Spiral Orbit is a Somatic Sex Educator and Transpersonal Therapist with a background in sexual health education and community mental health. A passionate belief in holistic sex education has taken Spiral through academic and activist pathways to a more direct, person-centred approach that began with work in secondary schools educating around HIV and sexual health. Spiral now combines process-oriented transpersonal therapy with embodiment coaching and sex education to help people reunite their sexuality with spirituality. As part of a universalist, inclusive practice, Spiral offers people the opportunity to explore erotic education and ritual regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, aiming to subvert heteronormative limitations around sexuality. Spiral’s personal journey of erotic embodiment through gender fluidity has inspired a reclaiming of roles in ritual sexuality historically played by people who are gender-diverse and of non-normative sexual orientation, and that are common to cultures all over the world.
WORKSHOPS AT CELEBRATING SEXUALITY
GENDERPLAY: EXPLORING GENDER-FLUID EMBODIMENT
Despite increasing social awareness, assumptions are still often made about gender and how it relates to the body and the roles we play with it. This interactive workshop provides participants a safe space for authentic gender expression, and for many an opportunity to explore beyond their habitual gender role and to relate to their body in a more gender-fluid way. The workshop will include education and discussion around the impacts of social conditioning on gender roles and gender expression. We will then play with dress-ups and explore embodying gender fluidity through dress, movement and interaction. The intention here is to let go of gender binary stereotypes and focus on authentic curiosity and experimentation. Interaction with others will invite an activation of this embodiment by feeling into fluid ways of relating that maybe new and unfamiliar. All will be encouraged to honour their edges in all exercises.
THE JOURNEY OF GENDER
The moment, the words “It’s a girl” or “It’s a boy” are uttered, the journey of gender begins. Everyone is assigned a gender at or before birth, and for those born intersex, meaning of ‘ambiguous’ sex, this assignment can be a complicated and traumatic process. This discussion group will explore the social construction of a gender binary that permeates every aspect of contemporary culture, including sexuality. We will focus on understanding the concept of heteronormativity as the guiding principle that governs the dos and don’ts of gender expression, and the deep challenges for those who don’t fit the binary. Participants will reflect on their own personal journey with gender, and explore as a group the diversity of people’s experience in relation to the norm. We will also explore how we might embody more authentic, self-determined expressions of gender and the potential benefits in the world and in our relationships.