Active Imagination in Movement-Encountering the Other Within Us, Between Us and in the World

Interweaving theoretical, experiential, cultural and clinical material through presentations and discussion, this workshop will explore dance/movement as a form of active imagination, with special attention to the living body in analytic practice. By listening to the body to access and express the imagination, individuals may discover inner-directed movement as a way to bridge the realms of conscious and unconscious, body and psyche, instinct and spirit, affect and image, memory and emergence.

Sometimes called “Authentic Movement,” this form of active imagination focuses attention on felt bodily sensations, impulses, multi-sensory images, feelings and emotions, which are then allowed to emerge as symbolic enactment. The work is done with one’s eyes closed in the presence of a witness, whose task it is to hold and contain the experience of the person moving.

Analysts and psychotherapists use the connection between body and psyche as a central clinical tool, yet there may be few opportunities to foster the development of this dimension. This workshop offers a structure within which analysts and psychotherapists can both have a practical experience of their own moving imagination as well as enrich their understanding of its application to verbal analytic practice.

Morning and afternoon sessions include introduction, bodily awareness, reflection, and movement experience, toward dialogue and exchange. Participants are invited to wear comfortable clothing and to bring a notebook and/or drawing materials to record their images and experiences.

Included in this Pre-Congress Day Workshop by Tina Stromsted, PhD
Bright Darkness: Facing ‘the Other’ Within

Transformation is an embodied, cellular process involving the reclamation of rejected parts of the self that are necessary for wholeness. Through exploring previously forbidden movement behaviors, experiencing the feelings associated with them, and verbally owning the experience, there is a release of energy that was previously needed to maintain the dissociation and repression of these rejected qualities. If these qualities can be brought to consciousness and re-integrated rather than simply being ‘acted-out’, the person’s sense of self and sphere of activity is increased and he or she is able to make better life choices and live a more soulful, meaningful life. Without this vital investigation, extreme projections can lead to denying, demeaning, and even annihilating the other – contributing to sexism, racism, xenophobia, and warfare. Through lecture, movement, creative arts exploration, and discussion we will rediscover the light in the darkness, burnishing the gold we have shunned.

Witnessing Practice: Body as Compass: An International Authentic Movement Retreat

How do we hold the tension between the opposites in today’s world, stay open to uncertainty, and cultivate curiosity about the unknown? Witnessing is the practice of seeing, being seen; hearing, being heard; and opening to other perspectives — developing more patience, respect, and comfort with paradox. Rooted in moving and witnessing practice, we will nurture creativity and further clarify through the exploration of gesture, touch, sound, words, song, art, dreams, and nature. Discovering ways to enrich yourself can deepen the centering, self-reflective capacities and compassion that allow you to find your place in the world. Nestled in Tuscany’s beautiful rolling hills and vineyards, the private retreat center offers a peaceful, inspiring setting for self-renewal. Walking trails, delicious Tuscan cooking and a swimming pool enhance the experience.

Prerequisite: This retreat is designed for those with a depth of experience in Authentic Movement, welcoming healing practitioners, clinicians, educators, artists, and those interested in growth and matters of the spirit. Those with training in BodySoul Rhythms® and/or with a depth of experience in other conscious movement practices please inquire.

Coming Home to the Body: Dreams, the Body, and the Dance of Three

 

“Once you dance for a year, it’s part of your day. I mean, it’s prayer. Dance your dreams each morning. Let your images move in your body…” – Marion Woodman

 

Lecture: Friday, October 19, 2018 7:30-9:30PM
Coming Home to the Body: Healing the Body/Psyche/Soul Split through Conscious Embodiment

“The body is the vessel in which the transformation process takes place” ∼ James Hillman

What does it mean to live a vital, embodied life in our modern world, which is so devoted to power, speed, technological advancement and materialism? How can we rediscover the sacredness of our bodies and the Eros in everyday life, given the numbing of the flesh and the continuing destruction of our planet Earth’s body? This talk will explore some of the ways we leave our bodies, and how we may return home to them. Once home, we can foster a feeling of safety, resilience, and ease, and enjoy an open connection between body, psyche, and spirit.

 

Workshop: Saturday, October 20, 2018 10AM-5PM
Dreams, the Body, and the Dance of Three

“The symbols of the self arise in the depths of the body”  ∼ CG Jung

Our bodies and dreams may be our closest links to the unconscious, expressing the soul’s longing through image, breath, gesture, the rhythm of our step, and the music of our speech. Movement that emerges from a genuine source within us, when made conscious and integrated into lived experience, is by its very nature transformative.

Dreamdancing®, developed by Dr. Tina Stromsted in the 1980s, integrates verbal dream sharing with embodied methods which may include Authentic Movement, structured movement explorations, somatic awareness, vocal work, drawing and writing. Please bring a dream that resonates with you for the morning session. In the morning, we will engage the energies, feelings and action of the dream to help bring the dream’s message to consciousness.

That afternoon you will be invited to explore “The Dance of Three,” developed by Marion Woodman, Mary Hamilton and Ann Skinner. This approach involves a primary mover, an engaged responder, and a reflective witness. Each will have an opportunity to move, witness, contain, and reflect on embodied experience. Inner listening combined with outer engagement can enhance your ability to be present with yourself and others in an increasingly conscious relationship, inviting a level of perception that can evoke deep respect and empathy.

For more information about DreamDancing® and some background about the event please click here: https://www.authenticmovement-bodysoul.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Stromsted_Embracing-the-Body-Healing-the-Soul_Jung-Society-of-Atlanta-Newsletter-.pdf

All are welcome to the lecture and workshop.

Date for the Lecture is October 19, 2018, Friday 7:30-9:30 pm;
Date for the Workshop is October 20, 2018, Saturday 10 am-5 pm

Soul’s Body® Webinar Series

Soul’s Body® Webinar Series with Tina Stromsted

Join Tina Stromsted’s webinar series related to Body/Psyche/Soul Work in the transformative process. Continuing education units are available.

Soul’s Body®: Healing the Body/Psyche/Soul Split Through Conscious Embodiment
This 90-minute workshop explores the Body/Psyche/Soul aplit, how it manifests somatically, and how to engage conscious embodiment for healing.

Embodied Alcehmy Authentic Movement & the Somatic Unconscious
This 70-minute workshop explores the different stages and operations of the Alchemical process and how they relate to healing and development.

Alchemy: Body & Soul in Transition
This 60-minute workshop follows the alchemical process from life’s earliest beginnings, through the stages of growth, death, dismemberment, despair and new life illuminated through the work of a contemporary painter.

Soul’s Body® Webinar Series with Tina Stromsted

Join Tina Stromsted’s webinar series related to Body/Psyche/Soul Work in the transformative process. Continuing education units are available.

 

Soul’s Body: Healing the Body/Psyche/Soul Split Through Conscious Embodiment
This 90-minute workshop explores the Body/Psyche/Soul aplit, how it manifests somatically, and how to engage conscious embodiment for healing.

 

Embodied Alcehmy Authentic Movement & the Somatic Unconscious
This 70-minute workshop explores the different stages and operations of the Alchemical process and how they relate to healing and development.

 

Alchemy: Body & Soul in Transition
This 60-minute workshop follows the alchemical process from life’s earliest beginnings, through the stages of growth, death, dismemberment, despair and new life illuminated through the work of a contemporary painter.

 

Alchemy: Body & Soul in Transition – A Free Webinar

I’d like to invite you to join me for a free webinar that I will be hosting on Saturday, November 18th at 2pm PT, 5pm ET or whatever time zone you are in in the world!

This webinar will focus on the alchemical process illustrated through a painter’s individuation journey. We will move from life’s earliest beginnings, through the stages of growth, death, dismemberment, despair and new life reshaped by transformative elements. For more information please see below.  I hope you will join us!

Warmly,
Tina

Alchemy: Body & Soul in Transition (Free Webinar)

“The Symbols of the Self arise in the depths of the body” ~ CG Jung

Alchemy is most often understood as a primitive scientific attempt to create elemental gold, yet alchemy also sought the ‘inner gold’. So too, modern psychotherapy has the capacity to transform prima materia, the unwanted material of everyday life, into something meaningful, thus helping us find the ‘gold’ in the shadow.

In these challenging, polarized times we draw from the ancient wisdoms of the alchemical process to deepen our understanding of personal and collective transformation.

In this webinar we will:

  • View images from a painter’s journey in becoming her true self through an alchemical lens
  • Witness the alchemical process from life’s earliest beginnings, through the stages of growth, death, dismemberment, despair and new life reshaped by transformative elements
  • Reflect on the individuation journey from an embodied, alchemical perspective
  • Explore how identifying life’s alchemical stages in clinical practice leads to healing

To register click here. A replay will be available for 48 hours for those who register.

Embodied Wisdom: The Dance of Three

One of the first exercises I learned from Marion Woodman was the “Dance of Three”, in which three participants come together to explore Active Imagination in movement. This embodied experience enhances one’s ability to be present, with oneself and with another, inviting a level of perception that evokes deep respect and empathy.

Stars Beneath the Sea: The Legacy of Marion Woodman

Marion Woodman, an explorer of the depths, guided countless women and men on their personal journeys to self-discovery. Her work encouraged a dive into the waters of the unconscious, as mapped by Jung. Redeeming the embodied feminine, these explorations brought light to the denied, denigrated, dark body. A rich alchemical mix, Woodman integrated spirit and matter, masculine and feminine, art and science.

This talk and workshop illuminate the pioneering contributions of Marion Woodman, Ann Skinner and Mary Hamilton in the BodySoul Rhythms® approach, reflecting on the body/psyche/soul split, and the process of conscious embodiment in healing. This integrative approach can be applied to many aspects of work and life, such as Somatics, medicine, contemporary neuroscience, and attachment theory.Come join us for an opportunity to witness how Marion found light in the dark body, the stars beneath the sea!

The workshop will be held September 8, Friday 7:30-9pm

The Alchemy of Dreaming: An International Authentic Movement Retreat for Women and Men

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“Our task is not to create more images of light, but to release the light that is trapped within the darkness.”
           – C.G. Jung

 

Save the date! The next international Authentic Movement retreat in Tuscany, Italy will be June 24 – June 30, 2017.

This international retreat will explore the impactful role of embodied experience and the spiritual dimensions of the healing process.  Alchemy’s basic elements can deepen our understanding of embodied transformation, experienced spontaneously through the practice of Authentic Movement. Dreams carry treasures that enhance the meaning and depth of this journey.

The Alchemists’ aim was to study nature and to learn from its profoundly regenerative capacities. So too, dreams reflect our inner landscape. This workshop revisits the work of dreams and Alchemy in relation to bodily experience in the process of healing and transformation through moving and witnessing practice, drawing elements from BodySoul Work, Jungian theory, embodied experience, dreaming, drawing, and writing.

Studio sessions will be supplemented by seminars focusing on questions arising from your personal explorations, as well as applications relevant to your creative and professional work.

This retreat is designed for those with a depth of experience in Authentic Movement, welcoming healing practitioners, clinicians, educators, artists, and those interested in growth and matters of the spirit.

Nestled in Tuscany’s beautiful rolling hills and vineyards, the private retreat center offers a peaceful, inspiring setting for self-renewal.  Walking trails, delicious Tuscan cooking and a swimming pool enhance the experience.

Prerequisite:
In-depth experience in Authentic Movement is vital. Some background in dreamwork, expressive arts therapy, BodySoul work or other forms of embodied creative exploration that engage conscious attention is necessary, as well as a background in personal analysis/psychotherapy. A working knowledge of English is important in order to understand and participate in the intricacies of the work. (Unfortunately it is not feasible to work with a translator as participants come from many countries and linguistic backgrounds.)

Brain, Mind and Body: Trauma, Neurobiology and the Healing Relationship

‘Coming Home to the Body: Healing the Body/Psyche/Soul Split through Conscious Embodiment’ celebrates the pioneering work of BodySoul Rhythms® and its contributions to engaging the body’s wisdom in healing work. Pioneers in the field will link body and mind research from biology to integrative healing methods in working with trauma, drawing from current affective neuroscience research, Jungian, and embodied approaches. Join us, as science marries soul! Sponsored by the Harris-Woodman Chair in Psyche-Soma at University of Western Ontario, Department of Psychiatry.

Guest speakers: In addition to Tina Stromsted, the following guests will be Allan Schore, Bessel van der Kolk, Margaret Wilkinson, Ruth Lanius, Ed Tick, Margaret McKinnon, Paul Frewen and Colonel Rakesh Jetly

Prerequisite: Designed for healing practitioners, mental and medical health professionals, and those who wish to deepen their knowledge of current research and integrative methods in working with trauma through brain, mind, and body integration within the healing relationship.