workshops/ events


QUEER WILD ONES - BLINDFOLDED TRANCE DANCE

for the LGBTQIA* community

 

Togehter with Paul Auls & me

"I would believe only in a God that knows how to dance".

 

HOW TO DANCE INTO TRANCE…

Trance Dance is one of the oldest methods of coming back into movement with our own life force!

 

Many of us know the power of a dark, buzzing techno club. Loud, rhythmic music. Bodies moving freely in communion. A feeling of timelessness and ecstasy. Yet, many of us also know the down sides of those spaces.

 


In queer trance dance we can still get high - but on our own supply, - and our own pace! Our bodies can freely express from inside out, and we can truly move like no one is watching - because nobody is!

 

From the earliest moments of known human history, trance dance accompanied ancient rituals, spiritual gatherings and social events. 


 

We’ll be using rhythmic sounds, live drumming and percussions in combination with intense breathing and the body’s natural impulses for movement.

 

As space holders we accompany the journey with smudging and energy work.

 



When the body starts to dance without being controlled by our everyday life consciousness, the soul / life force / sub conscious / your inner unicorn (call it what you like!) starts to take over.

 

Through blind-folds and a safe container, our senses are heightened and expand beyond the perceivable.

 


WHY QUEER?

As modern humans, we have lost our traditions of daily dancing, voicing and stomping in community.

 

Spaces in which we can freely experience & express our bodies, hearts and minds are especially important to a queer spirit.

 

How can we feel our body as a self-owned and self-evident queer vibrating shelter?

 

To come together in a safe room of shared expressions, questions and longings is the core of *Queer Wild Ones* Trance Dance.

 


WHY TRANCE DANCE?

  • liberating for body, mind & spirit
  • unleash hidden and suppressed parts of your queerness.
  • re-align us with our wild queer core, - as loud or soft that may be.
  • experience a deeper sense of identity and connectedness.
  • encounter a different sense of community.
  • get high on your own supply!

 


DANCE TO BE DANCED

Let's be real. Most people do not dance "like nobody is watching". We dance from ideas, patterns, from what is perceived as attractive or safe. And there are good reasons for it.

 



But: how would it feel if there is truly nobody watching? How would you move if you are not busy with dancing but being danced? What will happen when you get in touch with the power of expanding consciousness through your body, - and watch where it takes you?

 

MODALITIES

  • wear or bring light clothes
  • feel free to bring your own favorite blindfold, but we will also have enough for everyone
  • bring your own water bottle
  • if you like, bring a little snack to share for our landing picnic afterwards

WHEN:

19.03.2024

 

WHERE:

Belziger Str. 7

10823 Berlin Schöneberg

 

Entrance opens at 19.15 h

Beginn is at 19.30 h

After we start it is not possible to enter anymore.

 

COSTS:

15-40€ sliding scale

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queer sensitivity

a 2 day somatic based workshop for LGTBQIA* people

27.& 28.04.2024

 

ABOUT

This workshop will explore the topic of ‘queer sensitivity’. As something that empowers us in our Queerness and empathy for life, that nourishes our ability to love others and ourselves.

We will combine elements from different Bodywork methods, mindfulness, dance and positive feedback systems. We will invite the uniqueness of each and every one.

FOR WHO?

QUEER SENSITIVITY is aimed at people curious to explore and sensitise their individual Queerness through moving, sensing, talking, breathing, exploring, being - supported by a group of queer people.

How can I feel my body as a self owned and self-evident queer shelter or safe space?

Which parts of myself do I want to investigate and express more?

What qualities can my Queerness unfold? Is it powerful, light, earthy, fluid, careful, passionate, grumpy, emerald green, fragile, soft?

Usually when I call myself queer it takes some kind of effort. I need to think. But now I can feel it in my whole body. This is me. There is no doubt about it. It is perfect this way.”

(a participant after the workshop)

QUEER SENSITIVITY

Our (queer) way of loving has not been given to us for granted. We had to live our differences, often being in conflict with what is considered as “normal”. These experiences have left their marks, sometimes painfully. But today we can use the resilience that made us overcome these difficulties as a source of energy! As queer superpowers.We can connect to the strength of our past decisions in a deeper way, be proud of what we achieved, and let our love and our queer lights shine. :)

Let`s trust ourselves and each other queerly, as a physical, deep down feeling.

Let`s enjoy to articulate our boundaries and desires more clearly.

Using our vulnerability as a resource.

SETTING // SPACE ?

The workshop holds a safe and playful space, welcoming everyone for sharing, unfolding and extending. We will mindfully respect our borders without excluding. We will have the chance to connect and support each other physically, mentally, emotionally.

The space is wheelchair accessible.

FACILITATORS

We (Benjamin and Jochen) identify as genderqueer, feminist, open-hearted, sensitive humans.We are able to hold and carry different dynamics and spaces. Since about five years, we work as Bodyworkers/Somatic Coaches in Berlin with the Grinberg Method and Pantarei Approach. Our approach is informed by about 15 years experience in theatre and dance.

This is the 4. time we will host a Queer Sensitivity Workshop in Berlin. We are excited to continue the journey, to learn with and from the participants.

More about the past workshop’s experience can be read in the Pantarei Blog:

https://pantareiapproach.com/queer-sensitivity-and-the-pantarei-approach/

 

***So let’s breathe, move, dance, expand, talk, shake, let go, create! ***

 

More about the past workshop’s experience can be read in the Pantarei-Approach-Blog 

When:

27.& 28.04.2024

 

please bring some comfortable clothes

fee:

120 €

(if you cant afford the fee at the moment due to low income, we are happily offering a discount- please contact us and we´ll work something out! )

Contact/ registration:

due to limited space, please sign up binding and save your spot here:

Hinweis: Bitte die mit * gekennzeichneten Felder ausfüllen.


Embodied Pride

Being confident, authentic & trustful in your own skin.

Celebrating diversity as strength.

 

Connecting to our authentic pride helps us to boost our vivid love;

our love helps us to heal and spread healing, to influence our lifes and to stand confident for what we want and what we dont want.
Its going to be summer and pride season as well. Wich is not particular relevant but gives another change to maybe practice our pride while connectiing with our body and heart even more, showing ourselves outside, marching, gathering with others in these days...

What a participant wrote about it:

"It was a truly soothing and very special day for me and I would like to thank Benjamin with all my heart for it, especially for the perspective to scoop out of abundance.-that is so rare and so important when we want to create something positive in this world.

I finally felt far away from all kind of "labels" ,but simply as a human being who does not have to apologize for anything, and has not to fit into any drawer and is allowed to connect to others at the same time.

I hope it will continue for us all on this path!

Pride = a feeling, deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one's own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated and connected, or from qualities that are admired.

The word pride can be easily stereotyped, overused and misunderstood.

And yet it is an significant topic for most queer people.

How have certain experiences of our (collective) history shaped our bodies, our behavior and our identity?

Which conclusions and fixed point of views are maybe keeping us from consciously perceiving how powerful we are today?

Aim:

This workshop is an approach to connect to our authentic pride as a source of our individual and collective growth & strength:

A source we can use to empower ourselves, our health and well-being as well as our relationships towards others and the world.

We will empower our visions and special talents through strengthening our body awareness, embracing our courage and trusting the abilities of our bodies to expand and heal in any emotional/ internal level.

Connecting to the different individual qualities of pride, trusting our hearts and using that energy to follow our desires and dreams...

Consciously embodying the freedom we love and admire so much.

How:

 We will learn, move and explore together, feel the power of each and every one, create a space of trust and growth, have the chance to connect with each other and support each other in different ways...

A safe space of emotional and physical extension and unfolding.

One very important part will be to connect to our past as a source of our wisdom & strenght: We detect old counter-productive intentions dynamics and transform them into something vivid and heathly for our life today.

We will allow to listen more specifically to our internal body, train attention in different ways, finding more inner silence and trust by connecting the mind with the body. A combination of movement, simple and effective excercises, mindfulness as well as voice and writing practices - so we´ll breathe, move, dance, expand, write, talk, shake, let go, invite...

 

Come and join as you are, with your desire to explore and connect.
With your curiosity and your doubts as well as your wishes...
The workshop is open to anyone, with or without movement/ bodywork experience. The number of participants is limited. So please reserve your place! (each date can be booked individually)

The workshop will be held in English and German. There will be translation.

For any questions, please don´t hesitate to contact me.