Wheel of Consent® for Survivors
Wheel of Consent for Survivors of Sexual Trauma
April 3 - 5, 2020
Friday 6pm - 9pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am - 5pm
Location provided after registering.
Sexual violence is overwhelmingly prevalent. While the Impacts of sexual trauma are different for everyone, survivors can sometimes feel disconnected from their bodies, their desire and pleasure, or feel limited in their access to choices for themselves in their bodies.
The Wheel of Consent is a tool for discovering and practicing choices in the body around giving and receiving touch. It offers a model of interaction that is based on exchanges of touch but applies to much more. It sheds light on troublesome and confusing interactions and clears them up. It turns out to describe the fundamental dynamics of most human relating.
The Wheel of Consent distinguishes between who is doing and who it's for. With this distinction four kinds of touch become possible, opening a rich and varied possibility of experience. It shows you how to notice what it is you want, how to trust that, value it and communicate it. It also offers the space to notice and communicate around patterns of enduring unwanted touch, and how to access other choices.
Many people have found this workshop and the Wheel of Consent to be life-changing. The Wheel brings clarity, ease, freedom, gratitude, and generosity in all your interactions.
Using the Wheel as a framework, in this workshop we will map the landscape of consent through Giving and Receiving touch with the intention of mindful awareness, honoring, trust and communication. With a deeper understanding and practice of embodied consent you will...
...learn how to trust both your boundaries and your desires
...gain greater fluency in asking for what you truly want from others
...identify common reasons why people operate out of consent (including habitual patterns, held religious trauma, institutionalized systems of oppression and power)
...gain access to more choices for yourselves in your body and in our relationships.
This workshop offers an opportunity to fine-tune your relational skills through somatic (body-based) explorations into the more radical and nuanced aspects of consent.
***This is a clothes-on workshop, and participation in any of the somatic practices is completely optional. This is not about sex, but certainly can be applied to all relationships, including and especially your intimate and sexual ones.
Through solo and partnered embodied practice and discussion, participants will refine their understanding of consent by:
-Gaining a more nuanced understanding of giving and receiving touch
-Differentiating between the act of giving versus doing, and between active and passive receiving states
-Increasing one's ability to fully receive (and why that's important!), recognizing what brings us out of a place of receiving and how to get back there
-Decreasing the risk of harm created by consent injuries and providing a common language for communicating consent
This class has been developed by Dr. Betty Martin who is a former Chiropractor and currently a sex and intimacy coach, sacred intimate and sexological bodyworker. Check out her free video resources on her website: bettymartin.org
Please note that this class is not therapy and is not intended for participants to share their past experiences of sexual violence with the group. This class is intended as a safe space for survivors to learn and practice new tools around touch and relating along with a community of other survivors.
About the Facilitators:
Katie Spataro, CSB, certified facilitator-in-training through the School of Consent.
Katie is a mother, full spectrum doula, certified sexological bodyworker, somatic sex educator and holistic pelvic care practitioner. She holds the belief that sexual health, erotic education and reproductive choices are basic human rights. Her practice utilizes ritual, touch, breath and movement to tap into the wisdom of our bodies to support our personal and collective healing.
JoJo DeRodrigo is Somatic Sex Coach and trained Hypnotherapist in the San Francisco Bay area who uses Sexological Bodywork as a tool to assist people to get in touch with their erotic core. He facilitates workshops around California that incorporate movement, touch, breath, conversation and laughter!
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Seattle, WA 98118
|Minimum Age: 18|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|