Workshops

Knowledge is sexy, and talking nerdy has never been more fun! Our workshops cover many different aspects of sex, sexuality, health, and relationships.  In an effort to create a safe and non-judgmental environment, we ask that all workshop participants respect the opinions, boundaries, and experiences expressed by others.  If you have a great topic for a workshop, feel free to contact us with your ideas.

Directly after workshops, we give participants 10% off in-store purchases! The discount does not apply to books, magazines and commission items.

*Our workshop fees operate on a sliding scale basis.  However, if you would like to attend a workshop for which you can’t afford the fee, a further reduction is often possible.  Just contact us directly by phone or email to make arrangements.

**A quick note on safeR space: it is all of our responsibilities to create a safer space in which we actively engage in consensual and non-discriminatory behaviour.

*** You can pre-register for all workshops with payment of the workshop fee, either in-store, through PayPal or via bank transfer. Email: workshop@other-nature.de. A full refund is possible if you cancel at least 48 hours in advance.

**** All workshops are subject to a minimum number of pre-registrations. If we have to cancel due to insufficient sign-ups, we will let all registered individuals know 24 hours ahead of the scheduled workshop start time. All fees will be refunded in full.

If you have not pre-registered, please arrive early (at least 15 minutes before the workshop starts).  Please note that spaces are limited.

Upcoming workshops …

 

Introduction to Japanese Rope Bondage – full!

with Ann Antidote

This hands-on workshop is dedicated to getting you doing Japanese bondage (shibari), whether you’re an absolute beginner or already have some experience. With a friendly, non-hierarchical approach, we’ll adapt the scope and depth of topics covered to meet the needs and speed of the group. No matter what, you’ll learn some basic knots and techniques so that you can tie independently well after the workshop is over. You get to be creative and have fun; we’ll look after the technicalities, material, safety and some structural considerations.

Diversity of all kinds is not only welcome in this workshop, but a fundamental part of it!

There is a limited amount of rope to lend: you can also bring/buy your own. Bring comfortable clothes, something to drink, and something to practice on (e.g. yoga mat) if you have it.

Ann Antidote is an artist working with Japanese bondage, video, performance, installation and sound. Active in the promotion of polyamorous, queer and kinky/sex-positive lifestyles as options worthy of respect, she integrates a social justice approach into her artistic production and teaching. She has been teaching Japanese bondage (shibari) since 2011.

Where: Other Nature, Mehringdamm 79
When: Tuesday, December 5th, 18:30 – 21:00
Language: English/ German as needed
Cost: 20€ (15€ limited income)
Registration: to reserve a place in advance, simply come into the shop with the workshop fee, or email us to arrange payment via PayPal or bank transfer: workshop@other-nature.de
Pre-registration is recommended, as space is limited. If you haven’t registered, please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop start time.

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Degendering the Queer Bed

with Albert and Frede

Dildos, strap-ons, butt plugs – sex toys can be used to experiment in sexual encounters.But do sex toys necessarily belong to queer sex? How can we, as non-cis folks, be empowered through our sexual experiences?

In our workshop we’ll talk about sex, norms and the possibility of making genderqueer sex even queerer. Together we want to reject genital simplifications and try to find possibilities to see genitalia and other body parts differently. We want you all to claim your sexual imaginary and desires far from cishet culture.

We’ll do that with lots of creativity and honest discussion! We want to create a cozy safe space for trans*/inter*/non-binary/gender non-conforming and questioning folks. Let’s re-write what we want sex to be for us!

Frede and Albert are both white, one of them is a migrant and one has a migrant background. They define themselves as (gender)queer: one as a non-binary, trans and transfemme, the other as neither* nor trans*. They are based between Berlin and Barcelona and have given several workshops for non-cis folks around Germany.

They will create an open space for people to talk about different topics. If you have any wishes or questions, please let them know and they will try to integrate them: forqueernessinbed@gmail.com

Where: Other Nature, Mehringdamm 79
When: Tuesday, December 12th, 18:30 – 21:30
Language: English
Cost: 25€ (20€ limited income)

Registration: to reserve a place in advance, simply come into the shop with the workshop fee, or register online here.

If you’re having trouble registering, email us to arrange payment via PayPal or bank transfer: workshop@other-nature.de

Pre-registration is recommended, as space is limited. If you haven’t registered, please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop start time.

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Prostate Pleasure: an introduction

with Otter Lieffe

This intimate, all-gender workshop focuses on a fabulous, but often forgotten organ: the prostate*. There will be anatomical information and discussion around pleasure and orgasm, with tips and tools for exploring your own or your lover’s prostate. There will also be a tea tasting of herbs connected with prostate health, and some sexy readings from Otter’s new transfeminist novel to inspire your imagination!

The workshop is open to anyone interested, with a focus on creating a safe and cozy atmosphere to discuss this most tender of subjects. Trans/non binary folks with prostates, and their partners, are particularly warmly invited.

*We’ll be focusing on the internal organ often associated with bodies assigned male at birth. The Skene’s gland, (commonly known as the ‘female’ prostate), won’t be covered in this particular workshop.

Otter is a transfeminist author, holistic therapist and sex worker. Find out more about her work here: www.otterlieffe.com

Where: Other Nature, Mehringdamm 79
When: Tuesday, January 9th, 18:30 – 21:00
Language: English
Cost: 20€ (15€ limited income)

Registration: to reserve a place in advance, simply come into the shop with the workshop fee, or register online here.

If you’re having trouble registering, email us to arrange payment via PayPal or bank transfer: workshop@other-nature.de

Pre-registration is recommended, as space is limited. If you haven’t registered, please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop start time.

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Embracing Jealousy

mit Inna Barinberg

Eifersucht ist ein Mysterium. Selten wird darüber geredet, noch seltener gehen wir in die Tiefe, entschlüsseln das komplizierte Geflecht und holen es von seinem furchteinflößenden Thron. In den meisten Ratgebern wird es zu einem negativen und ablehnenswerten „Gefühl“ abgestempelt. In der Folge fühlen sich die meisten Menschen schlecht und haben das Gefühl zu scheitern.

Nicht in diesem Workshop.

Indem wir entschlüsseln, was sich hinter Eifersucht verbirgt, können wir unseren Ängsten und Sorgen begegnen und sie angehen. Anstatt uns noch länger darüber zu ärgern, dass wir immer noch Eifersucht empfinden, können wir sie als Teil von uns akzeptieren und sie dementsprechend behandeln. Die positiven Aspekte von Eifersucht werden dabei ebenso eine Rolle spielen, wie diejenige, für die wir einen Umgang finden wollen.

Durch unterschiedliche Methoden, in Einzelarbeit und Gruppengesprächen, habt ihr die Möglichkeit Aspekte eurer Eifersucht kennenzulernen, euch auszutauschen – natürlich nur so viel wie ihr mögt und euch gut tut – und entwickelt durch das Wissen, was hinter Eifersucht steht, Hilfsmittel für einen Umgang damit.

Inna Barinberg hat jahrelange Erfahrung mit queeren und geöffneten Beziehungen, seit einiger Zeit schreibt sie nicht nur Beiträge zu dem Thema, sondern gibt auch Workshops. Sie legt besonders viel Wert auf einen bestärkenden und unterstützenden Ansatz.

Wo: Other Nature, Mehringdamm 79
Wann: Dienstag 16.01, 18:30 – 21:30
Sprache: Deutsch
Gebühr: 25€ (20€ ermäßigt)
Voranmeldung: Um einen Platz im Voraus zu reservieren komm einfach in unseren Laden um dich eintragen zu lassen und die Kursgebühr zu bezahlen oder anmelden online hier.

If you’re having trouble registering, email us to arrange payment via PayPal or bank transfer: workshop@other-nature.de

Pre-registration is recommended, as space is limited. If you haven’t registered, please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop start time.