252 Prospect St
Plainfield, MA 01070


Eastern Standard Time
Start May 5, 2017 6:00 PM
End May 7, 2017 6:30 PM
East Coast Office
Event Cost
Event Registration Fee (per person) USD 505.00
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Event Summary

Everyone starts with Connecting in Love, an immersive weekend workshop that is designed for you, exactly as you are now. In this workshop you will have profound opportunities for deeply connecting with yourself and others. We gently invite you to let go of the layers of defense that have kept you safe in the past,  but now may just be keeping you separate.

The workshop is designed to be a safe place for you to explore your inner world, as well as your connections with others. Our focus on Love, Intimacy and Sexuality provides fertile ground for self discovery, and true intimacy with others in a non-sexual context.

Event Team


Donna Spitzer Rengel brings clarity, compassion and insight to the workshops she facilitates. Donna’s background is in somatics and movement arts, as a holistic Lomi Body/Mind practitioner. Her expertise in communications assists individuals and couples to create healthy, loving relationships. She is passionate about her most current venture, her workshop for Women on Expression, Movement and Connection. When Donna met Peter Rengel in 1985, she found the partner with whom she would happily explore love, communication and service for this lifetime. Together they became involved with the Human Awareness Institute (HAI), and a few years later Donna joined her husband on staff as a facilitator of the Love, Intimacy & Sexuality workshops. She has over twenty years leading workshops with The Human Awareness Institute. Donna is the proud mother of a grown son, Kavi.
Rich Walkden has had a keen interest in interpersonal relationships and personal growth work from early adulthood. Rich discovered the Human Awareness Institute in 2001. As a facilitator, he uses his training in Clinical Hypnotherapy, personal growth coaching, and as a mental health consultant to support others in moving from disconnection to deep love and vitality. He has facilitated workshops for men convicted of domestic violence, aiding them in learning healthy, compassionate relationship skills. Rich has also effectively coached young adults confronting issues of sexuality and gender. Rich lives in the mountains of Vermont with his wife, Anne. They have a deep and powerful marriage, personifying and putting into action solid relationship principles and choosing love from moment to moment.
Event Details

“There must be something more than this.”

For some who come to their first HAI workshop, they may not be able to identify anything specifically wrong with their lives, but just that something’s missing. You come to your first workshop full of who you have always been, and for most of us there is a sense that “there must be something more than this.” There must be a deeper, richer something—but it is elusive. We catch glimpses, whiffs and moments. We bring with us our hopes, our pain, even our undoing, and our very real sense of knowing underneath we feel there is something more.

We come and we listen and then we begin to share, answering questions we have perhaps not spoken out loud into a truly listening ear. We begin to listen to others in a way that makes little inroads into our own possibilities—something inside has a new, stronger voice—sometimes it cries, sometimes it laughs and sometimes it comes with a shiny new idea about how we might live. Perhaps it is true that there is a miracle inside the decision to love and we begin to follow a thread, a rope, a path, and then a road.

Along this road we find others that have sought something more. We begin to explore that elusive longing and find ourselves in the embrace of other like-minded humans. Then, we grow in the warmth of a community coming together to be the loving human family we all long for.

In your Connecting in Love workshop, we invite you to be both empowered, and naked. Naked in both your body, and your emotions. What if there were truly nothing in the way? See more on why we invite you to be naked.

The openings are some extravagant mix of inner looking and soft landing places. We begin to breathe deeper and our hearts quiver on the edge of true tenderness and understanding. At first it feels just vaguely familiar and then this openness begins to feel like where we truly want to live.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Discover you are beautiful and lovable, just as you are.

  • Let go of fear and shame that can block love and intimacy

  • Practice speaking and listening from your heart

  • Accept and love your body, as it is today

  • Change habits and patterns that no longer serve you

  • Feel the support of loving community

  • Take risks, have fun, change your life

Come let your guard down, let your heart be touched, and come home to yourself.

“I learned at HAI workshops that I really am lovable and valuable, and I now believe people when they tell me, ‘I love you.’ As I have opened to loving myself, it has made my relationships so much richer, deeper and real.” ~K.L.

Event Policy


Should you need to cancel your registration, call or text--do not email--the HAI East Coast Office at 617-312-5692 as soon as possible.

Once you are confirmed in a full-weekend workshop, your deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE, and is TRANSFERABLE for a fee.

$75 fee for changes made 21 DAYS OR MORE before your workshop
$100 for changes made 20-8 DAYS before your workshop
Payment is due in full 7 DAYS before your workshop
After the workshop begins, all monies paid are FORFEITED


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