We are all looking for greater connection and intimacy. But how do we get it? Where do we start? How much is our personal responsibility and how much of the responsibility belongs to our partner?
We will be looking at all of these questions and you will come away with a greater connection to yourself and tools to practice increasing your sensitivity and relationship to pleasure – with or without a partner.
It all starts with feeling safe. When you are safe, you can make choices; when you can make choices, you are empowered.
This workshop is an invitation for singles and for couples.
You will be guided in learning to touch and connect – first and foremost with yourself – in a conscious and empowered way. From here, you will learn to create agreements with yourself and with others, to access deeper levels of connection.
The foundational teachings of this workshop will be based on Somatic Consent where the main focus will be to activate your hands, improve the quality of your touch, explore consensual touch, and learn how to separate doing from giving and discover deeper layers of receiving.
“In recent years, a wave of studies has documented some incredible emotional and physical health benefits that come from touch. This research is suggesting that touch is truly fundamental to human communication, bonding, and health.”
~ Greater Good Science Center at Berkeley
Deep spiritual qualities of surrender, integrity, gratitude and generosity will unfold as you learn new dynamics related to giving and receiving. Building on this, there will be an emphasis on communication and consent and exploring receiving pleasure through the action of taking as a foundation of love and service.
We all want to feel safe and trust, to be soft, open and vulnerable, and to let go of defenses and resistance. With a lover, we want to enter into a deep space of surrender.
To bring integrity to relating, it requires clear agreements, which create trust, safety and surrender, while maintaining sovereignty. We make commitments to ourselves, first and foremost, from a place of self-love and respect.
In this journey, you will learn to:
• Understand the functionality of the nervous system and how to create safety for yourself
• Activate the somatic nervous system and our default connection to pleasure through touch
• Use your own hands (and entire body) as an unlimited source of pleasure and connection to self and other
• Feel the difference between giving and receiving and discover who it is for when we engage
• Apply Somatic Consent as a foundation for relating
• Communicate boundaries, needs and desires clearly and directly
• Practice making choices and identify, value and ask for what you want
• Redefine what is meant by “relationship”
• Create relationship agreements that are based on sovereignty, integrity, respect, choice, trust and goodwill
• Take the goal out of sexual encounters and follow the pleasure
• Stop being ‘nice’ and move beyond pleasing
• Identify and move beyond survival strategies and shadow behaviors
• Apply this in your daily life with a partner, colleagues, friends and family
There will be many interactive games and exercises offered to help you learn in an easy, playful and conscious way. These exercises can be used in your personal or professional life. Come with a partner or on your own.
No prior experience is necessary for this workshop. If you are a beginner or a professional you can start where you are and find new levels of awareness.
Everything will happen in a safe container and you will always have the choice whether you want to touch or be touched. In fact, you don’t have to touch anyone at any point in the workshop and you will still learn and enjoy the full experience. You will have many opportunities to identify your desires and limits and practice communicating them. This event will be fully clothed.
About Matt Schwenteck
I have been on the path of tantra and self-development for nearly 20 years with different healing modalities of meditation, counselling, bodywork, shamanism, trauma research and neurophysiology. I have been a student, practitioner and facilitator of the of the Wheel of Consent since 2011 and co-founded the School of Consent with Betty Martin in 2018. I have been facilitating workshops, trainings and retreats and individual consent sessions and facilitated on festivals worldwide. My main teachings of Somatic Consent are a blend of the Polyvagal Theory and the Wheel of Consent for therapeutic touch, healing, pleasure, empowerment and play. I am a TRE provider, Cuddle Party Facilitator and Ritual Play Facilitator.
Located near stunning Aegean beaches on the Pilion mountain of mainland Greece, the Kalikalos Holistic Network is made up of three centres offering a summer program of holistic and affordable workshops, retreats, and alternative holidays along with a community-building experience patterned after the Findhorn community in northern Scotland. These centres demonstrate the power of authentic community as a vehicle for a new culture of cooperation, partnership and sustainability.
The Anilio Centre is located in a valley surrounded by a wild chestnut forest and a short drive or walk to crystal clear beaches. The workshop space opens to the forest and is a beautiful secluded area for group activities. The living space is a rustic Greek farmhouse with pretty views from the balcony and the eating area is shaded by a grapevine. The centre is also known as Spiti Ton Kentavron, House of Centaurs, to honour Pelion’s mythology. This summer community has the feel of a big family made up of volunteer staff, guests and workshop participants.
You will become part of the community during your stay. The week will start with a community-wide gathering and sharing, and finish with a community fireside sharing. You’ll also be expected to help out with some community tasks, such as meal preparation and clean-up.
The workshop begins with dinner on Wednesday 3 June (arrive from 14.30) and ends with lunch on Wednesday 10 June (depart by 14.30).
07:00-08:00 Morning practice
14:30-18:00 Free time for beaches, walks, relaxation
Prices include the workshop fee, accommodation, and all meals except Taverna night when the whole group eats out at a local Greek taverna.
• Single bed (Shared Room) – €575.00
• Single bed in a Twin (Shared Room) – €650.00
• Single bed (Private Room) – €725.00
• Single bed (Tent) – €575.00
Book before 21 April to get a 10% discount off the prices.
There are many ways of travelling to Kalikalos, both air and overland. The nearest airport is Volos, but you can also fly to Thessaloniki, Skiathos Island or Athens, then travel overland. Check the Kalikalos website for further details.