What is Authentic Movement?
Authentic Movement is a simple and profound awareness practice that invites us to fully embody our truth in the present moment. First, by entering our sensations and internal landscape, we let our bodies speak to us and through us, helping us to access the mysterious source of our living being.  Then, by cultivating our capacity to bear witness to ourselves and others without judgment, we strengthen the inner and outer support necessary to blossom into who we really are.  Finally, using skillful language, we connect the profundity of our dreaming body with our everyday lives, harvesting unique gems of living wisdom to carry out into the world.  In the workshop we use various experiential exercises to unfold the ties between the body and mind, so that people enter the state of Authentic Movement.
AM is a moving meditation and dance therapy form in which participants close their eyes and enter into movement to explore and integrate conscious and unconscious aspects of self. Each participant has protected time and space for developing relationship with their own movement, emotions, sensations, body symptoms, thoughts and creative resources.

People who experience AM, report a profound sense of awakening in their body, emotions and a sense of life.

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What is this workshop about?
Most of what we do and feel is habitual. These habits define our personality and are very close to who we are in everyday life. These habits including our posture and movement, also more subtle physical sensations, reflect our images, thoughts and the mental world we live in. In this workshop we will take an step by step approach to study these habits and the way our experience with our body is organized. Together we create a safe space to relax about these habits and start to discover how our being can unfold beyond those habits. Our bodily expression and movement in such space is called authentic movement. This workshop will introduce the practice of Authentic Movement to new practitioners.
Clear and respectful guidelines support each individual's expression and autonomy. With this safety, participants expand their capacity to move and be moved, develop intimacy with self and others, and have opportunities to reflect on and articulate their experiences.

Who can attend?
Anyone with different physical ability who are interested in self study through body. Also practitioners in helping professions who use mindfulness in their practice. Creative individuals who are interested to use their body as a source of inspiration. Prior dance/movement experience is not required, but professional dancers are welcomed to participate. We also offer a "dancers only" version of the workshop which focuses on the creative research as much as on the therapeutic aspect. 
Wear comfortable clothes and bring a journal! No prior dance experience is required!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


What participants say about AM?
"Authentic Movement has changed me permanently, opening up playfulness and feeling and a sense of connection. I feel more present with people in general. There is more of me there to be there — a deepening of intimacy and of friendships, more humor, more spontaneity, and a sense of possibility."
— Suzanne, UC Berkeley Professor

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