In this workshop we explore developmental movement, supportive and accessible touch, storytelling and ecological principles that awaken our relational body and help us reclaim its place in the ecology. We use somatic movement exercises to dive deep into the intentional practice of “co-regulation” that supports a rich, embodied field, where participants are invited to weave their own personal “body narratives” into a shared, vibrant story of connection with the land.
In the process, we will mimic the evolutionary journey of life, discovering that the capacities for vitality, sensitivity, mobility, emotionality, and vulnerability are much older than human beings, reaching far back in the Story of Life. As we do this we remember the basic principles of life itself: enduring interdependent organization, profound mutuality and rich diversity. These key adaptations ensure that every part of the ecology will have a wired-in connection to critical resources for recovery and coherence. Participants re-energize their bodies in community, creating the needed support to confront trauma and systems of oppression, and come together to heal and shift culture in the moment-to-moment, from emergence to emergency.
Participants will learn three baseline embodiment tools designed to foster peer support, cultivate collective healing, resilience and be easily spread through popular education: somatic inquiry and touch, somatic play, and somatic ceremony.
This workshop is grounded in the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education and Gestalt Embodied Learning; it is also a synthesis of the more recent Social Neuroscience research in regards to change, trauma and learning in an ecological context (i.e., autonomic co-regulation through the “social engagement system”, development of relation through “limbic states of connection”, and the significant difference of cultivating top-down or bottom-up embodiment in our human capacities and cultures).
The May 11 deadline to apply has passed and the workshop is full. To join the wait list, fill out the application below.
About the Lead Trainer: Lucién Demaris, MA, has been a Somatics-based healer, educator and consultant for over fifteen years in the US and internationally, rooting his work in deep ecological values of mutual support and stewardship of the Earth. He was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador, and roots his work in the values of healers from his country. He currently serves as Co-Director at Relational Uprising, where he developed a Relational Somatics frame for change makers. Lucién is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner of Somatic Education, a California Licensed Acupuncturist and a Nationally Certified Bodyworker.
Summertime at The Watershed Center is ideal to connect with nature through restorative hikes in the forest, playful swims in the pond and delicious food from the farm.
Cost includes shared room and delicious meals at The Watershed Center ($300) and tuition and training manual ($250). A limited number of partial scholarships are available for those with financial need. If you’d like to apply for a scholarship, please fill out the workshop application first, and then fill out the Scholarship Request Form.