Friday February 17, 2017 – Sunday February 19, 2017
Magic of Mandorla
with Caroline Carey
It is known as one of the most powerful of (spiritual) experiences we can have in life. Mandorla is the place of poetry ‘where the fire and the rose are one!’
(Four Quartets, T.S. Eliot)
“Sometimes within our individual self and within the self of our worn-out society, there is no answer to conflict. There is, however, a way to stand within the centre of the opposing forces. Conflict creates tremendous energy. If we leave out judgement then that ‘energy’ can become a vibration of light. Not always just a single light but many lights, sending out a vibration that is LOVE!”
As human beings, we can exist on multiple planes of being; the one that we are usually most aware of, however, is the material world. By its nature, the material world is a place of duality – a place of opposites that we often experience as being in conflict with one another. Examples include heaven and earth, light and dark, masculine and feminine, loyalty and betrayal, to name but a few. The polarity between these opposites creates a fundamental tension at an evolutionary level that has the potential to be either profoundly destructive or powerfully generative and creative. The evidence of the destructive consequences of this tension lies all around us in the terrible scourges of war, inequality and conflict within and between individuals, groups and societies.
The key to transforming the destructive consequences of conflict into life-affirming outcomes lies in how we relate to the tension between opposites. When we can hold the tension within ourselves, bearing the pain, beauty and terror that this brings, we bring the two opposing elements together, creating a space in which the split between the two can be resolved. We call this space the ‘mandorla’ – a word derived from ‘almond’ in Italian, which refers to the almond shape created when two circles overlap. The mandorla also known as the ‘Vesica Piscis’ is the sacred space of our soul work; when we stand in this place, we have the ability to transform what once was a curse into powerful medicine for the soul. Its energy is that of the Father Mother Principle in the Divine Union, the Mother of all Forms and the Yin and Yang that has been known to us for decades.
During this workshop, we will use the tools of dance, creativity, movement meditation and constellation-work to work with the magic of the mandorla. You will have the opportunity to explore some of the conflicts in your life, looking at how they play out in your life and how they affect you by embodying them in the dance. Then, with the support of the group and a constellation process held and guided by Caroline and the drum beat, you will enter the space of the mandorla, allowing it to work its magic upon you, bringing the riches of wisdom and new insights.
This work is open to all adults, regardless of gender, age, experience or ability. Whether you want to work with deep-rooted issues, or simply discover new insights, whether you are training in therapeutic studies, or a student of life’s experiences, this work has something to offer you.
“Magic of Mandorla, amazing and deep work with Caroline Carey. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT to anyone who is studying to become a therapist or is one already but seeking the thread of connection in continuing your own development and work with your own process (which we so need when we work with others – right?). If you feel called to this work, then follow your intuition and go for it! I think it’s of excellent quality.”
As a professional teacher Caroline works in many countries around the world and is on the Faculty of ‘The School of Movement Medicine’ run by Ya’Acov & Susannah Darling Khan whom she has worked and studied with for 18 years. She is a qualified Movement Medicine Teacher and Guide and mentor for the school. She is a Shamanic Practitioner and healer and trained in the work of Dr Michael Harner and the Sacred Trust as well as the teacher training in 5’Rhythms with Gabrielle Roth, 2000. She trained in NLP (as a neuro linguistic master practitioner) with NLP co-founder, Dr Richard Bandler. She has been teaching within all of these areas for over 20 years, winning ‘The Sussex Women In Business Sole Trader’ Award in 2011. She has worked as an actress, co-director and editor within documentary film making and also within theatre and uses many of these skills in her repertoire.
Sunday October 16th, 2016 10.30am – 5.30pm
Mother Lode Basking in the Sacred Feminine
with Ali Young
Mother – Lode is the result of my own journey of slowly learning to surrender to life, trusting that in spite of what I’ve been told that it really does have my best interests at heart. Western culture is heavily dominated by the kinds of energies we associate with the masculine – of success in very particular forms, of “going for it”, striving, competing and relentlessly engaging in attempts to control the flow of life and bend it to our will. Having followed this path for millennia (which hasn’t been entirely without benefit, of course) we are now in a state of global crisis. Many people are beginning to believe that the antidote is to be found in the rise of the feminine. It is undoubtedly the case that we need to come into a better balance, including a different relationship with nature. Movement Medicine suggests that this may well begin with our own nature in the little patch of land that is our own body, heart and mind and re-discovering our ability to really receive ourselves as we are. In truth learning to really receive ourselves is no mean feat and takes on going commitment, discipline and practice. In spite of that, insights gleaned on the dance floor, accompanied by great tunes and other lovely dancing loons, can then be taken out into the wider world where, believe me, they have the power to transform your whole experience of life. If you need to soften, slow down, take stock, learn to rest or tap into a deeper sense of self love and acceptance, this workshop is for you. It applies equally to both genders and one of my own prayers is a call to the brothers! Learning to love, like charity, starts at home. Join me.
Although I began my adult working life as a performer, it wasn’t long before I became far more interested in how creativity might be harnessed to the healing process. I explored this in my own business, before training first as a social worker and then as a family and couples therapist – working in the NHS with children, young people and families with mental health issues for over a decade. I left a couple of years after the birth of my now 11 year old son to follow my calling ever deeper into the wilds, training as a shamanic practitioner with THE SACRED TRUST.
In the last few years I have been funded by Exeter University Business School to research THE SCHOOL OF MOVEMENT MEDICINE in the process of writing a PhD thesis entitled, RE-EMBODYING LEADERSHIP THROUGH A RE-EXAMINATION OF THE SACRED. I had my first book chapter, MATERIAL MANIFESTATIONS OF SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLES IN BUSINESS published in November 2015. My second book chapter THE SACRED IN LEADERSHIP, which has been described as a insurrection came out this May.
Along the way I have married, overcome addictions and a legacy of violence, had two children, become a step-granny five times over and moved through three bouts of cancer. The third time I became ill was a real test of ‘walking my talk’ as I felt called to step away from conventional medical treatment and turn to the earth and moon for help. I have been cancer free for ten years now and married for almost twenty. I am passionate about moving, the health of the next seven generations and beyond, our beautiful earth and assisting others to find their unique creative contribution to the web of life. I offer shamanic healing and creative mentoring as well as Movement Medicine.
“Ali holds a very safe space that allows you to explore yourself through movement. Her ability to use the music to go deep in to the core of the theme of the session is outstanding. Her lovely voice guiding you all the way with perfect intuitive knowing. A medicine for the body and soul. I highly recommend her…“
Rahima Ferguson, Shamanic Practitioner
Saturday 9th July 11am – 6pm, Sunday 10th July 10am – 4.30pm
A School of Movement Medicine weekend dance workshop
Freedom In Motion
with Rosie Perks
SPACE | CREATIVITY | PERMISSION
Creating space to exist simply as we are.
An invitation to step out from the ‘shoulds’ of life, to rediscover through movement the freedom that comes when we let go of the ideas we hold about who we are or what others want us to be.
We will dance to awaken and surrender to the spaciousness of moving energy. Inviting our curiousity and permission to allow ourselves to simply follow each moment. To enable a magic of interconnection that makes the space between us alive and open. In this space we might just wake up to our right to exist and the possibility of being with others in the simple truth of what is.
Using the maps of Movement Medicine this workshop offers a place to revitalise and remember. To re-align body, heart and mind; to remind ourselves of the resource in our relationship with the elements and our possibilities of connection. You are warmly invited to join us in this dancing exploration whatever your age, shape, physical ability or experience.
“Rosie’s loving, intuitive holding, allows for a remarkable sense of trust, safety and permission.” Lindsey Talbott
Rosie’s teaching is informed by a long and rich relationship to dance, her understanding of our shared humanity, and a fierce love of the earth and all its inhabitants. She offers a space that is safe, non- judgemental and expertly held, her guidance is both sensitive and clear.
Rosie is a qualified teacher and faculty member for the School of Movement Medicine, with 14 years teaching experience, including 8 years teaching movement. She is a member of the movementmedicineassociation.org.
Rosie’s site – http://dance-scapes.com
A School of Movement Medicine workshop in association with Movement Medicine Southcoast.
This work counts as prerequisites for further study with the School of Movement Medicine.