IMMERSIONS & RETREATS
Learning To Listen
Somatic Movement Immersion
Modules 1 & 2
Chiang Mai, Thailand – June 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 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 (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. (Exception is given on a case-by-case basis to students with relevant experience with the Feldenkrais Method or related somatic practices.)
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 June 18-22, 2018
”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
…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
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