Module 1. Infant Movement Development

Marieke Dates:  Starting in September 2018  
Times: Fri. and Sat. 10:30am–6:00pm
Sun. (Mon. in Jan. and June) 10:00am–5:30pm
Cost: To Be Announced
Registration: Please email us.
Venue: To Be Announced
 

Prerequisite

Attendance at one of the Workshops offered this year, if you have not worked with us before.

The module

The developmental process unfolds through a series of movement patterns which lead us from our ‘being’ to our ‘doing’ nature: from bonding to earth and mother, to establishing a sense of self, to reaching out in play, creative action and relationship. The natural unfolding of the developmental patterns underlies all areas of future learning in the infant, child and adult — movement, perceptual, psychological, intellectual and spiritual growth are all profoundly influenced and supported by these early movement experiences. Embodying the developmental process through focused exercises and movement improvisations can help us to clarify and strengthen the foundations of our movement, and free energy for creative expression.

Study will include both theoretical and experiential aspects, with a strong focus on the embodiment of each stage of development. This will be supported through:

The embodiment of inherent movement potentials underlies the development of a sense of self; and the way the infant is supported, or not, in this process influences the evolution of embodied patterns of relating and being in the world. This will be addressed through:

Seminars

In-utero: the early patterns

We will explore the earliest stages of development from conception and the first movements of cellular respiration, through embryological and fetal development, to the preparations for birth, embodying the movement processes which prepare the fetus for new life. Our study will include the embryological layers and the significance of their integration or splitting for later life; the importance of touch and movement for neurological and psychological growth; the development of the organ systems, and physiological flexion and extension; the emerging sense of self (Stern).



Photo by Christian Kipp

The birth process 

This intensive workshop will offer participants an opportunity to explore the movement of birth — a passage of fully embodied action which calls upon the engagement of every cell of the body, as well as the heart and soul of the birthing child. We will prepare by practising the movement patterns which birth the child. Each participant who wishes to may re-experience the embodied passage of birth, within the support of a small group; others may choose to witness and facilitate. We will contextualise and integrate experiences using Grof’s Basic Perinatal Matrix, in order to move towards a greater understanding of how our experience of birth may both reflect and influence the development of the will and of personality patterns.



Photo by Paul Beaumont

Earth, self and other: the first year

The transition of birth initiates the infant into a new world of air, space, gravity and relationship. Interaction with, and mastery of this new environment requires the embodiment of several stages of movement development, basic neurological patterns which are inherent to each of us and to our fellow species — fish, amphibian, reptile and mammal. This is a very active period of growth during which phenomenal learning takes place, all integrally connected to the development of neural pathways and sensory-motor integration. We will relearn and embody the rolling, crawling, creeping, pushing, grasping, reaching, playing movements which carry us from dependency and bonding to the earth, towards autonomy and relationship with others, discovering experientially how the senses of self (Stern) develop through embodied experience. The role of the special senses and primitive reflexes will also be studied.

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