with Jamie McHugh
noon – 6:00 pm on Mt. Tamalpais, Mill Valley, CA (details TBA)
ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP:
We are elements of nature: our soma and psyche are reflections of the planet, each intricately embedded in the other. In this era of rapid information processing, high-speed technology, and sedentary workplaces in urban environments, it can be challenging to remember this essential relationship. We can lose our ground and our connection to the planet on the freeway of life, especially when our minds juggle so much input, expectation, and obligation. The body and soul often get left behind in this overwhelm as we shut down and tune out to cope. How do we quiet the monkey mind and receive our environment? And once we are in relationship with place, how do we engage and interact? In this somatic and expressive approach to becoming more fully human as elemental creatures, we combine the technologies of breath, vocalization, contact, movement and stillness to occupy our soma/psyche and open the portals of perception. We discover how tree, rock, sky, and water reflect aspects of our being by embodying and expressing them. Spontaneous dances, intuitive songs, creative writings and inner contemplations effortlessly emerge as we invite in the spirit of place through this sensory motor encounter.
This daylong workshop on Mount Tamalpais combines practice, theory and application to provide you with a set of somatic-expressive tools and a conceptual map for embodying nature as well as a template for guiding others. This approach has been of particular interest to dancers, environmentalists, movement educators, and eco-psychologists.
The entire afternoon workshop will be spent outdoors on the verdant hills of MT. Tamalpais State Park. Please dress in appropriate layers and wear study walking shoes (closed toe with good grip) and hat. Bring a bagged lunch, snacks and full water bottle. Further details will be sent one week prior.
Jamie McHugh, RSMT is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist, somatic coach, dancer, and artist living on the California coast. The creator of Somatic Expression® – Body Wisdom for Modern Minds, Jamie has guided somatic-expressive encounters with the natural world for the past 25 years. “Embodying Nature” has been presented through Tamalpa Institute in Marin, Breitenbush Hot Springs in Oregon, Alanus University in Germany, Orchidea Lodge in Switzerland, and at Sea Ranch, California. Read more about the methodology here: http://www.somaticexpression.com/articles/EmbodyingNature.html
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