Expand Your World

Through Embodied Dialogue

The quality of your life depends on the quality of your relationships.

So wouldn't it make sense to get more clarity about what your body & mind are really doing when you're relating to the world and the people in your life?

Join a unique community practice designed to develop your capacity for creating meaningful human connection so you can:

  • Deepen your closest personal relationships
  • Feel comfortable in your own skin in different environments and in the company of different types of people
  • Resolve long-term behavioral patterns that contribute to social anxiety, loneliness, and isolation
  • Expand your world by building new friendships and embracing new experiences

How it works:

Each 2-hour class moves through 3 stages to develop warm human connection between the participants - kindling, sparks & flame.

Class begins and ends with an exchange of ideas about how we relate. We acknowledge the unfolding sensations in our bodies as carrying equal meaning to the words we speak in a collective exploration of the felt sense of relationship.

The two group encounters are bridged by an exploratory movement process to refresh your nervous system through the engagement of novel patterns of action and non-habitual use of the attention. Then, with a newly drawn map of mind, body, and self, the group returns to reengage in fresh dialogue and deeper connection.

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*includes recordings of all 5 dates
(scroll down for complete description of the class series)

NEXT CLASS - September 29th:

Explore Embodied Dialogue on the following theme:

Anyone who has contact with the ground, who is truly standing on their own two feet and is therefore standing up straight, is not only upright but also has the courage to be upstanding.

― HEINRICH JACOBY

September class series: Deep Grounding

*recordings of all classes included if you join after the first class

September 1 : Listening Underfoot

Walk so silently that the bottoms of your feet become ears - PAULINE OLIVEROS

Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet. - THICH NHAT HANH

September 8: Story Walking

All things are engaged in writing their history...

Not a foot steps into the snow, or along the ground, but prints in characters more or less lasting, a map of its march. The ground is all memoranda and signatures; and every object covered over with hints. In nature, this self-registration is incessant, and the narrative is the print of the seal.

- RALPH WALDO EMERSON

September 15: The Souls of the Feet

Thoreau got up each morning and walked to the woods as though he had never been where he was going to, so that whatever was there came to him like liquid into an empty glass. Many people taking such a walk would have their heads so full of other ideas that it would be a long time before they were capable of hearing or seeing. Most people are blinded by themselves.

― JOHN CAGE

September 22: Sensing What's Below

We can feel the trees and the rocks underfoot, because we are not so unlike them, because we have our own forking limbs and our own mineral composition, because - contrary to our inherited conceptions - we are not pure mind-stuff, but are tangible bodies of thickness and weight, and so have a great deal in common with the palpable things that we encounter.

― DAVID ABRAM

Our legs are like foreign bodies to us when we start using them for something other than standing or walking.

- HEINRICH JACOBY

September 29: Gravity, Levity & Dignity

Anyone who has contact with the ground, who is truly standing on their own two feet and is therefore standing up straight, is not only upright but also has the courage to be upstanding.

― HEINRICH JACOBY

HOW THE CLASS WORKS

Every Expand Your World class is two hours long. Movement practice and embodied dialogue combine to create a group process that fosters deeper human connection. Its three-part structure roughly maps onto the process of building a campfire. It begins with sparks, continues with kindling, and finally moves to flame.

 

KINDLING:

Class begins with “kindling” - these are words I’ve chosen that point us towards some aspect of human experience we are all capable of recognizing and contemplating.

We will investigate this aspect of being human together over the course of the entire class, through our movement, the use of our attention, and our capacity to connect our nervous systems through the magic of language, or embodied dialogue.

The initial “kindling” for each class will be posted ahead of time. Participants are invited to bring their own complementary “kindling” to class to expand the dimensions of our collective practice. 

At the beginning of the class, these words will be read aloud. Every participant will have the opportunity to read. 

All are invited to attend to the sensory and somatic experience of shaping the words with the lips, teeth and tongue, resonating the voice in the throat, capturing the vibrations of the words in the ears, digesting the images into the brain, and listening to how they grow inside the body.

All are invited to attend to the vibrational experience of creating connection through the voluntary sharing of space for the exchange of ideas.

(For those familiar with the contemplative practice of Lectio Divina, this process might be thought of as a kind of ensemble experience of something similar.)

 

SPARK:

We begin by facing each other in order to tune into our felt sense of relationship. Then we enter into the exploratory process of Awareness Through Movement practice, a form of somatic inquiry that combines the use of novel movements and non-habitual use of attention to refresh the nervous system. 

The intention of the practice is to redraw your internal maps of mind, body, and self to organize for more efficient movement and clearer perception. Each class includes a new sensory journey that fits both the monthly theme of the class and the words that have just been read aloud.

 

FLAME:

After exploring inside, we expand our attention outside of ourselves again encompassing each other in our field of awareness. In so doing, we endeavor to stay connected to our insides at the same time. 

With new eyes, ears, and mouths, we revisit the words that sparked the class and try to make them burn brighter. 

From here, we slowly remove the formalities and begin to speak freely from the basis of the unfolding sensations of our shared experience. We invite the possibility of making further discoveries together through our exchange that none of us might discover on our own.

 

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