Module 2. Authentic Movement and Therapeutic Presence 

Tutor: Linda Hartley

                  Circle. Photo: Kerstin Wellhoefer Dates: To Be Announced
Times: Fri. 4:00pm–7:00pm
Sat. 10:00am–6:00pm,
Sun. 10:00am–5:00pm
Cost: £800 (£760 if full fee is received by 21 Aug. 2015). Cost includes lunches.
Registration: View form
Venue: Kelling, Norfolk


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

The module

Four long weekends of study in the discipline of Authentic Movement and its relationship to therapeutic and educational practice, exploring how it can help cultivate clear presence in our work with others. The course is intended as support for the development of skills which can be used in various fields of work.


Authentic Movement

Authentic Movement is a contemplative movement practice which has evolved within the field of dance movement therapy, and been influenced by Jungian psychology and meditative practice. As in the discipline of mindfulness meditation, we seek to pay attention to our direct experience, moment by moment, witnessing the sensations, feelings, thoughts, images and movement impulses which arise into consciousness.

Photo by Christian Kipp

Mover and witness

The ground form of the practice involves the relationship between one who moves and one who witnesses; through her mindful presence and compassionate attention the witness creates a safe space which the mover enters, eyes closed, to attend to his inner world. The mover is invited to surrender to the flow of impulses which arise from the unconscious, and to bring these into expression through movement. In this way unconscious material is embodied, felt and seen by another, and can be integrated into consciousness through verbal sharing, writing and artwork. Thus the body becomes conscious.

Clarity and compassion

The witness also attends to her direct experience, paying attention to the sensations, feelings, memories and images evoked in her by the presence of the one moving. When, later, mover and witness share their experiences, the witness learns to recognise and own projections, interpretations and judgments, coming to understand how they obscure the clear seeing of another. Through being witnessed with non-judgmental acceptance, clarity and compassion, the mover is enabled to develop a clear and compassionate internal witness. Thus the internal awareness of each develops within the context of the relationship.

The enhancing of this receptive quality of clear attention can profoundly support the practice of all disciplines which are based on the healing quality of relationship.

The other Diploma modules