Facilitated by Bob Pileggi
Friday, April 20 - Sunday, April 22, 2012
Easton Mountain Retreat Center, Greenwich, NY
Cost: $275-495 (Discounts available for first-timers at Easton and for bringing friends, etc. See the Easton Mountain website or call 518-692-8023.)
There is tremendous healing, calming, rejuvenating and esteem-building power in the simple practice of paying close attention to the experience of touch. Real Touch offers just that opportunity – to experience mindfully, share intentionally, offer compassionately, and receive gratefully. Real Touch – given to ourselves or others – is healthy physiologically, emotionally and spiritually. It increases our sense of connection and intimacy. And Real Touch can be enjoyable! All from paying attention and sharing authentically.
However, many of us live in “touch poverty,” were hurt by touch, have gotten bored with it in our relationship, or simply feel awkward sharing it. Touch between men plummets in the teen years as we yield to societal mores against men using touch for affection or compassion. Rarely are we taught directly how to touch in a way that inspires compassionate connection, living and healing.
Men Need Real Touch fosters a safe & fun environment for:
· bringing mindfulness to all the touch we already receive daily
· reconnecting to the innate sensual pleasure of touch
· offering ourselves healing touch
· sharing touch with clear intention
· re-igniting the heart of touch between partners
· connecting authentically with other gay, bi and heterosexual men
Men Need Real Touch also offers:
· peer-supported exploration of thoughts and feelings about touch (uncovering limiting beliefs helps us move through them)
· guidance on different kinds of touch for different intentions
· practice of fundamental techniques for massage on yourself and others
· ways to turn mundane experiences (such as a handshake) into powerful connection.
Return to Real Touch – with intention, given confidently, received sincerely – for feeling whole again.
For more info, see www.menneedrealtouch.com.
Note: The focus of this experience is reconnecting to the fundamental nature of touch - which, at its core, is inherent sensual. While massage portions of the weekend will be clothing optional, the experience is about cultivating non-erotic connection.
About the Facilitator:
Bob Pileggi loves facilitating connection through presence practices – so that we can feel more fully alive, empowered to express ourselves, and connect authentically with others.
Bob experiences and communicates love primarily through touch – something not welcome in his family as a child and teen. He grew up thinking there was something wrong with him. He “came out” as a touching person in his early 20s, when he started hugging his father and offering healing touch to friends. Now Bob uses touch to convey presence, respect for others, affection and fun. And now sometimes his father is the first to reach out for a hug hello.
After twelve years of working for local and national non-profits related to spirituality and civil rights, Bob’s spiritual practice deepened and he was ordained an Interfaith minister. Now Bob produces and facilitates workshops, retreats, custom ceremonies and individual healing sessions with spiritual coaching; yoga; and body, energy and breath work. Bob is a certified yoga instructor, mindfulness practitioner and instructor, internationally certified breath-work practitioner, certified bodyworker, and ordained Interfaith minister. www.bobpileggi.info
When & Where
Community for Awakening Self Expression & Connection
Open the Body. Focus the Mind. Allow the Heart.
Inspiration & Facilitation for Experiencing Life, Self-Expression, Connection & Mindful Collaboration