Gentle Men Yoga Is an easy class where it's OK if you can't touch your toes!
The focus of this class is the development of a kind and nurturing attitude towards yourself while working mindfully through your perceived limitations.
The combination of Vinyasa-Flow and Yin-Yoga Asanas will help you build strength and flexibility and will benefit you by releasing energetic blockages, increasing mental clarity and concentration, and harmonizing disturbing emotions.
All of that will happen in a warm, nurturing, and soothing environment where you can feel safe and fully be yourself.
Actor, director, yogi, teacher. With an array of multi-dimensional tools under my belt, i am on a never-ending journey to nudge this world in the direction of gentle calm. Self-care is a political act!
11:00 - 12:30 CET
Close Distance / Distant Closeness with Jochen Kleres
Zoom has become a major part of our lives and now enables us to meet globally. Yet, meeting in the virtual leaves us simultaneously close and distant. It also exposes us to the focused gaze of a camera to transport us onto another person’s screen. Through improvised dance we will to explore these ambivalences. How does it feel to connect to others in the virtual? No prior dance experience is required.
Jochen dances contact and other improvisation dance, works as a sociologist and is doing a training to become an integrative dance therapist. He is a certified healing practitioner for psychotherapy. At the Village he is one of the facilitators of the Queer Contact Improvisation Lab & Jam/DisTanz
11:00 - 12:30 CET
I AM. A sensual journey with self touch and appreciation with Zahiro Ji
This is a special Stretch edition of the monthly Village online event "Welcoming the new month" to reconnect to the strength and love within ourselves and to share this practice together with other men.
We check in together and inspired by the time and season qualities of the month of April we have a session of self affirmation, touch and massage for ourselves together with others ending with a silent meditation practice.
Zahiro Ji originally coming from contemporain dance is now beside a movement fascilitator mainly a Thai Massage Fascilitator and teacher. He works with this as a natural path in Berlin, Germany. Offering bodywork and movement in various surrounding. He loves to link both of them together to create new fields of exploration.
11:00 - 12:30 CET
A Touching Experience with Michael O'Connor
Touch is a fundamental need. When we don’t get enough handshakes, hugs or sex, we can find alternative ways to stimulate the sense of touch. The workshop will have short practices to bring attention to what touches you; including self drawing, partner drawing, and sharing stories in small groups. Different levels of intimacy are controlled by your preference and can privately be discussed in breakout rooms. Bring paper and pen.
Mike is a dancer, choreographer, somatic bodyworker and currently a PhD candidate at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, exploring movement as a tool to blur mind, body and environment. Working at the intersection of cognitive science and dance since 2011, his artistic work articulates human perception as performative tools, specifically empathy and metaphor as ways of communicating. He teaches creative practice workshops throughout Europe to university students and teams. https://www.facebook.com/shapedbytheflow/
13:00 - 14:15 CET
Stretch Festival Lounge with Adriaan Norbart
We invite you to the Stretch Festival lounge, an informal open space for discussion, reflection, saying hello and relaxing. Hosted by Axel on Saturday and Tony on Sunday.
Adriaan lives in Amsterdam. He works in Medical Education as a teacher and advisor. Using meditation, socratic dialogue among other techniques, he helps students and teachers to reflect on their profession. He's also a massage therapist. He uses massage as a way to communicate and help people to feel freedom and joy in their body. He loves running and swimming.
15:00 - 16:30 CET
the Heart of Experience - a mindful multilingual discussion with Gal Naor
How can we fully embrace the invitation for self-observation resulted from the world pandemic? What is our collective mission as love-ambassadors these days? Can we first come to terms with ourselves and redefine our freedom? Let’s revive the inner dialogue with our Sacred Animals and discuss all that is vital for our wellbeing.
(The discussions will take place in English and will be simultaneously interpreted to Sign-Language (DGS/ISL) for our Deaf brothers.)
Gal Naor is a Berlin-based Israeli Sign Language interpreter, theater maker, and choreographer. In 2014, together with his partner, he established “The progressive wave” performative-initiative. For the past sixteen years, Gal is studying Jewish secret mysticism, a.k.a Kabbalah* in a unifying prism, encoding the ancient wisdom into an up-to-date comprehensive practice, (re)claiming religious ideas to the gay community. (*In Hebrew also means “Acceptance”)
16:00 - 17:15 CET
LockDown / QueerFight with Marc Ben Boaz
This workshop uses movement to explore the boundaries between play, assertion and aggression. We will take the wisdom and insight that PlayFight/QueerFight offers, and use it to encounter ourselves at a deeper level. We will experiment with our own experiences of joy, rage, anticipation, threat, confrontation, curiosity, and find new embodied responses to them. Previous experience of PlayFight/QueerFight isn’t necessary, and everyone is welcome to explore, and move, within their own limits.
Marc has previously run PlayFight/QueerFight in London and internationally online during COVID. He has a background in Judo, an expressive and improvised movement practice, and is a psychotraumatologist.
16:00 - 17:15 CET
Flow and Fusion with Yoni Biyé
The class will function as an introduction to Yoni’s unique style of fusion while giving technical notes from the format he uses. The class will include a warmup that will gently transition into the dance portion of the class, keeping everyone’s bodies warm and moving. The class will then introduce techniques without taking up too much space, perfect for being active right in your home.
Yoni Biyé is a transnational fusion bellydancer with a BA in American Vernacular Dance out of Elkins, WV, with a diverse dance background. Since 2007 he has been studying every form of dance he could get his hands on. His teaching style focuses strongly on body health, proper technique, and playing with musicality, enabling him to engage students with his way of thinking about dance and music.
16:00 - 17:00 CET
The Language of Pleasure with Jojo Bear
How do you ask for what you need in words to clearly get what you desire? It is a challenge for many these days. Come join us for a experiment of using our voices with requests to allow us to drop into pleasure. This embodied offering is for anyone looking for practice expressing themselves clearing to attain the safest and authentic pleasure. We will use witnessing, requesting and our bodies in this offering.
JoJo Bear is a Somatic Sex and Intimacy Coach in the United States. He uses sacred intimacy, somatic coaching and hypnosis as tools to assist men to discover their commitment to their own pleasure.
18:00 - 19:30 CET
Race, Sex, and The Future: Reimagining Masculinity in Unprecedented Times with Khary Polk
In a moment of global pandemic and protests against racism, has manhood lost its meaning? How might intersectionality, a concept formed by black feminists, help us forge new connections between different communities of men? In this guided conversation, participants will think about the intersections that exist between and among masculine-identified people, and consider how our evolving ideas of race, sexuality, eros, and community can create a more liberated and politically liberating view of masculinity.
Khary Polk is an Associate Professor of Black Studies & Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies at Amherst College. He has taught at the JFK Institute for North American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin, and has written for a number of queer anthologies, including Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity Objectification, and the Desire to Conform, If We Have To Take Tomorrow, Corpus, and Think Again.
18:00 - 19:15 CET
What Worlds World Worlds? with Jorge De Hoyos
What cosmic worldviews exist simultaneously between queer men? If spirituality were a landscape painting, what would yours look like? If we take a collective survey, how would the landscape between us look? A short lecture will lead into a guided inquiry. Then together we will create a listening and sharing space. By gathering landscapes, we will get a sense of how many different worlds are worlding what worlds.
Jorge De Hoyos is a contemporary dancer, performer and choreographer from Southern California, based in Berlin since 2012. He recently completed a Masters study called Solo/Dance/Authorship through the University of Art Berlin. He’s currently retaking a Permaculture Design Certification course after the one he did in San Francisco 10 years ago. He started training Kung Fu and Tai Chi at the end of 2020 and it’s revolutionizing his approach to dancing and grounding.
20:00 - 21:30 CET
Butoh dance _ Faerie butoh with Tchivett
I'll be sharing my butoh dance practice. It will be an easy dip into this art form, connecting movement and embodiment with emotions and imagination, journeying into inner worlds / invisible worlds. I will make it special in the spirit of easter stretch.
Tchivett is a berlin based dancer, improviser and performer. He comes from france and has training in contemporary dance, butoh, performance art, somatic practices and martial arts. Since 2011 he creates his own solo pieces and workshops, and toured throughout europe on alternative scenes and in festivals. He also takes part in different constellations of dance creative group processes and research collectives seeking to develop artistic and political practices around dance, improvisation, self-organisation, queer culture and feminism.
20:00 - 20:30 CET
Love Temple with CocoPierre and Imajinary
Imagine a rollercoaster GoGo party with a steamy music playlist and sexed up zoom participants creating a safe space to watch and be seen jerking twerking or f*cking. Public chat is encouraged with creative cams from across the globe. The main rules : CAMS ON, sex-positive vibes, no breakout rooms and unmute when you cum.
DJ MAJ is a New Mexico based queer artist who has been co-producing the twice-monthly Radical Færie “Love Temple” since the early days of the pandemic and the start of the K(no)w Talent Show of the Radical Færies. Imagine a rollercoaster GoGo party with a steamy music playlist and sexed up zoom participants creating a safe space to watch and be seen jerking, twerking or f*cking, among other things. Public chat is encouraged with creative Cams from across the globe. The main rules : Cams On, sex-positive vibes, no breakout rooms and you can (if you like) unmute when you cum. All genders & bodies welcome.