A powerful community gathering located in the lush Appalachian mountains outside Asheville, North Carolina.
Cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19
An immersive community experience with daytime intensives, workshops and offerings and evening events exploring our relationship to ourselves and each other through movement, dance, art, intimacy, kink, and nature.
Desires live at the gateways of our Eros, fulfillment and profound pleasure.
Lorina Manzanita leads us literally and metaphorically in Dancing with Our Desires. We move through our challenges to help us increase our capacity for more pleasure, fulfillment and rocking intimacy. Lorina Manzanita MA, SEP has been professionally helping people get comfortable in their own skins since 1998.
What are authentic ways to ferment our queer bodies in a radical, self-sustainable way?
This offering focuses on queerness in motion and stillness with the idea of fermentation process.
Weaving Authentic Movement, Contact Improvisation and Butoh elements together, we will turn our queer bodies into a utopia for memories and dreams. It is a perfect opportunity for our bodies to get to know more about our “culture” and “mother” and ferment as a collective organism in a darker, quieter place.
Workshops, Classes and Events
What is Touch&Play: Emerging Seeds?
Emerging Seeds is Asheville Touch&Play Asheville’s annual festival.
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!
Asheville Touch&Play Vision
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 and experience of being human?
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?
Ways to Join the Exploration!
Butoh is an avant-garde art form developed in Japan in the 1950’s. Born at the height of the Japanese Counter Culture Movement, Butoh was influenced by surrealism, neo dadaism, mime techniques, ballet, flamenco, and German Expressionist dance. Tatsumi...
We invite the opportunity to explore our identities and behaviors related to gender with the intention of creating healing and liberation in our relationship to ourselves and each other. Socialization of gender has profound and hidden impacts on our identity and...
Kink: Sexual desires, behaviors and identities that challenge social approval, giving you the opportunity to explore your courage, shame, pleasure and liberation. ~Zahava Griss, Are You Ready for Liberation?Our desire and pleasure can come in many shapes and forms. At...
What do we want to create together? As we cultivate a space of belonging inside ourselves and with each other, our creativity has even more space to expand into. This gathering together at Touch&Play is a rich opportunity to engage and explore our natural...
Bondage is the practice of consensually tying, binding, or restraining a partner for erotic, aesthetic, or somatosensory stimulation. A partner may be physically restrained in a variety of ways, including the use of rope, cuffs, bondage tape, or self-adhering bandage....
Nature connection and sustainable living are two of the fundamental values of the Touch&Play movement. We are thrilled to be able to host this Touch&Play Asheville event deep in the woods and mountains of the Earthaven Ecovillage that is a living example of a...
Contact Improvisation is a largely a-formal improvisational dance form practices the world over. Defining a form: Where does Contact Improvisation begin and end? We want to honor that the Touch&Play project has it’s roots in the lineage of Contact Improvisation...
We are inviting some deep play at this Touch&Play Asheville event. Come as you are and get ready to delve into the depths of what we can create when we get together like this! We welcome a diverse community of dancers and somatic visionaries. This is a festival...
Broadening communication skills and capacity with the purpose of enriching and enlivening our relationships is a foundational value and goal of the Touch&Play movement. The Touch&Play Project started in 2010 as a platform to challenge the practice of Contact...
We are inviting some deep play at this Touch&Play Asheville event. Exploring our voices and song is a powerful way to tap into and express our authentic selves and to connect deeply with one another, with nature, with the stories we carry from our ancestors. Come...
Dancing Shiva, the Asheville Touch&Play: Emerging Seeds venue, is a Tantric Monestary and retreat center. Find out more about Dancing Shiva Tantra “When the inner becomes outer and the outer inner, the spontaneous dance between shiva and shakti – of...
Where is Touch&Play: Emerging Seeds?
Emerging Seeds is hosted at the Dancing Shiva retreat center located at Earthaven Ecovillage, in the mountains outside Asheville, North Carolina.