The Return to Embodiment is love song to the ordinary, the poetic, the implicit world of the body itself as a place of knowing and movement as our very first language. It's a phenomenological exploration of how and what moves us as we travel among the social, cultural, historical, environmental settings in which we find ourselves. Each individual I interview offers particular experiences, grounded in this knowing.
Jeff Gilbert on ecotrauma, waking up, and reclaiming our birthright
There are times when a teacher offers perpective you cannot find on your own. If one listens, with an open mind, an open body, in this episode, Jeff walks us through his journey into the richest ecosystem on earth, the Amazon River basin. He describes the dieta, his apprenticeship with the plants and the Shaman, including the hardship as well as the joy, weaving observations of his changing self in relationship with the environments within which he finds himself. Jeff's journey has lead him to integrate his past experiences and study including dance/movement therapy, organizational development, and bodywork with his own healing and awakening to our shared ecological condition, with a vision for the present: to be fully alive, which means noticing when ecotrauma causes us to numb ourselves. Yet, his vision extends beyond the wounds and the suffering to a hope of true freedom, to move towards community and to find the joy found in right relationship with the earth, with ourselves, and with one another. To get in touch with Jeff, please email him at email@example.com.
Hona Backstrom on practice as essential to becoming a practitioner, acupressure points to manage fear, and embodiment as a foundation for health.
Hona Backstom is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, and a board certified acupuncturist and herbalist. Hona shares about how her experience of dance was seminal in finding within a sense of embodiment. She speaks about embodiment on seveal levels: pesonal, professional and from a Chinese medicine perspective. She also provides some gentle guidance into acupressure points that help with curbing fear, during this pandemic.
Hona reminds us that illness manifests differently in different bodies, so embodiment as a practice of conscious connection and observation of ones own body, is an essential part of empowering both health and wellbeing. Hona offers both virtual consultations and in person acupuncture treatments. She can be found at www.bluebirdwell.com and on Instagram at Backstrom_acupuncture.
Peggy Hackney on aliveness, change and the red rocks of Snow Canyon
Peggy Hackney is co-founder of Integrated Movement Studies (www.imsmovement.com) and teaches in their Laban/Bartenieff Certificate Program. As a registered somatic movement therapist (ISMETA), a certified massage therapist, and a teacher of labanotation, Peggy Hackney has been working in the world of movement and embodiment for over fifty years. She teaches globally and has written the seminal book "Making Connections: Total body integration through Bartenieff fundamentals" which was inspired and formed by the almost fifteen years she worked alongside Irmgard Bartenieff, who shared the motto: "Constant Change is Here to Stay." Peggy acknowledges the source and practices which support her ability to find aliveness, and to move with the unknowns of change.
Cameron Scott on breath, heart and flyfishing
In this conversation, I am discussing with Cameron Scott his journey of recovery and moving towards authenticity, wholeness and hope. Cameron is an outdoorsman, a fly fishing guide, a white water rafting guide and a custom home builder. Cameron finds great satisfaction in his work as a life coach with a focus on helping men to step into the life they want with more balance, worthiness and truth. In 2018, Cameron shares about his journey of transformation in a TEDxBigSky talk: The Journey Within: A Story of Transformation. For more information, please visit: https://cameronscottcoaching.com/ Cameron embodies courage and compassion in letting go of the old stories that hinder us from life, for himself and others, in this journey of transformation from suffering to the practices of peace.
Spaces of learning, grieving and seeking justice
As we recognize and respond to the ongoing inequities and violence in American society, this episode offers a personal exploration of how the harms of racism and injustice are embodied and impact my ability to hold space. What does it mean to hold space for learning and change, to cultivate spaces that can acknowledge the traumas of our history and our present moment, to create spaces that propell actions of equity and justice for all of us? WIth gratitude to all who model the beauty of holding space for grief, for compassion, for growth and for transformation. A special thank you to Quinlan Mitchell for his poetry.
Trigger warning: Please note that this episode has racial violence imagery that could be triggering.
Monica Peri and Ignacio Lavalle on Psicotango
Psicotango is dance therapy born from tango culture in Buenos Aires. Ignacio Lavalle and Monica Peri are both students of Rodolfo Dinzel, the tango dancer, developer of a choreographic notation system, and theorist who first described the healing powers of the tango and urged them to research the healing power of tango for themselves.
Monica Peri is a journalist, broadcaster and milonguera as well as a coordinator of classes in psicotango. Monica's research into tango and its relationship with psychoanalysis has lead to the book Tango: un abrazo sanador.
Born in Buenos Aires, Ignaicio Lavalle is a pschologist with a masters degree in Analytical Psychology through the Fundación C.G. Jung of PA. He has studied tango since 2002 in various schools of Dinzel. As a writer and researcher of the healing effects of tango dance. Ignacio offers workshops in public hospitals and consultations on psicotango. Ignactio practices and teaches tai chi chuan and integrates it with the psychotango. Ignacio has written the book, Tango: una danza interior.
Together they have recently translated into English their book, Psico Tango: Danza como terapia, which is available on Amazon and mercadolible. Psicotango classes are available both online and in person through their website www.psicotango.com.ar
In this conversation, Monica Peri and Ignacio Lavalle speak to the elements of the tango that make it such a healing dance form: the embrace, the gaze, the community, the use of improvisation/play/creativity and the rhythm. Tango generates the creative force of the erotic as an answer to our mortality, challenges limited conceptions of gender, and nurtures community based upon breath and heartbeat and touch.
Within our conversation, Monica offers two experientials: in the first, we closed our eyes and placed our palms together, to communicate through the contact points of our hands, shifting leadership and allowing movement to unfold creatively together. The second was, simply, an invitation to embrace, to savor holding and being held, to remember the experience of being welcomed in a hug, which is perhaps the most compelling argument against disembodiment.
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