A simple outdoor workshop to begin your day.
Working with breath and ground, we’ll track body, sensation, emotion and thoughts, as we ask ourselves, Can I receive this place? Can I be received by this place? There will be the opportunity to find a simple movement/body response or offerings to the environment. We’ll take a short walk to a site on the estate, work individually and then in pairs, before closing feedback and sharing.
I’m interested in how being in nature can support us landing in our bodies and our inner, human experience can be held by the wider environment. Tuning into the outer world, its rhythms, textures, shifts and changes, can reflect back something of our own human nature, and hold a supportive counter point. Plants embody the same life cycles as we do, from fertilisation, gestation and growth, to maturity, death and decay. The holding environment shifts moment to moment, with movement of air, moisture and light just as our inner human experience shifts with emotion, tone and energy. The longer cycles of shifting geology and land provide a background presence.
Paul is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (ISMETA), Supervisor and Teacher with 20 years’ experience of working therapeutically with the body and movement. He is on the faculty of the Institute of Integrative Bodywork & Movement Therapy (ibmt.co.uk) and works with people of all ages in private practice and with adopted children and families. In recent years he has been a visiting lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London on the Dance Movement Psychotherapy MA and at the University of Central Lancashire, MA Dance & Somatic Wellbeing.