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

April 24th-28th, 2019

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

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

April 24th-28th, 2019

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

Zahava Griss

Headline Presenter

“Z” (Zahava), dancer & kink educator, has been has been facilitating dance and sexual empowerment since 1999. Z is based in the Bay Area and tours internationally as an educator, performer, and author.

Bernadette Pleasant

Intensive Instructor

Intoxicating and energetic, Bernadette Pleasant is a fiery sensual Speaker, Somatic Healer and Creator of Femme! She facilitates transformation for those who desire to live out loud through a physical, emotional and immersive journey. With certifications in The Nia Technique®, Nia® 5 Stages, Ageless Grace®, Pole Dance, Somatic Healing, Reiki and Integrated Energy Therapy, as well as studies in African, Tribal, and Free Dance, she promotes emotional freedom through movement and storytelling. Bernadette travels globally empowering all through classes, private workshops, retreats and conference engagements.

Christopher Mankowski

Intensive Instructor

Christopher is dedicated to the potential of art and ritual as a means to psychological, social and spiritual dialogue and transformation. They are currently obsessed with exploring drag as an artistic and social tool to create dialogue around identity and expression; with how living song can open and transmit the essence of who we are beyond shape, form and thought; and how noguchi taiso and the poetry of a body of water can weave harmony into our cells.

What is Touch&Play: Emerging Seeds?

Emerging Seeds is Touch&Play Asheville’s second 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!

Burlesque

Burlesque is extreme parody, emotional storytelling and extravagant striptease. Together we explore classic and modern genres of burlesque movement and archetypes, working with props, clothing and our own bodies. Utilizing playful and creative prompts, partner work...

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....

Liquid Love

The Liquid Love Experience The Liquid Love Experience is a collective journey of the senses. It is an exploration of sensuality in its purest form and can invoke a strong feeling of love for oneself, one’s community and for life itself! Through the use of copious...

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...

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.