Teachers & Headliners

Asheville’s 2019 Touch&Play “Emerging Seeds” features two intensive teachers, one headline teacher & facilitator and a host of other workshop offerings.

Intensive Presenter

Bernadette Pleasant

 Emotion in Motion

A multisensory journey inviting you to discover what it means to move beyond limiting beliefs and be fully seen, heard and affirmed in a safe and supportive space through dance, movement, conversation and discovery and exploration of our curiosity and natural freedom, including an Emotional Tour™, which explores moving through a full range of emotions free of judgement.

Headline Presenter

 

Zahava Griss

 

Zahava Griss will be facilitating key elements of the festival and offering the following classes:

Playing with Gender: Energetic Sex in the Dance

Touch Your Sexy Self

The Dance of Guiding and Surrendering

Intensive Presenter

Christopher Mankowski

Ritual Dance the Seeds of Butoh

Beyond the confines of prescriptive movement and socialization we may discover a body in revolt, a body longing for regeneration. We will use breathwork, meditative visualizations, and physical contact to engage and open the bodies energetic centers. Through collective movement, poetic explorations and imagery, we will provoke, activate and exchange in order to liberate the subconscious imagination and open the untamed body.

Workshops, Teachers & Events

Sensual Rope Play with Giles Carwyn

Rope binds. Rope contains. Rope stimulates. In this session we will play with how to lead and surrender to the art and beauty of body bondage. Shibari is the elegant but easy Japanese technique that combines sensuality with empowerment— whether you give or receive. If...

Naked is Nature – Blessing the Beloved Body with Arulu

We gather nude under the sky to worship and ornament each other with a myriad of natural materials, including clay, pigments, moss, seeds, and grasses collected from the land. Dyads will take turns being thoroughly adored and adorned by their partner. With devoted...

Theater of the Erotically Oppressed with Diana Yorke

In this workshop we will build an ensemble, a “collective organism” that will be fluid and free, yet deeply connected. Sensual, erotic and expressive. We'll sing, moan, groan, yell, and whisper. We'll dance our questions, sensuality, fears and dreams. We'll explore...

Playing with Gender: Energetic Sex in the Dance with Zahava Griss

What is gender? How might it impact the way you have explored your body, your desires, your sense of power and safety? How might gender shape the way you see others? This workshop gives you a playful space to observe how you have been experiencing gender up until now...

The Dance of Guiding & Surrendering with Zahava Griss

Explore conscious power play through dance. Power dynamics are present all the time, kink is about making power dynamics exquisitely clear, creative, consensual, and passionate. Come with a beloved or ready to make new connections. Explore your dominant and submissive...

Touch Your Sexy Self with Zahava Griss

This is a ritual of love and eros with the one lover you will have your whole life, YOU. Z offers a performance ritual to open space for sacred reflection. What do you remember about discovering joy in your body for the first time? What has evolved in your self...

Shay Au Lait

Equal parts playfully innocent and dangerously kinky, Shay Au Lait is a provocative, intoxicating Sorcerer hailing from the Windy City. Do not be fooled by her unassuming, 4’10” petite stature. This “Intellectual Sensual Shaman” is a “power-house of...

Emotion in Motion with Bernadette Pleasant – Intensive

Emotion in Motion is a multisensory journey inviting you to discover what it means to move beyond limiting beliefs and be fully seen, heard and affirmed in a safe and supportive space through dance, movement, conversation and discovery and exploration of our curiosity...

Zahava Griss – Headline Presenter

 Dancer & Kink Educator, Zahava Griss AKA. "Z", 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. Last year, Z led Asheville Touch&Play's...

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...

Schedule

Emerging Seeds is a four day closed container festival.

The intensive and class schedule will be finalized soon – stay tuned!

 

Wednesday April 24th Arrival – Sunday April 28th Departure

Wednesday

Arrive
Dinner 7pm
Dance Party 9pm

Thursday

Breakfast
Opening
Lunch
Intensive Session
break
Workshop Session
Dinner
Evening Dances

Friday

Breakfast
Intensive
Lunch
Workshop Session
break
Workshop Session
Dinner
Exploratorium

Saturday

Breakfast
Intensive
Lunch
Liquid Love & Workshop Sessions
break
Liquid Love & Workshop Sessions
Dinner
Play Party

Sunday

Breakfast
Intensive
Closing
Lunch
Clean-up & Breakdown