I hope you have digested the trip report Part 1. If not, go back to get the context of my trip to Eastern Europe in May, 2014. Riding the rails to the seaside of Poland, reminiscent of the Orient Express mystique, set us up for a delicious break from the Berlin-Warsaw trainings. I can’t wait to return to my new beloved country of Poland, and revisit the beauty and charm of Gdansk and Sopot. We spent two short days on the coast. The last day was soaked in a downpour with high winds in the old city square like a flash mob of nature’s wrath. The hub of carts with handcrafted items for sale changed from a calm display of vendors covered by colorful umbrellas to mayhem as they all scampered to shelter for the duration of the short storm. We watched with a bit of concern as though a Mistral wind had made its way into the town square, while we sipped espressos under our own sturdy cafe umbrella. From our breakfast in Gdansk we drove that afternoon all the way back to Warsaw to stay with our Host Coordinator for this trip, Dr. Agata, at her elegant digs.
Each night in Warsaw we indulged ourselves at a different restaurant, tasting the wide array of cuisines in her local neighborhood, ranging from classical Polish, French, Italian, Indian, Thai to a steady diet of fresh baked French baguettes with runny soft cheese and free range eggs for breakfast each day in our apartment. Even running out for a steamy brewed coffee in the mornings was a new ritual that filled me with anticipation of each new day.
We had the privilege of leading another SAR at Sensi, the beautiful serene healing space and therapy center in a quaint district of the city. This SAR we hosted amazing speakers, including Karo Aquabal–on “Free Love” poly community and ideology~
A wonderful “Trans” male speaker shared his story, and a segment on “BDSM” featured a married couple who offered live performance art right there in the meeting room, complete with a makeshift but well constructed teepee structure where he adroitly put his large breasted wife into extreme rope bondage (Shibari style), hoisted her pretzel like shape up into the air, dangling in submission to his deft skills, then as a finale poured red candle wax over her skin. It was riveting and thrilling to see the dominance/submission in motion and in the room. I always believe that any sensitivity training, especially in the sexology field, must be EXPERIENTIAL. “Experience is more important than words” is the mantra we heard spoken on the trip. As I always coach my students and trainees, it’s one level to read about it, another to watch the video or YouTube, another to be live in the space with it, and yet another to do it! The end of this SAR was as poignant as others, with tearful emotional clearings of gratitude and joyful relief at the journey to self discovery for our participants.
We love training the sexuality professionals in Poland. The Poles to me are some of the most intelligent yet sensitively feeling people I’ve ever met. Many of the women –including translators and facilitators for our programs–are the new guard, leading the way to sexual freedom. Hear ye, hear ye!
Warsaw is a vast, culturally rich and fascinating city–with charming old world classical buildings sprinkled with dazzling modern architecture. It is a pulsating hub of culture, commerce and fun. I especially love the heart of the old city, with its cobblestone streets and narrow walkways, intriguing shops, artful displays, limitless restaurants and of course the people themselves. The old center also houses the Tantra Temple, one of my favorite places I have ever been, the site of chilling history, imbued with an uncanny palpable energy, and beautiful beyond description. There you can attend ceremonies, classes and witness how sacred unions happen for those seeking the spiritual journey of Buddhist tantra as a life path.
For the three days after the SAR I led a powerful Clinical Sexology Skills Training for 20 sexuality professionals, with a simultaneous translation into Polish. Walking the environs near the industrial loft that was our training location was fun and enriching.
Our training group came for miles around and we spent three days learning the basic approaches for working with clients with sexual issues: Sensate Focus, PLISSIT and MEBES. If any of these are not familiar to you, it’s time for you to consider coming to one of my live trainings. If you are a person with a sexual concern or what I like to call a “sexual or relationship roadblock”, then book some private time with me to help you unblock and reach your ultimate sexual goals. That’s my mission: to bring sexual healing to the world, one person at a time.
So, I hope you have enjoyed my trip reports.
See you on the tarmac!
xo, Dr. Patti