Sensual.
Experimental.
Spiritual.

Saturday, 26th OCTOBER 2019

10:00 I Doors Open
We look forward to welcoming you to Stretch Festival!
 We open the doors early so you have time to get changed, have a tea or coffee and meet some of your fellow participants! And if you have any questions regarding the program for each day, we can help you to organize your schedule.
10:40 – 11:00 I Opening Ceremony & Ritual
Each day will begin with some welcoming words from Stretch Festival curator Kai Ehrhardt, followed by a simple but powerful ritual, so we can connect with ourselves and each other, and get in the right frame of mind for the day ahead!
11:00 – 13:00 I Principles of Touch I Zahiro Kai Esco
In this workshop we explore eight principles of touch, which support us, so that we feel both comfortable and safe while giving and receiving a massage with a partner on a mat on the floor. We will apply these principles as we learn a short massage sequence based on Intuitive Thai Meridian Massage. Afterwards, there‘ll be time to  play freely with all the elements in a final massage. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. There will be the chance to practice with a number of different partners during this workshop.
Zahiro Ji is an alternative health practitioner —“Heilpraktiker”—based in Berlin. Originally coming from a dance and movement background, his focus is bodywork now, mainly Intuitive Thai Meridian Massage for which he teaches an annual training at Somatische Akademie Berlin.
11:00 – 13:00 I Seeing each other, touching each other I Tchivett
This workshop is about discovering each other through the senses. We will guide one another, move together, explore and offer ourselves as a landscape to be explored. This is about perceiving the body differently and reconnect to the present moment of what’s there and what’s felt. Within this shared presence, in the details of the sensations, a poetic experience of touch unfolds where shapes and textures can become music for the eye and for the skin.
Tchivett has been a performer, dance maker and teacher since 2011 and completed the Choreography Masters degree at HZT in 2018. Their most recent artistic research explores touch, consent, movement and improvisation.They regularly teaches butoh, contact improvisation and somatic practice at the Tanzfabrik and at Village Berlin. They also contributed to various dance research and performance collectives (Danses bizarres, CORPOL, Collective matters, etc.) with a focus on queer culture, feminist politics and self-organization.
11:00 – 13:00 I The Revealing-Self— Expanding a field of perception and transformation I Michael Rolnick
“Art is sort of an experimental station in which one tries out living” John CageThrough a series of questions and blind drawings we challenge pre-conceived notions about how we see and feel about ourselves and others. No special skills required: open to all. Consensual touch. Nudity/partial nudity required.
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.
14:30 – 16:30 I GLBTQ Ancestors I Meinrad Furrer
Each of us has LGBTQ ancestors, even if we do not know their names and faces. In this ritual, we experience the lineages of queerness as they stretch out throughout time. Monotheistic religion has tried to make us believe we are a mistake, but we are part of creation. Connecting to our queer ancestors gives us a new sense of belonging. Knowing where we come from, we discover unexpected roots and solid ground.
Meinrad offers rites of passages. Intuitively, he creates appreciative and healing celebrations. He was trained in Systemic Rituals® by Daan van Kampenhout. He is also a Master of Spiritual Theology and a classical singer. In addition, Meinrad is a Commissioner for Spirituality and as such, involved in an innovative project of the churches in Zurich. By means of different and creative disciplines, the potential of spirituality is made accessible, in a contemporary way.
14:30 – 16:30 I Othering. Creating a listening space I Jo Koppe & Martin Lorenz
This workshop is about allowing ourselves to be seen. Despite our best intentions to create a loving, diverse and respectful culture, experiences of othering still happen, „even“ in spaces like the Stretch/Village community. Many of us have experienced moments of feeling unseen, disrespected or not represented, or being afraid to show more of ourselves out of a fear of being judged. And many of us have experienced moments of insecurity about how to deal with difference. The themes can be diverse – be it age, ethnicity, body types, gender expression, cis/trans identities, differing abilities, HIV status, language skills etc. This workshop aims to open a heart-centered space to share our personal experiences of „othering“ and „being othered” within our own community. We will do this by engaging in the simple and powerful practice of listening – in order to learn how we can love and respect one another even more truthfully and courageously.
Jo has a body, heart and mind and he has a life story. He is very experienced with a broad range of emotions and states, including joy, sadness, desperation, serenity, passion, contentment, anger, envy, loneliness, connectedness, fear, trust, gratitude, uncertainty, disappointment, fascination, enthusiasm, curiosity, shame, and vulnerability. He is breathing in Berlin and elsewhere.

Martin loves to have a voice. He uses his voice to giggle, laugh, shout, sing, cry, sigh, whisper and talk, but also to ask, allow, spread awareness, express needs, disagree, warn, feedback, praise, and inform. He’s also breathing in Berlin.
14:30 – 16:30 I Sensexual Body – The Eros of Embodied Presence I Kai Ehrhardt
When it comes to sex we may engage in it within a certain – perhaps repetitive – range of behavior that involves our bodies, feelings, minds or imagination. Focusing on the body, we will use the somatic method of Continuum to meet and recognize ourselves as full-blooded, full-bodied, conscious, living events … always breathing, pulsating, streaming, sending, receiving. From this activated state of multidirectional, cellular “listening”- awareness, we explore various partnering invitations and may so receive some inspirations for our sexual expression at home or elsewhere.
Kai is a breath therapist based on Prof. Ilse Middendorf’s work, a Continuum teacher, holds the German Heilpraktiker license for psychotherapy and co-founded the Somatic Academy of Berlin. He created Authentic Eros – Explorations for Men & For and Beyond all Genders and curates the STRETCH and the BODY IQ festivals. In 2016 he initiated Village.Berlin.
He believes that the conscious body and the reclaiming of Eros are crucial elements in our evolution toward an integral way of life. Kai teaches since 2002 in Europe and in the US.
17:00 – 19:00 I Little Rituals For Letting In And Letting Go I David Bloom
In this workshop, we will use universal tools such as breath, movement, space, and repetition to create our own rituals of empowerment, rather than use someone else’s. We will utilize our bodies as gateways to access a heightened state of awareness and use that state to manifest clear intentions, letting some things in, and letting others go.
David Bloom is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, father, filmmaker, bodyworker, pianist, and tea collector. Graduated from the M.A. Choreography course at HZT Berlin. David has taught in many contexts, including 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 Academy for Fine Arts & Design in Amsterdam, & the ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna. More info at: https://davidbloom.info
17:00 – 19:00 I Playfight/ Queerfight I Alexander Hahne
Playfighting/ Queerfighting is experimenting with our bodies in physical contact and conflict with one or more opponents. Fighting playfully can be dance-like, sensual, funny, overpowering, childish, serious, scaring, deep, teasing, freeing, healing, or sexy. 
Playfight/ Queerfight is a consensual bodily confrontation that allows us to feel our power and our partner’s power, to feel how physical we are in a unique, intensive way.
Alexander Hahne, Hamburg. He has a MA. BSc. in Media technology, is employed in the field of sexual education and head of workshops on the subject of body experience and exercise, as well as trainer for trans* specific awareness work. Alexander has many years of experience and training in dance and creative expressions (including ballet, new dance, contact improvisation, butoh, body mind centering, kickboxing, mixed martial arts).
17:00 – 19:00 I Vogue It! I Gerard Reyes
Vogue is a dance that promotes self-love and imagination. Deep In Vogue is a workshop where you will learn some of the basics of Vogue, but most importantly you will learn to feel yourself and support each other as you watch everyone dive deep. Come wearing your favourite look or in comfortable clothes and shoes. Whatever you want just make sure you can move! This class is clothing-optional
Gerard Reyes is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and somatic sex educator-in-training working between Montreal and Berlin. Gerard strives to draw mainstream attention to the underrepresented and to promote pleasure, social inclusion and individual agency. His first solo, “The Principle of Pleasure”, uses voguing and stripping to explore the opportunities for shared pleasure in dismantling social conventions. In 2017 Gerard pioneered Montreal’s Kiki Ballroom Scene by leading practices and organizing balls for LGBTQ+ youth. gerardxreyes.com

Sunday, 27th OCTOBER 2019

10:00 I Doors Open
We look forward to welcoming you to Stretch Festival!
 We open the doors early so you have time to get changed, have a tea or coffee and meet some of your fellow participants! And if you have any questions regarding the program for each day, we can help you to organize your schedule.
10:40 – 11:00 I Opening Ceremony & Ritual
Each day will begin with some welcoming words from Stretch Festival curator Kai Ehrhardt, followed by a simple but powerful ritual, so we can connect with ourselves and each other, and get in the right frame of mind for the day ahead!
11:00 – 13:00 I Love is abundant I Thomas Schallhart
What is a queer form of loving, caring and relating to other people? In this workshop, we will open up a space to discuss relationship concepts other than monogamy. We will explore and analyze the relations that we have to the most important people in our lives – be it family, fuck buddies, friends, partners, lovers. We will discuss issues such as jealousy, honesty, trust, entitlement, commitment and labels.
Thomas is an activist and trainer. He is an expert in campaign strategy and non-formal education and works for NGOs around Europe. In Berlin, he is active in the sexual health organisation Mancheck, with XPOSED Queer Film Festival and the activist group Critical Queer Solidarity.
11:00 – 13:00 I My genital future I Alexander Hahne
Dear beloved genitals. How are you? Oh… you are mad at me? Ah… ’cause only other people pay attention to you. Hhmm… I see… Ok. We can change that. Lets w_h_oreship our genitals. No judging, dear fuckers. Only observing. OK, hands too.This workshop contains explicit looks and touches of own genitals. If ok, another man witnesses you.
Nudity if required (is welcomed, but not necessary). All men are welcome. Trans*men, gender non-conforming men, cis men.
Alexander Hahne, Hamburg. He has a MA. BSc. in Media technology, is employed in the field of sexual education and head of workshops on the subject of body experience and exercise, as well as trainer for trans* specific awareness work. Alexander has many years of experience and training in dance and creative expressions (including ballet, new dance, contact improvisation, butoh, body mind centering, kickboxing, mixed martial arts).
11:00 – 13:00 I The Space In-between I Kai Ehrhardt
This workshop can be viewed as a laboratory for engaging with each other from a place of not knowing – again and again allowing the unexpected to emerge. Sensing and listening to what feels aligned for us individually, what we perceive from the context we are in and the partner we are with. Moving, speaking, negotiating, expressing, discovering, playing, giving, receiving, trusting, risking, sharing, imagining….
Kai is a breath therapist based on Prof. Ilse Middendorf’s work, a Continuum teacher, holds the German Heilpraktiker license for psychotherapy and co-founded the Somatic Academy of Berlin. He created Authentic Eros – Explorations for Men & For and Beyond all Genders and curates the STRETCH and the BODY IQ festivals. In 2016 he initiated Village.Berlin.
He believes that the conscious body and the reclaiming of Eros are crucial elements in our evolution toward an integral way of life. Kai teaches since 2002 in Europe and in the US.
14:30 – 16:00 I Hot Bodies Choir I Gérald Kurdian
Singing is a way for human beings to connect to their deeper selves and listen to their inner voices. Sexual minorities seem to carry many underlying emotions, unanswered oppressions and traumas the normative world doesn’t offer any space to heal in. The Hot Bodies choir workshop is thought as a place for the expression of these unspoken affects, a place to tell, to voice out and to become the supporting voicing body of others.
Gérald Kurdian, musician and performer, studied visual arts and contemporary dance under the direction of Mathilde Monnier and Xavier Le Roy. Inspired by stand-up comedy, lo-fi musical and club music, his oblique concerts and workshops are presented internationally. Since 2017, he develops HOT BODIES OF THE FUTURE!, a multi-disciplinary research project where he observes and experiments how sexual minorities use music to empower their revolutions.
14:30 – 16:30 I Facing the father wound I Andrew Marshall
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…. but sometimes our parents are beset by problems of their own (like depression or other mental health issues) not available (through work, alcohol or divorce) or did not know how to show their love (because they had poor role models themselves). The father wound is what happens if something in this first key relationship goes wrong. It is particularly deep with many gay and queer men – who often grow up sensing their interests, their behaviour or they themselves make their fathers uncomfortable. Unfortunately, when we are young – and our brain is not completely formed – we think ‘I am as I am treated’. These childhood messages are so strong and so deeply buried that even as adults we can struggle with a lack of self-acceptance and end up choosing men that reject us (and reaffirm the old messages of the father wound). So how has the father wound affected you? Perhaps you hold other men at arm’s length (for fear of being found to be unworthy of love). Alternatively, your father’s love could have felt conditional on getting good grades, excelling on the sport’s field or acting tough and you still feel under immense pressure to be ‘perfect’. Even if you made a conscious choice to be nothing like your father, rejecting him and rebelling against him is still having your life shaped by him – rather than what is right for you.
Andrew G Marshall is a marital therapist with a practice in Berlin. He is also the author of twenty self-help titles. The most famous is called ‘I love you but I’m not in love with you’ and has been translated into twenty languages. He is currently writing a book about his relationship with his father.
14:30 – 16:30 I Signing Intimacy / a shared inquiry / Gal Naor
An invitation to an intimate empowering journey in which we enhance our inner dialogue to be soft, loving, and intuitive. We will experiment with both communal and individual inquiries on the quest to find our unique ways to connect, express, feel, and acknowledge. We will explore Self-Intimacy in a non-verbal context, learn how to listen to our body-knowledge, discover our authentic individual Sign Language, and dance to connect and unlock emotional baggage. 
Gal Naor is an Israeli Sign Language interpreter, theater maker, choreographer and founder of The progressive wave, a creative independent in Berlin. In their work, they combine dance, performance art, visual art, and consciousness studies. Their approach to the performance world is inclusive and based on the understanding that each body should move in its unique way. Including a diverse range of performers, their work is encouraging the empowerment of queer identities. 
17:00 – 19:00 I 3 Circles Ritual I Gerard Reyes & Ale Karasik
In the 3 Circles Ritual we gather to express our sexual selves in the presence of others. All are invited to flow individually along 3 concentric circles, supported by breath work and music. First circle is for meditative witnessing, second for exploring self-touch, and third for dancing. This ritual is intended to be a collective somatic learning process; a space where we shed social taboos and individual shame to express our intimacy in public. Each person chooses how their individual experience contributes to the whole.
Gerard is a dancer, choreographer and Ballroom Scene Pioneer in Montreal; Ale is a performer and teacher of dance and body expression living between Berlin and Buenos Aires. We joined forces through our mutual interest in Sexological Bodywork modalities, including this ritual, which invite deep somatic discoveries of our sexual selves.
17:00 – 19:00 I Letting go I Julian Schnorr
Change is a constant factor of our lives. Letting go of people, places, circumstances can be challenging. In the workshop we will connect to the emotions that come with this process. With the help of movement and our body we will create our own letting go ritual that allows us to say farewell to anything that wants to be released at this moment.
Julian is a trans* queer artist, who loves to dance, cook and do witchy things. He has a strong connection to nature and mother earth. The past 20 years he has been collecting various experiences as a caretaker for the elderly, dying people, children, friends, family and himself. He works with healing frequencies of plants, unicorns, dolphins etc.
As a facilitator he strives to offer spaces, where people can connect to their inner wisdom and healing abilities.
17:00 – 19:00 I Spirituality through Domination and Submission I Phil Poole
In this workshop we will create a consensual safe space to explore the energy that exists when in domination or submission. We will mindfully explore the energy and feelings which you will experience as you move yourself into positions of domination and submission, and the energy that exists between yourself and another. This will focus on the spiritual so there will be no pain or S&M involved. Beginners and those who are curious are very much welcomed.
Phil has been in the S&M scene since he was 20. Over the last 19 years he has been on a voyage of discovery, finding out that the essence of domination and submission is a spiritual one. When Phil is not on his knees serving he works as a coach helping to transform organisations and people through facilitation and life coaching.
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27.10.19

Saturday, 26th OCTOBER 2019

10:00 I Doors Open
We look forward to welcoming you to Stretch Festival!
 We open the doors early so you have time to get changed, have a tea or coffee and meet some of your fellow participants! And if you have any questions regarding the program for each day, we can help you to organize your schedule.
10:40 – 11:00 I Opening Ceremony & Ritual
Each day will begin with some welcoming words from Stretch Festival curator Kai Ehrhardt, followed by a simple but powerful ritual, so we can connect with ourselves and each other, and get in the right frame of mind for the day ahead!
11:00 – 13:00 I Principles of Touch I Zahiro Kai Esco
In this workshop we explore eight principles of touch, which support us, so that we feel both comfortable and safe while giving and receiving a massage with a partner on a mat on the floor. We will apply these principles as we learn a short massage sequence based on Intuitive Thai Meridian Massage. Afterwards, there‘ll be time to  play freely with all the elements in a final massage. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. There will be the chance to practice with a number of different partners during this workshop.
Zahiro Ji is an alternative health practitioner —“Heilpraktiker”—based in Berlin. Originally coming from a dance and movement background, his focus is bodywork now, mainly Intuitive Thai Meridian Massage for which he teaches an annual training at Somatische Akademie Berlin.
11:00 – 13:00 I Seeing each other, touching each other I Tchivett
This workshop is about discovering each other through the senses. We will guide one another, move together, explore and offer ourselves as a landscape to be explored. This is about perceiving the body differently and reconnect to the present moment of what’s there and what’s felt. Within this shared presence, in the details of the sensations, a poetic experience of touch unfolds where shapes and textures can become music for the eye and for the skin.
Tchivett has been a performer, dance maker and teacher since 2011 and completed the Choreography Masters degree at HZT in 2018. Their most recent artistic research explores touch, consent, movement and improvisation.They regularly teaches butoh, contact improvisation and somatic practice at the Tanzfabrik and at Village Berlin. They also contributed to various dance research and performance collectives (Danses bizarres, CORPOL, Collective matters, etc.) with a focus on queer culture, feminist politics and self-organization.
11:00 – 13:00 I The Revealing-Self— Expanding a field of perception and transformation I Michael Rolnick
“Art is sort of an experimental station in which one tries out living” John CageThrough a series of questions and blind drawings we challenge pre-conceived notions about how we see and feel about ourselves and others. No special skills required: open to all. Consensual touch. Nudity/partial nudity required.
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.
14:30 – 16:30 I GLBTQ Ancestors I Meinrad Furrer
Each of us has LGBTQ ancestors, even if we do not know their names and faces. In this ritual, we experience the lineages of queerness as they stretch out throughout time. Monotheistic religion has tried to make us believe we are a mistake, but we are part of creation. Connecting to our queer ancestors gives us a new sense of belonging. Knowing where we come from, we discover unexpected roots and solid ground.
Meinrad offers rites of passages. Intuitively, he creates appreciative and healing celebrations. He was trained in Systemic Rituals® by Daan van Kampenhout. He is also a Master of Spiritual Theology and a classical singer. In addition, Meinrad is a Commissioner for Spirituality and as such, involved in an innovative project of the churches in Zurich. By means of different and creative disciplines, the potential of spirituality is made accessible, in a contemporary way.
14:30 – 16:30 I Othering. Creating a listening space I Jo Koppe & Martin Lorenz
This workshop is about allowing ourselves to be seen. Despite our best intentions to create a loving, diverse and respectful culture, experiences of othering still happen, „even“ in spaces like the Stretch/Village community. Many of us have experienced moments of feeling unseen, disrespected or not represented, or being afraid to show more of ourselves out of a fear of being judged. And many of us have experienced moments of insecurity about how to deal with difference. The themes can be diverse – be it age, ethnicity, body types, gender expression, cis/trans identities, differing abilities, HIV status, language skills etc. This workshop aims to open a heart-centered space to share our personal experiences of „othering“ and „being othered” within our own community. We will do this by engaging in the simple and powerful practice of listening – in order to learn how we can love and respect one another even more truthfully and courageously.
Jo has a body, heart and mind and he has a life story. He is very experienced with a broad range of emotions and states, including joy, sadness, desperation, serenity, passion, contentment, anger, envy, loneliness, connectedness, fear, trust, gratitude, uncertainty, disappointment, fascination, enthusiasm, curiosity, shame, and vulnerability. He is breathing in Berlin and elsewhere.

Martin loves to have a voice. He uses his voice to giggle, laugh, shout, sing, cry, sigh, whisper and talk, but also to ask, allow, spread awareness, express needs, disagree, warn, feedback, praise, and inform. He’s also breathing in Berlin.
14:30 – 16:30 I Sensexual Body – The Eros of Embodied Presence I Kai Ehrhardt
When it comes to sex we may engage in it within a certain – perhaps repetitive – range of behavior that involves our bodies, feelings, minds or imagination. Focusing on the body, we will use the somatic method of Continuum to meet and recognize ourselves as full-blooded, full-bodied, conscious, living events … always breathing, pulsating, streaming, sending, receiving. From this activated state of multidirectional, cellular “listening”- awareness, we explore various partnering invitations and may so receive some inspirations for our sexual expression at home or elsewhere.
Kai is a breath therapist based on Prof. Ilse Middendorf’s work, a Continuum teacher, holds the German Heilpraktiker license for psychotherapy and co-founded the Somatic Academy of Berlin. He created Authentic Eros – Explorations for Men & For and Beyond all Genders and curates the STRETCH and the BODY IQ festivals. In 2016 he initiated Village.Berlin.
He believes that the conscious body and the reclaiming of Eros are crucial elements in our evolution toward an integral way of life. Kai teaches since 2002 in Europe and in the US.
17:00 – 19:00 I Little Rituals For Letting In And Letting Go I David Bloom
In this workshop, we will use universal tools such as breath, movement, space, and repetition to create our own rituals of empowerment, rather than use someone else’s. We will utilize our bodies as gateways to access a heightened state of awareness and use that state to manifest clear intentions, letting some things in, and letting others go.
David Bloom is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, father, filmmaker, bodyworker, pianist, and tea collector. Graduated from the M.A. Choreography course at HZT Berlin. David has taught in many contexts, including 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 Academy for Fine Arts & Design in Amsterdam, & the ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna. More info at: https://davidbloom.info
17:00 – 19:00 I Playfight/ Queerfight I Alexander Hahne
Playfighting/ Queerfighting is experimenting with our bodies in physical contact and conflict with one or more opponents. Fighting playfully can be dance-like, sensual, funny, overpowering, childish, serious, scaring, deep, teasing, freeing, healing, or sexy. 
Playfight/ Queerfight is a consensual bodily confrontation that allows us to feel our power and our partner’s power, to feel how physical we are in a unique, intensive way.
Alexander Hahne, Hamburg. He has a MA. BSc. in Media technology, is employed in the field of sexual education and head of workshops on the subject of body experience and exercise, as well as trainer for trans* specific awareness work. Alexander has many years of experience and training in dance and creative expressions (including ballet, new dance, contact improvisation, butoh, body mind centering, kickboxing, mixed martial arts).
17:00 – 19:00 I Vogue It! I Gerard Reyes
Vogue is a dance that promotes self-love and imagination. Deep In Vogue is a workshop where you will learn some of the basics of Vogue, but most importantly you will learn to feel yourself and support each other as you watch everyone dive deep. Come wearing your favourite look or in comfortable clothes and shoes. Whatever you want just make sure you can move! This class is clothing-optional
Gerard Reyes is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and somatic sex educator-in-training working between Montreal and Berlin. Gerard strives to draw mainstream attention to the underrepresented and to promote pleasure, social inclusion and individual agency. His first solo, “The Principle of Pleasure”, uses voguing and stripping to explore the opportunities for shared pleasure in dismantling social conventions. In 2017 Gerard pioneered Montreal’s Kiki Ballroom Scene by leading practices and organizing balls for LGBTQ+ youth. gerardxreyes.com

Sunday, 27th OCTOBER 2019

10:00 I Doors Open
We look forward to welcoming you to Stretch Festival!
 We open the doors early so you have time to get changed, have a tea or coffee and meet some of your fellow participants! And if you have any questions regarding the program for each day, we can help you to organize your schedule.
10:40 – 11:00 I Opening Ceremony & Ritual
Each day will begin with some welcoming words from Stretch Festival curator Kai Ehrhardt, followed by a simple but powerful ritual, so we can connect with ourselves and each other, and get in the right frame of mind for the day ahead!
11:00 – 13:00 I Love is abundant I Thomas Schallhart
What is a queer form of loving, caring and relating to other people? In this workshop, we will open up a space to discuss relationship concepts other than monogamy. We will explore and analyze the relations that we have to the most important people in our lives – be it family, fuck buddies, friends, partners, lovers. We will discuss issues such as jealousy, honesty, trust, entitlement, commitment and labels.
Thomas is an activist and trainer. He is an expert in campaign strategy and non-formal education and works for NGOs around Europe. In Berlin, he is active in the sexual health organisation Mancheck, with XPOSED Queer Film Festival and the activist group Critical Queer Solidarity.
11:00 – 13:00 I My genital future I Alexander Hahne
Dear beloved genitals. How are you? Oh… you are mad at me? Ah… ’cause only other people pay attention to you. Hhmm… I see… Ok. We can change that. Lets w_h_oreship our genitals. No judging, dear fuckers. Only observing. OK, hands too.This workshop contains explicit looks and touches of own genitals. If ok, another man witnesses you.
Nudity if required (is welcomed, but not necessary). All men are welcome. Trans*men, gender non-conforming men, cis men.
Alexander Hahne, Hamburg. He has a MA. BSc. in Media technology, is employed in the field of sexual education and head of workshops on the subject of body experience and exercise, as well as trainer for trans* specific awareness work. Alexander has many years of experience and training in dance and creative expressions (including ballet, new dance, contact improvisation, butoh, body mind centering, kickboxing, mixed martial arts).
11:00 – 13:00 I The Space In-between I Kai Ehrhardt
This workshop can be viewed as a laboratory for engaging with each other from a place of not knowing – again and again allowing the unexpected to emerge. Sensing and listening to what feels aligned for us individually, what we perceive from the context we are in and the partner we are with. Moving, speaking, negotiating, expressing, discovering, playing, giving, receiving, trusting, risking, sharing, imagining….
Kai is a breath therapist based on Prof. Ilse Middendorf’s work, a Continuum teacher, holds the German Heilpraktiker license for psychotherapy and co-founded the Somatic Academy of Berlin. He created Authentic Eros – Explorations for Men & For and Beyond all Genders and curates the STRETCH and the BODY IQ festivals. In 2016 he initiated Village.Berlin.
He believes that the conscious body and the reclaiming of Eros are crucial elements in our evolution toward an integral way of life. Kai teaches since 2002 in Europe and in the US.
14:30 – 16:00 I Hot Bodies Choir I Gérald Kurdian
Singing is a way for human beings to connect to their deeper selves and listen to their inner voices. Sexual minorities seem to carry many underlying emotions, unanswered oppressions and traumas the normative world doesn’t offer any space to heal in. The Hot Bodies choir workshop is thought as a place for the expression of these unspoken affects, a place to tell, to voice out and to become the supporting voicing body of others.
Gérald Kurdian, musician and performer, studied visual arts and contemporary dance under the direction of Mathilde Monnier and Xavier Le Roy. Inspired by stand-up comedy, lo-fi musical and club music, his oblique concerts and workshops are presented internationally. Since 2017, he develops HOT BODIES OF THE FUTURE!, a multi-disciplinary research project where he observes and experiments how sexual minorities use music to empower their revolutions.
14:30 – 16:30 I Facing the father wound I Andrew Marshall
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…. but sometimes our parents are beset by problems of their own (like depression or other mental health issues) not available (through work, alcohol or divorce) or did not know how to show their love (because they had poor role models themselves). The father wound is what happens if something in this first key relationship goes wrong. It is particularly deep with many gay and queer men – who often grow up sensing their interests, their behaviour or they themselves make their fathers uncomfortable. Unfortunately, when we are young – and our brain is not completely formed – we think ‘I am as I am treated’. These childhood messages are so strong and so deeply buried that even as adults we can struggle with a lack of self-acceptance and end up choosing men that reject us (and reaffirm the old messages of the father wound). So how has the father wound affected you? Perhaps you hold other men at arm’s length (for fear of being found to be unworthy of love). Alternatively, your father’s love could have felt conditional on getting good grades, excelling on the sport’s field or acting tough and you still feel under immense pressure to be ‘perfect’. Even if you made a conscious choice to be nothing like your father, rejecting him and rebelling against him is still having your life shaped by him – rather than what is right for you.
Andrew G Marshall is a marital therapist with a practice in Berlin. He is also the author of twenty self-help titles. The most famous is called ‘I love you but I’m not in love with you’ and has been translated into twenty languages. He is currently writing a book about his relationship with his father.
14:30 – 16:30 I Signing Intimacy / a shared inquiry / Gal Naor
An invitation to an intimate empowering journey in which we enhance our inner dialogue to be soft, loving, and intuitive. We will experiment with both communal and individual inquiries on the quest to find our unique ways to connect, express, feel, and acknowledge. We will explore Self-Intimacy in a non-verbal context, learn how to listen to our body-knowledge, discover our authentic individual Sign Language, and dance to connect and unlock emotional baggage. 
Gal Naor is an Israeli Sign Language interpreter, theater maker, choreographer and founder of The progressive wave, a creative independent in Berlin. In their work, they combine dance, performance art, visual art, and consciousness studies. Their approach to the performance world is inclusive and based on the understanding that each body should move in its unique way. Including a diverse range of performers, their work is encouraging the empowerment of queer identities. 
17:00 – 19:00 I 3 Circles Ritual I Gerard Reyes & Ale Karasik
In the 3 Circles Ritual we gather to express our sexual selves in the presence of others. All are invited to flow individually along 3 concentric circles, supported by breath work and music. First circle is for meditative witnessing, second for exploring self-touch, and third for dancing. This ritual is intended to be a collective somatic learning process; a space where we shed social taboos and individual shame to express our intimacy in public. Each person chooses how their individual experience contributes to the whole.
Gerard is a dancer, choreographer and Ballroom Scene Pioneer in Montreal; Ale is a performer and teacher of dance and body expression living between Berlin and Buenos Aires. We joined forces through our mutual interest in Sexological Bodywork modalities, including this ritual, which invite deep somatic discoveries of our sexual selves.
17:00 – 19:00 I Letting go I Julian Schnorr
Change is a constant factor of our lives. Letting go of people, places, circumstances can be challenging. In the workshop we will connect to the emotions that come with this process. With the help of movement and our body we will create our own letting go ritual that allows us to say farewell to anything that wants to be released at this moment.
Julian is a trans* queer artist, who loves to dance, cook and do witchy things. He has a strong connection to nature and mother earth. The past 20 years he has been collecting various experiences as a caretaker for the elderly, dying people, children, friends, family and himself. He works with healing frequencies of plants, unicorns, dolphins etc.
As a facilitator he strives to offer spaces, where people can connect to their inner wisdom and healing abilities.
17:00 – 19:00 I Spirituality through Domination and Submission I Phil Poole
In this workshop we will create a consensual safe space to explore the energy that exists when in domination or submission. We will mindfully explore the energy and feelings which you will experience as you move yourself into positions of domination and submission, and the energy that exists between yourself and another. This will focus on the spiritual so there will be no pain or S&M involved. Beginners and those who are curious are very much welcomed.
Phil has been in the S&M scene since he was 20. Over the last 19 years he has been on a voyage of discovery, finding out that the essence of domination and submission is a spiritual one. When Phil is not on his knees serving he works as a coach helping to transform organisations and people through facilitation and life coaching.