A 4-day festival located in the lush Appalachian mountains
outside Asheville, North Carolina.

Aug 30th – Sept. 2nd, 2019

An immersive and collaborative community experience with daytime and evening offerings exploring our relationship to ourselves and each other through movement, art, touch, kink, dance and nature.

What is Touch&Play: Grassroots?

Grassroots is a participant driven, co-creative Touch&Play event.

The intention behind the ‘grassroots’ model of this Touch&Play is to be collaborative and to keep the price down. This is a participant driven event. There will be no intensives, fewer classes and everyone will do a few hours of volunteer shifts.

The schedule will be spacious and have ample time for transitions and integrations.

The event will be capped at 40 participants. Registration will be first come, first serve.


It is a part of the greater Touch&Play Project.

A community of dancers, artists, and foremost: people, coming together to explore connection & intimacy, expression & art, movement & dance; Touch&Play!


Grassroots – a Co-Created Participant Driven Event


We are encouraging participants to submit proposals for event offerings that bring to life the themes collectively valued by the Touch&Play community. Offerings could include, but aren’t limited to, classes, group activities and/or experiences that explore consent culture, communication, sexuality, gender and power dynamics, community building, shame resilience, inclusivity, dance and embodiment, conscious kink, art-making and nature connection. These proposals can be for serious learning, ridiculous play, absurdist art, achieving new levels of pleasure, deepening understanding, care, joy, pleasure, creativity…

Have an offering you would love to facilitate or see happen?

Registration and Prices


Registration: $250
Accommodations: $0 (commuter), $50 (camping), $85 (Indoor Dorm Single), $150 (Indoor Dorm Double), $200 (indoor private)

Your registration is confirmed only after we have received your completed application form, your $250 registration fee payment, and you have received a confirmation email.


More Information


Meals are all provided. We will have vegan and omnivore options with accommodations for common dietary sensitives including gluten and diary diets. While the meals will be ample and amazing, there are no stores nearby, so special snacks or supplementary food should be prearranged. Our goal with our food provisions is that no supplementary food will be needed except for exceptional dietary needs/desires.

Arrival & Departure Schedule

Registrants will receive (and co-create!) the full schedule for the event.

To attend the event you should arrive and check-in before 6pm Friday, August 30th.

Check-in times are 3-6pm Friday, August 30th.
The event’s opening must be attended by all participants and begins at 7pm.
Our event closing and cleanup is Monday afternoon, and will complete by 5pm. Please do not plan to leave earlier than 5pm.
More schedule details will be provided to registrants and at the event!



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Want to Come?

There are many way to show up!

Where is Touch&Play: Grassroots?

Grassroots is hosted at the Dancing Shiva retreat center located at Earthaven Ecovillage, in the mountains outside Asheville, North Carolina.