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Presented by Fogbeast and Carol Swann

Practice and Participatory Conversation Facilitated by Carol Swann

Sunday - September 20
Carol Swann (Alexander Technique) and Eleanor Criswell Hanna (HANNA SOMATICS)
2:00 - 5:00 pm @Western Sky Studio, 2525 8th St. Berkeley, CA

Sunday - October 25
Carol Swann (Alexander Technique) and Kesha Fikes (DANIS BOIS METHOD)
2:00 - 5:00 pm @Finnish Hall. 1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley, CA

Sunday - November 22
Carol Swann (Alexander Techniquie) and Peggy Hackney (LABAN/BARTENIEFF)
2:00 - 5:00 pm @Finnish Hall. 1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley, CA

Sliding scale $45-$60

To register, email fogbeastdance@gmail.com

In this series, we will examine "Movement Re-patterning" somatics by teaching specific exercises through the lenses of various somatic systems such as: Body Mind Centering, Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Method, Embodied Anatomy, Developemental Movement and others. The two teachers will each teach an exercise in the system from which they are presenting.

After the practice sessions, Carol Swann will facilitate a "participatory" conversation on somatics. The teachers will lead off with a very short presentation and participants will then be invited to share their perspectives, experiences and curiosities on somatics. We intend these dialogues to encourage co-operative learning and an exchange of information that elicits collective wisdom and serves community networking. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a notebook for notes if you would like. Everyone welcome.


Carol Swann is a teacher, private practitioner, facilitator, performer and activist. Her work is focused on contributing toward a more socially just and connected world. She has been teaching Voice, Somatics, Alexander Technique, Authentic Movement, Contact and Improvisation for over 35 years in the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Israel and Russia. She is Co-founder/Co-Director of "Moving On Center, School Of Participatory Arts and Somatic Research" (1994-2015). She has a private practice in Somatic Psychology (Hakomi/Process Work), is a registered Somatic Movement Therapist/Educator RSMT/RSME, Alexander Technique (NASTAT), Voice and is a Group Process/Conflict facilitator. Her work is informed by her extensive studies in Body-Mind Centering, Process Work, Roy Hart Theatre, Laban/Bartenieff, Release Technique, Action Theater, Theater of the Oppressed, Social Somatics, nature and everything else in her awareness.

Eleanor Chriswell Hanna (Ed.D.), co-founder with Thomas Hanna of contemporary "Somatics", originator of Equine Hanna Somatics, is a professor of psychology and former chair of the Psychology Department at Sonoma State University. She is the founding director of the Humanistic Psychology Institute (now Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center), editor of Somatics Magazine, and director of the Novato institute for Somatic Research and Training. Her books include Biofeedback and Somatics: Towards Personal Evolution and How Yoga Works: An Introduction to Somatic Yoga. She conducts Equine Hanna Somatics workshops, clinics and private sessions for riders and horse handlers. She may be reached at ecriswell@ix.netcom.com.

Kesha Fikes (Ph.D., CMT) is an anthropologist who dedicates herself to the study of somatic education. She is in private practice in the South Bay where she is the founder of the Center for Sensorial Bodywork & Movement Therapy. Fikes is a certified therapist of Somatic-Psychoeducation (now Perceptual Education) from the Danis Bois Method - a gentle form of manual osteopathy that uses embodiment and physical rehabilitation for self-inquiry. In addition, her practice is heavily influenced by Kathy Kain's Somatic Practice - a touch therapy that regulates neurochemistry and complex autoimmune symptoms linked to trauma. Fikes' somatic approach facilitates awareness of physiological and behavioral patterns that accompany pain, stress, anxiety, depression, and other somatic expressions. As a practitioner she is interested in forms of touch that bridge 'sensing into one's potentiality' (in an existential sense) and 'sensing into safety'. She partners with psychotherapists to deliver the best care possible for her diverse clientele. Fikes was a professor of anthropology at the University of Chicago before becoming a somatic practitioner.

Peggy Hackney (M.F.A. C.M.A.)is internationally recognized for her work in Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and Bartenieff Fundamentals. She helped found the Intensive LMA Certification Programs in NYC, Seattle, Salt Lake, and Berlin. Peggy holds a B.A. in Psychology from Duke University and an M.F.A. in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College. She performed in New York City for 10 years before joining the Bill Evans Dance Co. and touring the USA. She was on the Faculty of the University of Washington for 11 years and has taught throughout the United States as well as in Europe. She helped to found Seattle's performance space for emerging artists entitled, "On The Boards." Currently she is Director of and teaches in the Integrated Movement Studies Bay Area Weekend Laban/Bartenieff Certificate Program, and teaches in the University of Utah Program. She is also the Assistant Director of Moving On Center, a Somatics and Participatory Arts training program.

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Somatics is the practice of paying attention to or tracking all the sensations, signals, (gathering information) within the body or that come from the outside and have an impact on the body/mind and making choices about what to do with this awareness. All somatics are concerned with integrating the whole person, the Body, Mind and Spirit.

There are many contemporary Somatic "Systems" that have been developed in the last century with which to study one's body/mind awareness and learn to "re-pattern" habits of being that exist in the physical, psychological/emotional and social realms of our humanness. These systems include four approaches to learning somatics: Bodywork, Movement Repatterning, Body Psychotherapy and Social Somatics. Some of these systems are, the Alexander Technique, Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies, Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement, Body-Mind Centering, Hakomi Method, Process Work, Ideokinesis, Generative Somatics, Somatic Experiencing and many more. Somatics is not a new field, only to western civilization. It has its roots in ancient cultures such as Asia, African, Native American and the Middle-east. Thomas Hanna, a neurological practitioner, in 1976 put the word "Somatics" in writing. Generally, somatics is educational, non-hierarchical and learning takes place in a new paradigm that is horizontal as opposed to vertical where the authority is placed solely on the teacher or practitioners knowledge. As practitioners, we believe the power to change exists with the students or clients own wisdom and inner knowing. As teachers and therapists we see ourselves as facilitators to students and clients finding their own truth. Our aim is to "empower" the individual. We believe there is an inherent wisdom or intelligence of the body. We believe the body-mind can remember (its original organization) as well as re-pattern because we are "living somas" and we have the ability to constantly re-create ourselves.

Social Somatics is a newer (yet inherent) system to be named. It operates on the understanding that the individual "soma" is not separate from its experience in the social context that shapes it. The exploration of Social Somatics is the relationship between our inner embodied experiences and the social systems that shape our lives. Unlike conventional somatics, it consciously activates awareness of our social bodies to transform internalized, relational, structural and cultural conditions that oppressed us and impede wellness. Somatics is about relationship. All parts equal the whole and the whole equals all parts.

(an evolving description from Carol Swann)

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