Workshops / Talks / Performances

Standing in the truth of all your intersections with Axmed Maxamed

Conversation about the importance of working towards being your true self with all your intersections.

Axmed Maxamed is a Queer Diasporic Somali activist, organizer and music nerd. Co-founded of Dance with Pride, which aims to re-unify dance music with its queer roots and raise money for grass roots queer initiatives. Co-organiser of the first Somali LGBTQIA+ gatherings in the Netherlands. Together with Ladan Maandeeg, Axmed is also working on a project called 'Queer Somali presents and pasts: storytelling and archival research'.

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Queer Sound Healing Immersion with Mathew Bergan

Queer Sound Healing is an immersive sound journey into the deep nature of being; an embodied soulful healing ritual, celebrating queerdom & survival. It offers a ceremonial space for LGBTQI people to acknowledge the deep truths about who they are & presents the potential to awaken to the higher Self. A multi-sensory transcendental sonic meditation designed to uplift the Soul & improve mental health. It includes ritual, body work, narrative therapy, sound, song, vibroacoustic therapy.

Facilitators are Stereogomous, including Paul Mac & Jonny Seymour with Matthew Bergan, one of Sydney’s leading identities in yoga & former queer performance artist. Over the past 25 years Seymour & Mac have been producing & DJ’ing electronic music, Bergan has been exploring yoga, Tantra & urban spiritualism. Stereogamous remixes include LCD Soundsystem, Rufus Du Sol, George Michael & Kylie

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God Is Androgynous / Reclaiming Religion with Gal Naor

This lecture-discussion will suggest new perspectives around the function of faith, spirituality, and religion, and their redefinition by our community. As well as highlight the critical role our community has in the salvation of humankind during this transformative era, welcoming the Age of Aquarius. Some of the topics we’ll discuss: The ancient role of Transgender people in the religious institution (and their future role); The Future is Female; Unconditional Love & the Third Temple vision.

Gal Naor is an Israeli Sign Language interpreter, body-mind researcher, and founder of The progressive wave, a Berlin-based performative initiative. In their work, they combine dance, performance art, visual art, and consciousness studies. Their 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, their work is encouraging the empowerment of queer identities.

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Welcoming Difference with Julian Crotti

Can I land in my body in a grounded way in the presence of another person? Can I open to the We space? (the space, the information that exists between us) Can I welcome the idea and expression of difference into this We space? This workshop is an exploration into what comes when we welcome difference to a shared space. What new information, understanding, perspective is available when I can be with myself, the We space and the difference with the same openness, curiosity, compassion and connectedness? What does the idea or information around difference have to teach me?

Julian Is a student and practitioner of Relational Whole Body Focusing, an experiential therapeutic method that looks to re-establish, strengthen and celebrate connection with the body's own wisdom and knowing.

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Poetry and Embodiment
with Michael Gilroy

Keats said
“touch has a memory”,
and
Touch is something I notice is not available to a lot of us right now..
And maybe poetry can ‘act ‘
As way in to this
Present moment
that touch sometimes can do..
We will explore together
how poetry can
Open our field of
awareness.

‘My lips got lost on the way to the kiss - that's how drunk I was.’
Rumi

Mike Gilroy Is Boston based, Irish born, Eclectic lover of Poetry and nature.
He has been a member of The Eastonmountainmens community for 11 years. He has a history of frolicking with diverse community’s: from Body Electric school
to Authentic Eros & the Radical Fairies & as a facilitator for a local lgbt Catholic group .
He spends time as a Community builder and as a Facilitator with Meditation and Working for Peace.

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Authentic Relating Games with Laurie King

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.

Laurie is based between New Zealand and Scotland. He has a deep passion for bringing people together in safe, warm, supportive environments, and recognises how fundamental connection is to contentment and well being. Since August 2019, he has been on a mission to make Authentic Relating more accessible through facilitating workshops and retreats across the world.

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Introduction to Belly Dance Fusion with Yoni Biyé

Let's engage in a thought experiment about the origins of dance as a reaction to music. I will show you how I let the music decide when and how I move. The workshop will progress through movements from different styles to create a combination, before we finish off the class with a cooldown to recenter ourselves.

Yoni is a transnational fusion artist whose style focuses on theatrical elements and subtle plays on the musicality of the songs he works with. His technique is based in explorations of Central Asian and MENA dance styles, as well as a strong foundation in Egyptian folkloric and Turkish classical dance.

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Justice is What Love Looks Like in Public with John Stasio

_Justice is What Love Looks Like in Public_
These words of Cornell West will provide us a stepping off point to engage in conversation (and inquiry) regarding the connection between our personal spiritual/erotic, healing and transformational work and the mandate that we play a role in the transformation of our world. We will use meditation, poetry and conversation to explore how hot activism can be.

John is the founder of Easton Mountain, a community, sanctuary and retreat center in upstate NY. He is a body-centered therapist, workshop facilitator, with a long history of activism with ACT-UP, Queer Nation and social justice causes. His work seeks to promote community, spiritual growth, and transformation as a foundation for social change. He loves to cook for guests at EM, engage in lively conversation with friends and hang out with his dog.

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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.

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Bow to Yourself - Scores for Playful Fighting with Dorian Bonelli

When you forget all your dualistic ideas, everything becomes your teacher, and everything can be the object of worship.” Shunryu Suzuki Playfight is an encounter between dominance and dance and a field of creativity that undermines habits of competition. A playground that frees us from attitudes of othering. From here we can start a creative process using verbal instructions as inspiration. By getting into contact with another man´s power we get into contact with our own unique expression of strength. Bring pen and paper. Open Cam obligatory.

Dorian Bonelli twin artist pansexual bike messenger performer writer non-duality shape-shifting tasks scores minimalism trans animal movement playfight vienna berlin collective creativity

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Crocheting your very own jockstrap! with Ricardo Higuera

Crochet and jockstrap are two words that, apparently, have nothing in common. Well, that is not true! Join this workshop and begin your journey to crochet your very own jockstrap and hopefully your very own private collection! (But why private though?!) We'll go through the basic steps of crochet and you'll receive a pattern to continue your project at home at your own rhythm.

Ricardo was born and raised in Santiago, Chile. He works as a journalist, but in 2016 decided to be part of a life-changing project: the foundation of ""Hombres Tejedores"", a group of men that takes knitting to streets and public places.
He currently lives in Lisbon, Portugal, where is taking part in the Gender Studies PhD program and also coordinating groups of men to analyze and deconstruct hegemonic masculinity under the project ""Men Talks"

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Shibari for Self Care with Caritia

This exploration space will use 2 fundamental base principles of shibari, plus simple techniques to allow participants to explore, reconnect and flow within their physical, emotional and mental bodies, with a focus on touching all layers of the body.

Caritia is a self identifying queer, dominant BPoC. Kink educator and co-owner of Karada House Berlin, with 20+ years of experience within bdsm and consensual culture.

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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. He has a background in Judo, an expressive and improvised movement practice, and is a psychotraumatologist.

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Plush Animal Play with Peter Banki

Many people give up their plush animals well before they go into puberty. However, there are also quite a few who never give them up, and courageously carry them into adulthood. This workshop is a unique opportunity to “out” yourself as a plush animal lover, or otherwise open yourself to an experience that is warm, funny and intimate. Choose your favorite one, or bring along all of them!

Peter Banki is the founder and director of Erotic Living. He has an extensive background in Iyengar yoga, dance and Capoeira Angola. His somatic and movement practice forms the basis of his work in the erotic sphere. He also holds a Ph.D in German studies from New York University (September, 2009). His book The Forgiveness To Come: the Holocaust and the Hyper-Ethical came out recently with Fordham University Press.

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Orgasmic living- the origin of sex with Johannes Heinzerling

In an orgasmic state it is easy to feel and enjoy life. Being who you are without separation. The foundation of how we communicate with life develops unconsciously during our early years. In this workshop I will guide you to reconnect with your essential style of ecstasy - your unique way to experience and express life in each moment. We will use trance, self touch, breath, movement, sound and sharing in the intimacy of small groups.

Johannes Heinzerling is a „heilpraktiker“, based in Utrecht NL. He has an acupuncture, shiatsu and psychosomatic background and he guides people through existential transpassings. He helps you to find your own strength and sensitivity. For more than 30 years, he works with fine energetically bodywork, constellation work, tantric, shinto and process orientated psychotherapy. His pupils praise his style of self-expression, meditative movement and marshal arts. His approach is, to find blessings in experiencing your inner nature.

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The Naked Truth - Your Story is our community with Joseph Kearney

The seeds of storytelling - where do our ideas come from? Why do some work so well and others fall flat? Reflect on your life's journey to date, can you tease out some pivotal moments, some memories that are clear and come to you again and again, something filled with joy, some sad thoughts, some time in your life you were successful and some time you failed?

As a Dramatherpist, journalist and actor/public speaker I have been telling queer stories all of my life. I tell stories at a centre in Amsterdam; Mezrab, and it has been a tonic for my soul. The art of storytelling has so many healing properties and can help the teller and audience to re-frame a memory or share a common understanding through metaphor and ritual. I use this healing storytelling in my work.

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Rope Flow Meditation - Beyond Bondage with LoveDragon

Surrender to the magic of the flowing ropes. In this introductory workshop we will playfully explore the soft side of ropes. For beginners and those who do not like knots, it will be a no strings attached experience. Bondage afficinados are invited to practice mindfulness and use their skills for connection instead of restriction. The ropes will be tools to facilitate relaxation and sensuality in a structured, save and consensual partner exercise.

Constantly traveling, he makes a living of giving massages, organizing Playfight Rituals and Tango workshops as well as reading Tarot.

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Calling Gay Heroes! Are you ready to unleash the hero within? with Christian de la Huerta

What does it mean to be a hero—to live heroically—in these times? People we today call LGBTQ have a long tradition of fulfilling spiritual roles such as teachers, healers, and consciousness scouts. How are you expressing these roles in your life? Ready to step things up a bit? We are living in arguably the most critical juncture in the evolution of humanity. The clarion call has gone out: All hands on deck!

With 30 years of experience, Christian de la Huerta is an internationally-renowned spiritual teacher, sought-after personal transformation coach and leading voice in the breathwork community. He has traveled the world offering transformational retreats combining psychological and spiritual teachings. Author of the award-winning, critically-acclaimed Coming Out Spiritually, Christian has spoken at numerous universities and conferences and on the TedX stage. His retreats are known for their inspiring, powerful and transformative effects.

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Passing It On: Cross-generational Dialogue and Queer History with David Weissman

Queers are among the few minority groups who don’t learn about our culture and history from our parents. In this workshop I will screen excerpts from a series I produced, CONVERSATIONS WITH GAY ELDERS, in which I worked with young gay filmmakers in to tell the stories of older gay men. We will explore cross-generational connections as a means of empowering younger and future generations. All ages encouraged to attend!

David Weissman is the producer of the seminal documentaries We Were Here, The Cockettes, and the series Conversations With Gay Elders. David has also been an activist, lecturer, and film festival programmer. A longtime resident of San Francisco and Portland, David has been involved with the West Coast Radical Faerie community for almost 20 years and has been increasingly interested in what it means to be an “elder” and “mentor” in queer community.

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Somatic Meditation with Coral Short

We will introduce ourselves with name, pronoun and a one word check in so you can briefly connect. You are welcome to sit on a cushion on the floor, a chair, or lie down. First we will go into a guided meditation for 20 minutes, then somatic exercises for 10 minutes and end with a silent sitting 20 minutes feeling into the new sensations. After this Coral will lead a loving kindness meditation. For the discussion section we will be answering a question around body experience and we will go into break out rooms to discuss for 10 minutes. Then we will close the meditation journey together with some deep breaths.

Coral Short has meditated in the tradition of Insight/ Theraveda for 13 years. They have sat over 100 days in complete silence in retreat. Lately, they have completed 3 years of intensive Buddhist studies in a course called Living the Heart of Wisdom with their teacher Daryl Lynn Ross. Coral is studying with Staci Haines now in the field of Generative Somatics. They are currently in teacher training with the True North Insight in Montréal, Québec.

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InFATuation with the Fat Mäksias with Mäks Roßmöller

We will introduce ourselves with name, pronoun and a one word check in so you can briefly connect. You are welcome to sit on a cushion on the floor, a chair, or lie down. First we will go into a guided meditation for 20 minutes, then somatic exercises for 10 minutes and end with a silent sitting 20 minutes feeling into the new sensations. After this Coral will lead a loving kindness meditation. For the discussion section we will be answering a question around body experience and we will go into break out rooms to discuss for 10 minutes. Then we will close the meditation journey together with some deep breaths.

Coral Short has meditated in the tradition of Insight/ Theraveda for 13 years. They have sat over 100 days in complete silence in retreat. Lately, they have completed 3 years of intensive Buddhist studies in a course called Living the Heart of Wisdom with their teacher Daryl Lynn Ross. Coral is studying with Staci Haines now in the field of Generative Somatics. They are currently in teacher training with the True North Insight in Montréal, Québec.

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Stretch, Don’t Strain - Cultivating A Home Yoga Practice with Kevin Kortan

We all need support and guidance in creating a new habit. For it to be effective, a home yoga meditation practice doesn't need to be an hour long. As one master put it, it's better to do a short practice with some consistency, than to do a long practice inconsistently. Experience two 20-minute practices - a daytime practice to motivate, and an evening practice for better sleep. Experience your home practice as something you want to do, a refuge, a haven of healing & strength.

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.

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Crossing the Bridge - a workshop for partners with Tim Foskett

Developed from a co-counselling basis, Crossing the Bridge is a structure created by Hedy Schleifer to enable one partner to deeply listen as the other partner shares information, feelings and experience from their interior world. A chance to practice the discipline of bracketing your own world, crossing the bridge to your partner’s world, and deeply taking them in. Literally, into-me-see.

Tim is an individual and group psychotherapist with over 25 years experience of working with people and groups. He is a director of Loving Men and has a private practice in London where he sees individuals, people in relationships, runs on-going therapy groups for gay/bi men and supervises other practitioners. He has written a number of interactive workbooks for gay/bi men on self-esteem, relationships and sex, which you can download for free on www.timfoskett.com.

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The Paradox of Porn with Don Shewey

Pornography has played a special role in gay men’s sex lives. It has taught us what desire between two men looks like. It’s also shaped and often distorted our ideas about what sex is and what normal bodies look like. Don Shewey will present some key ideas from his book The Paradox of Porn and facilitate a group exploration of what’s valuable and what’s problematic about this alluring form of entertainment.

Don Shewey is a writer and pleasure activist in New York City. He is a California state-certified masseur as well as a New York state-licensed psychotherapist whose private practice specializes in sex and intimacy coaching. His work as a teacher and community health activist revolves around healing through pleasure, adult sex education, and grounded daily spiritual practice. He has published four books including The Paradox of Porn: Notes on Gay Male Sexual Culture.

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Genital Meditation with Julian Martin

In most of our sexual activities, we increase excitement in a short time from zero to 100%. With this partner exercise using genital touch we examine what happens if we stay consciously in the range between 20 and 80% over a longer period of time. What happens in our body? Are there any wishes coming up? How can I influence my arousal by breathing?

Julian originally studied acting, singing and dance before he discovered his passion for massage and bodywork. He regularly organises and leads courses for men and weekend workshops in Zürich under the title of “Men Bodywork”. The main areas of work are breath, voice, movement, touch, self-acceptance and the discovery and expression of your own needs as the key to a free and fulfilling (sex) life.

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Authentic Relating Games with Laurie King

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.

Laurie is based between New Zealand and Scotland. He has a deep passion for bringing people together in safe, warm, supportive environments, and recognises how fundamental connection is to contentment and well being. Since August 2019, he has been on a mission to make Authentic Relating more accessible through facilitating workshops and retreats across the world.

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The Magical Masturbation Circle with Julian Martin

In this choreographed ritual we can move between different roles, experiment and try ourselves out. Celebrate with others your body, your genitals, your lust and your arousal. Slip into the role of an exhibitionist or voyeur or watch the goings-on as a witness from the outside. Clothing, nudity and masturbation are welcome.

Julian originally studied acting, singing and dance before he discovered his passion for massage and bodywork. He regularly organises and leads courses for men and weekend workshops in Zürich under the title of “Men Bodywork”. The main areas of his work are breath, voice, movement, touch, self-acceptance and the discovery and expression of your own needs as the key to a free and fulfilling (sex) life.

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Queer Sensitivity 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.

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Introduction to Sex Magic with David Bloom

In this workshop, we will start from the body, working from sensation into movement, before bringing attention to the spacetime we are moving through, and our relation to other bodies. We will use Desire as a tool to enter an enhanced state of awareness and use that state to manifest intentions. We will not be referring much to specific magical traditions or lineages, and instead focus on sensing, and lived, embodied experience of energetic work.

David Bloom is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, father, filmmaker, bodyworker, pianist, and tea collector. Graduated from the M.A. Choreography course at HZT Berlin. David has taught in many contexts, including HZT Berlin, Tanzquartier Vienna, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Human Architecture Lab in St. Petersburg, K3 in Hamburg, the Masters of Contemporary Dance Education in Frankfurt, the Rietveld Academy for Fine Arts & Design in Amsterdam, & the ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna. More info at: https://davidbloom.info

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Genital and Heart Meditation with Curt Mason

During this workshop you will have an opportunity to Give and Receive a partnered touch meditation, building upon your capacity to hold presence. Holding presence when touching another human being can change our experience from mind numbing to mind blowing. Building a stronger connection between our genitals and heart helps us accept and allow feelings of vulnerability within our experiences of intimacy and sexual arousal.

Curt MasonIs a qualified and experienced Gestalt psychotherapist and certified Sexological Bodyworker. He has been a practicing meditator for over 15 years. Curt primarily works with gay and same sex attracted men with a focus on intimacy, sexuality, relationships, anxiety, trauma and group work. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience in a style that is simple, fun and easy to understand and practice.

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Boundless Eros: A solo Belly2Belly practice with JoJo Bear

Did you want to experience the depth of going inward? We are so accustomed to reach outwardly and for something to fulfill us from the outside, how about indulging in a practice where we can witness the magic of how breath and awareness of our hearts, bellies and our root can deliver us to bliss? In this solo clothing optional practice you will need a place to lay down and camera pointed towards you.

JoJo Bear is a Somatic Sex & Intimacy Educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. His passion is teaching men the importance of conscious awareness around sex, sexuality, the body and pleasure. JoJo teaches the Wheel of Consent™, Belly2Belly™, erotic hypnosis. As a somatic Coach, hypnotherapist, sexological bodyworker and sex educator JoJo's commitment is to bring safety, agency, trust and to allow men to tap into their boyish curiosity regarding pleasure!

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Drag and the Performance of Gender with Wil Fisher

In this playful and experiential workshop we will discuss gender performance and drag. We will share our experiences performing our own gender and with performing gender(s) outside of our own. Participants are encouraged to bring a few pieces of drag to play with as we explore how drag can help us embrace performing gender in new and experimental ways.

Wil Fisher is a life coach, facilitator, and drag queen! Wil spent many years in NYC where he earned his MA in Applied Theater, performed a solo show he wrote and produced, raised money for nonprofits, co-founded a company called Man Question, and created his drag alter ego, Sylvia London. After NYC, he served as executive director of an LGBTQ retreat center. He is a certified life coach and founder of Willfully Living in San Diego.

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Anytime Morning Pleasure with Alexander Hahne & Nino Mar Seliz

The invitation to this workshop goes to all those who are interested to approach one's own whole-body self, pleasure, excitement and the ability to sense. Through the collective framework we enter those states and the possibility to share these experiences. The senses and various states of an embodied self supports regulation. We focus on the breath, sounds, movement and self-touch. With that inspiration we enter a focused space for yourself to dive into embodied self-love / masturbation as much as you want. It is a self-awareness workshop for more embodied connection to yourself. There is no right or wrong, no need to do anything and no performance pressure! Of course the camera can also be turned off and on, however you want.

Alexander Hahne, Hamburg.
gay transmen, sex educator (gsp) and somatic educator and Sexological Bodyworker in training. Head of workshops on the subject of body experience, intimacy and sexuality. Trainer for trans* specific awareness work as well as HIV/STI prevention for trans* people. www.alexanderhahne.com

Nino Mar Seliz, Berlin.
Somatic-systemic counsellor, sexological bodyworker, somatic sex eduacator in own practice, co-teacher ISB Berlin, Trans*dad. My main idea as a facilitator is to open up non-judgmental learning spaces for peoples` approach to their own body, to (re)connect, to strengthen and nourish in order to be able to live and love with (full) pleasure through finding own resources to support this.
www.verkoerperungsatelier.com

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Juicy Connections with Jorge Rodolfo De Hoyos Jr

A fun dance class focusing on lubricating those joints to get ourselves limber, open and activated! Ask yourself: What are physical elements you notice when having enjoyable, deeper and expansive connections? …think of joints in your body, a good time spent with a friend, great sex, a soulful walk, a creative endeavor...
No dance experience is necessary, beyond maybe having enjoyed dancing by yourself naked or in your undies : )

Jorge De Hoyos is a freelance dancer, performer and choreographer from California and based in Berlin since 2012. He studied Cultural Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz and recently got an MA in Solo/ Dance/ Authorship from the Universität der Künste in Berlin. Currently, he’s interested in geeking out on and integrating Permaculture ethics and principles into all aspects of his life and creative endeavors.

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Considering Evidence, Artifacts & Heirlooms: Queer Home 2020 with Tony Whitfield

For months, spaces we have occupied have been limited to our bodies in environments we have constructed and call “home.” For many queer people, the nature and contents of those spaces reflect of our histories and understandings of our relationship to worlds outside as well as conscious manifestations of our longings. This workshop will examine how our homes embed evidence, artifacts and heirlooms that express of our needs, defenses, aspirations and love of our selves.

Tony Whitfield is an artist, designer, and writer whose theater work has been shown by La MaMa, ETC. and his artworks in solo exhibitions at HOWL! Happening in NYC, the Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano in Lima, Centre LGBTQ and NUIT BLANCHE 2017 in Paris, and in group exhibitions in galleries and museums including Village.Berlin, NYC’s Museum of Art and Design, Leslie Lohman Museum, The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History and published in the US and abroad.

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Conscious Breathing Practices with Joseph Kramer

In teaching queer men to have pleasurable sex for the last forty years, I have always started with the breath. When you’re not breathing during sex, it’s necrophilia. In this class, we will practice my five favorite breathing rhythms, sometimes using movement, sound and self touch to enhance the experience. You will be excited to take these breath practices home into your solo and partnered sex play.

In the 1980s, Joseph Kramer founded the Body Electric School in California where he trained thousands of professional massage therapists, erotic bodyworkers and somatic educators. He is the creator of Porn Yoga, an embodied approach to healthy porn watching, as well as the founder of the new profession of Sexological Bodywork, which you can study online at YogaofSex.com.

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Black Lives Matter: A Guide to Accountability with Harvey Rabbit

Are you white and don't know how to be involved with Black Lives Matter? Are you afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing? Does it make you want to turn away? Me, too! But I can't do that anymore. As white people, we are not sure what to do or how to join the Black Lives Matter movement. We can start by learning to be accountable for our racism and work to deprogram ourselves.

Harvey Rabbit (He|Him) is a trans filmmaker, photographer and pervert. He is a bdsm practitioner, (dominant switch) specializing in rope bondage and different forms of consensual sadism.

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Love is NOT Romance, Honey! with Jeremy Wade

We need love to serve as force of interdependence with intimate strangers and all earthly creatures. Sing it!! Jeremy Wade’s 5000-year-old Battlefield Nurse alter ego will lead a participatory intervention, a political ritual repositioning love as a hyper relational ethic. Side effects may include quitting your job, becoming a social worker and wielding love as a force that can bring all of us strangers together better on the battlefield.

Disruption, Excess, Hyper Vulnerability, Critical Care - Jeremy Wade is an extreme performer and performance maker with an extensive commitment to teaching and curating via social practice. His pieces are often desolate and provocative, pushing to the limits of what can be shown and said. His alter ego, The Battlefield Nurse, is the founder and a co-host of a disability allied project called The Future Clinic for Critical Care. www.futureclinic.org

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"We've only just begun..." with Ariel Nil Levy

“We’ve only just begun,” sang Karen Carpenter 50 years ago – a hopeful message. Navigating the vast landscapes of media today, how does one actually start to tell a story, their story? What makes a beginning of a tale stand out? And how to queer it all from the very start? In this 90 minute workshop, we’ll explore different techniques and tools and learn how to create a juicy START to every story.

Ariel Nil Levy 1977 Tel Aviv born, 20 years Germany based. Producer, writer, actor, teacher studied both in Tel Aviv and Germany theater and voice work. Deutscher Schauspielpreis 2019 for one of the lead roles in – Murer Anatomie Eines Prozesses – also known as Anali Goldberg – something jewish and sexual a post drag figure.

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Energy, Improvisation & Meditative Movement with Eddy Lathan

Class intention focuses on bringing meditative exercises/techniques, improvised movement and self care techniques into a singular practice that is well rounded and grounded. Class begins with pranayama exercises followed by guided energy work techniques into self massage. We will then lead into a round of sun salutations that will lead into guided movement exercises including sensory depravation meditation, and interpretive improvised meditative movement. Class concludes with savasana and a positive affirmation exercise.

Eddy 'damoN' Lathan IV is a multidisciplinary artist, dance, fitness and yoga teacher from 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). Eddy is also a member of Dancers Unlimited NYC (https://duhawaii.com/)

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Layers of Intimacy with Sanjay Kumar

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.

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.

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Sex-positive/fetish munch with Harvey Rabbit

Something that I am missing even more than darkrooms and play parties is the opportunity to meet each other in sex-positive spaces and share information about sex and kink. I'd like to invite you to dress up in your favorite fetish gear and spend an hour with like minded individuals to talk about kink and maybe even flirt a bit! This space will be moderated in English. Open to all.

Harvey Rabbit (He|Him) is a trans filmmaker, photographer and pervert. He is a bdsm practitioner, (dominant switch) specializing in rope bondage and different forms of consensual sadism.

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Privates Talks with Marco Astolfi

What are the stories we’ve learnt about our genitals? What are the words, the names, the memories the anecdotes and the emotions attached to them? And what are the stories our genitals would tell us, if we only took the time to listen? This is a place to share and witness these stories, acknowledge them, let them go, if we don’t need them anymore, and possibly create new ones that serve us better. (Implies nudity).

Marco Astolfi is a literature translator, a writer, a storyteller and a faerie. He uses his autobiographic writings as a tool for healing, integration and transformation. Fellow Stretcher from 2014, Village regular, co-hosts the monthly Heart Circle for gbtq men and the Book Club. Attended the One Year Training in 2018 and currently assisting the 2020 one. Privates Talks is a revised upgraded version of the Cock O’Clock workshop given at Easter Stretch 2019.

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Sensual Self Massage and Touch with Zahiro Ji

In this workshop we give our body a self treatment with elements of Dynamic Bodywork, Meridian Streaming Techniques and Thai Yoga Massage.
We will travel with touch through our bodies using our palms, fingers, arms, our legs and feet with different dynamics and qualities. Here sensuality is invited and clothing is optional . This means you are welcome to take off parts of your clothes or leave your clothes on, just as it feels good for you. To be comfortable we will use a chair (best without backrest) and a mat on the floor.

Zahiro Ji originally coming from contemporary dance is now besides a movement facilitator mainly a Thai Massage Facilitator and teacher. He works as a holistic health practitioner in Berlin, Germany. Offering bodywork and movement in various surroundings. He loves to link both of them together to create new fields of exploration. In September he starts a one year "Intuitive Thai Meridian Massage Training" and a " Sensual Thai Massage" Weekend.

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Signing Intimacy / a private shared inquiry with Gal Naor

An invitation to an intimate empowering journey in which we enhance our inner dialogue to be soft, loving, and intuitive. We will experiment with both communal and individual inquiries on the quest to find our unique ways to connect, express, feel, and acknowledge. We will explore Self-Intimacy in a non-verbal context, learn how to listen to our body-knowledge, discover our authentic individual Sign Language, and dance to connect and unlock emotional baggage.

Gal Naor is an Israeli Sign Language interpreter, theater maker, choreographer and founder of The progressive wave, a creative independent in Berlin. In their work, they combine dance, performance art, visual art, and consciousness studies. Their 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, their work is encouraging the empowerment of queer identities.

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Somatic Meditation with Coral Short

We will introduce ourselves with name, pronoun and a one word check in so you can briefly connect. You are welcome to sit on a cushion on the floor, a chair, or lie down. First we will go into a guided meditation for 20 minutes, then somatic exercises for 10 minutes and end with a silent sitting 20 minutes feeling into the new sensations. After this Coral will lead a loving kindness meditation. For the discussion section we will be answering a question around body experience and we will go into break out rooms to discuss for 10 minutes. Then we will close the meditation journey together with some deep breaths.

Coral Short has meditated in the tradition of Insight/ Theraveda for 13 years. They have sat over 100 days in complete silence in retreat. Lately, they have completed 3 years of intensive Buddhist studies in a course called Living the Heart of Wisdom with their teacher Daryl Lynn Ross. Coral is studying with Staci Haines now in the field of Generative Somatics. They are currently in teacher training with the True North Insight in Montréal, Québec.

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Partner Yoga with Mischa van Dullemen & Daniel Salamon

Partner yoga is a playful form of yoga. Discovering new forms of intimacy, you explore yoga poses together in a variety of ways, like leaning into or stretching away from each other, assisting your partner, sometimes even climbing onto each other in various ways. Together you stretch and strengthen while learning to tune into the other man’s body. You are verbally and physically communicating about needs and boundaries, as well as sweating and laughing.

Mischa and Daniel have been developing and teaching Partner Yoga over the last two years. We are both yoga teachers, based in Amsterdam, Brighton, and Berlin. Mischa has a background in dance, contact impov, and massage; Daniel has been involved in the yoga and massage worlds since the late 1990s. We are both enthusiastic about sharing this practice which brings men together in a new way of connecting with their own and each others' bodies.

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Sensual Body Journey with Tchivett

In this workshop you will be guided into a fine awareness of your body and embark on a poetic trip of sensual movement and self eroticism. It is about self discovery and loving (there will be no facilitated masturbation), each participant will focus on themselves until a final closing sharing round. We will pay attention to many body parts and include the whole body. Clothing and camera are optional.

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.

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The Heart Meridian: An Exploration in Self Love with Serge Tampakakis

An exploration in self love: breathe through your heart connecting with the truth that they are both unique. In the first part we'll practice together a soothing and opening meridian acupressure sequence followed by a heart meditation. For the second part we'll give ourselves permission to receive touch and deep breath over the heart line harnessing the loving energy into a guided solo tantra sequence and movement in freedom.

Serge has been a bodyworker and massage therapist for over 7 years. During this time he’s supported people with a wide range of injuries, physical and emotional trauma, working both from a clinical and holistic perspective. In 2016, he completed his Yoga Teacher Training, combining his passion for yoga practices, healing and bodywork. When in his classes/workshops, expect hands on work, deep powerful assists, informed adjustments and an invitation to practice your own beauty.

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The Fishing Dance & Other Cosmic Confessions with Sindri Runudde

In the workshop we will collectively dance and do a work out program together. I will teach different dances from the concept album connected to the performance “The Fishingdance & other cosmic confessions”. I wish to share the joy and fun of my tripple Q method (qute queer n qonfused) and share stories and experiences through silly dances. This will bridge the silly and trivial to the epic in an attempt of self healing and care.

Sindri Runudde is a Swedish and internationally based dancer and choreographer. Sindris work spans between different fields that include sound art, visual art and performance. Previously educated in contemporary circus and dance Sindri has worked with international companies as well as toured their own work in Sweden and abroad. Sindri works from a queer feminist perspective and from lived experience. Since having a visual impairment they are involved internationally in the disabled/crip dance community.

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Stretch Heart Circle with 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.

Torsten works as an editor and writer, has found his way to the Authentic Eros/Village community through the Easter Stretch Festival 2015, graduate of the One-Year Training 2016 and co-host of the Village Heart Circle since the summer of 2017 (together with Marco Astolfi).

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BodyFlow Massage with Maevon Canter

BodyFlow is a full body massage created by Andy Saich, normally given and received unclothed and including genital touch. However it is not an erotic massage as such. The emphasis is on acceptance, nurturing, appreciation and holding rather than on erotic arousal. This taster session will include an overview of the massage and its particular way of holding space and maintaining boundaries, after which we will learn and practice some of the floor based positions.

Maevon has pursued an informal exploration of spirituality and movement for over 30 years. He has studied Fine Art and The Alexander Technique and calls himself a Radical Faerie. In 2009 Maevon began studying somatic practices with Authentic Eros and certified as a Sacred Intimate in the Body Electric tradition. He learnt BodyFlow massage from its creator Andy Saich and sees it as the perfect way to bring together the wisdom of touch with spirituality and sexuality.

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Opening Up - Exercises for opening your anal sphincters and enjoying your bum with Tim Foskett

The art of anal relaxation and the possibility of anal pleasure are not widely taught, encouraged or celebrated - even in this day and age. In this workshop we will share experiences, struggles and insights about the art of releasing and enjoying your anus - and have space to try some of them out in the privacy of your own home. All questions, insecurities, struggles and expertise welcome.

Tim is an individual and group psychotherapist with over 25 years experience of working with people and groups. He is a director of Loving Men and has a private practice in London where he sees individuals, people in relationships, runs on-going therapy groups for gay/bi men and supervises other practitioners. He has written a number of interactive workbooks for gay/bi men on self-esteem, relationships and sex, which you can download for free on www.timfoskett.com.

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Peaceful Body - Present Mind: Awakening Freedom and Peace through the Body with William Yensen

Meditation is fundamentally about redirecting our attention from the state of doing to the state of being. Restoration, relaxation and rejuvenation from within. We will engage and unwind our bodies through conscious and qualitative movement, and gain access to a new experience of our selves and our sense of aliveness. Moving mindfully into stillness enhances the quality of our life experience. In this 75 minute workshop we will explore gentle movement exercises that are intended to sooth and tone our nervous-system and then we’ll enter a period of silent sitting.

William Yensen is an artist, musician and Integrative Therapist with a long-time practice in yoga, meditation, dance, energetic coaching and somatic therapies. His style is informed by his love of nature and his deep exploration of the evolution of consciousness, as well as many years of education in the field of psychotherapy and mindfulness. He finds joy in helping others to experience themselves and their lives with curiosity, compassion and intimacy.

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Penetration Meditation - an exploration of yielding with Maevon Canter

Within a jointly created space, take as much privacy as you need to meet an imaginary partner. This could be a real life lover, an ally from the spiritual realm or something much more amorphous like Universal Love, Strength or Eros. You could also choose to work with something from the shadow realm to take inside and process. Within your boundaries explore being penetrated and yielding control. Toys and fingers are also welcome.

Maevon has pursued an informal exploration of spirituality and movement for over 30 years. He has studied Fine Art and The Alexander Technique and calls himself a Radical Faerie. In 2009 Maevon began studying somatic practices with Authentic Eros and certified as a Sacred Intimate in the Body Electric tradition. He has partially spent his lockdown exploring Self-pleasuring in self-isolation (self-pleasulation) with a like-minded group, which is where this mediation originated.

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