Asheville Touch&Play

Touch & Play Asheville

Fertile Ground


April 12-15, 2018

Hosted by Kristen Chamberlin, Garrell Bivert, Moti Zemelman,

Michael Hurd, Julia Taylor & Travis Robb

Happening at:

Earthaven, EcoVillage

Blue Ridge Mountains, NC

Earthaven is located on 329 acres in culturally rich, biologically diverse western North Carolina. Our forested mountain land consists of three converging valleys with abundant streams, springs, gardens, labyrinth, scattered small shrines and other meditation spots to commune with self and nature. Our village is off-the-grid solar and hydro powered, dedicated to exploring and experimenting with as many aspects of green-minded and alternative living practices as possible. Walking through the village you will find many earth-build homes, outhouse-composting toilets, outdoor showers and skinny-dippers in the steams and ponds, livestock, open building projects, secluded wooded tent sites, larger camp grounds and plenty of woods & wildlife. Come enjoy it with us!

Fertile Ground

The upcoming (April 2018) Touch & Play-Asheville will explore the Fertile Ground cultivated in our lives and community when we embrace our primal nature –what it really means to be alive, free and connected. We build tools for conscious consent, courageous exploration and sensual, ecstatic play —with the idea that this just might be the most profound act of social change we can make in today’s world. The festival happens over four days, off-the-grid, in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina.

What is Touch & Play?

The Touch and Play Project is a movement emerging out of the International Contact Improv (CI) community, exploring beyond the traditional CI boundaries.

The Touch & Play Project started in Berlin, Germany in 2010 as an experiment in challenging traditionally held CI boundaries.  In the first festival, teachers of CI and a various other body-based practices, were invited to explore the ‘Chemistry in Contact’ by inviting participants’ to explore emotions, sexuality, aggression, politics and everything else traditionally kept out of the dance.

The success of the event reverberated through the European and N. American contact communities raising discussions on the boundaries of our practice and the perceived (un)safety of our attempts to exclude chemistry from our dances.

Successive T&P events have focused on the exploration of the ‘Edges of Contact’ by working one specific frontier (e.g. the Contact community, children & families, embodying intimacy) or by providing spaces where all edges are equally welcome. The T&P Project is run as a disseminated network of interested researchers, teachers and practitioners whereby any individual or group is encouraged to voice their own questions or concerns and to create a safe space to have them addressed in an authentic and playful manner.

Contact Improvisation continues to evolve. We invite you to be an active participant in its evolution.  When we create clarity around our verbal and non-verbal communication, it enhances our connections.  As we learn to articulate intentions, boundaries and desires in the dance more clearly & honestly, it deepens our capacity for authentic connection with ourselves, our partners and our community.


Cost (Sliding Scale)

We invite you to consider if you swim in a pond, lake or ocean, when it comes to finances, and choose accordingly.  Thanks! 

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*Some Scholarships & Work Study Available (Inquire)

Arrival Details

T&P Asheville official start time 9:30am on Thursday April 12, 2018. Please plan to arrive Wed. April 11 anytime after 12pm. Participants are encouraged to arrive no later than 9am on Thursday April 12, 2018, in order to leave time for registration, settling in before opening circle.

After you have registered online, additional arrival information including directions, Wed. evening offerings, and a list of items to bring, will be sent to you.

Local airports and driving time to Earthaven: Asheville, NC 45min. Greenville/Spartanburg, SC 90min. Charlotte, NC 120min.

Please ride share if possible. More specific information on lodging will be forthcoming when registration opens on Feb 1st, 2018.

If you want to know more about Earthaven check out their website HERE 


Registration opens Feb 1st

To Register click here to fill out the REGISTRATION FORM and p
ay in full by one of the following methods:

1. Paypal to:

2. Send Check to: Kristen Chamberlin, 117 Black Birch Trail, Florence, MA  01062

3. Pay in Cash (Only available if you pay Julia Taylor or Kristen Chamberlin in person)

Your spot is not guaranteed until your payment is received


(Scroll left/right within the spreedsheet to see all days.  Scroll below to see links to classes & teachers

Your Hosts

Kristen Chamberlin, MS, LMT, SEP, is a Massage & Somatic Therapist, parent and dancer, with 25 years experience in private practice, retreat facilitation and training.  She directs the Somatic Center ( in Northampton, MA with a focus on embodied approaches to healing; stress related medical conditions, trauma and Intimacy and Body-Awareness issues, drawing on Somatic Experiencing, Massage, Mindfulness, Himalayan Tantra, Dance and Yoga.  She is core teaching faculty at Institute for Sexuality Education and Enlightenment, and is founder of Tantric Ground (, a local Tantra learning community based on a direct lineage from Northern India.

Moti Zemelman, MFA, began practicing Contact Improv 30 years ago. Over the past 22 years he has taught and performed across USA, Canada, Central America, Mexico, Europe and Israel. In 2008-09 he taught as Professor of Dance at the Instituto Naciónal de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Over the last 10 years in his desire to integrate communication and intimacy skills in his life and teaching he has studied Non-violent Communication, Tantra, Butoh, and Byron Katie’s “The Work”. Moti has been a teacher and a board member at Earthdance Retreat Center.  He was an original member of Wire Monkey Dance Co., (Holyoke, MA, USA) and is a featured dancer in Sanford Lewis’ documentary film about CI “An Intimate Dance.” As a musician Moti plays vocal-electronic music for Contact Jams and in 2007 released his debut CD, Doorwaves.  He also designs and moderates the international Contact Improv resource website

Garrell Bevirt is a student, practitioner, and teacher of yoga and tantra. For the last two years he has been immersed in a full time, live in tantra/yoga/meditation/permaculture mentorship with Swami Ravi Rudra Bharati (Rudolph Ballentine, MD), who himself underwent twenty years of intensive training with his own guru, Swami Rama. Garrell has lived in community at Kalani in Hawaii, Easton Mountain in Albany, NY and now resides in and oversees Dancing Shiva Ashram and Retreat Center in the mountains of Western North Carolina. He has co-facilitated or assisted in workshops in Hawaii, North Carolina, South Carolina, Shalom Mountain and Tripura Sundari in upstate NY He is renowned for his high octane energy and his engaging personality.

Julia Taylor is an artist, dancer and performer. Long time contact improviser, she lead movement and contact improvisation classes and jams for many years in Asheville. Her dance is informed by Butoh dance, authentic movement, ritual and connection with nature. No matter the medium, her art is rooted in the powerfully feminine, untamed, and emotive Body, and emphasizes the mysteriousness of womanhood, sensuality, and the primal sides of the psyche. Since moving with her husband and two young children to Earthaven in the summer of 2015, she has been dedicated to cultivating a vibrant culture of art and dance and ceremony within the community.

Michael Hurd  is writing this biography (even THIS sentence) in the third person, because he thinks you’ll think he’s cool if you think someone else wrote his bio. He’s been doing contact Improv for 20 years and he still hasn’t done it right (or wrong). Along the way, he did 8 years residential Zen training, 4 months residential yoga training, got a Masters in Counseling and became an SEP (Somatic Experiencing Practitioner). He’s been practicing therapy for 5 years and has been a licensed General Contractor for 10 years. He first encountered NVC (Non-Violent Communication) almost two decades ago and still manages to put his foot in his mouth on a regular basis. He’s been facilitating and DJ’ing for ecstatic dances for 7 years, and He is NOT funny but if you picture him with horns he kinda looks like Pan.


Travis Robb is a dancer, carpenter, event-organizer and spiritualist. Born in California and raised in Australia, he spent nearly a decade studying personal and community healing-arts intensives in Maine. He went on to spend nearly another decade organizing TranceZenDance Tribe – conscious, healing dance events in Chicago. Travis has been an avid Contact Improvisation enthusiast for the last 15 years, performance artist and basic-skills CI teacher in various locations around the U.S and overseas. Currently living and building at Earthaven he is dedicated to living a life of truth, freedom and authenticity in alignment with a new vision for humanity.


INFO: E-mail Kristen: 

Or call:  Kristen 413.695.7478

Countdown to Playtime!