Join us for this weekend intimacy and relationship intensive, offering you the extremely unique experience of mind-blowing, heart opening, playful explorations of erotic, emotional and physical intimacy.
Embodied Intimacy provides a safe environment in which participants practice transformational processes of relating that accelerates the path towards deeply fulfilling relationships.
The heart of the practice we will utilize is Belly2Belly, a relationally attuned dialogue and meditation practice. Body to body. Heart to heart. Pelvis to pelvis. This practice creates deep presence and embodied interactions.
We reach these deeply embodied states through the application of the tantric tools of breath, sound, movement, and touch. Together we create a playful relational laboratory by simplifying the components of relating, intimacy and sexuality into its most basic and fundamental elements. Creating new possibilities by consciously putting the elements back together through consensual explorational interactions.
We invite you to relax and let go of the unique and shared ways we “try” to be in order to be accepted, loved, and wanted -from “doing” intimacy to “being” intimate. Within the safety of the environment you are gently invited to feel into what actually happens when you are together with another person.
All the experiences that arise within each interaction are welcomed within mindful awareness, including feelings of rejection, abandonment and critique, as well as feelings of attraction, connection and appreciation. We are just being together without any other agenda.
At an Embodied Intimacy workshop you can learn how to:
Establish a somatic sense of safety.
Identify a yes, maybe, and no in your body.
Hack your emotional operating system.
Optimize your human connection system.
Create transformational relationships through empowering vulnerability.
Alchemize your social anxiety into the very stuff that connects you to your own humanity and brings you closer to others.
Ride the oscillation between the need for safety and connection, and the desire for freedom and individuality.
Practice intimate relating and communicating in such a way that you can enjoy the ups and downs of your social evolution.
Find your voice, activate your sound, and use it.
BREATHE more and deeply!
You will not be required to do anything. Everything is an invitation to consider; all activities are optional. Your full consent is the only requirement for your interactions with others.
Dates: Saturday 8th - Sunday 9th September 2018
Times: Saturday 10am-9pm & Sunday 10-5pm
Location: It's Yoga Brighton
Milligan House, Port Hall Avenue, BN1 5PL
Cost: £180 (some concessions available, please get in touch).
More About the Belly2Belly Practice:
The core of this practice involves slowing down the sympathetic nervous system until the whole body is relaxed and open to the wisdom of the gut and heart. Conscious use of breath, sound, movement, and touch increase embodiment and attunement to one another. It gently melts away the barriers to love and opens to the possibility of being nurtured by human connection. It is a tribal group practice where everyone practice with everyone. Each person is seen as a mirror and holds a key to unlock a deeper self-acceptance and harmony within yourself. Within the peace and safety of the container being held, individually and collectively, the tribe members can start to heal their relational wounds. At the speed of love we learn how to live from the wisdom of our heart instead of the worry of our minds.
More About Embodied Intimacy:
Embodied Intimacy is created to address the fact that very few of us have any formal, or conscious, education in intimacy. We live in a word that teaches us how to read, write, calculate and solve logical problems. However, we are not taught how to love and be loved in a way that fits the unique shape of our heart.
Embodied Intimacy asks you to show up and reveal yourself authentically. To take risks and vulnerably let others see you as you are. To hold others in non-judgmental awareness as their mirror to let them see into and reflect you. To be intimate and create intimacy: In-to-Me-I-See. The truth of each moment has the potential to set us free by allowing ourselves to be all that we are. Embodied congruence, authenticity and vulnerability has the power to shave off the dead callus of defensiveness and leave us more naked and available to be touched, met, intimate, and to transform and upheaval the way we relate.
This intensive and all Embodied Intimacy events and workshops are an experiential and pragmatic education of intimacy. We encourage participants of all levels of emotional maturity to cultivate their emotional intelligence. As a result of participating in Embodied Intimacy workshops you will gain trust in your authentic ability to initiate, collaborate and relate with more heart.
About the Facilitators: Buster Rådvik & Rachel Rickards
Buster Rådvik, MA
Buster’s dharma is being by example and leading with integrity. He literally wears his heart on his sleeve and has a reputation for pleasantly shocking an entire room with his candid emotional awareness and ability to reveal himself, transparently, no matter how awkward and messy it might look. His warm, open style gives permission for people to come home to themselves, embodied in an ecstatic atmosphere of vulnerability. Buster is an expert at gently guiding people into their bodies, through the shadow work, landing them safely into their heart, where vulnerable transparency is accessible and emotional intimacy becomes transformational.
All of Buster’s work including individual sessions, work with couples, and groups is focused on love, sex, and intimacy. He draws his approach from a journey of over a decade of living in intentional communities, combined with his studies and practices of various body-centered disciplines of awakening. Busters gift lies in his eloquent execution and powerful ability to create a safe space for individuals and groups to fearlessly navigate their emotional bodies as the pathway to liberation.
Buster began his career in Sweden as a professional dancer and choreographer (1991-2002). Over a period of six years, he also trained as a therapist at OSHO Humaniversity in the Netherlands (1996-2002). After a ten-year career in performing arts in Scandinavia Buster moved to the United States, where he studied and received his degree in psychology. For the last seven years Buster worked primarily as a body-centered psychotherapist with clients who struggle with trauma and addictions. Buster is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, and a trained Sensorimotor Psychotherapy therapist. After living communally, apprentising and collaborating wih David Cates during four years in Seattle, WA, USA and Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, he now offers his Somatic Belly2Belly inspired Embodied Intimacy events internationally.
Rachel Rickards is an adventurous spirit in the realms of love, sex and relationship. Her natural exuberance gives permission to others to explore their authentic selves in uncharted territory. Her never ending enthusiasm and energy for the work of transformation and the ease of play at the same time is a huge gift adding depth coupled with perspective to everything she does. One of Rachel’s greatest contributions to a space is how she is able to embody the feelings of an individual or group field with such acute awareness, that one could almost observe her as the pure reflection of what is present in the field at any given moment.
With Rachel, comes a passion for relating and loving in alternative ways and helping people find their truth in the way they want to love and be loved. She has sincere empathy for the difficult path of relating outside of the box, but also great enthusiasm for the spiritual journey it is to find your own relationship to relating with others, and ultimately, most importantly, to yourself. More recently, Rachel has been thriving in her work with women empowerment, helping her clients to find their voice and define their boundaries; to live life actively owning the kind of relationship their heart desires. With personal and professional training in psychology, sex therapy and alternative/open relationship counseling, she is committed to helping others find their full creative expression in life and love.
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