“The cellular symphony of the body,
infused with hues of emotion and memory,
informs each moment in the dance of a life.”
Moving through the Cycles of Life explores the ever-evolving terrain of the body as it roots our ongoing experience of self throughout life. Each participant journeys through their own personal life history as they learn concepts that are simultaneously deeply personal and universal.
The course begins with an embodied exploration of prenatal development, birth, early attachment and developmental movement in early childhood. As the course progresses we delve into imagination, gender identity, sibling relationships through latency and adolescence. We look at early and middle adulthood and consider how sociocultural and economic factors shape access to health, education, and power and how contexts inform embodiment and creativity in orienting values and choices. Finally, we consider what happens in our bodies as we approach end of life. How can we invite meaningful creative participation with our final phase of living?
At the heart of the course are the questions: How can the reality of impermanence inform our capacity for full participation and presence in life? How do our embodied relationships with each other profoundly impact our experience of each life stage?
Together we explore how dance/movement therapy can invigorate and support the process of growth and change throughout the lifespan. The culmination of the course offers deeper exploration of embodiment in any life stage through self-designed personal and professional projects.
“This class allows for immense growth. I was able to experience entirely new sensory exploration on a body level in a wonderfully safe environment. The course has informed my practice of relating to my clients on a nonverbal level.”
“Invaluable- brought me to new sensitivity to clients’ movements. I am noticing movement as keys to clients emotions and needs.”
“I have a much deeper and broader understanding of the complexities and pacing needed with developmental tasks- birthing, infancy, nurturance. I am tracking my own felt sense and imaginal experiences through the developmental trajectory of the lifespan.”
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