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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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Authentic Eros Immersion Module 3
Berlinwith Kai Ehrhardt

Immersion - Authentic Eros Module 3

WE _ MATURING // Harvesting & Surrendering

​ Sharing 
New Culture
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 Empowerment Loss Integration What is the role of community in a new culture, and how do I experience myself and relate to...

Discover our Team

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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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    Robert Van Ravens


    www.respirotouch.nl

    Robert is a massage and touch therapist with a background in yoga, dance and theatre. He has been involved since 1997 in ritualistic work with Ayahuasca. After completing the Sacred Intimacy training with A.E. in Berlin, he created his own Respiro-Touch workshops. Also known as erotic shaman he focuses on connecting Sex with Spirit through the healing aspects of conscious touch, pleasure, joy and gratitude. Based in Rotterdam and Amsterdam he travels as Umbanda practitioner and to share his workshops, touch and Magic.
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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.

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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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    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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    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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    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.

Experience with authentic eros

  • 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
  • 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:
    »The Soul of Skin program is simply a brilliant concept. I cannot imagine how else I could have supplemented my skills in such wonderful ways and where i could have received so many insights into new massage techniques and qualities of touch. Absolutely recommended!«
    — Martin // Zürich
  • 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
  • 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
  • The Core Erotic Theme:
    »No pressure to change – just space to add awareness.«
    — Thomas // Hamburg
  • 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