The Asylum - a space where you can rest and re-charge

The Asylum - a space where you can rest and re-charge

The asylum is a space where you can rest, re-charge and where you have permission even to fall apart, if that's where you're at. The environment will be designed to calm your senses. The asylum will be open throughout the festival. Twice a day skilled and experienced volunteers will be available to listen or simply accompany you through whatever you might be experiencing. Please inquire at the box office if you’re interested to access it.

The Anus and the Heart

The Anus and the Heart

The journey to paradise begins through the darkest and most taboo part of the body: so teaches one of the greatest literary works of European culture. In the The Divine Comedy  Dante famously exits the circles of hell through the anus of the devil. From a practical point of view, when exploring the anus Jack Morin encourages everyone to make a "no pain ever commitment". This workshop is for those who want to learn skills in giving and/or receiving anal pleasure. We will spend time relaxing with a slow touch around the outside of the anus - 'rosebud' massage. We will teach some techniques of touch to this area of extraordinary sensitivity.

The Nervous System and Arousal with Marion Ellyard

The Nervous System and Arousal with Marion Ellyard

Often things these days are too speedy that we bypass the possibility of full arousal by going for intense sensation. The state of your nervous system, more specifically your vagal nerve, determines how much you can or cannot feel when it comes to sexual arousal. It's an exciting journey to slow it right down and truly feel 'your nerves' as they start to tingle your excitement.

Using several tools, such as Chinese acupressure points, for opening the arousal channels as well as conscious touch, this workshop will help you to explore your edge of arousal and maybe venture into unknown terrain.

Breaking Down with Natalia Je and Tod Thompson

Breaking Down with Natalia Je and Tod Thompson

Breaking down is like a dirty secret. By breaking down we mean being emotionally unable to cope, feeling overwhelmed, vulnerable, unable to function as one normally does, finding oneself experiencing extreme and unpredictable emotions such as anger, sadness, terror, loathing or fear..."being triggered", as they say. The truth is breaking-down seems to be an inevitable part of the journey towards emotional maturity in the 'sex-positive' milieu. We even believe that those who haven't seriously broken down have missed a certain rite of passage.

In this workshop and in the festival more generally, you will have permission to break down without fear and without shame. We will explore how each of us acts when we break down, how we respond when we witness others breaking down and how we would like others to be with us when this happens, when the infans, the one who can't speak or the wounded child arrives.

Cruise! with Newman Alexander

Cruise! with Newman Alexander

Why is cruising only for gay boys? If the space were safe enough, wouldn't people of all genders love to cruise each other and have random, wordless encounters with strangers?

This space is open at set times during the festival and held by helpers who are well versed in keeping spaces safe. A simple set of guidelines is presented to each cruiser on the way in, inviting them to slow down, pay attention to body language and use gestures for yes & no. Then they are free to roam and to cruise. 

The invitation is for the space to be bawdy but conscious, filthy but present, vibrant and unlimited. Condoms, lube and gloves are on hand as needed. The only other rule: no lying down. All action must be done standing or bending over.