Daring & Caring

Update: We are almost fully booked (20+ participants already registered)

We invite you to gather in an intimate and diverse group of up to 27 intimacy explorers for six days, in a spacious house in nature near Berlin, with a beautiful wooden-floored playroom, sauna, private garden and recreational rooms, all exclusively reserved just for us. We invite you to our fourth Intimate Imaginarium.

Our Intention

We are a psychotherapist and scientist couple who are fascinated by the many forms of intimacy and its potential for exploring the self and deepening relationships.

Expressions of Intimacy

We invite you to explore intimacy through…

✦ Intimate “Speed Dating” in our Opening Circle

✦ Playful wrestling in our Playfight Workshop

✦ Sassy self-assertion in our Magical School of Bitchcraft Workshop

✦ Expressing shyness in our Slowing into Shyness Workshop

✦ Improvisation and imagination in our Sensual Improvisation Theater Workshop

✦ Dominance and submission with rope bondage in our Relational Ropes Workshop

✦ Sensual feasting in our Hot Chocolate Workshop

✦ Psychological power games in our Objectification Workshop

✦ Sensation play in our Sensation Lab Workshop

✦ Enhanced sensory awareness in our Blind Love Workshop

✦ Impact Play in our Frolicing with Floggers Workshop

✦ Re-enacting taboos in our Taboo Exploration Workshop

 Re-enacting fantasies in our Fantasy Manifestation Workshop

✦ Your own impulses in the Co-Creation Workshop

✦ Shorter versions of some of the above in the four guided play evening introductions

✦ Free Play in our four Play Evenings

Each Intimate Imaginarium contains a limited selection of the above workshops. Some others are given in shorter versions during our play evening guided introductions.

Individual and Group Development

In six days we have time to build a powerful group container to…

 Perceive, touch and respect our own and other peoples’ boundaries

 Nurture our somatic and non verbal awareness

 Expand our self-determination and our connectedness

 Live out our own rhythm of perceiving and acting, opening and closing, leading and following

 Release old uncertainties and welcome new ones

 Discover our fantasies and take responsibility for their fulfilment

Consent

Consent is at the core of the entire gathering. We repeatedly encourage you to stay connected to yourself, communicate boundaries, adjust or sit-out games according to your personal needs and in general only do what feels right for you.

Our Approach

 Integrity & Deconstruction – We don’t present ourselves as mystical gurus but show ourselves as the vulnerable, complex human beings that we are. Instead of using dramatic, exaggerated, mystical or exotic language, we try to communicate in a direct, down-to-earth manner with a hint of lightness and self-humor

Experience, don’t tell (bottom-up approach) – Instead of verbal teaching, we focus on experiences that help you to develop your own insights

 Introversion – Our approach is focused on slowness, self-perception, awareness for the relationship to yourself and to the people you are interacting with

The Intimate Phase

Our gatherings are purposefully designed to include The Intimate Phase. Click here to read more about The Intimate Phase

Schedule

 Each full day contains three vegan meals, two workshops, sauna and a sensuality-positive free-flow play evening with a guided introduction

 There is plenty of space and time for rest and integration both indoors and in the nature surrounding the venue

 There are opportunities for participant co-creation – In the schedule and during the breaks

 The workshops for each Intimate Imaginarium are announced in an info email to registered participants several weeks in advance. During the gathering we constantly tune-in to the group atmosphere and processes and often change the workshops spontaneously accordingly

✦ Update: We released the schedule

When

 Arrival – March 8th at 18:00

 Departure – March 13th at 13:00

The Venue

We exclusively reserved a spacious house in nature with a beautiful wooden-floored playroom, a sauna, a private garden, recreational rooms and sleeping rooms ranging from single to 5-beds

 It is close to Prenzlau, north of Berlin, which is very easily reachable with public transportation. A shuttle (shared taxi) is used to travel the last few km from Prenzlau to the venue. We will help you pre-arrange shuttles with other participants. This worked very easily in all of our previous gatherings

 You will receive the address after registering

Impressions
Meals

We provide groceries and simple and delicious recipes. Participants gather in cooking teams to prepare the meals together.

 Cooking together does not only lower the ticket prices but also helps connect us as a group and has worked very well in all our previous gatherings

 The food we provide is vegan, tasty, healthy and simple. For breakfast we have musli and porridge with nuts and fruits. For lunch we have various warm dishes, e.g. vegetable curry with rice and fried tofu. For dinner we have vegetable salat, bread with spreads and hummus and often something extra

 There is a second, small kitchen with a stove and a microwave for participants with special needs and sensitivities who would like to bring additional food for themselves

This gathering is probably for you if you…

 are curious about new ways to explore and unfold your sensuality, sexuality, social skills, inner child and behavioural patterns

 are principally open to personally and non-verbally interact and play with strangers including same-gender (while staying in tune with your boundaries)

 can take responsibility for your own inner state, for expressing your boundaries and are willing to try and resolve arising conflicts between you and others

 are motivated to bring your own creative impulses and co-create the space instead of being a passive “consumer”

This gathering is probably not for you if you…

 hope for overexcitment or hyper stimulation

 need or want others to be responsible for your needs

 dislike silence, slowing down, observing your impulses

 do not want to proactively do community services like cooking, cleaning and decorating

 want to do most games with your partner(s)

 only want to play with a person of your preferred sexual orientation

Testimonials
❝ The Intimate Imaginarium is a place to face desires and boundaries – sensual, sexual, physical and emotional – to express them, explore them, reflect and play with them. The container for that is a small group gathering that builds up in trust and connectedness. Spending multiple days in a small group on the one hand builds trust and enables deep spontaneous interaction and co-creation. On the other hand, I can come in deeper contact with myself and have time for my lost parts to surface and be given expression.

The variety of playful, embodied, non-verbal activities at the Imaginarium is a perfect framework for this inner exploration. There is enough space for sharing and verbal exchange but the focus is on experiential learning. And Theresa and Tom’s careful facilitation from the “back of the room” allows one to dive deep, while having fun. They create a comfortable but not overly decked-out physical and emotional space. They give just enough input and lighthearted demonstration to lead people into activity, and then hold space in a highly aware yet restrained way. They often participate themselves. They demonstrate great clarity in communicating edgy themes and desires, while also revealing their own doubts and vulnerabilities. There is as much to learn from the activities as there is to learn from their way of guiding us through them. I highly appreciate this humane way of facilitation that needs no guru and no woo-woo.

As for the setting, I feel that not having the anonimity of short-term play spaces makes people and interactions more authentic and vulnerable. At the same time this intimacy (and the sharing groups and reflection rounds) provides a receptive ground to process and digest strong emotions and thought patterns. I can wholeheartedly recommend attending an Intimate Imaginarium to anyone who wants to explore themes of desire, relating and fragility with a sprinkle of kink and playful edginess. ❞

Felix (The Intimate Imaginarium Gathering 3, Berlin 29.09-04.10.2023)

The Facilitators

Theresa

Photographer: Slava Poliantsev

Dr. Theresa works as a medical doctor in psychotherapy. After studying Medicine and Health Economics in Heidelberg, Mannheim and Montpellier, she is currently specialising in Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy with a psychodynamic psychotherapy approach. Theresa is inspired by intersubjectivity, embodiment, opposites and their connection. She loves playfulness and relaxing into the unknown, for instance in contact improvisation dance, yin yoga, shibari rope play, play fight and authentic relating. She also offers coaching on open relationships (openrelationshipcoaching.de).

Tom

Photographer: Uli Stern @ Touch & Play Festival.

Dr. Tom is father, partner, intimacy & somatic explorer, nuclear physicist, developer and digital sculptor. He appreciates the intense aliveness and psychological nakedness available in sensuality-positive somatic spaces and enjoys attending and facilitating them with a hint of self-humor and deconstruction.

Daring & Caring

Together we are “Daring & Caring”. Since 2019, we have been facilitating sensuality-positive events and retreats, in which we nurture exploration of the self, of the other and of the relational space in-between while questioning taboos around sensuality. We gave workshops in Heidelberg, Stuttgart, Berlin, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and in festivals such as Blaue Blume and Touch & Play, as well as our own retreats under the label “The Intimate Imaginarium” (three editions so far). In 2022 we started a new adventure of being a family.

Ticket Discounts

 Super early bird discount – Sold out! (first 7 tickets)

 Early bird discount – Sold out! (further 7 tickets)

 Gender Balance Discount – At the moment we have 2 more male-identifying persons than female-identifying. To balance the ratio, we are offering two 100 Euro discounted tickets for female or nonbinary identifying participants.

 Friends discount – Bring a friend who never attended an Intimate Imaginarium before, who mentions you in their application form and whom we accept, and each of you will get a 50 Euro discount. You can bring multiple friends to get multiple discounts. Registering as friends does not affect how often you will play with each other in the workshops.

Darer & Carer discount – Participants of one previous Intimate Imaginarium receive a 50 Euro discount

Core Darer & Carer discount – Participants of multiple previous Intimate Imaginariums receive a 100 Euro discount instead of 50 Euro

Ticket Prices

The total fee is comprised of workshop, accommodation and groceries fees:

Workshop fee – The fee for the organisation, materials and facilitation is:

   ✧ super early bird – Sold out!

   ✧ early bird – Sold out!

   ✧ regular – between 600-800 Euro (See discounts above)

   You choose how much (within the range of your ticket) according to your financial situation.

 Accommodation fee – The fee for the accommodation including usage of the recreational rooms, kitchens, garden and sauna is:

   ✧ for one bed in a room for five – 150 Euro

   ✧ for one bed in a room for four – 175 Euro

   ✧ for one bed in a room for three – 200 Euro

   ✧ for one bed in a room for two – 250 Euro

   ✧ for a private room – 350 Euro

 Groceries fee – The fee for the groceries and snacks is 100 Euro 

 Included in the ticket price: All workshops and play evenings, vegan groceries and snacks, five nights in a private house with usage of the play room, recreational rooms, kitchens, sauna, private garden and recreational rooms, use of the equipment and the organisation

How to Participate

 Step 1 – Make sure you read everything carefully and also that you agree to our disclaimer. Click here to read our disclaimer

 Step 2 – It is important for us to have a diverse group and to understand whether your and our wishes for the event are compatible. For that reason we ask our applicants to fill a form. Click here to fill the application form

 Step 3 – We review your application. Once we accept your application, you will be asked to purchase your ticket

 Step 4 – After purchasing your ticket, we will send you the info mail, which contains the address, the workshop selection for this Intimate Imaginarium, our recommended packing list, a shared rides list, our digital library and all other relevant information

By The Way

 No previous experience or technical skills (such as in bondage or kink) are required to apply

 You can apply on your own, with partners or with friends. Registering together does not affect how often you will play with each other in the workshops

We have a small child, which will be present during meal times, in the beginning of the opening circle and during the morning announcements. Our child will not be present during the workshops, play evenings or in any spaces involving sensuality or sexuality. Our child was already present in the previous gathering and was warmly received by the group

✦ The facilitation language is English

 We will host an online group integration meeting a couple of weeks after the gathering

As mentioned in the disclaimer, it is prohibited to consume alcohol, drugs and illegal substances during the gathering

Cancellation

 In the unlikely case that we cancel the event, we will fully refund your ticket

You may cancel your participation up to four weeks before the gathering starts. You will then receive a full reimbursement except for 25 Euros. After that, cancellation is no longer possible for any reason. However, if you find a new participant to replace you which we accept, we will reimburse your ticket in full except for 25 Euros

Questions?