A Voice Dialogue Workshop for Feldenkrais Practitioners
When we come to our practice we come to our life.
Many practitioners want to establish a practice or improve the one they’ve got. Advice is not hard to come by. I typed ‘running a small business’ into Google and got 78 million hits. But following advice can be surprisingly difficult.
Most of what we do is the result of habit. This idea does not need justification to practitioners. It applies equally to the decisions we make and the actions we take in our practices. The dominance of habit means there are many actions that are in the human repertoire are not (yet) in our own. This limits how we run our practices.
What we learn in the domain of movement may not transfer easily to other areas of action. It’s pretty clear most of us need psychological as well as somatic experiences to move towards our potential.
This workshop applies the insights and practices of Voice Dialogue, which I have practised for almost thirty years, to the issue of Feldenkrais business/practice. ‘Voice’ means sub-personality or part. The Voice Dialogue Method and the Feldenkrais Method share the same conceptual and developmental underpinnings. Feldenkrais was a mover so it was natural for him to express these ideas through the medium of sensing and movement. The founders of Voice Dialogue, Hal and SIdra Stone, are psychotherapists so it is natural for them to express these ideas through thinking and feeling. Both approaches emphasise awareness.
The essential attribute for practice improvement is embracing opposites. For example, a practitioner needs vision and attention to detail but these are opposites. Planning and relating are opposites that likewise are essential skills. You know this already. Feldenkrais’s definition of potency includes the ability to move left or right, up or down, backwards or forwards as the situation demands.
Early on in life we identify with one side of a pair of opposites and disown the other side. Disowned selves, while necessary, will not show up dependably when they are needed. The purpose of Voice Dialogue is to allow us to embrace the opposites we need. This development, an Aware Ego, is the equivalent of the potent self (the individual not the book). The benefit from this shift from ‘either/or’ to ‘and’ is an increased ability to live more freely, joyfully and creatively in business and out of it!
During the weekend you will:
Understand why you run some areas of your practice easily and other areas with difficulty, including a reluctance to set up a practice at all;
Discover the latent capacity that will most improve your potency and your practice;
Build a simple roadmap to practice improvement;
Deal with lack of confidence and self-criticism;
Use Voice Dialogue to enrich your personal practice.
Venue: Hummingbird Dojo, Maleny
Dates and Times: Saturday and Sunday, March 25-26, 9.30 am – 5.00 pm.
Full fee : $260 (includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on both days). 10% of net fees will be donated to the AFG (Queensland Division).
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