Sexual energy is often viewed as something that you just have to deal with and eliminate and there can be a lot of guilt surrounding this. Learning to have a healthy relationship with your sexuality and to understand the spiritual connection means that this part of your life can become a medium for pleasure and spiritual connection. Yoga through practice and specific breath exercises can help activate your sexual energy.
It is not only about body-stretching techniques, its also breathing techniques and massage methods. A beautiful way to amplify the body's mysterious energies.
Angelos Ananda teaches internationally yoga, meditation, movement classes and personal growth workshops inspiring people to live their lives to the fullest. He leads the group of Men Only Spiritual Yoga Retreats and workshops around the world.
11:00 - 12:15 CET
Queere Sensitivität with Benjamin Block & Jochen Stechmann
This workshop will explore the topic of sensitivity as a superpower. As something that can strengthen us in our Queerness and empathy for life and nourishes our ability to love. How can I feel my body as a self-owned and self-evident queer shelter using vulnerability as a resource?
What sensitive qualities can my Queerness unfold? We´ll combine elements of bodywork, mindfulness, dance...to explore our uniqueness, articulate and celebrate our desires and needs as sensitive human beings.
Benjamin & Jochen identify as gender-queer, they are open-hearted & holistic oriented body researchers, who accompany people in times of personal change, healing and transformation. For more than 5 years they have been working as certified practitioners of various methods in different (queer) contexts. They both love empowering people reconnect with the wisdom of their own bodies.
Both also draw from their experience of 15 years of theater, dance and performance work.
11:00 - 12:30 CET
Whirling Dance with Prem Khalid
Dancing, in ancient times, was not separate from worshiping. Emotions were respected and expressed through movement in conscious, ritual ways. In this workshop, we allow music to move our energy and let it flow through our bodies. Through whirling we become aware of our unmoving center when everything is moving. This technique helps us tune into our heart and connect with the love, joy and intimacy that reside there.
Khalid was born in Syria and spent his childhood there. At the age of 18, he moved to Greece where he found the delight of dancing, exploring several types of active meditation and dancing techniques from various old traditions, teachers and wisdom roots. He began a journey of acceptance and self-love finding the connection between body, mind and soul.
11:00 - 12:00 CET
Present_Absent with Dorian Bonelli
In this workshop we will create and share text around the topic of absence and abstinence, about that which is missing, that which was lost. How this feels and what we become aware of. Also about that which we imagine to fill the gaps, that which might grow from the debris. This text will result from a process of exchange, collective imagination, a confrontation with the ideas and wishes of others. This kind of writing might be transformative.
Dorian is an artist based in Vienna. Coming from power play and pain sexuality he is fascinated by the possibilities of an embodied mind/mindful body practice. Switching from solo performance work to creating spaces for collective creativity he experiments with tasks, choreographies of power and installation work. As a facilitator he teaches non-dualistic thinking and non-linear writing to a big variety of communities and is best known for his playfight-workshops. Recently he became involved in creating ritualistic tattoo-sessions.
16:00 - 17:30 CET
Improvisational & Meditative Movement with Eddy Lathan / Damon Nudancerist
This workshop is an evolved format of the previous, “Energy & Meditative Movement” further inspired by my yoga teachings and movement training. Class utilizes a blend of yoga, meditative exercises, guided improvised movement, self care techniques and practices into a singular practice that will be well rounded, grounded, fun and simple, yet, therapeutic and healing.
Eddy 'damoN' Lathan IV is a multidisciplinary artist, dance, fitness and yoga teacher in Brooklyn, New York. He trained, studied and danced with The Hip Hop Dance Conservatory (H+) in New York City from 2008 - 2013. He received his YTT 200 and meditation teacher certification in Goa, India in 2019. He is the Co-Founder and lead instructor for NuDance (2015 - Present; www.nudance.nyc) and Gymnasium NYC
16:00 - 17:30 CET
Self-Translated - a playful mindful celebration with Gal Naor
Let’s move together! In this dancing session, we dive separately-together into a physical-abstract journey. We learn how to listen to our body-knowledge, practice handy Mudra’s “power-stations”, set our intentions, shake to sweat mental baggage, and expand our mutual heart. Dressed-up or wear casual, come as perfect as you are! These inclusive sessions are exclusively addressed to all types of GBTQ men.
(The sessions are lead in English and will be simultaneously interpreted to Sign-Language for our Deaf brothers.)
Gal Naor is a Berlin-based Israeli Sign Language interpreter, theater maker, choreographer, and founder of “The progressive wave” performative initiative. In his work, he combines dance, performance art, visual art, and consciousness studies. Gal’s approach to the performance world is inclusive and based on the understanding that each body should move in its unique way. Including a diverse range of performers, The progressive wave’s work is encouraging the empowerment of queer identities. www.theprogressivewave.com
18:00 - 19:30 CET
Toward Our Queer Truths with Tony Whitfield
For many queer people, coming out is an act of liberation and self-preservation as well as a model of truth-telling as an essential mechanism in creating an authentic life. Sometimes painful and fraught with contradictions, honesty, can be difficult to achieve and demands, often, that we transcend internal and external constraints created by shame and fear. In this workshop we will explore telling our truths as an activity that facilitates physical, mental and spiritual flourishing as individuals in our public and private lives.
Tony Whitfield is an artist, designer, educator and writer who has recently relocated to Detroit after decades in New York City where he pursued a multifaceted creative practice in the contexts of academia, arts administration, curating, government and design production. His work which has been shown in galleries and museums in the US and abroad, centers on the development of narratives through the exploration of material culture manifested in images, evidence, artifacts and heirlooms.
18:00 - 19:30 CET
Anti-Racism as a Daily Practice with Coral Short and Ryan Baker
Twinkle and Coral are excited to present this next offering to you from our Anti-Racism Everyday series. In this learning container, we’ll look at our own racism as white people. Do you believe you’re not racist? We challenge you to challenge this mindset and become anti-racist with us. Implicit bias and microaggressions may seem insignificant to you, but they’re clear magnifications of the racist system we’ve been conditioned in from birth.
Change begins with us. This workshop was created for white people as a space to awaken together by unlearning hidden racist thoughts, behaviors, and patterns. This unlearning can cause discomfort, but we gently encourage you to inhabit these emotions. Remember to have a beverage handy, stretch, and take care of yourself throughout the session.
This workshop will engage our somatic white bodies around our reactivity and racial stress. We’ll be presenting different styles for all types of learners so we can all take in the information.
There’ll be breakout rooms so everyone gets a chance to share from their hearts and minds. We recommend you update your zoom before the workshop to make sure you can participate fully. A short movement exercise will break up the two topics to release any stuck energy in the body.
Coral Short and Ryan “twinkle” Backer are both white settlers living in the unceded gathering place of the Kanien'kehá:ka, Anishinabe, and Haudenosaunee - the island called Tiohtià:ke in Turtle Island, colonially known as Montréal, Québec, Canada. Part of both their ancestries comes from County Mayo in Ireland. Although they’ve identified as Irish most of our lives, lately they’ve been exploring their ancestry more. As well as being from Ireland - Ryan is also German, Nordic, Spanish, and Dutch. Coral is Irish as well as Welsh, Roma, German and Scottish. They are actively unlearning their racism by attending workshops, organizing anti-racist book groups, and engaging in anti-racist activism, learnings and teachings.
Coral currently works as an artist and a professional gardener. www.coralshort.com They are in teacher training with True North Insight and Somatic Experiencing.
Ryan works as an age activist. They are co-founder of the website https://oldschool.info and they create and facilitate workshops to educate people about ageism.
20:00 - 21:00 CET
Dirty Talk with Joseph Kearney
Some of us are so talented at talking dirty, others are silent and others still repeat what they hear in porn - but the dirtiest talk of all is honesty, intimacy and expressing your needs in the bedroom!
Lets talk dirty and learn to ask for what we want!
Hey I'm Joseph and I'm a friend of Village.Berlin for a long time as an eager participant and now also as a workshop leader. Specialised in Drama as a therapy and being naked everywhere, I love sex and am as inclusive as possible. My greatest talent is my tongue so lets put it to use!
20:00 - 21:30 CET
Stretch Heart Circle with Marco Astolfi & Torsten Bless
This Stretch Festival offers you the opportunity to experience intense days in times that already are extraordinary. Here you can find a space just for yourself to talk about what moves you, in a community consisting of fellow Stretchers.
The Heart Circle was created by Native Americans and adapted by the US Radical Faeries. It is a place where we can sit together in trust, to speak from the heart and listen with our hearts, honoring different life experiences and lifestyles without judging and discussing.
Marco Astolfi and Torsten Bless have been hosting the Village Heart Circle since Summer 2017, both live and (lately) online. Torsten works as an editor and writer, Marco as a literature translator. Both based in Berlin, they joined the Stretch/Village community almost from the beginning, first as attendees, then as volunteers and facilitators. They both graduated at the Authentic Eros One-Year Training (Torsten in 2016 and Marco in 2018).