Workshops / Talks / Performances

Date
Day
TimeBerlin
Event
APR 02
Friday
11:00
Yoga and Sexual Alchemy with Angelos Ananda
APR 02
Friday
11:00
Queer Sensitivity with Benjamin Block & Jochen Stechmann
APR 02
Friday
11:00
Whirling Dance with Prem Khalid
APR 02
Friday
13:00
Self-Translated - a playful mindful celebration with Gal Naor
APR 02
Friday
13:00
Layers of Intimacy with Sanjay Kumar
APR 02
Friday
16:00
Present_Absent with Dorian Bonelli
APR 02
Friday
16:00
Improvisational & Meditative Movement with Eddy Lathan / Damon Nudancerist
APR 02
Friday
16:00
Dirty Talk with Joseph Kearney
APR 02
Friday
18:00
Toward Our Queer Truths with Tony Whitfield
APR 02
Friday
20:00
Anti-Racism as a Daily Practice with Coral Short and Ryan Baker
APR 02
Friday
20:00
Stretch Heart Circle with Marco Astolfi & Torsten Bless

Yoga and Sexual Alchemy with Angelos Ananda

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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.

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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.

Friday

11:00 - 12:15 CET

Queer Sensitivity with Benjamin Block & Jochen Stechmann

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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.

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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.

Friday

11:00 - 12:30 CET

Whirling Dance with Prem Khalid

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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.

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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.

Friday

11:00 - 12:00 CET

Self-Translated - a playful mindful celebration
with Gal Naor

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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.)

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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

Friday

13:00 - 14:15 CET

Layers of Intimacy with Sanjay Kumar

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This workshop seeks to explore some of our own layers of intimacy. What are the layers we take off in order to connect erotically, emotionally, physically and even spiritually with our intimate partners? What are the layers we put on in order to do so? We will identify our comfort zones and see how we might stretch from them in order to grow and deepen our experiences also identifying our boundaries beyond which we may panic. We will explore how we say yes and how we say no. The workshop seeks to explore how we may shine our essence more authentically in order to connect more holistically with our lovers.

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Sanjay is a psychotherapist and group work facilitator who has been working with Lovingmen.org with gay and bi men over 17 years exploring with them their journeys of self discovery, growth and intimacy. Sanjay is an integrative Gestalt practitioner using also mindfulness and meditation techniques bringing a more holistic experience to his practice. Sanjay offers sessions face to face and online and works both in the UK and India. 

Friday

13:00 - 14:30 CET

Present_Absent with Dorian Bonelli

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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.

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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.

Friday

16:00 - 17:30 CET

Improvisational & Meditative Movement with Eddy Lathan / Damon Nudancerist

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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.

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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

Friday

16:00 - 17:30 CET

Dirty Talk with Joseph Kearney

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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!

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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!

Friday

16:00 - 17:30 CET

Toward Our Queer Truths with Tony Whitfield

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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.

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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.

Friday

18:00 - 19:30 CET

Anti-Racism as a Daily Practice with Coral Short and Ryan Baker

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If this title makes you uncomfortable then this is the workshop for you! White people need to unlearn their own racism. Think you’re not racist? As a white person this isn’t possible. Let’s interact with the world differently. Anti-racism is a deliberate daily practice. With compassion we’ll co-regulate our nervous systems together to start to dissolve our white fragility, also known as racial stress. Real transformation requires doing. Come be a part of the solution!

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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.

Friday

20:00 - 21:00 CET

Stretch Heart Circle with Marco Astolfi & Torsten Bless

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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.

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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).

Friday

20:00 - 21:30 CET