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The workshop will explore the science and psychology of hugs and have lots of illuminating and interesting information about cuddles of all kinds. We will explore boundaries and consent, and participants are encouraged to respect their needs and boundaries at all times.
We will be guided through a meditation that can help prepare us to give and receive more deeply, so that cuddling can become a deeply healing experience. We will also take part in exercises that will allow us to experience hugs in new ways and deepen our felt understanding of the energy exchange in hugs.
We will give and receive cuddles and will share and reflect on the experience as a group, with the intention that we will give and receive the healing that comes from being held, being felt, and being connected. It is an opportunity to dissolve blocks or resistance to intimate (non-sexual) contact in a safely held space, to deepen your ability to give amazing and healing hugs, and to enjoy an afternoon of heart connected cuddles and connection.
Facilitators: Joy and Damien
Flagging and coding, from violets and green carnations to red bandanas, has been a part of queer culture for ages as a way to signal desire and availability to those within an Outsider group. Flagging is also a way to explicitly communicate what you’re interested in and opening up a conversation about specific desires!
I’ll give a brief queer history of how flagging and coding have been used to covertly signal same-gender and kinky desire in times when they were criminalised, followed by a practical workshop on different ways of flagging and what different flags mean, including hankies, femme flagging using nail art and other modern and historical queer signifiers. We’ll discuss modern flagging and position participants to flag during the play parties, in one of many ways we negotiate, navigate and communicate desire.
Kimwei is a singer-songwriter, university lecturer, intuitive therapist, digital nomad, blogger and lifestyle experimenter. He developed workshops which address unseen qualities as a result of his Nothing’s Binary project, which drew his attention to how aspects of us can go unseen if they don’t fit within the stereotypical frame of our physical gender.
Finding kink events to go to is usually as easy as typing something into a Search Engine, but learning how to play in a kinky environment is bit harder. The only classes are usually very expensive 1-on-1 sessions, or too Specific Interest, and you may not even be interested in that portion of Kink. Four years ago a few of us got together and decided to propose the Fungeon, a safe place at the Summer House to experiment with and learn new kinks — but also a place to talk about things light heartedly, as there's too much seriousness in it all!
This year join the Fungeon Crew to learn new skills and fine-tune the ones you already have. No question is too silly, and remember, above all the purpose of this is to have Fun in the Dungeon!
• Intro to the Fungeon: Meet the crew and have a walk through our equipment which will leave you eager to play throughout the weekend.
• KINK 101: Want to learn about Kink and BDSM in general, or have questions about anything? Come along for a cool Q&A session, no judgement!
• Impact Play 101; Or, How to Hurt Your Partner In A Really Good Way But Not So Much That It Hurts In A Bad Way. We’ll be exploring the different kinds of hitty things you can use on people, good techniques with different bodies and aftercare! Bring your own tools and we can teach you how to use it.
• Anatomie Studios presents: We are so very proud to have one of the best rope schools in the UK at this year’s Summer House. Join Rupert as they teach you how to wrap yourself/partner in coils of pleasure and pain. There will be two opportunities to join Anatomie during the weekend because we know that …everyone loves rope!
• Fungeon Party! Come along and test out what you’ve learnt over the weekend with your friends, lovers or metamours. Make sure you bring along your own equipment as
• Free Play: Come and have a chilled out play with friends or ask any questions that have arisen over the weekend!
Come and sing! Humans have done it together since they were on this planet, bonding communities tight. Whether you consider yourself a singer or not doesn't matter; you're welcome and encouraged to come along and there’s no audition. We’ll perform on Saturday evening, leading the rest of the summerhouse in song. You don't need to be able to read music (though sheet music will be available should you want) as all the parts will be taught by ear. You only need to come to one rehearsal, but the more people who come to both, the better the choir will sound. Guaranteed to release endorphins and create a shared, happy buzz.
Duration: 90 mins
Neil is a musician and sound artist who creates scores for theatre, film, video games and inter-disciplinary works. When not making music himself, he helps others to make it, facilitating shared musical experiences. He is passionate about music as a fundamental means of human connection which can bring about well-being, self-esteem, collaboration and shared joy. Neil leads the Wayward Choral Society, a voice-positive, sex-positive choir which meets monthly in London and Bristol. He delivers workshops in such settings as Womad, Winter House, Bath Festival and Haus of Fluff. He’s performed all over the world including SXSW in Austin, Texas, Glastonbury and Singapore National Theatre. He has composed for various clients including BBC and Scottish Opera and has taught sound design at Bristol University for the past 15 years. He’s played in many bands, notably Angel Tech for the last two decades, and has recently begun work on a new solo album.
Sound is an effective tool for emotional processing, healing and self-expression. It takes just one-tenth of a second for our brains to recognise emotions conveyed by sound. Bring your lungs to integrate your experiences of the weekend through simple techniques involving gentle movement and sounding. Singing voice not required!
Facilitator: Phil Moore