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“Human nature in general is revealed to each person through their own nature in particular”

"What all persons have in common is their uniqueness"
Sam Keen

 

Winter Programme

"Stories of Descent"

FULLY BOOKED

Autobiographical Theatre for Women

 

Ashburton, Quaker Meeting House:

3 Tuesdays 19th Nov, 3rd Dec, 17th Dec, 2 pm-5.15 pm 

 

Descent

Into the body

Into the lower psyche

Into stillness

Into darkness

Into the holding of the Earth

Into the Underworld where gifts are found and recovered.

 

Autumn and winter invite us on the journey of descent; into the dark and deeper into ourselves. The Dark that we may shy away from offers gifts of rest and transformation.

Inspired by nature's Life-Death-Life cycle we will inquire into what is disintegrating in our identities at present and how to engage with that process. We will look at our conditioning around loss and draw on mythological themes such as Inanna.

“Going down” and embracing what is found there is part a woman’s journey home. She is called to re-inhabit her body waist down and to plunge into the lower regions of her psyche where a raw power awaits, in the form of stories and emotions.

To safely embody these “taboo” parts of ourselves can bring us more energy and well-being, a sense of wholeness.

Work with presence, embodiment, improvisation, inquiry, telling and personal reflection.

Places limited. Booking essential.

Course fee £65

PAST WORKSHOPS:

"Ancestral Stories"

Workshop and Community Ritual

With Agata Krajewska and Phil Barber

Sat 2nd Nov 10:30am-5:30pm, Sun 3rd Nov 1pm-5:30pm

Staverton Village Hal


At this time of the year traditionally the veil between the worlds is the thinnest. In many cultures, including Polish, it is a time to connect with and honour the dead.
In our society we have forgotten to celebrate the ancestors, who passed down to us the fruit of their lives. To consciously receive and acknowledge their legacy can nourish and support us.

This workshop will include:
*Inquiring into gifts and challenges passed down the ancestral lines and how we carry them forward
*Uncovering, sharing and performing ancestral stories
*Honouring and initiating a more conscious relationship with the ancestors.
*Community ritual.
*Work with presence, embodiment, improvisation, enquiry and storytelling.

 

Places limited. Booking essential.

Fee: £85/ £75 concession

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Theatre of Awakening for women

For Healing and Transformation

 

Two Closed Groups:

Thursdays, 6:30-9:30pm, 5x weekly from 12th Sept

at Totnes, Bridwood House, 44 High Street

 

Tuesdays, 2pm-5pm, 4x fortnightly from 24th Sept

at Ashburton, Quaker Meeting House, Foales Court, TQ13 7QE

 

We will let the body speak, let it lead and reveal its wisdom, using the power of performance as a transformative container.

We will not only “tell our stories” but fully claim and embody all of ourselves- now, with all that brought us here. We transform the rough material of our experiences into gold.

It’s a "work" of play and deep healing at the same time, a kind of ritual that occurs through the collective witness.

Through it we can recognize that our story, though unique, is shared and creates a tapestry of Her-story.

 

Work with presence, embodiment, improvisation, inquiry, telling and personal reflection.

This course is suitable for beginners and experienced participants alike.

Places limited, booking essential.
Whole course: £75

 

 

"Your Body - Your Story"

Advanced Women's Group now closed

Thursdays, starting 30th of May

2- 5pm , Dartington Village Hall

 

This group, complemented by individual sessions, will enable the participants to create a short piece to share at one of our

Community Festivals

 

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Heroine's Days – Re-visioning Your Story
Saturdays 13th April, 11th May, 8th June, 10:30am-5:30pm

Staverton Village Hall


For those with previous experience in the work.

Each day stands alone: an opportunity to creatively dive into and re-vision your story from an initiatory perspective, working towards a performance.

We will focus on finding your key thread, gathering material and crafting your piece. 

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We carry so many stories inside and when they are told they get freed up and we get the medicine. It is often in challenging situations, when we might have felt victimized, that we developed our precious gifts and strengths. 

By looking at our lives as a piece of art, we bring reverence to it and find the patterns that are specific to us. As we find those patterns and become the heroine's in our story, we find why we are here.

As women, we particularly need it, as we have lost some of the feminine mythology and need to rebuilt our archetypal domain.

 

Work with presence, embodiment, improvisation, inquiry, writing, telling and personal reflection.

£50 per day, small groups

 

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Community Festivals

 

Stories for Change Festival: 29-30th June, Bogan House, Totnes

 

Drop the Story: 17-20th October, Ashburton Arts Centre

 

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His and Her Story

Meeting of Stories of Women and Men

1st -2nd June, Sat 10-5pm, Sun 11-5pm, Staverton Hall

 

Weekend workshop for previous groups participants to explore your gender story through embodied improvisation, inquiry and writing.

 

We will be shining particular light on our stories as women and men; exploring, owning and disentangling from our gender-related narratives, to reveal our deeper truths.

The weekend will provide a safe creative space to witness each other and learn about "the other half of the species".

We will work both as mixed and separate gender groups,

held by Agata Krajewska and Phil Barber.

 

It is part of Stories for Change programme funded by National Lottery.

We ask £40 for the weekend

 

Taking your place- Bringing your gift

Women's weekend

Sat 30th- Sun 31st March 

10:30-5:30,The Glade, North Woods, Dartington (indoors & outdoors)

 

For the sake of all Life, now is the time to shine and effortlessly bring our gifts of power, vulnerability and wisdom; taking our place "in the great family of things". We will explore our longings and the blocks to following them, gently bur effectively. We will open to the experience that you can be who you sense yourself to be; and bring what you feel you are here to bring. In these safe, "greenhouse conditions" we will coach each other along, giving welcome and mutual encouragement.

Working with presence, story and performance as an alchemical process.

In an exceptional venue: http://thewoodland.co/the-glade/

Part-funded, places limited, £75/£65 cons. per weekend

 

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"Making Her-story" by Stories for Change

Autobiographical Theatre for Healing and Transformation

Funded group for women overcoming challenges

to foster empowerment and emotional well-being

5 Tuesdays: 12th March-9th Apr

2pm-5pm at Dartington Space, Studio 6 and 3

Donation: £25 for the course.

 

 

Theatre of Awakening- Advanced group for women

Fortnightly: Thursdays 7th Feb till 21st March

1:30-4:30pm, Dartington Village Hall, £75 per term

By application, for those with previous experience in the work

 

 

 2018:

“Drop the Story”

Solo Autobiographical Festival

25th- 28th Oct

Riverstone, Buckfastleigh and Dartington Hex

www.dropthestory.co.uk

 

Workshops in 2018:

 

"Your Body - Your Story"by Stories for Change

Transformative Theatre for Women

Dartington Studios

8th Nov- 13th Dec  (break on 29th Nov)

5 Thursdays 2pm- 5pm

 

Our bodies remember. They carry stories. As we play them out we are revealed to each other and ourselves and our vitality is freed up. Paradoxically, as we release the story, we are more present and available, and enriched by digesting our experience.

We let the body speak, let it lead and reveal its wisdom, using the power of performance as a transformative container.

We will not only “tell our stories” but fully claim and embody all of ourselves- now, with all that brought us here. We transform the rough material of our experiences into gold.

It’s a "work" of play and deep healing at the same time, a kind of ritual that occurs through the collective witness.

Through it we can recognize that our story, though unique, is shared and creates a tapestry of Her-story.

Work with presence, embodiment, improvisation, inquiry, telling and personal reflection.

No previous performance experience necessary.

 

National Lottery Funded. Places at £5/session.

 

 

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  Alchemy of Your Story

Woman's Journey into the Underworld

Sat 17th- Sun18th Nov 2018, 10:30am-5pm

Dartington Village Hall

 

Autumn and Winter invite us on the journey of descent, into the Dark and deeper into ourselves. The Dark that we may shy away from offers gifts of rest and transformation.

In the myth of Inanna the heroine makes a descent into the underworld to unite with her “dark sister”. This “going down” and embracing what is found there is part a woman’s journey home. She is called to re-inhabit her body waist down and to plunge into the lower regions of her psyche where a raw power awaits, in the form of stories and emotions.

 

We carry many stories inside and when they are told they get freed up and we get the medicine. It is often in the darkest of times, when we might have felt victimized, that we developed our precious gifts and strengths. 

 

By looking at our life as a Heroine's Journey, we bring reverence to it and find the patterns that are specific to us. As we find those patterns, we appreciate our winding path and we find why we are here.

Work with presence, embodiment, improvisation, inquiry, telling and personal reflection.

Workshop Part-funded.

No previous performance experience necessary.

Price for the whole weekend: sliding scale £60 - £75

 

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21st-23rd July 2018

3-day Autobiographical Workshop at

Theatre Village, Wegajty, Poland

 

http://teatrwegajty.eu/wioska-teatralna/festival-info-english/

 

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"Your Body - Your Story"

Transformative Theatre for Women

Starts 5th of June

 

4 Tuesdays 2pm- 5pm

Dartington Estate, Hex, Studio 33

 

Our bodies remember. They carry stories. As we play them out we are revealed to each other and ourselves and our vitality is freed up. Paradoxically, as we release the story, we are more present and available, and enriched by digesting our experience.

 

We let the body speak, let it lead and reveal its wisdom, using the power of performance as a transformative container.

We will not only “tell our stories” but fully claim and embody all of ourselves- now, with all that brought us here. We transform the rough material of our experiences into diamonds.

It’s a "work" of play and deep healing at the same time, a kind of ritual that occurs through the collective witness.

Through it we can recognize that our story, though unique, is shared and creates a tapestry of Her-story.

This process is open and available to everyone, regardless of any experience. Many who've never stepped out before found it surprisingly available and safe.

Work with presence, embodiment, improvisation, inquiry, telling and personal reflection.

Places limited, booking essential.

£75 for 4 weeks

 

 

 ‘‘At some point, we must look inward for our education. We must notice what inhibits our freedom, be willing to give up all preconceptions, be truthful, and relax in order to act from lively emptiness’’ Ruth Zaporah

 

"Our lives are at once ordinary and mythical.” Natalie Goldberg

 

 

 

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"Making Her-story"funded Women's Groups

by Stories for Change

Dartington Hex Studio 33

4 Tuesdays 2pm- 5pm

April 10th, 17th, 24th, May 1st (full)

 

Explore what wants to come through you as one of many feminine voices.Your story is my story is Her-story. We recognize our shared sorrows, victories, dreams and passions. We make our own fate, dying, birthing and re-birthing ourselves. Many lives within one life; many women in each woman.

 

Expect fun, depth, nurturing and supportive connection. Share the transmission of your essence, gift and passion, speaking out for what in our world needs attention.

Work with presence, embodiment, improvisation, creative expression and breaking inner restrictions.

Past Groups: May-July 2017

“Emergence Theatre for Women”
Tuesday afternoons will be dedicated purely to play, self-expression and self-inquiry through performance, allowing all aspects of the feminine to come through, be seen and embodied.
Though we do this work under the guise of “theatre” it is a way of healing and can often be powerful and shamanic/ritualistic in nature. Whilst maintaining healthy distance through playfulness, we travel deep inside ourselves and are being revealed. It is in the atmosphere of safety, welcoming and supported risk taking that we take this journey.

Expect fun, depth, nurturing and supportive connection.
Work with presence, embodiment, improvisation, witnessing and being witnessed, connection to the field, creative expression and braking inner restrictions. Share the transmission of your essence, gift and passion.

Dates:
Tuesdays 2-5pm
9th, 23rd May
13th, 27th June
Dartington (Hex Studios and private venue)
£60 for the course
Numbers limited.

“Women's Voices: Making Performance”
Wednesday afternoons will be dedicated to crafting your performance piece with a view to share it at a community event "Making Her-story" on July 22 and Drop the Story Festival in September (15-17).
We will work with your ideas and the material you bring, as well as generating new, whilst homing in on you personal/universal theme/gift of the piece. You will benefit from group support and the opportunity to try things out. I will bring my capacity as a guide/ director and support in the aspects of embodied stage presence, imagination, characterization and craft.
It will be a dance of self-guidance and received guidance; tailored to your requirements.
I will also be available for individual sessions by arrangement.

Dates:
Wednesdays 2-5pm
3rd, 17th May
7th, 21st June
5th July
Dartington (Hex Studios and private venue)
£75 for the course
Numbers limited.

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Stories for Change Groups 2017

Dartington

Two groups running Jan-March

 

Would story would you tell? The one that would change you and the ones who hear it… The one you haven’t even owned, feeling only the edges of it in your soul. You will recognize it though when it comes out of you. And the ones listening will be freed up by receiving it. They will feel welcomed in their own version of the same story.

How will you tell it? Dramatically or quietly? With words, poetry, body, sound, music? Will you bring pictures and objects?

What do you feel is worth talking about, shouting about, whispering about? What subject is begging for our attention?

Discover and bring your story for change.

 

This group is dedicated to performance as self-inquiry. 

We will be exploring what wants to come through us and be communicated with the world, very unique to each one of us.

We will share a transmission of our essence, gift and passion.


Find yourself being revealed through the power of being witnessed.

Be surprised and enriched by bringing your gifts into being.

Expect fun, depth, nurturing and supportive connection.

Work with presence, embodiment, improvisation, performance craft, writing, witnessing and being witnessed, connection to the field, creative expression and braking inner restrictions.

Tuesday Group

1:30-4:30pm

Jan 31st, Feb 14th, 28th

March 14th

 

Wednesday Group

Feb 8th and 22nd - 2-5pm

March 8th and 22nd - 3-6pm

Groups will re-open after Easter moving towards a community performance in June and possibly at Drop the Story festival in July.

 

Contribution for each series £60

Book soon to avoid disappointment, spaces limited to four.

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2016

Presence Theatre Group

Performance as Transformation

Three Alternate Thursday Afternoons 2-5pm

Oct 6th, 20th, Nov 3rd (with a possibility to continue)

Dartington

This group is dedicated to performance as self-inquiry. 

We will be exploring what wants to come through us and be communicated with the world, very unique to each one of us.

We will share a transmission of our essence, gift and passion.

We will approach performance as a process (not product) and a gateway to discovery and healing.

Expect fun, depth, nurturing and supportive connection.
Find yourself being revealed

through the power of being witnessed.

Be surprised and enriched by bringing your gifts into being.

Work with presence, embodiment, improvisation, witnessing and being witnessed, connection to the field, creative expression and braking inner restrictions.

Intimate group limited to 4.
Contribution: £45

 

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Emerging Creations

Women’s Group

Tuesday evenings (mostly alternate) 7pm-9.30pm
7,14,28 June, 12 July

Dartington

We will explore what wants to come through and be communicated with the world, very unique to each one of us.

The group will support nurturing your particular project - “baby” and your emergence in general. There will be space for individual attention and being met at different stages. We will explore moving across the spectrum of coming forward and resting back.

The needs of the group members will have a key impact on shaping the group.

Tools: embodiment, play, movement, coaching, witnessing and being witnessed, inquiry, touch, sharing.

Key words: self-expression, coming forward, working from the field, transformation, resting back, transmitting your passion, nurturing, intimacy, irreverence, presence, self-compassion, braking inner restrictions.

Sliding scale: £45-60

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"Inanna's Descent: Embracing the Dark Feminine and the Wild Body"

Women's Workshop

Friday  20TH  May, 6.30-9.30PM

Jellyfish Productions Gallery, Buckfastleigh

 

Part of Buckfastleigh Storytelling Festival and inspired by the ancient story, the workshop explores themes of women's descent: into our womanly bodies, into the deeper parts of the psyche, bringing together the light and dark faces of the feminine within.

Embodying parts of us that are not necessarily "nice" but a source of great energy and wellbeing when fully felt and conducted. Acknowledging how our lower body: hips, sex and legs are a supportive and healthy place to be, that we often habitually abandon.

Expect fun, depth and nourishment.

Work with inquiry, movement and embodied expression.

Donations £15-25