Dialogues with the Erotic
Quirky, unpredictable, unfathomable, linked with creativity, vitality, and emotional closeness, ‘the erotic’ is not separate from life’s dilemmas and vulnerabilities. It is multifaceted, complex, sometimes paradoxical, entwined with unique meanings for each one of us. Although we seldom delve into its mysteries or investigate its role in our health and in our life journeys, conversing with ‘the erotic’ can bring us into the very core of our inner life – face to face with our longing, with glimpses of new versions of ourselves, with contradictory emotions.
Is sex just sex? Does erotic aliveness necessarily mean sexual activity? Can we learn about healthy eroticism from the problems and difficulties we face? Can there be lust alongside love, safety alongside adventure? Using bold compassion and gentle curiosity we will engage in exercises to explore such questions, deepening our appreciation for the richness and complexity of who we really are.
This workshop is for people of all-genders, any sexual orientation; un-partnered or partnered; sexually active or not; playful or reticent about this topic. It involves no sexual touch or explicit sexual material and is for personal awareness and growth, not for making sexual advances or questioning participants about their sex life.
The Skinny: 3 things you will do in this session
- Gain a new and deeper understanding of ‘the erotic’
- Explore positive experiences, limitations, and your ideal relationship with ‘the erotic’
- Discover what ‘befriending your erotic self’ might look like for you
Alina has a passion for creating reflective space and helping people befriend their inner life. She delights in concocting experiential workshops, infusing her work with creative, action-oriented approaches
She holds a Masters in Social work and is trained in group psychotherapy and sex therapy. Alina has a private practice teaching Kaiut Yoga and facilitating workshops on topics such as the erotic; transitions; the relationship between inner life and outer life. Alina completed 300 hours of Kaiut Yoga teacher training. Her classes in Toronto’s east end invite students to slow down, bring themselves into presence to experience their body from the inside rather than achieving an ‘ideal’ outer shape. Inspired by the method’s accessibility and intelligence, she is committed to teaching and spreading the word about this natural, holistic, and ever-evolving practice to as many people as possible.
Alina worked for many years consulting on mental mental wellness and organizational culture, providing education and support to organizations and community groups. She has worked as an addictions nurse and in a day treatment program with women recovering from abuse. She volunteered for many years for the Canadian Group Psychotherapy Association as treasurer and conference-planning co-chair; and spent two months in the Arctic in a nursing internship. She practices meditation and Kaiut Yoga; enjoys clay sculpture and painting; some of her poetry was published.
Alina is a returning presenter. Click to see what they’ve presented in the past.
Colin is a teacher by trade, and has lead a number of workshops on different topics to a variety of audiences. Among them are a series of workshops on sexuality for teenagers. As a newbie, he had an amazing time last year and is delighted to be able to be be back in the role of presenter.
This is Colin’s first year presenting at Mindcamp.
All sessions in this timeslot:
- Charisma Analysis The fine art of authentic self-branding (Alexander von Reumont)
- Dialogues with the Erotic (Alina Isaac, Colin Read)
- Disorganizing by Design Shaking things up to do things differently (Jerrold McGrath)
- Embodying Failure Making sense of leadership through imperfection (Tamara Christensen, Jay Aquilanti)
- Learning from Labyrinths (Anthony Hyatt, Matteo Catullo)
- Wabi-Sabi Boot Camp How to make connections others don’t (Dorte Nielsen, Marjolein Hutting)
- We Tube Creating story through video (Jim Ridge)