Preparations are underway for a deep and enriching Teachers' Gathering in London at the end of June 2015. The gathering will take place in the beautiful venue of St. Luke’s Church for three days of dancing, sharing practices, professional development and a fun and nourishing time for all.
During the gathering there will be time for:
- Lots of deep dancing
- Input from specialist teachers (more information to below)
- Peer supervision
- Tea, chats, hugs and laughter
- The ICMTA General Assembly
- More quality dancing
- Nutritious delicious vegetarian lunches provided by Carolina Cooks For You (optional)
- Dinner out with the group (optional).
We're delighted to confirm that the Gathering will include four special workshop sessions:
- Sue Kuhn will be leading a session on recognising and working with trauma;
- Ellen Watson (and possibly co-creator Daphne Tse) will be offering an introduction to their practice SpiritDance/ SoulSongTM
- Plus there will be introductions to both Movement Medicine from Christian de Souza and Open Floor with Sarah Davies.
Recognising and Working With Trauma on our Movement Floors, with Sue Kuhn
In this two-hour workshop we will be looking at some ways that trauma might present itself in our participants. How to recognise it and have some understanding of what’s needed and provide it. How to resource the group, or someone that is triggered, through movement, to help them stay grounded, present and conscious, and how to help someone 'back' should they go out of their window of tolerance.
Sue Kuhn is a registered Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Trainer and has been working in this field for more than 35 years. She is just completing Level 2 of the Sensorimotor training working with trauma in the body. She is trained in Family Constellations and completed the leadership training of the Marion Woodman Foundation.
She is a 5Rhythms® teacher of both Waves and Heartbeat levels of the work, and she is a staff member for The School of movement Medicine and a Movement Medicine Facilitator. Her background is in the Arts. She is a student of the Ridhwan School’s Diamond Approach to Inner Realisation. She has facilitated movement in psychiatric hospitals, rehab centres and schools as well as with the general public. www.suekuhndance.com
SpiritDance SoulSong: It's Good MedicineTM
SpiritDance SoulSongTM, conceived and developed over the last 30 years at Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA, and in Bali, Indonesia, combines two of the oldest community building practices on Planet Earth: Dancing and Singing. Still alive today in developing countries and tribal communities, music making, dancing and singing weave together the fabric of village life. If you can sound you can Sing, if you can move you can Dance. Your Body is Your Musical Instrument.
SpiritDance SoulSongTM engages and activates the eight chakras, the eight senses, and the five elements. As we sound, sing and dance ourselves through the portals of the five fears that hold humanity captive, personal healing and empowerment transform each practitioner.
Each class includes tuning our instruments through Qi Gung, Sounding, Singing, Moving, and Dancing. We Contact, Enter, Allow, Express, and Embody our senses, feelings and emotions. Engaging visualization and affirmation we import supportive messages into our database, deleting, emptying and replacing old, limiting, non-supportive internal dialogue.
SpiritDance SoulSongTM fosters physical, mental, emotional and spiritual fitness and inspires enthusiasm, vitality, restoration and rejuvenation in all who participate. Informed by Ellen's and Daphne's combined study of Singing Gestalt, Continuum Movement, 5Rhythms®, Holotropic Breathwork, The Eight Limbs of Yoga, QiGung, The Hoffman Process, The Berkeley School of Music, The Diamond Approach, Gestalt Awareness Practice, Sound Healing, A Course in Miracles, and the Center for Spiritual Healing, SpiritDance SoulSongTM supports personal healing and empowerment through personal inquiry and group process.
Ellen Watson, a 30 year member of Esalen's staff and faculty, continues to practice on the Healing Arts and Movement Arts staff, and is a senior Trainer of Esalen® Massage & Bodywork, Touching EssenceTM (a 200 hour certification training in Massage, Essential Oils, & Sound Healing), and co creator of SpiritDance SoulSongTM.
Daphne Tse, singer and songwriter, recording artist, and concert touring diva, has practised and taught Yoga and Kirtan, and Vocal Toning, for the last 20 years. Daphne's mentor, Shiva Rea, set her free in 2008, to pursue her bliss: recording her first CD, Mata, in Bali, while being the Director of Programming for The Bali Spirit Festival, from 2008-2012. Daphne's second CD, Finding Water, recorded in Kauai, was released in 2014. Daphne is in the midst of a three-year world tour, spreading her heart-filled practices of SoulSongsTMand SpiritDance SoulSongTM.
The event is open to ICMTA members and non-members who are teachers or teachers-in-training of Soul Motion, Open Floor,
5Rhthyms®, FreedomDance and Movement Medicine.
The gathering will take place at St Luke’s
, Hillmarton Rd, London, N7 9RE, a beautiful refurbished church built in 1860 with a sprung dance floor just North of Central London
The Gathering will also be the occasion of the IMTA General Assembly.
The times are:
Tues 30 June - 10.15 to 5.30 pm
Wed 1 July - 10 to 5 pm
Thurs 2 July - 10 to 4 pm
Carolina Cooks For You
is delighted to be providing nourishing vegetarian lunches for the event. Gluten free, vegan and sugar free friendly. £25 for all 3 lunches booked in advance and £10 per individual lunch. Carolina is well known across the dance community for her delicious cooking and sublime cakes!
On the evening of Wednesday 1st July there is an option of eating a meal together at the Tuffnell Park Tavern
, in north London. The cost of the meal is not included in the payment for the gathering and will be about £30 a head - completely voluntary and we hope you can join us!
When you book please indicate on the online booking form which of these catering options you'd like if any. Payment will be taken on arrival at the gathering. Confirmation of whether or not you’re coming to the either option is needed a week before the gathering so that we can get a good idea of numbers. Please contact Bodhi if needed.
More details about the event will follow soon, but you can put the dates in your calendar now! Watch this space!
If you do need further information contact event organiser:
Non-members are welcome to attend General Assembly as silent observers.
Student teacher members of the ICMTA and student teacher non-members of the ICMTA can attend ICMTA London Gathering. Students currently enrolled in training in any of the approved modalities (FreedomDance, 5Rhthyms®, Open Floor International, Movement Medicine, and Soul Motion), a copy of enrolment confirmation on modality required.
(same cost as member or non-member)