Touching the Surface, Feeling the Depths
Taught by Mary Abrams
Friday through Sunday, May 31-June 2
To thrive as humans we are in constant contact with our world. We know the support, healing gifts, and creative play that arise with touch from contact with our early caregivers. This develops in new ways as we grow with playmates and/or siblings, and eventually as adults with trusted loved ones, health and bodywork professionals. Deep calmness and satisfaction can awaken in one’s nervous system when they experience considerate, listening, and playful touch. When one experiences interested attention through trusted touch, joy and self-recognition can flow freely.
This workshop explores ways to experience integrity and intimacy by developing “body listening” skills through breath/sound and the fluid resonance of Continuum, and by moving with body to body contact. We will explore spontaneous movement expression individually, with partners, and in small groups to awaken our capacity for being with each other in genuine moments of moving, feeling, and expressing. We will also include verbal exchange using compassionate self-reflexive awareness, to expand our possibilities for discovering new meaning and for building community through moving, touching, and being touched.
Mary Abrams, MA, RSME brings passion, skill, and an inquisitive spirit to her teaching. She directs programs and teaches at Moving Body Resources in New York City and teaches on the Masters in Dance & Somatic Well-being course in the UK. She comes from a 30 year dance background including 20 years of Continuum with Emilie Conrad and Susan Harper, and her ongoing work with Gary David, Ph.D. Her creative edge continues to develop ways toward more body awareness and movement within the fields of Epistemics and affect-script theory. She holds a BA in Dance from St. Olaf College and a MA in Consciousness Studies focusing on embodied movement practice and theory from Goddard College. www.movingbodyresource.com photo credit: Blake Horn