What you'll get from the course
- A simple, powerful personal practice for regulating and calming your nervous system, which you can access in your own body whenever you want
- A step-by-step guide to help you unlock your connection with sensation, and get clearer about what you do and don’t want
- Understanding of the components and processes of touch
- The chance to explore your relationship with enjoyment or pleasure when there's no-one else involved
- Introduction to a tool which can help you navigate your relationships and interactions more clearly
The course consists of 6 hour-long group Zoom calls, as well as some personal practice. Calls take place at the same time each day over 6 days. Calls are taught live; they will also be recorded and PDF downloads will be available for some content. Teaching, and guided practical exercises will cover the following elements:
Class 1: The Nervous System
Bonus introductory 'deep dive' into the science of the nervous system with Robyn Dalzen
Understand how to create a sense of safety for yourself — a necessary condition for connection and intimacy.
Class 2: Noticing & Choosing
Understand what's really happening in your body when you have an impulse for touch. Start to wake up your hands and connect with sensation.
Class 3: About Touch
Discover why learning to touch is not really about touching. Get curious about what happens when you follow your impulses for touch.
Class 4: Pleasure
Learn about the different components of pleasure. Practice bringing your focus to what feels enjoyable in your skin.
Class 5: Personal Practice
Bring all your learning together into a short daily personal practice. Tools and tips for making the most of self touch.
Class 6: Expanding Your Experience
How to develop your practice. Opportunities to share your experiences, ask questions, and get guidance. An overview of how these tools can improve interactive touch.
Please note: in order to support your learning beyond the course all calls will be recorded and made available on non-public youtube link for 2 months after the course. Only attendees on your course group will be given access to this link. The recording is intended for your own personal and private learning process only.
Register to be updated about future dates, or the upcoming Self-Study version
At the moment there are no immediate plans for live course dates - if you register your interest I can update you directly by email when new dates are planned. You'll also be the first to know about the self-study version planned for 2021.
Why do this course now?
This may seem a strange time to be running a course to teach people how to touch!
Globally we’re having to disconnect from physical engagement with others in a way we’ve never experienced before. But if you can’t touch other people it’s actually a great time to learn skills to help yourself connect with sensation in your own skin.
Many of us are being encouraged (or even forced) to spend long periods of time without physical contact. When we come out the other side a lot of us will probably be touch-deprived.
Wouldn't it be great if, when you're free to choose touch again, you had some simple tools and skills to help you navigate it with more clarity and understanding?
Your hands contain more nerve endings than almost any other part of your body. They are the perfect conduit for connection. Yet you’ve probably never thought of them as much more than tools to achieve tasks.
Waking up your hands, sensation, and feeling, is the key to becoming more connected with yourself, with what you want (and what you don’t). And, ultimately, to more engaged and consenting interactions and relationships.
Hosted and taught by Michael Dresser
I'm an embodiment coach, Certified Workshop Facilitator for the Wheel Of Consent®, and one of the core faculty team for the School of Consent. I coach and teach by creating safe, gentle, and engaging touch-based environments. Choice and the needs of the individual are at the centre of each learning experience I facilitate, whether in a group, a partnership, or with an individual.
Read more about me and my work at www.michaeldresser.co.uk
with Robyn Dalzen
I’m a somatic sex educator, coach and facilitator and co-founder of the School of Consent with Dr. Betty Martin. I support people who are interested in embodied living and embodied leadership that welcomes erotic fluency and expression. I’ve been working in this area for five years (after a 15 year career in leadership development in the environmental sector). Find out more at www.schoolofconsent.org
About the pricing
My work is about helping people get better at connecting. Currently I’m hearing a huge need from people to find ways to navigate not only reduced connection, but increased anxiety and overwhelm.
The simple yet profound practice this course offers is a great way to help calm the body, and regulate the nervous system, improving wellbeing and a sense of safety - something most of us could probably do with at the moment!
I’m offering 3 price options because I believe in the importance of choice, and I want to make it as accessible as possible for as many people.
I invite you to choose the option that feels most sincere for you right now.
Lots of folks out there need some tools to help cope with what’s going on, but I know there are also a lot of financial worries.
At less than £5 a day (cheaper than the average yoga class!) the Low Cost rate feels like something achievable - even if the purse strings are tightening.
And if you're lucky enough to be more financially secure right now please consider paying the Standard or Supportive rates and help me keep developing and delivering this work where it's needed.
Low Cost rate - £25
Standard rate - £45
Supportive rate - £60
I am also offering two free places for those with extremely limited resources who feel that this course would be of particular benefit to them right now. To enquire about this option please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know a little more about your circumstances, and how you believe the course might make a positive difference to your life at this time.
"A powerful learning experience. I appreciate the gentleness of Michael's approach."
2019 workshop participant
"A great course with knowledge that should be more widely known about in society!"
2019 workshop participant
"Michael is a gifted communicator and facilitator...this is a tool for life and I'm so grateful."