July 15, 2015

Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit

My friend and colleague, EveLynn Maurine, Awakening Body, an erotic educator and minster out of Orlando, will be presenting at  The 6th annual Summit of the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance. I am not able to attend this year, so she invited me to write a brief history of my work and an update on the Body Poetik's services in Florida. She'll include this is her intensive workshop at the summit. I am so grateful!

If you haven't heard of Woodhull, check it out

 Here is how they describe the yearly event:

"We are at a critical time as the pendulum of social change swings far to the right.  We are going to have to work hard to keep the rights we already have while working to claim those rights not yet recognized.   Our goal at the Summit is to send attendees back to their daily lives with the tools and the inspiration to create the change we want to see in our world. The Sexual Freedom Summit features human rights activists, sexuality educators and researchers, professionals from the legal and medical fields, authors, sexual freedom movement leaders and organizational partners all working toward the time when sexual freedom is fully recognized as a fundamental human right. This Summit is for EVERYONE interested in learning about the issues in the realm of sexual freedom, advancing their current knowledge and in gaining the tools to actually create the change we need to accomplish."
There will be many lectures, classes and planning events. EveLynn's presentation is entitled, 

The class description:

"This is an in-depth presentation and discussion designed to bring awareness to expanded therapeutic and somatic approaches to the sexual issues faced by individuals who are sexually challenged due to disability, chronic conditions and the process of aging."

It's very interesting how I got to know EveLynn. 

While I was in San Francisco working as a disability counselor and creative expressions teacher, I decided to change my focus, using the skills and work I was already doing, to empower people to find intimacy and embody healthy sexuality. This, in large part,  was because I attended a workshop lead by Rafe Biggs, founder of Sexability: Transforming Sexuality and Disability

Rate is well known for  retraining (actually redirecting) his erogenous zones after becoming paralyzed (and numb) from the sternum down when he was a young man. He was able to do this by working with a hands-on sex coach.  

Due to my own health issues, I needed to leave San Francisco and move back to Florida. I really despaired, thinking I would never find sexuality community and colleagues in Florida,  folks like Rafe. After many fruitless Google searches, I did find  EveLynn in Orlando and made a kind of leap-of-faith trek via Amtrak (I am visually impaired and don't drive). I took the train from Tampa to Orlando to meet with her. When I got to her home--which is also a gorgeous retreat center with a heated pool, cozy therapy rooms, and snacks--we became fast friends. It turned out she had studied at the same sex institute in San Francisco that i was considering attending. Thanks to her, I went and became certified as a sexological bodyworker. Also, we both knew Rafe! She was working closely with him, long-distance, to develop the aims of Sexability! This seemed like a sign that I was on the right path and it gave me confidence to start advertising as an intimacy coach in Florida!

Always look for coincidences and interconnections! It will lead you somewhere. Oh, and, if you visit Rafe's site and see the sexy-disabled calendar he created to raise funds--yes...yes I did pose topless for the calendar, so be aware of that if you are looking at it with kids!

And, as far as paralysis, numbness or other physical strictures and how to redirect erogenous zones around that...we can definitely consult! Give me a call!

May 6, 2015

the body poetik gives academic, artistic, and bodywork presentations at the University of Arizona, Tucson

Not only did I get to present an academic talk at the University of Arizona, during my time at the Open Embodiments Conference, and to present poetry-of-the-body with my dear San Francisco collaborators

--I also got to do an interactive art installation in a downtown gallery. The organizers set me up with a double bed in the middle of sculptures and paintings and acrobats. I invited gallery visitors to step into engaged arts experiments around intimacy and body image. Here were some of the options I offered for engagement.

April 23, 2015

the bodpoe interviewed on USF Tampa Bulls radio--The F Word

My Tampa radio interview happened tonight! The Tampa Bay Area wasn't the same without these ladies when I was growing up. Do I make myself sound dated? I don't care. They are f****g rocking it on college radio! Title of the show is The F Word, as in Feminism, folks.

They gave me the best gift of an amaze-balls interview to introduce the body poetik services/consults to the Tampa Bay Area community. I had almost an hour to speak about intimacy coaching and the art of sensual awareness, what I can offer clients and how my practice works. These ladies' interviewing chops were awesome; full of grace, fun, and excellent timing--especially considering we were talking about sex, disability, feminism and childhood--not easy subjects to tease out!

Listen here: Amber explains intimacy coaching and what the body poetik offers. You can download the interview from this link or listen to it from the USF The F Word radio archives. My interview appears at the top of the page and starts about 15 minutes into the show.

[Tiffany Portacio, The F Word co-host.]

March 22, 2015

Blind mom, my former boss and dear friend from California

March 13, 2015

The Heart--A Sexy Dragon

February 5, 2015

the body poetik at International Somatechnics Conference this April

As part of a cohort of fellow bodyworkers/performers/artists, I have been invited to present at a conference hosted by the Center for Critical Studies of the Body at the University of Arizona in Tucson. The university in Tucson is now the international home to the Somatechnics Research Network (formerly based in Sweden). 

Here is the very compelling call-to-dialogue-and-explore for this year's conference:

To be open means having the capacity for connection and curiosity, and willing to be receptive to otherness and difference. Openness is an engagement with processes of becoming, to be in anticipation of future states without predetermined ends. To be in the open is to be exposed and vulnerable under conditions of necessity and possibility, of risk and danger. Open is ontological, an ethical stance, an imperative: it demands of us to open borders, detention centers, and prisons, to open our eyes and our hearts, our senses and our awareness. Invitations are openings, as this one is: Let us come together and open ourselves to the embodied experience of our messy entanglements, fraught alliances and fuzzy boundaries with each other and with the Earth. And let us do it in Tucson.

The tension and interplay between self, other, and being open is a fundamental part of the art/ services the body poetik offers. I am so excited to converse, experiment, and play with like-minded others in Tucson and bring new ideas back to my local practice here in Florida!

For more info about the event, go to CCSB.