The Art of Desire Workshop will change cultural false traditions, while offering you a wiser, life-expanding understanding of desire, its relationship to your personal development, and the integration/expression of your God-given sexuality.
Due to COVID-19, the information provided below is a hopeful projection for the Dallas Workshop. Should national or state health advisories discourage gatherings in September of 2021, we will postpone the event to a later date. If postponing the workshop is necessary, we will hold your spot for the later date or you can request a full refund. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding during these uncertain times.
What does a workshop ticket include?
Your ticket includes refreshments during breaks each day and an instructional workbook.
What travel, dining and over-night arrangements are recommended?
Directions to the venue, lunch options, and parking information will be emailed to you with purchase. Lunch is not provided at this event.
We recommend, when possible, that participants stay overnight in a hotel, or plan for time alone following Day 1, to allow for important self-reflective time in preparation for Day 2.
What is the cancelation policy?
Tickets can be cancelled and fully refunded prior to 30 days before the event. Any tickets purchased within 30 days of the event cannot be refunded.
Disclaimer: The advice offered through the Art of Desire Workshop is educational and informational in nature and is provided as general information. It is not meant to establish a therapist-patient relationship or offer therapeutic advice, diagnosis, treatment or to establish a standard of care. Although Dr. Finlayson-Fife is a trained psychotherapist, she is not functioning in the role of a licensed therapist during these sessions, but rather using her training to inform these educational sessions. Thus, the content is not intended to replace independent professional judgment. The content is not intended to solicit clients or patients; and should not be relied upon as medical or psychological advice of any kind or nature whatsoever. The information provided through the Content should not be used for diagnosing or treating a mental health problem or disease. The information contained in these communications is not comprehensive and does not include all the potential information regarding the subject matter, but is intended to serve as a resource for general and educational purposes.
The cultural (mis)construction of female sexuality and desire. Impact on women's relationship to their bodies, sexual agency, and desire. (This session includes a deep dive into Dr. Finlayson-Fife's research and what it shows us about the restrictive lessons many of us have inherited.)
Deconstructing women's relationship to desire: The shackles of shoulds, guilt, perfectionism, and an externalized measure of self; How these factors hamper desire, self-respect, and the integration of our sexuality. (This session Includes a follow-up evening discussion with Dr. Finlayson-Fife on perfectionism and how it impacts our relationship to our sense of self, our bodies and our relationship to others.)
Developing the capacity for Emotional and Sexual Intimacy and understanding its relationship to integrity, creativity and self-development. Includes video clips and self-reflection questions to help you harness and develop your unique gifts and forge deeper confidence.
Developing genuine generosity as well as the capacity to deeply receive. Understanding the distinction between pleasing or reflexive-giving, and true generosity. Understanding the distinction between getting or taking, and true receiving.
Sexual self-integration: Understanding our God-given bodies. Understanding women's amazing sexual capacity and nature and how it is different from what we've been taught. Understanding the virtue of embracing our bodies and how this profoundly shapes our relationship to ourselves; Discussion about the objectification of females (including exploitation and repression) and how to truly integrate our sexuality and be at peace with our bodies in the face of these harsh cultural messages.
Sexual self-development: Understanding, uncovering, and developing your erotic nature. Squaring eroticism with goodness. Forging sexual integrity and its relationship to experiencing joy.
Fostering eroticism in relationship to ourselves, a spouse, and to life. Sexuality and belonging more deeply to oneself. Understanding fantasy and sexual creativity and its relationship to intimacy and self.
Thursday, September 23rd
Arrive at venue and get registered.
- The cultural (mis)construction of female sexuality and desire.
- Impact on women’s relationship to their bodies, sexual agency, and desire.
- Deconstructing women’s relationship to desire: The shackles of shoulds, guilt, perfectionism, and an externalized measure of self; How these factors hamper desire and the integration of our sexuality.
- What is desire and what is its relationship to wholeness / integrity and personal strength? Desire and its relationship to self-development.
- Self-development and its relationship to intimacy.
- Assignment to complete before Friday morning.
Friday, September 24th
- Review and discussion of assignment; Developing the capacity for Intimacy.
- Developing genuine generosity as well as the capacity to deeply receive.
- Sexual self-integration: Understanding our God-given bodies. Understanding women’s sexual capacity and nature (hint: it’s amazing). The virtue of embracing our bodies; Forging sexual integrity and experiencing joy.
- Sexual self-development: Understanding, uncovering, and developing your erotic nature.
- Fostering eroticism in relationship to ourselves, a spouse, and to life. Sexuality and belonging more deeply to oneself.
- Wrap up: Questions / comments, setting intentions for oneself going forward.
Reviews From Workshop Participants
"Because of the impact you have had on my life and my marriage, I want to thank you for all you have done to acquire the knowledge and eloquence to be able to understand and explain these principles of relationships and sexuality to people like me. My life and marriage has changed incredibly for good. Recently my husband teared up in bed because he was so overwhelmed and happy with how our relationship is moving forward. He is a good, patient and loyal man. Bless him. It has taken me 38 years to choose him, and to own my sexuality. This happened surprisingly quickly once true principles were introduced to me. Those life-changing events came through you and the course I signed up for. Life is good. I don't know how to thank you."
"It is difficult to put into words what a life changing workshop last weekend was. I have been listening to you since nearly the beginning of your entrance into the podcast world and have taken all of your courses, listened to every office hours, caught every interview... I am not joking when I proclaim I could be president of the JFF fan club. However, even with all that study and listening and applying there is still so much work to be done! I had new insights at your Art of Desire workshop this weekend and am seeing myself even more clearly. To be fortunate enough to be in that headspace for that amount of time will be an experience I will look back on and recount as a personal turning point. To say "thank you" for your work seems completely insufficient.... "
Thank you so much for using the talents you have been blessed with for the good of so many women, and especially for LDS women. ... I have had a huge paradigm shift that has caused me to realize things that I didn't know about my sexuality. My goal is to own that part of me that I rejected .. and to be integrated and "whole". I'm not sure how or if it would have happened without your guidance and willingness to use your time and talents to bless my life and the life of my husband through me. ... This experience was a sacred one for me and one I have been searching for, for a long time."
"Of all the podcasts of yours I’ve listened to, of all the counseling sessions, and of all the online courses I’ve worked through over and over again, the most meaningful, deeply touching thing that you have taught me happened this weekend [at the workshop]. It wasn’t necessarily anything particular you said, it was more in the woman you have become, in who you are. It is manifested in the way you talk and the way you teach and they way you live. ... You have had a powerful impact on my life. You have impacted my marriage and my family. The work that you are doing is directly affecting, for the better, the quality of life for others, and I admire that so much."
"My wife attended your workshop in Orange County recently and already it has changed our relationship in so many good ways. Not just my wife changing for my sake, but changing in ways that she has wanted for a long time, but didn't know how. The ramifications of this are huge. I think we'll both be happier as she starts to live more authentically. And this all applies to me as well, as I'm trying to put the work in to improve to the same level she is. (Also, I'm listening to your Love Rice podcast and it's blowing my mind. So many good principles!) Thank you so much for doing what you do. I really appreciate it."
"I absolutely LOVED this course! It was truly amazing, Jennifer. What you taught completely opened up my view of my sexuality and has been so liberating. I have been more relaxed and present when I"m with my husband. I have a lot to learn still but I feel possibilities in a way that I never have before. THANK YOU FOR TEACHING THIS CLASS !"
"Thank you so much for your time and for your work--I appreciate it so much. My mom came (on my recommendation) to your Art of Desire Retreat in Alpine last fall, and my dad told me several weeks later that he felt like he was living with a different person. Her transformation and new ability to discern what she wants in any area of life, and then to express that desire, has been ASTOUNDING to watch."
"I wanted to thank you for the amazing work that you are doing. My [legal] practice, by the way, was only born after I attended [your Art of Desire] workshop in CA last January. I was immediately enthralled by Dr. Finlayson-Fife's ideas about desire and identity and relationships and contributing good to the world, etc, etc. And I was less consumed by some of the fears that kept me from doing what I want to do. So thank you, again. I feel blessed to have discovered your work."