Archive for the ‘Abundance’ Category

Coming UP!
Sunday January 29th
at the Awaken Studio Toronto
Pleasure Rituals for Men

Registration and Information on line:
www.phillipcoupal.ca/event-2316614

Questions and Information
phillip@phillipcoupal.ca

Awaken Studio Toronto  Pleasure Rituals for Men  Registration and Information on line: www.phillipcoupal.ca/event-2316614

Awaken Studio Toronto
Pleasure Rituals for Men
Registration and Information on line:
http://www.phillipcoupal.ca/event-2316614

Coming UP!
Saturday January 28th
at the Awaken Studio Toronto
Self Pleasure – Guided Mindful Erotic Information

Registration and Information on line:
www.phillipcoupal.ca/event-2311149

Questions and Information
phillip@phillipcoupal.ca

Awaken Studio Toronto  Self Pleasure - Guided Mindful Erotic Information  Registration and Information on line: www.phillipcoupal.ca/event-2311149

Awaken Studio Toronto
Self Pleasure – Guided Mindful Erotic Information
Registration and Information on line:
http://www.phillipcoupal.ca/event-2311149

Celebrating the Awaken Studio Toronto
Joyful as men gather to embody the simple undertaking of holding each other with compassion, grace and benevolence.
Explore Embodied Erotic Experience

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Believe – The power of gratitude

2016 – Lots of lessons.
I am grateful for 2016! I have the absolute joy of turning 60 and celebrating everything that all those years have given me.
I am grateful to be able to live and breath, love and give, tantalizing myself close to the threshold of 2017.

I plan to fill this new year with celebrations as I bring the Awaken Studio into the next decade. The most extraordinary gift of 2016 was my deep realization of how special, magical and awesome the creation of the Awaken Studio has been. This place has transformed my life and my vision of who I am. This place and the outreach that it has within the community has brought energy and vitality to the magic that we are able to communally create.

I am filled with joy as men gather and embody the simple undertaking of holding each other with compassion, grace and benevolence.

#awakenstudiotoronto #phillipcoupalcounsellingcoachingbodywork#divinemasculine #sacredmaleenergy #embodiedexploration#gaymenexploretantratoronto

I am eternally grateful for the men who move through my life.


I am dedicated to creating safety, acceptance and a resounding welcome for diversity.
I am fervent about bringing compassion, grace and benevolence to the world.
I am always curious and I am forever treading into new territory.

I am happy when men will ask another question, seek more information, hang out long enough to create balance and harmony.

I my heart breaks and I am sad when men flee, run away or retreat from a journey into understanding, information and knowledge. This turning away saddens me not because of what I lose. This turning away saddens me at the forfeit of any potential that there is for the movement of more loving, kind and compassionate male energy into the universe.

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Dreaming at the Awaken Studio Toronto

An amazing Coaching session this morning.
A question became the culmination of an intense conversation.
“What would I like to see in my lifetime?”
That question then flushed out with a pondering of:
“What I dream of?”
“What do I want to see in the future?”
“What is playing in my wildest mind?”


I found these questions glorious being asked on a day that holds so much promise. I found the freedom there can be as I simply hold my dreams. Holding space for all the potential that there can be. I found the power in letting my fantasy of the future swirl into the energies that I bring to the present and emboldened by the force of will that the past has taken. All this reminding me that what I dream of and envision today can become the reality of the future.

I love this premise so much. I love the learning that I have had over the past 10 years as I have lived my dream, brought forward my fantasies and desires for what life will be. Over all these years I have come to the knowing that what I dream I create! I have so much gratitude and strength from knowing that the dreams I hold are the reality that I create.

Come along and dream with me!
Come along and dream really big with me!
Come and let’s dream together!

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” John Lennon

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10 Years at the Awaken Studio -♥- 15 Years of working with Men and their Lives -♥- A LIFE TIME of dreams.
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Excited as I create the spaces and openings for the coming year at the Awaken Studio. 10 years of growth for this sanctuary opening the deepest parts of our shared humanity.
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This preparation over the next month begins my moving into the 10th year of offering the work of guiding men into their bodies through a pathway leading to their hearts. Using breath, movement, touch and awareness men can find themselves in peaceful loving places.
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2016 and 2017 marks the 15th year of working with men, their lives, their hearts and minds and bodies.
In 2001 my work was with the minds of men and focused on emotion.
In 2007 my work shifted to include the physical body.
In 2007 I embarked on a journey that would bring me to the curious, lovely and poignant place I have been able to occupy.
In 2012 a great shift happened as moved into taking much more space.
Today the space of the Awaken Studio has developed into a sanctuary that is able to hold a container welcoming of all men.
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I am so blessed by the great fortune that I have had, to be able to open a space and create a physical environment where men can safely occupy their bodies, embrace themselves and others, opening their hearts to their deepest desires and the open their minds to their greatest potential.
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Awaken Studio Toronto www.phillipcoupal.ca

Awaken Studio Toronto http://www.phillipcoupal.ca

Awaken Studio Toronto www.phillipcoupal.ca

Awaken Studio Toronto http://www.phillipcoupal.ca

I am so tired of the voices of hatred, derision and division… All in the name of a gigantic corporate fabrication… All in the name of what is America… All in the name of what is resistance… All in the name of progress…
To be told, “You don’t know anything about persecution!”
The lives of many gay men are filled with visceral and violent experiences of hatred, loathing, shunning, verbal, mental and physical abuse.
To be told that these men know nothing of discrimination, hatred and sexist homophobia is, to me, intolerable.
Shout out! Shout out you message of hatred!
Tell your message to the 6 year old who is shunned because he plays with a different set of toys… Tell that your message to the 12 year old pushed, shoved, shouted at and pushed down to the ground as those around kicked….Tell your message to the 14 year old who was ridiculed, shamed and beaten simply for being different… Tell your message to the 15 year old hijacked and dropped in the woods 10 miles out town… Tell your message to the 16 year old whose cloths were laced with lye and had burns all over his body… Tell your message to the 17 year old who was teased, ridiculed punched, kicked, beaten all because his cloths were different…Tell your message to the 18 year old who was told don’t worry you will get over it… Tell your message to to the 25 year old that he “can not see his lover” in the emergency room, unconscious, lying in a coma in a shrouded deathly hospital bed… Tell your message to the 28 year old that he is not family and that his LOVE is illegal… Tell your message to the 30 year old that those guys who are going to beat you are justified because you live your life out loud and proud, that he has no RIGHT to be GAY and so QUEER…Tell your message to the 35 year old store owner whose windows were egged by those who could only hate… Tell your message to the 40 year old who is told that it is better to be a man than gay… Tell your message to the 45 year old who was told another friend has died, another loved one has been taken… Tell your message to the 50 year old that his voice is irrelevant and no one cares about what he wants for his community… Tell your message to the 55 year old who was able to conquer a life filled with loathing and bring love and tenderness back to his family.
No angry message of hatred can penetrate. No angry message of hatred can derail my life. I have lived far too long and have too much PRIDE for my life and for the accomplishments and successes that I have brought to the world. Your message of hatred and exclusion could never convert me and have me think that I am anything but positive, inclusive and welcoming of all diversity in my life. You unknowingly, paint me with a brush filled with your anger, hatred and loathing. This poisonous brush seems to cover all men, all white men, all gay white men. You and your egregious and righteous anger can never, ever convince me that I am a racist, that I know nothing but privilege, that I am exclusionary and that I am intolerant. You know nothing of my life and you know nothing of what I have been through to get to where I am today.
Out of the pain and hurt that I have felt all of my life, your message of hatred will fall on deaf ears. Your message of hatred, divisiveness and exclusion will fall silent to me. I will go on with my life. You will go on with your rage filled existence. I will continue to give and partake in community, life, happiness, joy and and love. BECAUSE I am GAY!
BECAUSE I have all of these HURTS!
BECAUSE I have lived my life to the fullest and richest that I can possibly have ever dreamt of.
BECAUSE I have given myself every opportunity I could possible take despite the poverty, adversity, hatred and prejudice that I have learned to live with.
BECAUSE I have learned to utilize your hatred to my greatest advantage.
PRIDE 2016 Toronto

PRIDE 2016 Toronto

Someone asked me “What got me interested in doing what I do?” My response took some time as I needed to go through a few layers.

Right down at the bottom was that there was nothing here in Toronto that offered me what I was looking for. A safe place for me to gather with other men, to talk, touch and simply be myself without judgement and without having to become someone that I was not.

As a part of the story, I had travelled often to the United States to participate and assist in the events that offered what I was looking for. I wanted more of this and I wanted it with the people who are directly in my life on a day to day basis. I was tired of travelling. I was tired of making myself fit the corporate image that was demanded of me to be a part of these practices, for men coming together to be themselves as they related with other men. In my travels I had learned extensively about “holding space”, “creating a safe and uplifting environment” and ultimately I had learned that one of my strengths was that I could be myself, relaxed and loving as I welcomed men into the spaces and places of my dreams. I could find myself and be myself as I supported the men around me to be themselves.

The beginning of the Awaken Studio took place here in Toronto in March of 2012 as I prepared to offer this space for many events as a part of a very diverse program. The “NEW Beginning” really took place a few months later as I realized that I was totally and profoundly alone and on my own. I realized that my travelling days were behind me and that I simply needed to stand in my own ability to create, innovate and be exactly who I wanted to be. I had to give myself permission to cut the ties and simply be me and go for what I wanted and what I had dreamed of all of my life.

From the beginning, back in 2012 and even before that, for what seems to me to be all of time, I have grown and developed and found myself. I have explored and discovered the strength to stand on my own as I accept help, love and support from those around me. I have learned and found how to transform fear and uncertainty into permission to move forward fearlessly.

As an ongoing practice of my life I express gratitude on a daily basis. Today I find that I am profoundly grateful for the teachers that have brought me to this place. I can even say that I am profoundly grateful for those who have done their best to belittle me, tell me that I am irrelevant, that I will not succeed and that I am misguided for doing this on my own, I am actually able to be thankful to these bullies and miss guided souls.   I am profoundly grateful for the men who I interact with daily for they are the reason that I live. I am profoundly grateful for my husband of over 40 years as he is the reason that I can love the way I do.

The Happy Ending is not nearly so fraught with angst and fear as the New Beginning. The Happy Ending is really an ongoing opening into the world as I become more and more myself, grateful everyday for the world around me and the LOVE and BEAUTY that supports me and nourishes me.

LOVE – LIGHT and Blessings to all.

Awaken Studio Toronto www.phillipcoupal.ca

Awaken Studio Toronto http://www.phillipcoupal.ca

Awaken Studio Toronto www.phillipcoupal.ca

Awaken Studio Toronto http://www.phillipcoupal.ca

Sunday coming up…
Join a group of whole hearted men who are willing to explore within the sacred realms of desire, pleasure and intimacy.
Join an experience that is fresh and bold and deeply satisfying.
Join in an invitation to create abundant peace within the human body nurturing a greater understanding of unconditional loving regard and the practice of loving kindness.
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Registration here: http://www.phillipcoupal.ca/event-2006736

Men 4 Men Touch Exchange - Sensual Touch with Tantric Exploration at the Awaken Studio Toronto

Men 4 Men Touch Exchange – Sensual Touch with Tantric Exploration at the Awaken Studio Toronto