Workshop

Unless otherwise specified, no workshops require nudity or fetish outfit. For most workshops loose fitting, comfortable clothes are appropriate.

Please note: At some workshops it is asked to bring own material (blankets, towels, cushions, yoga mats, etc.).

Playing With Misogyny

Nehra Stella

MISOGYNY defines the cultural attitude of hatred, mistrust or prejudice against female and the idea that men are better then woman.

Misogyny functions as an ideology or belief system that has accompanied patriarchal or male-dominated societies for thousands of years and continues to place women in subordinate positions with limited access to power and decision-making.

Though most common in men, misogyny also exists in and is practiced by women against other women or even against themselves. Misogyny can be found within sacred texts of religions, mythologies, as well as Western literature and philosophy.

The first written example of misogyny is in the Odyssey (8th century B.C.) when Penelope, Ulysses’ wife, is told by her own son Telemachus “to shut up“ and go back to her room, to leave men discuss about important matters.  

A particular creative example is “Types of women“ by Semonides of Amorgos (7th century B.C.), where the author compares woman to nature and animals: pig, fox, dog, earth, sea, donkey, ferret,mare, monkey, and bees.  Of the Ten types, nine are delineated as destructive: only the bee-woman makes a good wife. In the second part of the poem, he complains about the evils of women in general.

Even the most appreciated woman of ancient time – “the Beautiful Elena“ – doesn’t escape misogyny; her beauty is seen as the main fault and cause of Troy War. But the best example of women being the origin of all bad is given by Eva, the very first woman, alone responsible for the Original Sin and the fall of all humanity.

In this workshop, we will recall all this extensive existing traditions and enrich them in a creative collective process to define and express as many variety of Misogyny and then use it to play together – women as well as men – the game of female hatred. We might even achieve to detect unaware and undiscovered misogyny inside each one of us and to transform it into an exciting and arousal tool for our blaspheme games…

Sensitive souls better abstain.

The Fool Inside of You

Supriya
Italian with translation

The clown is the sacred shaman, the ancient European symbol of freedom and love, he knows how to play power game, how to tell the worst truth with a smile and how to manipulate emotions. Is he crazy or is he aligned with the cosmos?
Mostly in life we hold back so much from our power. How juicy is life going to be if we just not take care too much about judgement, fears and bad emotions? they can became tools to create a beautiful game between shadow and light.

The workshop will guide you in your scariest truth and in your darkest power.
With its about to play, be crazy, show up and manifest your power!

The Art of Intimacy

Supriya
Italian with translation

After a small theoretical part about anathomy and taoism we will explore and express the power of the movement in itself; the polarity of different touching: the self love will became the base to explore the pain of being close
without touching or to be touched but without intimacy. We will explore the craziness of the touch in itself. The workshop will guide you in a journey of your body as a powerful tool of releasing pain and pleasure at the same time:
where is the shifting place between pleasure and pain? between craziness and the catharsis?

Awakening Sensuality Through Immobility

Christian Bayerlein & Grit Uhlemann

Communication, trust and enriched sensuality are three pillars of harmonious relationships that can be experienced deeply in this workshop on immobilisation, empathy and eroticism. Many paralysed people say that immobilisation brings more sensitivity in the body parts where people still feel sensations. The participants will experience what happens when body parts are immobilized.
To let go of control, to trust and surrender to the situation can often give a certain kind of inner freedom and arouse the senses. Verbalisation of one’s own needs is encouraged for better communication.

The Circle

La quarta corda
Italian with translation

A group experience in which top and bottom are in front of each other and in this situation we will experience all the elements that characterize playing with the ropes but enriched by the fact that each time we will be faced with a different partner with whom to dialogue through the ropes.

An experience of personal and group growth in which it will not only be a matter of tying or being tied up but in which we will necessarily have to put communication at the centre.

So a rope will mean the entry into space of another person, asking and giving permission, a meeting, a game, and a speech one rope at a time.

After all, this is exactly what we should do every time we bind with ropes.

Strategy and Torment

A journey within yourself

La quarta corda

Using force is not the best solution in bondage. Sometimes having a right “strategy”, a good “Kakehiki”, allow you to overcome a limit to the partner, to do something without him feeling forced. We must have the same strategy when we want to work with “torment” on our partner.

“Seme” does not only mean torture, but also torment. It means discovering his weaknesses, his fears, his emotions and pushing him to live them in a consensual, intimate and controlled context, in order to come out stronger and more purified at the end.

In this workshop we will talk about Kotobazeme (torture with the word), Shuuchinawa (rope of shame), Shikarizeme (torture of reproach). We will not use complex ligatures but we will focus on the communication that we can establish through them.

The Mouth

Sharka Rey
English with translation

What does your mouth mean to you?

How much are you aware of it?

Do you use its full potential?

Can you imagine your life without it?

I would like to invite you for a 90min workshop in which we first engage in discussion and then dive into the mouth/jaw exploration. We will be looking at various faculties such significant body entrance and exit point has to offer, relaxation techniques, bitting, sucking, kissing, and dragging.

Sexobatics

Sharka Rey
English with translation

Imagine acroyoga as a dance where our boundaries are open and flexible.

This workshop will explore simple partner acrobatic positions and how we can kink them up. There will be an opportunity to enjoy nudity and play with your beautiful genitals which are very often underestimated in acroyoga.

This workshop requires presence, trust, surrender, playfulness and communication. We will investigate touch and how to direct another person’s body in space.

Kill The Mediterranean In You And Any Other Hidden Pride

Anna Natt & Nehra Stella

For all the work we do to eradicate deeply ingrained socialized behaviors, there are still residual traces of pride lingering deep below the surface of consciousness that we may not be aware of…pride in one’s country, in one’s gender, in one’s economic class or adherence to a particular social group.

The very name “Mediterranean” underscores the belief that this was, is and will forever be the center of the earth; is there anything more pompous than that? You know it, it is time to kill the Mediterranean in you.

Lay down at our feet, beg forgiveness and purge any lingering smugness about where you were born.

We will employ the wrath of Nero, the ruthlessness of the Spanish Inquisition and all the shame of the Catholic church in order to leave you feeling cleansed and free.

Role Play

Anna Natt

Anna Natt Role Play Workshop at xplore Roma 2019
photo by Dalia Castle

Some of the most beautiful and intense sessions I have had have been when I was playing someone else. Role play is a way to step away from our mundane self into the guise of another person.  Taking on the role of someone or something else can be very empowering and free us from restricting thought-patterns and act as a tool to ask for what we do not dare to when we are ourselves.

For many, one obstacle to role play is “performance anxiety”, the feeling that one will not have enough ideas, be able to stay in role or freeze up in the middle of everything. In this workshop we will focus on how to get into role, leaving behind any expectations of producing concrete results or scenarios. Freeing ourselves from this expectation is what allows us to be creative and have fun while getting in touch with still unknown sides of ourselves.

Bring costumes and props that inspire you!

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