The Urban Tantra Professional Training Program International Team

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Barbara Carrellas

Barbara Carrellas

Founder, Urban Tantra®
Program Facilitator

Barbara Carrellas is the founder of the Urban Tantra® Professional Training Program. She is the author of Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the Twenty-First Century, Ecstasy is Necessary: A Practical Guide to Sex, Relationships and Oh So Much More, and Luxurious Loving: Tantric Inspirations for Passion and Pleasure. Barbara’s pioneering Urban Tantra® workshops were named best in New York City by TimeOut/New York magazine. She was awarded a 2016 Sexual Freedom Award for Lifetime Achievement. Read more…

Elise Bish


Worldwide Urban Tantra®
Program Co-ordinator

Elise Bish is a conscious sexuality educator, event producer, and Desire Catalyst. She is currently serving as the Worldwide Urban Tantra Program Coordinator, supporting us in holding space for authentic intimate connections, nurturing community relationships, and calling in new adventurers to the work. She has over 10 years of exceptional experience supporting visionaries in manifesting their dreams through healthy creating and relating.

Elise believes that the purpose of life is to walk through the world with our desire leading the way, and to breathe in the fullness of existence with all of our senses. As a Desire Catalyst, Elise combines systemic family constellations, embodiment practices, and conscious sexual skill building to support her clients in cultivating a healthy relationship to their desire. Her work stems from a range of modalities that centralize the wisdom of the body and it’s capacity to perceive, feel, and express. Elise approaches desire from a multidimensional perspective, with consciousness at the core of her practice.

With over a decade of container holding, sacred sexual practice, and her Batchelor’s Degree in Communications and Women & Gender Studies from Muhlenberg College, Elise brings a unique and varied skill set to the team. She honors and deeply respects the polarities that exist within all of us. She has the skills to see the connectedness of your bliss, your block, and your vision. Whether you’re trying to create a dynamic experiential weekend for your clients, or a sacred ceremony for community healing, Elise consistently shows up with intention, presence and grace.

Rowan Bombadil


Program Co-ordinator, United Kingdom;  Graduate Events Co-ordinator;
Program Support in Europe, and United States.

Rowan is a sex magician and interfaith minister, with a dual bias towards sex and god, and a passion for curating spaces and creating experiences that demonstrate their intrinsic connection. A champion of love in all its forms, their work is a permissive portal into radical intimacy – with yourself, with others, with the Earth, and with a divine who worships you, just the way you are.

Rowan’s offerings include intensive workshops and sacred orgies, psychosexual coaching and spiritual counsel, and bespoke ceremonies and rites of passage for the queer, alternative, and activist communities. They are the founder of Making Love with God, a body of work that unites the spiritual with the sensual, supporting personal and collective transformation through pleasure. Rowan also curates the Urban Tantra Love-Ins for our graduate community in the UK and Europe.

Jennie & Calle Rehbinder

Jennie & Calle Rehbinder

Program Co-ordinator

Jennie and Calle Rehbinder—pioneers, visionaries, educators on sex, love and intimacy, and devoted to spreading spiritual and sexual inspiration, have been teaching workshops since 2004. Their focus is how on to create deep and loving relationships and how to have mindblowing sex. Barbara Carrellas is their most important inspiration, source, and teacher since 2009, and also a loved friend.

Jennie is a touch therapist, sex coach and educator, and is passionate about sexual empowerment. “I love creating a space in which I can be a catalyst for sexual freedom and deep self love. I want to inspire people to open up to the immense wisdom of the body, being able to feel deep pleasure that transforms on all levels. I want to give people tools and ways of thinking so that they can explore and define their own sexuality.”

Calle is an artist, storyteller, writer and teacher. His quest is to inspire— creating Magic Rooms wherein anything can happen. Different traditions of sex magic as well as shamanistic practices have been parts of his path for more than 20 years. What really matters are methods for creating a more ecstatic, joyful and pleasurable everyday life for everyone, with more presence and more love. The attitude of play is most important—an effective path to deep spiritual experience and existential understanding.

Stella Topaz


Program Co-ordinator

I’m a Sexological Bodyworker, Urban Tantra graduate and team member, a current student of scar remediation. Registered nurse, organiser, activist; a queer femme, pleasure seeker, kinkster, and constant learner. I welcome all kinds of bodies, relationships and expressions of self; especially people adventuring beyond binaries and restrictive sexual and social roles.

Program Support Team

Ama Josephine Budge


United Kingdom

Ama Josephine Budge is a British-Ghanaian speculative writer, artist, curator and pleasure activist whose praxis navigates queer explorations of race, art, ecology and feminism. Ama’s practice centres rest, care, healing, reflection and the radical demand to centre the pleasure of Black folk and QTIBPOC now and not after the revolution. She sometimes leads trauma-informed breath workshops for Black and people of colour in the UK, as well as queer ecologies speculative writing workshops, bringing these knowledges into her pedagogy and infusing each aspect of her work with pleasure and ecstasy. Ama’s installation, written and video art works have been commissioned, exhibited and published internationally.

Image credit: Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Andrés Cordero, Jr.


United States

Andrés is a sex educator, sexuality researcher, and embodiment coach. A self-proclaimed pleasure activist, he advocates for promoting holistic and integrated healing and wellness practices that recognize sexual expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation as fundamental components for living a happy, fulfilling life.

Andrés is currently co-lead for the Sexploration Project, a 5-year study led by B. Ethan Coston, PhD, focusing on pleasure and sex(uality). He previously worked for a Texas-based sexual health and wellness clinic. He regularly delivers local programs and workshops, supports clients through his private practice, and creates erotic art with acrylic paints and marble slabs. He is completing his PhD in Human Sexuality at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and writes regularly about sacred sexuality, men’s sexuality, and somatic practices that contribute to erotic healing.

Cate Jones

Cate Jones


Cate says: sex is an expression of my true self. In its richest form, it is an expression of my life force, my animal energy, my tenderness, my authentic erotic self. Sex is also an articulation of my fantasy self. So, it is a creative space where I can allow my fantasies be rowdy and wild.

The experience of Urban Tantra® was completely transformative for me. It was so little about sex and so much about conscious loving that I have never been the same since. When I came home after Urban Tantra® I could feel people being infected with my love. I was turning people on just by being with them. It is the most intensely, powerfully liberating, spiritual experience that I have ever had.

After Urban Tantra® I started to study Sexology because I knew I couldn’t stop what had begun to birth inside of me, and that was just as liberating. I then went on to study sexual shamanism with Kenneth Ray Stubbs and that was deep!

Catherine Carter

Catherine Carter

7 November 1961 – 8 April 2019

Catherine Carter was a founder of Urban Tantra—one of the original co-conspirators—and a longtime Professional Training Program team member. Read a tribute to her here.

Cyndi Darnell


United States

Cyndi Darnell is one of Australia’s leading qualified sex therapists and educators, spearheading progressive and inclusive sex education workshops and seminars for adults that deeply change people’s lives. She has a passion for public sex education and has presented her work to acclaim across Australia as well as London, NYC and L.A.

She is also a writer, published academic author and media commentator in her native Australia, whose opinion is frequently sought for TV, radio and print including The Project, ABC Radio, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Cosmopolitan and much more. Cyndi has also been a featured guest on popular podcastsSex Out Loud with Tristan Taormino and Sex Nerd Sandra.

Her upcoming project The Atlas of Erotic Anatomy and Arousal will have a 2015 release with the intention of making knowledge of the human body sexy, relevant and meaningful. This is the sex education you should have gotten at school, but never did!

She counsels individuals & couples, runs workshops and seminars on sex and the human condition, offers mentoring to budding sex therapists, medical professionals and sex educators, and offers insight into the quandaries of the erotic to transform fear into freedom.

Other than sex, Cyndi has a passion for NYC, textiles, animals and an absolute dedication to thinking and living outside the square. She offers private sessions internationally via Skype and face-to-face in Melbourne Australia. More info can be found at www.cyndidarnell.comTwitter and Facebook.

DK Green


United Kingdom

The inimitable Barbara and her training informs my practice as a holistic therapist on a deep level. My mission statement is “I will take you… from who you are closer to who you want to be, using your own mind, body and spirit.” Counsellor/psychotherapist with life coaching, hypnotherapy and NLP. Respected and experienced BDSM practitioner, facilitator and educator for individuals, groups, events, universities and colleges since the late nineties. Professional Tarot reader. Spiritual shamanic pagan, polyamorous and trans. I consider my ongoing work with Barbara and Urban Tantra® both a pleasure and a calling.

Lola D. Houston

Lola D. Houston

United States

Lola says, “I am a long time devotee of the practice and principles that Urban Tantra® embraces. I’ve been a teacher for almost 20 years, I have taught people about their bodies, their minds and the world in a wide array of settings: one-on-one, small local venues, large national events, colleges and universities. My work ranges from consent and self-image to the dark arts and the complexities of culture and technologies.

I bring my unbridled enthusiasm and passion for Urban Tantra® to every single individual who seeks this path.”

Mollena Lee Williams-Haas

Mollena Lee Williams-Haas

United States and United Kingdom

This “Delicate, Trembling Flower of Submission”© is a NYC born and raised writer, actress, BDSM Educator, Storyteller, sobriety fiend since March 14th 2007, and an Award-Winning Executive Pervert. Owned and collared by renowned contemporary composer Georg Friedrich Haas since December 2013 and his wife since September 2015, she serves as his beloved slave, submissive, wife, servant and Muse. February 2016 saw a groundbreaking piece about their relationship featured in the New York Times.

Her opinion and viewpoints on issues of kink, Leather and BDSM are frequently sought after by news and information sources such as The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Newsweek, Essence,and Ebony, among other publications. She is a frequent guest expert on Dan Savage’s “Savage Lovecast,” has scored a triple header as the only threepeat featured on Tristan Taormino’s “Sex Out Loud” radio show, and has been featured on Margaret Cho’s “Monsters of Talk” podcast. She is the author of the “Toybag Guide: Taboo Play.” Mollena co-created, with Lee Harrington, “Playing Well With Others: Your Guide to Discovering, Exploring and Navigating the Kink, Leather and BDSM Communities” which is fast becoming the “go-to guide” for those curious about Alternative Lifestyles

As a graduate of the Urban Tantra® Professional Training Program and member of the support team in both the U.K. and U.S., she is committed to supporting Ms. Carrellas in bringing her powerful message of spirituality, radical sexuality and kink to a broader audience and is pleased and honored to have been invited to be a part of this magnificent mission.

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