For me spring is about:
And! COMING ALIVE!
T.S. Eliot calls April ‘the cruelest month’ and I can see why. It takes the implacable force of nature’s hunger to push perennials up through the hard, cold earth towards the sun’s light, and to swell magnolia buds inside their casings until they break open, revealing huge many-hued blossoms. The sacred cycle of life, death and rebirth manifests continuously around and within us.
I feel my own body quicken, eager to reach for new challenges. But, just as the shoots, leaves and flowers all reach for the sun, never losing the support of their deeply planted roots – I must maintain my own connection to what holds me – the generous embrace of the earth and the love of my community.
For all of this – I am infinitely grateful!
Authentic Movement and Relationship – A Spiritual Path
Saturday, May 4th
10 am – 5 pm
The Russian Hall, 600 Campbell Avenue
$135 – $120 if registered before April 15th
10% discount for the underemployed or students
All Levels Welcome
Authentic Movement is a process involving movement in the presence of a supportive witness. Practicing conscious embodied relationship is the essence of this form: relationship to oneself, to others, and to that which is greater than human.
Through the witnessing, this practice offers the gift of feeling seen and received with complete acceptance, thus strengthening self love and acceptance, and the ability to accept others with loving trust.
In this day-long retreat, participants will explore this form to practice giving and receiving love on a cellular level.
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In this introduction participants will learn the form of Authentic Movement. They will explore the roles of mover and witness to gain a deeper understanding and acceptance of their embodied experience in all areas of their lives.
Authentic Movement and Performance
Using Authentic Movement to access and manifest deeper levels of our selves, we may enrich our presence in performance, enhance creative exploration, and increase awareness and trust of the body. The form of Authentic Movement is especially useful for dancers and actors.
Our need to pray is as ancient and central to life as our breath. In this workshop, we listen to the prayers moving in and through our bodies using guided visualization and structured movement improvisation. By joining body, mind and spirit to dance our prayers, we celebrate ourselves and the earth as miracles of Creation.
Moving with Spirit: Ecstatic Body Postures and Authentic Movement
Learn to journey to the realms of Non-ordinary Reality using Ecstatic Body Postures and integrate the teachings of spirit into conscious awareness with Authentic Movement. Discovered by anthropologist Felicitas Goodman, Ecstatic Body Postures are a sacred technology used by our elders thousands of years ago to commune with the world of spirit for healing, divination, and ritual celebration. Now, to regain access to these realms, practitioners hold a posture from an early indigenous culture, accompanied by drum or rattle, and enter a visionary trance state. In this workshop, we will explore both practices to connect with our ancient roots and the guidance of spirit. Transformed by these gifts, we will feel our place in the web of life and a compassionate acceptance of all being.
Embodying the Roles We Play
This workshop begins by embodying our unconscious realms through Authentic Movement, inviting the emerging parts of ourselves to dance their roles. Then, using the playful tools of drama therapy, we will discover and enact the stories that wish to be revealed.
Hunger Spirit and the Body
A split between our bodies, minds, and spirits can leave us feeling profoundly starved. This workshop uses movement, art, and creative writing to investigate personal and cultural issues which prevent us from nourishing and loving ourselves. We will discover and enter the body’s wisdom, creating a path to heal.