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The Dark Side of Eroticism: An Exploration of Sex, Death & the Polarity of Intimacy

An Interview with Michaela Boehm





   Michaela Boehm is a gifted counselor and teacher who is dedicated to women’s expression and growth, and has been leading women’s groups for the last 13 years.

Michaela is the third and final guest of a special trilogy series I’ve been hosting entitled, Holy Irreverence: Exploring the Dark Side of the Sacred, with this third installment focusing on an exploration of the dark side of the Erotic.

In this dialogue, Michaela and I explore a rich and intimate discussion on the complex territory of death and eroticism. We engage a provocative and illuminating inquiry into the darker sides of sexuality and eroticism as they show up in the form of pathology and provocation in our personal lives as well as in the larger collective culture. We also explore how we can recognize and work with the energetic polarities of both Eros and Thanatos in a skillful and discerning way.

Born and raised in Austria, Michaela received two degrees in Psychology from the University of Vienna and received further extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Hypnosis, NLP, and Yoga.

Upon moving to the United States in 1994, Michaela quickly became counselor working and traveling with actors, producers, writers, musicians, and international business founders.

Michaela began studying with David Deida in 1997, and in 2007 began co-teaching with him, focusing on Women’s practices and empowerment in the 21st Century. Michaela is currently the only counselor in the world personally trained and authorized by David Deida.

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This dialogue is dedicated to Michaela's close friend, colleague and creative partner, James Baye, who passed away this last month.



*This Dialogue was recorded on June 18, 2012




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