Somatic Exploration and Movement Shiatsu

A programme of self-exploration and body-awareness using the techniques of Movement Shiatsu, Inner Qigong, Experiential Anatomy and Wolfson Voicework. 

The four workshops are a journey of self-discovery open and accessible to anyone, but they will also be practically useful for therapists of all modalities, showing an approach to working with people that doesn't aim to fix problems but rather to wake up the capacity to explore oneself. Above all, these workshops are fun and celebratory of our human potential.

During the year, you will also learn the Inner Qigong form, which can be used as a personal practice to integrate the experience of the course.

Qualified practitioners who complete all four workshops will receive a Postgraduate Certificate in Movement Shiatsu from the School for Experiential Education.

Four Long Weekends in Frome, Somerset (accommodation provided)
Starting Friday lunchtime until Sunday 5pm.
Introductory Day - Jan 14th
 
The overall theme of these workshops is to break free of our conditioned patterns and to live more spontaneously, listening to the wisdom that our body can give us. This needs a deep awareness of the body because our habitual patterns are maintained by unconscious sensory messages from the fascia and muscles that sabotage our attempts to break free of habits and conditioning.
 
Jan 14: OPENING THE INNER DOOR 
Mar 31-Apr 2: ROOT AND BRANCH
Jul 14-16: CREATIVITY AND SPONTANEITY
Oct 20-22: RELEASING THE PAST
Dec  8-10: SELF AND SOCIETY
 
January 14th
INTRODUCTORY DAY: OPENING THE INNER DOOR

Modalities: Voicework & Movement Shiatsu 
In the modern world we are swamped by too much information through the media. Our  focus of attention is forced outward onto the problems of the world. This workshop looks inwards to the amazing being that is our body through subtle bodywork and guided voice and movement explorations. We will  show how working through the body can open the door to a universe of potential resources for living which we habitually ignore.  The fundamental principle of Movement Shiatsu is to discover ABILITY rather than to focus on curing DISABILITY. This is the theme of the whole year's programme and this workshop aims to give a direct experience of the profound change of viewpoint one gets if you focus on what you can do rather than your problems.

March 31 - April 2
SPRING: ROOT AND BRANCH

Modalities: Voicework & Movement
A plant needs a wide root system to reach all the nutrients it needs. The roots of a human are the archetypes that express the wide potential of each human being.  But we typically only use a small part of our potential and repress the rest into the unconscious.
 
This course uses voice-work  based on the approach of Alfred Wolfson to explore and value buried parts of oneself.  Our self-limitation is reflected in the voice. This form of work stretches, extends and challenges your voice to expand outside these habitual limits and, in the process, you discover and expand the potential of your self. You don't need to be a singer, or to hold a tune to do this work.
 
JULY 14-16
SUMMER: ENERGY, CREATIVITY AND SPONTANEITY

Modalities: Spontaneous Movement, Voicework, Somatic Exploration
This workshop uses bodywork, movement and voicework to liberate our playful, spontaneous energy and to use that to learn to improvise with others. We will explore contact improvisation, mask-work, improvised harmony singing and spontaneous movement processes.
 
In the consumerism of modern society, mass media and multinationals bewitch us into following fashions and passively consuming what they produce. In this workshop we will try to break out of this conditioning and explore our inner sources of creativity. Once we taste the energy of spontaneity we also become aware of our conditioning and inhibitions which we will work with in the following workshop.
 
OCTOBER 20-22
AUTUMN: RELEASING THE PAST

Modalities: Movement Shiatsu, Trauma Release, Breathwork and  Inner Qigong
This workshop focuses on creating a sense of safe space in which we can let go of the habitual patterns we have developed in order to deal with overload, trauma and past pain.  We will introduce bodywork to sense the internal organs and the enteric nervous system which are the parts of the body which are least affected by conditioning but which also store the emotional pressure repressed by that conditioning.
 
This leads into breathwork to expand the soft tissues and feel inner support and into movement experiments to develop clear boundaries and  fill your personal space.  Expanding into personal space gives the feeling of confidence to be yourself and to let go of the fears that often inhibit our authenticity. Through this work we will develop a form of Qigong the practice of which develops the themes of the course.
 
DECEMBER 8-10
WINTER:  SELF AND SOCIETY

Modalities: Somatic Exploration, Developmental Process, Movement Shiatsu
This workshop is based on the idea that each individual is a community;  a community of sub-personalities, organs, muscles and bones which are held together into a unified sense of self by the fascia and nervous systems.
 
This workshop will explore how these inner 'people' relate to each other through bodywork, somatic exploration and movement experiments. We will explore ways of helping this inner community  to integrate and listening to your inner wisdom. This demonstrates  a way of living with others creatively, valuing each others' differences and  respectfully resolving conflict.
 
DETAILS
Venue: All workshops will be held in Frome and participants have the option of staying in our centre, in which we can offer bed and breakfast with use of a kitchen to make shared meals in the evening.
 
Cost: Each workshop costs £175 + accommodation fees if you stay with us. Accommodation costs from £15 per night B&B with use of kitchen for shared meals. You can pay by regular instalments, per workshop or all at once.

The cost of the Introductory Day is £60.  
Priority with be given to people who book for all four workshops and those will receive a £75 discount off the cost of the final weekend + a discounted accommodation rate. In addition to that, people who book for all the weekends before January 31st will receive an extra £25 early bird discount making a total saving of £100.
 
We will also give a few bursaries to people who are genuinely committed and who really can't afford the fees. Please write and apply if you feel you qualify for one of these.

To book, please contact: bill@seed.org or phone 01225 580085 and we will send you an application form with details of how to book.