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It’s not sex school,
It’s self school

Mission Statement

Back to the Body™ hosts immersive week-long retreats that transport women to beautiful, exotic locations where they can express and explore themselves in a safe, nurturing, non-judgmental environment.

Sexuality affects (and is affected by) every aspect of a woman’s life. At Back to the Body™, we embrace the complex and all-encompassing nature of sexual desire. That’s why we don’t prescribe a one-size-fits-all healing process that only works for certain women. We are here for any and every woman– for those who want change, and for those who think they can’t change.

Pamela and her staff of certified Back to the Body Method™ practitioners use their expertise to guide you through a transformative, whole-body healing journey that’s individually tailored to fit your specific needs. All you have to do is bring your body.

This is the rest of your life in one week.

Behind every great woman is herself


  • Daily complimentary hands-on bodywork sessions conducted by certified Back to the Body Method™ practitioners
  • Group discussions about body image, self-esteem, boundaries, power dynamics, expressing your needs, and opening yourself up to positive sexual experiences
  • Individual and group exercises to overcome body shame, identify your desires, and safely explore them
  • One-on-one coaching sessions with Pamela at the beginning and end of each retreat
  • Exotic, beautiful locations
  • Delicious, organic meals
  • Lifelong friendships
  • Expand arousal

Meet the founder
Pamela Madsen

A pioneer in fertility and sex advocacy, Pamela Madsen is the Founder and first Executive Director of The American Fertility Association. She is a fearless advocate for women’s health and integrated sexuality who leverages her raw honesty and well-informed wit to help strip the stigma from infertility, female desire and body image.

Pamela, a certified Somatic Sex Educator with a Master's degree in Education has coached hundreds of women on their own personal journey back into their bodies, and their own expression of their Divine Feminine. Pamela is a veteran speaker, educator, and renowned blogger for The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, The Fertility Advocate, and Care2.

She is the author of Shameless: How I Ditched The Diet, Got Naked, Found True Pleasure and Still Got Home In Time To Cook Dinner (Rodale, January 2011). Pamela has appeared on 60 Minutes, Oprah, CNN, AARP Primetime Radio, The Dr. Laura Berman Show, The Jane Pratt Show, and Playboy Radio. As well as countless other media outlets.

Meet the Team

Learn about the People Who Will Guide Your Back to the Body Journey

Ron Stewart, CSB

Ron Stewart has been a body worker since 2006 and has training in Reiki, Swedish, Thai, and Esalen massage techniques. In 2011 his curiosity and interest in human sexuality brought him to study with Joseph Kramer where he received certification as a Sexological Bodyworker. In 2012 Ron joined the Sexological Bodywork coaching team, assisting in the Canadian training.

Cosmo Meens, CSB

Certified Somatic Sex Educator and Back to the Body Team

It's not easy to find and vet the best practitioners and we are literally reaching around the world to bring the brightest stars in somatic bodywork to Back to the Body. Cosmo Meens is a certified Somatic Sex Educator and Sexological Bodyworker and is the co-founder of the Happy Touch Movement.

Christie Bemis

Sex Educator, Relationship Coach, & Licensed Psychotherapist

As a Licensed Psychotherapist, Christie focuses on relationship with self and others. She is a sex educator, receiving training currently through the Somatica Institute. She focuses on self-pleasure, communication and deshamifying desires with women. Christie has a Masters in Social Welfare, is a Psychotherapist in private practice and Co-Author of Ignite Your Life: Live Life with Passion, Purpose and Play and co-founder and CEO of Hot Pink YOUniversity.

Barry Carl, CSB

Certified Sexological Bodyworker and Back to the Body Team

Barry Carl brings a wealth of diverse knowledge and experience to the Back to the Body team. Trained and certified as a somatic psychotherapist in the Reichian discipline of Core Energetics, he is deeply committed to the concept that ‘the truth is in the body.’ Guided by this concept, he helps his clients to unblock the free flow of life energy in their bodies, to expand their capacity for pleasure, to ground in their erotic selves, and to release long-held shame and negative self-images that constrict their ability to expand into the full expression that is their birthright.

Court Vox

Certified Back to the Body Method Premiere Practitioner and Back to the Body Team

Court Vox is a Somatic Sex Educator, Surrogate Partner Intern and Founder of The Body Vox, based in Los Angeles, CA. He is a father, son, lover, and compassionate friend who loves traveling, fine dining, dancing, laughing, and fantastic, embodied sex.

Amy Kebernik

Amy Kebernik is a Sexuality, Relationship & Intimacy Coach, Somatic Sexual Educator and Tantra teacher who resides in Terrace, B.C., Canada. Amy has studied Skydancing Tantra Teacher training with Steve & Lokita Carter, Somatica Method Coaching with Dr. Danielle Harel and Celeste Hirschman, as well as Sexological Bodywork with Caffyn Jesse and Dr. Liam Snowdon. Amy is currently mentoring with Pamela Madsen.

You will learn as much from us
as you will from each other

Frequently Asked Questions

Ethics Societies & Organizations

  • The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality

When I told you that you’ve changed my life, I sincerely meant it. You have shown me a way to find my way back to my authentic self. She was there all this time, hiding, fearing judgment and rejection. When you told me I would be a part of a supportive community I simply could not believe it. Rather I could not fathom that it could be true for me. Thank God, I was dead wrong. BttB has quieted my restlessness and calmed my fragmented heart. It has grown me in very uncomfortable AND important ways. Thank you for helping me become the person I was meant to be. I am so very grateful.


Up until very recently, hands-on sexual healing has been cloaked in secrecy, shame, and misunderstanding. But a bold new group of courageous pioneers such as Pamela Madsen is leading the way toward a deeper, richer understanding of women’s sexual pleasure as a force for health and healing that positively affects all areas of their lives. The new feminism includes embracing our erotic power, and hands on sexual healing in the right setting can be a very effective way to accomplish this.

Christiane Northrup, M.D. Author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

Dearest Pamela, You have given me a gift that is beyond description. The work you do and the care and love that you inject into your profound purpose, has completely transformed my life. You infused hope into parts of me where I wasn’t sure hope could still exist.I am a different person from when I first met you, THANK GOD, and thank YOU for your boldness, bravery, and fearless leadership that is making this world a better place. Love you so much

Chelsey Attendee

Pamela Madsen is an erotic genius who has created a six-day communal immersion process where women learn to integrate sexual arousal into all parts of their bodies and lives. Along with her extraordinary team; through group and solo practices and receiving the option of complimentary daily sensuous bodywork, participants unleash a remarkable state of sustained sexual arousal. And then are coached in ways to use that state. Back to The Body is the Master Class of my dreams. I wish I had a vulva.

Joseph Kramer, Ph.D. Co-creator of Sexological Bodywork and the Body Electric School

I have attended Pamela’s Back to the Body retreats. She profoundly understands, supports and creates space for women to be their own healers and self-awakeners. The resources, body workers, rituals, education, and beautiful environment of her retreats... combined with her authentic love for women is the magical recipe that truly works. She knows instinctively when a participant needs her own space or ritual to heal and she honors that. She doesn’t subscribe to any scripts nor does she force feed anything to the women. She knows when and how to step in and provide tools/support to help a woman find her way.

Pamela’s belief and trust in a woman’s own ability to heal and empower herself is the foundation from which all her work is built.


My experience at Back to the Body taught me lessons that went way beyond the bedroom and all the way to the boardroom. I found myself feeling so naturally confident in myself that I have trouble recognizing the woman I used to be.


I always thought that something was wrong with me. All these women talking about all these fabulous experiences with sexuality. I always felt left out of the conversation. Well, that is over and I am ready for more!


I felt so seen, loved, looking after and held, grounded, tender and fierce all at the same time. I am always in awe of how much I allow myself to be more me when I’m given space to breathe and move.


Thank you for the gift of this exquisite Portal weekend. Your work is phenomenal. I’m truly grateful to have had this taste. My heartfelt thanks to your team.

Reeca Attendee