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7 days on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada. First day: 11am to 6pm, subsequent days 10 am to 6 pm (with an afternoon of repose mid-week)
This is the first of two required in-person intensives. We will begin with creating a “safe enough” container for the cohort to develop skills and comfort with facilitating each other in somatic practice, and feeling into intentional, professional, erotic practice space. Business and personal practices that demonstrate professionalism are discussed. We cultivate capacity to feel and communicate body sensations as we increase our somatic literacy. This course includes a deeper dive into the science of somatic sex education, interpersonal neurobiology, and the methodology of communal erotic practices.
Students practice intake and assessment, ethical frameworks for somatic sex education, mindful erotic practice, masturbation witnessing and coaching, genital anatomy and genital mapping, plus sensual and erotic massage. All activities are done through the lens of empowering choice and voice.
Students will expand their embodied understanding of social locationality. They will learn about how we somatize oppression and privilege, and practice somatic technologies for unwinding it all. This course focuses on our own erotic and somatic journey as foundational for developing a professional practice as a somatic sex educator.
Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, Canada, is the jewel of Canada’s Southern Gulf Islands. It is nestled up against the east side of Vancouver Island, about half way between Nanaimo and Victoria, the capital city of BC. The city of Vancouver on the mainland of BC is to the north. More about Salt Spring.
Please make sure to plan ahead for your ferry times and transfers, so you can arrive well before our start time. If you come without a car, please find accommodations in the Ganges area so we can easily get you to and from Caffyn’s studio. (Tracy puts people in touch who want to share accommodations, and makes sure everyone has a ride to and from the studio each day.)
Take a taxi to Swartz Bay (approximately 15 minutes, $25). From there you can get a ferry that takes 35 minutes to Fulford Harbour on Salt Spring Island. A bus meets the ferry and takes you directly to the town of Ganges. Ferry schedules are available here http://www.bcferries.com/ (be sure to look for the schedule on the date you will be travelling).
You can travel to Salt Spring Island via seaplane (25 minutes) from the south terminal of Vancouver airport (take a free bus or cab from the international airport to the south terminal). http://saltspringair.com/ or http://www.seairseaplanes.com/
To travel via ferry from Vancouver: Take skytrain and bus to Tsawassen ferry terminal. There are daily ferries to Long Harbor on Salt Spring Island. You can also buy a throughfare ticket and transfer in Swartz bay on Vancouver island, where you will get the Fulford Harbour ferry to Salt Spring Island (see above). http://www.bcferries.com/
There is an additional ferry from Crofton on Vancouver island to Vesuvius Bay on Salt Spring Island.
There are two additional routes that are occasionally used by students traveling from Seattle.
The Victoria Clipper is a passenger-only ferry with daily service to downtown Victoria from downtown Seattle. http://www.clippervacations.com/seattle-victoria-ferry/ From downtown Victoria there is a bus to The Swartz Bay ferry terminal. It is a journey of approximately 1 hour. https://bctransit.com/victoria/
The MV Coho is a car ferry that makes regular trips between downtown Victoria and Port Angeles, Washington. https://www.cohoferry.com/
Please be sure to arrive on time, and leave plenty of time on either end of your travels for the ferry journey, the journey to your accommodations from the ferry landing, and then traveling to Caffyn’s studio! First day: 11am to 6pm, subsequent days 10 am to 6 pm – with an afternoon of repose mid-week)
Salt Spring Island boasts a wide variety of lodgings, from bed & breakfasts to country hotels to luxury spas. We’ve listed a few of the most convenient and affordable accomodations below, and you can browse more accommodations here: Salt Spring island Accommodations Group: Air BnB:
If you will not be bringing a car, you will want to stay in the village of Ganges. We can arrange ride shares – or you may wish to walk (it is a pleasant walk to Caffyn’s studio from the village on a nice day). Our admin Tracy can help connect people who want to share accommodations or transportation. We can commit to making sure you have a ride from Ganges and back each day.
In the Village of Ganges (near Caffyn’s studio):
Salt Spring Inn – Jeremy or Basil, (250) 537-9339, firstname.lastname@example.org from $69, restaurant open 9am -10pm daily
Wisteria Guesthouse – Beverly or Len, 250.537.5899, email@example.com from $75, includes breakfast
Duthie Gallery and B&B – Celia Duthie, 250-537-9606, firstname.lastname@example.org from $99, (mention Caffyn for 10% discount) includes breakfast provisions
Harbour House Hotel – Kate Hamblin, 250-537-4700, email@example.com , currently being renovated – some older rooms available from $80, restaurant
Another affordable accommodation option (please bring your own car if you are staying here – 10 minute drive from Caffyn):
Islandia AirBnb – Kirk, 778-932-2449, firstname.lastname@example.org, from $49 (mention Caffyn for discount) includes self-serve breakfast..
Please bring light clothes without belts, buttons or bling. Yoga clothes are good for embodied practices. Weather on Salt Spring Island any time of year can be wet and chilly, so bring layers. You are welcome to bring an item of personal significance for the altar. You may also wish to write your intention for the workshop on a piece of paper to bring to the altar. Altar items will return with you.