Ferocious Intimacy

Ferocious Intimacy

Workshop

• January 17, 2015

• April 11, 2015

($80 at the door — pre-registration discount to $60)

• February 14 Valentine’s Day, 2015  (couples format)

($160 per couple at the door — pre-registration discount to $120)

Do you hold back from connecting with other people as much as you would like? Would you like to be more confident about inviting people to eagerly lean in to meet you? Do you want to feel the joy of physical play and laughter and childlike exuberance? Do you yearn to be seen and gently held and appreciated for who you are?

That’s what this workshop is all about.  Come explore resonance between people.

Humans are meant to connect with others. We evolved as “hyper-social” animals. We have pre-programmed brain circuitry and hormonal responses that enable us to attune with another person’s feelings, and to have them receive our deep presence. We are wired to thrive on emotional sharing with trusted others, and feel more fully alive and satisfied when we connect in such a way.

With a minimum of talking, we use body movement exercises to first ground into ourselves as sovereign and powerful agents of our own lives. Next we engage in playful interactions to create safety and attune with others, such as sharing our center of gravity and other forms of mutual support. Finally, we find ways of co-operating in playful, rowdy and tender connection.

This workshop “expands the playing field” for relationship, giving you tools and vocabulary for requesting what you want, showing up as yourself, practicing receiving another in a way that feels safe for both, and being present and attuned.

Ferocious Intimacy workshops create a safe container in which every part of your animal nature is welcomed…the wild, fierce parts and the fragile, tender parts. Everything about you has room to be accepted, expressed and loved in our shared yearning for intimate human connection.

In this workshop you will see more about how you do (or don’t):

 Stand up for yourself

Interact with exuberance

Connect tenderly with others

Express yourself powerfully

Take risks

Live passionately

Here is a video giving you a flavor of some exercises collected from several Ferocious Intimacy workshops:

All these workshops will be held at Wildcat Studio, 2547 8th St. Berkeley CA 94710 from 12:00-5:30pm

When paid at the door the workshop fee is $80. The fee is discounted to $60 when paid in advance through Brown Paper Tickets or Pay Pal. The link is on this page.  Work trade arrangements are also possible for fee reduction so that no one that wants to attend should hold themselves back. After all, this is a workshop about showing up!

The couples workshop in February is for all types of couples: long-term committed couples seeking to explore new domains of connection, new couples seeking bonding experiences, and even pairs of people who are in the process of deciding how well they might fit.  You spend the bulk of the day with your partner, playing together in altogether new ways. Workshop fee at the door is $160 per couple, discounted to $120 for pre-registration.

FAQ:

Do I need to bring a partner? No. Only the “Couples Format” workshop is specifically for couples. Although couples often attend Ferocious Intimacy workshops together to have a shared experience and to add to their non-verbal “vocabulary” for communicating, most of the participants in this workshop arrive on their own. We will be switching partners throughout the workshop so that you can practice resonance with many different people in order to compare what is different about each individual interaction and what is common to us all.

What should I wear? Anything that you would wear for a movement event such as Ecstatic Dance, 5 Rhythms, or a yoga class or the gym would be fine. Nothing pokey like sharp belt buckles or dangly earrings. I don’t want to introduce any performance pressure, but know that you receive karmic bonus points if your apparel has elements which illuminate your inner superhero! The workshop practices expressing your personal power…you may as well dress in a way that makes you feel heroic!

What should I bring with me? There is no convenient water fountain, so bring at least one water bottle, two would actually be easier. Also, because we expend a lot of energy, you will want to bring some finger food snacks such as fruit, nuts, juice, energy bars, or other light, sustaining foods.

Do my physical limitations prevent me from participating? Get in touch with Coach Basin directly if you would like to consult about any personal conditions that you are concerned may be limiting. You are also specifically instructed to modify any exercise so as to make it safe for you.

Where is Wildcat Studio? In Berkeley at the corner of Dwight and 8th.  If you are unfamiliar with the venue, allow a few extra minutes to find the studio. It is in the Sawtooth Building with scores of other workshops and studios, and is in the same “bay” as Ecstatic Dance Berkeley in Studio 12 and Eighth Street Studio, toward the back of the bay on the right. There are many entrances to the building, this is the one that you are looking for:

Street entrance to Wildcat Studio

Street entrance to Wildcat Studio

Ferocious Intimacy

• January 17, 2015

• April 11, 2015

($80 at the door — pre-registration discount to $60)

 

• February 14 Valentine’s Day, 2015  (couples format)

($160 per couple at the door — pre-registration discount to $120)

I want to recommend Basin & Leece‘s workshop! I was a participant in their workshop last weekend and it was amazing. They bring a perfect balance of heart & technique. The pace was just right.. introducing ideas that all built on each other and having us practice them enough to get them in the bones, brain & heart. They are ferociously compassionate in supporting every person as we stretched ourselves and played together. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn with these two angels!” –Byron K.

“Basin, thanks for such a juicy workshop yesterday! Really enjoyed the process, beginning with getting in touch with our primal, animal movements and leading us through a series of ever more deepening experiences to discover our patterns and barriers to intimacy. Feeling those patterns in the body was incredibly illuminating; the dialogue and writing helped anchor it. Also very much appreciated the group – everyone present, willing and open. Excellent job facilitating too! Looking forward to noticing how what I learned shows up in the day to day.” –Deborah W.

“What a delightful event Basin. Thank you for holding such rich, authentic space. Allowing for a sweet depth, and playful vibe. As a facilitation geek, I was most pleased. Gratitude all around. Blessings.” Kathleen K.

“The Ferocious Intimacy workshop last Saturday was as unpredictable, as exciting and as enjoyable as the name implies.  I like the name because it doesn’t allow you to build expectations and keeps you open for whatever coming to you. And the workshop was exactly that; Coach Basin pushed us gently to go over movements that you not necessarily do on your own; and through that experience discover what is inside you, what hold you down, and what desires are potent in you and waiting to surface up. I love the feeling and recommend to my friends to try it for the experience.” –Romanov F.

“I am really looking forward to taking this workshop again. The one last Saturday was amazing. I got to experience being in my body in a different way. The way Basin had us interact with each other made being with all the other participants easy and fun. And a great workout for the heart, both the physical and the emotional. I saw experienced and newbie dancers there and they all got something out of the workshop. Come play. Grrr… “Jason U.