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The Bonobo Experience Retreats

Autumn Retreat

When: 2nd - 8th September 2019

Where: Lapigasse, Normandy, France

Cost:

  • £450 Camping with meals

  • £500 housed with meals

Take this opportunity to escape the concrete jungle and enjoy the beautiful Normandy countryside. Immerse yourself in the lazy and loving culture of the Bonobo. Live simply and enjoy a deep sense of belonging. This retreat offers us the chance to see how we can sleep, play and eat with one another, just like bonobos do.

An immersive retreat to develop a sense of connection and belonging through all aspects of tribal living. We will be:

  • creating a big shared sleeping space

  • preparing simple meals together.

  • creating a space that will allow us to just be and discover what happens when we let go of doing.

  • being silly and playing in nature

  • taking time to reflect on our journeys, alone and in groups

Whilst we invite you to fully immerse yourself into the tribe, we do understand that you might want some time out. We invite you to bring you own tent or book one of beds in the house. There are a limited number of beds which are in shared rooms.

Our Experienced team will be on hand to support you through your process.

Book your place and join us for this exciting adventure

We Adopted a bonobo.
That’s awesome!!! Had a great time!
Thank you for what you do to make
this world a better place for humans and animals alike!
— Anna

What to expect

This is a shared group experience using bonobo culture as our guide. This event is not exclusively about sexual connection (though it's welcome here!), but more about tapping into the essence of pure PLAY within a tribe which creatively tackles disharmony through PLEASURE! We'll be using, gestures, sounds, laughter, art, massage, food, forest games and nest building as entryways into an experience of full-body pleasure!  

In order to help each participant to connect with their inner bonobo we have developed an organic process of ritual and play which allows us to dive into the spirit of the bonobo and learn from their culture.  Leaving the cares and constraints of our everyday human-ness behind we start to bond and engage with the bonobos around us and to experience life through their eyes in a really powerful way.

There will be ample time to engage and learn from each other in this new yet ancient way. We will expand our ideas around sexuality and work through themes like belonging and connection, using games and role-play, pleasuring and sexual playfulness. By using playful connection we'll explore new modes of communication.

All activities are optional

  • Consent is a guiding principle in the bonobo experience, everything we do is an invitation.

  • We strongly encourage all participants to tune into their individual needs in every moment.

  • We welcome your YES and your NO.

MONKEY BUSINESS

  • Experience, connection in a safe playful space.

  • Understand how we can communicate though touch.

  • Cook and share food to create trust and eroticism.

  • Take pleasure in bonding and grooming in nature.

  • Cultivate a sense of belonging.

  • Understand how bonobos use sexuality.

  • Use art to communicate.

  • Work together to build a shelter.

  • Play Forest games.

  • indulge yourself in the playful spirit of the bonobo.

  • Raise awareness of bonobos.