What It Is

Trusting in your own experience...

In this course you will be encouraged to explore  using your lived experience and felt sense rather than things you think you know. Of course knowing things is important too... but we'll get to that later... 

Through, movement, imagination and touch, we will move through 7 x deep dive live Experiential Anatomy workshops and 5 pre-recorded Feldenkrais classes. We will discover ways of coming into relationship with parts of ourselves that we may not have imagined possible. 

We will share about what we encountered and then further support our learning with science. 

The primary focus of this course is to re-home our imagination, envisioning, felt sense and instinct in an integrated and earthed place within our experience of being embodied.   

Everyone who signs up receives the recordings of all sessions.

LIVE WORKSHOPS DATES 

8th & 15th September 

6th & 13th October 

3rd & 10th November 

24th November (closing circle) 

All workshops run 5 - 7.30pm BST / GMT (London time) 

Watch Intro Video

The idea behind it

'You didn't come into this world, you came out of it, like a wave from the ocean. You are not a stranger here.'

Alan Watts

Workshops & Course Flow

7 x 2.5hr Experiential Anatomy sessions with Feldenkrais, sharing circles, 3D anatomy & physiology maps and integration

  • 1

    Workshop 1 - 8th Sept - Starting From The Ground Up

    • The Gift and Challenge of Gravity & Weight Bearing

    • Starting from the Ground Up - Live Workshop Session

  • 2

    Workshop 2 - 15th Sept - Looking Out - Seeing Reaching

    • Orienting, The Horizon and Moving Towards What We Desire

    • Looking Out - Seeing Reaching - Live Workshop Session

  • 3

    Feldenkrais Lesson 1

    • Feldenkrais Lesson (Week 3)

  • 4

    Feldenkrais Lesson 2

    • Feldenkrais Lesson (Week 4)

  • 5

    Workshop 3 - 6th October - Rolling & Turning - Waves Spirals & Pulses

    • Tracking The Archetypal Shapes We (And All Nature) Are Made Of

    • Rolling and Turning - Waves, Spirals and Pulses - Live Workshop Session

  • 6

    Workshop 4 - 13th October - Being Breathed

    • Biological v/s Cultural Breathing & Engaging The Diaphragms of the Body

    • Being Breathed - Live Workshop Session

  • 7

    Feldenkrais Lesson 3

    • Feldenkrais Lesson (Week 7)

  • 8

    Feldenkrais Lesson 4

    • Feldenkrais Lesson (Week 8)

  • 9

    Workshop 5 - 3rd November - Looking In: Visiting the Heart and the Microverse

    • Interoception - Navigating Internal Maps via Our Felt Sense, Movement & the Imaginal

    • Visiting the Heart and the Microverse - Live Workshop Session

  • 10

    Workshop 6 - 10th November - Sensing in to Sense out: This Whole Body as Micro-verse within Larger Living Systems

    • Fractals and Resonances - Mapping the Interior with its Counterpoint in the Field & the Cosmos

    • Sensing In to Sense Out: This Whole Body as Microverse within Larger Living Systems - Live Workshop Session

  • 11

    Feldenkrais Lesson 5

    • Feldenkrais Lesson (Week 11)

  • 12

    Workshop 7 - 24th November - Closing Circle - Moving Forwards

    • Closing Circle - moving forwards

    • Closing Cirle - Moving Forwards - Live Workshop Session

The Flow of The Course...

  • Being In a Body - Primary Experience

    Most of our time together will be devoted to themed somatic explorations... that means experiential, process based learning, for deepening our personal relationship with our anatomy & physiology. This will involve movement, imagination, visualisation and self touch.

  • sharing circles

    Some time in each live workshop, will be put aside for sharing - both in smaller groups and in the large group. What did you encounter in the exploration? There will also be a community page for continuing the sharing. This is an important part of deepening your experience and understanding.

  • Imaging & 3D maps

    After the experiential session, we will visit some relevant 3D anatomical maps for further context and ongoing research. I will also point you in the direction of relevant texts.

  • Feldenkrais classes

    interspersed with the workshops are 5 pre-recorded Feldenkrais classes, for you to do in your own time. These have been added to develop and enrich certain aspects of what we have been exploring in the previous workshops.

  • Recordings for life

    You will have access to the recordings of all the live workshops and all the Feldenkrais classes to keep for life. To do in your own time, or revisit as your ongoing enquiry deepens. The idea is that this becomes a living library.

  • Synthesis & Integration

    How do we put this all together and use this knowledge to enrich our experience of being alive? How might it be relevant to our work? We will explore real life applications.

Time Commitment

To get the most out of this course live, allow for an average minimum of 2.5 - 3 hrs on the workshop weeks and 1 - 1.5 hrs on the Feldenkrais weeks. If you'd like to go a little deeper, you can plan to spend an additional hour each week following up / revisiting / researching / buddy and group sharing. If you are a somanaut junkie like me, you could happily spend many many hours a day exploring down the many possible delicious somatic and anatomical wormholes!... ;-). Similarly, if your time is very taxed, you can do the sessions in your own time and spread the learning over a year if you want. You'll have access to the lesson plans on the course hub for a year from sign up. And you'd own the recordings for life.

How Do I know If This Is For Me?

This course will be useful for anyone who wants a deeper understanding and more intrinsic knowledge about how being in a body works. It might be that you are working with bodies in some way - movement, dance, sport, body work, fitness. Or maybe you just want to get to know your home for this life time a bit better. Any level of experience is welcome and the only prerequisite is being in a body.

About Your Host

Rachel Blackman

Rachel is a somatic educator with over 20 years experience. She has worked both clinically (hands on) and remotely, in classrooms, in groups, one to one and in training programs locally and internationally. She is fiercely passionate about supporting us to re-home our whole selves in our embodied experience and grow a more sustainable way of being. For 8 years she worked as a guest trainer and co-lead trainer at The Embodied Facilitator Course. Now she trains coaches and trainers to work with the body at The Somatic School. Her specialisms are touch, play, imagination and expression. She is also a trained actor, Feldenkrais practitioner, theatre maker, improvisor, somatic coach, creativity consultant and mentor. Rachel grew up on Bungalung and Eora lands in what is now NSW Australia. Most of her people are still there. She lives in Brighton UK with her husband and bonus son. To read more about Rachel or read what people say about working with her, click the button below...

Pricing

Pricing is worked out on a sliding scale:

If you are ok for money - REGULAR price is - £299   (for example you have a car and don't have trouble paying your rent / mortgage & / or you own property.) This price works out at £24.90 per week. 

If money is tighter - CONCESSION price is - £249   (for example you sometimes have trouble paying your rent / mortgage and meeting your basic living costs, but usually get by ok.)  This price works out at £20.75 p/w

If money is even tighter - There are further options available. Please get in touch


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