Embracing the Feminine was founded as an annual women's empowerment festival in 2015 by Allison Benner.  Wonderful women teachers and participants gather to create a dynamic, educational safe space where women can explore many aspects of the feminine from movement, yoga and dance to art, leadership, social justice, voice, ancient medicine and healthy sexuality. All funds are donated to women's health and safety initiatives worldwide. Since 2015, we have raised $30,000 and funded rescue centers for girls in Africa escaping female genital mutilation.


Currently, Allison Benner and Anara Lani (creative director) spearhead Embracing the Feminine. Both Allison and Anara are Denver yoga instructors and embodiment educators devoted to supporting health, vitality and sisterhood globally and in their Denver community.


Certified Rolfer, Yoga Therapist, Founder of Embracing The Feminine


After extensive fundraising and traveling with the Off the Mat, Into the world to combat sex-trafficking in India in 2013, Allison was inspired to create Embracing the Feminine locally here in Denver, CO in 2015. A bodyworker and yoga & meditation instructor herself, Allison reached out to her Denver women colleagues asking them to join her in creating and guiding women's events that would not just raise funds for women's issues but begin the healing needed to combat the roots of these injustices in our own communities. Focused on women's empowerment whether it be through voice, movement, expression, or education, Embracing the Feminine was born. All funds raised by Embracing the Feminine support Denver's Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking, a 501c3 nonprofit. After three years hosting a larger format women's festival, Allison is thrilled to offer the Denver woman's community this inaugural intimate retreat.




Creative director for Embracing The Feminine, co-founder of New school Sex Ed, CSB, Bodyworker, Intimacy & Self-awareness coach, Purveyor of women's radiance and beauty


Anara Lani has been involved with Embracing The Feminine since it's inception. As a holistic sex educator, intimacy coach, yoga/meditation teacher and embodiment specialist, she has taught classes through the years, and most recently, offered creative and technical support for ETF. Anara is devoted to changing the world by helping individuals decipher the wisdom in their bodies. She weaves her personal experiences of growth with her 15+ years of spiritual and sexual studies to create a relatable and trustworthy practice that helps people find their inner wisdom. Anara believes that when we practice listening to the body and exploring our relationship with intimacy, vulnerability and self-awareness we can create the life we desire.






 I have long been a student of the matrix of life, a mystic of sorts, always interested in the arts and spirituality. I am a creative thinker, curious about the unique and universal themes through which we are constantly discovering ourselves. I am a ravenous learner, which gives me depth and breadth to draw from a variety of noble healing arts practices and theories to support my clients and students. I love to bridge clinical and empirical approaches with intuitive listening to support my clients on every level of healing.




 Holistic Sex Educator, CSB, Co-founder of New School Sex Ed


Chris Muse is devoted to helping people quiet their voices of doubt and get comfortable taking the leap into knowing themselves sexually. As a Somatic Sex Educator, she recognizes that as people form deeper relationships with their bodies and a greater understanding of their sexuality, they gain insight into every other aspect of their lives.  Her approach with clients is experimental, following moment-to-moment curiosities while providing a compassionate, safe space for exploration. Through this, Chris helps people recognize their capacity to feel great about themselves while accessing more freedom in their bodies.



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Sound Healer, Yoga Instructor, Massage Therapist and owner of The Healing Space Wellness Center


Chris Anne is a heart-centered nurturer who has studied many modalities. She is the owner of The Healing Space Wellness Center in Denver where she creates transformative experiences with her husband Jason and a team of practitioners.  Chris Anne has been offering Kundalini Yoga Classes and sound healing concerts at The Denver Botanic Gardens since 2007 and is also a Reiki master and a ceremonialist specializing in the heart opening medicine of cacao. She states: “I am passionate about wellness and sharing the tools that have given me so much strength, grace, happiness, and peace.”



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Meditation Teacher, Vedic Astrologer, Jewelry Artisan 


Tamme Buckner believes that every individual has the innate ability to balance Body, Mind, and Spirit. As a Certified Vedic Astrologer, Certified Neurosculpting® Meditation Facilitator, a 200 hour Certified Yoga Instructor, and Certified Reiki Master she possesses many skills to help create and maintain this delicate balance in this often fast-paced, stressed, chaotic world we all live in today. Tamme has always been a seeker and walks this path with a smile guided by her heart. 




Sex, Love, and Relationship Expert, Founder Find Your Feminine Fire


Amanda Testa helps overwhelmed women reconnect to their sexuality with simple tantric techniques they can use to feel luscious in their bodies, feel more pleasure, take sex from a to do to something they look forward to and to have more support and playfulness in their intimate relationships.  



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Danielle is unique in the field of psychology because she uses ALTERNATIVE and TRADITIONAL techniques in her practice, encompassing the body, mind, and spirit. Including, meditation, somatic psychology, mindfulness, and energy psychology to bring about deep self-awareness. This approach to therapy creates an opportunity for permanent change in half the time traditional talk-therapy does alone. With her extensive training in eastern psychology practices and western clinical practices, she constructs a balance for a healing "container". This empowers you to do the rest.



Lead consultant for Embracing The Feminine, E-RYT Ayurvedic Practitioner, Vedic Astrologer, Breema Bodywork Instructor


Chitra Giauque is Founder of Dakini’s Breath Yoga, a traveling temple of transformation offered to all beings who are longing for the return of balance
through the Divine Feminine.
Chitra’s certifications in Yoga, Ayurveda, and Breema are influenced by Vedic Astrology, and years of immersion in the Mystery School Teachings of Emilie Conrad and Amorah Quan Yin. When home, she maintains a private practice focusing on the fusion of all of the above.


She can be reached at chitragiauque@gmail.com until her new website is complete.