ConSensual: Contact Improv & The Art of Consent

At the core of CI is the constant dance of consent. In this intensive we will be practicing this dance of saying and hearing “No” & “Yes” both verbally and non-verbally. This act of trust brings us into deeper intimacy when we hold ourselves and partners with respect. This listening practice guides our dances toward greater empathy and presence. Learn to communicate and distinguish between enthusiastic consent and “grin and bear it” body language. By incorporating Betty Martin’s “Wheel of Consent”, Non-Violent Communication, Tantra-inspired exercises, stillness, eye-contact, and energetic awareness, we’ll explore being more deeply sensual, consensual, and present with each other.

Moti Zemelman, MFA

I bring 30 years of CI experience to share.  Based in Western Massachusetts I have taught and performed across USA, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Europe and Israel.  Over the last 10 years in my desire to integrate communication and intimacy skills in teaching and life I have studied Non-violent communication, Tantra, Butoh, Byron Katie’s “The Work” and most recently Betty Martin’s “Wheel of Consent”. I have been both a teacher and a board member at Earthdance Retreat Center in Plainfield, MA where I am current Director of the 3rd Annual Touch&Play Festival.  I am a featured dancer in Sanford Lewis’ documentary film about CI “An Intimate Dance.”  I also design and moderate the international Contact Improv resource website