Workshops / Talks / Performances

Date
Day
Time
Event
APR 05
Monday
11:00
Authentic Relating Games with Laurie King
APR 05
Monday
14:00
Village.Berlin presents itself and its current projects, a reflexion on 5 years of activities, a lot of success and some failures.
APR 05
Monday
18:00
Yoga Nidra - Deep Relaxation & Beyond with Kevin Kortan
APR 05
Monday
20:00
Stretch Festival Closing Ceremony with Axel Nielsen

Authentic Relating Games with Laurie King

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Authentic Relating is an interpersonal meditation. It is the practice of acting and speaking from a place of heartfelt vulnerability and deep presence, allowing us to be in alignment with our deepest feelings and weave a more rich and truthful human experience. You are invited to play three Authentic Relating games in a safe, non-judgemental space.

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I'm Laurie, and I love bringing people together. Since 2019, I've facilitated Authentic Relating and Authentic Dating workshops in 15 cities, 6 countries and 3 continents, including online, at festivals, and with organisations. My workshops have sparked thousands of global connections

Monday

11:00 - 12:00 CET

Village.Berlin presents itself and its current projects, a reflexion on 5 years of activities, a lot of success and some failures.

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An open talk & sharing with Kai Ehrhardt (representing Village.Berlin as a whole), Thomas Schallhart (representing: Queer Matters e.V. & Queers For Future), Aravind Parameswaran (representing Anti-Racism Committee for the questionnaire), Tchivett (representing Village Inclusion & Diversity Committee), Eric Le Rouge (representing Instinct Queer Art).


Five years and one pandemic later, Village.Berlin would like to look back, sum-up what happened, look at where we are and introduce some thoughts and ideas for the future. We have achieved a lot based on the generosity and good will of many - the devotion of countless hours put in by organisers, facilitators, volunteers, members, counsellors and donors.

We are proud where we are and what we achieved despite the lack of adequate financial resources and humans capacities. The vision of this project resonates very strongly in the hearts of many and this is why we are where we are today.

At the same time, we know we could not always tend to everything people expected of us and in some situations we downright failed.

From all that we are learning. We used the pandemic as an inflection point to look at everything and to re-dream this project, grow it to its next place and improve it where we fell short in the past. Please join us for this time of reflecting and dreaming.

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Monday

14:00 - 14:30 CET

Yoga Nidra - Deep Relaxation & Beyond with Kevin Kortan

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After a wonderful weekend of STRETCH FESTIVAL, this time will help you integrate and relax into all that has been stirred and discovered within you. Yoga Nidra induces deep relaxation throughout your entire body and mind. Kevin will guide you through your body, breath, emotions, into your deepest essence.
Would you like to:
- have more energy, be more relaxed?
- improve your memory, concentration?
- free yourself from emotional reactivity?
This practice offers tools to:
- relax
- rejuvenate
- sleep well
- improve digestion
- reduce pain, fatigue
- support your immune system
- resolve personal problems, trauma
- neutralize anxiety, anger, depression
Gentle movements segue into Yoga Nidra, done lying down. "I finally found a practice that allows me to deeply relax and meditate." Come experience it for yourself.

Yoga Nidra is done lying on your back. To prepare, I would suggest you have the following ready for the workshop:
   - Your practice space is warm enough.
   - You will not be disturbed during practice.
   - Enough cushioning on the floor for you to lie on your back for 45 minutes or so.
   - A blanket to cover yourself with, if you wish.
   - A blanket to fold to support your head and neck, if you need that to keep your neck neutral.
   - A bolster, or could be a couple of blankets rolled together, to put behind your knees.  Some people like another bolster, possibly a bit smaller, to put underneath your ankles/heels.

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Kevin Kortan enjoys working with men in groups and individually, helping them become more authentically themselves through the practices of yoga, touch, and sound healing.  He co-created and taught the workshop "Power, Pleasure, & Play" with Kai Ehrhardt in New York and Easton Mountain. Kevin danced professionally, touring internationally including the world-renowned Trisha Brown Dance Company.  He has taught yoga for 25 years and trained yoga teachers for over 15 years.  Kevin is also a Yoga Therapist, Movement Therapist, and teaches Experiential Anatomy, Dance, and Chanting.

Monday

18:00 - 19:00 CET

Stretch Festival Closing Ceremony with Axel Nielsen

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We invite you to the Stretch Festival &nbsp;lounge, an informal open space for discussion, reflection, saying hello and relaxing. Hosted by Axel on Saturday and Tony on Sunday.</p>

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Axel lives in Berlin and does bodywork with the Pantarei Approach and embodied counseling. He has roots in the Copenhagen left/trans/queer activist scene and now uses embodiment to assist groups and people on their journeys towards living lives full of strength, compassion and resilience.

Monday

20:00 - 21:00 CET