Sometimes it takes an absence to discover an omnipresence. For this recent workshop, the inner ear was honoured as eyes were bandaged and participants invited to centre on their sense of balance and movement through space. Momentarily deprived of vision and partially of hearing --body orientation, head position, sensation of muscles and joints in body,…Read more In the Labyrinth of the Senses
Rain rain go away, come again another day. Or maybe not. The next time it rains, why not put away your umbrella for a moment. Lift your head to the sky. Feel the light drops of rain on the surface of your skin. Are they delicate or cold? Are they startling or familiar? Where is…Read more Mud meditations
Origins of growth, uprooted residents, coy interdependence, enveloping clumps. What more can these Tree-beings and plant companions --witnesses to past imperial adventures-- tell us about being upright, standing with poise and reaching slowly for the light? How much can the myriad architectured solutions to living in an adapted environment teach us about building…Read more Architectures
Is the body the same on both sides? As we examine closely the effort involved in walking, notice the complexity engaging feet, legs, hips, pelvis, arms. There is raising, lifting, pushing, dropping, touching, pressing. The shifting of the weight, the balancing of the arms. Can we feel that the body is more assymetrical than symetrical? How…Read more Walking
Forest Bath anyone?
Nature based ecotherapies such as horticultural therapy or forest bathing are perceived increasingly as good platforms for mindfulness interventions and attentional flexibility training. Restoration theory and evidence based research support the claims of various mood improvement benefits.
Circles and Paths
Let's explore this thing : walking. Can we be in walking while we walk? How does it feel? What does it take to remain there? How often and when do we escape the walking to do something else (thinking, planning, ruminating) besides putting one foot in front of the other? This walking...Where do you feel…Read more Circles and Paths
Radical Self Care?
Extreme caregivers and emotional labourers --professionals in the human and social services industries, but also wives, mothers, adult daughters, that's to say nearly always women-- should take better care of themselves. It's a platitude all too regularly ignored. In a society striated by leylines of power where certain tasks are deemed subaltern, and as corollary certain…Read more Radical Self Care?
A splendid occasion for discovering the underside of mushrooms, mycelium, the internet of the earth, where communication and connection occur deep in the soil between fungi and plant species. What can we humans learn from the experience of slowing down to "root growth" speed to reconnect to each Other?
A kind of walkabout, in the round. With attention to gravity and energy, standing and the soundscape of footsteps. To be continued....