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Authentic Movement Workshop
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Course Description:

This all-level workshop will introduce participants to the form of Authentic Movement. We will gain exposure to the elements of body/mind integration and self-expression, subtle communication skills and the ability to further nourish kindness and compassion effectively in and outside of the clinical setting. Authentic Movement fosters a full-spectrum experience, well supported by open-hearted witnessing.

As movers and as witnesses, we will learn to identify and trust our impulse, deepen embodied inquiry and cultivate congruent linguistic representation of the sensual world. We will practice in and (hopefully…) outside of the studio, taking refuge also in the majestic hills surrounding the Karuna Institute.

Authentic Movement is a relational, bare awareness embodiment practice designed to promote mental and emotional health, organic healing and sustainable growth. With origins in Jungian thought and Dance Movement Therapy, the form is broadly used to support clinical practice, artistic expression and transformational group work. Our focus will be on Authentic Movement as a relational mindfulness practice.

Clinical Practitioners from all backgrounds may find this useful in supporting their client practice. We also welcome experienced meditation practitioners.

Shantam David Zohar is Co-founder and Director of the Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy Program at Tel Aviv's Bar Ilan University, where he teaches Authentic Movement and Mindful Communication. He is also founder and director of the international two year Authentic Movement Training, offered starting November 2018 also at the Karuna Institute. Zohar is an award winning author and has studied and taught awareness practices for the past thirty years. His teachings draw from his own direct experience as meditator and practitioner of the form, and his academic background, including undergraduate studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, and graduate studies at the Karuna Institute in the UK. He has lectured and delivered workshops internationally, and works with institutions, groups and individuals.

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