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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

Empathy and Sensuality
Berlinwith Jochen Stechmann

Soul of Skin - Empathy and Sensuality

A Soul of Skin Evening of Touch

Monthly Laboratory about Touching and being touched. Starting in October 2019, Touch Lab is a monthly event taking place on the last Thursday at Village Berlin. Each Event has...

Facing the Father Wound
Berlinwith Andrew G Marshall

Workshops - Facing the Father Wound

Identify the impact of your father on your life today

We all come into the world helpless, dependent and needing acceptance, to be treated as worthy, and to be blessed. In the best of circumstances, we get all the love we need…....

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,...

Discover our Team

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    Julian Martin

    booking@menbodywork.ch 
    www.menbodywork.ch

    Julian originally studied acting, singing and dance before he discovered his passion for massage and bodywork. He regularly organises and leads courses for men and weekend workshops in Zürich under the title of “Men Bodywork”. The main areas of his work are breath, voice, movement, touch, self-acceptance and the discovery and expression of your own needs as the key to a free and fulfilling (sex) life.
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    Jochen Stechmann


    www.body-attention.com

    Since 2014 Jochen works as Bodyworker and Somatic Coach in with the Pantarei Approach and the Grinberg Method in Berlin - in one-to-one session and group workshops, mainly with queer identified people.
    He studied Mathematics, Contemporary Dance (BA) and Theatre (MA) and has been busy for 15 years as Performer and Choreographer in the Netherlands, most recent as artist-in-residence at Dansmakers Amsterdam.
    In his work as Somatic Coach he is fascinated by the variety of abilities of the body to intuitively balance itself, and how empathetic, attentive touch can support this process.

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    Kai Ehrhardt

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

    Since 2003 Kai has been developing his approach "Authentic Eros", which focuses on sexuality and relationships while integrating processes of group dynamcis, 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 Continuum teacher 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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    Michael Rolnick

    Michael was born in London where he trained as a dancer at The Royal Ballet Schools.
    His dance credits include work with Northern Ballet Theatre, Scottish Ballet, The Lindsay Kemp Company, AMP and numerous others.
    Michael also works as a choreographer and makes visual art.
    He currently gives one-to-one bodywork sessions of Pilates, Gyrotonic®/Gyrokinesis®, Biodynamic craniosacral therapy and Thai Yoga Massage, as well as holding creative spaces as a choreographer and workshop leader.
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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.
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    Peter Kogelbauer

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

    Peter Kogelbauer is a Gestalt therapist, Sexological Bodyworker and Ludotrainer (“game therapist”). He is a collaborator of Espai Gestalt (Centre for Gestalt Therapy) in Barcelona and the founder of Sexological Bodywork Spain and Espai d'Homes (“Space for men”).
    In his courses, trainings and individual sessions Peter combines the Gestalt approach with other body-centred, playful and creative methods. His objective is to create secure, lively and transformative learning spaces where persons can develop a more intense connection to themselves and their erotic potential and to others.

Experience with authentic eros

  • AUTHENTIC EROS WEEKEND:
    »Reduced my anxiety, awakened my whole body and enlivened the sex life with my partner at home.«
    — Christian // Cologne
  • 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
  • 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
  • ONE-YEAR TRAINING:
    »The course gave me the possibility to be vulnerable, take risks and have fun in a way that has not been available in everyday life. It was very challenging, very freeing and huge fun. I have been deeply touched and inspired by the way Kai and Volker have made themselves available, their skill and presence, and the way they model a truly supportive, collaborative relationship of trust and respect for each other.«
    — David // London
  • SOUL OF SKIN:
    »As a psychotherapist I hear daily about the issue gay men have to be able to meet other men (not just sex partners) in a respectful manner and context. As I see it, there is a real need for places where that is possible. The SOUL OF SKIN massage weekends provide such a place. Through the bodywork it is possible to experiences intimacy and sensual deep connection without it being about sex. For me the weekends have also been a wonderful wellness oasis, a mini-vacation in-between facilitated by well-chosen, impressively qualified teachers. Consistently, the workshops were a real find.«
    — Dirk // Berlin
  • 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
  • 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