The Sensual Arts Retreat
APRIL 22-29 2020
CONNECT | EXPLORE | DANCE | SURRENDER
"Totally totally amazing!!! It has changed my life . I found a kind of peace . At last I have met people who share the same views as me with respect to spiritual practice , sex in general and kink in particular. I have discovered shibari and I love it. I feel my life has opened up in a way I could not have previously envisioned."- Toby, Sensual Arts Retreat 2019
Are you looking for a blissful, holiday escape to learn some seriously delicious new skills, meet lots of friendly, open minded people and let your playful side out for a week of epic connection and self exploration?
The Sensual Arts retreat is designed to be a deep and euphoric experience for any exploratory sensualist or conscious kinkster, with a perfect balance of learning, experiencing and soul nourishing rejuvenation... while keeping it playful and fun!
Join us in the lush tropical paradise of Bali with some amazing teachers and facilitators as we learn and journey together in a beautiful, luxurious private villa for 1 amazing week.
WHAT IS THE RETREAT ABOUT?
The Sensual Arts retreat is designed to be a deep dive into the realms of sensuality and intimacy. We explore what our authentic desires are, how to communicate them and how to access our boundaries and express them. We aim to create a space of safety, self awareness and creativity.
The retreat is part internal exploration and part skill development for those who wish to gain tools for creating intimacy with others, skills like shibari, massage, sensory play, energy play and more. This will give you a tool box for exploring your creative side in your sensuality and having new ways of interacting with others in your life, as well as the internal resources for finding your authentic path.
We use tools from Tantra, Yoga, Taoism and ancient wisdom, tools from modern therapy as well as tools from the world of kink.
This retreat is a celebration, an exploration and a space of discovery.
OUR CORE VALUES
Authentic expression- That all of you is welcome here, including sadness, anger and all other emotions. While we're exploring sensuality then all kinds of emotions can come to surface and they're all perfect and part of the journey.
Radical consent and communication- Full body YES and celebrated NO's.
Conscious exploration- We have a alcohol-free event and encourage a deep dive into what your motives and desires are. We take time for self reflection, sharing and self-discovery.
Inclusivity- All genders, sexualities, races, spiritual beliefs and relationship styles welcome.
Environmental consciousness- The location sources locally produced, organic food, makes their own soaps, shampoos etc and we use a portion of the ticket sales to carbon-offsetting projects planting trees and helping the environment. We recognize international retreats contribute to carbon emissions with flights so we endeavor to give back in the ways we can. We also serve vegan food because it is the best for the environment and for the planet, as well as all the creatures living on the planet.
Safety- We take a trauma-aware and gentle approach to our event that values nourishing a sense of safety, as well as self responsibility. We want you to meet your edges in a way that is integrated and promotes true growth and healing.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN?
You will experience workshops about:
Consent and Communication
Shibari (the Japanese art of bondage).
Yoga, Qi Gong and Acroyoga.
Sensual & erotic dance
Conscious Kink and play
Massage and bodywork
Self love and Self worship
WHAT WILL YOU GAIN FROM IT ?
You will learn skills for sensuality, intimacy and conscious relating, meet new like-minded people and build friendships and community, as well as discover parts of yourself that you may not have uncovered previously. Previous participants have remarked that the experience was life changing and opened up a whole new world for them and the way they relate to others.
You'll also get plenty of time to learn the art of shibari from one of the worlds best!
It is also an amazing chance to unwind, pamper yourself, play and explore in beautiful Bali!
WHO IS IT FOR ?
This retreat is open to everyone looking to deepen their self-connection and expand their freedom through the field of conscious sensuality. Curious wanderer, exploratory sensualist or conscious kinkster, whether beginning your journey or experienced. You are welcome to come as a couple, alone or with friend(s) and explore whatever level of connecting feels right for you.
All spiritual orientations, relationship status and sexualities will be respected. Celibacy, monogamy, polyamory, asexuality… We embrace all kinds of connection whether it be platonic, romantic, experimental or just connecting with yourself.
We are an inclusive event- Queer and poly friendly ♥ All of our teachers are inclusive and work to avoid stereotypical gender polarities and judgement. This is also a SW friendly event for industry pros who want to get a new depth to their work without shame and judgement.
This retreat is a small and intimate gathering with only 26 spaces available, so make sure you grab your spot fast if this sounds like your kind of getaway!
Every exercise and workshop proposed you’ll chose to practice or not, alone or with your partner or friend or classmate within the scope of your limits. There is no pressure to be intimate with anyone, at any time, beyond your comfort levels. We encourage enthusiastic consent and celebrate 'no's and recognizing personal boundaries.
The only required workshop is a consent and safety workshop so that we can be sure to have a safe and respectful container for us all.
There is never any pressure to push your limits beyond what you are feeling. We are big on promoting a trauma-aware, gentle and integrated approach to exploration and boundaries that is empowered and nourishing.
The communal spaces are only for sensual play, but further exploration between guests is at their own discretion in privacy if all are consenting.
EMOTIONAL SUPPORT AND SAFETY.
We are aware that exploring to the edges of human sensuality can sometimes bring up intense feelings and past experiences. We have a care team of trained professionals who have worked in the psychiatric field, emotional and energy healing as well as trauma safety and are ready to handle any triggers or emotional issues come up during the course of the week. We’ll create the safest container possible where anything coming up can be expressed and integrated.
We have protocol for possible consent violations or issues that may arise and endeavor to support you fully in your experience no matter what comes up. There is also an on-site spa if you want any additional bodywork, plus options for coaching sessions.
Full or partial nudity can be proposed in some of the workshops. As everything else it isn’t mandatory but you should be willing to be around other people who are exercising this human freedom.
Outdoor nudity may be possible (within some limits when staff are around) and a respectful level of play, though as it is Bali it is important to be conscious and considerate of the staff and their comfort too.
There will be a shibari rig for suspension play.
We’ve brought together some really amazing teachers who will help expand your understanding of yourself, your desires, your boundaries and your creativity.
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AVALON- is a rigger, photographer, performer and a creative innovative rope artist that merges art, bondage, sensual play and traditional Japanese Shibari. Avalon has developed his own distinctive style which is fluid and sensory, forming a communication with his models via rope he incorporates sensuality and sensitivity into his rope work. Avalon has trained with the best in the world and is an extremely experienced rope artist, we are extremely lucky to have him at the retreat. He will be teaching daily workshops on the art of shibari and doing a performance for us.
At the last retreat Avalon was an amazing addition, providing various suspension demos and sharing his passion and wisdom.
(Host and creator of Sensual Artistry)
Luna will be teaching sensual dance and embodiment (for all genders!) , tantra and self love, consent and communication as well as leading some of the rituals and celebrations.
Originating from Australia but being found in various places around the world, Luna has spent most of her life between the spiritual and the erotic, working as a stripper, adult entertainer and fetish performer while simultaneously practicing yoga, tantra, meditation and exploring the divine around the world. Luna is now a full time sensuality teacher, event organizer and sex, love and relationship coach. She has a unique perspective on conscious kink and sensuality from her unconventional life and has a lot of experience running workshops, teaching yoga and dance and running events around the world for people to come together, explore, empower one another and connect in a safe and friendly space.
Luna is currently studying at the Tantric Institute of integrated sexuality with Layla Martin.
Seani Love has been exploring and teaching erotic ritual for over twenty years.
His work combines ritual techniques, Conscious Kink, Neo-Tantra, Jungian Psychology, and ritual theatre. His work enables him to take his clients on profound journeys into their inner worlds and helping them find power, wisdom, love, and pleasure within themselves
An expert in this unique field, Seani received the prestigious industry award ‘Sex Worker of the Year’ in London in November 2015.
Sol, the Swedish sensitive Viking, will be guiding some workshops at our retreat, an amazing example of the divine masculine as it embraces the rising feminine energy. Sol will be teaching yoga, qi gong, play fighting plus connective cuddle puddle/hugging workshops to help break the ice... As well as basing for our acro yoga!
Finally, having worked as psychiatric healthcare professional for eight years, he will also be the lead for the empathy team, so if you need any emotional support or have issues with consent, he will be available for support and so will the rest of the team.