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The Forest – Embodiment and Touch Ritual (mixed gender pairings)
August 5, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
‘The Forest’ is a very special ritual built around touch.
This workshop begins with some fun introductions and group agreements. We then move into some activities to explore and set our personal boundaries, and embodiment practices to help us arrive into the moment and our bodies.
After a break, the room is set up, and the ritual begins. An undressing ritual encourages you to remove as many or as few items of clothing as is right for you.
The group is divided in half. One half takes a position in the space and (optionally) puts a blindfold on, forming a ‘forest’ of people. The other half of the group become creatures slowly making their way through the forest, engaging in touch exchanges according to the limits and boundaries of the individual ‘trees’. Exchanges might be brief, or long, and are able to be ended by either party at any time. The group then swaps over.
The Forest is very special in the way that it supports your journey into yourself and your own body. It is very hard to project your experience onto another when you are blindfolded and don’t know who is engaging with you! The Forest is also a stunning practice for overcoming the idea that touch is only enjoyable when it comes from particular people. (Although, that said, the workshop includes a mechanism where you can ask for someone that engaged with you to identify themselves to you afterwards, at their option).
This practice allows for a considerable range of activity. You may choose to experience the ritual fully clothed, and with strong limits on where and how you want to be touched. At the other end of the spectrum, you might choose to be naked with no preset limits, noting that you are able to stop any contact at any time, without explanation. There will be some overall limits regarding levels of contact, and if you choose to be naked, you will only be touched by hands wearing gloves that will be disposed of immediately afterwards.
For this workshop, both sides of the group will have a quick practice run first, so that they know what it is like to be on both sides of the exchange before the ritual begins properly.
Debriefing and integration are included.
Gender and sexual attraction: In this ‘mixed gender’ version of The Forest, no reference will be made to gender (or anything else) for activities. Therefore, to participate in this ritual, you accept that you may be touched (within the limits you define) by people of any gender. The ritual is not about being attracted to the giver; it is about your experience as the receiver, and the tantalising delight of playing with the unknown. (There is also a ‘hetero’ version of The Forest, where folks that identify as women are paired with folks that identify as men. See the events listing page for more information.)
Participants have often described the experience as unexpectedly moving, sublime, ecstatic, freeing, sometimes challenging, trust-building, and contributing to a journey of sexual self-discovery. It’s surprising how much of a training ground The Forest is in getting better at setting and naming your boundaries.
INTENSITY: For some people, a surprising number of edges arise through this ritual; for them, it’s three or four out of four chillies. It’s a gentle and contained and carefully defined space, but it includes blindfolds and touch by strangers. For others, it’s a simple, light, enjoyable exchange.
WHO FOR: Those drawn towards ritual, developing their sexuality, playing gently at their edges, people wanting to open up to a wider range of touch and other people.
WHO NOT FOR: Not for people that are uncomfortable with touch with a variety of people. Not for people unable to set personal boundaries, or who’s abuse history is too close to the surface.
WILL THERE BE PARTNER WORK?: There will be some verbal exchanges and simple touch exercises in pairs, but most of the workshop is spent in the ritual described above.
HOW WILL PARTNERING BE DONE?: By the facilitator, randomly.
CAN YOU WORK WITH AN EXISTING PARTNER / FRIEND?: No, unless chance puts you together.
NUDITY: Some people may choose to do the ritual semi- or fully-naked, however there is no expectation or requirement that you remove any clothing.
SEXUAL CONTENT: The workshop is about sexual concepts, and touch in particular.
COMMITMENT: You may leave the workshop before the ritual if you decide, after the practice run, that it’s not for you. You may also set as many boundaries as is right for you, ensuring that touch only happens to the level that’s right for you at the time.
RATIO EXPERIENTIAL / THEORETICAL: Mostly experiential. Some theory / discussion relating to safety, boundaries, and conduct.
BRING: A water bottle, and any snacks you might need.
WEAR: Whatever you’re comfortable in.
PRICE: $25 – $45.
Pricing is in three rounds: there are 15 tickets at $25, 15 tickets at $35, and a limited amount of additional tickets at $45. Effectively, this means getting in early to get a concession / early-bird / discounted ticket!
BOOK TICKETS: https://www.trybooking.com/MZHR
ABOUT THE FACILITATOR:
Roger Butler is an exceptional facilitator. He has a diploma in facilitation, and extensive postgraduate training in psychology and working with groups. This is backed up by experience designing and running around a thousand workshops over the course of 20 years, and it results in a learning experience that is fun, accessible, consistently high quality, and about as safe as sex gets.
Roger lives and breathes a very sex-positive and body-positive existence. He offers a model of consent that goes beyond simply getting appropriate permissions; consent becomes the very thing that turns everyday sex into superb sex.
Roger is all for sexual experience as simple hedonistic pleasure, but can also make a great case for how good sex communications skills lead to world peace and political change! He is well schooled in kinky sex, ‘normal’ sex, and modern tantra practices (including the Urban Tantra professional training program).
He is a passionate advocate of gender equality in a way that is genuinely welcoming of women, men, and people of other gender identities. He established Curious Creatures in 2011, and is the principal facilitator.
Curious Creatures run a wide variety of kink, tantra, sex-positivity, and psychology workshops. The best way to stay informed of upcoming events is to join the Community and Events Newsletter here: http://www.curiouscreatures.biz/contact.html
Generic fine-print for Curious Creatures workshops:
By making this booking, I confirm that:
– I will not reveal the names or personal details of any person in the workshop.
– I have no reason to believe I am likely to fall into an altered states of consciousness (such as extremely strong moods, psychotic or schizophrenic states, numbness, trauma response) where I am unable to communicate and look after myself.
– I am able to take responsibility for saying ‘no’ to any activity, experience or exchange that is not right for me. I will put my knowledge of my body and my psychology ahead of anything I am asked to do.
– I have free will, and if I need to leave the workshop at any time, I can. If I do, I will let the facilitator know I am leaving if it’s possible to do so, or get in touch with the facilitator/s afterwards to let them know why I left.
– I am an adult and I understand that this workshop is about sex and sexual practices.
– I don’t believe I am currently suffering from trauma or abuse.
– I can understand complex instructions given in English.
I may request a refund up until 48 hours prior to the workshop. A $20-per-ticket fee will be deducted from my refund.