Q. Do I have to come to both the workshop and the online sessions or can I book for them individually?
You are warmly invited to both and it's also possible to come to one or the other.
Q. What is Open Floor movement practice?
Open Floor is mindfulness in motion. It is an embodied, dance-based and movement practice. We explore new ways of moving and responding to what is happening with intention and purpose. We learn to understand our habits and patterns for deeper insight and self awareness. We bring attention to our bodies over and over again, fully experiencing each moment as we move, breathe, and dance... with great music and a teacher to guide us. The more we embody different responses in our movements, the more resources we can call on to move through life with flexibility, resilience and ease.
Q. What if I'm not a very good dancer?
We use music as a catalyst for movement - and that can look like anything. There are no steps or routines to learn. It is not a performance. We do not aim to make pretty shapes. We are not learning to dance but rather dancing to learn. Dancing can look like anything, from a wild boogie to a gently tapping finger. You are invited to move as much as your body can and wants to. In true Beyond Chocolate style, I'll encourage you to be your own guru and do as much or as little as feels nourishing and satisfying.
Q. What if if I can't move much / have limited mobility / get tired quickly?
Participation does not require any particular level of fitness, ability, skill or stamina. If you're thinking you're not fit enough or not able enough or too shy, please... think again. Every BODY is welcome to take part.
The practice is to keep being with, and aware of, yourself and to keep inviting comfort and ease
In a workshop: When I teach in person, there are always chairs on the dance floor and a "cosy corner" with a mattress, blankets and pillows for those who need to rest, for those who are injured, for those who can't move - and don't want - much at all. I also always place chairs, right on the dance floor, for those who need or want to move from a seated position.
Online: You can sway in your chair, you can groove on your feet and you can rock under your duvet. You can alternate all of those. The time dedicated to movement each week will vary between 30 and 40 minutes for each 1h30min session. You can choose if you move on or off camera…or do a bit of both.
Q. What kind of music do you play?
I play all sorts of music. Everything from pop to jazz to tribal to classical. Fast and slow, edgy and corny, with words and without...the music played at each session is as varied as the individuals who make up the group. You might love it or hate it, how you respond is up to you. Doing a “I-don’t-like-this-music-dance” can often stir up some great insights.
I share playlists, slides and another learning materials used after each session so you can relax. No need to take screenshots or movies or record the session in any way.
Q. Why are (em)BODY workshops and groups open only to women and non binary people?
(em)BODY is open to all people who self-identify as a woman and non binary.
While I wholeheartedly welcome gender neutral and non binary participants (em)BODY workshops and groups, I am acknowledging the parts of us that identify as female/woman in much of my work. I also see that (em)BODY does not yet reflect the diversity of our society and I am open and committed to deepening my knowledge and understanding to bring about change in line with my values and principles.
And I stand by the need for a space like (em)BODY, to explore where the female body is located at this time in our cultural development, given the issues arising for us all living in a patriarchal culture and the damage it does to us in terms of the assumptions it makes about gender.
I aim to create a container in which you can feel able to explore your stories without fear of damage from certain kinds of learned male behaviours such as misogyny and the privileged taking of space.
It is every persons responsibility to decide whether (em)BODY is right for them. Anybody wanting to explore their relationship with their bodies in a gender neutral context is invited to talk to me about any implications, concerns or questions with the intention of working together to ensure a positive and welcoming experience.
I mostly use female pronouns, and due to the binary approach to gender in this work, I do often make assumptions of female identification. I use the pronouns she/her in most of my work and the collective term women.
Q. Who is the reduced fee for? How does your pricing work
It is important to me to make my work accessible to anyone who wants to participate. Please take a moment to consider if you need financial assistance and qualify for the reduced fee.
The reduced fee is reserved for:
People on very low or no income.
People whose communities face or have faced discrimination.
Anyone whose life circumstance means they cannot access this work without this bursary.
Pause for a moment and check-in with yourself. If you genuinely cannot afford the full fee and this course feels like a priority for you right now, please go ahead and pay the reduced fee.
If you can afford more than the reduced fee but the full price is not within your reach, please email me and let me know how much you can afford and I will arrange a bespoke payment option for you. I am also willing to be flexible and arrange instalment plans on request.
A WORD ABOUT PRICING
If you can afford to pay the full rate, you are making it possible for me to offer someone else a space who wouldn’t otherwise be able to access this work. As a woman running a small business with a social justice mission, I am undercapitalised. I do not have access to funding or credit available mainly to men and corporations. By paying the full fee, if you can afford it, you are contributing to economic justice and actively dismantling the patriarchal systems that keep women small and disempowered. For more information on economic justice, please see Kelly Diel's excellent essay on the subject. Kelly's work has greatly informed the way I price my work.
No one will be turned away for lack of funds, if you need additional financial assistance, please email me.
"When we give cheerfully and accept gracefully, everyone is blessed." - Maya Angelou