Saturday September 24
10am-1pm - in Kent, CT
(address given with registration)
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Authentic Movement is a meditative, intuitive improvisational movement practice involving a mover and a witness. With eyes closed, maintaining a focus on bodily sensation and the flow of consciousness, the mover allows herself to be moved by whatever impulses are arising from the body.
The format is simple: the mover with eyes closed the mover begins standing, sitting or lying down, allowing herself to focus inwardly, and to enter a contemplative state where the somatic unconscious can emerge. There is no music; the mover listens to and senses his or her bodily self. Time for movement may be short - ten to twenty minutes. Participants will have the opportunity both to move and to witness. Afterwards, movers may draw, write or talk directly about what occurred for them. The witness may respond but does not interpret.
- Provides a safe and nourishing setting for movement exploration without judgement or restriction.
- Supports listening to the body and its movement voice.
- Creates a deeper felt sense of the body/mind connection.
- Helps to develop trust in one's inner voice and intuitive guidance.
- Opens doors to creative inspiration.
PAULA JOSA-JONES, MA, CMA, RSME/T is a dancer, choreographer, movement educator and therapist known for her visually rich, emotionally charged dance theater. Her work includes choreography for humans, inter-species work with horses and humans in dance, film and video. She has taught in the dance programs at Tufts University, Boston University and at universities, colleges and dance festivals nationally and internationally. Paula is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst (CMA) and a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist (RSME/T) accredited by ISMETA (the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association). She is currently completing her training in Somatic Experiencing, the trauma healing work of Dr. Peter Levine. Her writings on movement and dance have been published in Contact Quarterly. Paula has been teaching Authentic Movement for the past twenty-five years.
Photo by Pam White. Sculpture by Gillian Jagger.