Offerings

Common ground

To make this journey as rich and safe as possible, we will start the festival with ensuring a common ground through a full day of consent work and Contact Improvisation technique. Once we feel more grounded and connected we invite you to dive deeper and into more experimental forms of connection. Throughout the week we will offer participants material and experiences that help cultivate a more conscious self, a more profound connection to nature and more authentic and compassionate relations.

During the week there are many different formal and informal proposals.

When you do the registration you can choose one between three intensive workshops. The intensive is a close content that gives an opportunity to deepen the work and cultivate complicity with the folks throughout the week.

In the afternoon there are single classes and you can choose in the moment /on the spot what attracts you most..

In the evening there are different open proposals and introductions to open spaces such as Jams, Play Spaces and the Dungeon. 

intensives

The Desire Of The Space Between

Desire never emerges in a vacuum, but rather intersubjectively, in the space between people, filled with history and complexity. In this intensive, we will bring our attention to the difference between having a particular taste, fantasy, or fetish – and projecting that onto another person, or people – and allowing desires and relations to emerge through observing, listening, and receiving. The space between us, so present and compulsory this past year and a half, is reimagined as a space of possibility and magic.
We will also work somatically, with processes such as the digestive system, fundamentally connected to both desires and boundaries, in order to support this emergence of complex intersubjective desire. It is also a research into transparency around relationships of power, identity, attraction, and repulsion within the structure of a workshop situation. It proposes a holistic approach to dancing with intimacy and care, that both draws from and affects our personal, social, and political realities.

David Bloom

David Bloom is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, father, filmmaker, bodyworker, pianist, Jewish mystic, and tea collector. Graduated from the M.A. Choreography course at HZT Berlin, danceWEB scholar in 2012. 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 Touch & Play Festival, STRETCH Festival, the Body IQ Festival Berlin, and the ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna. For the past decade or so, his work has revolved around questions of Desire, Intimacy, Boundaries, Power Relationships, Consent, and Group Dynamics. Other interests include Cross-Pollination, Pleasure, Space, Cellular Structures, the Digestive System, Fermentation, Sourdough, Beauty, Breath, Time, Spirit, Time, and Transformation. More info at: https://davidbloom.info

Tantric Contact Improvisation – follow your inner truth

Our body and psyche are always true, they never cheat us. We learn to listen to them, to find our inner truth. Forget your concept of self and what you are: Trust the moment and your body.
In this intensive we create energy in our bodies on our own as well as by moving together or touching one another. We can create energy by breathing, by shaking and rocking, by vibration and through touch. In streaming we experience our pure life force. Each dance, each encounter informs our bodies, changes us energetically. Each dance makes us/our identity anew. Through aware breathing we support our dance. You send out an energetic field into the space and experiment, how this field informs and influences your dance partner and how much your field gets transformed by the touch of your partner. If we are able to sense each other also without physical touch, we create a high awareness and are able to listen to each other profoundly. What and whom do you attract in dancing CI and why?
We learn how to deal in an aware way with our sexual energy in the body and direct it with tantric breathing techniques in the body, to nourish our dance!

Sabine Sonnenschein

Sabine Sonnenschein (AT) is dance teacher, clinical sexologist (sexualtherapeutic method Sexocorporel), tantra teacher.
She is freelance choreographer and performer since 1992. Her artistic work – 39 performance pieces – has been shown in Europe and NYC.
She lives and teaches a fusion of a tantric perspective on the world and dance as a practice of life. She supports people to become aware of themselves, to sense their bodies and themselves and to have a healthy and blissful (sexual) life.
She is teaching internationally contact improvisation & tantra, at numerous dance or tantra festivals, like Contact Festival Freiburg, Contact Festival Austria, ImPulsTanz Vienna, Touch&Play, Tantra Festival Ibiza, Baltic Tantra Festival, Open Heart Tantra Festival at ZEGG close to Berlin, Tantra & Sexuality Festival Poland, Art of Sex Festival, Sexolution, Xplore.
Important CI teachers for her are Nita Little, Andrew Harwood, Daniel Lepkoff. Since 13 years she is a student of the tantra master Daniel Odier: Non-dual Kashmiri tantrism, Kashmiri massage (yoga of touch). Studied “”Vijnana Bhairava Tantra”” with Dr. Bettina Bäumer (Varanasi)

Soulful Gestures

Soulful Gestures is a procedure through movement that finds gestures that are healing. Some procedures are playful, others more an inner investigation but all in movement. The results are scenes where the issues that we encountered are processed. It can be a solo, duo or a groups-scene. Every scene gets a signal, this can be a certain position that a person takes, a sound, a word, an action or even an object….The signals and the accompanying scenes is the score. Every scene can be evoked by any player, there is no role attached to a certain person. A solo can be interpreted by different people and stil be this certain solo according to this certain subject. Who will execute the groups-scene isn’t defined either. This leads to surprising situations and playfulness. We enter into a state of creation and flow with a result that nobody expects. Everybody is ‘in’. When we present this to the larger group they become the witness, a choir that amplifies and that can be active as they want. We represent and we heal, we make tangible what lives through us, make visible what lays covered and wants to be seen.

Alexandra Jacquet

I am an artist looking for the healing qualities of art, doing research on movement and group dynamics. Investigating the power of the witnes, the healing role of representation and reenactment.

Single classes

Why I DO/DO NOT want to dance with you? -Self Reflection on the dance floor

We will explore our own desire to dance or not dance with others in subtle ways, cognitively and at the sensation level. When we ask ourselves “Why I do not want to dance with you?” what thoughts or images come up? Answers might come, might change, might transform, or disappear. We’ll explore ways to engage with these answers non-verbally, and without suppression, through dancing with your partner. It is a process of self-reflection on the dance floor.

YES/NO/MAYBE

How do we say YES/NO/MAYBE through our movement? There are countless ways and we will explore some techniques and create our own vocabularies through our movement. We will start by developing our listening skills subtly through breath and physical contact, then slowly shift towards clear intention with dynamic movement. Our movement will be our voice!

Why I DO/DO NOT want to dance with you? -Self Reflection on the dance floor

We will explore our own desire to dance or not dance with others in subtle ways, cognitively and at the sensation level. When we ask ourselves “Why I do not want to dance with you?” what thoughts or images come up? Answers might come, might change, might transform, or disappear. We’ll explore ways to engage with these answers non-verbally, and without suppression, through dancing with your partner. It is a process of self-reflection on the dance floor.

YES/NO/MAYBE

How do we say YES/NO/MAYBE through our movement? There are countless ways and we will explore some techniques and create our own vocabularies through our movement. We will start by developing our listening skills subtly through breath and physical contact, then slowly shift towards clear intention with dynamic movement. Our movement will be our voice!

Kiori Kawai

“Kiori Kawai (Japanese, b. 1978) is a performer/choreographer, interactive installation artist and an educator. As an artist, she seeks to merge her body and coexist within nature and all environments. She’s built up her own improvisatory movement vocabulary based on the techniques of Kinetic Awareness, meditation, Contact Improvisation, yoga, and various dance/movement trainings. Her approach to teaching Contact Improvisation and improvisational movement is based on developing awareness and exploring our conscious/unconscious choices through physical interaction between self and others. She has taught at New York University-Abu Dhabi (UAE), Alpine Dance Academy/Wave Festival (CO, USA), Tinkuy (Copenhagen, Denmark), Wrong Movement Studio (Athens, Greece), New England Dance Camp (New Hampshire, USA), Transformation Festival (U.S.A-Denmark), Deakin University/Federation Square (Melbourne, Australia), Savannah Arts Academy/ Telfair Museums (GA, USA), Dancing Water (TX, USA), Azule Dance Theater (NY, USA), Rinyou Temple (Japan) and more.

Gravity is my Lover

A journey into pleasure.
Manu and Benji invite you to: Slow Presencing: Arriving gently and slowly to presence, explore self-awareness within the social field (inspired by Social Presenting Theatre). Earth Embracing: Letting go to be embraced by earths natural pull to follow our bodies pleasure in a horizontal slow(motion) gravity-massage & earth grinding. (principles of Blissbody). Nature Lovers: Find your natural desires in flirting with the wind, caressing leaves, making love to trees, seducing water-drops or massaging rocks. (Sensuality, Medicine & Rock & Roll)

Gravity is my Lover

A journey into pleasure.
Manu and Benji invite you to: Slow Presencing: Arriving gently and slowly to presence, explore self-awareness within the social field (inspired by Social Presenting Theatre). Earth Embracing: Letting go to be embraced by earths natural pull to follow our bodies pleasure in a horizontal slow(motion) gravity-massage & earth grinding. (principles of Blissbody). Nature Lovers: Find your natural desires in flirting with the wind, caressing leaves, making love to trees, seducing water-drops or massaging rocks. (Sensuality, Medicine & Rock & Roll)

Manuela Bosch

I guide transformational social experiences with unconventional techniques, including body, awareness & nature rites.
As a Dragon Dreaming trainer, I guide activist, artist and communities into new visions for their project.
As host of Collaboration Incubators I facilitate synergetic connections, trust and intimacy building.
With Social Presencing Theater I connect and moves people beyond words.
With Vision Quests I guide to deeply touch ones innermost being.
With Blissbody I’m exploring sensuality and erotic playfulness.
All these practices are interwoven and interconnect for me in my life.
My current research: lovingly transgressing taboos around sex, money and relationships.

Benjamin Lee Martin

Dreamer, Artist, Inventor, Embodied Explorer, Dancer, Singer, Pleasure Activist, Sensuality Rebel, Playful Nature. People Weaver, Shamanic Clown in training, Magical Mystical being.
These are some of the identities that have shaped my way of moving in life.
Father, son, brother, cousin, uncle, friend, lover, partner, student, teacher, patient, caretaker, the roles that have nurtured my path.
Special Thanks to my greatest teacher: the pain that has gifted me a lifelong quest for pleasure and playfulness.
I shiver with gratitude and excitement to be invited to share with you my whole hearted love of silly sensuality,
playful pleasure and the infinite field of possibility we create together.

Boyz* For You ❤ – Unfolding The Weird Masculine

Boyz* are wonderful. They are in their character and their sexuality so unimaginably diverse! From shyly sensitive or honestly empathetic to charmingly seductive or ironically & mischievously playful, on to whiny-bitchy or in need of control, narcissistically vain and dominant… – oh, there are so many versions! Oh, there’s so much more to discover than one could imagine!
How about an encounter with all of them? With the romantic one-and-onlys, the seductive gigolos, the understanding and consoling daddies, with the neurotic fetishists, the sadistic pigs, the energetic pushers and eccentric pleasers, with the storytellers and the mansplainers and the empathetically adept listeners, just waiting for the right opportunity…?
In this playful and probably a bit silly workshop we would like to give the Boyz* – anyone can be a boy* – a stage on which they can experiment with themselves (resp. their role), experience themselves (resp. their role) and demonstrate all the fabulous that they are and that they can offer to the others – to the Girlz*! – and anyone can be a girl*, of course. Make a decision whether you would like to be one or the other before you arrive and reflect on how you’d like to represent your chosen role. While the Boyz* develop their character during the workshops, the Girlz* just have coffee & cake and a chat while awaiting the final fair.
May the Boyz* present themselves in all their nearly post-patriarchal insecurity and arrogance, their lostness and sensitivity, in acknowledgement of equality with, or humble submission to, an approaching matriarchy, as well as in the last rebellion of traditional ideals: may the forces of the weird-masculine gather to create a fabulously diverse spectacle of experience for all those who feel the desire to get involved, to see such happening with their own eyes, to experience it in their own bodies!

The Workshop

Are you feeling nervous? Are you having fun? It’s almost over. It’s just begun. Don’t overthink this, look in my eyes: Don’t be scared, don’t be shy, come on in, the water’s fine!
The workshop will be facilitated by Matís and Beata.

Boyz* For You– Unfolding The Weird Masculine

Boyz* are wonderful. They are in their character and their sexuality so unimaginably diverse! From shyly sensitive or honestly empathetic to charmingly seductive or ironically & mischievously playful, on to whiny-bitchy or in need of control, narcissistically vain and dominant… – oh, there are so many versions! Oh, there’s so much more to discover than one could imagine!
How about an encounter with all of them? With the romantic one-and-onlys, the seductive gigolos, the understanding and consoling daddies, with the neurotic fetishists, the sadistic pigs, the energetic pushers and eccentric pleasers, with the storytellers and the mansplainers and the empathetically adept listeners, just waiting for the right opportunity…?
In this playful and probably a bit silly workshop we would like to give the Boyz* – anyone can be a boy* – a stage on which they can experiment with themselves (resp. their role), experience themselves (resp. their role) and demonstrate all the fabulous that they are and that they can offer to the others – to the Girlz*! – and anyone can be a girl*, of course. Make a decision whether you would like to be one or the other before you arrive and reflect on how you’d like to represent your chosen role. While the Boyz* develop their character during the workshops, the Girlz* just have coffee & cake and a chat while awaiting the final fair.
May the Boyz* present themselves in all their nearly post-patriarchal insecurity and arrogance, their lostness and sensitivity, in acknowledgement of equality with, or humble submission to, an approaching matriarchy, as well as in the last rebellion of traditional ideals: may the forces of the weird-masculine gather to create a fabulously diverse spectacle of experience for all those who feel the desire to get involved, to see such happening with their own eyes, to experience it in their own bodies!

The Workshop

Are you feeling nervous? Are you having fun? It’s almost over. It’s just begun. Don’t overthink this, look in my eyes: Don’t be scared, don’t be shy, come on in, the water’s fine!
The workshop will be facilitated by Matís and Beata.

Matís d’Arc

Rope, BDSM and play enthusiast, workshop facilitator, sex worker, coach and sometimes artist & performer. After studying contemporary literature and working in the fields of contemporary music and dance theater Matís found an experiential home in Berlin’s Schwelle7 where choreography and performance art fused with Kink. Since then he has been carried by the conviction that the conscious and practical exploration of body, intimacy, sexuality and power play not only gives a lot of pleasure, but at the same time can open a special access to one’s own personality and a path to its development. To explore this potential and offer others the opportunity to try out and discover new things, he developed the label luhmen d’arc (www.luhmendarc.com) in 2013 to create playspaces, jams, workshops, sessions, lectures and artprojects; mainly in Zurich and Berlin, but also abroad.

Creating sexpositive self-care zines

Some problems are easily solved. If you wonder how to cook poached eggs or play videogames you can check out various tutorials. But when it comes to vague feelings or niche situations it’s harder to find reliable sources that don’t fob you off with simplified advice like “Think positive!”.

Complex feelings like jealousy in complex situations like polyamorous clusters need special attention and knowledge. And courageous and cheeky undertakings like organizing a cuddle party or playing out your forced breeding fantasy also need exceptional care.

At a festival like T&P you will gain deep insights, solve tricky situations and might want to share what you found out. Or you’ll stumble over new specific questions and problems that need answers. And a wonderful way to spend quality time on those unique topics is to create or read zines.

“Zines” are self-published small magazines, lovingly handmade booklets that help you to get an empowering message across. They usually circulate in activist, queer or underground groups and their format is playful and creative. They typically can consist of collages, comics, lists, questions for introspection and journaling, inspiring quotes, storytelling, case examples, advice and tricks. In our workshop we’ll give this form of ‘craftivism’ a try. I’ll share some zine-examples for inspiration, offer materials and tools and invite creative processes like collective brainstorming. To find our zine-topics we’ll start by talking and sharing to find out what is on our hearts and minds at the moment.Or you can share topics that people have previously come to you with – maybe you have a knack for that particular theme. Plus, doing arts and crafts is just exceptionally soothing and sweet 🙂

By the end of it, we should have co-created a small series of zines which we can discuss, elaborate upon, and use for reference.

Creating sexpositive self-care zines

Some problems are easily solved. If you wonder how to cook poached eggs or play videogames you can check out various tutorials. But when it comes to vague feelings or niche situations it’s harder to find reliable sources that don’t fob you off with simplified advice like “Think positive!”.

Complex feelings like jealousy in complex situations like polyamorous clusters need special attention and knowledge. And courageous and cheeky undertakings like organizing a cuddle party or playing out your forced breeding fantasy also need exceptional care.

At a festival like T&P you will gain deep insights, solve tricky situations and might want to share what you found out. Or you’ll stumble over new specific questions and problems that need answers. And a wonderful way to spend quality time on those unique topics is to create or read zines.

“Zines” are self-published small magazines, lovingly handmade booklets that help you to get an empowering message across. They usually circulate in activist, queer or underground groups and their format is playful and creative. They typically can consist of collages, comics, lists, questions for introspection and journaling, inspiring quotes, storytelling, case examples, advice and tricks. In our workshop we’ll give this form of ‘craftivism’ a try. I’ll share some zine-examples for inspiration, offer materials and tools and invite creative processes like collective brainstorming. To find our zine-topics we’ll start by talking and sharing to find out what is on our hearts and minds at the moment.Or you can share topics that people have previously come to you with – maybe you have a knack for that particular theme. Plus, doing arts and crafts is just exceptionally soothing and sweet 🙂

By the end of it, we should have co-created a small series of zines which we can discuss, elaborate upon, and use for reference.

Beata Absalon

Beata Absalon is a cultural theorist, currently writing her doctoral thesis on a self-care topic: sexual consent: getting to know one’s own and the others desires, communicating them and thus standing up for yourself. This is difficult for many people who have learned to adapt, to please and to put their own needs aside. So there is (also a political) beauty in taking yourself and your wellbeing serious.
When she is not writing on those topics she facilitates workshops and sessions under the label “luhmen d’arc”, exploring inventive intimacy, bodacious bodywork & experimental encounters. www.luhmendarc.com

All about the base

Let´s get to the bottom of our lives.
The lower part of our bodies holds so much shame, pain, trauma and feelings of dirtiness and insecurities. It´s deeply connected to our relationship to our power, success, money and our roots in life. But(t) this part of our bodies also holds a lot of energy and has the ability to release what we don´t need in our system anymore. It´s a source of energy, health, freedom and pleasure.
What (bull)shit are you ready to let go of in your life?
What base do you want to build your daily life on?
We will inquire our relationship to the base, feel into stored emotions and muscle tensions and touch, stretch, massage and shake that ass. We will go on a journey from shame to celebration and dive into the wisdom of our base.

All about the base

Let´s get to the bottom of our lives.
The lower part of our bodies holds so much shame, pain, trauma and feelings of dirtiness and insecurities. It´s deeply connected to our relationship to our power, success, money and our roots in life. But(t) this part of our bodies also holds a lot of energy and has the ability to release what we don´t need in our system anymore. It´s a source of energy, health, freedom and pleasure.
What (bull)shit are you ready to let go of in your life?
What base do you want to build your daily life on?
We will inquire our relationship to the base, feel into stored emotions and muscle tensions and touch, stretch, massage and shake that ass. We will go on a journey from shame to celebration and dive into the wisdom of our base.

Sylvi Troeger

Sylvi has been holding groups for more than 25 years and loves to create social containers where people can express and experience the whole spectrum and potential of their being. Love, respect and acceptance have always been the base of her work. She is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, body and movement researcher. Dance has always been her way to express feelings and it’s where she comes alive. Physiotherapy studies added the scientific knowledge about physiology and body structures behind the art. Bodywork and conscious relating are other important parts of her path. With backgrounds in different massage styles, shamanism and Tantra she is able to provide a wide variety in intuitive bodywork sessions to re-awaken the intelligence of the body. With presence and passion, she facilitates individual and collective journeys that focus on the wisdom of the body and on a healthy relationship to sexuality as life energy. Sylvi sees herself as a facilitator, inspirer, tool transmitter, assistant, supporter, midwife on the way to self-empowerment, self-love, fulfillment, self-responsibility, transformation, vitality, creativity and a happy life.

Liquid Love

The Liquid Love Experience is a collective journey of the senses.

It is an exploration of sensuality in its purest form and can invoke a strong feeling of love for oneself, one’s community and for life itself! Through the use of copious amounts of our liquid love potion (e.g. organic olive oil, coconut oil or similar substitutes) we are, for a while, able to eliminate friction from our lives allowing for incredibly smooth flowing encounters with ourselves and others. The concept is simple: we pour warm, fine, neutral oil on to your skin, from where it will spread over your whole body and form a lubricious substance, which allows you to engage in flowing skin to skin contact and float in a sea together with other oily bodies. Everyone is invited to respect their own rhythm and limits to touch and nudity. Allow yourself to be moved without intentions or sexual orientation. Be present with erotic sensations and thoughts but rather than act on them, relax into the energetic flow of the bodies around you. This is a place where you can love and be loved in an impersonal and unbound manner and above all a place to super charge your soul.

Liquid Love

The Liquid Love Experience is a collective journey of the senses.

It is an exploration of sensuality in its purest form and can invoke a strong feeling of love for oneself, one’s community and for life itself! Through the use of copious amounts of our liquid love potion (e.g. organic olive oil, coconut oil or similar substitutes) we are, for a while, able to eliminate friction from our lives allowing for incredibly smooth flowing encounters with ourselves and others. The concept is simple: we pour warm, fine, neutral oil on to your skin, from where it will spread over your whole body and form a lubricious substance, which allows you to engage in flowing skin to skin contact and float in a sea together with other oily bodies. Everyone is invited to respect their own rhythm and limits to touch and nudity. Allow yourself to be moved without intentions or sexual orientation. Be present with erotic sensations and thoughts but rather than act on them, relax into the energetic flow of the bodies around you. This is a place where you can love and be loved in an impersonal and unbound manner and above all a place to super charge your soul.

Daniel

Daniel is the founder of the Touch&Play Project. He is also a Medical Doctor, public health scientist, eco-anarchist and practical idealist

Asking somatically – an introduction

Phrasing questions with verbal language is an easy task for most adults. Most languages even have grammatical constructions that signify that the speaker is asking a question, making the task of recognizing an utterance as one even easier.

In this class, I would like to explore the possibility of somatically asking a question. To be more specific, the practice of posing with touch, to the body of a different person, a physical question. We start by asking dry and very concrete questions (‘Feldenkrais classics’) – how easily does the head roll easily, what is the comfortable range of motion in the hip, is the right leg heavier than the left leg, etc.

Those definite physical questions will allow us to develop a certain quality of touch – gentle, attentive, non intrusive, free of judgment and forced direction. Eventually, we might be able to leave this tangible realm, and have a more imaginative, rich and abstract tactile conversation with a different body.

This class is, in a sense, an introduction to the Feldenkrais approach to touch. But we use it as a base, to enrich our ability to touch in dancing, in friendly, romantic and sexual contexts, that is, in any kind of human interaction.

Weird stillness

Stillness is a sought after meditative quality and practice. Usually, one is asked to maintain a fixed bodily position for an extended amount of time. Those traditional fixed positions are designed wisely, and tend to be quite provocative – things happen when you stay in them. But they are generalizations, and as such are rigid and not really sensitive for individual needs and capabilities.
So how can we know in which position is it personally beneficial for us to stay still, and for how long? Are we looking for comfort or effort? Pleasure or pain? interest or boredom? stability and balance or disorientation and confusion? What do we tend to do, and how is it connected with conceptions we have about what should happen? How can we make a static state fresh and new without controlling it?
We will begin to develop our sensitivity to stillness in the framework of an awareness through movement Feldenkrais class. After some time, things will become more open, eccentric and weird. Or maybe the opposite.

Asking somatically – an introduction

Phrasing questions with verbal language is an easy task for most adults. Most languages even have grammatical constructions that signify that the speaker is asking a question, making the task of recognizing an utterance as one even easier.

In this class, I would like to explore the possibility of somatically asking a question. To be more specific, the practice of posing with touch, to the body of a different person, a physical question. We start by asking dry and very concrete questions (‘Feldenkrais classics’) – how easily does the head roll easily, what is the comfortable range of motion in the hip, is the right leg heavier than the left leg, etc.

Those definite physical questions will allow us to develop a certain quality of touch – gentle, attentive, non intrusive, free of judgment and forced direction. Eventually, we might be able to leave this tangible realm, and have a more imaginative, rich and abstract tactile conversation with a different body.

This class is, in a sense, an introduction to the Feldenkrais approach to touch. But we use it as a base, to enrich our ability to touch in dancing, in friendly, romantic and sexual contexts, that is, in any kind of human interaction.

Weird stillness

Stillness is a sought after meditative quality and practice. Usually, one is asked to maintain a fixed bodily position for an extended amount of time. Those traditional fixed positions are designed wisely, and tend to be quite provocative – things happen when you stay in them. But they are generalizations, and as such are rigid and not really sensitive for individual needs and capabilities.
So how can we know in which position is it personally beneficial for us to stay still, and for how long? Are we looking for comfort or effort? Pleasure or pain? interest or boredom? stability and balance or disorientation and confusion? What do we tend to do, and how is it connected with conceptions we have about what should happen? How can we make a static state fresh and new without controlling it?
We will begin to develop our sensitivity to stillness in the framework of an awareness through movement Feldenkrais class. After some time, things will become more open, eccentric and weird. Or maybe the opposite.

Noam Raz

I try to milk some sense and joy out of the inherently complicated and inexplicable phenomena called ‘life’, through researching and working on the relationships between my mind and my body. I strive to transform the quereel these two seem to have into a dialogue that is somehow fruitful, vital and alive, loving, and at times even daring. The Feldenkrais method is a common starting point for these kinds of endeavours, though certainly not the only one.

More formally, one could describe me as an ex-philosophey of language student (Wittgenstein!), and an active Feldenkrais practitioner. I graduated from ‘hakvutza’ dance school, taught Pilates for some time and am practicing diligently Qi gong, Tai Chi and Voicework in the last years.

Awakening the senses with CI

(a little instruction manual for surviving Contact Improvisation Jams and have more fun in life)

Everybody coming to T&P has a lot of experience in dancing CI! NOOOT! 🙂
For the wonderful fact that at T&P we come together from a very broad field of research and backgrounds, we want to make it a little easier for those with less experience in CI. Therefore I will share a little mix of technical tools and exercises suitable as material to play with and address some basic questions which often arise in the practise such as: What is allowed in a CI Jam in general and at T&P in particular? How do I approach someone so it feels good for both of us? Sometimes I feel SO MUCH, what can I do? When I see the “experienced” people do their thing I sometimes feel intimidated – what is the best way back into enjoying my dance?
I’m very open to more questions and for the support of other experienced dancers to have a broader variety of answers. 😉
We will try to find them while staying in a mood of playing and being connected with our bodies. In case you haven’t had much physical proximity in the past weeks or months or even longer, this is the perfect opportunity for you to start with ease and joy into the festival!

Playing with restrictions

In this workshop I will combine some tools of CI with a few elements of my PLAYFIGHT system.
As a base to go deep and wild we will create a high level of awareness and sensitivity in the beginning. A proper warm up and some technical exercises can allow us to invite more intensity and play with more power and strength in the second part of the session. Short moments of verbal exchange will give us a deeper understanding about the multi-layered experience and help us stay connected on a body, mind and heart level. You will find a clear structure with a lot of listening, joy and a potential for cleansing some clogged channels of suppressed power. For some people this work has included emotional openings or breakthroughs in terms of self empowerment and aliveness. Throughout the session I will keep reminding you to choose your level of intensity to play safely and finding a nice flow together. You don’t need any skills or special fitness to join – just be ready to sweat and have a second T-Shirt with you! 😉

Awakening the senses with CI

(a little instruction manual for surviving Contact Improvisation Jams and have more fun in life)

Everybody coming to T&P has a lot of experience in dancing CI! NOOOT! 🙂
For the wonderful fact that at T&P we come together from a very broad field of research and backgrounds, we want to make it a little easier for those with less experience in CI. Therefore I will share a little mix of technical tools and exercises suitable as material to play with and address some basic questions which often arise in the practise such as: What is allowed in a CI Jam in general and at T&P in particular? How do I approach someone so it feels good for both of us? Sometimes I feel SO MUCH, what can I do? When I see the “experienced” people do their thing I sometimes feel intimidated – what is the best way back into enjoying my dance?
I’m very open to more questions and for the support of other experienced dancers to have a broader variety of answers. 😉
We will try to find them while staying in a mood of playing and being connected with our bodies. In case you haven’t had much physical proximity in the past weeks or months or even longer, this is the perfect opportunity for you to start with ease and joy into the festival!

Playing with restrictions

In this workshop I will combine some tools of CI with a few elements of my PLAYFIGHT system.
As a base to go deep and wild we will create a high level of awareness and sensitivity in the beginning. A proper warm up and some technical exercises can allow us to invite more intensity and play with more power and strength in the second part of the session. Short moments of verbal exchange will give us a deeper understanding about the multi-layered experience and help us stay connected on a body, mind and heart level. You will find a clear structure with a lot of listening, joy and a potential for cleansing some clogged channels of suppressed power. For some people this work has included emotional openings or breakthroughs in terms of self empowerment and aliveness. Throughout the session I will keep reminding you to choose your level of intensity to play safely and finding a nice flow together. You don’t need any skills or special fitness to join – just be ready to sweat and have a second T-Shirt with you! 😉

Ulli Wittemann

Ulli is a studied actor and a teacher for acting, movement, awareness & communication. A passion for movement and growth has drawn him to new directions since he was a child. Besides practising Ballroom Dance and Hip Hop as a teenager and 28 years of studying different Martial Arts forms he also fell in love with Contact Improvisation in 2001 during his studies at the University of Performing Arts in Frankfurt, Germany. After performing more than 1000 shows in the German State Theater system he decided to change his focus to sharing his love for CI, Acting, Awareness in Relating and Communication in Munich and abroad. Since 2010 he has taught Workshops, Classes and Retreats in China, Japan, India, Thailand, Bali, Israel, Palestine, Russia, Crimea, Georgia, USA, Canada, Turkey and many European Countries. On a regular basis he coaches individual clients and teaches CI, communication and his own PLAYFIGHT system in the region of Munich.

He is one of the Founders of the festivals TanzTageTempelhof and the BODY MIND SOUL Festival in Germany and the Conscious Flow Festival in India and co-organized eight editions of the Touch&Play Festival in Germany, England and Bali. Since 2015 he shares his love for nature and human growth in his retreat BEING HUMAN. It invites people to connect deeper with oneself and each other, nature and water. www.being human.cc
With his wife Isabelle Pyttel he founded the retreat format ACHTSAME SINNLICHKEIT (Conscious Sensuality) and they started into the adventure of parenting in December 2020. Currently they are looking for a beautiful place in nature in the South of Germany as a home for their newly founded community with space for movement, healing, arts and permaculture.
Find out more about the community project on www.das-nest.org

For Ulli’s work and events check www.consciouscontact.de

Cacao Ceremony (evening)

I would love to offer a big evening cacao ceremony for the whole group, including the ritual of setting the intention (e.g. For the T&P week) in the cacao and a guided meditation. It could be opening or closing (topic: gratitude) of the week. It is possible to combine it with live music (shamanic drums) or dj set for solo dance connected to the heart (ecstatic dance style), which then can go into contact impro (with a higher awareness and sensitivity). Or I could lead a connection exercise, which serves as opening for a conscious sensuality night with heart connection.

Cacao Ceremony (evening)

I would love to offer a big evening cacao ceremony for the whole group, including the ritual of setting the intention (e.g. For the T&P week) in the cacao and a guided meditation. It could be opening or closing (topic: gratitude) of the week. It is possible to combine it with live music (shamanic drums) or dj set for solo dance connected to the heart (ecstatic dance style), which then can go into contact impro (with a higher awareness and sensitivity). Or I could lead a connection exercise, which serves as opening for a conscious sensuality night with heart connection.

Chiara Polacchini

My name is Chiara, I’m based in Berlin, passionate about movement, dance, sensuality, cacao and nature. I have a degree in Marketing, plus a traineeship in Conscious Sensuality and one in Lomi Lomi Massage. Since 2016 I have been including cacao into my spiritual practices and later completed a Cacao Training. I organize conscious events and rituals in Berlin and I am happy to help people to connect with themselves and others.

Reclaiming our naked bodies: A Movement Medicine journey

How do you move when you are naked? How much can you stay in full presence of your erotic body while sharing a space with other naked dancers? In this workshop I invite you to explore the vulnerability and power of your naked body. To explore how you dance when being fully exposed. To investigate what happens in yourself when erotic energy flows through you and there is no piece of clothes to hide or protect you. It is an invitation to welcome all the sensations, guilt, shame, fear, arousal, that may arise while progressively exposing your naked body.
This workshop will start by gently building capacity and safety on the dancefloor using the Movement of Medicine tools. Our goal is to remain present to our embodied experience and reclaim agency and playfulness over our dancing and naked bodies. We will gently recognize the traumas that affect us very differently across the diversity of bodies and genitalias.
Although we clearly encourage you to explore your edges around nudity, full nudity is not required to participate in this exploration and you are strongly invited to listen to your own pace.

Reclaiming our naked bodies: A Movement Medicine journey

How do you move when you are naked? How much can you stay in full presence of your erotic body while sharing a space with other naked dancers? In this workshop I invite you to explore the vulnerability and power of your naked body. To explore how you dance when being fully exposed. To investigate what happens in yourself when erotic energy flows through you and there is no piece of clothes to hide or protect you. It is an invitation to welcome all the sensations, guilt, shame, fear, arousal, that may arise while progressively exposing your naked body.
This workshop will start by gently building capacity and safety on the dancefloor using the Movement of Medicine tools. Our goal is to remain present to our embodied experience and reclaim agency and playfulness over our dancing and naked bodies. We will gently recognize the traumas that affect us very differently across the diversity of bodies and genitalias.
Although we clearly encourage you to explore your edges around nudity, full nudity is not required to participate in this exploration and you are strongly invited to listen to your own pace.

Adrien Labaeye

Adrien Labaeye is an apprentice teacher of Movement Medicine, a shamanic practice weaving the power of a guided meditation supported by music and vizualizations to bring presence back into our embodied experience. Adrien infuses his teaching with an awareness to trauma, drawing from various teachings such as Embodied Intimacy, conscious kink, and Vipassana meditation. He is a also a doctor of Geography who researches the role of communities in a sustainability transition as well as a hobby baker and seeds activist.

Pooja: Yagya – Tantric fire ceremony

The tantric fire ceremony is a traditional Indian Pooja ceremony that involves the recital of Vedic Chants and holy offerings (Samagri) made to the fire. The combined effect of these chants and the fire together cleanse and purify the air and aura. You are free to participate or observe during the ceremony. A brief explanation about the Havan, its scientific and spiritual benefits will also be discussed.

Literally speaking, Yagya means – selfless sacrifice for noble purposes. Sacrificing ego, selfishness and material attachments and adopting rational thinking, humane compassion and dedicated creativity for the welfare of all – is indeed the best Yagya which should be performed by all human beings. The philosophy of Yagya teaches a way of living in the society in harmony, a living style to promote and protect higher humane values in the society – which is indeed the basis of the ideal human culture.

Pooja: Yagya – Tantric fire ceremony

The tantric fire ceremony is a traditional Indian Pooja ceremony that involves the recital of Vedic Chants and holy offerings (Samagri) made to the fire. The combined effect of these chants and the fire together cleanse and purify the air and aura. You are free to participate or observe during the ceremony. A brief explanation about the Havan, its scientific and spiritual benefits will also be discussed.

Literally speaking, Yagya means – selfless sacrifice for noble purposes. Sacrificing ego, selfishness and material attachments and adopting rational thinking, humane compassion and dedicated creativity for the welfare of all – is indeed the best Yagya which should be performed by all human beings. The philosophy of Yagya teaches a way of living in the society in harmony, a living style to promote and protect higher humane values in the society – which is indeed the basis of the ideal human culture.

ZinnDa

ZinnDa: means to be alive! A free spirit and a bundle of pure joy, there is nothing this happy soul isn’t capable of! His evolution has been quite a journey, from being a techie to transforming into an Osho sannyasin.
He was born with the heart of a nomad and has been a traveller for most of his life now. What’s his purpose? one might wonder! He has been closely working with the Osho Communes, spiritual festivals all around the world and the Contact Dance Community to help in bringing spiritual awareness and spreading peace in communities everywhere.
This was the thought that lead him to create his NGO: Global Cultural Exchange Organisation that brings communities around the world and people from all walks of life together in a peaceful and harmonious environment of sharing and learning.”

Into Being

In parallel to the intensives we create together with families, couples and also singles a space friendly to kids. In a playfull way putting focus on movement and touch we explore the secret of becoming an earthling. We experience the insemination of the human egg, simulate the rocking feeling of an embrio and the wonder of birth until we spend time as a cuddling pride of lions. To get there we make use of sensual excercises leading to the pleasure of touch and connectedness. The program serves as a frame in which adults are invited to follow their desire for touch and sensuality while at the same time allowing kids to take part and putting their necessities first.

Into Being

In parallel to the intensives we create together with families, couples and also singles a space friendly to kids. In a playfull way putting focus on movement and touch we explore the secret of becoming an earthling. We experience the insemination of the human egg, simulate the rocking feeling of an embrio and the wonder of birth until we spend time as a cuddling pride of lions. To get there we make use of sensual excercises leading to the pleasure of touch and connectedness. The program serves as a frame in which adults are invited to follow their desire for touch and sensuality while at the same time allowing kids to take part and putting their necessities first.

Music & Singing

Experimental Live Set

An improvisational journey through the world of beats, voices, synthesizers, additional musicians to join in, to guide any sort of freeform dance/kinky-dance/contact improv/tantra/softness/roughness (choose any or multiple) kind of experience, or just for people to chill out to.

Themed Ecstatic Dance / Contact Improv

An event like this just needs to have some Ecstatic Dances going on, perhaps in the theme of Touch & Play (Kinkstatic Dance? Darkstatic Dance? Freeform Contact Improv?). Ecstatic Dance is an approximately 2 hour journey through all types of music from all regions of the world & genres, where dancers refrain from speaking and express everything through completely free movement. It results in a broad spectrum of emotional experiences & natural highs, and with a team of aware spaceholders will becomes a very engaging dance meditation. I am also trained in guiding the warming up and being very clear about the guidelines & creating a safe space to invite play & set boundaries (with the help of spaceholders/volunteers)

Experimental Live Set

An improvisational journey through the world of beats, voices, synthesizers, additional musicians to join in, to guide any sort of freeform dance/kinky-dance/contact improv/tantra/softness/roughness (choose any or multiple) kind of experience, or just for people to chill out to.

Themed Ecstatic Dance / Contact Improv

An event like this just needs to have some Ecstatic Dances going on, perhaps in the theme of Touch & Play (Kinkstatic Dance? Darkstatic Dance? Freeform Contact Improv?). Ecstatic Dance is an approximately 2 hour journey through all types of music from all regions of the world & genres, where dancers refrain from speaking and express everything through completely free movement. It results in a broad spectrum of emotional experiences & natural highs, and with a team of aware spaceholders will becomes a very engaging dance meditation. I am also trained in guiding the warming up and being very clear about the guidelines & creating a safe space to invite play & set boundaries (with the help of spaceholders/volunteers)

Seyed Majidi

A diverse musician (multistyle Ecstatic Dance DJ (acoustic/electronic/world), rock-singer, live modern music artist) with a background in neuroscience & passion for rational spirituality & sex-positivism. Exploring many types of events: metal moshpits, T&P orgies, burn events, hippie dances, underground raves, tantric retreats… According to friends “becoming more and more mature in activities and behavior” but also very much still work in progress 🙂 Love exploring gender-fluidity in visible expression through clothing/behavior.

Intimate morning singing circles 

These circles provide a great opportunity to playfully and real tenderly connect with yourself / the tribe / and Great Mystery, through healing chants, medicine songs, sharings & silence. Best to recharge, recenter, rebalance and self- (or co-) regulate yourself during the intense ride of experiences at the festival.

Ecstatic Dance / Ritual Wave

Playing, exploring, praying, sweating, catalyzing, processing, realigning, connecting, and/or freaking out – all is welcome and possible at the Ritual Wave / Ecstatic Dance.
DJ Heyoka Pulsaris holds space in ways which merge the sacred with the eccentric, the multidimensional with bodypositive lustfullness. Dance becomes Ceremony becomes selfexploration becomes Dance.

Intimate morning singing circles 

These circles provide a great opportunity to playfully and real tenderly connect with yourself / the tribe / and Great Mystery, through healing chants, medicine songs, sharings & silence. Best to recharge, recenter, rebalance and self- (or co-) regulate yourself during the intense ride of experiences at the festival.

Ecstatic Dance / Ritual Wave

Playing, exploring, praying, sweating, catalyzing, processing, realigning, connecting, and/or freaking out – all is welcome and possible at the Ritual Wave / Ecstatic Dance.
DJ Heyoka Pulsaris holds space in ways which merge the sacred with the eccentric, the multidimensional with bodypositive lustfullness. Dance becomes Ceremony becomes selfexploration becomes Dance.

Stefan Pulsaris

I am 40 year old circle musician and Ecstatic Dance DJ living in a small community in Bavaria (Lake Chiemsee), always interested in co-creating spaces of growth, intimacy, development, expansion. My personal style involves the blending of humour, authenticity, prayer/spontaneous surrender to *Spirit*, and community building.

MORNING OFFERINGS

Assisted Breathing 1

Working with the breath can enhance our relationship to the forces that govern our experience of the body in space: our relationship to time and space, our ability for movement, including suspension and falling, our sensitivity to our own body rhythms and those of others. Working with the breath can improve our relationship to our Self, ensuring that when we do come in contact with an Other, we stay rooted, grounded. Similarly, through practice, understanding and engagement with breathing, we can better connect to those around us, perhaps reaching planes where we surpass Self and Other, and enter into a flow. But how can this be achieved? Using principles from BDSM helps us to deepen our understanding of who leads and who follows, and to practice manipulating those roles in a deliberate and playful way.

Playing specifically with the breath reminds us of the overarching natural laws which supersede, govern and interact with the games we might like to construct. It demands focus, and concentration: it is serious; without breath, there is no dance; there is no interaction. It is the silent, sometimes forgotten foundation upon which our movement, our freedom and our cognition rests and it requires time, attention, and focus in order to listen. So that we really listen. Let’s take that time. Let’s meditate specifically on the breath, our own, and that of our partners, and make it conscious. Very conscious.
Let’s play with breath.
Let’s take it away.

Assisted Breathing 1

Working with the breath can enhance our relationship to the forces that govern our experience of the body in space: our relationship to time and space, our ability for movement, including suspension and falling, our sensitivity to our own body rhythms and those of others. Working with the breath can improve our relationship to our Self, ensuring that when we do come in contact with an Other, we stay rooted, grounded. Similarly, through practice, understanding and engagement with breathing, we can better connect to those around us, perhaps reaching planes where we surpass Self and Other, and enter into a flow. But how can this be achieved? Using principles from BDSM helps us to deepen our understanding of who leads and who follows, and to practice manipulating those roles in a deliberate and playful way.

Playing specifically with the breath reminds us of the overarching natural laws which supersede, govern and interact with the games we might like to construct. It demands focus, and concentration: it is serious; without breath, there is no dance; there is no interaction. It is the silent, sometimes forgotten foundation upon which our movement, our freedom and our cognition rests and it requires time, attention, and focus in order to listen. So that we really listen. Let’s take that time. Let’s meditate specifically on the breath, our own, and that of our partners, and make it conscious. Very conscious.
Let’s play with breath.
Let’s take it away.

Rebecca Jackson

Rebecca is a Berlin-based massage therapist, movement teacher and writer.  Her work focuses on using movement, sound and breath as catalysts for and pathways to relaxation, pleasure and self-exploration.

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