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Cocktail Huddle: Reclaiming Pleasure- Cultivating Joy and Connection in Everyday Life

March 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm PDT

This event is for Premium Members only. Please upgrade your Koa Club Membership, or if you are already a member, please log in to your account to register for this event.

The Cocktail Huddle is our vision of a contemporary take on empowered networking for women in a relaxed, no-pressure, fun atmosphere, meeting at a wine bar, craft brewery, cocktail bar, restaurant or the like, to share skills, stories and insights about work and life, inspiring one another and building strong connections and allies. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available. The Cocktail Huddle will be limited to twenty-five women only, so the first 25 women to RSVP for the Cocktail Huddle will be able to attend.

There will be a 45 minute workshop presented by Gretchen Shanks

Reclaiming Joy: Cultivating Joy and Connection in Everyday Life 

In this workshop, we’ll explore the transformative power of pleasure and its profound impact on our overall well-being, from personal fulfillment to enhanced intimacy. Through engaging discussions and experiential exercises, we’ll delve into the importance of prioritizing pleasure in our busy lives and rekindling our ability to fully experience joy in both the mundane and extraordinary moments. By reconnecting with our senses and embracing pleasure as a fundamental aspect of being human, we’ll discover how it serves as a gateway to deeper intimacy, richer connections, and a more vibrant life. During the workshop we’ll co-create a list of simple yet powerful ways to infuse more joy into your routine, and we’ll use that list to kick start a 21-day pleasure challenge.


Gretchen Shanks (she/her) is a Seattle-based sex and dating coach trained in the Somatica© Method, which combines talk-based coaching with experiential practices to help clients expand their skills and beliefs around intimacy. She came to this work after confronting and tackling her own struggles with body image, dating, and shame about her sexuality. Now she gets great satisfaction helping others untangle the knots of socialization, shame, and uncertainty to find the truest expressions of their erotic nature, and to learn the skills to have the kind of intimate life they’ve always desired.

You can find Gretchen at https://www.gretchenshanks.com, on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/gretchen.shanks),  Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/gretchen.shanks/), or on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/gretchenshanks/).

Who Can Attend & Fee

  • Free for members of The Koa Club and their guests
  • Ticket required for attendance- guests who are not members must come with a member and have a ticket
  • Please be considerate of others and do not come if you are sick.

Location/ Date & Time

Location: Susan’s Place (Address will be sent with ticket purchase)

Date: Wednesday, March 20th, 2023

Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pmPT


About the Koa Club

The Koa Club is a community dedicated to empowering women to embrace and embody boldness. Koa means brave. We say YES to being courageous, confident, curious, awe-inspiring, empathetic, and connected.

Within our dynamic and empowering community, members take bold steps to pursue their passions, overcome challenges, foster growth through continuous learning, inspire resilience through shared stories, and actively collaborate with others for mutual success.



If you or someone you know would be interested in speaking on a topic of interest or being a featured panelist for The Koa Club community, please reach out to us at events@thekoaclub.com.

Interested in starting a new chapter of The Koa Club in your State, please reach out to us at info@thekoaclub.com for more details.

Live Boldly. Inspire. Lead.


March 20
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm PDT
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