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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

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...

Module 5
Berlinwith Kai Ehrhardt, Michael Rolnick

One Year Training - Module 5

LOVE - surrender -

Module 5   explores attitudes and techniques of 'Sacred Intimacy', which brings acceptance, appreciation and lovemaking into relationships. In parallel we enter a Continuum...

Module 1
Berlinwith Kai Ehrhardt, Michael Rolnick

One Year Training - Module 1

EROS - initiate -

Module 1  explores the nature of Eros as the driving principle in yourself, your relationships and life itself. Through direct resourcing of your body you can learn to access...

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...

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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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.

Experience with authentic eros

  • 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
  • ONE-YEAR TRAINING:
    »I learned so much from each of the people in the group. People that I was least inclined to have told you I "liked" or thought I could learn anything from during the first day or week invariably taught me some of the most amazing things I learned during the process. I grew to love and respect every single person in our group – hearing about their challenges, life experiences, fears, joys and passions made the whole experience so much richer than it would have been otherwise. I'm pretty sure I would have lived the rest of my life without really learning it. I thought I was open and non-judgmental. It makes me laugh to think about that now as I write this.«
    — 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
  • ONE-YEAR TRAINING:
    »Meeting Julian truly changed my life. I had zero expectation of meeting anyone I would find myself wanting to spend time with outside of the retreats. Our relationship developed slowly and I attribute the depth of honesty and communication that he and I have together in large part to what we learned in the group together and then were able to practice on our own. I've never felt so absolutely comfortable with anyone in my life before. I can share any feeling, fantasy or fear with him without worrying about being judged. I feel that because of the program I can fully and truly be myself with him. And I know that because I let him see who I truly am, (and vice versa) I fell in love with him. «
    — Liad // San Francisco
  • 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:
    »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