Online Saturday

Exploring and meditating on the seven chakras in the queer context with Sanjay Kumar.

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We will explore together each of the seven major chakras, their meaning, significance and impact in our queer lives. We will spend some time in mindfulness practice through guided meditation on each of the chakras. The workshop will involve sharing from the heart, from the wealth of our individual experiences, listen to and learn from each other's wisdom, on how we might achieve alignment and balance of these chakras.

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Sanjay is a Psychotherapist with a private practice working internationally in UK, Canada and India. Has have worked over the years with gay/bi/queer men individually and in groups, in person and online. Sanjay also runs workshops for queer men in India providing a space for exploration, healing, growth and community building.

Saturday

11:00 - 12:00 CET

OCT 30

Layers of Intimacy with Sanjay Kumar & Shyam Pillai

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This workshop facilitates an exploration of ourselves and the way we function in our relationships using a model and theory put forward by Ann Ladd: Layers of Personality. We will take time through sharing and exercises to understand each of these layers and how they influence the way we relate with ourselves and others as queer men.

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Sanjay and Shyam are both Psychotherapists from different integrative models, each having their own respective private practices working internationally in UK, Canada and India. Both have worked over the years with gay/bi/queer men individually and in groups, in person and online. Sanjay and Shyam also run workshops together for queer men in India providing a space for exploration, healing, growth and community building.

Saturday

13:00 - 14:30 CET

OCT 30

Queer Fundamental Love with Dr. Renee McCoy

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This colloquium will explore how religious/spiritual beliefs and practices have historically influenced active engagement in love, intimacy, empathy and compassion for queer persons. It will examine influences on queer life and experiences as well as the positive and negative impacts of spiritual beliefs and practices on self-esteem and relationships in the past and today? How do we reconcile negative feelings that have prevented self-acceptance, authenticity, positivity and realizing greatest, power and possibilities as Queer persons?

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Renee McCoy is ceramic artist, medical anthropologist, activist, spiritual leader and writer living and making art in Seattle, WA. She has a lifelong commitment to issues of spirituality and social justice among LGBTQ persons and to confronting systems that use spirituality to diminish and weaken queer persons. She uses clay to remain spiritually and culturally grounded. She has a doctorate in anthropology, focusing on global health issues, marginalized groups, community organization, HIV/AIDS and spirituality.

Saturday

16:00 - 17:30 CET

OCT 30

Toward Our Queer Truths with Tony Whitfield

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For many queer people, coming out is a critical act of liberation and self-preservation as well as a model of truth-telling as an essential mechanism in creating the authentic life we want to live. Sometimes painful and fraught with contradictions, honesty, as a practice, can be difficult to achieve and demands, often, that we transcend internal and external constraints created by shame and fear. In this workshop we will explore telling our truths as a daily activity that facilitates our physical, mental and spiritual flourishing as individuals in our public and private lives.

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Tony Whitfield is an artist, designer, educator and writer who has recently relocated to Detroit after decades in New York City where he pursued a multifaceted creative practice in the contexts of academia, arts administration, curating, government and design production. His work which has been shown in galleries and museums in the US and abroad, centers on the development of narratives through the exploration of material culture manifested in images, evidence, artifacts and heirlooms.

Saturday

18:00 - 19:30 CET

OCT 30

Lost at Sea with Puddles and Sunny (blood n guts love machine)

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Puddles the Pelican is a broken, scrappy, one-eyed bird, who lives on a cruise ship at the end of time. A survivor of the Deep Horizon Oil Spill, Puddles, squawks, moans, and tells stories of love and loss to keep the cruise ship passengers awake as they sail towards a howl – blind, eternal, and empty – on a sea that is no longer blue, but a rusted dark orange. Choking on bits of tar, flailing, all-fantastic Puddles quacks: “Once a glorious bird, now covered in oil. Which one of you bitches has a match?”

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Jeremy Wade is the queen in service of Puddles the Pelican, “This bird has me working like a dog,” says he/him. Disruption, Excess, Hyper Vulnerability – Wade coming from NYC has made a name for himself as an extreme performer and performance maker. His works, also incorporating curation and social practice, are disturbing and thought-provoking: they revolve around queer and feminist strategies of world making, relational ethics of care, zombie subjectivity, the violence of social norms and a difficult hope for the complicated now. This practice runs through the body and is always entailing an intense socio-political critique.

Saturday

20:00 - 21:00 CET

OCT 30

 

The list of facilitators and the program of Stretch Festival for Gay, Bi, Trans & Queer Men are subject to last-minute changes.