Authentic Movement Exploration
Proposed dates are 21 August, 18 Sept, 2 & 23 of October, 20 November in 2021
Proposed time: 8 am - 10 am (Sydney, AUS time); 10 am - 12 pm (Auckland, NZT)
Aims/Outline of Practice
Authentic Movement is a simple yet profound process between a Mover and a Witness. The Mover closes eyes and follows inner impulses. Listening deeply to inner stirrings, the mover brings un/pre-conscious material through the body into consciousness. The Witness sits eyes open and tracks their own experience with the mover and notices their projections, interpretations and judgments. The Witness holds the consciousness or container, particularly in the beginning.
This exploration supports flexible modalities for personal and professional development, especially for those in the helping professions. As a tool for well being, Authentic Movement directly develops; mindfulness - in motion and stillness, exploring creative/ artistic impulses and ritual, self-understanding/ insight into own embodiment patterns, stress release /reduction through body movement, empathy and compassion for self and other in authentic body-mind relationships, and as a spiritual/ mystical practice.
There will be a focus on understanding this movement practice as a creative /therapeutic modality with different populations for those in the helping professions. You will build skills in individual, dyadic and group practice.
The exploration will develop through three phases; first deepening embodiment as a mover, then developing compassionate silent witnessing skills (self/other) then articulating and practising supportive, structured insight dialogue and other verbal interventions, therapeutic movement rituals, and understanding and structuring options in the form for different therapeutic situations.
Developing increased kin-aesthetic awareness, body connectivity, insight into own movement patterns, sensitivity to polarities (will and surrender) metaphors and meanings.
Ability to track and describe movement in detail as both a mover and witness. Developing understanding and language of Laban movement analysis, Bartenieff movement patterns, and Kestenberg tension-flow rhythms.
Understand and practice layers and levels of witnessing skills; silent, speaking, present tense language, working with metaphors, polarities (when to contain and when to express).
Understand and practice variations of the form and integration with dance/movement and arts therapies — use of drawing, active witnessing, archetypes and lenses of awareness; developing personal phrases/themes in the practice of authentic movement.
Support to develop an individual plan using Authentic Movement for personal wellbeing, e.g. peers exchanges and/or for professional use, e.g. supervision, developing for clinical populations.
Discount for the Authentic Movement Retreat (annually)
Certification of personal/ professional development in a dance therapy form (May be used towards professional membership/development hours with Dance Therapy Australasia Association or certificate placement hours with Dance Therapy New Zealand.
If you are interested in this online practice:
email Connor: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mover - Janet Adler
The Road in The Elements of the study and practice of Authentic Movement — Tina Stromsted and Neala Haze.
Authentic Movement as Well-Being Practice - Jane Bacon
Authentic Movement, in Insight Improvisation - Melding Meditation, Theatre, and Therapy for Self-Exploration, Healing, and Empowerment - Joel Gluck.
Journeying between Will and Surrender in Authentic Movement, A Personal and Clinical Perspective. - Marcia Plevin.
Chest of Drawers - Alan Wasson