*I am pausing the Tuesday evening classes due to a change in life circumstances but am offering workshops as a bridge for any new joiners and old-timers who would like to connect and/or deepen their embodiment practice in the meantime.
About the workshops:
A monthly 3.5 hour retreat from our disembodied culture… a facilitated space to connect within your primary physical home on this Earth: your own body mind. This workshop may tempt you if you seek a practice for more ‘inner’ connection to yourself and your body. The bodymind will reveal to you what you need to know in each moment, if you can respect and respond to your own curiosity and body sensations of opening and closing. From my trainings and lived experience I understand embodied connection will bring more of what is real for you to your awareness. This may include or vary on the following themes of relationship to self and others: disconnection, pleasure, uncertainty, memories, resourcefulness, creativity, trauma states that are ready to be felt and seen by you, emergent intelligence stored within your physical body to name a few. During and after sessions it’s important to access curiosity and pace yourself relative to the guidance. This is normally a natural process for each person.
How you will be held:
As facilitator, I am there to witness, guide and respond to you within the group context. My guidance is for you to take, leave or adapt to suit your needs in each moment. This is a therapeutic practice space, but not a therapy group. This means I am holding you more loosely in your relationship to the practices with your bodymind than I would if this were a one-to-one tailored therapy session and participants do not need to enter into each other’s worlds as they might if it were group therapy. If your needs for support are more than what the group offers, I would seek to signpost you to additional supports and advise where possible, though I could not guarantee to meet all of your needs. What is explored stays within the workshop space together.
I emphasise it is important that you have some support in your life around these sessions, so if you feel interested, but have uncertainty about this in your life, I suggest you contact me for an initial chat.
Find out more:
This work suits people who have initiated a relationship with their body through mindfulness, therapy, self-enquiry and if you are a mover or dancer the class can help you to slow down, sense and integrate more subtle intelligence in your body. You may also be drawn if you know you want to live and learn more in your body intelligence but struggle to make time and space to connect to your body and health in meaningful ways.
Time: Saturday 16th March 2.30-6pm.
Cost: Gift economy £25-50 for the session to cover venue and creation costs. (Max group size 6 people.)
Venue: a private movement studio in central Stroud
About: In part guided meditation to open your connection with your body; in part your own emergent movement time guided by your attunement to sensation, sometimes with music. In the session, Mari guides you through diverse physiological pathways within your nervous system via physiological structures, fluid and energy movement to sense and express from your bodymind. Each particular pathway leads you ‘home’ in very unique yet interconnected qualities of Being, Moving and Knowing.
Body Mind Movement Journeys are designed and informed by my experience of facilitating embodiment groups, are trauma informed and inspired by Linda Hartley’s integrative body and movement therapy. I welcome and hold space for difference within a shared context of experience in your body and believe that our differences when shared enrich us all. I’m happy to share more about this and any aspect of the classes if you enquire.