“I have done a few different types of retreats with similar topics, put on by various teachers of alternative backgrounds, ranging in cost from$30-$6000, all in a 6 month period. Although I began this journey of self discovery with hesitation, when I saw Happy Touch’s two-day workshop in Canada just 5 days away, I knew that regardless of the extreme effort it would take, logistically and financially in that amount of time, I had to do it. The facilitators go above and beyond in not only making their presentations open, welcoming and accessible, but relevant and knowledge packed to meet each attendee where they are. Out of all of the similar work I have done, I would trade every moment for their first 2 day retreat all over again, as I still sit here with my mind blasted wide open and ready to return to Canada.”
“I walked into the 2-day workshop with a fair amount of anxiety about what to expect. This fear was immediately quelled by the folks at Happy Touch, who created a space that felt warm, welcoming, and most importantly safe. The information was incredibly valuable and shared in an engaging and playful manner. Learning this stuff then immediately putting it into practice was beautiful, and I really felt confident that I understood the tools thoroughly. Cosmo and Caitlin’s passion in this field really shone through, and by the end of the workshop, I didn’t want to leave! I left feeling truly transformed. I highly, highly recommend this workshop – it has completely changed the way I approach every relationship in my life. Thank you Happy Touch!”
“Caitlin K. Roberts and Cosmo Meens created a truly amazing and powerfully safe and generous space to share their profound teachings and passion for human pleasure this weekend!! Wow!!! Highly recommend that all humans that believe and desire pleasure and want to gather skills to unlocking your unique body’s requests connect with these two and what they are offering the world!! Honoured and grateful 10/10!!!”
“Immediately after our session I felt calm, peaceful and comfortable in my body. It was essentially the same post-tx feeling I get from a massage, when a practitioner has provided me with a calm space to unravel somatic fear.
The following day I went on a hike with my partner and could feel my hips and pelvis “move” better and felt more proprioceptive ability. For example, jumping over big rocks and stepping over gaps in boulders – my left hip and pelvic floor felt more engaged, almost butterfly-tingly as I moved.
Emotionally, I felt more encouraged to seek connection and compassion for my trauma and injuries. I felt like working with you was a big jump off point – being direct in asking for help. Reducing shame has been a focus of mine for the past few months, particularly around having a female body and feeling forced into “playing along” with that identity.It’s ridiculous, and not a belief that a hold, but something I feel has been instilled in me – “men” should be sexual, “women” should be prudent. I’ve struggled with the virgin-whore paradigm my whole adult life, and all the while feeling too masculine in my sexual brain, but feminine (meek, shameful, undeserving) in my body. A battle of thought vs action.I felt like during our session I was cognizant of this struggle, and as you asked for direction, guidance and assertion of what I wanted, I managed to somehow walk down the middle of these polar beliefs. Does that make sense? Instead of fearing the outcome of being too “anything”, I trusted in your professionalism and compassion to provide a safe environment to “just be”.”
“Just wanted to let you know that my experience working with you two is still unfolding powerfully! The wheel of consent framework is such a simple concept, but looking through that lens reveals so much that can often get lost in subtleties. [My partner] is really loving it as well and there has already been a big shift in how we communicate and relate to each other and others.”
“In terms of the somatic body work, it helped me identify how I experienced my body and my mind as two different entities. I realized my mind is often not grounded in my body. I would get anxious and overwhelmed in both work and relationship scenarios and it would feel like my mind was floating away, with my body left behind. Oftentimes, that anxiousness looked and felt the same in both the sexual and work scenarios, but I had never made that connection.
Once we identified those scenarios, how my body reacted and how it felt, [my practitioner] gave me exercises to help bridge my mind and body, and to help calm myself before the anxiousness sets in. I have put this practice to use many times at work and in relationships with my family and friends and I have found it is extremely grounding and helps me get through the day. I have yet to put it into practice with another person in a sexual context. While I know that is going to be a unique challenge, I have a wellspring of experiences in other contexts to draw upon, and the verbal skills to be able to talk about my anxieties in a safe and healthy way.
Altogether, [somatic sex education sessions] have given me a toolbox with which to examine my boundaries both within personal relationship and work relationships. I know this work is lifelong, and I am so glad I can turn to this work when I want to move on to the next-step, or help ground myself in the practice I am currently doing. The relationship we have with our minds and bodies is the most important relationship we will ever build. [My practitioner] is helping me build that relationship literally from my head to my toes, from my mind to my soul! I am so grateful I have her as a resource and would recommend her to anyone looking to build a relationship with themselves and others.
“I have been attending 1-to-1 somatic sex therapy since the middle of the summer and last week I completed my fifth session with Caitlin. In the past couple of weeks, Caitlin has helped me unlock things in my body and mind that I was completely unaware of. The changes I have noticed in such a short period of time make me borderline speechless.
Going into these sessions, my main goal initially was to achieve a better understanding of my sexual identity. I was seeking answers to questions that I wasn’t entirely sure of, but was starting to feel like there was a lot more vibes presenting themselves than what I knew about myself.
Caitlin has not only been able to steer me in the right direction, but has taught me so much. I feel so much more in control of my body, feelings, sensations, my mental state and even my demons. I have found a genuine true love for myself and my body which I have struggled to understand for the entire 28 years that I have been on this planet.”