"Under the Seams Runs the Pain"
A Healing Performance Workshop

Dates TBA
fall 2017
Residencia, Brooklyn, NY

We are of the profound, heartfelt belief that intimacy is a human right, and that sensuality is its worldly manifestation. Unfortunately, we currently live in a world that reinforces separation, nonsensual expression, and nontactile experience (think screen addiction, the urban hardscape, neighborhoods of estranged denizens), over public and interpersonal sensual and sexual expression, with inviting, consensual touch. Surviving in the oppressive, nonconsensual overculture that surrounds us, verbal and nonverbal consent and boundaries are often learned at an expensive price, and even then haphazardly and without structured ahimsa/nonviolent consciousness. Pelvises become inflamed and sympathetic nervous symptoms are in overdrive. We sometimes become unable to demonstrate our physical affection even to those of us whom we love the most.

Enter Sensual Integration Workshops, a practice of creating a container for a group to enter sensual space, to facilitate the healing of past trauma, release blockages, increase joy and pleasure in the cells, and to make way for integration of history, stimuli, presence, and spirit in the corporeal form. Workshops can look like facilitated bodywork, movement, somatic experience, touch, no-touch . . . participants are always at choice in our container of enthusiastic consent, and language is given to speak feelings, needs, thresholds and boundaries as the workshop progresses.

Please contact us for more information, and/or to be added to our mailing list for future classes.

"Activating the Pleasure Body"
A Sensual Integration Workshop
Dates TBA
fall 2017
Residencia, Brooklyn, NY

"Activating the Pleasure Body" leads participants on a somatic experience of accessing their own sense of pleasure in their own body, in nature, in partnered exercises, and finally in larger groups. Consent, boundaries, embodiment, gender, sensuality, sexuality, and ability will be explored, weaving in elements of Body-Mind Centering, Skinner Releasing Technique, tantra, and CI, particularly around surface and weight-sharing.

Starting with exercises around perambulation, gaze, and surfaces, participants locate and assess their own body’s current pleasure state, and negotiate ways to combine that state with their environment and available others, through witnessing, mirroring, following, and "directing" each other’s pleasure dances. We will pay special attention to movement qualities of the skin, and eventually dance in each other’s clothing and energies. The class culminates in a group pleasure dance with the goal of entering a safer, depersonalized "pleasure-cluster" together.

Please contact us for more information, and/or to be added to our mailing list for future classes.