An interesting report from the New York Times.
The retreat is the One Taste Urban Retreat. “One Taste is but the latest stop on [the San Francisco] sexual underground, weaving together strands of radical individual freedom, Eastern spirituality and feminism.”
Their distinctive practice?
At 7 a.m. each day… the women, naked from the waist down, lie with eyes closed in a velvet-curtained room, while clothed men huddle over them, stroking them in a ritual known as orgasmic meditation — “OMing,” for short. The couples, who may or may not be romantically involved, call one another “research partners.”
“The notion of a San Francisco sex commune focused on female orgasm is part of a long and rich history of women being public and empowered about their sexuality,” said Elizabeth A. Armstrong, an associate professor of sociology at Indiana University, who has studied San Francisco’s sexual subcultures.