This workshop will bring you through an in-depth process that includes BodyDreaming, expressive arts, movement and mask work, where the way of discovery aims to bring that which is formless — perceived perhaps in hints and guesses (T.S. Eliot) into form, in the creation of a mask.
Mask Process — One of the greatest joys of this particular mask process is that it is shaped on your face (a part or whole mask), holding the unique blueprint of your personal origin-form — that is, aligned to your deep self and roots of origin. Once ‘out there’, transformation begins. In the workshop we will engage in a range of processes that free up spontaneity and bring into form what is becoming enlivened in you. Processes that are enriched by the collective dynamics of the group, in the delightful space of the olive garden overlooking the sea, where the group energy and co-created ‘imaginal’ field, heighten discovery.
Your mask then becomes a mirror, a voice, a resonance, a resource, for meaning-making and new discovery, at the workshop and after you take it home with you.
Movement and dance will be part of working together in bringing “Formless to Form”. As we retreat from our busy lives we will begin by allowing our bodies to slow down, so that we all feel safe and connected enough to remain interested and curious about new, emerging experiences. Drawing on the folk traditions of The Middle East and North Africa, we will explore our relationship to gravity and space, gradually increasing the flow of energy in compressed tissues, musculature and bones.
In line with the ideas of Winnicott, who believed that only when we are absorbed in playing are we closer to our ‘true selves’. In this workshop we provide opportunities for creativity and play; creating the conditions for images to arise, for spontaneous movements to happen, to track the sensations in the body, and work from the inside out to open to new form.
We will follow a rhythm of daily movement to inspire the mask work and explore your deeper inner self.
BodyDreaming is an integral part of the mask making process, offering tools to help create greater tolerance in our nervous system responses so that we can be more present in the ‘here and now’, towards what is presenting as ‘new’. This openness to new experience is not guaranteed and old defenses may surface in the face of creativity. By paying attention to our dream images and the resonance we feel with them in our bodies, we uncover where old patterns and defenses lie and where the new impulse, or energy may be stirring in our bodies.
Through BodyDreaming we learn to build greater capacity to receive the new image, so that the creative process is not experienced as overwhelming. Learning inner and outer attunement, felt-sense and tracking, we co-regulate ourselves in the environment of the olive garden.
We come to meet the archetypal energy with greater ease, play and depth. Bringing “Formless to Form”, we come home to ourselves in mask.
NOTE: Given the starting and ending times of the workshop, you will need to arrive on June 8th and depart on June 15th. This is taken into account in the accommodations fee.