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Into the Forest - Differently Gendered/Non Binary

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Into the Forest is a very special touch ritual supporting your journey into yourself and your own body.The group is divided in half. One half takes a position in the space and puts a blindfold on, forming a 'forest' of people. The other half of the group become creatures slowly making their way through the forest, engaging in touch exchanges according to the limits and boundaries of the individual 'trees'. Exchanges might be brief, or long, and are able to be ended by either party at any time. The group then swaps over.

The Forest is very special in the way that it supports your journey into yourself and your own body. It is very hard to project your experience onto another when you are blindfolded and don't know who is engaging with you! The Forest is also a stunning practice for overcoming the idea that touch is only enjoyable when it comes from particular people. (Although, that said, the workshop includes a mechanism where you can ask for someone that engaged with you to identify themselves to you afterwards, if they wish to).

This practice allows for a considerable range of activity. You may choose to experience the touch ritual fully clothed, and with strong limits on where and how you want to be touched. At the other end of the spectrum, you might choose to do it nothing but your underwear and with a fairly adventurous level of touch, noting that you are able to stop any contact at any time, without explanation. You can remain fully clothed throughout, if that’s right for you.

Participants have often described the experience as unexpectedly moving, sublime, ecstatic, freeing, sometimes challenging, trust-building, and contributing to a journey of sexual self-discovery. It’s surprising how much of a training ground The Forest is in getting better at setting and naming your boundaries.

BY PURCHASING THIS TICKET YOU INDICATE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THE FOLLOWING:

This workshop / ritual begins with some group agreements and a thorough description of what The Forest is about.

After a break, the room is set up, and the ritual begins. The group is divided in half. One half takes a position in the space and puts a blindfold on, forming a 'forest' of people. The other half of the group become creatures slowly making their way through the forest, engaging in touch exchanges according to the limits and boundaries of the individual 'trees'. Exchanges might be brief, or long, and are able to be ended by either party at any time. The group then swaps over.

The Forest is very special in the way that it supports your journey into yourself and your own body. It is very hard to project your experience onto another when you are blindfolded and don't know who is engaging with you! The Forest is also a stunning practice for overcoming the idea that touch is only enjoyable when it comes from particular people.

This practice allows for a considerable range of activity, all of which is set by you. For this workshop, both sides of the group will have a quick ‘light duty’ practice run first, so that they know what it is like to be on both sides of the exchange before the ritual begins properly. If you decide the experience is not for you, there is an easy opportunity to leave after the practice ritual.

In this version, the two groups (of trees and creatures) will be created without regard to gender, meaning you need to be open to giving and receiving touch from anyone (within the limits you define).

INTENSITY: Different people have different experiences; for some, it’s a light and enjoyable exchange. For others, it’s fairly intense at times. It's a gentle and contained and carefully defined space, but it includes blindfolds and touch by strangers.

WHO FOR: Those drawn towards ritual, developing their sexuality, playing gently at their edges, people wanting to open up to a wider range of touch and other people.

WHO NOT FOR: Not for people that are uncomfortable with touch with a variety of people. Not for people unable to set personal boundaries, or who’s abuse history is close to the surface.

It is critical that you arrive at the venue at the designated time. There can be no late admissions to this event, and no refunds will be offered to late arrivals.

WILL THERE BE PARTNER WORK?: Most of the workshop is spent in the ritual described above.

CAN YOU WORK WITH AN EXISTING PARTNER / FRIEND?: No, unless chance puts you together for some of the ritual.

NUDITY: There is no nudity in this workshop.

SEXUAL CONTENT: The workshop is about sexual concepts, and touch in particular.

COMMITMENT: You may leave the workshop before the ritual if you decide, after the practice run, that it's not for you. You may also set as many boundaries as is right for you, ensuring that touch only happens to the level that's right for you at the time.

RATIO EXPERIENTIAL / THEORETICAL: Mostly experiential. Some theory / discussion relating to safety, boundaries, and conduct.

BRING: A water bottle, and any snacks you might need.

WEAR: Whatever you're comfortable in.

Presented by Curious Creatures


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