Frequently Asked Questions
About Love, Intimacy, Relationships, Sexuality and the Human Awareness Institute
The Human Awareness Institute (HAI) produces experiential personal growth workshops to encourage participants to explore self-esteem, body image, boundaries, moving out of your head and into your heart, speaking your truth, and, more importantly, knowing what your truth is. All workshops are conducted in an exceptionally safe and loving environment. The workshops are also about communication and learning valuable, practical communication skills. We specialize in workshops that encompass all relationships with an emphasis on empowering people to make the best choices for themselves every minute of every day.
Q: How do I know if the HAI workshops are for me?
A: Our workshops are open to all individuals who want to improve their relationship with themselves and others. This includes singles, those in long-term relationships and people of every gender identification and sexual orientation who are over the age of 18. HAI participants range in age from 18 to their 90s, but in general, we tend to have large numbers of participants in their 30s, through 60s. During our workshops we explore personal growth, intimacy, love and sexuality.
Q: Who are the facilitators for my workshop?
A: There is a group of facilitators who lead all of the workshops worldwide. You can find information about them on our “facilitator” page on this website. To find out who is leading a specific workshop, please check the listings under Register. All of the facilitators are equally wonderful. They each bring their own unique gifts that ensure each workshop is a rewarding, rich experience in self discovery, self love and more. Learn more about our facilitator team.
Q: How will my relationship with others be improved?
A: HAI creates workshops that enhance communication in all areas of your life. This includes your relationship with yourself so you know what you really want in life. You’ll find a new respect for all genders regardless of sexual orientation. You’ll be exposed to tools that help you heal past hurtful relationships and you’ll learn to trust yourself and others more fully. This will help you find love, starting with self love, and keep the love you find.
Q: I have heard the workshops are clothing optional? Is this true?
A: Yes, there is an opportunity to participate in an optional safe and loving disrobing exercise. This is not a requirement. This exercise is offered on Saturday during the Connecting in Love (Level 1) weekend workshop. The gentle disrobing exercise is led by the facilitators. From that point on, the workshop continues to be clothing optional – the key word being “optional.” Everyone in our workshop is always at choice, and there is no right or wrong way to do this exercise. You get to decide what feels right for you. The Disrobing Exercise is designed to allow us to experience feeling better about the skin we live in, and see one another’s humanity in a profound way. For more information see our Naked page.
Q: Are the workshops about sexual technique?
A: Sexual technique is not taught, but communication is, which can lead to greater sexual enjoyment. The workshops are much more about how to be intimate and loving than about teaching sexual techniques. By considering your notions about love, intimacy, and sexuality, you may see how those thoughts may get in the way of what you really want in some of your relationships.
Q: What about my boundaries? Will my boundaries be respected?
A: Your boundaries will be fully respected and honored. We’ll help you fully embrace your own sense of “yes” or “no” and be clear in all of your relationships so you can ask for what you want, or say what you don’t want, without shame or guilt.
Q: How will the workshops benefit me?
A: You can expect to experience personal transformations in a caring, supportive and safe environment. Our workshops help you discover key ingredients for happy, healthy loving intimate relationships. Our workshops allow you to shed your fears, judgments and disempowering beliefs that make you feel separate from others. This increases self esteem, enhances your passion for living and allows you to open your heart. You’ll examine your relationship with yourself and others including beliefs about intimacy, sexuality and more. We encourage you to review our “workshops” section of the website for full details.
Q: What is the format of the workshops?
A: The workshops are more experiential than instructional in a traditional sense. There is a series of guided exercises which are designed to allow you to experience and identify for yourself which of your behaviors help or hinder you in having more love in your life. This kind of experience is more direct than simply listening to a lecture. As you focus on elements of how you are with people in your life, there is an opportunity to expand your awareness and take new actions. The focus is much more on who you are rather than what you do. Each of our workshops is led by two facilitators.
Q: What if I cannot afford to participate? Is there financial support available?
A: Yes, the Human Awareness Institute offers scholarships for those in need of financial assistance. In some regions these scholarships are primarily available for Connecting in Love (Level 1), and sometimes for Loving Yourself (Level 2) workshops, but not beyond. In other regions, scholarships may be available for upper level workshops as well. Please contact your local HAI office for more information.
Q: What is your ADA Policy?
A: HAI is strongly committed to inclusion, and creating a world of love and acceptance. Please see our ADA Policy for details.
Q: Why are the workshops gender-balanced, and what do you mean by that?
A: The workshops are carefully designed to provide an opportunity to connect and share with many different participants, including exercises with people of your same gender and/or sex and people of different gender(s)/sex. In order for the different gender/sex exercises to work, we need approximately the same number of men and women in each workshop, understanding there may well be people who identify as being neither “man” nor “woman.” Agreeing to be a person’s “gender/sex balance” only means that two people of different genders/sexes are registering for the workshop together and thereby bypassing the waiting list. People who gender balance one another into a workshop may do as much or as little of the workshop together as they choose.
Q: How does the Wait List work?
A: If you register with a person of a different gender to gender balance you, you bypass the wait list and go directly into the workshop of your choice. Anyone who signs up for a workshop without a gender balance is automatically placed on a waiting list, segregated by gender. If there is no one of your gender ahead of you when you sign up, and if there is a person of a different gender on the waiting list, then you and a person of a different gender will immediately be placed into the workshop. However, if there are other people of your gender ahead of you, you will be placed next on the list, and as people of a different gender register for the workshop, you will be placed into the workshop on a first come/first served basis. Your deposit secures your spot on the wait list of your choice. If you don’t get into the workshop of your choice, your deposit is fully refundable/transferable with no penalties.
Q: What if I want to cancel or transfer out of my workshop?
A: Please see our cancellation and transfer policy.