An Embodiment Journey
2024 Winter Series
Eight Mondays, 6:30-8:30pm
February 5th-April 1st, (no class 2/19)
@Moving Body Resources, 112 West 27th St #402, Chelsea, Manhattan
-tune into your inner impulses, in alignment with the winter season-
This is an invitation to devote eight weeks this winter to deepening into your body space, to turning inside to experience your inner landscape.
Authentic Movement is a transformative body centered practice. It is embodied meditation, Deep Listening with your body and your eyes. It is simple yet profound. Mary Starks Whitehouse first developed it in the field of expressive arts therapy in the 1950’s; then Janet Adler evolved the form, bringing in Buddhist and ecstatic aspects. It has roots in Jungian Psychology. In the words of Mary Starks Whitehouse: in Authentic Movement you experience “…an open waiting, which is a kind of listening to the body, an emptiness in which something can happen. You wait until you can feel a change… you follow where it leads, like following a pathway that opens up before you as you step.”
During these eight weeks you will explore this pathway to presence via experiencing the human body more truly in the now. It is practiced in a safe and respectful container held by the facilitator and the group. The mover generally moves with eyes closed in order to contact their inner body, witnessed or seen by another. There are different ‘scores’ or forms that allow for experience and exploration. Comfort and facility with the form deepens over time. As with the layers of an onion, the depths are endless, inviting curiosity and engagement while discovering new territory in the world of your body, the space between you and others, in relationship, and in community. And it can be fun.
As we navigate this fifth year of the pandemic, climate change, and political crisies and atrocity of escalating magnitude Authentic Movement offers us balance through connection to self and others in the amplified space of the movement circle. It is an ultimate embodiment tool. It is a safe space within which to ground and experience the body; likely awakening to feeling and sensing it in many ways for the first time, as well as seeing others with new eyes.
In this course you will:
*Learn about Authentic Movement, it’s history as an embodiment practice and its potential for healing
*Try on the roles of both mover and witness
*Learn techniques that allow the body to move and express, and be the initiator (rather than the mind directing)
*Practice drawing, writing, and speaking as integration of the unconscious material you discover in your (and other’s) movement
*Learn safe and respectful ways of reflecting on others experiences.
*Practice compassionate listening and witnessing (of yourself and others).
*Have the opportunity to experience your body kinesthetically, in a space of non-judgement and positive regard.
*Experience new aspects of connection with others, yourself, and Community
Each of the eight weeks will progress into the next, visiting a different theme and aspect of the form. Each week we’ll begin with a guided warm up or ‘drop-in’ to the body—drawing from Breathwork, body-mind centering, release technique, qi-gong, shamanic practice, and yoga. There will be time to practice a traditional Authentic Movement ‘score’—solo, in dyads and with the whole group. There will be time to integrate through writing, drawing, and reflection with others in the style unique to Authentic.
No previous experience is necessary, experienced Authentic Movers are welcome.
All Bodies, abilities, and identities are welcome.
If you have any questions contact Shakti via email or phone to schedule a 15 minute call. (917-405-5877, firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you are new to Authentic Movement or to Shakti, there will be a 15 minute call scheduled as a part of registration, and a bonus 45 minute private zoom session during the 8 weeks to assist with your integration of the material.
has been studying and teaching Authentic Movement since 1992. She has studied with Janet Adler, Susan Schell, Paula Josa Jones, and Carolyn Shakti Sadeh. She has led weekend workshops and ten week groups, both inside and outside in nature, at The University of Vermont, Emerson Umbrella, Earthdance, Dance New England, and in New York City. For more about Shakti scroll below.
EarlyBird: paid by 1/26: Low end slide: $375, Standard: $425, Supporter: $475
After 1/26: $495
Register by sending your payment to:
Venmo: @Shakti-Smith, last 4 digits phone number are 5877
There are two student/low income artist spots available for $265—please inquire.