Workshops at the 2014 Gathering

The theme from the 2014 Somatic Movement Gathering was, ‘Growing Edges’.

Sandra Reeve
Dr. Sandra Reeve

Practice as research. The Unknown Territory and the Map – with Dr. Sandra Reeve. 

How does someone arrive at the cutting edge of their discipline and continue to keep their curiosity alive? Letting go of the need to be ‘right’; finding the right lenses to explore and articulate a particular area of practice, first through movement, then through the spoken and written word, without losing a sense of the whole – these are the areas we will investigate together, starting from movement. Bring along some theme/task that you are currently investigating in your own practice and we will start from there. (Friday afternoon)

Susanna Recchia

Bouncing, rocking and shaking: repetitive motion to sense the edge – with Susanna Recchia.

Sensations generate movement and movement generates sensation. We will begin with finding the ground, releasing downwards to sense the rebound force that leads us towards standing, walking and running. Through small movements as bouncing, rocking or shaking the invitation is to sustain repetition and notice the personal journey that we experience once exposed to our edge of resistance. Each person is invited to work, at their own pace and alternate action and rest as needed. The session will end with a long relaxation and a moment of exchange in words with the other participants.


BodySchool : An introduction – with Malcolm Manning. 

When we are born into this world we first encounter it physically. The way we learn to move through it sets the ground for all the other skills that we learn in life. BodySchool is an ongoing workshop series which applies somatic and postmodern dance practices to bring awareness to how we move through everyday life situations in a way that is accessible and relevant to anyone. Malcolm will give a short introductory class to this branch of his work.



Annette moving 3
Annette Schwalbe

Mapping the Collective Body – with Annette Schwalbe.

Annette group sharing
Mapping the Collective Body workshop

A workshop to come into touch with each other and reveal our collective body through moving, marking and tracing together on one big piece of canvas.  The workshop will combine meditative movement, touch work, authentic witnessing and drawing in a way that I have developed over the past 10 years of facilitating Body Mapping with a variety of groups in different countries and cultures.

Paul Beaumont

How do we connect? Somatic based movement work with 3 – 5 year olds – with Paul Beaumont.

The themes in this workshop come from the practice of ‘making connection’ in somatic movement work with young children. You will get the chance to explore themes of space and relationship, finding ways to respond to, connect with and support others. We’ll be noticing what calls us, our impulses and felt responses, and developing our resources to draw on, in movement dialogue and play. Paul will be sharing some frameworks developed in his work in Early Years Education and Private Practice.

Tamalpa UK Level 1 student Self Portrait Performance
Tamalpa UK Level 1 student Self Portrait Performance

How to evaluate the benefits of ‘embodiment and creativity’ and why they both matter – with Lian Wilson.

Participants will have the opportunity to embody for themselves a Tamalpa life Art class and then fill out a tailored questionnaire and review a developing ‘Involvement scale measurement tool’.  The workshop will close with a collective group discussion and debate around what ‘embodiment and creativity’ means to the participants and what aspects feel imperative to be captured and reported.  The information gathered from the workshop will hopefully contribute to and help develop a resource tool that can be used not only for Tamalpa Practitioners but for other Somatic Practitioners to use in evaluating their practices and projects as well for the benefit of others.

Artwork by Tracy Burgess
Artwork by Tracy Burgess
Artist in residence for the Gathering will be Tracy Burgess.