Movement in Nature
with herbalist & forager, John Slattery
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Foraging and gathering plant medicines from Nature calls for our engagement on a physical level. The way we respond to our environment, how we move physically, speaks to our awareness of what's present in our environment and it speaks to our internal environment as well. Engaging with Nature offers up a multitude of opportunities for healing and deepened awareness of who we are, why we're here, and what is being called of us at this time.
John's background in movement arts such as hatha yoga, capoeira, tai chi, chi gung, and other Chinese internal martial arts has led to a deepened awareness of how our bodies relate to the world around us, and how we can move less encumbered, more efficiently, and more powerfully. Employing these principles through movement within the natural world pulls information from our surroundings, feeding, healing, and enlivening our nervous system, while energetically grounding and harmonizing our electromagnetic bodies.
In this workshop, we'll begin to explore the natural world through our senses and the natural movements of our bodies. We'll get close to the ground, move over and across rocks, logs, and earth. We'll take simple movements and break them down, slowly. We'll open ourselves to receiving information through our tactile senses, while taking notice of limitations in our bodies, and inspiration towards movement which comes from the earth, from Gaia herself.
This workshop can be broken down into two interwoven segments: guided group movement through the terrain we encounter, exploring how we can move with our whole body; awareness of the plants through knowledge and information imparted by John and the plants themselves.
We'll explore moving across the earth on all fours, move to sitting, move to standing, balance routines, coordinating left and right movement, and utilizing what the landscape offers.
During our breaks from mind-body integrated movement, we'll draw our focus to the plants, to explore and discuss their edible and medicinal virtues. All participants will learn to identify a variety of plants while gaining deeper insights into how we can utilize these plants through developing relationship.
The goal of this workshop is to integrate the experience of gaining knowledge about the plants in our environment with an experientially informed wisdom of our environment through natural movement through the landscape.
This workshop is for anyone interested in plants (herbalists, foragers, botanists, etc.) who enjoys moving through nature and would like to become more mobile, stabile, and integrated in their everyday movements. You'll integrate these principles and movements into your daily functional movement, and, maybe, you'll start moving even more once you remember how good it feels.
This workshop does not require a high level of physical conditioning, but it does require full use of one's body. If you currently require an assistive device (cane, walker, wheelchair, etc.), unfortunately, this workshop won't serve your current needs.
Bring ample water to drink, and a packed lunch if you'd like to stay and enjoy lunch together upon the conclusion of the workshop. Clothing and footwear should be flexible and allow for a wide variety of movements. Be prepared to get close to the ground, if not roll around on it.
General Refund Policy: 100% refund is offered 30 days or more before the event start date. Within 30 days of the event start date, credit will be given for another course in the future (is not transferrable to merchandise). Within 7 days of the event start date credit will be extended only if there is a waitlisted participant to fill your space, otherwise, no credit will be extended upon cancellation, or in the event of a no show. No refunds will be given within 30 days of the class start date.