would be, but knowing that this was only the beginning.
The ride home and pillow talk this morning were filled with open communication and reflection on the evening’s events.
Thank you once again for leading us on this journey.

~ K&R Talach

What I have received in my life as a direct result of the practices at the Temple in the Trees is almost impossible to communicate with words. I have learned a level of self-expression and understanding of my energetic nature that I never even knew existed or even fathomed was within my grasp. Michael and Lara create a sacred and protected space, a circle, that allows me and all of the others that are participating to transcend the immediate recognition of what “is” to safely explore the possibility of what “can be.” Through these enlightening sessions, my partner and I have been able to connect with and understand each other in ways that defy the social and cultural programming that defined our lives for so many years. To discover that I can specifically sense my Lover’s presence in a room full of other people was absolutely mind-blowing and exhilarating. This has also given us the ability to embrace the love and compassion of others on a different level. While I am not a particularly religious person, I have experienced an existence of something on a very spiritual plane and I have felt an incredibly powerful transformation of my connection with “being” human.

~ R. Grimes

They are both gifted and poignant facilitators with a calming effect on hundreds of participants.

~ Gordon McCracken


The Temple in the Trees, Leesburg Virginia is our home.

We welcome you here as a space for you too to come home to yourself in.

An oasis of tantric learning tucked in the woods of Northern Virginia, we are 30 minutes from DC & Frederick MD, an hour from Baltimore and 15 minutes from Dulles Airport.

Surrounded by wineries, nature, magnificent mountain view’s and historic rivers, we are a destination of peace and prosperity.


~ Your Guides ~

Lara & Michael Blackin

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Lara Blackin

Lara is a Tantric Educator, Sacred Intimacy Practitioner and Artist specializing in therapeutic, sensual & energetic touch bringing aliveness to the art of living + loving.

Lara supports the curious on their journey toward mindfulness and connection with conscious communication tools, intimacy practices, tantric embodiment exercises, and acclaimed artistry.

A 1000/hr e-ryt Professional Yoga Educator, 500/hr KRI Kundalini Teacher, Certified Pranassage Practitioner, Nationally ACRB Certified Reflexologist and Internationally certified ICNHA Mendi Henna Artist, Lara is a leader in the field of sacred embodiment with over 25 years of professional experience.

An herbal alchemist and ceramics artist, she calls upon the elements of nature to create pleasure and harmony. Lara is the owner of Tendrils of Green Tantric Arts and writes beautifully poetic essays and creates erotic art at tendrilsofgreen.com.

As co-proprietor of Temple in the Trees, a sacred space for community tucked away in the forests of Northern Virginia, Lara facilitates tantric learning, hosts monthly Women’s Circles, movement + meditation classes, events and play to enable people to connect with others and express themselves in a safe, nonjudgmental environment.

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Michael Blackin

Michael is a Tantric educator who is passionate about supporting people on their journey to greater presence, intimacy and pleasure. He is dedicated to helping others reach their highest good, creating community, pursuing bliss and enriching all comers.

  • As co-proprietor of Temple in the Trees, a sacred space for community tucked away in the forests of Northern Virginia, Michael facilitates tantric learning, monthly men’s circle gatherings, movement classes, meditation, events and play to enable people to connect with others and express themselves in a safe, nonjudgmental environment