Shannon Brown is a visionary artist, event producer and arts educator. She works with communities and individuals, facilitating transformative and healing experiences through the arts. Shannon holds a BFA in studio art, a certificate of Human Psychology and a Bachelor of Education in Community Arts education. An ISTA Level 1 graduate, and past Touch & Play workshop leader, Shannon has studied earth medicine and shamanism with Liddy Flewelling, dreaming and journeying with Robert Moss and visionary art with Alex Grey. She is a co-founder of the Kingston Psychedelic Society and runs Kingston’s electronic music and digital art festival Electric Circuits.
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Sigil Sex Magik
During this creative workshop we will delve into the mysterious process of creating Sigils. A Sigil is a magical symbol that transmits your deepest desires into a tangible image or symbol that can be activated through the power of sexual energy. Based on symbols, magik and focused consciousness this ancient technology of influence is a powerful tool for making change our lives.
Co-director of the school Fragments Libres since 2009, Éric Taillefer in trained in Qi Gong and in shiatsu, taoist and kashmiri massage. He leads authentic relating circles (“circling”) as well as vipassana-inspired meditation groups on a weekly basis.
He has been practicing orgasmic meditation (OM) since April 2015. Initially trained in private coaching by Emmanuelle Duchesne, he went on to complete his training by participating in several workshops in the USA. He has co-organized five OM-related workshops in Montreal.
Clitoral Stroking Practice
A man or a woman, completely dressed, strokes the upper-left quadrant of the clitoris of a woman lying on her back, naked from the waist down, during 15 minutes. Apart from this very subtle gesture, each of the two partners does only one thing: concentrate their entire attention on the ensuing sensations in their own body. At the end, the partners share a few words to describe some of these sensations.
Any participant wishing to leave the workshop may do so at any time, either after the presentation, the description of the steps, the demo, the choice of partners or before/during/after either one of the two meditations. To interrupt a meditation before the end, simply tell your partner you wish to stop.
Practice partners: you may choose the person or 2 persons with whom you will practice your 2 meditations ahead of time, or do it with the group during the “choice of partners” step.
Intention: to use clitoral stimulation to invoke the feminine sexual energy, and then surrender to its guidance, letting go of any plan or expectation, thereby reaching a deep meditative state.
Caro, Cachou & Swan Aleon
Caro has been working in the field on mental health for several years as a therapist and social facilitator. She actively seeks to create spaces in which the expression of people’s desires and boundaries finds support in the community. She believes that authentic connection to ourselves and to other individuals allows us to move towards a deeper awareness and acceptance of our emotional and fantasmatic inner worlds.
Cachou is a gender-fluid and experimental individual. In addition to being a masseuse and activist, their work on communal modes of living and conscious intimacy. They are currently particularly interested in all means of physical re-appropriation, which they consider essential to facilitating our individual and collective processes of emancipation from oppressive systems that contaminate our existence.
Swan is a queer and anarchist performer, writer, and activist. They trained in physical theatre and humanist psychotherapy (NVC), and also studied philosophy and religion. Their work deals with the body as a prime site of individual and spiritual reconditioning. Though the tantra, drama, and somatic workshops they organize, they strive to rewild our everyday life and to recover our shared human animality.
Caro, Cahou, and Swan co-founded the LIIC, a queer, feminist, and self-managed laboratory of intimacy and sex-positivity in Montreal. It seeks to deconstruct habitual patterns of behaviour and psychosomatic mechanisms that prevent us from relating more authentically to both ourselves and other people. One of its ultimate aims is to bring together sexual and social emancipation.
Expanding Gender Connection
This workshop seeks to explore boundaries and hurdles pertaining to gender dynamics. What limits our connection to individuals of the same assigned gender? How does gender affect the ways in which we interact, dance, and share intimacy with other people? Through radical honesty, conscious touch, power play, and movement, we shall explore sensuality as individuals who were socialized as “men” and “women”. We thus hope to expand and diversify the ways in which we play together. Our hope is to offer a safer space, promoting care, non-judgment, and curiosity, in which one can work towards deconstructing gender biases. This is the first step towards transcending the gender binary and towards reconnecting with ourselves as unique human animals. All genders welcome.
Neva Cockrell is a dancer, director, and movement teacher. She tours internationally with Pilobolus and directs new dance-theater works in the US, Dubai, and Europe with her company Loom Ensemble. When she isn’t directing or performing, she is teaching her own movement technique, Catalyst Training, which she developed in 2016. She currently serves as a co-director of Art Monastery Vermont, a land-based artist collect exploring the overlap of contemplative practice and creativity. She has been practicing meditation for the past 12 years, and is fully enliven by her daily somatic practice. Her life path is deeply ground in communal living, body-based activities, art-making, being outside, and contemplative practice.
Neva has taught dance, embodiment, somatic work, and fitness all over the world for over a decade. Her classes seek to unravel body shame, and shake loose the default culture’s twisted definitions of “beauty” or “strength”. Through the embodied practice of voice and movement, she believes we can unwind conventional gender roles, the body-shame industrial complex, and extractive / dominator attitudes towards the earth. From this place we can begin to build relationships and communities to heal ourselves and our world.
Sensuality: Pleasure activism through the senses in solo and duo play
We are alive! We can touch, taste, smell, see, hear, and/or SENSE ourselves, our world, our partners. And it can be sooooo enjoyable! In this two part workshop we will activate our sensual selves on a radical path of reclaiming our own pleasure, learning to relax and open the body/mind, and asking what brings us pleasure.
We will begin with a solo movement and voice exploration to bring our bodies into a parasympathetic state of relaxation and curiosity. We will then spend time moving, touching, vocalizing, and exploring ourselves in this state, learning how to be with our own bodies in pleasure. We will then move into pairs, and sense each other. What is it like to slowly take time to touch, taste, smell, see, and hear another person? What is it like to be fully sensed by someone else? Vulnerable, real, fully embodied — a radical, nourishing, and sensual experience.
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