relational culture 2: EMBODYING PRACTICE

In this workshop we explore developmental movement, supportive and accessible touch, storytelling and ecological principles that awaken our relational body and help us reclaim a place in the ecology. We use somatic movement exercises to dive deep into the intentional practice of physiological or state  “co-regulation” which 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 emergency to emergence.

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). 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. 


Summer 2019




The Watershed Center
44 Kaye Road
Millerton, NY 12546

Relational Culture 1 - Bonding is highly recommended to attend before this training but it is not required.

We highly recommend you attend this trainings in teams from your organization, community or movement.

What's included: Cost includes shared room and delicious meals at The Watershed Center ($300) and tuition and training manual ($250).