Brave New Contact ~ The Improvisation of Intimacy with Stu Phillips + Dr. Jessica Tartaro PhD

Posted by on January 24, 2015 in momobutoh dance company | 0 comments


“BRAVE NEW CONTACT” ~~ a WEEKEND IMMERSION of THERAPEUTIC DANCE + INTIMACY                                  with Stu Phillips and Dr. Jessica Tartaro


~ FRI March 27 7-9:30pm ~ featuring live performance by instructors

~ SAT March 28 10am – 5pm
~ SUN March 29 10am – 5pm
Optional Sat Eve Potluck + Community Play

CONTACT IMPROVISATION is a generous, playful, partnered dance practice. If we ask of it, it will reveal everything we need to know about our relationship to connection, intimacy and love itself! In this extended deep dive weekend, join expert instructors Stu Phillips and Dr. Jessica Tartaro in this safe and sacred container to explore contact improvisation as a mirror to how we show up with others, and a resource for changing our patterns to have the intimacy we most desire.

>> Doesn’t that sound more fun than hours of couples therapy talking our way to into connection?? <<

During this weekend immersion, take the opportunity use words less and let your body do the revealing.

How do you show up?
For many, we face a relationship dilemma: at once, we feel a deep yearning for more connection, while at the same time, a deep fear of the very vulnerability we crave, which keeps us from asking for it! How do we shift this cycle?

In this workshop you will….

* Learn simple, gentle, partnered practices to explore how you show up in relationship to others–movement as mirror!
* Heighten movement awareness to reveal and move from your “body intuition” no matter your skill level; staying honest with self and others – a key to healthy relating.
* Explore responding to your own and others’ resistance to connection with acceptance, play and creativity.
* Cultivate verbal and non-verbal tools to expand your capacity to stay connected in intimacy, in all areas of your life

Together we will explore movement, reflection and community witness to understand the power of vulnerability and what blocks the connections we desire. Because we all have this desire in common. But sometimes our words and fears just get in the way!

Participants will discover initiating movement from their own centers of desire, shifting tendencies for “co-dependence” into playful interdependent creativity and welcoming the sometimes uncertain, even “messy” parts of relationship into our dances.

We hope you will attend this special weekend of healing through the moving arts, with courageous deep dives into connection along with joyous celebration of dancing freely in the field of our common humanity.

Limited to 14 participants.

whidbey image bare 2Stu Phillips, now from California Bay Area brings almost 30 years experience with Contact Improvisation as a grounded spiritual icon of the form, integrating personal experiential knowledge into offering gentle psychological/emotional healing through unraveling our demons. He grounds into interactive dance as strongly improvisational, the basis for his work being: what we feel motivates how we deal.

10806284_10152919140789801_8332257514545740335_nJessica Tartaro, PhD, is a dancing psychologist and skilled facilitator. She has brought her magic to ecstatic dance communities in Phoenix, Oakland, Austin. She now resides in Dallas, where she maintains a private psychotherapy, intimacy coaching and dance education practice. Jessica has studied contact improvisation on both coasts as well as in Austin, and teaches the psychology of healthy relationships through the principles of contact improvisation.

Stu & Jessica look forward to joining forces for the first time to merge their common passion for learning about self through relationship in movement.

FEE: $180 Early Bird Paid by V-Day Feb 14 ~ With a Beloved just $320 for 2 ~~ SAVE $100!!

$225 Regular Fee after V-Day ~ With a Beloved $420 for 2


Lodging options available: $30/night (limited to 3 couples and 2- 4 singles with full bath, kitchen, bed and living area with sunset water view). Other lodging through Air BnB and local motels or B+Bs. Camp or sleep on floor rustic style in studio (no kitchen – outdoor privy) $15/night

Contact Maureen Momo by clicking HERE use contact form below or  206 855 5836 

for more info and To RESERVE your space today!

Limited to 14 participants.

PayPal option available on request


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