We are creating a world in which everyone has access to connection, embodiment, authenticity, and fulfillment regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.
We help our practitioners create conscious relationships that support and nurture them, and develop new skills to enable them to transform their communities and the world. There are many reasons why people face challenges in these areas and we support our students, clients, coaches, and communities in expanding their capacity for genuine, open-hearted connection.
As part of our mission, we actively encourage and support people of all genders and sexual orientations to explore Orgasmic Meditation (OM). Our understandings of gender, sexual orientation, and sexuality are continually growing and we recognize that the OM practice begins with the body. That’s why we refer to practitioners first as strokers and strokees, rather than men and women. The OM practice focuses on the anatomy of the clitoris and its potential to serve as a gateway to different states of consciousness, for both the stroker and the strokee in equal measure.
One of the challenges we face is in finding terminology to describe anatomy that applies to a broad range of people. For example, some transgender men use words to describe their genitals that might be different than the words cisgender* women use, even when their anatomy might seem similar. In our courses, we refer to the anatomy of the strokee as the clitoris or the clit. Practitioners who use different terms to describe their own anatomy are welcome to do so. We recognize that there can be some tension around this, and we welcome feedback and suggestions for how we can improve our teaching practices.
Our coaches and teachers are continually learning and growing, and sometimes we take missteps. We hope that our practitioners and faculty alike will be able to resolve difficulties between themselves. For those times when that isn’t possible, we have created structures and processes (such as the OneTaste Reconciliation Council) for addressing any challenges that arise between members of our community. We invite and support everyone to get the assistance they need in order to create a brave space in which we can connect and grow together.
* Cisgender refers to people who experience and present their gender in a way that’s aligned with the sex of their body. It contrasts with transgender, which refers to people who experience their gender as different from the physical sex they were assigned at birth.