MY BODY MY PLEASURE
Workshop led by Skinship_Berlin with Ayo Gry and Axel Nielsen
17 June 2023, 2 PM
A guided group ritual where our desire for touch and connection can come to life through collective creations. We explore how consent and communication can be balanced with playfulness, intuition and body language. How do we find out what we want? How does it feel like to voice our desires? How does it feel when our wish for connection is met? How do we feel when we receive a ›no‹ or a ›yes‹? You are invited to join this workshop just as you are. We are not looking for right or wrong answers, but to improve our collective curiosity and knowledge of the human desire for touch and connection. We are moving in bodies full of memories and emotions. Being touched changes how we feel, think and make choices. This workshop wishes to open a space where all the different of forms of human desire for connection can be explored between people who are not necessary already in a relation to each other. What kind of intimacies are possible when we are empowered to connect with our own choices and voices?
SKINSHIP – a touch-based place for kinship, is a pleasure positive queer collective, providing playful education around touch and intimacy, based on principles of embodied activism and art in Berlin. Through a variety of somatic practices and rituals, we expand queer culture in ways where we can connect to our own and each other's skin, returning to a place where we remember our kinship.
Ayo Gry (they/he) is a mind/body therapist and working in the field of embodied transformation and artistic collaboration. They are co-founder of Skinship_Berlin and have a professional background in Performance Design, Sexological Bodywork and Mind/Body Therapy. [Artist website]
Axel Nielsen (he/him) is a somatic therapist based in Berlin. He has a background in social justice and has mainly worked to improve access to health care for transgender and non-binary people. Now he works with an embodied approach to therapy, to support people of all genders and sexualities to live embodied lives. He gives workshops regularly at Village and Skinship and is the co-curator of the stretch festival - an embodiment festival for queer men and trans / non binary people. [Artist website]