Sensual.
Experimental.
Spiritual.

Friday, 19th JULY 2019

10:00 | 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 | 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 – 12:30 | Freeing Yoga Dance | Angelos Ananda Steliou
Follow the music, follow your feelings, feel the freedom, express yourself without limitations and connect through your essence with the present. You can express yourself in a different way and connect with your inner self.Leading from a heart movement guided meditation to a sensitive flow that links yoga postures with dance movements. Enjoy the workshop and discover a new experience!
Yoga (RYT500) teacher and Ayurvedic masseur. He is Reiki therapist,Shakti yoga dancer, Capoereista, he loves movement, QiGong and he studied contemporary and contact improvisation dance. He has spent the last three years traveling and teaching classes, workshops and retreats around the world from Greece to India, Bali, Nepal, all over South America, Mexico, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, London, Berlin, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. He organizes and leads retreats and workshops only for men*.
11:00 – 12:30 | School of Sensitivity – The Rolling Point of Contact | Dieter Heitkamp
Basic elements of Contact Improvisation will be introduced. The interaction of two partners requires a physical, sensuous alertness when they experience and explore forces like mass, impulse, gravity, friction, buoyancy and flow. The chance to live every moment, being present, listening to physical messages, allows us to choose a playful, responsible, spontaneous, imaginative path – alone, in pairs or in small groups.
Dieter Heitkamp is professor for contemporary dance at HfMDK Frankfurt. His artistic work focuses on the collaboration of conceptions, movement, pictures, objects, light, film and music, as well as on systematic movement research, that examines the human body in its complexity in the context of its social environment. For over 40 years he has been devoted to studying, teaching and performing contact improvisation. He has been a dancer, choreographer, member and one of the artistic heads of Tanzfabrik Berlin.
11:00 – 12:30 | Sensuality of Breath | Kai Ehrhardt
One physical phenomenon that is always with us it the breath. Yet, hardly we commune with it. If we do connect then in it is mostly to support, enhance or optimize something else – we hardly ever relate it to as something pleasurable in and of itself. This partnering workshop aims to give a glimpse into a vast and rich universe of experience that breath provides a door to.
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 a new Community Center in Berlin called Village. 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.
13:00 – 14:30 | Being With Apart | Mike O’Connor
Where do the borders of our skin extend beyond the physical self? Neuroscience shows we register touch before touch actually happens. Exploring the pre-touch space of ourselves and another, we find new ways to be entangled, and navigate a ‘being with’ and ‘being separate’ simultaneously. A slow-motion play between that which does the sensing and that which is sensed allows us to feel our borders expanding.
Mike is a dancer, choreographer, somatic bodyworker and currently a Ph.D. candidate at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, exploring movement as a tool to blur mind, body and environment. Working at the intersection of cognitive science and dance since 2011, his artistic work articulates human perception as performative tools, specifically empathy and metaphor as ways of communicating. He teaches creative practice workshops throughout Europe to university students and teams.
13:00 – 14:30 | Floating | Ralf Jaroschinski
In Contact improvisation, we can actually be lifted effortlessly and therefore experience a very concrete state of floating. However, a focus on sensation and sensuality can similarly achieve moments of extasy. In this class, we’ll practice both. Safe techniques for supporting one another and for making delicious physical contact with other men while moving.
Ralf Jaroschinski was born in Germany, grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and trained as a professional dancer in Hannover, Germany, and in New York, USA. Ralf has over 30 years of experience in diverse dance techniques, directed the dance company of the German Hildesheim City Theater and choreographed for several international dance companies as a guest. 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.
13:00 – 14:30 | On Intergenerational Friendship, Kindness, Intimacy & Sex | David James
The extended family has been an essential tradition through history, sharing wisdom, stories and love, and nurturing the next generations. As gay men, our biological families can be problematic; but we are, as a group and a continuum, each other’s family. We are stronger together, and sharing our experiences, strengths and hopes with each other can give us all new insights and sparks to connect to ourselves and each other.
David James has worked as a theatre maker in New York, LA, London and Melbourne, currently leading BOOK Music & Lyrics, a professional development workshop for musical theatre writers, composers, lyricists & directors. He began spiritual awareness joining Al-Anon in 1985, leading beginners’ sessions at the Manhattan Gay & Lesbian Community Centre. He later studied with Louise Hay, Bernie Siegel and Stephen Levine, and was a founding member of Cynthia O’Neil’s Friends In Deed.
16:00 – 17:30 | “Hi! Into? Pics?” | Thomas Schallhart
In this workshop, we will explore, discuss, share and critically reflect on different coping mechanisms and personal strategies when (not) using dating apps such as Grindr, Tinder, etc. How can we get authentic and positive experiences through online dating? How do we deal with sex, validation, loneliness, boredom, discrimintion and cycles of rejection in the age of a digitalized dating scene?
Thomas is an activist and trainer. Being an expert in campaign strategy and non-formal education, he works for NGOs around Europe. In Berlin, he is active in the sexual health organisation Mancheck. For a change, he‘s off dating apps at the moment.
16:00 – 17:30 | Connecting through sounds | Rick Schifferstein
Through voice we can express what lives inside us, occupies our mind, and how we feel. But sound also helps to connect to our body, as vibrations travel through our system and provide a subtle, internal massage. By making sound together we connect and become part of a larger whole. No singing experience required – men who feel they cannot sing or are afraid to speak in public are especially invited.
Rick Schifferstein sang in choirs, vocal groups and occasionally as a soloist for over 15 years. He followed the 1-year program on vocal expression with Marius Engelbrecht. He also completed a 3-year personal development program at the ITIP School for Life & Work that is partly based on mindfulness, energetic bodywork and dream work. He practices 5 rhythms dancing on a weekly basis and is improving his skills in contact improvisation.
16:00 – 17:30 | Consensual Play & Magic Touch | Merdan Akbayir
I invite you to a consensual play within the safe frame of The Wheel of Consent (The 3-Minute Game) inspired by intimacy coach Betty Martin. What sort of touch is possible when given and received in a consensual way? What are your needs, desires, boundaries? Decide in every moment how you like to be touched & how you like to touch. You are welcome exactly as you are.
Merdan Akbayir is a holistic masseur, yoga teacher, performance artist, former biologist and free spirit based in Amsterdam. He loves to share his passion and curiosity to empower other beings on their way.
18:00 – 19:30 | Dancing Naked | Thomas Adam-Garnung
In this workshop accessible to all, from simple protocols that allow us to improvise, we will dance naked. To explore without hindrance what our body can do. To listen to what we feel without interference. To be closer to our own dance, without artifice. To experience that by being ourself, we are undoubtedly stronger. To realize that it is by being ourself that we can better connect with others.
Thomas used to be both professor of philosophy and visual artist, and now he devotes himself to theater and dance. He first staged classical plays such as Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Aeschylus’ Oresteia, before designing more hybrid projects. His four latest plays have been performed in Paris and France, also Brussels and New York. Alongside his stage productions, he directs video works around dance.
18:00 – 19:30 | GLBTQ Ancestors | Daan van Kampenhout
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.
Shamanic practitioner for more than 25 years, Daan has studied with traditional healers and shamanic teachers from various cultures (Lakota, Southern Ute, Sami and others). Combining elements of shamanic ritual and family constellations, he developed Systemic Ritual®. Daan is the author of seven books, his writings have been translated in ten languages. He works worldwide, creating rituals for different communities and groups. He lives in Amsterdam and Berlin.
18:00 – 19:30 | Hmmm… Aaahh… Ooohh… | Vanasay Khamphommala
In our fantasies, voices yield considerable erotic power. But in our bedrooms, they are often stuck in our throats. In this workshop, we will breathe, moan and shout our way beyond the pressure of being silent / having to perform the ‘right’ genders, roles, sounds… Reconnect your sensations, breath and voice, and join in a playful experience of vocal and erotic creativity. This workshop allows for partial nudity.
Vanasay is a French-Laotian dramaturg and performance artist who trained in music and theatre. They develop a series of performances that explore queerness and metamorphoses. They are terrible at faking moans.

Saturday, 20th JULY 2019

10:00 | 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 | 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 – 12:30 | Dictionary of Delight – “to touch” | Dieter Heitkamp
Communication through touch is a fundamental element in Contact Improvisation. In this workshop we will explore specific verbs that are connected to different ways of touching and letting oneself be touched – to put the hand on someone, to embrace, to lick, to penetrate, to bite, ….
Dieter Heitkamp is professor for contemporary dance at HfMDK Frankfurt. His artistic work focuses on the collaboration of conceptions, movement, pictures, objects, light, film and music, as well as on systematic movement research, that examines the human body in its complexity in the context of its social environment. For over 40 years he has been devoted to studying, teaching and performing contact improvisation. He has been a dancer, choreographer, member and one of the artistic heads of Tanzfabrik Berlin.
11:00 – 12:30 | Hot Bodies Choir | Gerald 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.
11:00 – 12:30 | Sensual Partner Yoga | Brandon Anthony
This workshop will be an exploration and celebration of Touch. We’ll begin similarly to a slow restorative yoga class, connecting with one another through breath and intimate partner yoga poses. Once we’ve built up some heat, we’ll flow deeper into the intimacy work, coming in and out of postures that deepen our connection to the sacral (sex) chakra. Everyone will rotate partners multiple times, getting the opportunity to explore and engage with multiple men in the group. You and your partners will give and receive each other’s body weight, enjoying the build of sensual chi as you grind and breathe together. *This workshop is Clothing Optional and may include Erotic/Genital Interaction.
Brandon Anthony is the Founder and Creator of Naked Men’s Yoga, Movement2Music, and CannabisMOVEMENT, 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.
13:00 – 14:30 | Beyond the Binaried Patriarchy | Dragan Zan Wright
In this workshop we’ll explore what it is to be a man today, name the wounds of the patriarchy, explore the strengths, vulnerability, power, responsibility and beauty of being a man, and invite in a reality beyond patriarchal constraints. Using the ancient symbol of the triangle together with movement, sound and words, we’ll acknowledge and embody: past – honoring struggle, leaving that which hasn’t served us, present – the complexity of being a man today, beyond – the realm of open possibility. Nudity welcome, not compulsory.
Dragan Zan Wright is a transgender non-binary man. He ‘gender expresses’ a masculine form and internally identifies as non-binary/gender queer. He is a feminist and committed to the dismantling of patriarchal attitudes and behaviour harmful to all. Dragan is a psychotherapist and educator in the fields of Complex Trauma, Transgender and Gender Diversity, Authentic Consent and Non-binary Embodiment. He runs workshops throughout Australia and presents in Europe and the U.K.
13:00 – 14:30 | Layers | Ralf Jaroschinski
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 differene it makes to connect intimately with other men on these very different layers.
Ralf Jaroschinski was born in Germany, grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and trained as a professional dancer in Hannover, Germany, and in New York, USA. Ralf has over 30 years of experience in diverse dance techniques, directed the dance company of the German Hildesheim City Theater and choreographed for several international dance companies as a guest. 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.
13:00 – 14:30 | Sensual Touch and Sounds | Zahiro Ji und Caina
In this workshop we begin by communicating our wishes and intentions for a sensual massage exchange. You can enjoy receiving and giving a guided bodywork sequence that also allows space for our own intuitive exploration and creativity. This style of massage is made without oil while wearing light clothing. During the session, Caina will be supporting us by creating a soundscape using a range of instruments, including singing bowls, kochi bells and the hang-drum. The varied tones and vibrations help us to tune in and connect with our bodies.
Zahiro Ji is an alternative health practitioner —“Heilpraktiker”—based in Berlin. Originally coming from a dance and movement background, his focus now is bodywork, principally in Intuitive Thai Meridian Massage for which he teaches an annual training at Somatische Akademie.Caina: co-facilitator, currently works as a massage and sound therapist in Berlin. He facilitates sound healing and musical journeys  to empower people of all genders to connect through the universal language of music.
16:00 – 17:30 | #FaggotsForFuture, or: making climate activism sexy (again). | Tadzio Müller
Saving the world from climate chaos seems like… well, seems like a drag, and not the fun kind of drag. Blockading power plants, feeling ashamed for flying… But there is another way, one that we want to explore in this session. From understanding the urgency of the climate crisis, we’ll move to talking about empowering, fun and even sexy ways to fight for climate justice.
Tadzio Müller is an HIV-positive, out-and-proud kinky slut, a political scientist and climate expert, a god-awful lefty, and has been breaking laws to fight for global (climate) justice for a good twenty years. Most importantly, he urgently believes that it is time to make climate justice sexy again, and help to create the coming movement: #faggotsforfuture.
16:00 – 17:30 | Dance Improvisation Technologies | Michael Rolnick
This workshop is for anyone who has ever felt complete horror at being asked to ‘‘improvise’‘ a dance, ( as well as those that have never felt such an inhibition!) Through the use of simple tasks we may notice and break movement habits and share these improvised dances as conversations with a partner and the group. The tasks act as keys to extend our dance vocabulary, giving us something concrete to improvise with before we open the space to freely allow these new dances to emerge to an extraordinary, eclectic soundtrack.
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.
16:00 – 17:30 | Shamanic Eros | Robert van Ravens
A workshop in which we will explore and experience healing in a different way. We will connect to our Spirit-guides, to our Totem Animals and to our bodies and hearts. Incorporating different Totem animals we explore their healing qualities, messages and specific touch. We will apply these healing qualities together with Sensual Healing touch. Surrounded by sound, herbs, flowers, water and smoke you will enter an enchanting Jungle where Magic, intimacy, pleasure and healing take place. This is a nudity positive Jungle. Please bring a towel.
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 the plant medicine Ayahuasca. Inspired by years of ritualistic work, journeys and ceremonies, Robert combines influences of different spiritual backgrounds like Afro-Brasilian Umbanda and Mexican & Northern American Shamanism. After completing the Sacred Intimacy training in Berlin he created his own workshops, with the aim of uniting Sex(uality) with Spirit(uality). Also known as Erotic shaman he focuses on the healing aspects of conscious touch, pleasure, joy and gratitude.
18:00 – 19:30 | A House Of Ecstatic Virality | Carlos Maria Romero a.k.a Atabey Mamasita
AHOEV creates a celebratory and life-affirming environment for people to come together freely to explore HIV related issues in a safe, relaxed and supportive manner. Using methodologies for communal dance and conversation, AHOEV offers a moment to process collectively the impact, trauma and stigma around HIV.Its exercises and content are drawn from research into pioneering healthcare advocacy projects, the Latex Ball (1989) and The Body Electric School (1984), as well as the origins of House music culture. 
Artist whose work focuses predominantly on developing technologies of resistance, joy and community-building, borrowing tools from democratic forms of dance, political activism and the immaterial cultural heritage of disenfranchised sectors of society. A member of SPIT! (Sodomites, Perverts, Inverts Together!), with whom they wrote and perform a series of queer manifestos responding to sexual and gender oppression; and initiator of Vogue-Chi, an unapologetically political and shamelessly indulgent movement practice that fosters a multi-generational queer and allies space for self-expression and togetherness.AHOEV was created in collaboration with HIV advocates, Health professionals and METRO Charity’s Latinx and Polish volunteers.
18:00 – 19:30 | Spirituality through Domination and Submission | Phil P
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 organizations and people through facilitation and life coaching.
18:00 – 19:30 | The Magical Masturbation Circle | Julian Martin
In this choreographed ritual we can move between different roles, experiment and try ourselves out. Celebrate with others your body, your genitals, your lust and your arousal. Slip into the role of an exhibitionist or voyeur or watch the goings-on as a witness from the outside. Clothing, nudity and masturbation are welcome.
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.
20:00 | FADE – A 50 Birthday Cabaret | Michael Rolnick with Steven Desroches
Michael will murder songs of love, loss, hope and despair in almost three languages. Bring a bottle and a snack for a celebratory drink, nibble and natter after the show.

Sunday, 21st JULY 2019

10:00 | 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 | 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 – 12:30 | Naked Dance & Movement | Eddy ‘damoN’ Lathan IV
Class intentions are focusing on building foundation, understanding in basic dance elements, terminology and finding ones own “NuDance”. There will be a low, mid and high tempo warm up, ‘Round Robin’ and ‘Call-&-Response’ exercises as well as an across the floor exercise. Strong encouragement to the participants to find their most natural/innate movements combined with foundation and utilize it via group improvisation is always provided. Class concludes with an improvisational ‘Cypher’ jam session
Eddy ‘damoN’ Lathan IV is a multidisciplinary artist, yogi and teaching artist from Brooklyn, New York. He trained, studied and danced with The Hip Hop Dance Conservatory (H+) in New York City from 2008 – 2013. He is well versed in Urban Street Style dances as well as movement forms like Capoeira. He is the Co-Founder and lead instructor for NuDance (2015 – Present). Eddy is also a member of Dancers Unlimited NYC.
11:00 – 12:30 | Queer Autobiographical Storytelling | Ariel Nil Levy
Can one’s own autobiography be transformed into pure, authentic performative material? In this workshop we’ll explore queer writing and performing, play around with narrative: we’ll see how stories about ourselves can be broken, defragmented and changed according to how we want to narrate our queer life story and acknowledge our power as queer storytellers. The work of the multi-award winning film and theatre-maker Ariel Nil Levy is characterized by a partly fictional-narrative- and autobiographical approach.
Ariel Nil Levy was born in 1977 in Tel Aviv. He lives and works in Germany since 2001 as a F.M. Alexander technique teacher, freelance actor, voice actor, performer and dramaturge in different theaters in Europe such as: Volksbühne Berlin (Dimiter Gotscheff), Schauspiel Frankfurt, Schauspielhaus Wien, Badischen Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Ballhaus Naunynstraße, Theater Heidelberg, Potsdam, English Theatre Berlin Theater am Kurfürstendamm, Theater Rampe Stuttgart, Literarisches Colloquim Berlin.
11:00 – 12:30 | The Great 24-hand Massage Carousel | Michael Rolnick
In this workshop we move, step by step, towards a beautiful, naked, sensual durational massage event. We seek to create an arena of non-attachment, where we serenely glide through a delicious ‘car wash’ of sensuality, a space where we can can open ourselves to the pleasure of different roles, both in the giving and receiving of sensual touch. Individual boundaries are indicated and observed as well as a commitment to support and be aware of the flow of energies between the entire group. (Please note that for the majority of the workshop we will be standing.)
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.
13:00 – 14:30 | Cacao Ceremony & Rope Ritual | LoveDragon
After a short heart-opening meditation led by Shadi featuring ceremonial grade cacao from Guatemala, LoveDragon will facilitate a simple partner ritual in which we create a space of mutual respect and connection using the power and softness of the endlessly flowing ropes to sink into deep relaxation. No previous experience is needed. This workshop is about creating connection, feeling deeply, and about serving and receiving rather than domination and submission. Nudity is welcome.
Shadi is a transformational travel and workshop facilitator from Belgium who’s living in Guatemala most of the year. He is studying with ISTA (International School of Temple Arts) and has been hosting cacao ceremonies since 2014. Love Dragon is a queer researcher of human connections, a sacred intimate, a body worker and a dance teacher. He is also exploring Tarot and Bondage. Privately, he is a big board game geek.
13:00 – 14:30 | On Intergenerational Friendship, Kindness, Intimacy & Sex | David James Copy
The extended family has been an essential tradition through history, sharing wisdom, stories and love, and nurturing the next generations. As gay men, our biological families can be problematic; but we are, as a group and a continuum, each other’s family. We are stronger together, and sharing our experiences, strengths and hopes with each other can give us all new insights and sparks to connect to ourselves and each other.
David James has worked as a theatre maker in New York, LA, London and Melbourne, currently leading BOOK Music & Lyrics, a professional development workshop for musical theatre writers, composers, lyricists & directors. He began spiritual awareness joining Al-Anon in 1985, leading beginners’ sessions at the Manhattan Gay & Lesbian Community Centre. He later studied with Louise Hay, Bernie Siegel and Stephen Levine, and was a founding member of Cynthia O’Neil’s Friends In Deed.
13:00 – 14:30 | Self Translated / a physical-emotional group inquiry 
 | Gal Naor
The Self Translated session is an invitation to experiment with both communal and individual inquiries on the quest to find varied introversive and extroversive ways to connect, express, feel and acknowledge. By establishing a robust, loving base, we dive together into an intimate empowering journey, forming meaningful relations of physical understanding and emotional trust.We will tune into each other, learn how to fall into each other’s arms, activate our bodies and expend our hearts.
Gal Naor is an Israeli Sign Language interpreter, theater maker, choreographer and founder of The progressive wave company. In his creations, he deals with the triangle of notions language-culture-identity and how it affects the individual’s way of expression. His approach to dance and performance is based on the understanding that each body should dance in its own unique way. Including a diverse range of performers, his works are encouraging the empowerment of minorities.
16:00 – 17:30 | James’s Dancing Scottish | James Pretlove
An easy introduction to gender-role free Scottish country dancing where everyone is welcome to the floor. My sessions are always about having a good time, and never about getting things ‘right’. Scottish country dancing is a great way to access laughter, joy and connection while stretching both body and brain. Please bring soft-soled shoes, or dance barefoot, and if you have a kilt, please wear it.
I am passionate about sharing the joy of Scottish country dance, and it is one of the things I do as a member of the unintentional community at Findhorn in north-east Scotland. I started dancing Scottish in 2005 when I helped to set up London’s The Gay Gordons, the LGBT+ Scottish country dancing club, and since I moved to Scotland, I have also run workshops in Portugal and Japan.
16:00 – 17:30 | Poetics of Intimate Encounters | Pawel Dudus
In this workshop we are going to replace the verbal communication of an encounter with a tactile and sensory exploration. By delving into different modes of touch we are going to explore each other physically. We will train the ability to listen and to respond to the sensual stimulation. We are going to look for ways of moving together that can lead to an unconditional togetherness and a body, which neither loses itself in the other nor imposes its power over the other.
Pawel was born in Poland on a sunny day in August 1989. A queer-migrant-feminist who has been shaping his artistic language using the experiences gathered in the field of dance, theatre and performance art. Pawel has been heart-fully dedicated to #onlyloveisreal – a friendship based collaboration with Laura Eva Meuris – an ongoing research project dedicated to the subject of intimacy, love and (self) care. As the extension to #onlyloveisreal Pawel has been exploring the subject of sexuality focusing on the correlation between sexual expression and our identity as well as looking for ways how to reform patterns and habits in the way people interact with each other in an intimate setting.
16:00 – 17:30 | The Forest | Curt Mason
Would you like to play in ‘The Forest‘? You can tickle, slap, stroke or caress the bark of each tree. Explore their branches, their leaves, their scent or their taste. Sharing your love and attention between these great flora specimens. Then surrender yourself as you become ‘The Forest’. Experience the tickles, the slaps, the strokes and the caresses of loving hands with no faces. As the distraction of attraction hides in darkness, your pleasure can emerge into the light. How much can you let go? How much can you surrender? This workshop explores boundaries, consent, sensory deprivation of sight, working out of attraction, pleasure, surrender, generosity and community.
Curt MasonIs a qualified and experienced Gestalt psychotherapist and certified Sexological Bodyworker. He has been a practicing meditator for over 15 years. Curt primarily works with gay and same sex attracted men with a focus on intimacy, sexuality, relationships, anxiety, trauma and group work. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience in a style that is simple, fun and easy to understand and practice
18:00 – 19:30 | Edging: An exploration of Pleasure | Brandon Anthony
Beginning on the mats – we’ll take our time stroking and breathing together as we explore Yogic methods of self pleasure. We’ll experiment with different movements, poses, and rhythms as we tease and engage with ourselves. Working to build stamina and control, we’ll edge towards climax multiple times, ending the session with slow, deep, connected breath work and the possibility of full bodied orgasmic group release. *This workshop is nude and may include Erotic/Genital Interaction.
Brandon Anthony is the Founder and Creator of Naked Men’s Yoga, Movement2Music, and CannabisMOVEMENT, 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.
18:00 – 19:30 | Hot Bodies Choir | Gerald 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.
18:00 – 19:30 | Yas Queen! Femme empowerment through movement (vogue inspired) | Aviv Shalem
Wir werden uns durch die fünf Elemente und die Geschichte des Vogueing inspirieren lassen! Durch den Geist der kraftvollen weiblichen Präsenz werden wir total fierce über den Laufsteg schreiten, als Königin unter Königinnen. Bringt eure Fierceness und eure Freude am Umarmen unserer Femininität und am Feiern unserer Schwuchtelei! Offen für alle Gender. Optimaler dresscode: sexy Diva (du darfst die Absatzschuhe mitbringen)
Aviv Shalem aka Asis D’Orange ist ein gendermischender Mode Drag Performer aus Tel Aviv. Als ein genderqueerer, jüdischer Araber, die in einem religiösen Haushalt aufgezogen wurden, finden Asiz sich an vielen Schnittstellen der Gesellschaft. Durch die Kombination des Konzeptionellen und des Glamourösen mit verschiedenen Aspekten ihrer Identität, verschieben Asiz Grenzen und bietet eine Bühne für ihre Glaubenssätze (von Feminismus bis Veganismus) während Asiz die Welt ermutigen ihre Komplexe loszulassen und Schönheit im Banalen zu finden, sich selbst zu erforschen und ihre innere Queen zu umarmen.
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Friday, 19th JULY 2019

10:00 | 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 | 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 – 12:30 | Freeing Yoga Dance | Angelos Ananda Steliou
Follow the music, follow your feelings, feel the freedom, express yourself without limitations and connect through your essence with the present. You can express yourself in a different way and connect with your inner self.Leading from a heart movement guided meditation to a sensitive flow that links yoga postures with dance movements. Enjoy the workshop and discover a new experience!
Yoga (RYT500) teacher and Ayurvedic masseur. He is Reiki therapist,Shakti yoga dancer, Capoereista, he loves movement, QiGong and he studied contemporary and contact improvisation dance. He has spent the last three years traveling and teaching classes, workshops and retreats around the world from Greece to India, Bali, Nepal, all over South America, Mexico, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, London, Berlin, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. He organizes and leads retreats and workshops only for men*.
11:00 – 12:30 | School of Sensitivity – The Rolling Point of Contact | Dieter Heitkamp
Basic elements of Contact Improvisation will be introduced. The interaction of two partners requires a physical, sensuous alertness when they experience and explore forces like mass, impulse, gravity, friction, buoyancy and flow. The chance to live every moment, being present, listening to physical messages, allows us to choose a playful, responsible, spontaneous, imaginative path – alone, in pairs or in small groups.
Dieter Heitkamp is professor for contemporary dance at HfMDK Frankfurt. His artistic work focuses on the collaboration of conceptions, movement, pictures, objects, light, film and music, as well as on systematic movement research, that examines the human body in its complexity in the context of its social environment. For over 40 years he has been devoted to studying, teaching and performing contact improvisation. He has been a dancer, choreographer, member and one of the artistic heads of Tanzfabrik Berlin.
11:00 – 12:30 | Sensuality of Breath | Kai Ehrhardt
One physical phenomenon that is always with us it the breath. Yet, hardly we commune with it. If we do connect then in it is mostly to support, enhance or optimize something else – we hardly ever relate it to as something pleasurable in and of itself. This partnering workshop aims to give a glimpse into a vast and rich universe of experience that breath provides a door to.
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 a new Community Center in Berlin called Village. 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.
13:00 – 14:30 | Being With Apart | Mike O’Connor
Where do the borders of our skin extend beyond the physical self? Neuroscience shows we register touch before touch actually happens. Exploring the pre-touch space of ourselves and another, we find new ways to be entangled, and navigate a ‘being with’ and ‘being separate’ simultaneously. A slow-motion play between that which does the sensing and that which is sensed allows us to feel our borders expanding.
Mike is a dancer, choreographer, somatic bodyworker and currently a Ph.D. candidate at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, exploring movement as a tool to blur mind, body and environment. Working at the intersection of cognitive science and dance since 2011, his artistic work articulates human perception as performative tools, specifically empathy and metaphor as ways of communicating. He teaches creative practice workshops throughout Europe to university students and teams.
13:00 – 14:30 | Floating | Ralf Jaroschinski
In Contact improvisation, we can actually be lifted effortlessly and therefore experience a very concrete state of floating. However, a focus on sensation and sensuality can similarly achieve moments of extasy. In this class, we’ll practice both. Safe techniques for supporting one another and for making delicious physical contact with other men while moving.
Ralf Jaroschinski was born in Germany, grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and trained as a professional dancer in Hannover, Germany, and in New York, USA. Ralf has over 30 years of experience in diverse dance techniques, directed the dance company of the German Hildesheim City Theater and choreographed for several international dance companies as a guest. 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.
13:00 – 14:30 | On Intergenerational Friendship, Kindness, Intimacy & Sex | David James
The extended family has been an essential tradition through history, sharing wisdom, stories and love, and nurturing the next generations. As gay men, our biological families can be problematic; but we are, as a group and a continuum, each other’s family. We are stronger together, and sharing our experiences, strengths and hopes with each other can give us all new insights and sparks to connect to ourselves and each other.
David James has worked as a theatre maker in New York, LA, London and Melbourne, currently leading BOOK Music & Lyrics, a professional development workshop for musical theatre writers, composers, lyricists & directors. He began spiritual awareness joining Al-Anon in 1985, leading beginners’ sessions at the Manhattan Gay & Lesbian Community Centre. He later studied with Louise Hay, Bernie Siegel and Stephen Levine, and was a founding member of Cynthia O’Neil’s Friends In Deed.
16:00 – 17:30 | “Hi! Into? Pics?” | Thomas Schallhart
In this workshop, we will explore, discuss, share and critically reflect on different coping mechanisms and personal strategies when (not) using dating apps such as Grindr, Tinder, etc. How can we get authentic and positive experiences through online dating? How do we deal with sex, validation, loneliness, boredom, discrimintion and cycles of rejection in the age of a digitalized dating scene?
Thomas is an activist and trainer. Being an expert in campaign strategy and non-formal education, he works for NGOs around Europe. In Berlin, he is active in the sexual health organisation Mancheck. For a change, he‘s off dating apps at the moment.
16:00 – 17:30 | Connecting through sounds | Rick Schifferstein
Through voice we can express what lives inside us, occupies our mind, and how we feel. But sound also helps to connect to our body, as vibrations travel through our system and provide a subtle, internal massage. By making sound together we connect and become part of a larger whole. No singing experience required – men who feel they cannot sing or are afraid to speak in public are especially invited.
Rick Schifferstein sang in choirs, vocal groups and occasionally as a soloist for over 15 years. He followed the 1-year program on vocal expression with Marius Engelbrecht. He also completed a 3-year personal development program at the ITIP School for Life & Work that is partly based on mindfulness, energetic bodywork and dream work. He practices 5 rhythms dancing on a weekly basis and is improving his skills in contact improvisation.
16:00 – 17:30 | Consensual Play & Magic Touch | Merdan Akbayir
I invite you to a consensual play within the safe frame of The Wheel of Consent (The 3-Minute Game) inspired by intimacy coach Betty Martin. What sort of touch is possible when given and received in a consensual way? What are your needs, desires, boundaries? Decide in every moment how you like to be touched & how you like to touch. You are welcome exactly as you are.
Merdan Akbayir is a holistic masseur, yoga teacher, performance artist, former biologist and free spirit based in Amsterdam. He loves to share his passion and curiosity to empower other beings on their way.
18:00 – 19:30 | Dancing Naked | Thomas Adam-Garnung
In this workshop accessible to all, from simple protocols that allow us to improvise, we will dance naked. To explore without hindrance what our body can do. To listen to what we feel without interference. To be closer to our own dance, without artifice. To experience that by being ourself, we are undoubtedly stronger. To realize that it is by being ourself that we can better connect with others.
Thomas used to be both professor of philosophy and visual artist, and now he devotes himself to theater and dance. He first staged classical plays such as Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Aeschylus’ Oresteia, before designing more hybrid projects. His four latest plays have been performed in Paris and France, also Brussels and New York. Alongside his stage productions, he directs video works around dance.
18:00 – 19:30 | GLBTQ Ancestors | Daan van Kampenhout
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.
Shamanic practitioner for more than 25 years, Daan has studied with traditional healers and shamanic teachers from various cultures (Lakota, Southern Ute, Sami and others). Combining elements of shamanic ritual and family constellations, he developed Systemic Ritual®. Daan is the author of seven books, his writings have been translated in ten languages. He works worldwide, creating rituals for different communities and groups. He lives in Amsterdam and Berlin.
18:00 – 19:30 | Hmmm… Aaahh… Ooohh… | Vanasay Khamphommala
In our fantasies, voices yield considerable erotic power. But in our bedrooms, they are often stuck in our throats. In this workshop, we will breathe, moan and shout our way beyond the pressure of being silent / having to perform the ‘right’ genders, roles, sounds… Reconnect your sensations, breath and voice, and join in a playful experience of vocal and erotic creativity. This workshop allows for partial nudity.
Vanasay is a French-Laotian dramaturg and performance artist who trained in music and theatre. They develop a series of performances that explore queerness and metamorphoses. They are terrible at faking moans.

Saturday, 20th JULY 2019

10:00 | 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 | 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 – 12:30 | Dictionary of Delight – “to touch” | Dieter Heitkamp
Communication through touch is a fundamental element in Contact Improvisation. In this workshop we will explore specific verbs that are connected to different ways of touching and letting oneself be touched – to put the hand on someone, to embrace, to lick, to penetrate, to bite, ….
Dieter Heitkamp is professor for contemporary dance at HfMDK Frankfurt. His artistic work focuses on the collaboration of conceptions, movement, pictures, objects, light, film and music, as well as on systematic movement research, that examines the human body in its complexity in the context of its social environment. For over 40 years he has been devoted to studying, teaching and performing contact improvisation. He has been a dancer, choreographer, member and one of the artistic heads of Tanzfabrik Berlin.
11:00 – 12:30 | Hot Bodies Choir | Gerald 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.
11:00 – 12:30 | Sensual Partner Yoga | Brandon Anthony
This workshop will be an exploration and celebration of Touch. We’ll begin similarly to a slow restorative yoga class, connecting with one another through breath and intimate partner yoga poses. Once we’ve built up some heat, we’ll flow deeper into the intimacy work, coming in and out of postures that deepen our connection to the sacral (sex) chakra. Everyone will rotate partners multiple times, getting the opportunity to explore and engage with multiple men in the group. You and your partners will give and receive each other’s body weight, enjoying the build of sensual chi as you grind and breathe together. *This workshop is Clothing Optional and may include Erotic/Genital Interaction.
Brandon Anthony is the Founder and Creator of Naked Men’s Yoga, Movement2Music, and CannabisMOVEMENT, 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.
13:00 – 14:30 | Beyond the Binaried Patriarchy | Dragan Zan Wright
In this workshop we’ll explore what it is to be a man today, name the wounds of the patriarchy, explore the strengths, vulnerability, power, responsibility and beauty of being a man, and invite in a reality beyond patriarchal constraints. Using the ancient symbol of the triangle together with movement, sound and words, we’ll acknowledge and embody: past – honoring struggle, leaving that which hasn’t served us, present – the complexity of being a man today, beyond – the realm of open possibility. Nudity welcome, not compulsory.
Dragan Zan Wright is a transgender non-binary man. He ‘gender expresses’ a masculine form and internally identifies as non-binary/gender queer. He is a feminist and committed to the dismantling of patriarchal attitudes and behaviour harmful to all. Dragan is a psychotherapist and educator in the fields of Complex Trauma, Transgender and Gender Diversity, Authentic Consent and Non-binary Embodiment. He runs workshops throughout Australia and presents in Europe and the U.K.
13:00 – 14:30 | Layers | Ralf Jaroschinski
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 differene it makes to connect intimately with other men on these very different layers.
Ralf Jaroschinski was born in Germany, grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and trained as a professional dancer in Hannover, Germany, and in New York, USA. Ralf has over 30 years of experience in diverse dance techniques, directed the dance company of the German Hildesheim City Theater and choreographed for several international dance companies as a guest. 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.
13:00 – 14:30 | Sensual Touch and Sounds | Zahiro Ji und Caina
In this workshop we begin by communicating our wishes and intentions for a sensual massage exchange. You can enjoy receiving and giving a guided bodywork sequence that also allows space for our own intuitive exploration and creativity. This style of massage is made without oil while wearing light clothing. During the session, Caina will be supporting us by creating a soundscape using a range of instruments, including singing bowls, kochi bells and the hang-drum. The varied tones and vibrations help us to tune in and connect with our bodies.
Zahiro Ji is an alternative health practitioner —“Heilpraktiker”—based in Berlin. Originally coming from a dance and movement background, his focus now is bodywork, principally in Intuitive Thai Meridian Massage for which he teaches an annual training at Somatische Akademie.Caina: co-facilitator, currently works as a massage and sound therapist in Berlin. He facilitates sound healing and musical journeys  to empower people of all genders to connect through the universal language of music.
16:00 – 17:30 | #FaggotsForFuture, or: making climate activism sexy (again). | Tadzio Müller
Saving the world from climate chaos seems like… well, seems like a drag, and not the fun kind of drag. Blockading power plants, feeling ashamed for flying… But there is another way, one that we want to explore in this session. From understanding the urgency of the climate crisis, we’ll move to talking about empowering, fun and even sexy ways to fight for climate justice.
Tadzio Müller is an HIV-positive, out-and-proud kinky slut, a political scientist and climate expert, a god-awful lefty, and has been breaking laws to fight for global (climate) justice for a good twenty years. Most importantly, he urgently believes that it is time to make climate justice sexy again, and help to create the coming movement: #faggotsforfuture.
16:00 – 17:30 | Dance Improvisation Technologies | Michael Rolnick
This workshop is for anyone who has ever felt complete horror at being asked to ‘‘improvise’‘ a dance, ( as well as those that have never felt such an inhibition!) Through the use of simple tasks we may notice and break movement habits and share these improvised dances as conversations with a partner and the group. The tasks act as keys to extend our dance vocabulary, giving us something concrete to improvise with before we open the space to freely allow these new dances to emerge to an extraordinary, eclectic soundtrack.
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.
16:00 – 17:30 | Shamanic Eros | Robert van Ravens
A workshop in which we will explore and experience healing in a different way. We will connect to our Spirit-guides, to our Totem Animals and to our bodies and hearts. Incorporating different Totem animals we explore their healing qualities, messages and specific touch. We will apply these healing qualities together with Sensual Healing touch. Surrounded by sound, herbs, flowers, water and smoke you will enter an enchanting Jungle where Magic, intimacy, pleasure and healing take place. This is a nudity positive Jungle. Please bring a towel.
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 the plant medicine Ayahuasca. Inspired by years of ritualistic work, journeys and ceremonies, Robert combines influences of different spiritual backgrounds like Afro-Brasilian Umbanda and Mexican & Northern American Shamanism. After completing the Sacred Intimacy training in Berlin he created his own workshops, with the aim of uniting Sex(uality) with Spirit(uality). Also known as Erotic shaman he focuses on the healing aspects of conscious touch, pleasure, joy and gratitude.
18:00 – 19:30 | A House Of Ecstatic Virality | Carlos Maria Romero a.k.a Atabey Mamasita
AHOEV creates a celebratory and life-affirming environment for people to come together freely to explore HIV related issues in a safe, relaxed and supportive manner. Using methodologies for communal dance and conversation, AHOEV offers a moment to process collectively the impact, trauma and stigma around HIV.Its exercises and content are drawn from research into pioneering healthcare advocacy projects, the Latex Ball (1989) and The Body Electric School (1984), as well as the origins of House music culture. 
Artist whose work focuses predominantly on developing technologies of resistance, joy and community-building, borrowing tools from democratic forms of dance, political activism and the immaterial cultural heritage of disenfranchised sectors of society. A member of SPIT! (Sodomites, Perverts, Inverts Together!), with whom they wrote and perform a series of queer manifestos responding to sexual and gender oppression; and initiator of Vogue-Chi, an unapologetically political and shamelessly indulgent movement practice that fosters a multi-generational queer and allies space for self-expression and togetherness.AHOEV was created in collaboration with HIV advocates, Health professionals and METRO Charity’s Latinx and Polish volunteers.
18:00 – 19:30 | Spirituality through Domination and Submission | Phil P
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 organizations and people through facilitation and life coaching.
18:00 – 19:30 | The Magical Masturbation Circle | Julian Martin
In this choreographed ritual we can move between different roles, experiment and try ourselves out. Celebrate with others your body, your genitals, your lust and your arousal. Slip into the role of an exhibitionist or voyeur or watch the goings-on as a witness from the outside. Clothing, nudity and masturbation are welcome.
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.
20:00 | FADE – A 50 Birthday Cabaret | Michael Rolnick with Steven Desroches
Michael will murder songs of love, loss, hope and despair in almost three languages. Bring a bottle and a snack for a celebratory drink, nibble and natter after the show.

Sunday, 21st JULY 2019

10:00 | 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 | 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 – 12:30 | Naked Dance & Movement | Eddy ‘damoN’ Lathan IV
Class intentions are focusing on building foundation, understanding in basic dance elements, terminology and finding ones own “NuDance”. There will be a low, mid and high tempo warm up, ‘Round Robin’ and ‘Call-&-Response’ exercises as well as an across the floor exercise. Strong encouragement to the participants to find their most natural/innate movements combined with foundation and utilize it via group improvisation is always provided. Class concludes with an improvisational ‘Cypher’ jam session
Eddy ‘damoN’ Lathan IV is a multidisciplinary artist, yogi and teaching artist from Brooklyn, New York. He trained, studied and danced with The Hip Hop Dance Conservatory (H+) in New York City from 2008 – 2013. He is well versed in Urban Street Style dances as well as movement forms like Capoeira. He is the Co-Founder and lead instructor for NuDance (2015 – Present). Eddy is also a member of Dancers Unlimited NYC.
11:00 – 12:30 | Queer Autobiographical Storytelling | Ariel Nil Levy
Can one’s own autobiography be transformed into pure, authentic performative material? In this workshop we’ll explore queer writing and performing, play around with narrative: we’ll see how stories about ourselves can be broken, defragmented and changed according to how we want to narrate our queer life story and acknowledge our power as queer storytellers. The work of the multi-award winning film and theatre-maker Ariel Nil Levy is characterized by a partly fictional-narrative- and autobiographical approach.
Ariel Nil Levy was born in 1977 in Tel Aviv. He lives and works in Germany since 2001 as a F.M. Alexander technique teacher, freelance actor, voice actor, performer and dramaturge in different theaters in Europe such as: Volksbühne Berlin (Dimiter Gotscheff), Schauspiel Frankfurt, Schauspielhaus Wien, Badischen Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Ballhaus Naunynstraße, Theater Heidelberg, Potsdam, English Theatre Berlin Theater am Kurfürstendamm, Theater Rampe Stuttgart, Literarisches Colloquim Berlin.
11:00 – 12:30 | The Great 24-hand Massage Carousel | Michael Rolnick
In this workshop we move, step by step, towards a beautiful, naked, sensual durational massage event. We seek to create an arena of non-attachment, where we serenely glide through a delicious ‘car wash’ of sensuality, a space where we can can open ourselves to the pleasure of different roles, both in the giving and receiving of sensual touch. Individual boundaries are indicated and observed as well as a commitment to support and be aware of the flow of energies between the entire group. (Please note that for the majority of the workshop we will be standing.)
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.
13:00 – 14:30 | Cacao Ceremony & Rope Ritual | LoveDragon
After a short heart-opening meditation led by Shadi featuring ceremonial grade cacao from Guatemala, LoveDragon will facilitate a simple partner ritual in which we create a space of mutual respect and connection using the power and softness of the endlessly flowing ropes to sink into deep relaxation. No previous experience is needed. This workshop is about creating connection, feeling deeply, and about serving and receiving rather than domination and submission. Nudity is welcome.
Shadi is a transformational travel and workshop facilitator from Belgium who’s living in Guatemala most of the year. He is studying with ISTA (International School of Temple Arts) and has been hosting cacao ceremonies since 2014. Love Dragon is a queer researcher of human connections, a sacred intimate, a body worker and a dance teacher. He is also exploring Tarot and Bondage. Privately, he is a big board game geek.
13:00 – 14:30 | On Intergenerational Friendship, Kindness, Intimacy & Sex | David James Copy
The extended family has been an essential tradition through history, sharing wisdom, stories and love, and nurturing the next generations. As gay men, our biological families can be problematic; but we are, as a group and a continuum, each other’s family. We are stronger together, and sharing our experiences, strengths and hopes with each other can give us all new insights and sparks to connect to ourselves and each other.
David James has worked as a theatre maker in New York, LA, London and Melbourne, currently leading BOOK Music & Lyrics, a professional development workshop for musical theatre writers, composers, lyricists & directors. He began spiritual awareness joining Al-Anon in 1985, leading beginners’ sessions at the Manhattan Gay & Lesbian Community Centre. He later studied with Louise Hay, Bernie Siegel and Stephen Levine, and was a founding member of Cynthia O’Neil’s Friends In Deed.
13:00 – 14:30 | Self Translated / a physical-emotional group inquiry 
 | Gal Naor
The Self Translated session is an invitation to experiment with both communal and individual inquiries on the quest to find varied introversive and extroversive ways to connect, express, feel and acknowledge. By establishing a robust, loving base, we dive together into an intimate empowering journey, forming meaningful relations of physical understanding and emotional trust.We will tune into each other, learn how to fall into each other’s arms, activate our bodies and expend our hearts.
Gal Naor is an Israeli Sign Language interpreter, theater maker, choreographer and founder of The progressive wave company. In his creations, he deals with the triangle of notions language-culture-identity and how it affects the individual’s way of expression. His approach to dance and performance is based on the understanding that each body should dance in its own unique way. Including a diverse range of performers, his works are encouraging the empowerment of minorities.
16:00 – 17:30 | James’s Dancing Scottish | James Pretlove
An easy introduction to gender-role free Scottish country dancing where everyone is welcome to the floor. My sessions are always about having a good time, and never about getting things ‘right’. Scottish country dancing is a great way to access laughter, joy and connection while stretching both body and brain. Please bring soft-soled shoes, or dance barefoot, and if you have a kilt, please wear it.
I am passionate about sharing the joy of Scottish country dance, and it is one of the things I do as a member of the unintentional community at Findhorn in north-east Scotland. I started dancing Scottish in 2005 when I helped to set up London’s The Gay Gordons, the LGBT+ Scottish country dancing club, and since I moved to Scotland, I have also run workshops in Portugal and Japan.
16:00 – 17:30 | Poetics of Intimate Encounters | Pawel Dudus
In this workshop we are going to replace the verbal communication of an encounter with a tactile and sensory exploration. By delving into different modes of touch we are going to explore each other physically. We will train the ability to listen and to respond to the sensual stimulation. We are going to look for ways of moving together that can lead to an unconditional togetherness and a body, which neither loses itself in the other nor imposes its power over the other.
Pawel was born in Poland on a sunny day in August 1989. A queer-migrant-feminist who has been shaping his artistic language using the experiences gathered in the field of dance, theatre and performance art. Pawel has been heart-fully dedicated to #onlyloveisreal – a friendship based collaboration with Laura Eva Meuris – an ongoing research project dedicated to the subject of intimacy, love and (self) care. As the extension to #onlyloveisreal Pawel has been exploring the subject of sexuality focusing on the correlation between sexual expression and our identity as well as looking for ways how to reform patterns and habits in the way people interact with each other in an intimate setting.
16:00 – 17:30 | The Forest | Curt Mason
Would you like to play in ‘The Forest‘? You can tickle, slap, stroke or caress the bark of each tree. Explore their branches, their leaves, their scent or their taste. Sharing your love and attention between these great flora specimens. Then surrender yourself as you become ‘The Forest’. Experience the tickles, the slaps, the strokes and the caresses of loving hands with no faces. As the distraction of attraction hides in darkness, your pleasure can emerge into the light. How much can you let go? How much can you surrender? This workshop explores boundaries, consent, sensory deprivation of sight, working out of attraction, pleasure, surrender, generosity and community.
Curt MasonIs a qualified and experienced Gestalt psychotherapist and certified Sexological Bodyworker. He has been a practicing meditator for over 15 years. Curt primarily works with gay and same sex attracted men with a focus on intimacy, sexuality, relationships, anxiety, trauma and group work. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience in a style that is simple, fun and easy to understand and practice
18:00 – 19:30 | Edging: An exploration of Pleasure | Brandon Anthony
Beginning on the mats – we’ll take our time stroking and breathing together as we explore Yogic methods of self pleasure. We’ll experiment with different movements, poses, and rhythms as we tease and engage with ourselves. Working to build stamina and control, we’ll edge towards climax multiple times, ending the session with slow, deep, connected breath work and the possibility of full bodied orgasmic group release. *This workshop is nude and may include Erotic/Genital Interaction.
Brandon Anthony is the Founder and Creator of Naked Men’s Yoga, Movement2Music, and CannabisMOVEMENT, 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.
18:00 – 19:30 | Hot Bodies Choir | Gerald 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.
18:00 – 19:30 | Yas Queen! Femme empowerment through movement (vogue inspired) | Aviv Shalem
Wir werden uns durch die fünf Elemente und die Geschichte des Vogueing inspirieren lassen! Durch den Geist der kraftvollen weiblichen Präsenz werden wir total fierce über den Laufsteg schreiten, als Königin unter Königinnen. Bringt eure Fierceness und eure Freude am Umarmen unserer Femininität und am Feiern unserer Schwuchtelei! Offen für alle Gender. Optimaler dresscode: sexy Diva (du darfst die Absatzschuhe mitbringen)
Aviv Shalem aka Asis D’Orange ist ein gendermischender Mode Drag Performer aus Tel Aviv. Als ein genderqueerer, jüdischer Araber, die in einem religiösen Haushalt aufgezogen wurden, finden Asiz sich an vielen Schnittstellen der Gesellschaft. Durch die Kombination des Konzeptionellen und des Glamourösen mit verschiedenen Aspekten ihrer Identität, verschieben Asiz Grenzen und bietet eine Bühne für ihre Glaubenssätze (von Feminismus bis Veganismus) während Asiz die Welt ermutigen ihre Komplexe loszulassen und Schönheit im Banalen zu finden, sich selbst zu erforschen und ihre innere Queen zu umarmen.