Authentic Movement; Embodied Empathy

Published on 27/06/2016 by

Updated on 10/06/2016 by

Categories: Personal Development, Workshop

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Date(s) - Monday, June 27, 2016 - Friday, July 1, 2016
2:00 pm - 11:15 am


Professor Helen Payne, PhD, AHPP accredited psychotherapist; MBACP; ADMP UK Snr. Reg. movement psychotherapist. Helen is one of the leading international experts in the field of Embodied Psychotherapy.
Authentic Movement (AM) will be the method used during this intensive. Pioneered by Mary Starks Whitehouse in California, AM enables a direct connection to the depths of our unconscious, accessing the rich resources of our intuitive wisdom expressed through the embodied word, image, sensation and relationship as well as through natural, rejuvenating movement. Founded on Jung’s concept of the active imagination and the collective unconscious, authentic movement also derives from dance movement therapy, play therapy, groupwork and spiritual practice where symbolic meaning is seen in physical expression. As practised with Helen it has a safe, self-directed, non-judgemental and empathic framework. Participants learn to dwell more easily in their bodies, and to engage creatively with a direct experience of the self beyond words and concepts. It can assist in developing body awareness, body-mind-spirit connections and kinetic meditation where mindfulness is crucial to practice. The roles of witness and mover are explored in dyadic, triadic and group formations with the four phase process. The retreat will provide ritual, witnessing and movement experiences, silence, verbal and symbolic reflective processes, as well as small teaching seminars. Due to the environment we will explore participatory consciousness which can emerge through engaging in authentic movement in relationship with all aspects of the sentient world. Be inspired in a setting with wildlife up close, beautiful landscapes, places to explore, good food and friendly faces. Studio sessions will be interspersed with reflection time in silence, opportunities to experience nature and artwork periods. Seminars will address questions arising from your explorations in studio time as well as those relevant to your professional practice.

Who Can Apply?
This intensive is for practitioners qualified in counselling/psychotherapy or the arts therapies with substantial personal therapy. If your background is outside these areas please contact Helen to discuss the suitability of the course for you. No experience in dance is required. You will need an aspiration to inhabit your body more fully and to re-discover your authentic nature through bridging psyche, soma and spirit. This is suitable for both beginners and those experienced in Authentic Movement. Some applicants participate regularly for on-going training, some for personal development, whilst some are new to the circles.
Times: Start 4.00pm, Monday 27 June 2015; Ends 11.00am Friday 1 July 2016
Equipment: Bring backjack to sit on if required, notebook/journal and art materials.
Language: It is expected that all participants will have a working knowledge of English. Location: We gather in the beautiful countryside at the Empty Studio, SG9 0TH Hertfordshire, UK. Stansted/Luton airports nearby, road/rail from London then taxi.
Accommodation: B&B/hotel nearest town or, to keep costs to a minimum, we can offer basic camping/very, very basic caravan-type accommodation on site (not a campsite, one shower at specified times is available) price to include breakfasts/tea/coffee (see details on booking form). Please respect the venue is a family home which also keeps costs down considerably. 3 lunches/2 evening meals (to keep costs down) included in fee. Pub nearby.
Tuition Fee: 500.00 GBP (but see discounts) inclusive of home cooked lunches and refreshments. Deposit 50 GBP and accommodation costs due by 1 June 2016 Application process: Complete the booking form and the in-depth application form and send with deposit to [email protected] Questions? Call 00 44 (0)1763 288592/07702314981.
The Trainer: Helen helped to pioneer the development of dance movement psychotherapy in the UK, is the first Fellow, and Senior Reg. Member, ADMT.UK. She has been working as a psychotherapist (UKCP Reg.) since 1990 and as a trainer and researcher for over three decades both in clinical and private practice. She has published widely in the field, in seven languages, was previously Head of Counselling and is now a Professor of Psychotherapy at the University of Hertfordshire, UK where she supervises PhD candidates and teaches embodied practice. Her clinical experience with young offenders, children with autism and emotional/learning difficulties together with her research projects has influenced her approach. She first discovered Authentic Movement in 1979 with Mary Whitehouse, since then studied for seven years with Dr Janet Adler and has her permission to teach the discipline. She is trained in Person-Centred Counselling and Group Analysis. This together with experience of practice-based research Laban Dance/Analysis, Buddhist meditation, Analytical Psychology, Process-work, and Shamanism helps her to provide a safe, creative and transformative environment. She is the MD and Clinical Director for the University spin-out company