Body of Breath ~ Nature of Sound: Journey into Landscape Within + Without ~ Jamie McHugh on JULY 12, 2014

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Body of Breath, Nature of Sound: Journeys into the Landscape Within and Without

With Jamie McHugh, RSMT, MA

July 12, 2014 

10:30 am – 9:30 pm

$150 – includes catered dinner – before June 15; $180 after  

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 “Our breath is our way of exchanging ourselves with the world. We breathe the world in and we breathe ourselves out into the world; it is a constant relationship which goes on mostly unconsciously. The use of the voice is one way in which this becomes conscious.” – Jill Purce

Breathing is the core movement of your body – the primary way life moves inside you. Vocalization is the exhale made audible with vibration – the first way your nature is expressed outwards. Both are complementary technologies for movement integration, somatic self-regulation and personal evolution.

In this daylong retreat, we will explore various breath and vocalization configurations as a developmental foundation for enlivening the body and quieting the mind. Alternating between somatic stillness, voice and movement meditations, and sensory awareness practices, we dive deeply into the landscape of the soma. This inward moving and returning home is accompanied by a creative roadmap for bringing you out into relationship with the world. Traversing the spectrum from the contemplative to the expressive, and exploring this dynamic range, will offer many choices for embodied expression.

This integrative approach to the soma and its expression will be of interest to therapists, yoga and dance/movement teachers of all types, as well as people on the path of sustainable embodiment. For more information about this work, click here.

Jamie McHugh, RSMT, MA is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist, dancer and a fine art photographer. He is the creator of Somatic Expression®, an ecological approach to embodiment through the somatic-expressive arts. Various teachers have inspired his work, including Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Emilie Conrad, Anna Halprin and Thich Nhat Hahn. Jamie has been teaching movement-based work since 1978, presenting seminars worldwide at universities, clinics, studios, and training centers. Jamie currently lives in Olympia, WA and has just completed his first book: “Restoring Original Grace: Movement as Medicine”. 

Jamie photo by Hilary Nichols

photo of landscape by Jamie McHugh, photo of Jamie by Hilary Nichols

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  1. I love what Doug MdKenzie of Brilliant Body in Seattle writes about Body Mind Centering and
    Developmental Movement
    “Body-Mind Centering has an almost unlimited number of areas of application. It is currently being used by people in movement, dance, yoga, bodywork, physical and occupational therapy, psychotherapy, child development, education, voice, music, art, meditation, athletics and other body-mind disciplines. Through study and exploration, we progress toward a comprehensive and embodied understanding of both the Body Systems and Developmental Movement. We can see how the Systems coordinate as we grow and develop, and in turn, access Developmental pathways to help the Systems coordinate.”

    “Because our development occurs continuously in relation to our environmental stimulus, we can, in each moment, discover options in the fundamental ways we relate to and orient toward ourselves, others, and that which moves us. However, it is in the first year of life that we learn how to learn and establish a basic perceptual framework. In this formative time, our strengths and perceptions grow through movement patterns that integrate all of our body systems. These patterns cohere in a continuum that echoes the evolutionary progression of the animal kingdom and guides and supports our orientation to this world. Understanding movement patterns can help us to understand and support infants through their growth. As adults we can play with these patterns of our earliest movement, finding more coordination, ease, and choice in the way we move, the way we perceive, and the way we learn.”

    “Though not a linear process, our development occurs in stages that can be identified. Any problems in the early stages will present themselves as obstacles to the fulfillment of our potential-imbalances in skeletal alignment and the body systems, and problems in perception, sequencing, organization, memory, and creativity. By tapping into the forms of our earliest developmental choices-creeping and crawling; grasping and letting go; motivation, initiation and desire-we can release old habits, address and correct imbalances, and find support for following our interests to fruition.”

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