Learning To Listen
Somatic Movement Immersion
Modules 1 & 2
Chiang Mai, Thailand – January 2018
This training is about improving how you move,
how you think
and how you navigate through your life…
As we explore Somatic Movement, we will harness and expand our awareness and refine our ability to sense and feel ourselves and the habits of the mind and body that limit our potential and hold us back.
The program is open anyone, all ages and fitness levels and no movement experience is necessary. It is particularly relevant for anyone going through physical / emotional transition, rehabilitating physical / emotional injuries, embracing positive change or simply ready to embark on a deep and often surprising journey of self-discovery.
Yoga Teachers and practitioners can learn new ways to embody their practice and a fresh approach to their teaching.
Bodyworkers can improve their overall sensitivity, kinesthetic awareness and understanding of Functional Anatomy.
Life Coaches and Counselors can use Somatic Movement as a valuable mind-body-integration tool for their clients.
Module 1- Introduction to Somatic Movement – Jan 10-14, 2018
Module 2 – Movement Explorations Retreat @ Om Waters – Jan 17-21, 2018
Module 1 – Intro to Somatic Movement
What is Somatic Movement? It is non-purposeful movement used as a tool to improve our ability to feel our body and how it relates to its individual parts, to space and gravity. It is a vessel to improve our sensing, including interoception and proprioception as well as our empathic and intuitive senses. Somatic Movement is practiced with intention directed toward the internal experience rather than to the outer appearance. The result of practicing Somatic Movement is often a pleasurable feeling of ease or joy and overall sense of connectivity.
Based on the Feldenkrais Method, students will work to bridge the gap between what is felt in the body and what is registered in the mind. This Somatic Movement Immersion is a container for students to explore and improve their brain functioning, experience observable improvement in body functioning and begin the process of an overall refinement of all their senses.
Students will “learn to listen” via various methods and exercises such as Awareness Through Movement, Functional Movement Exploration, Hands-on Partner Practice, Group Observation and Discussion, Creative Movement and Personal Inquiry.
We will begin the process of deepening our kinesthetic awareness, identify chronic holding patterns that dictate movement limitations explore basic release techniques and valuable tools for greater ease, elegance and pleasure in movement. Students will go deep into fascinating concepts like “parasitic action” and draw links between the tools for Somatic Movement and tools for overall improvement in life. We will explore how focusing on achievement can limit our ability to reach our goals and secrets to improving the way we approach physical, mental and emotional challenges.
MODULE 1 – COURSE OUTLINE:
Day 1) The Primary Image & The Integrated Whole
-What is Embodiment? Implications on physical practices and lives
-Neuro-Muscular Re-Education – Creating an environment for learning
-Building Awareness – Using movement as a tool
-The Parts Influence the Whole – Bringing our whole selves into action
Day 2) Clarifying the Pelvis and The Spine
-Investigating your own postural habits – Propulsion and Connectivity
-Exploring of Planes of Movement
-Identifying Movement Patterns, Habits & Limitations
-Release Techniques – Freeing the Hips
-Listening through Observation
Day 3) Un-caging the Ribs
-Demystifying “good” posture
-Tracking Movement Pathways
-Release Techniques – Freeing The Spine
-Listening Through Touch
Day 4) Finding Freedom through The Shoulders and Neck
-The Face is more than Expression
-Release Techniques – Breathing
-Learning to Let Go – Exploring Habits
Day 5) Subtleties – Fingers, Toes, Mouth and Jaw
-Refining the Senses
-Being present to our Experience
-Building Functional Movement Patterns
Module 2- Movement Explorations Retreat
In this Somatic Movement Immersion we take our movement and self-exploration practice to the next level on a deep nature retreat.
5 uninterrupted days of silence and serenity at Om Waters Floating Homestay and Retreat Center at the far end of a lake in Sri Lanna National Park. Time and space with no restraints of the city or requirements of our daily lives to feel, sense, express, process, reflect, connect and nourish ourselves. Surrounded completely with nothing but water, rolling mountains and sky we will live simply and deeply together, eating fresh, delicious food, learning, exchanging, practicing and playing.
Building upon Module 1, (open to those who completed Module 1 or those with relevant somatic movement experience) we will refine our awareness of our movements, thoughts, reactions and behaviors. We will investigate more sophisticated and dynamic movements for more subtle refinement in our sensing and transitioning. In this module, we will start to link movement patterns; exploring our own biomechanics, sensory response and personal expression. We will delve deeper into our ability to understand what we observe in ourselves and each other, identifying common kinesthetic patterns, habits and limitations. Hands-on partner work will help us continue to understand functional anatomy as well as listening with our hands without expectation or judgement. Functional respiration will be introduced and we will explore the implications and benefits of regular breathing practice for overall ease in the body and mind.
Please send inquiry below or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to register.
”Tara’s passion & knowledge of somatic movement is incredible. She skilfully guided us through movements which enable you to explore how you learn, what your habits are and how you’re limiting yourself.
I realised how hard I’ve been making my life both on & off the mat. I came away from the course with a new found sense of ease & freedom in my body & my mind. Tara is a great facilitator & made the course interesting, informative & fun. I can’t wait for the next module!” -Emma Gardner, UK
“This has been the most revolutionary course I have taken in terms of movement exploration. I guarantee it will be incredibly enriching. Tara’s teaching is honest, deep, inquiry based and heartfelt…
If you aren’t already tempted enough to go to Chiang Mai, let this be the reason.To open up your inner feeling, seeing, hearing, embodied self and let the light in x” – Jade Wood
“During this course I really started to listen to my body and how I felt, without trying to change anything. We explored the different parts of our body and the connections between this parts. I’m always impressed by how easy and fast the changes happens.
By the end, I felt really good in my body and I had the feeling that I made a big step on my way of being in my life. The change is not only physical but also psychological: I learned to listen not only to my body, also to my mind…
For me Tara was the perfect teacher. A strong, funny and human personality. I felt really secured and we shared a lot our feelings and life experiences. She also made absolutely no judgements, she just listened deeply to us without any advice. Tara showed us how to feel deeply connected and safe and showed us a unique kind of freedom in the body.” – Ariane Tevalet, Switzerland