Breaking Down with Tod McKendry

Breaking down is like a dirty secret. No-one wants to be heart broken or devastated but a lot of people are.

If we are serious about promoting a more enlightened culture, the possibility of breaking down has to be acknowledged and taken seriously. 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. We even believe that those who haven't seriously broken down have missed a certain rite of passage.

If you can be vulnerable, you are worthy of trust. 

When you break-down, there are no assurancesno guarantee that you will learn or transform for the better. But it is only by being in this place that you will have any chance to learn what you need to. 

In this workshop and in the festival in general, 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 wounded child arrives.

Visualizing New Masculinities with Guy James Whitworth

Award winning artist Guy James Whitworth will host an interactive life drawing group quite unlike any other. Using visual references and life models to build new ideas around what masculinity looks like and redefine what it can become. All materials will be supplied in a 90 minute workshop designed to ignite the imagination in any gender and neutralise any toxicity in the modern male.

NB: This is a clothing-optional workshop

Exploring Shame with Vandan Lifedancer

Shame can impact every part of your life. It can affect your health & wellbeing, your relationships, your job, your family life, and your finances. It can be crippling and paralysing. And it can dominate your life.

There are 2 steps to begin dealing with shame. The first is acknowledging the shame we carry. The second is to allow ourselves to start the process. The difficulty is that so many people actually carry shame about having shame! Yes, that’s true.

What is your relationship with shame? If shame is a part of your life (even in a small way) come and join us to explore what shame is, how it affects you and what you can do about it.

Tie Massage with Luke George

Rope is sensitive and dynamic. It can act like a conductor of energy and information between bodies. When we involve rope in our play, we work with different types of touch; from the light gliding of rope on the skin, through to the firm compression of rope as the Rigger wraps, frictions, cinches, and moulds their Bunny into a beautiful bind.

In this workshop, Luke will teach some basic principles of both Kinbaku and Thai Massage, leading a suggested sequence of touch and ties - with ample time for play.

We will build our sense of connection, trust, confidence and surrender. We will explore how we touch with our hands, our bodies and through our rope. We will explore how the rope can be an extension of our own bodies through connecting physical touch and binding with rope.