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A Belfast weekend workshop exploring the essentials of the Wheel of Consent®
Ever wished you could have a map to help you with your relationships?
If you’d like to:
* Get clearer about what you do and don’t want
* Communicate your needs and desires more easily
* Navigate relationships and interactions better
…then this workshop is for you!
The Wheel of Consent is a simple, powerful navigational tool which allows you to bring choice and clarity to your interactions. Practice creating clear agreements so you can experience satisfying connection to self and others. Understand giving and receiving, and discover a completely fresh approach to all your relationships.
This is a ‘hands-on’ weekend workshop, in Belfast, exploring the Wheel Of Consent, with an invitation to learn through safe, clothed, touch on your own terms – including the choice not to touch.
The focus is not on the touch itself. Instead it’s a powerful inquiry into knowing what it is you want and how to communicate it.
This workshop is part of the official curriculum of the School Of Consent.
Friday evening and Saturday are open to all. Sunday is open to bodywork practitioners who have also attended Friday and Saturday.
What’s this workshop about?
Waking up sensation – feeling and following what is enjoyable for you
Making choices – learning how to choose for yourself
Exploring who each interaction is for – because ‘doing’ does not always mean ‘giving’
Making agreements and improving communication – noticing, valuing, and trusting what you want, having the courage to ask for it, and feeling safe enough to receive it
What will happen in this workshop?
When you touch another person, is it for you, or for them? Can you tell? Does it matter?
Understanding the Wheel of Consent happens best through experiencing it in your body – you have to feel it. Therefore, this workshop invites you to learn through touch-based exercises.
There are opportunities for exchanging touch as part of the learning, but it is never required. You are welcome to watch the entire time if you like, and this experience can be just as valuable. The workshop is fully clothed and non-sexual, and it will always be your choice if, where, and how you touch or are touched.
You’ll learn and practice the essential elements of the Wheel:
How to experience sensation, and enjoyment, in your own skin in a way that you can access any time you choose
The essential framework of the Wheel of Consent and experience its four Quadrants (Taking, Allowing, Serving, and Accepting) as a foundation for connection
To become aware of your desires and limits, and learn how to make choices about what you do with them
To practice communicating what you do and don’t want, and making agreements about the interactions you have.
You’ll also learn about:
The different ways you can experience giving and receiving
Your needs, and what you do to get them met
The shadows of interaction - when consenting becomes un-consenting!
Like any ongoing practice, the Wheel Of Consent becomes more embedded in you the more you can experience the quadrants in your body.
So this workshop will give you opportunities to practice with the tools you learn. There will be a mixture of guided hands-on practice, theory, and chances to share, discuss, and ask questions, so that you can start to use the Wheel Of Consent as an ongoing everyday life-skill.
Who is this workshop for?
This Belfast workshop is for anyone who is interested in learning more about themselves and improving the quality of their relationships – personal or professional, with partners, lovers, friends, parents, children or colleagues. No prior experience necessary. Whether you’ve worked with the Wheel Of Consent, before or whether you haven’t, there are always new levels of awareness to be found.
Many people have found this workshop and the Wheel of Consent to be life-changing. The Wheel allows you to bring clarity, ease, freedom, gratitude and generosity into all your interactions.
All shades on the gender and sexuality spectrums are welcome.
You are welcome to book on your own, or with one or more friends or partners. If you book with partners/friends, you may choose to share any touch mainly or solely with them if you prefer, although there will be invitation to work with different members of the group at different times.
About the facilitators:
Michael Dresser is a Certified Sexological Bodyworker and Certified Workshop Facilitator for the Wheel Of Consent, as well as one of the core faculty team for the School Of Consent. Based near the Scottish Highlands and working mainly across various locations in Scotland, London and the UK, he coaches and teaches by creating safe, gentle, and engaging touch-based environments. Choice and the needs of the individual are at the centre of each learning experience he facilitates, whether in a group, a partnership, or with an individual.
Dee Larsen is a Certified Somatic Sex Educator and founder of Body Conscious Belfast where she supports clients in choice and voice facilitating embodied consent through full body awareness, connection and education. She is passionate about understanding the impact of enduring touch, disassociation and trauma and works to support and educate through sessions and training in her home city of Belfast.