“Learning To Listen”
Somatic Movement Immersion
Modules 1, 2 and 3
Chiang Mai, Thailand – Next Program starts March 2019!
This program 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.
We will use Embodiment as a tool to free ourselves from the habits of our minds that restrain our bodies and limit our full potential.
As we develop a vocabulary for embodiment so do we deepen our intuitive senses. Our ability to engage with subtlety in our bodies allows us to recognize subtleties in the fluctuations of our minds and our subsequent emotional states. As we begin to deepen our understanding of our reactions and triggers so can we begin to apply this heightened awareness to our interactions with, and needs of, our clients, students, colleagues, friends and loved ones.
We will develop our sensory awareness through movement , observation, visualization, deep listening and touch and yet the program is not solely about exploring the body.
Learning to Listen is a unique and authentic approach to personal development.
It is open to anyone!
Our students come from Brazil to Canada, Israel to UAE, our neighbors in Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and all across Europe and Australia…all ages, shapes and sizes, backgrounds, interests and fitness levels and no movement experience is necessary 🙂
This program is for anyone wanting to feel more ease and efficiency in their movements – from a yoga practice to desk job to athletics or manual labor to chasing kids or just walking down the street. It is especially potent for those going through physical / emotional transition, rehabilitating physical / emotional injuries (low-back pain, chronic fatigue, stress management etc), working with clients in a healing modality or simply ready to embark on a deep and often surprising journey of self-discovery.
We have found the work to be particularly useful for career development for Dancers and Yoga Teachers (by learning fresh, new ways to approach their practice or teaching), Bodyworkers and Manual Therapists (by improving their overall sensitivity, kinesthetic awareness and understanding of functional anatomy) and Life/Wellness Coaches and Counselors (by using Somatic Movement as a mind-body-integration tool for their clients).
The Immersion is broken into 3 Modules which are layers rather than levels. Students must complete Module 1 (or equivalent) to establish a foundation and basic sensory vocabulary to be eligible to attend Module 2 or 3**.
(**Module 2 or 3 open to Feldenkrais Practioners)
Module 1 – INTRODUCTION TO SOMATIC MOVEMENT (5 days, 9:30am-5pm) is an embodied learning web. It draws us into a basic understanding of our body as a system of relationships and interwoven parts. We begin to recognize and then peel back deep layers of our postural habits, emotional reactions and compulsive thoughts and the ways we hold ourselves back.
Each day we look at various exercises and play with unusual tools for listening to our bodies and integrating this awareness into the image of our whole selves.
This includes Awareness Through Movement (Feldenkrais) lessons, breathing exercises, somatic & creative movement exercises, hands-on partner work, deep listening, group observation and discussion. We enter into our own “brain lab” and begin learning how limitations in our awareness can create limitations in our overall self-image and by improving our awareness we can expand our perception of ourselves and others and improve overall way we navigate through our lives. (Read more HERE)
Module 2 – MOVEMENT EXPLORATIONS – (3 days, 9:30am-5pm) is the next layer. Equipped with the understanding of moving from a place of ease, we will develop the subtlety of our awareness of our movements, thoughts, reactions and behaviours with dynamic movement play. In this module, we will start to link movement patterns; exploring our own biomechanics, sensory response and personal expression, how to get support and make transitions from a sense of space and gravity. 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 touch 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. The movement explorations will be on all 4s, jumping, rolling from standing and balancing and is best suited to students without chronic pain, major injuries or severe limitations to their mobility.
Module 3 – SPECIAL FOCUS & HOME PRACTICE- (3 days, 9:30am-5pm) From the foundation of Module 1 we will zero in and refine our understanding of developmental mobility concepts and relationships (eg: lying to sitting, sitting to crawling, hip joints to knees, arms to alone etc) and also begin to deconstruct somatic movement exercises to build our own movement/self-exploration/awareness practice and integrate it into our own practices, teachings or daily lives.
Module 1 – Feb 14-17, 2019 – Dubai, UAE
– Feb 22-25, 2019 – Bangkok, Thailand
– June 28- July 2, 2019 – Chiang Mai, TH
Module 3 – March 2-4, 2019 – Chiang Mai, Thailand
– Oct 26-28, 2019 – Chiang Mai, Thailand
Module 2 – July 5-7, 2019 – Chiang Mai, Thailand