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authentic eros

... is an invitation to enter your body, to sense, to feel, to let yourself be guided by your heart, your essential values and your true desires! To speak your truth, to communicate, to be yourself! To find and to create community!

Our intention is to facilitate a deep connection between body, mind, sex and spirit. We support you to accept yourself and to let yourself be as you are – that is what we mean when we use the term "authentic". We support you to come in contact with your needs, your passion and your resources and to proudly take your place inside the larger culture - to live from your deepest longing, to own your gifts and to share them with the world.

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Our upcoming events

3-Day Pass
Berlinwith Kai Ehrhardt, STRETCH Festival Collective

Stretch Festival - 3-Day Pass

Connect with wonderful people in a unique atmosphere

Stretch  is a weekend festival for gay, bi, trans and queer men* and people who identify somewhere on... a gender-fluid male-to-non-binary spectrum, that takes place in the...

Complete Soul-of-Skin Training
Berlinwith Authentic Eros Team

Soul of Skin - Complete Soul-of-Skin Training

8 Weekends or 16 days + certification

Here you can book the whole training including certification. (Modules are complete workshops in and of themselves and are also bookable individually - then without...

Esalen-inspired Massage
Berlinwith Jochen Stechmann

Soul of Skin - Esalen-inspired Massage

SOUL OF SKIN Touch & Massage Workshops

Esalen Massage (developed at the Esalen Institut in California) is a sensitive, whole body oil massage. Long, integrating strokes, gentle rocking and passive joint exercises in...

The Core Erotic Theme
Colognewith Kai Ehrhardt

Workshops - The Core Erotic Theme

Uncover the scripts of your sex life

The Core Erotic Theme is a concept developed by sexologist Jack Morin. According to his findings, core erotic themes influence our sexual/intimate life. They are intelligent,...

Authentic Eros Weekend
Berlinwith Kai Ehrhardt

Workshops - Authentic Eros Weekend

exploring skills in support of a deeper connection

Wanting to be intimately seen and met, sexually alive and connected springs from such a deep human need and occupies so much of our underlying (often unconscious) motivation...

Discover our Team

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    Kai Ehrhardt

    kai@authentic-eros.com 
    www.kaiehrhardt.com

    Since 2003 Kai has been developing his approach "Authentic Eros", whichfocuses on sexuality and relationships while integrating processes of group dynamics, bodywork, partner communication and Somatics. He founded the Somatic Academy of Berlin as well as the Community Center Village Berlin and curates the STRETCH and the BODY IQ festivals. Kai is a breath therapist based on Prof. Ilse Middendorf's breath experience, holds the German Heilpraktiker license for psychotherapy, is a Continuumteacher who was authorized by Emilie Conrad from 2011 until her passing in 2014 and he is a founding member of the Continuum Teachers Association. He believes that the conscious body (embodiment) and a broader understanding of Eros as a creative force can support our evolution toward a more integral and sustainable way of life. Kai runs seminars, workshops and trainings in Europe and the US since 2002. His Authentic Eros work for groups including all genders and sexual orientations is described on www.authentic-eros-new-culture.com and on www.kaiehrhardt.com; his somatic work and professional trainings are on www.somatische-akademie.de.

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    Peter Bolliger

    peterbolliger@me.com 
    www.peterbolliger.com

    Peter Bolliger works as a Certified Rolfer® and Esalen® Massage Practitioner in the Lotlinie Massage Practice in Zurich. He works part time in healthcare institutions as an adult education teacher and training officer. During his many years as a Healthcare Professional (psychosocial counseling about issues around HIV for men, addiction, end-of-life care, acute psychiatry, somatics) he quickly learned what is possible with conscious and mindful touch. He continues to be interested in where the exploration of physical processes leads and everything there is to discover. Allowing yourself to feel good, flexible and light is the goal of and approach to his work.
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    Peter Kogelbauer

    peter@authentic-eros.com 
    www.espaidhomes.net

    Peter Kogelbauer works as a somatic educator and Gestalt therapist in Spain. He is trainined in Sexological Bodywork and developed his own approach to embodied sexuality (”Sexualidad Somática”), which he teaches at his Institute in Barcelona. 

    For more that 13 years he has worked with gay and sexually diverse men individually and in groups and trainings, both in Spain and internationally. His objective is to create safe enough, lively and transformative learning spaces where persons can develop a deeper connection to themselves, their capacity for pleasure, and to others.

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    Jochen Stechmann


    www.body-attention.com

    Jochen works as Bodyworker (Pantarei Approach) and Traumatherapist (Somatic Experiencing Practitioner) in Berlin in one-to-one session and group workshops, mainly with queer identified people.

    They studied Mathematics, Contemporary Dance and Theatre and has been busy for 15 years as Performer and Choreographer in the Netherlands.

    They are  fascinated by the variety of abilities of the body and the nervous system to intuitively regulate itself, and how empathetic, attentive touch can support this process.

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    David Bloom

    errantpan@yahoo.com 
    davidbloom.info

    David Bloom is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, filmmaker, bodyworker, pianist, father, and tea collector. Graduated from the M.A. Choreography course at HZT Berlin. Also a long-time student and practitioner of conscious sexuality, his teachers have included Midori, Felix Ruckert, Osada Steve, Joseph Kramer, and Barbara Carellas. His dance film trilogy Sex & Space premiered at the Berlin Porn Film Festival between 2013 and 2016 and was screened internationally. David was a 2012 danceWEB scholar and has taught at HZT Berlin, Tanzquartier Vienna, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Human Architecture Lab in St. Petersburg, K3 in Hamburg, the Masters of Contemporary Dance Education in Frankfurt, the Rietveld Academie for Fine Arts & Design in Amsterdam, STRETCH Festival in Berlin ,& the ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna.

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    Maevon Canter

    Initially studying fine art, Maevon discovered in the visual language of symbols, an ‘artistic way of knowing’. He began his study of body work practices by learning to teach the Alexander technique in 1997. During a VisionQuest to the United States in 2005 which included visiting several radical faerie sanctuaries Maevon discovered that his spiritual practice was also based in movement. Moving to Berlin in 2009 Maevon began studying somatic practices with Authentic Eros  and discovered that the body also has a distinct and intense way of knowing. He has completed an Authentic Eros one year training and certified as a Sacred Intimate in the Body Electric tradition in 2017. He learnt BodyFlow massage from its creator Andy Saich and sees it as the perfect way to bring together the wisdom of touch with spirituality and sexuality.
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    Daan van Kampenhout

    daan@authentic-eros.com 
    daanvankampenhout.com

    Daan van Kampenhout (1963) has been a shamanic practitioner for more than 25 years, he had traditional teachers from various shamanic cultures. He works internationally and wrote seven books about classic and contemporary shamanism and about systemic ritual, a form of constellation work developed by him. His work has been translated into ten languages. Daan lives in Amsterdam and Berlin.

Experience with authentic eros

  • ONE-YEAR TRAINING:
    »I absolutely recommend that anyone whose instinct tells them they should take Authentic Eros should listen to their gut and just do it. I guarantee them that the results will not be what they might expect going in. They will be far more than they can imagine. And Kai and Volker are two of the most exceptional individuals I've ever had the great good fortune to meet and to learn from. «
    — David // New York City
  • ONE-YEAR TRAINING:
    »Module after module, I discovered more about my thoughts, my feelings and my body. The bodywork was a key aspect towards a deeper understanding of my sexuality, and of my self. Looking back, I feel part of a family that supports and questions, always with a loving intention for personal growth. The training is life-energizing and life-changing! My thought to whoever reads this: “When the AE train crosses your path, just jump on and enjoy the marvellous and rewarding ride!”«
    — Dirk // Brussels
  • STRETCH FESTIVAL:
    »Stretch was a very powerful, meaningful experience for me, as I am sure it was for so many of the participants. Despite doing creative work concerned with gay history, sexuality and spirituality, I tangibly feel a missing sense of connection with the gay communities of Berlin. So it was a rare and enlightening experience to be in the presence of so many powerful teachers and open-hearted participants. I felt a sense of connection that I have rarely ever felt in my life. «
    — Benjamin // Berlin
  • STRETCH FESTIVAL:
    »Michel Foucault once said in an interview that we must learn to understand homosexuality as something desirable. However, our sexuality often seems to be fraught with fears and insecurities, with frustration and stress. The communication explosion on the internet, rarely allows a real exchange or even the sharing of intimacy and vulnerability. STRETCH not only creates a anxiety-free, but also a stimulating and sensitive atmosphere for communication, in which you can explore things sensually, playfully or very intensely. In no bar, club or other gay hot spot is it so simple and relaxed, yet not too superficial to meet others, and to expand one's range of experiences so carefully and diversely.«
    — Heiko // Berlin
  • The Core Erotic Theme:
    »No pressure to change – just space to add awareness.«
    — Thomas // Hamburg
  • AUTHENTIC EROS WEEKEND:
    »A light and well-composed choreography of what is essential.«
    — Oliver // Berlin
  • SOUL OF SKIN:
    »If you want to get an overview of the various massage techniques, the program is ideal. The thematically organized weekends provide a first - yet thorough - view into the respective style. Very competent teachers in a wonderful, caring setting. Really recommended!«
    — Michael // Berlin