Natural Bliss

Chateau Shibari

A weekend where it’s all about connection: through meditations, through movement, through the healing art of rope bondage, through playfighting, through cuddling and through group hugs.

Playful & Meaningful -an inspiring blend!

Location: a castle close to the Aachen – Liège – Maastricht triangle, central in Europe and easy to reach; beautiful rooms, huge garden, total privacy, swimming pool.

Rope bondage (often known under the Japanese word Shibari) is a lot of fun. It’s a powerful tool for self development. It potentially unveils a lot of information about your inner life. The unique dynamics of leading and surrendering offer new perspectives on your lights and shadows. And it brings you instantly into the “here and now”, it’s a perfect mindfulness exercise. It is also a great way to connect with your fellow humans as it is all about the beauty of trust, about really ‘reading’ the other, about communication, about respect. On top of it all it oftentimes is very, very relaxing.

Play fighting is fighting together with the other person, not against. There is no violence or intention to hurt each other. It’s always safe, respectful and consensual. Fun fact: in the animal world, where play fighting is very common (remember those kittens?), role switching is standard; the ’stronger’ of the two play fighting animals will not try to ‘win’ the fight, it will also take the role of the ‘weaker’ animal. And this is regardless of gender. Beautiful! We will do the same. Play fighting is not about winning, it is about connection.

This weekend is a co-creation with Klaas: Klaas Couchista
Klaas has a long history of organising events that are all about connection. “A unique place where you can play as a child and grow as a person at the same time” is what someone said about Klaas’ events. Love and acceptance are the core of his quest and he is in love with the diversity of Humans. His slogan used to be “everybody is beautiful!” – now it evolved into “Everybody is!” and he finds it beautiful that everybody is 🙂 He thoroughly enjoys the playfulness of rope sessions.

Program
Friday end of afternoon and evening: get together at the venue; opening circle and icebreaker games; dinner; some fun trust exercises and introduction to play fighting (all facilitated by Klaas; Silvia will join late Friday evening (I have yoga training that day)
Saturday daytime: breakfast, stretches, play fighting; lunch; in the afternoon Shibari (first train simple knots on yourself; then with a partner); self time (for example in the pool)
Saturday evening: Dinner, more play fight or more Shibari, cuddle puddle; optional open play space
Sunday daytime: breakfast, stretches, more Shibari, self time and lunch; closing circle and farewell.

Throughout the weekend there will be several guided meditations as well as empathic sharings.

Participation
Included in the offer is:
– a simple dinner on Friday evening; breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday; breakfast and lunch on Sunday
– Two nights accommodation in comfortable twin or quadruple rooms; modern bathrooms, lots of space, huge garden with swimming pool
– guided meditations, guided Shibari and play fighting sessions
– use of ropes if you don’t have them yourself
Participation fee is EUR 375. If money is a reason for you to not participate, please let us know.
We will ask you to make a downpayment to claim your spot. We might want to have a skype conversation with you before the event.

There is one double bed; if you sign up as a couple and you would like to be in that double bed, let us know. All other sleeping places are assigned in a lottery.

This event is suitable for (absolute) beginners in Shibari as well as more experienced riggers and bunnies.

Dates: Friday June 14 (17:00h) till Sunday June 16 (17:00h).

Group size: 10-18 people.

All food is vegan; no consumption of alcohol or other drugs (except coffee).

How to get there
If you come by public transport, we can pick you up from (and bring you back to) a bus stop close to Liège. For a limited number of people there is a ride share available from Amsterdam, Utrecht, Eindhoven, Maastricht (shared petrol costs).

Questions
If you have any questions before or after signing up, please sent me a mail