The Desire Series
Three Thursday Evenings, May 24, 31, June 7th, 6:15pm to 8:15pm
Location: Shecosystem, 703 Bloor Street, Bloor and Christie
Price: sliding scale 150.00 to 250.00, pay what you can; registration limited to 10 people; to register, click here
For generations, women and feminine of centre people have been taught that their erotic desire is wrong, non-existent or dangerous. Most of us have grown up with pleasure-phobic beliefs ingrained in our cultures, families, bodies and minds. This workshop series is all about untangling those beliefs, and imagining alternatives.
We start from the idea that joy, pleasure, fun and erotic heat in our bodies can be an incredible resource for healing, connection and transformation. Using a mixture of somatic techniques, input from the latest research and theory, expressive arts work, discussion and personal reflection, we will learn and then practice tools for strengthening feelings of relaxation, desire, pleasure and erotic curiosity in our bodies. We explore our own commitments and blocks to pleasure and sexual enjoyment, learn nuanced tools for practicing deep, hot consent and develop new ways of communicating our needs and wants.
Payment is required to reserve your space in the workshop.
Prapti Giri is a body-based trauma therapist who believes that resiliency, pleasure and joy are essential and foundational in the healing of personal and global wounds. She is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner who integrates body, mind, spirit and an understanding of social justice in her work with clients and groups. She has a deep love for nature, Turtle Island, and is cultivating an awareness and respect for her own ancestral legacy rooted in Nepal and India.
Meg Saxby is an educator and healer who believes in the radically transformative possibilities of pleasure. She is a body-based practitioner and has worked in feminist sexual health and sex ed for over ten years, including HIV advocacy, harm reduction, the cooperative housing movement, sex ed curriculum design and sexual violence prevention and response. She is legit joyful and grateful and amazed to get to do this work, has been schooled in boundaries and femme power by a series of cats and loves gluten.
Location: 703 Bloor Street, Bloor and Christie (Shecosystem)
Session 1: May 24th, 2018, 6:15pm to 8:15pm
- Learn how our bodies signal calmness and safety, and how we co-regulate one another into these felt states
- Using movement, guided reflection and low-disclosure sharing, collectively build a container of group trust and cohesion
- Clarify our personal commitments and goals for the workshop series
- Experiential exercises to explore the felt sense of wanting, our relational needs, and our beliefs (both positive and negative) about sexuality and eroticism
Session 2: May 31st, 2018, 6:15pm to 8:15pm
- Explore entitlement and responsibility
- What stops us from feeling worthy of pleasure? What makes us feel afraid of pleasure? What makes us dismiss pleasure? Why and how do we want to counter these states and beliefs?
- How does our body tell us what we want, and how we know what we want? Once we know what we want, how do we ask for it?
- Somatic exercises for understanding the context we require to unleash our desire–when, where and how
- Somatic exercises to develop feelings of deservingness
- Strategies and exercises for growing those ‘deserving’ feelings in order to take risks, have fun and play more
Session 3: June 7th, 2018, 6:15pm to 8:15pm
- Learn how to put these feeling states of desire, deserving, responsibility and confidence together into a hot, dynamic and wholistic verbal consent practice
- Develop skills for communicating desire.
- Recognize how our bodies signal to us where we want to go sexually and how they communicate boundaries to us
- Developing some tools for stretching into new territory
We have designed this series so that it is interactive to the degree that participants choose–you are not required to share stories of your own erotic life. The workshops are clothes-on and open to feminine of centre people. In order to maximize economic accessibility while creating sustainable livelihoods for ourselves, we are offering this series on a sliding scale: pay what you can, $150.00 to $250.00.
This series is intended to be experiential and therapeutic and therefore will be capped at 10 people.
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