IMMERSIONS & RETREATS
Learning To Listen
Somatic Movement Immersion
Modules 1 & 2
Chiang Mai, Thailand – December 2018
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 live in our bodies that limit our potential or hold us back…
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.
The program is a unique, authentic and deeply personal 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…all ages, shapes and sizes, backgrounds and fitness levels and no movement experience is necessary 🙂
It is particularly relevant for anyone 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 Yoga Teachers and practitioners (by learning fresh, new ways to approach their practice and teaching), Bodyworkers (by improving their overall sensitivity, kinesthetic awareness and understanding of Functional Anatomy) and Life/Wellness Coaches and Counselors (by using Somatic Movement as a valuable mind-body-integration tool for their clients).
The Immersion is broken into 2 Modules which are layers rather than levels of experience. Students must complete Module 1 to establish a clear foundation and establish a basic sensory vocabulary to be eligible to attend Module 2.
Module 1 (5 days, 9:30am-5pm) is best described as an embodied learning web. It lays down the foundation from which to build your own self-exploration/awareness practice and integrate it into your own life from yoga and wholistic health to a desk job or being a parent.
Each day we look at various exercises and play with various tools for improving our ability to listen to our bodies and understand our unconscious muscular contractions and postural habits.
This includes Awareness Through Movement (Feldenkrais) lessons, breathing exercises, creative movement explorations, hands-on partner work, group observation and discussion. As the process unfolds we begin to discover ways of sensing not just physical habits but also mental and emotional habits.
We enter into our own “brain lab” and begin learning how limitations in our awareness create limitations in our overall self-image and by improving our awareness we can expand our perception of ourselves and others and improve the overall way we navigate through our lives. (Read more HERE)
Module 2 (5 days, 9:30am-6:30pm) is the next layer.
Once we have created a clear foundation and a simple template for learning we start to investigate how to take this new awareness into more dynamic and challenging movement and thought scenarios. This Module takes place at Om Waters, an off-grid, deep-nature, floating retreat center. The unique, serene retreat environment lends itself to peeling back the next layer of connecting to ourselves, without distractions of daily life. (Read more HERE)
Module 1– Introduction to Somatic Movement – Chiang Mai, Thailand Dec 3-7, 2018
“A unique blend of somatic practices that led me to discover and sense my body on more subtle levels thereby let go of how I was straining in both body and mind.
I cannot recommend this work enough. It balances and heals, providing the perfect compliment to yoga practice and sport. It is now part of my daily practice.
Do your body and mind a favour by trying one of Tara’s feldenkrais classes or her Somatic ‘Learning to Listen’ module trainings.” – Simon Perrott, UK
”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… 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 impressed by how easy and fast the changes happen.
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
…So much of this body wisdom is transferable to everyday life – practising subtleties, listening, re-learning, forgiving and finding new ways, awareness to what I do when I do it, self image as a concept is extremely profound… I want more and for everyone! – Inbar Jeffery, Israel
“…What I liked most was your honest raw teaching methodology, learning what parts of my body are where, learning how the different parts of my body affect other parts and the fact you are very proactive on encouraging learning at our own pace.” – Trudy Wright, Australia
“Coming out of such an intense practice my awareness of my thoughts and habits grows and deepens…I might change physically but I feel its more because something else changed in my perception of my self…” – Iris Chung, Hong Kong
“Before taking ‘Module 1, learning to listen,’ I just enjoyed Feldenkrais classes for their relaxing quality, but I didn’t know what I was supposed to feel. It just felt “good” in general. After the experience of many lessons in a row, I felt several physical Aha-moments about ease, effort, and fluidity. The process of paying attention to my movements showed how parts of my body worked together. It is amazing to feel how the parts are “speaking” to each other, even during ordinary activities like walking. This training has made me very excited about the Feldenkrais method. Thank you, Tara, I’ll be back for more!” – Stefan King, Netherlands
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