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Thursday, November 26 • 06:30 - 09:00
Our Relationship with Pleasure & Sexuality

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I feel in my heart a deep sadness when I think about people living their lives with no pleasure. To live a whole lifetime, get to the end and have experienced little or no real expansive pleasure. This feels to me like such a waste and a missed opportunity. When I say pleasure I do not mean only sexual pleasure.  I mean all the flavours of pleasure that are possible including safety, mental and emotional pleasure, playfulness and sensuality.

I do not believe that pleasure is frivolous or should be an added optional extra in life. I believe it is medicine, prayer, rejuvenating, nourishing and essential. To be clear I am not supporting a pleasure bypass, to fully live we must also welcome all the offerings of life such as sadness, anger and grief. 

 
This will be primarily a talk and discussion space with some experiential practices.  We will focus on the topic of  'how can I have a more authentic relationship with my pleasure and my sexuality?' We will explore what gets in the way of fulfilling pleasure, sex, intimacy & relationships. I will share information, ideas, questions, potential models/theories and the common challenges many of us have with pleasure and sexuality.

As a group and in smaller breakout pairs/groups, we will explore some enquires, questions, embodied experiences and meditations to bring awareness to where you are at right now with your pleasure & sexuality. We will also get curious as to what may lie underneath or be in the way of our freedom and capacity to access pleasure, sexual expression and deeper connection to ourselves and others. This session is a new creation, so we will follow the energy of where the group and the flow want to take us. 
 
Would you like more pleasure in your life?
Would you like more freedom and fulfilment in your sexuality?
Do you struggle with receiving or allowing pleasure in your life? In your body? 
Do you feel shame or judgment about some of your Turn Ons?
Are you always trying to please your partner and your pleasure comes second?
Do you know that we all have a pleasure limit or ceiling that you may, or may not, be aware of? 
Do you understand why you may resist or have fear of pleasure? 
Do you know that pleasure for some people ... is a form of medicine & prayer?


Topics will touch on self pleasuring, pleasure limits, pleasure fear & desire, core erotic themes, sexual styles, disembodiment, attachment, orgasms, painful or boring sex and the role of emotions & trauma in our capacity to say yes to pleasure.

Why might you want to join me? What might you receive ? 
I would love this session to act as a looking glass to allow you to, with compassion, assess what is going on with your pleasure and sexual expression. I would love for you to receive some insights into what may be underneath your challenges or be in the way of you being a full YES to all the pleasure you deserve. My intention is that you will be inspired to shift that which is getting in the way of your pleasure, to see and bust your patterns,  to make changes in your life to invite more pleasure in, to explore new ways of opening to pleasure, to let go of any holding back, shame or fear of your authentic erotic self. To take risks, to dare to ask for, to relish, to appreciate, to deserve and to manifest pleasure everyday of your life.
 


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Elaine Yonge

Sex, Spirit, Somatics & Science, ISTA Lead Faculty
Life, and my family in particular, have offered me deep opportunities and intense challenges. To learn, to grow, to grieve, be with sickness, to know success, to overcome fear, to have the courage to step out of the box…. and to deeply question what I am doing with my life ?I am... Read More →


Thursday November 26, 2020 06:30 - 09:00 PST
Hall 1