Dance of Awareness Workshops
Dance of Awareness workshops are a profound exploration of what it is to be in a body, to move from inner awareness and outer connectedness. The DoA cycle – sensing, grounding, expressing, releasing, connecting and completing – is based on psychoanalytic theory and developmental psychology. It allows us to revisit our early body history, to celebrate the embodied patterns that make us unique, and discover new ways of being who we are. As we move and breathe together, we open more fully to self-awareness and a wider consciousness of our place in the world.
Roots & Wings uses the DoA cycle to welcome the body memories of early childhood. We move together through a remembering of our formative years, when the contact we made with the world helped to create our individual character. The successive phases evoke what it was like to be born, to be supported as a baby, to adventure out as a toddler, to start to be part of a family, to become ‘me’. In moving with our younger selves, we create new opportunities to become more fully who we are now. In developing ‘roots’ we develop a secure sense of self and find support for ourselves. Developing ‘wings’ enable us to extend outwards into the world, inhabit space and give us direction and intention. There is a reciprocal relationship between the two – as we become more grounded and centred we become increasingly resourced to make contact with the world.
Spirals & Edges works with the pulse of contact – outswing and inswing, yin and yang, inbreath and outbreath, filling and emptying. So many stories are held in our ability (or reluctance) to push, to reach and make contact, or to yield, relax, and withdraw. As we spiral in towards ourselves, and out towards others, we may find edges and boundaries that serve us or restrict us. We can choose to feel those edges, which are often the fertile margins where growth can start to happen.
Whether you’re new to Dance of Awareness, or part of our regular moving community, these workshops are an opportunity to spend a whole day exploring the DoA cycle. Give your body the chance to take you on a journey of self-awareness and self-discovery.
We will move together through a Dance of Awareness cycle which gives space for integrating early movement patterns into consciousness. We encourage breath and body awareness as a resource to staying present with whatever is happening here and now. You will be encouraged at all times to be 'in tune' with yourself, and be guided by your own body wisdom.
The structure of the workshop will facilitate contact with our deeper levels of experience. We will do this by connecting to ourselves, expressing who we really are, releasing what is holding us back in being ourselves, and integrating new or recovered aspects of ourselves. We will work both on our own and with supporting and being supported by others.
You are welcome to attend either, or both workshops.
Roots & Wings – Saturday October 20th
Spirals & Edges – Saturday November 17th
Time: 10.45 for 11.00 start, finish 5.30
Place: Brighton Steiner School, Roedean Road, Brighton, BN2 5RA
Price: £70 per workshop, or £60 if paid in full by Sept 20th (Roots & Wings) or November 3rd (Spirals & Edges).
To book: Send your phone and email contact details with a cheque made out to: Clare Osbond to BSET, 12 Silverdale Road, Hove, BN3 6FE. Or you can pay by BACS transfer (email us for bank details). On booking you will receive a booking confirmation.
These workshops are open to all adults, regardless of previous movement experience. They also form part of the Dance of Awareness Foundation Training. More details about DoA and the training are on the training page. If you want to discuss anything, call Tim or Clare on 01273 271408 or email firstname.lastname@example.org