Projects and partners (International)

Ars Erotica Foundation has started in October 2013 a year long cooperation within the frame of the Pestalozzi Programme of the Council of Europe:

We gathered first in Strasbourg to share experience, to talk, to learn together and to work out teaching methods, develop ideas about holistic sexuality/sex education in schools. There are participants, teachers, trainers, sex-educators, professionals from all over Europe and I am proud that we are three only from Hungary, Séllei Györgyi, Andics Attila and me. It is a great opportunity to officialy put the Council of Europe’s logo on the pussy pillow…

more about the program…

Body in Culture – Culture in Body – international conference on culture and body in adult trainings

We’re happy to invite you to our conference BODY IN CULTURE – CULTURE IN BODY!

An international conference on culture, body, gender, health, sexuality in adult trainings.

This two days event will close our BODY Project, and will be an occasion to show, share, discuss about what we have learnt and developed in this collaboration.

It will be held on 11th-12th September 2013, in Bruges, Belgium (Provinciehuis BoeverbosKoning Leopold III-laan 41, 8200 Sint-Andries Belgium)

click for the full program of the conference here!

Grundtvig – Life Long Learning Programme

Partnership Project 2011-2014


Partner organizations in this project have been involved in research and training activities in the intersection of cultural diversity and body (Elan Interculturel) gender (MHTConsult, CESIE, Elan Interculturel, Ars Erotica Foundation), disability (KVG), and sexuality (Ars Erotica Foundation, CESIE, KVG.).  It is our common observation both in research and training that factors related to the body and gender become ‘sensitive zones’ in cultural contact zones. Yet the resources available – both theoretical and practical – are rather scarce.  Engagement in an applied research on cultural differences in gender, body and sexuality and the translation of the results into applicable training materials and trainings is in line with our strategic objectives.


Closing conference of the BODY project

11th-12th September 2013
Bruges, Belgium

Application deadline for support for participants: 30th April 2013

A conference on culture, body, gender, health, sexuality in adult trainings…

BODY is a two-year Grundtvig project, which is funded by the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme, Grundtvig. The BODY project has the overall aim to explore how our perception of the body and body-related themes such as health, disease, gender, age, sexuality and disability is influenced by cultural differences and on the same affects our intercultural communication. Furthermore, the goal is to provide exemplary knowledge and experience on how professionals can handle cultural differences linked to the body in an appreciative and respectful way, when being in contact with citizens and users. It may apply to adult teachers and trainers as well as counsellors, integration workers, health workers, social workers, job consultants, sexual supervisors, disability consultants and other frontline staff all over Europe.
Based on the specific method of critical Incidents proposed by Margalit Cohen-Emerique, the partners in the BODY project have collected and analysed a large number of concrete examples of how professionals in many different contexts have experienced and handled “culture shock” in reference to cultural perceptions of the body and body-related themes such as disability and sexuality etc. We also identified a wide range of examples that illustrate how people around Europe through professional cultural encounters have developed best practices to accommodate cultural differences in body language and body image. The best practices all operate in the intersection between culture and body where intercultural empathy and respect have overcome the communication challenges and barriers that traditionally are known to be linked to the specific communication of the body.

We invite to participate:
Trainers involved in adult education, in particular working with multicultural groups
Teachers, trainers of body-related activities (dance, sport, yoga etc.)
Social workers, health professionals performing educational activities
Students of adult education

Why participate?
• Propose interactive workshop sessions
• Bring your practices, approaches to share with others
• Come to attend and exchange with others, learn from others

How to participate?
For participants involved in adult education in LLP countries individual mobility grants can be applied for at your national agencies. The deadline for applications is the 30th of April. You will need to attach a letter of acceptance on behalf of the organiser Elan Interculturel. Please contact us by the 28th of April to leave time for the issuing of the acceptance letters.


The conference includes:
Plenary sessions
Open space for discussions and exhibition
Interactive workshop sessions

more information at


the conference is up in the Grundtvig catalogue here: reference number: FR-2013-444-001

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