MOVING STORIES GROUPS in AUTHENTIC MOVEMENT
In our investigation of Authentic Movement practice, we move and witness one another in guided, meditative and self-directed ways; exploring the range of our bodies' interests and needs. We spend time each week reflecting upon our movement explorations, extending our experiences creatively through drawing, writing and/or dance. The practice supports us to mindfully tend our bodies, expand our range of motion, extend our artistic creativity and meaningfully engage with others.
By entering into this contemplative exploration - a time of closing our eyes, listening for our physical impulses and allowing our selves to be moved by them - we become more sensitive and connected to our bodies and more able to respond to their cues. As witnesses to one another we give our full attention while observing our own, internal experience; we strive to create a safe, respectful, and compassionate space in which the movers might explore. We can experience the process as an artistic exploration, a physical playground, a meditative practice, and an opportunity for personal insight.
On-going Groups for Experienced Practitioners:
Monday evening, 7-9pm and Thursdays 11am-1pm at Light Box, 8641 Linwood St. Detroit
Friday mornings, 9:30-11:30am, Ann Arbor (details of new, fully accessible studio coming soon!)
Guided peer groups for therapists, teachers, healing arts practitioners and artists, connecting us to our bodies and to our own vulnerability and power. This practice can be extremely supportive when considering how best we can listen and be of service to the students and clients we see, and how to remain clear, resourced and grounded ourselves. Come move, explore, discover and uncover the stories your body has to offer! Some experience with the practice of moving and witnessing required.
Group sessions include arrival, check-in, a guided collaborative creation of the day or evening's structure, moving & witnessing, opportunities for exploration with art materials, sharing & response, and closure.
* Each member should plan to attend a minimum of one session per month to help to hold a strong container for all.
Please, contact Stefanie directly with questions regarding prior experience or ways to acquire it, and with requests to join or opt in on occasion ($20 per opt in with 48 hr notice requested).
$75 per month average (some scholarships available), with three-month minimum commitment.
Authentic Movement at SOMA is my favorite contemplative practice. It's a way to attend to and come home to myself — a time to remember what I already know, what my body knows. It is a time to set aside my stories and listen for the deeper truths. The practice allows me to not have the pressure or expectation that there will be meaning, but to trust that if I pay attention to my felt senses enough, as I develop that "muscle" of awareness, things shift in me naturally without my needing to figure anything out.
Stefanie provides a safe and courageous space to explore...she gives participants the tools needed to meet and grow from whatever shows up. I am deeply grateful for this practice and for Stefanie's gentle strength, holding the highest intentions for all.
- S., Psychology Masters student, EMU