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

Grassroots
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

Food

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!

 

Butoh

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...

Gender Exploration

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

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...

Arts

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...

Ropes & Bondage

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

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

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...

Play!

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...

Communication & Relationship

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...

Voice & Song

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...

Tantra

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...

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.