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authentic eros

... is an invitation to enter your body, to sense, to feel, to let yourself be guided by your heart, your essential values and your true desires! To speak your truth, to communicate, to be yourself! To find and to create community!

Our intention is to facilitate a deep connection between body, mind, sex and spirit. We support you to accept yourself and to let yourself be as you are – that is what we mean when we use the term "authentic". We support you to come in contact with your needs, your passion and your resources and to proudly take your place inside the larger culture - to live from your deepest longing, to own your gifts and to share them with the world.

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Our upcoming events

Respiro-Touch Weekend
Berlinwith Robert Van Ravens

Workshops - Respiro-Touch Weekend

This weekend consists of two different workshops both designed to explore and experience healing techniques in a playful and sensual way. 1st Day On Saturday, we will...

Intuitive Erotic Massage
Berlinwith Julian Martin

Soul of Skin - Intuitive Erotic Massage

Healing through Pleasure

In a playful and safe group setting we will create a sacred space for respect, contact and intimacy. We  will experience and practice Taoist Erotic Massage, including the...

BDSM & Choreography
Berlinwith David Bloom

Workshops - BDSM & Choreography

There are many parallels between a scene involving BDSM (Bondage & Discipline, Dominance & Submission, Sado-Masochism) and choreographic work. They involve practice,...

Authentic Eros Weekend
New Yorkwith Kai Ehrhardt

Workshops - Authentic Eros Weekend

exploring skills in support of a deeper connection

Wanting to be intimately seen and met, sexually alive and connected springs from such a deep human need and occupies so much of our underlying (often unconscious) motivation...

Authentic Eros Weekend
Berlinwith Kai Ehrhardt

Workshops - Authentic Eros Weekend

exploring skills in support of a deeper connection

Wanting to be intimately seen and met, sexually alive and connected springs from such a deep human need and occupies so much of our underlying (often unconscious) motivation...

Discover our Team

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    Michael Rolnick

    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.
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    Jochen Stechmann


    www.body-attention.com

    Since 2014 Jochen works as Bodyworker and Somatic Coach in with the Pantarei Approach and the Grinberg Method in Berlin - in one-to-one session and group workshops, mainly with queer identified people.
    He studied Mathematics, Contemporary Dance (BA) and Theatre (MA) and has been busy for 15 years as Performer and Choreographer in the Netherlands, most recent as artist-in-residence at Dansmakers Amsterdam.
    In his work as Somatic Coach he is fascinated by the variety of abilities of the body to intuitively balance itself, and how empathetic, attentive touch can support this process.

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    Maevon Canter

    Initially studying fine art, Maevon discovered in the visual language of symbols, an ‘artistic way of knowing’. He began his study of body work practices by learning to teach the Alexander technique in 1997. During a VisionQuest to the United States in 2005 which included visiting several radical faerie sanctuaries Maevon discovered that his spiritual practice was also based in movement. Moving to Berlin in 2009 Maevon began studying somatic practices with Authentic Eros  and discovered that the body also has a distinct and intense way of knowing. He has completed an Authentic Eros one year training and certified as a Sacred Intimate in the Body Electric tradition in 2017. He learnt BodyFlow massage from its creator Andy Saich and sees it as the perfect way to bring together the wisdom of touch with spirituality and sexuality.
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    Robert Van Ravens


    www.respirotouch.nl

    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 Ayahuasca. After completing the Sacred Intimacy training with A.E. in Berlin, he created his own Respiro-Touch workshops. Also known as erotic shaman he focuses on connecting Sex with Spirit through the healing aspects of conscious touch, pleasure, joy and gratitude. Based in Rotterdam and Amsterdam he travels as Umbanda practitioner and to share his workshops, touch and Magic.
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    Daan van Kampenhout

    daan@authentic-eros.com 
    daanvankampenhout.com

    Daan van Kampenhout (1963) has been a shamanic practitioner for more than 25 years, he had traditional teachers from various shamanic cultures. He works internationally and wrote seven books about classic and contemporary shamanism and about systemic ritual, a form of constellation work developed by him. His work has been translated into ten languages. Daan lives in Amsterdam and Berlin.
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    Peter Bolliger

    peterbolliger@me.com 
    www.peterbolliger.com

    Peter Bolliger works as a Certified Rolfer® and Esalen® Massage Practitioner in the Lotlinie Massage Practice in Zurich. He works part time in healthcare institutions as an adult education teacher and training officer. During his many years as a Healthcare Professional (psychosocial counseling about issues around HIV for men, addiction, end-of-life care, acute psychiatry, somatics) he quickly learned what is possible with conscious and mindful touch. He continues to be interested in where the exploration of physical processes leads and everything there is to discover. Allowing yourself to feel good, flexible and light is the goal of and approach to his work.
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    Kai Ehrhardt

    kai@authentic-eros.com 
    www.kaiehrhardt.com

    Since 2003 Kai has been developing his approach "Authentic Eros", which focuses on sexuality and relationships while integrating processes of group dynamcis, bodywork, partner communication and Somatics. He founded the Somatic Academy of Berlin as well as the Community Center Village Berlin and curates the STRETCH and the BODY IQ festivals. Kai is a breath therapist based on Prof. Ilse Middendorf's breath experience, holds the German Heilpraktiker license for psychotherapy, is a Continuum teacher who was authorized by Emilie Conrad from 2011 until her passing in 2014 and he is a founding member of the Continuum Teachers Association. He believes that the conscious body (embodiment) and a broader understanding of Eros as a creative force can support our evolution toward a more integral and sustainable way of life. Kai runs seminars, workshops and trainings in Europe and the US since 2002. His Authentic Eros work for groups including all genders and sexual orientations is described on www.authentic-eros-new-culture.com and on www.kaiehrhardt.com; his somatic work and professional trainings are on www.somatische-akademie.de.

Experience with authentic eros

  • AUTHENTIC EROS WEEKEND:
    »A light and well-composed choreography of what is essential.«
    — Oliver // Berlin
  • STRETCH FESTIVAL:
    »Stretch was a very powerful, meaningful experience for me, as I am sure it was for so many of the participants. Despite doing creative work concerned with gay history, sexuality and spirituality, I tangibly feel a missing sense of connection with the gay communities of Berlin. So it was a rare and enlightening experience to be in the presence of so many powerful teachers and open-hearted participants. I felt a sense of connection that I have rarely ever felt in my life. «
    — Benjamin // Berlin
  • ONE-YEAR TRAINING:
    »Meeting Julian truly changed my life. I had zero expectation of meeting anyone I would find myself wanting to spend time with outside of the retreats. Our relationship developed slowly and I attribute the depth of honesty and communication that he and I have together in large part to what we learned in the group together and then were able to practice on our own. I've never felt so absolutely comfortable with anyone in my life before. I can share any feeling, fantasy or fear with him without worrying about being judged. I feel that because of the program I can fully and truly be myself with him. And I know that because I let him see who I truly am, (and vice versa) I fell in love with him. «
    — Liad // San Francisco
  • ONE-YEAR TRAINING:
    »The course gave me the possibility to be vulnerable, take risks and have fun in a way that has not been available in everyday life. It was very challenging, very freeing and huge fun. I have been deeply touched and inspired by the way Kai and Volker have made themselves available, their skill and presence, and the way they model a truly supportive, collaborative relationship of trust and respect for each other.«
    — David // London
  • ONE-YEAR TRAINING:
    »You facilitated a process that allowed me to see and enter parts of my heart until now not accessible for me. A new entry to the pain hiding there hand in hand with an enlarged capacity to love. What a magic pressure cooker you have thought up and dare to create!«
    — Daan // Amsterdam
  • ONE-YEAR TRAINING:
    »I learned so much from each of the people in the group. People that I was least inclined to have told you I "liked" or thought I could learn anything from during the first day or week invariably taught me some of the most amazing things I learned during the process. I grew to love and respect every single person in our group – hearing about their challenges, life experiences, fears, joys and passions made the whole experience so much richer than it would have been otherwise. I'm pretty sure I would have lived the rest of my life without really learning it. I thought I was open and non-judgmental. It makes me laugh to think about that now as I write this.«
    — David // New York City
  • SOUL OF SKIN:
    »If you want to get an overview of the various massage techniques, the program is ideal. The thematically organized weekends provide a first - yet thorough - view into the respective style. Very competent teachers in a wonderful, caring setting. Really recommended!«
    — Michael // Berlin