Eros-Spirit Massage: Mar 25-27, 2022
“Tantra says: Accept whatsoever you are - a great mystery of many multi-dimensional energies. Then every energy becomes a help, and then this very body is a temple, a holy temple, a holy place.”
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho)
Eros is much more than just our sex drive; it is our life force. Focusing on building up the life force within queer men (in the most expansive use of the term “men”), we invite you to Eros-Spirit Massage: a weekend intensive drawing upon traditions of tantra, movement, and meditation.
WEEKEND INTENSIVE INCLUDES
Massage instruction and practice with a focus on nurturing, creating safety, and fostering trust
Exploration of different types of touch and how they activate different energetic responses
How to take care of your own body while giving massage
Increasing self-awareness, practicing consent, and communicating honestly
Becoming a better lover by slowing down
Connections with other men through multiple, randomized pairings in an intimate container
Expressing and sharing your authentic experiences in circle
Introduction to the philosophy underlying the tantric approach
Teachings on the chakra system and how to move energy through the body
Guidance through movement exercises, meditation, and sound improvisation
Experiential practice on how to give pleasure to the full body
Friday March 25 | 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Saturday March 26 | 10:30 AM to 7:00 PM
Sunday March 27 | 10:30 AM to 7:00 PM
Near Main Street & East 2nd Ave, Vancouver, BC
Specific location upon registration
YOUR GUIDES AND HOSTS:
Jackson Wai Chung Tse 謝瑋聰 (he/they)
Jackson is a Hong Kong-Canadian interdisciplinary artist and facilitator. Exploring themes such as embodiment, communication, and queer identities coexisting with cultural values, Jackson has been synthesizing and facilitating anti-oppressive, creative, and relational workshops for groups around the world since 2003. They dedicate their life to reclaiming spiritual connection, joy, and self-worth back from colonized ideas. Connect with Jackson at https://sonofjacky.wordpress.com/.
Daka Ziji (he/they)
Ziji has been studying Tantra and Buddhism for 16 years, and now offers eros-spirit massage, sacred intimacy and shamanic medicine integration. They strive to create spaces where people feel safe, appreciated, and honoured in body, heart and mind. Ziji is Persian-Canadian and committed to increasing diversity and belonging in the realm of sacred eroticism. Connect with Ziji at www.gaymassagevancouver.com.
The mornings will offer activities to help you relax, get into your body, and prepare you to share healing touch.
The afternoons will encompass massage instruction on tables:
On Saturday afternoon, you will learn ways of using touch to care for people with whom you do not have an intimate relationship. The massage is done in shorts. You’ll learn to focus on the entire body beyond the pelvis.
On Sunday afternoon, you will learn how to honour the entire body in a sacred, caring way. In this afternoon, clothing is optional and boundaries are discussed and respected.
Refunds are available until Feb 28, less $25. No refunds after Feb 28 unless someone takes your place.
THE CULTURAL CONTEXT OF OUR WORK
Tantra is a spiritual tradition rooted in ancient India and has been around for thousands of years. This meditation-based tradition differs from Western ideologies in that it encourages us to explore all states of consciousness instead of splitting our world into right and wrong. The sexual element of tantric culture has resonated in the West because the West has historically been sexually repressed. However, tantra is not solely focused on sex, but rather understands sex as simply part of the full scope of life.
During the colonization of India, tantric practices were outlawed. Like in many other places subject to Western imperialism, countries like India have been ingrained with sexual negativity. Part of our decolonizing work is acknowledging the oppression and violence that has occurred in these countries while sharing these practices with others.
Ziji and Jackson are settlers to the unceded homelands of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Neither are from India, but we have personally benefited from tantric teachings and have been given permission to teach these practices. With ongoing learning, we are doing our best to sustain these teachings, while acknowledging the complexity of not being from its culture of origin. We are connecting with a lifelong learning process in bringing an anti-colonial approach to our practices and understanding the protocols of those whose land we are visiting. Our questions and practices continue to shift as our knowledge grows with time.
Your facilitators confirm we are both double vaccinated, will be getting their booster shot as soon as it is available, and will be wearing masks in the space.
We commit to adhering to the most current guidelines allocated by the BC Health Authority towards RMTs in practice and the Provincial Health Order Guidelines. Proof of vaccination will be required to access this indoor organized gathering. For those outside of BC, please provide the proof of vaccination required in your home province. We are asking for everyone coming to the workshop to keep your mask on at all times, with the option of taking your mask off while face down on the table. Please stay home if you have symptoms of COVID, or have been in contact with others who have contracted COVID.
If circumstances shift and Ziji and Jackson need to cancel this workshop, all participants will be refunded in full (not including the PayPal transaction fee). We will proceed while prioritizing the utmost safety of ourselves, our participants, and our communities.
At Men in Touch, we strive to be a safer, inclusive space for queer, trans, Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour. There is zero tolerance for racist, classist, homophobic, sexist, and/or transphobic behaviour. If your behaviour is found to be an issue, you will be asked to leave.
The workshop room is in a standalone building with a 3 ft. wide front entrance door. There are two gender-neutral washrooms available: one in the workshop room and one upstairs accessible by elevator. The room is ventilated by pumped air, an air purifier, two windows, and a ceiling fan. It is heated by electricity. There are three steps with a handrail inside the workshop room to access the coat rack.
To ensure that our space is accessible to those who live with scent-sensitivity, we ask all participants to not use any colognes, perfumes, or essential oils, and to make sure we’ve showered these things off if we’ve used them the day prior.
If you have any concerns about COVID safety or any access needs for the weekend, please let us know and we’ll work on a plan to ensure your safety and comfort.
See Gallery Page to see what we’ll be doing (photos taken pre-pandemic).