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I teach classes to support men and women to make better choices for themselves and each other through developing skills, practices, sensitivities, and qualities that will make them better lovers and better humans. I also produce events of all sizes for people to practice what they learned in classes, or simply to give a space for communities to explore and play.
Most of the events I create have some intimate qualities to them: permission and/or ways to explore connection, love, touch, consent. Teaching and creating events is something I have been doing for 13+ years, with very diverse settings and crowds. If you, your group or your community wish to explore or play, I can create the perfect event to do so (PS also ask me about my exclusive high-end group travel package where I design the epic intimate adventure of your dream for you and your closest group of friends)
Classes and events can happen at my home in Oakland (Northern California, USA) or anywhere (such as events and festivals) all around the world. Some of the festivals I've taught at include the Hawaii Tantra Festival, Envision Festival, Lightning In a Bottle, Enchanted Forest Festival, Awaken Festival, Lucidity Festival, EvolveLiveLA, Serenity Gathering, Ecstatic Festival, Bare Fest, Maniphest Festival, and many more.
Please contact me if you would like me to teach one of the classes below and/or create an event or class to fit your needs in your town or at one of your events or festivals.
Exquisite Love Classes
ESP Lab : Learning & Exploring Emotional, Somatic, and Primal Intelligence
Do you ever feel like the experiences that color your existence could be more vivid? That some tastes, emotions and feelings might be just beyond your reach? That there is a degree of embodiment and connection to nature that could be yours if you just took that next step? That there is a way to live life and feel reality that you know exists but haven't seen other than in dreams or perhaps medicine journeys?
Then this group and lab were designed for you.
ESP Lab is not about psychic powers, but when you begin to master emotional, somatic, and primal intelligence, it will certainly feel like super powers! ESP Lab will be an on-going class inviting the participants to learn connection through these three intelligences. Each evening will either be a class (facilitated by Philippe Lewis or another guest teacher), a practice session (related to a class the previous week), or an exploration (with specific agreements/boundaries). The classes will be open to everyone and there will be also a Deeper Taste path offered to those who are looking to do this work as an on-going and perhaps even a life-long practice, which will include one-on-one coaching, day-long classes and weekend gatherings, a deeper exploration of the 7 intelligences (intellectual, emotional, somatic, primal, spiritual, physical, social). Guest teachers will also be invited to teach on Tuesday night classes along for the public as well as for those on the Deep Taste path.
Classes will generally be on Tuesday nights 7-10pm in the San Francisco Bay Area.
What is emotional, somatic, and primal intelligence?
⭒ Emotional intelligence can be defined as the ability to connect and engage well with others and the world through feelings and emotions.
⭒ Somatic intelligence can be defined as the ability to connect and engage well with others and the world through our five senses.
⭒ Primal intelligence can be defined as the ability to connect and engage well with others and the world through our instinct and inner animal -- in other words, through the part/layer/aspect of us that lies below our the prefrontal cortex part of the brain.
Fifty Shades of Yes: A Class about Conscious Collaborative Consent
Consent is not about permission. Rather, it is about the ability of all present to connect and care for each other in order to create the trust necessary engage with everyone's sovereign YES. In this class, you'll learn to navigate the ever fluctuating levels of comfort arising moment to moment as you engage with your feelings, your pace, your desires and your boundaries. You'll learn how to make this happen again and again and again, with maximum pleasure and fun and without fear and doubt. Consent, when done right, is the simplest thing in the world: it is about connection, trust, empathy and creativity.
Attachment Theory: A New Way to Look at Relationships and Intimacy
Ever been in relationship and noticed how you or your partner seemed to be following a sort of unspoken emotional “script” or “dance” leading the two down a path where triggers, difficulties, arguments, challenges, insecurities, and limitations seemed to get the best of you? If you’ve been on this planet for long enough, you have noticed that these patterns are more or less repeated for you and your partners. You’ve seen yourself enter these relationships again and again and again, always knowing that something is up but never quite knowing WHY. Enter Attachment Theory, the remarkable view of relationships that seems to pretty much explain EVERYTHING about how people can be secure or insecure in relationship and how regardless of your attachment style you will be in relationship with people who are both. Knowing about attachment theory and recognizing and knowing how to work with people with various attachment styles is one of the single most useful skills you can have in life.
The Art and Practice of Nurturance (for Men)
Too often men are told in our culture that independence is key and needs are a weakness. But the truth is that needs are normal. Far from being signs of weakness, they are precisely how human beings bond and are meant to. For many men, the first step is to recognize that needs exist to be met without shame to those who have them. And this applies to their own needs which they have sublimated because of patriarchy and sexism. This work requires that they develop the skill of nurturance -- being attuned, available, responsive, and engaged -- in the absence of which disconnection that allows and supports oppression, objectification, rape culture is able to exist. In this class the men will learn the baby steps to recognize their needs and other people's needs and begin to grow their emotional capacity, intelligence, and maturity through gentle practices such as holding, feeling, attuning, responding, connection, support, compassion, and love.
Learning the Language of Touch
Remember the last time you touched someone who needed healing, and your hands seemingly "knew" where to go and what to do? Or perhaps it was that hug you gave to someone you were attracted to, and instead of completely releasing, your hands remained connected while you talked and stared into each other's eyes. And in those moments you felt -- perhaps fleetingly - that your voice wasn't the only part of you in conversation with this other being. That your heart and soul were communicating as well, through contact...This is what we call the language of touch.
The language of touch is quite different than body language -- or perhaps it is a subset of it. What most people mean by body language is postures and other visual signs that the body gives to other beings. The language of touch, on the other hand, happens only in the realm of touch and contact with others. It is the subtle conversation that the body has with the world around it. What "words" does your body understand and communicate? Are you *aware* of what is being communicated when your body is in contact with its surroundings, and especially living beings? What would it mean to be more conscious and skilled in speaking this language? This is what "The Language of Touch" is about.
This class will focus on touch as a language that can be learned and understood. In a society that focuses so much on verbal language, people are often confused by or even sometimes completely unaware of the subtle conversation that their bodies are constantly having with the environment around them -- and more specifically, with the people they connect with on the rare occasions that touch occurs.
This class will first focus on our awareness of touch, and then move to exploring the subtle messages carried through touch between people, and eventually move to creating specific intentions and messages with touch. Finally we will have conversations on topics such as relationships, intimacy, sensuality and sexuality, as touch is deeply involved in each of those areas, either as a communication tool or a source of fulfillment.
This is a class for anyone open to exploring touch as way to communicate with other. Please come prepared to experience giving and receiving safe loving touch. This is not a sensuality or sexuality class, though those topics will definitely be discussed. If you are a couple, you will be allowed to do all the exercises together if you wish and feel safer that way!
The Art of Sensation Play
In this fun, hot and playful class, you will begin to expand your repertoire of touch skills and role play. First you will learn simple yet powerful embodied ways to interact somatically with others such as caresses, nails, bites/nibbles, light hair pulling, grabbing, kissing, light spanking, pushing/pulling, wrestling/pinning, flirting/teasing, and more. Next, you will learn and practice simple fun roles to use these skills with, such as the inner animal, the god/goddess, the nymph, and the fairy. All skills and roles will be taught in a container of consent to make all engagements pleasurable and powerfully transformative for everyone.
"It was so great to take your class on sensual touch.... I learned a lot and I'm sad to have missed you're other class! I can't wait to talk with you more. I really appreciated your dynamism, realness and sense of humor!"
"While at a conference in Hawaii, I was fortunate to attend a workshop facilitated by Philippe. This workshop focused on very light BDSM techniques pretty much for beginners although I cannot say that everyone in attendance was a beginner. I certainly was very new to this aspect of play and I found it fascinating. Philippe demonstrated many techniques (biting, nails, pulling hair, spanking and more) -- all things that can either be extremely sensual or very scary to the recipient depending upon how they are delivered and the conversation that takes place ahead of time. Philippe was masterful at describing the conversation for agreement and then demonstrated each technique with a different volunteer from class. I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and found it to be stimulating, sensual and informative. Plus, I was the hair pulling model and I found it to be much more yummy than I anticipated. Check Philippe Lewis out! He's fun and hot! Blessings, Laurie Handlers www.ButterflyWorkshops.com"
A (Relationship) Survival Guide to Burning Man
So you’re going to Burning Man. With your partner/lover/boy/girl/friend. Didn’t people tell you it’s like taking your relationship through a Hero’s Journey? A crucible? Relationship suicide? Haven’t your heard countless tales of relationship demise at the hand of the man burning? But wait, what about the good stuff? The wild adventures? The Orgy Dome? The nights tripping the light fantastic? The dancing until sunrise, dusty, spent, and happy? Burning Man can truly be a wild ride, but you don’t have to go with your eyes closed. We can help. We have been to Burning Man more times than we can remember, and our relationship has not only survived (whew!), it has also thrived in this desert environment full of distractions, serendipity, desires, and boundaries. How did we do it? This is what this class is about: a selection of our best tips, planning, and techniques to bulletproof your relationship and give it the strength to go the extra mile. Because when you’re on the playa, you’ll need it in more ways than one.
The Art of Playfully Pushing Edges
So you know how to do consent well. You're familiar with people's yes'es, no's, and maybe's and you know how to navigate them well and safely for yourself and others. What's next? This "advanced" consent class will take you to the edge of "yes" and back, while giving you all the tools necessary to be a sovereign "maybe" as you explore uncharted territories of pleasure, sensuality, and play. Why would anyone want to play so far on the edge? While some people prefer to play in their safe "yes" zone (and in some cases, their even smaller "enthusiastic yes" area), others LOVE the mystery that comes with riding the edge of their feelings, the edge of their pace, the edge of their desires, and the edge of their boundaries.
Navigating Poly Relationships for Beginners/Advanced Players
Curious about what open/poly/non-monogamous relationships are all about? Or have you started on your journey with a few lovers but you feel like you might still be missing some key skills? In this day and age of ever multiplying relationship models, this class will teach you a variety of tools and perspectives to support you on your exploration and the discovery of the perfect most graceful and ethical way to have the multiple love relationships that you want. And, we will also explore the many ways having multiple relationships can be an expression of insecurity and inability to commit so you can get clear on the work that must be done inside yourself and/or in your relationship(s) in order to have greater relationship health moving forward.
The Art of Clearing Relationships Karma
Learn to clear deep issues between you and other human being! This class will teach you a very powerful and successful process to move from experience, to story, to feelings, to apology, to forgiveness, to letting go, so that karma can be cleared between you and anyone you are in conflict with or anyone you do not feel fully self-expressed with, so that you can care for each other better and with more love moving forward. This class does not require the attendance of the person you wish to clear with. It is designed to allow you to do the work you need to feel complete with this person regardless of their ability to meet you. In a way, it is simple and gentle grieving process to support you in your healing and growth.
The Healing of Mother & Father Wounds
We all have wounds we carry from our childhood, wounds we experienced with both our mother and father. In this experiential class each participants will have the opportunity to heal some of these wounds by giving voice to their inner child and the needs they have around their parents. In a way, this will be a chance for each inner child to receive the small but vital bit of reparenting and healing that has perhaps been missing until now.
The 9 Keys to Epic Relationships
With over 22 years of long term relationship experience, these are the 9 areas that have been shown to be the most useful to discover, explore, and master. Some of the topics we will cover are: values, apologies & forgiveness, expressing love, curiosity, discovering the richness and complexity of the other, pace, kindness & caring, generosity & compassion, commitment, and humor.
The Dance of Attraction and Flirting
This is an experiential class on the playful dance of flirting and attraction, from simple gaze, to dancing, to touch, and to pleasure.
The Journey to Love
How to Consciously Fall In Love: a path to explore falling in love with greater depth and consciousness than is normally available to most individuals.
Beyond Roles: The Play of The Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine
This class is about raising the conversation of any and all relationships to the level of the divine masculine and feminine, the third stage of David Deida.
Cultivating the 7 Intelligences for Healthy Living
This is a class on developing the 7 intelligences (emotional, somatic, spiritual, social, intellectual, physical, primal) for the greater enjoyment of sex, intimacy, life and relationships.
Learning the 5 Keys to Graceful Connections
This is a class on exploring engagements with others through the discovery of their 4 interpersonal traits (feelings, pace, desires, boundaries) and powerfully using consent to create more freedom in those engagements.
The 6 Steps to Powerfully Completing Relationships
This class on clearing relationships in 6 simple and powerful steps, from anger, to apology, to forgiveness, to gratitude, to the things you loved and the things you'll miss in the relationship, to finally saying goodbye. While this class does not require the presence of the person you with to complete with, but as with all interpersonal processes, we recommend that the person in question be either physically with you or at least powerfully present in your heart.