TOUCHING THE SURFACE, FEELING THE DEPTH
TAUGHT BY MARY ABRAMS, MA, RSME
It was great to welcome Mary to Belfast for this two day workshop. All who attended found the experience most rewarding in connecting to self and others. Continuum has so much to offer the individual, there was a deep sense of calm and relaxation throughout the work. So special to have such an expert in the field to visit Belfast. The workshop took place only weeks before lockdown, we wish Mary to be safe and to take care in New York during this time
Information on workshop:
As humans, we are in constant contact with our world. We know the support, creative awakening, and healing gifts that arise through touch and contact with our surroundings. This develops in many ways as we grow and engage with ourselves, the environment, playmates, and eventually as adults with trusted people in our lives. Deep calmness and satisfaction can awaken in one’s nervous system with the joy of self-recognition when one experiences open, considerate, listening, and playful contact.
This workshop explores “body listening” skills through breath/sound and the fluid resonance of Continuum, and by exploring more integrated ways to experience contact with oneself and with others. Through individual and partnered spontaneous movement expression we will awaken our capacity for being with each other in genuine moments of moving, feeling, and expressing. We will also include verbal exchange using compassionate self-reflexive awareness, to expand our possibilities for discovering new meaning and for building community.
To support our deepening of practice & understanding, we will explore:
- The meaning of the touch at different stages of awareness;
- Our basic human need for contact—self-touch, shared touch;
- Intra and inter dynamics of contact/touch with oneself, one’s environment, and other/s;
- Intra and inter dynamics of witnessing—self-witnessing, being witnessed by and witnessing others;
- Ways we individually and collectively create a safe environment for moving, listening, feeling, touching, creativity, expression, and reflection;
- Verbal dialogue and feeling for words to support self-reflection and sharing with others.
Mary Abrams, MA, RSME brings passion, skill, and an inquisitive spirit to her teaching. She directs programs and teaches at Moving Body Resources in New York City. She also teaches on the Masters in Dance & Somatic Well-being course in the UK; on the Continuum Teacher Training programme at the Somatic Academy in Berlin, Germany; and is creator of the process work she calls All About Attention. Mary comes from a 30 year dance background including 20 years of Continuum with Emilie Conrad and Susan Harper, and does ongoing learning with Gary David, Ph.D. Her creative edge continues to develop ways toward more body awareness and movement within the fields of Epistemics and affect-script theory (the biolody of emotion). She holds a BA in Dance from St. Olaf College and a MA in Consciousness Studies focusing on embodied movement practice and theory from Goddard College. www.movingbodyresource.com