February 3rd – 5th in Hathersage
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One of the first things we learn as babies is about boundaries – where do I stop, and where does another person begin? What are the edges, the boundaries, of me?
We have physical boundaries (our skin – our biggest organ!) and emotional boundaries, boundaries in different kinds of relationships and in different situations. Our mental and emotional boundaries can change, and we can decide to explore them with trusted people. We humans are also group creatures – positive touch is central to early development, and is something that can help protect our health throughout our lives. Touch can be bonding, stress-releasing, comforting, soothing, reassuring, supporting, healing – and so many more things.
This retreat will focus on exploring boundaries through touch and feeling – both emotional feeling and physical sensation. It will be a space that, while sex-positive like all our retreats, is not sex-focused. We will be exploring non-sexual touch, with a strong focus on consent in each moment. If you’ve ever yearned for a massage, or a hug, or for someone to stroke your hair with no expectation or pressure for sex, this may be the retreat for you! If you want to explore positive associations with physical touch in a safe and consensual environment, or to explore your boundaries with physical touch (they may not be where you think they are!), this may also be the retreat for you. The weekend will be structured and guided by the TBA Team, who will take you through the process, and make sure that everyone can take part in the way they want to.
Like all TBA retreats, this weekend will be rooted in the TBA principles of body positivity, sex and intimacy, and emotional wellbeing. It is open to anyone who self-identifies as being on the trans masculine spectrum – eg. trans masculine, trans man, FTM, transgender man, transsexual man, Genderqueer, non-binary, man with a trans history.
This retreat is not open to cis gender (not trans or non-binary) people, but if you require a personal assistant to come with you and they are cis gender, please talk to us. We want to do everything we can to make this accessible.
The venue is St Michaels Centre in Hathersage, S32 1BB (http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/…/outdoor-edu…/st-michaels ) It is about 10 mins walk, (if that), from the train station. There are also buses, which run from Sheffield. The cost of the retreat includes all meals and accommodation. The accommodation consists of dorm type rooms of various sizes. The venue is fully wheelchair accessible with assist bars in the accessible bathroom.
We will ask you for dietary requirements at the point of registration. Please ensure that you include detail about allergies and other dietary requirements.
Please let us know in advance if you plan to bring a personal assistant (PA) with you. We will be able to accommodate PAs. We also want to acknowledge that, depending on what type of PA relationship you have, you may want to have privacy to discuss and explore certain things without your PA present. We encourage you to let us know if this is something that you might need, so that we can make provision for your PA to step out at the right times and give you privacy without it feeling like a big deal. All of this will be confidential.
The cost of the retreat includes all meals and accommodation.
Standard Wage: £125
Low Wage: £95
Working as Personal Assistant and participating: £50
Working as Personal Assistant only: £0
If you have any difficulties meeting these costs please do let us know and we can discuss payment options with you. We do not want anyone to miss out due to financial difficulties.
Booking for this retreat goes live on the 25th of November 2016 at 7pm.