A powerful community gathering located in the lush Appalachian mountains outside Asheville, North Carolina.

Emerging Seeds
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.

Lorina Manzanita

Intensive Instructor

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.

Ryuta Iwashita

Intensive Instructor

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.

The Seductive Art of Sexual Liberation©️

This is the time to heal the wounds that have happened in our bodies and that limit our full experience in this lifetime. We are worthy and overdue to break out of these prisons that we have placed ourselves in as well as society. We have given up power at the expense...

Anal Ecstasy for World Peace

A class for anyone interested to learn more about anal pleasure. All levels of experience welcome. A discussion, a ceremony, and a self exploration. Topics will cover all aspects of anal play; erasing taboos, releasing shame, accessing grief, transforming homophobia,...

Holy Sex with Tarik

Sacred sexuality, Estatic tantric sexuality. Breath-gasms : Learn specific breathing techniques for orgasmic release. Energy Orgams- Discover how to activate the somatic energy system for full body orgasms. Love keys - Learn the secrets tantric keys for long lasting...

Humanimal Body Rebirth Ceremony with Arulu

What is it to be human, to be animal? This explorative container is a timeless space where constructs that bind us to identity may be reorganized. We gather to engage in embodied conversation with the diverse and wild characters that reside within each of us. We...

Pathways to Connection: Navigating Sex-Positive Environments

Joining an intimate and sex-positive space can be exhilarating, intimidating and overwhelming - often at the same time. Pathways to Connection will let you play with several re-frames that can help navigate conflicting thoughts and emotions in an erotically charged...

GO F*** Yourself- The Soul and Science of Mindful Self Pleasure Practice

There are few other human sexual behaviors that have such a legacy of fear and culturally/religiously/socially imposed story as masturbation does. It has been pathologized, demonized, punished and shamed in as many ways as we can imagine. What if we began to engage...

Grounded Rope Art: An Embodied Play Practice with Janae

Grounded Rope Art is a practice that uses movement and the sensory experience of rope to explore connection, consent, embodiment, and holding space. This collaborative play with rope can be like dancing or partnered yoga, because it focuses on communication and...

Endless Intimacy Dance Salon with Maybel Ovalles

As each of us is attuned with their own psychic metabolism, the intimacy dance salon will evolve; creatively dancing to our unusual and unknown ways, exposing as in a Dionysian game who we are. Meeting each other in a penumbra, border dances are invited, dances that...

Slow Controlled Surrender with Lydia Love and Ilona Bito

Discover a framework that allows deep emotional exploration in a partner dancing dynamic. Surrender, devotion, sensuality, and eros all find extraordinary opportunity in what we've called Erotic Tandem Dancing. Build profound trust through balance and structure such...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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...

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.