Who are you and what are you passionate about? What is your calling or work in the world?
I am a learner, a seeker, someone who is always curious – curious about myself, the present moment, and the world. I am passionate about learning and joy. And to me, as a Black trans man, the joy of those who have been oppressed is itself revolutionary. To create the conditions for more joy for us means the world has to change.
Who have you learned from? What are your lineages?
One of my most important lineages is the lineage of scientific inquiry. My Buddhist practice is in the Vipassana/Thai Forest Tradition, and I learned from many teachers in that tradition. I have a long Authentic Movement practice, primarily working with Lysa Castro. I’m learning classical Tantra from Mark Fleming. I have also learned from a wide variety of other teachers, including the Earth.
What inspires you (to keep going, to do your work, to get out of bed in the morning)?
The deep quiet of where I live is probably what makes it possible for me to get out of bed every morning. Greeting the day hearing almost nothing but birds and frogs, and drips of fog falling from leaves on the trees. I am inspired by how incredibly robust and insistent life is – how it pops up in so many places. What also inspires me is seeing other people live their best authentic lives.
What are you most excited about for EroSomatics? Why are you part of EroSomatics? What do you hope we’ll do, change, accomplish?
I am super excited to be a part of the EroSomatics team. Joy and pleasure are revolutionary, and learning about our bodies, and how to live fully in our bodies, learning all that our bodies have to teach us – this is so important to me, and it’s central to what we’ll be doing. I want us to create spaces where everyone, regardless of race, class, ability, gender, sexuality, or neurodivergence, can deeply explore, know and live in their bodies, explore what the erotic and sensual mean to them, and find pleasure and joy.
I’m also especially excited about the intentionality with which we are working to be inclusive, and our own understanding that our conscious work together can create change.