AMERTA MOVEMENT WORKSHOPS
Informed by Amerta Movement, experiential anatomy,
connection with nature, each other and ourselves.
A weekend retreat of Art Therapy and Amerta Movement
to celebrate Imbolc, the beginning of Spring
An Sanctoir, Ballydehob
10.30am-5pm each day
Led by Art Therapist Marika O’Sullivan and
Amerta Movement guide and practitioner Claire Osborne.
Time in nature
Yoga Nidra (Meditative Rest)
Imbolc is a time to honour the seeds that are beginning to awaken and stir beneath the earth. It is a time when we can pay attention to earth’s natural cycles and listen to the parts in us that we would like to inspire and breath life into - as we, like the seeds begin to unfold and reach out towards the light. We will spend some of the weekend outside in Nature in An Sanctoir's stunning 30 acre nature reserve.
CLAIRE will guide us through conscious, embodied, free-movement. A series of prompts will guide you into your body and senses, so you can become more awake, open, receptive and stimulate the creative spark and present-moment awareness that are needed when we journey together. Amerta as well as Meditative practices such as Yoga Nidra and Restorative Yoga will be offered as tools to give you time to assimilate and integrate your experiences during the weekend.
The movement practice of Amerta is a practice of awakening to the present moment and the unique potential of life within each one of us. It helps us to blossom, to experience who we really are. There are no steps to learn: it is spontaneous, in turns playful and prayerful, deeply moving and always revealing.
MARIKA will offer personal exploration through art making as a way to reconnect with ourselves and what we truly desire to awaken. Using the potent time of Imbolc, we will create a personal Mandala and then over the weekend there will be a story, creative response/art making, and time for reflection. If the weather permits, some of the creative activities can be held outside in nature. Basic art materials will be supplied, but please bring your own if you wish.
Including a simple, delicious vegetarian lunch.
Pre-booking and pre-payment essential as we are limiting numbers to 10 participants
and anticipate a lot of interest in this event.
ABOUT YOUR GUIDES:
Claire has practised Amerta Movement since 1997, guided by it's creator,
Suprapto Suryadarmo, til his passing in 2019. She received his blessing to guide Amerta in
2003. She is part of a peer group of worldwide practitioners dedicated to deepen the
understanding and sharing of his work. She has been a Yoga and movement teacher since
2001, a therapeutic bodyworker, and a fully trained Yoga Therapist. ) and is presently studying
an MA in Art Therapy at MTU Cork. Claire also worked for 8 years facilitating community
and school garden projects and working in horticultural therapy;
Marika is an art therapist with many years of experience using creative activities for self –development and empowerment. Marika works in the community and privately offering both individual art therapy and group facilitation. Her passion is to offer a safe and yet playful environment so that we can find our ways to flourish. Marika has designed popular programmes such as Thrive – a 7 week creative course for women, and also Roots which is offered to schools with diverse student populations, and to young people in Direct Provision Centres
ROOTS, EARTH, ROCK, MOUNTAIN.
Movement workshop in Nature.
Next event Spring 2022
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Location - Woodland, mountainside and stone circle,
The Ring of Beara, Kerry (half an hour from Kenmare)
This will be a full day immersion into moving in/with nature,
through the practice of Amerta movement: Being with
natural structures and the elements to open up our
movement, expression, receptivity, senses and connection
We will explore personal themes arising from being with the landscape, as well as being given movement tools to
help you to have a fully embodied experience of connecting with land:
opening to sensing through the whole body: listening, seeing and touch
finding anchors and not getting 'lost'
speaking and receiving - the art of expression has receiving and receiving has expression
physical tools of moving on different levels, exploring angles and planes of perception and stopping to support receiving, recognising, connecting and blossoming.
landscape supporting our growth and blossoming and our presence in landscape as an offering to support its blossoming.
Morning: Woodland, (earth, roots, rock). Walking, moving, writing in woodland. Time with the group, then time alone.
Lunch: shared picnic.
Afternoon: Stone circle (earth, rock, wind, sky). Walking, moving, sharing through talking. Witnessing movement.
WATER, LAND, SKY
Movement workshop in nature
Next event early summer 2022
Location: Beach in West Cork.
We will move together as well as having time alone, to explore the landscape and
atmosphere where land and water meet. Through embodied listening and sensing,
we will experience how different elements and terrains affect and inform our movement
and affect our own inner world. How we can be present and listen, receive and connect
with the natural world, hear it’s voice, it’s rhythms, feel it’s textures and in return our
movement can speak back. We can be in embodied, conscious relationship with the
world, each other and ourselves.
Themes for the day
Rhythm and time/timing
Fluidity and solidity
Listening as an embodied experience
Offering back / prayer and ritual
General practicalities for outdoor workshops
Dress warmly for the Irish weather and uneven ground. Sturdy boots are recommended. Bring waterproofs (to keep dry in case of light rain, and to sit on)
Bring a notebook and pen and art materials if you wish.
Bring lunch to share
All are welcome, though there may be rough ground, so some people may not find outdoor work accessible.
After booking you will receive the practical details including directions.
Because of not wanting to take up excessive space in public car parks, and environmental sensitivity, car-pooling is encouraged.
Please no dogs or children
In case of bad weather an alternative date will be scheduled. If you are unable to make the new date, then you will be offered a refund.
Image by Marika O'Sullivan