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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

Module 1
Berlinwith Kai Ehrhardt

One Year Training - Module 1

EROS - initiate -

Module 1  explores the nature of Eros as the driving principle in the personal, relational and universal stratas of your life. Through direct sourcing of your body you can...

Complete Soul-of-Skin Training
Berlinwith Authentic Eros Team

Soul of Skin - Complete Soul-of-Skin Training

9 Weekends or 18 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 Peter Bolliger

Soul of Skin - Esalen-inspired Massage

SOUL OF SKIN Touch & Massage Workshops

We will address issues around preparation: the setting, postures, attitudes and boundaries - before diving into the basics of Swedish-Esalen also know as Californian Massage....

Discover our Team

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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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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.

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
  • AUTHENTIC EROS WEEKEND:
    »A light and well-composed choreography of what is essential.«
    — Oliver // Berlin
  • 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 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:
    »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
  • 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
  • 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