A powerful community gathering 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.
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
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.
Diversity Fund and Scholarships
Touch&Play aims to encourage a diverse community of dancers and somatic visionaries to explore play, vulnerability and building community with embodied, emotional, and erotic intelligence. This festival is an embodied inquiry in inclusivity that recognizes the emerging expansion of leadership in the U.S. to better include people of color, trans, and non-binary people. As a festival of dancers exploring and contributing to these cultural shifts we have created this scholarship to support the participation of individuals who self-identify as belonging to an underrepresented and/or marginalized group.
Help defray costs for POC/ LGBTQ or other underrepresented participants who need financial assistance in order to attend.
We envision a world in which everyone is supported and no one is left out. Our scholarships reflect that vision by supporting individuals who self-identify as belonging to an underrepresented and/or marginalized group to participate who could not otherwise do so.
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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, &P 2019 Grassroots Mission, Vision and Diversity Goals
We welcome a diverse community of dancers and somatic visionaries. This is a festival about play, vulnerability, and building community with embodied, emotional, and erotic intelligence.
It takes courage, compassion and integrity to authentically witness and be witnessed in the intimacy of sharing one’s truth. What seeds of truth are emerging from us, individually and as a community this spring? It takes discernment and responsive inquiry to choose which seeds to nurture and cultivate, and which to weed out. Our bodies house the roots of our lineages and the tender shoots of the futures we create. How can we learn to better tend to ourselves, each other and the lush, diverse garden of our community?
This is a space to explore our personal, tribal, and societal desires! What can dance, somatics, tantra, kink, Contact Improvisation, and communication practices contribute to our intimacy?
Come ready to cultivate, express, and feel your desires. Let’s get compassionate and curious about intimacy, sexuality, consent, emotions, gender, privilege, race, power dynamics and inclusivity. There’s an emerging expansion of leadership in the U.S. to better include women, trans, non gender conforming, and people of color. There’s a growing community of people practicing new models of intimacy. We are shifting from an era of sexual abuse to an era of sexual liberation with accountability. What can we, as a festival of dancers, discover and contribute to these cultural shifts?
We want our facilitators and/or teachers to be 60% poc and nonbinary.
We want to only work with facilitators and teachers who share our vision and values.
We want at least 30% of our participants to be people of color
We want at least 30% of our participants to be queer, or non gender conforming (ngc) people.
We want people returning to our community to see value in expanding our community and to delight in welcoming new people by contributing money and being part of sharing the invitation to new people
POC, Non-Binary, Queer/LGBTQ+, Non-english native speakers, Neuro-diverse & Mixed-Abilities
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.