2019 Connections Festival Schedule
The programme is subject to change
Playfight / Queerfight
Created by Queer and Trans men in Europe, Playfight / Queerfight creates a unique space for you to play with physical contact and connection.
The Playfight involves a long warm-up, where we explore body awareness and contact improvisation through gravity, experiencing touch and dynamic embodied movement. The Queerfight ritual offers the chance to establish a connection with an opponent and to explore playfulness and embodied dialogue.
Playfight / Queerfight is a new practice that nurtures the physical and mental spaces between play, pleasure and power.
Everyone is invited to move within their own limits and possibilities, and you don't need any previous experience of combat sports, martial arts, dance or Playfighting to take part. Playfight is open to Gay, Bi, Trans and Queer identifying men.
Chemsex discussion: The Panel
The Panel members are Matthew Todd, Marc Thompson, Sanjay Kumar and Stephen Morris.
The Panel is chaired by Alfred Hurst.
Please click on the right- or left-hand arrows to see the participants' biographies
Matthew Todd is a multi-award-winning writer, broadcaster and sometime performer. He was editor of the UKs best selling gay magazine, Attitude, from 2008 – 2016.
His play Blowing Whistles has played in the West End of London, the US and in Sydney, Australia.
His first book Straight Jacket, about LGBT mental health, was called ‘an essential read for every gay person on the planet’ by Sir Elton John, as ‘utterly brilliant’ by Owen Jones in The Guardian and as ‘game changing’ and ‘life saving’ by readers.
He has written for The Guardian, Evening Standard, Telegraph, The Sun and has presented two films for BBC Newsnight. His second book, Pride, will be published by Carlton Books in May 2019.
He is the winner of the Stonewall Journalist of the Year 2011, Boyz LGBT Book of the Year (for Straight Jacket), 3 Editor of the Year Awards from the British Society of Magazine Editors and he was given the Freedom of the City of London for services to the LGBT community in 2016.
Marc Thompson is an activist, mentor and community leader. He has worked in Public Health and been a fierce advocate for social justice for over 25 years, with a emphasis on Black, minority and marginalised communities. Marc is particularly interested in the intersection of race, sexuality, HIV and the impact this has on individuals and society. His work has focused on reducing HIV in vulnerable communities and improving sexual health for all.
Marc has worked and volunteered with various UK based NGOs including GMFA, Big Up, Living Well and Positively UK. Marc has led on and implemented a number key interventions such as Big Up, the UKs first HIV prevention organisation for Black men who have sex with men; Project 100 to train people living with HIV to provide peer support across the country and a number of high profile HIV prevention mass media campaigns, most recently Me, Him, Us.
Marc is a co-founder of the website Prepster, a community based intervention that aims to educate and agitate for PrEP access in England and beyond and a co-founder and editor of BlackOut UK, a digital and social platform dedicated to building community and providing safe spaces for black gay men to share their narratives and build community.
Marc has recently taken up the role of Strategic Lead for Health Improvement at the Terrence Higgins Trust
Sanjay's training is in Integrative Psychotherapy from the School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology, Regent's College London, and Gestalt Group Therapy through his work with PACE.
Sanjay set up and ran London's first ever counselling service for South Asian Gay and Bi-sexual men through the Naz Project London. He also conducted therapeutic groups through the erstwhile PACE HEALTH for ten years, offering support to gay and bisexual men from various ethnic backgrounds, including MASTI which is a workshop specifically aimed at gay and bi men from South Asian origins and POSITIVE HUB - a social support networking group particularly for men living with HIV and co-facilitated Loving Men Retreats in Scotland for 6 years.
Sanjay's former training as a Church Minister in Bangalore, India and Cambridge, and Vipassana Meditation allows for a spiritual and mindfulness element in his practice while combining his eastern culture and philosophies to nurture a more wholesome approach to counselling.
Sanjay now partly lives in Bangalore, India where he is offering support to the Queer Community there, raising awareness of the needs of the queer community, gender and environmental issues. He is also exploring research and higher education combining Philosophy, Theology and psychotherapy..
Stephen is the Chemsex & Crime Lead for the London Division of Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service. He has worked in the field of crime for over 25 years. During this time, he specialised in the treatment of sex offenders and in the prison service he established offence focused counselling provision, specialist intervention for personality disordered prisoners and treatment groups for crime related trauma. He is the specialist sexual crime consultant to HMP Brixton.
Stephen has pioneered the national recognition of chemsex related crime and consulted to a number of related high-profile cases. His work has achieved a Ministry of Justice innovation award to enable the development of assessment and treatment resources that are respectful and considerate of the unique vulnerability factors for gay men involved in chemsex. To enable effective management of risk and vulnerability associated with Chemsex related crime Stephen has established working relationships with a variety of LGBT organisations, NHS sexual health services and HM Courts Service.
Alfred Hurst: Panel Chair
I am an ageing youthful man living with HIV who grows things - in my garden & in my work. Hopefully I grow myself as well (with support & sometimes screaming)! I am an artist, a gardener, a cook & a therapist & supervisor amongst other things. I try & enjoy all I do & encourage you to do the same.
I have lived in a range of places - Chile, France & various places in the UK. I am particularly interested in Community & have lived in a number & belong to some more. Currently I live in one in Devon with 35 other adults & 12 children. We are like a village & try & make decisions by listening & finding points in common rather than emphasising our differences although they are important as well.
I have had the pleasure of collaborating with Tim, Dennis and Sanjay for more years than I can remember. I have much gratitude for this! And I have gained so much from them!
As a nurse, Bert Roman went on completing his bachelors in contemporary dance at the Conservatoire in Antwerp, Belgium. He teaches movement based workshops for theatre and dance professionals. And is a founding member of international theatre ensemble Babakas and artistic director of MoveMe.
Andy Butterfield is a yoga teacher and shiatsu therapist and folds his experience of different yoga styles, bodywork and meditation into his teaching and practice.
Andy is passionate about creating community and holding a safe, relaxed and meaningful space for gay and bi men to meet and explore intimacy, connection and joy.
He teaches for YogaNu, as well as other group and 1:1 classes and is based in London and Brighton.
Experience Shiatsu - the touch of the heart
Shiatsu is therapeutic bodywork that uses stretches, joint mobilisation, acupressure and holding to bring the body into a state of deep relaxation, supporting and balancing vital lifeforce energy.
In this physical and experiential workshop, you will work individually and with partners to learn simple shiatsu techniques that you can practice at home with loved ones. Come and experience how movement, stretching and touch can both enliven and deeply nourish and relax us.
You will remain fully clothed so please wear warm, loose, comfortable clothing. The workshop is available to anyone, but you should be able to sit or kneel comfortably on the floor.
Streams of Energy
We are systems of energy, radiantly alive in a physical body. Connecting more deeply to this energy brings about a richer, fuller experience of peace and wellbeing. It also helps to free up our creativity, intuition, compassion, self-confidence and sense of connection to life.
In this workshop, you will gently move, stretch and open your body, deepen your breathing and learn stretches that support the health of your vital organs. You will begin to feel your lifeforce energy flow. After connecting to your own innate energy, you will then lie back, rest and receive universal energy or Reiki. Reiki is spiritually-guided life force energy and feels wonderfully relaxing and restorative to receive.
Robert van Ravens
Robert van Ravens 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 the Netherlands he travels to spread his healing touch and magic in his workshops and Umbanda ceremonies. Umbanda, an Afro-Brazilian religion, is a big inspiration and influence in Respiro-touch workshops.
In this workshop we will create a playful, safe and warm environment together, in which we will explore and experience sensual healing touch.
We bring our attention inwards through guided mediation and breathe-work, connecting to the present moment, grounding ourselves and activating our healing capacities.
While moving through the space on the beats of the Shaman drum you will encounter brothers with whom you will connect and perform different healing exercises.
During this workshop the sensual Healing massage will be demonstrated and you will be guided through this gentle and erotic form of healing, balancing the sensual and spiritual energies and boosting the chakra system.
This workshop is designed to explore our personal healing qualities and to get in touch with our centers, our breathe, our hearts and our brothers. A safe space in which we come together as a tribe of Rainbow-warriors to express, feel, share, touch, enjoy and celebrate our Sacred sexuality in a harmonious and respectful environment.
This session is clothing-optional.
In this workshop we focus on the Shamanic touch of healing. Based on my experience of years of Shamanic and ritualistic work with plant medicine Ayahuasca and spiritual guides. Especially for this workshop I created the Totem meditation, an active-guided meditation in which we connect to our guides and Totems animals. You are invited to connect and to incorporate these animals and work with their specific expressions and healing qualities.
You will explore and experiment working with different herbs to help cleanse, relax or heal the subtle, energetic body. Various forms of healing like the use of herb-baths and smudging another man with herbs or using flowers to help open the heart-chakra.
A magical forest will be created in which we play with the different elements of healing touch through the use of herbs, Totem animals and sensual healing touch.
This session is clothing-optional.
Dennis L Carney
Dennis L Carney is a co-founder of Loving Men. He has completed 12 years post-graduate training in humanistic integrative psychotherapy at Spectrum and also teaches a range of short counselling and personal development courses at The City Literary Institute, London.
Dennis has a passion for working with groups & also delivers a range of training courses on Diversity, LGBT Equality, Team Building, Anger Management, Personal & Professional Development. Dennis also runs a small private practice that offers personal development sessions to clients.
Daily Temperature ReadingA communication tool for relationships
At Loving Men events’, it’s often said that “intimacy is critical to the process of developing and sustaining close relationships”.
Based on the ground-breaking work of the PAIRS Institute & Virgina Satir, this workshop will explore how using a ‘Daily Temperature Reading’ can often help us to develop our intimacy skills in close relationships.
Take a ‘risk’, or join this workshop to learn more about creating and sustaining greater ‘safety’ and improved communication in your relationships..
Simon Marks is an MA qualified Dramatherapist, counsellor and group facilitator. Dramatherapy draws on the creative arts - and powerfully fuses them with the therapeutic process.
Simon specialises in LGBTQ+ mental health and addiction, with a focus on healing the inner-child and authentic-self. He has been running group and individual Dramatherapy sessions since 2015, providing a safe and contained space for creative expression, personal reflection and group bonding.
Simon also works at Antidote, the UK’s only drug and alcohol service as an addiction counsellor, and runs the popular gay and bisexual men’s discussion group A Change Of Scene.
Dramatherapy: Connection through Embodied Play
In this workshop, you’ll discover how to reconnect to the sense of play you may have lost since childhood. Be prepared to work physically, as you are guided through simple Dramatherapy games and exercises designed to take you out of your adult routine and daily life (boring!) and instead connect you to your body.
Here, without your judge or inner-critic in charge, you’ll be free to explore and inhabit the more playful aspects of yourself you never knew existed. As a group we’ll discover just why play is vital for our mental health and wellbeing. The only requirement to take part is a genuine desire to have fun!
Stepping Out Of The Dark – a workshop about shame
What are the messages we grow up with as gay, bisexual and queer men? From early childhood to our adult lives, we’ve received conscious and unconscious messages from society about our sexuality. Some are positive and helpful. But many are not. They might form part of our internalised world, affecting how we think, feel and live in the present.
Instead of connecting with others, we might become isolated, fearful, ashamed or lonely. How do we come out of this isolation and feel authentic connection to others? In this experiential workshop, you’ll be encouraged to break free from your shame and realise the answers were actually there all the time. You just couldn’t see them in the dark.
Tom Cowan says:
"I've been called from many directions to step into a role as teacher, healer, mentor and leader, offering workshops and retreats for GBQ men."
"Currently I'm studying Ecotherapy and training as a teacher of Yoga Nidra to practice deeply insightful states of being with you all. I also trained for two years with the Vajrasati Yoga Community in Brighton/London, studied at the NLSSM to develop my skills in bodywork/massage and facilitate/curate events for LGBTQ people. I create inclusive spaces for queer communities to explore the emergent nature of co-creation whilst practicing awareness cultivation practices and embodiment."
Adventures In Ecotherapy & Nature Connection
We'll explore the green and leafy spaces of Clapham Common, using practices distilled from the Core Routines of Nature Connection to cultivate present moment awareness. This is for anyone who wants to dive into the deeper layers of Being that we share collectively with all life.
Expect fun games, meditative enquiry and reflective group work.
Using elements of Ecotherapy we’ll subtly shine light into unconscious patterns of our behaviour and bring forward new understandings and wisdoms from the land and each other.
There will be gentle movement, some walking, sitting and sharing. Bring warm and waterproof clothing just in case!
Ralf Jaroschinski was born in Germany, grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and trained as a professional dancer in Europe and New York, USA.
With over 30 years' experience in diverse dance techniques, Ralf directed the dance company of the German Hildesheim City Theater and choreographed for several dance companies.
He began dancing contact improvisation over 20 years ago, and during the past 15 years he has taught it in classes and workshops throughout Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Australia.
In this workshop, we’ll not only touch the outer layer of one another’s bodies, we’ll also reach other tissues with intentional touch. Thus, we’ll evoke the specific qualities of the skin, muscles and bones through touch and then also through movement.
This is an invitation to experience the vast difference it makes to connect with other men on these very different layers.
In Contact improvisation, we can actually be lifted effortlessly and therefore experience a very concrete state of floating. However, a focus on sensations and sensuality can also achieve moments of ecstasy.
In this class, we’ll practice both. Safe techniques for supporting one another and making delicious physical contact with other men while moving.
Bodhi Nicholas Hunt
Bodhi Nicholas Hunt is accredited at both 'Waves' and 'Heartbeat' levels of 5Rhythms and has been teaching for over 14 years.
He works as a Psychotherapist with a background in Herbal Medicine and Mindfulness. He teaches a weekly 5Rhythms class in London and facilities workshops in Movement and Mindfulness in London, Europe and Russia.
"I believe in the healing power of men coming together to dance, to celebrate as we have for millennium and this has been a focus for my teaching from the start."
SWEAT - A Tribal 5Rhythms Ⓒ workshop for Men
5Rhythms Ⓒ is a dynamic movement practice of being in your body; it ignites creativity, connection and community.
This offering will cover a dynamic map including some embodiment work it will help to teach us about our relationship between the rhythms and our emotional body. We practice holding the centre in all that moves through us. When we learn to no longer cling or avoid, but embrace and meet feelings with compassion – we expand our capacity to love and be loved, in the most brilliant way possible.
Stephen Wood says:
I’m an entrepreneur and coach. I love ideas – big ideas that challenge the status quo and shake things up.
I’ve spent the last 3 years with a visionary group of entrepreneurs and coaches building a company that gives incredible young people - the leaders of the future - the knowledge and skill they need to transform the way our organisations and businesses run. We’ve worked with global companies, social entrepreneurs, inspired creatives, and change-makers in education.
As a private coach, I help people discover a deeper meaning for their life, and create experiences for them to find out what’s really possible.
Humans are wired for connection. Our well-being, our success, our very survival all depend on how we interact and engage with each other.
Relationship Matters looks at what happens when connection feels difficult. The times when our boss makes us mad, our neighbour drives us crazy, our lover makes us want to tear our hair out.
We’ll explore the stories we tell about these times and the impact this has. And we’ll find ways to tell new stories that might open the door to new connection.
Imagined in the mind of the Beast King and brought to life by a juicy kiss, Love Dragon is a queer researcher of human connections.
Regardless of the subject he enjoys teaching people the rules of how to gently meet each other with respect and fun.
Love Dragon is a sacred intimate, a body worker and a dance teacher. He is also exploring Tarot and Bondage. Privately, he’s a big boardgame geek.
A perfect moment in Tango
You know when after many years of taking lessons from all the superstars of Tango Argentino, endless practice sessions with different partners, blisters on your feet, bleeding toes from being stepped on, frizzed brains from memorizing all the sequences… *
... you finally get to meet that special person on the dance floor and share a divine moment of connection?
We'll cut right through to that moment in a body-awareness-centred workshop full of mindful movements and soft silence skipping the hard part mentioned in the first paragraph. This is a queer tango lesson, so be prepared to dance barefoot and... gasp... with other men!
* might include dramatization or exaggeration
Rope Flow Meditation
For people who are curious about, maybe even scared of ropes, this workshop asks you to rethink your image of bondage. Instead of restricting each other, we will guide our partners in the most careful way, and explore the gentle side of ropes together.
Surrender to the magic of the rope to switch our bodies on and our minds off.
Tim Foskett is an accredited individual and group psychotherapist. He is a co-Founder and Director of Loving Men. He is a certified 5RhythymsⒸ Teacher and currently a Board member of the International Conscious Movement Teachers Association.
He has written three interactive workbooks for gay/bi men on Getting Ready for Relationships; Relationship Skills and Sex. These are available on his website.
Wayne Mertins-Brown is a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and Group-work Facilitator. Now working mostly in private practice, he has spent many years working within charitable organisations, focussed on the mental wellbeing and sexual health of those who identify within the LGBT+ family. In particular, he has developed a speciality in counselling Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), gay asylum seekers. To date, he has found this work to be incredibly rewarding; the most impactful of his career. Wayne is also a Nichiren Buddhist.
Loving Men Heart Circle
As gay and bisexual men, some of us experience occasions when what we feel in our hearts goes unspoken, due to fear of being poorly judged, misunderstood, or simply not having anyone willing or desiring to hear from us. This Heart Circle will be a space in which each participant has the opportunity to speak from a place of true feeling and be actively listened to, without debate, discussion or reply. We will simply value what each person feels the desire to share, with an appreciation of what it is to speak ones truth whilst be lovingly heard.
Getting to Know You: Games on the Common
In this workshop you’ll get to know people using games that help you build connection, stretch your comfort zone, be playful, and experiment. We’ll meet each other, interact and see what happens. Weather permitting this workshop will take place on the Common – meet in the café at the start time. Wear loose clothing, and be ready for some moderate exertion. If you have limited physical abilities not all aspects of the workshop may be suitable for you; you are welcome to join in as much or as little as you can
Martin Weightman is a musician & teacher who has a passion for community music-making in a variety of contexts. With a background in jazz and music education, his musical journey has recently taken him to Bulgaria & Eastern Europe exploring music of the Balkans and Roma & Klezmer traditions. Excited by the folk songs & dances of these traditions, he continues to be inspired by music which brings people together celebrating & sharing their diversity & cultures.
An accordionist, pianist and singer, he performs with Klezmer band, ‘Shibboleth’. He has recently been involved in setting up a co-housing project in Sheffield.
He sees ‘Connections’ as an exciting opportunity for gay men to explore vocal harmony, rhythm and movement.
Body of Sound - Acapella Singing
Acapella Singing - chants, rounds, songs & rhythms from around the world.
An exploration of rhythm, harmony & melody using body percussion & voices to create a ‘body of sound’ – open to all who want to experience the enjoyment of singing in a group [no previous experience necessary].
Dr. Manrutt Wongkaew is an independent creative director and visual artist. He has spent the last 16 years creating politically charged and emotionally engaged fashion designs, visual artwork and choreography.
His work has appeared in such publications as Vogue, British GQ, and the Guardian. Manrutt has also appeared on TEDx Talks and the BBC discussing the subjects of identity and motivation.
His work is never about fashion but how he pushes its boundaries to connect with light and shade of human emotion.
Drag Salon: This Is Me
Following a fabulous success of the Drag Salon last year, we continue to play with clothes and make-up to unleash our inner goddess. We will spank those inner critics with 50 shades of hot pink, false eyelashes and sky-high heels. We will reclaim our true voice, challenge gender stereotypes and celebrate who we really are.
Please bring items you would like to wear. Be bold. Be brave. And most importantly, be YOU!
Matthew Beckford works in corporate learning and development and is passionate about the difference self-insight and awareness can bring to people having more satisfying careers and lives.
A personal development ‘junkie’ who strongly believes in ‘It starting with me’ (or him). Accredited as a coach and facilitator he enjoys taking groups and individuals through instructive transformation.
Connecting to your purpose
Why are you here? A big question! Join ‘connecting to your purpose’ to reflect on and articulate what impact do you want to have in your life. Using meditation and journaling, you’ll leave this session having connected to yourself more deeply, with a clearly articulated way of explaining who you are and why you are here.
Brandon Anthony is the Founder and Creator of Naked Men's Yoga, Movement2Music, and Cannabis Movement, as well as Co-Creator of YogaWorks' DanceWorks and a 200hr RYT certified Yoga Instructor.
His naked men's yoga, partner, massage, fitness, and dance workshops were developed as a way for GBTQ men to release shame, explore themselves, and celebrate their sexuality.
Although based in the US, Brandon travels around the world bringing his message of shame free self love wherever he goes.
Movement2Music is a guided free form musical journey. There's no choreography to memorize, no wrong moves, and no wrong steps. Just moving, feeling, and Living to the Music.
These 2 hours of flowing, body-rocking, and heart opening will be all about Love and Exploration. Our bodies will overlap and we'll give and take body weight, enjoying the build of chi as we move together. Come ready to release your inhibitions, lose yourself in the music, and celebrate every inch of your beautiful self…
This workshop is clothing-optional.
Tantra Group Massage
Have you ever experienced an 8 handed sensual massage?
The workshop will begin with a short Tantra massage demo led by Naked Men's Yoga Founder, Brandon Anthony. Once we've all learned the tools for play, the real fun will begin. We'll break into small groups, blindfolding and setting one person up for massage in the centre of each. Everyone will get a minimum of 15 minutes in the centre, as the other men in the group use oil, hands, and other parts of their bodies to massage and stimulate chi energy.
This workshop is clothing-optional.
Sam is a highly-experienced facilitator of personal development work, having clocked up around 1,200 hours as a Senior Teacher of The Hoffman Process.
Sam is a solution-focused therapist and hypnotherapist, and works with clients one-to-one in London. He has a background in live theatre and television and lives on the seafront in Brighton.
Symposium of Hugs
The biggest collection of hugs you've ever experienced... We have travelled the world collecting hugs, and now we bring our findings to Connections Festival! A journey through over fifty different types of hugs, this fun, interactive, playful approach to connecting with other men, will get you laughing and connecting with each other. Some are moving, some are funny, some are challenging…
Come and explore the multicoloured world of hugs. Do you dare to hug and be hugged?
Discover who the werewolves are, in this favourite interactive game. It's a great way to connect with others through play - and if you haven't played before you will be skilfully guided through the experience. Have your wits about you as the villagers try to work out who the werewolves are... before they eat you! Only the quick-witted will survive.
This interactive experience is suitable for all physical abilities as its played through conversation sitting in a circle of chairs. Just show up and bring your playfulness...
James Pretlove says:
"I am a writer and teacher of Scottish country dance, who lives as part of the unintentional Findhorn community in north-east Scotland.
I helped to set up London's The Gay Gordons in 2005, and was one of the people who ran it until I moved to Scotland in 2011. I have also run Scottish country dance workshops in Portugal and Japan.
James's Dancing Scottish
An easy introduction to gender-role free Scottish country dancing, where everyone is welcome - even if you think you have two left feet.
I'm more interested in what happens when a group of men come together for the pleasure of it than in anyone needing to get things 'right'.
With Scottish country dancing you can very quickly access laughter and joy, feel connection and stretch both your body and your brain.
Please bring soft-soled shoes, or dance barefoot, and if you have a kilt, please wear it!
Trust and Safety in Open Relationships
About 70% of longer-term gay relationships are ‘open’ in some way, while 30% of gay couples choose monogamy. In this workshop we’ll explore some research and ideas about how to make open relationships work well, including how we might establish sufficient safety and trust to enjoy non-monogamous possibilities.
An introduction to TRE - Trauma and Tension Release Techniques
In this introduction to TRE you will learn about how stress, tension and trauma are stored in the body, and how, through a simple sequence of exercises, you can re-awaken your body's own natural built in ability to process and release them. You will learn about our natural instinct for survival, our ability to adapt to threat or demand and our ability to process and release frozen and stuck energy in the body allowing for physical, mental and emotional growth and resilience. Please wear loose clothing that is easy to move in.
Healing Intimacy and Connection with Energy Work
In this workshop you will experience a simple process to help align your body and heart. You will learn about how trauma and stress create symptoms, change our behaviour and damage the energy body and in particular the sense of 'self' and ability to connect with others. You will explore and recapture your own 'sense of self' and experience a series of exercises including:
- Heart Alignment (connecting to source)
- Physical body and Energy Body reconnection (connecting to self)
- Heart of Compassion (connecting to others)
Please wear loose clothing that is easy to move in.
Sami thorpe is a Conscious Health Coach™ and Integrative Health Therapist, specialising in the effects of stress and trauma on the body and mind, in particular the root-cause of symptoms of disease.
He is a META-Health Master Trainer and author of the successful book ‘META-Messages from Your Body - Understand the cause of disease and why the body doesn’t make mistakes’ and is currently working on the publication of the much awaited second book ‘7 Steps to Conscious Health Practice - Believe in Your Power to Heal’.
Sam is also a HeartMath Coach and Group Trainer , an EFT and Meridian and Energy Therapy Master Trainer and Clinical NLP and Hypnotherapy Master.
Sam has created, and delivers on line and live, the personal breakthrough workshop ‘ 7 Steps to Conscious Health™’ which includes the powerful PARTS integration techniques “Heart Conscious Healing™' and 'Heart Alignment Process™’. Sam also delivers 'Conscious Health Coach™' Integrative Therapeutic Coach training for professional therapists, combining 3C Coaching, Bio-Insight™ symptom root-cause-analysis and EP (Energy Psychology) therapeutic intervention training.
Sam also works with his husband Vic Thorpe and Just Solutions Network in Asia where they have trained over 10,000 workers in stress awareness and resilience building techniques.
The father/son matrix
Using Somatic Bodywork and Systemic Ritual, this workshop will explore our fathers’ ancestral line.
The aim will be to get us in touch with our positive ancestral male lineage in order to build up and strengthen our own male energy, by moving and including the resource we need to heal wounded parts of our own manhood.
This work is based on Daan Van Kampenhout ~ Practice for Systemic Ritual which Bodhi is about to graduate as a facilitator.
Co-facilitated by Bodhi Hunt and JF Callens.
JF Callens is a skilled consultant and coach with over 10 years’ experience in working with clients to unlock and maximise their potential. With a creative background in movement, theatre and body-psychotherapy, he offers powerful and thought-provoking workshops delivered in a caring and supportive environment
Prit is a regular at Loving Men Events.This year, he brings his experience of alternative play and positivity to Loving Men.
Prit is interested in Indian Spirituality and also is a Leading Member of Gay Indian Network that looks at connecting the LGBTQ Indian community and the wider diaspora.
Craig Abson is a qualified Marital Arts Instructor and also a qualified Climbing Instructor. As a avid climber Craig likes to explore Rope! This lead him on a journey to lean Shibari, (Japanese Rope Art) from the top Japanese Master and other masters in the world! Craig in his spare time is running events that introduce people to Shibari!
Safe landing into the hands of others
Explore the power of a safe and restorative touch, a touch whose purpose is to make you feel safe, welcomed and accepted whatever you shape, size, colour… During this body-workshop, you’ll go through a simple practices, done in groups of two or three, that will help you regulate your nervous system, restore your body and mind and invite you to find a natural resting place where you’ll discover pleasure and new possibilities for expansion.
Yoga Wind Down
with Tom Cowan
After all the excitement and stimulation of the day, let Tom take you on a gentle yoga journey that brings you back to your breath, space and sensation in your body. Rest back into yourself with deeper compassion, appreciation and contentment and find a sense of ease and wellbeing in the present moment.
Mindful stretches and movements will be blended together with yoga nidra, a special practice that brings about deep relaxation and rejuvenation.
Yoga Wind Down
with Andy Butterfield
After all the excitement and stimulation of the day, let Andy take you on a gentle yoga journey that brings you back to your breath, space and sensation in your body. Rest back into yourself with deeper compassion, appreciation and contentment and find a sense of ease and wellbeing in the present moment.
Mindful stretches and movements will be blended together with yoga nidra, a special practice that brings about deep relaxation and rejuvenation.
Chemsex: A crisis of connection?
Is there a crisis about sex and drugs within our community? And if so, what is the shape of it, the underlying causes, the consequences and implications for each of us?
What are the challenges to making a difference within our community? What might a radical, loving response be?
Come and join this lively conversation, with an invited guest panel: Matthew Todd, Sanjay Kumar, Stephen Morris and Marc Thompson. Alfred Hurst will chair the session.
The Art of Power Play
In this workshop we will look at Consensual power play. We will explore intimacy through the medium of Spanking and Shibari (Japanese Rope Art).
You will experience play, pleasure intimacy, exploring boundaries and will be connecting with your mind and body.
This workshop is hands on and you will be working in pairs, learning safe techniques that you can practice at your own comfort.
This workshop is clothing optional
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