3 Weekends exploring Myth as it arises in the Landscape of our Bodies
26th – 28th May, 29th – 30th July and 30th September – 1st October, The Studio, Brighton, UK
Myth is the land speaking ~ Dr Martin Shaw, mythologist
As someone who has explored and is deeply rooted in the intimate landscape of the springs, mountains, deserts and oceans of my own body and who has accompanied many hundreds of others along their journeys, exploring how we create our own landscape as we are simultaneously created by all that surrounds and permeates our lives, these words have sown a seed in me.
Our bodies, all 50 trillion cells, are the sum of every story of our lives. Every experience. Every repeated thought. Every repeated feeling. All of it makes up the blueprint around which our cells coalesce. The whole road-map of our lives to date is right here, with us, at all times.
So too are the patterns around which our future selves gather as we send out tendrils through the imaginal soup of possibilities.
Dream-Weaver Mandala, commission from Mark Golding for this series.
When we work with Body Harmony, we’re aware of our selves in our bodies from this perspective. We come in curious and full of appreciation for everything that these amazing creations offer to us in both an inward looking and outward looking sense.
Crafting an encounter with Body Harmony and the myth world we can expand this curiosity and appreciation and discover how the land is speaking through each of us. With the fire of our spirits and deep rivers of our hearts we can focus our intentions. We can dance with the cells using touch. Touch generated from our thoughts, our feelings, our wishes and desires, our breath, our presence, our hands and the movement through the whole galaxy of cells in each of our bodies.
Yes, it is making love with life. All fully clothed. With a sparkle in our eyes, our bodies rooted into the earth to which they belong and the deepest respect for each and every tiny increment of movement in each and every cell.
In this land you can watch how a thought can send a ripple down an eyelash. How a scene remembered can send a tremor through a limb, and be released through the filaments of electric-sense extending out beyond a body into the space-filled air we swim through.
I’m excited to dive in and explore. I don’t know what we’ll find.
What I do know is that I’m trained to hold safe space and over many years of practice and teaching Body Harmony.
What I do know is that the earth is willing us to explore this way.
What I do know is that the dates are picked and a space is ours, there’s a group of fellow adventurers beginning to gather and there’s a voyage awaits for anyone who’s inspired to join us.
For the inspiration to hear my body as a story I’m telling with my life, I’m deeply grateful to Dr Don McFarland, founder of Body Harmony.
If you feel yourself drawn to myth and story; if you feel yourself drawn to uncovering the language of the landscape of your own body; if you feel yourself drawn to exploring the path that these threads braid together, come and join us for one or all of three weekends of adventure into the Myth in the Land of our Bodies.
How else do we revive the exquisite poetry of a real human life well lived?
No previous Body Harmony or myth experience is needed.
Part 1 ~ Between the Forest and the Village
26th – 28th May ~ Fox Woman Dreaming
Our bodies are vast matrices of antennae and as wild as fox-prints in the frozen snows of the taiga.
What is the quality of your listening to your body?
Can we listen well enough to let life guide us in service to our very existence?
What would that look like for you, or me, or her?
What nourishment is there when you feel the ripples in the juicy pathways of your fascia as the mayfly dimples the surface of a slow moving summer pond?
What is it about dancing with all this knowledge that helps to shape a life well lived?
The first step of exploring how Myth is speaking through the Land of each of our Bodies is from Friday May 26th to Sunday May 28th. Full details below.
Part 2 ~ The Bone Stories
28th – 30th July ~ Skeleton Woman
They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds. ~ Mexican proverb
What are your deepest creative dreams? Where do they sit in relation to the marrow of your bones?
Are you intimate with the place that still knows that those grey edges to the white wisps of cloud will not bring rain?
Does this have something to tell us about what our souls are longing to deliver to life?
Our second weekend of Myth tracking will follow the tale of Skeleton Woman as we trace our own unique ways of bringing life back to the deepest bones of our story-woven selves.
Part 3 ~ Wisdom Ways
29th September – 1st October ~ Bluebeard
Our bodies sail, 5 trillion celled antennae, through the soup of existence. What do they see, hear and know?
How does it feel when the fine antennae of our cilia pick up the scent of a storm?
How do we embody intuition and wise ways of being?
Physical, emotional and spiritual limitations, once accepted, become anchored in the tissues. ~ Dr Don McFarland, founder of Body Harmony
Using this totally unique way of listening to and following our bodies insights, always by invitation and only by invitation, we’ll use this third weekend to follow the pathways intuition traces for us through the land of our bodies.
Each weekend will take place in the hilltop space of St Richard’s Church Hall, The Crossway, Brighton, BN1 7BW
Saturday 9.30am to Sunday 6pm on May 26th – 28th, July 28th – 30th and September 30th – October 1st.
We’ll begin at 10 am on Saturday, having gathered from 9.30, to call in our story, and throughout the day and on Sunday from 10am to 6pm, dive into the landscape of our bodies using Body Harmony techniques (breath, awareness, gravity and listening touch) to search for and follow the trackways of myth through our cells.
No previous experience of anything other than having a body required.
What to bring :
Your curiosity and seeds of appreciation for the marvels of life. Any capacity to behold and all the discernment you’ve mastered without any judgement.
Comfortable attire that makes you smile.
Lunch to share.
Tea & biscuits will be provided. There’s a pub next door for when ale is the answer.
Each weekend costs £150.
All 3 weekends paid in full in advance £400.
Body Harmony Association members receive a 10% discount.
School of Myth pirates a 10% discount.
Body Harmony Teachers are feted with a 50% discount.
Please pay in advance, it makes everything so fluid and easy. Thank you.