CPD, Workshops and Courses
The dance into darkness workshop series
With Fabienne Formosa
This is a 6 part workshop series that will take place once a month on Tuesdays: 28th September, 26th October, 30th November, 7th December, 25th January and 22nd February.
Time: 6.00pm - 7.00pm
Price: £15 per workshop
Please note that these workshops are limited to 5 people and pre-booking is required to attend. You may choose to attend one, some or all of the series. Register via eventbrite link here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-dance-into-darkness-tickets-172197225537
This six part themed workshop series offers playful ways to explore the moving body as an art-making and storytelling medium fostering wellbeing.
As we move through Autumn into the depths of the Winter season, like the trees shedding their leaves, you may find yourself letting go of what no longer serves and turning your attention inward. These workshops draw inspiration from the Japanese Butoh dance form founded by Hijikata Tatsumi, and invite you to turn to your moving body, to embrace the dance into darkness of the coming months. For it is in darkness that we dream and birth the new. Each workshop offers guided slow somatic movement working with different themes, non-human animals and the elements, gentle ways of tracing sensations on the skin as a way of listening to the inner self and witnessing, as well as expressing emotions, through gesture. Each session closes with mark-making or creative writing and storytelling.
I strive to make my events accessible and inclusive to all people of adult age regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, race and ability. No previous experience of dance or movement is needed for these workshops. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your needs to participate in these workshops.
*If Covid-19 lockdown-related government guidelines prevent these workshops from happening in person, they will go ahead and be delivered online via Zoom instead.
Refunds are available on a case-by-case basis, depending on your circumstances and reason for requesting the refund. If you wish to cancel your booking more than 7 days before the event and I am able to offer the place to a waiting list applicant you will be offered a full refund. You are also free to find your own replacement.
I will not be able to offer a refund if we are not able to find a suitable replacement and/or your cancellation request occurs within 7 days of the start date of the workshop.
Covid-19 related clauses
A limited number of 5 participants means that at the time of advertising this workshop – I will be able to deliver this workshop in line with current government distancing-related guidelines. The cabin is further ventilated and supplied with air purifiers.
In the case of this workshop having to be delivered online, it is the participants' responsibility to ensure they have access to a stable internet connection and can make use of Zoom. No refunds will be offered in the event of a participants’ internet connection causing them to lose access to the workshop.
About the Facilitator
Fabienne is a creative practitioner working with the moving body as a restorative practice to foster sustainable ways of living and enhance well-being. She is also a practice-led doctoral researcher with the Visual Cultures department at Goldsmiths College where she is currently performing embodied research in the field of Mad Studies. Her work approaches experiences of distress as ecologically entangled and explores the body, through dance movement improvisation, as an art-making and storytelling medium.
The Seasonal Self and Connecting More Deeply
With Claire de Boursac
In 2015 I founded Nature as Nurture, offering groups and workshops to help Londoners connect with nature and ultimately with themselves. See www.natureasnurture.com for more.
Forest Bathing – Relax your mind, awaken your senses, nourish your soul
This relaxing and restorative practice combines mindful walking, meditation and ‘invitations’- carefully crafted exercises to help you connect more deeply with yourself and the natural world around you. Forest Bathing has been shown to have significant health benefits (reducing stress; lowering cortisol, blood pressure & heart rate; boosting immunity) and also often sparks inspiration, insight and healing.
Sessions last 2 hours and cost £25
Bespoke sessions available – please email.
The Seasonal Self – thrive year-round by aligning with the seasons
These stand-alone workshops explore the themes of the current season. They offer a chance to pause an consider how we are at this point in the year. Through meditations, rituals and conversations we explore our personal pleasures and challenges of the season. We draw on the teachings and wisdom of nature as we consider how best to respond to and care for ourselves so that we can thrive.
The Seasonal Self: Autumn workshop
Wednesday 7th October 9.30-12.00. £35
Connecting More Deeply – an ongoing personal development group exploring how to connect more deeply with yourself, others and nature.
This group offers a place for self-discovery, learning and growth. You’re invited to come together in community to explore themes of connection and disconnection and ways to have more satisfying contact. Drawing on nature-connection practices, therapeutic techniques, meditation and wellbeing practices you’ll be supported to learn from your own deep wisdom, each other and nature.
The group meets 6 Wednesday mornings each term 9.30-12.00. Cost £300 per term
Wednesdays 9.30-12.00 on
September 15th & 29th
November 3rd & 17th
This is an ongoing group and you’re invited to join for at least 2 terms although many stay longer.
If you’re interested, please contact me via email.
Claire de Boursac (MBACP registered) is a Humanistic Psychotherapist, Nature-Based-Therapist, Nature-wellbeing Practitioner and Forest Bathing Guide.