Join us for an experiential workshop series specifically created for trans masculine folks who have completed top surgery; holding space in community to explore grief, consent and pleasure from an embodied understanding.
Throughout the process of pursuing top surgery you can become so focused on the final outcome that you have to compartmentalize the myriad of emotions that are felt along the way. The medical team can prepare you for the healing process from surgery, but doesn’t have the knowledge or the capacity to teach you how to explore pleasure in your body as it is in this moment. Quite often you overlook certain losses and the grief that come with them to focus on the fact that you finally have had your surgery. This is a space to express the fullness of your experience and learn skills to support your body and your pleasure.
This offering is our love letter to post-op trans masculine spectrum people.
Session One: Establishing the Group Container
Session Two: Dipping Our Toes into Grief
Session Three: Learn and Practice Embodied Consent
Session Four: Individual Pleasure Practices to Expand Erotic Possibility
Location: Private Zoom Room with Captions
Dates: Saturdays in September 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th
Time: 10am-12pm PST
Cost: Sliding Scale $125-$250 (If you have the means to pay more so others can pay less please do.)
Please check out our fundraising efforts to support future students access to scholarships and bursaries for hands on scar support bodywork. LINK to Community Care Fund
Space for 10-15 participants.
I appreciate the small group. Originally, I wanted a larger group so I could hide and not necessarily contribute but the smallness allowed for a really intimate connection and for me to actually share my experience in ways I do not normally. This workshop helped me hold grief for something that also brought me the deepest sense of joy and presence in my body. Both can exist together and must be honored. Thank you for that. I am deeply appreciative of this experience.
- anon -
What did you take away from this workshop?
I have the choice to give consent or to withhold it. I can embody that power of choice. My scars are a part of me and I can live in this body and experience pleasure. I can know with 100% certainty that top surgery was the right decision for me, and still experience grief about losing a part of my body.
- Ellis -
Jess DeVries (she/her) is a queer cisgender somatic sex and intimacy coach trained in the Somatica method and trained in somatic sex education and sexological bodywork. She primarily serves the queer/trans community to support folks in reclaiming body autonomy and to inspire curiosity about pleasure and sexual expression including expanding possibilities of what sex can be and guiding folks to define and pursue pleasure on their own terms. In addition to her pleasure work, she is a grief advocate who regularly facilitates spaces for people to grieve, inviting the wisdom of the body to guide the grief process. She understands that there is a deep kinship between pleasure and grief and believes that they both deserve to be tended as full experiences of our humanity.
Kori is a trans non-binary educator with a background in sexual health and harm reduction. They are based in Lekwungan Territories (colonial Victoria, BC) and are a student of the Institute of Somatic Sex Education. Their work with groups and individuals around personal and collective liberation has been punctuated as they took time to gestate and parent a child, have top surgery, care for a partner with cancer, have bottom surgery, and has mostly been online since spring of 2020. Their experiences with gender affirming surgeries included numerous complications and their recovery work included being a student in the first iteration of Pleasure (your) Chest, as well as extensive interdisciplinary body work and self care. They descend from European settlers and walk through the world with access usually granted to white men; utilizing these privileges with integrity is a project that they try to approach with humility and nuance.