and Meaning in Movement
a DuVersity Seminar
Thursday November 4 -- Sunday
November 7, 1999
at Claymont Court, West Virginia
TIMES: Registration 9:00
AM Thursday, seminar hours will be 10 AM Thursday 'til 3 PM Sunday
includes room and board
(add $100.00 for private room)
Charles Town, West Virginia
& INFO: Karen Stefano
are 'embodied minds', but the usual mind-body dichotomy is a product of misunderstanding.
Mind-body is a static duality, but the trinity of body, mind and affect can become
a 'meaningful dialogue', a movement rather than a fixation. Sensation, feeling
and thought combining in the moment transform the experience of ourselves. Distinguish
thinking from feeling, and feeling from sensation, then the whole comes into operation:
Movements: One of the
most valuable products of Gurdjieff's teaching consists of a series of 'movements'
(sometimes called 'sacred gymnastics'). They can enter into our bodies as sensation
and liberate insight through feeling. Sensation is a neglected area of psychology
and relatively underdeveloped in western people. To get into sensation requires
the suspension of the ingrained 'body-image' we have that overlays the body's
Art: Use of artistic media and an aesthetic attitude can
dissolve some of the entrenched thought-forms that block the flow of energies,
or 'affect'. By sketching, modelling in three dimensions and using collage we
can open to experiencing the inner articulation of the body in sensation; so that
the body is no longer just a 'thing' that moves about. We can educate ourselves
to feel movement intelligently.
Dialogue: The movements are more than a spectacle
to receive through the eyes, or a coordination to be mastered. We need to become
conscious of the'language' in which they are made. Outwardly, there will be lectures
and discussions on the nature of energies and the arising of impulses. Inwardly,
there will be a growing recognition of the 'inner language' that begins as feeling.
Being concerned with meaning, we need also to share our perceptions. Some of our
time will be devoted to communication, and dialogue in particular.
workshop is a total immersion in the process of inner exploration and requires
a sense of wholeness. It will not build in steps but gradually clarify. Though
we utilize Gurdjieff's movements and much of his language and approach, our enquiry
is open to other methods involving artistic media and communication. Everyone
needs to 'learn the body' and there have been many valuable contributions to this
education besides Gurdjieff. The workshop will extend over four days, beginning
10 am Thursday (registration 9 - 10 am) and ending 4 pm Sunday. There will be
evening sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Blake, author and facilitator, studied under J. G. Bennett, David Bohm and a variety
of teachers to gain understanding of 'total process'.
Karen Stefano is an
artist and practicing psychotherapist. She has worked with Jungian analyst Dr.
Edith Wallace on the collage method.