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Join Ron Stewart and Pono for CONNECTIONS, a heart-centered gathering in which to experience our ecstatic erotic bodies free of the shame, judgment, and guilt which we experience as a result of society’s denigration of man to man sex. Explore and expand your body’s capacity for pleasure by shedding negative beliefs and habitual patterns of erotic behaviour and creating new pathways to erotic pleasure and ecstasy.
You will be living in a dorm style accommodation.
CONNECTIONS a somatic-based, experiential celebration of masculinity and eroticism. “Somatic” practices give us the opportunity to learn and understand by physically doing and feeling “new” patterns and sensations in the body. The learning happens on a cellular level - this is different from cerebral “textbook” learning. Activities include daily skyclad (naked/clothing optional) yoga, improvisational movement, dance, sound exercises, guided massage and touch experiences, conscious erotic practices, mindful conversation, ecstatic erotic dance, bonfire, beach walk, hiking, and quiet contemplation.
“Let’s Talk About Sex” - Meal times are a great opportunity for intentional conversations which help us all to process experiences and deepen our time on retreat. Past topics have included:
Boundaries and consent
How pleasurable and unpleasant experiences are held in the body and how that shapes current choices
Sex and fear in the age of HIV/AIDS
Celebrating your sexuality
Online hookups! What is safe sex in 2019? PREP and PEP!
Positive and challenging experiences from your sexual past
“Coming out”, gay community/ghetto/neighbourhoods
Envision your future, your community
CONNECTIONS retreat starts at 5pm on the arrival day, continues with four full experiential days in retreat, departing by noon on the last day. Scheduling on first and last day can be flexible to allow for individual's travel commitments.
Scheduling for each retreat is tailored to meet the needs of the group.
Erotic practices at CONNECTIONS are designed for participants to explore their own erotic bodies in community with others. Although Skyclad celebrates man to man sex, this workshop is based on more fully understanding your own body’s capacity to experience pleasure and ecstasy. Participants will experience and exchange intimate contact through intentional touch, massage, and erotic ritual. You will not be engaging in sex with each other.
Some programming practices will include nudity. All male-identified people are welcome to participate at their own comfort level. End 2018 and Start 2019 with a group of men wanting to explore and expand themselves in a communal erotic environment.
Ron Stewart is a Certified Somatic Sex Educator and currently serves the position of vice president of the Somatic Sex Educators Association. Trainings in Sexological Bodywork and Somatic Experiencing come together with his background in teaching yoga (Skyclad - 2005 ) to invite clients to discover ease where previously they experienced dis-ease. His career in contemporary dance and yoga practice offer him a unique understanding of body intelligence, physical communication, and creativity. Ron has been offering retreats world wide since 2005.
Pono is a somatic sex educator and sexual wellness coach. He guides people of all gender identities, preferences, and proclivities to work through and overcome cultural, religious, and familial taboos around intimacy, touch, desire, arousal, and sex. Pono utilizes knowledge from studying focusing (Eugene Gendlin) and the chakra system in his hands-on work with clients. He is a certified yoga instructor who did his training with Integrative Yoga Therapy. Clients have commented on his gentle, grounded presence, and warm soothing demeanor.
The retreat location is in Metchosin BC on the Southern tip of Vancouver Island, overlooking Juan de Fuca Strait and the Olympic Mountain Range. Thirty minutes from Victoria's downtown core, Metchosin is a rural municipality, home to artists and farmers and is an easy access location for Vancouver Island's West Coast beaches and rugged coastline.
The property boasts one of the oldest homes in the area nestled among Douglas fir and Garry oak trees. Private and tranquil, this sacred land promises an opportunity for exploration, connection to nature, rest, and renewal.
You will be served three healthy home-cooked meals a day including dinner on the first day and breakfast before departure. Please let Skyclad know if you have food preferences or allergies.
In addition to programming, there will be free time for quiet contemplation in nature, creative pursuits, rest, and connection with other participants.
Victoria International Airport
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight o arrive at Victoria International Airport (YYJ). For information on transportation to the retreat center from from the airport or local ferry terminals please send Skyclad an inquiry.
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