In your work with me, you are invited to discover your moves. It is my goal to create a safe space for you, to stimulate you, and to offer you tools and resources that inspire you to live your life more creatively.
Paying attention to the quality and the experience of a movement is key in this work. Sensations, postures, and movement patterns give us insight into who we are, what we think, and what we feel. An individual’s body holds their entire life history, and working with movement consciously and creatively expands the range of movement, feeling, and thought.
Drawing from our senses rather than our conceptual mind allows us to access parts of ourselves that are beyond our ordinary thinking. Colors and images that live inside of us are released when moved to paper. Symbols and shapes give insight into our inner landscape. As the images emerge, feelings shift, and new possibilities arise.
Creative writing helps us make sense and give expression to our experience. Form can be given to buried, unstructured feelings, and thoughts. Containment and integration can be experienced through the structure of creative writing. Letting words arise without censoring is liberating and provides direction and meaning.
Making nature our dance partner invites our senses to open in extraordinary ways. As we mirror the movement of water, the posture of a boulder, the flight of a bird, we open up to the wisdom of Earth. Through moving with awareness of our breath in connection with nature, our inner landscape communicates with the outer landscape in intimate and direct ways. We are invited to listen to nature’s messages.
In this movement practice, we work on a sequence of repetitive movements, focusing on opening up the joints, strengthening the muscles, becoming aware of the connections within our anatomical structure, and creating a sense of balance between action and relaxation. The class varies in its dynamics: sometimes we work dynamically; sometimes we work on subtle, slow movements. We enhance our capacity to sense and experience our body and its full range of motion.
We all share the longing to be seen. Therefore, the role of a nonjudgmental witness is crucial in my work. In a safe and comforting space, you are invited to share your unique expression. Based upon the principles of active listening and nonviolent communication, you will receive feedback that supports your creative encounters.
Working in a group supports you and encourages you to expand your range of movement and response. Through improvisational tasks you are invited to respond in familiar and unfamiliar ways. Improvisation makes room for the unexpected. You are challenged to be present and responsive in and to the moment. Through this form of play with the unexpected we discover new parts of ourselves.