From Tina Stromsted honoring Mary Starks Whitehouse

 I just taught an AM course for the Center for Movement Education and Research and honored Mary and her contributions, as well as her teachers, her Jungian studies, and some of the threads that wove through the development of her work, and beyond. 

As always, it was very moving to see people, both experienced and new, light up in the work, discovering more of a sense of being at home in their bodies, and in community.  

There’s a video with some footage of Mary teaching here in what was then the Creative Arts Therapy department at Lone Mountain College in the 1970s during the years that she lived and practiced in SF before she passed in 1979.

Though the footage is a bit grainy (as it was filmed informally by a student in the class) Joanna Harris (a local Dance/movement therapist who was the department chair at that time) saved it and later put it together with some interviews with some of the people who knew Mary, including some lovely reflections by Jane Downing, who shared her studio in LA.  My dear friend and colleague, Neala Haze (with whom I co-founded the Authentic Movement Institute in Berkeley, 1992-2004, who passed away in 2004) is one of the people interviewed, as is Dance therapist Cathy McFann.

Perhaps folks already know about it, but if not, it’s called Metamorphosis in Movement: Mary Whitehouse - a Video Retrospective and is a lovely remembrance, and a rare chance to see Mary teaching and to hear more about her life and work; available on the ADTA website for $25 

There one can also find The Power of Movement, a Dance/movement therapy classic that includes Joan Chodorow working with a client using AM in psychotherapy, Janet Adler's film Still Looking which illustrates the development of her work at that time, Sandy Dibbell-Hope’s film, Moving Toward Health, on the healing that AM can contribute to women recovering from breast cancer, as well as films about working with children through movement by Rena Kornblum, and other educational DVDs; a great resource!

International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association October 17th, 2015

1:00 ~ 5:30 PM 
  The Lucid Body House
230 Lexington Ave in NYC, NY 10016
Join fellow ISMETA members as we gathering for group reflection on the Future of Somatic Movement Education and Therapy.

Open Networking and Free workshop for members of ISMETA ! Voting members elect new Board Members and approve Bylaw changes.  See ISMETA web site to become a member by paying their annual member fee.!event/2015/10/17/ismeta-annual-meeting-free-workshop-for-ismeta-members

In honor of Mary Stark Whitehouse and The Authentic Movement Community, this years Annual Meeting Workshop is focused on exploring how Authentic Movement deepens all Somatic Practices.

Featured Presenter, Long time ISMETA Member:
Paula Josa-Jones, RSMT, MA CMA 

We are pleased to have a presenter who has a broad and deep history with somatics, including the work of Laban, Authentic Movement, Body-Mind CenteringⓇ, Somatic Experiencing, and more.

In Bodyscape/Landscape, facilitated by Paula Josa-Jones, you will focus on learning to hold and expand awareness of the relationship between your inner somatic landscape and the outer world by connecting awareness and impulse to action. Using movement, stillness and strategic listening, you will explore the relationship between inner and outer attention as it unfolds within the practice of Authentic Movement.

Authentic Movement is a practice that can enliven and anchor your practice as a movement artist and somatic movement educator and therapistFor practitioner and client alike, Authentic Movement can provide a greater sense of agency and self-regulation. By helping clients develop trust in their own intuitive, bodily guidance, it supports and expands their attentional and expressive capacity.

Paula will lead the class using an integration of Authentic Movement and other somatic movement disciplines.

"A recipe for entering the body: 
Attention: because the body is precise. 
Listening: because the body is subtle. 
Kindness: because the body is tender." 
Free Workshop for all Members !
Not a Member?
Become a student member or an associate member NOW and Register for the October Meeting and Free Workshop !

Please note: ISMETA is working on a pilot program to virtually connect our members not able to make it to the Annual Meeting in person.  If you can't get to the Annual Meeting in person but want to participate in the discussion and dialogue with us and other members, check the web site for more information:!event/2015/10/17/ismeta-annual-meeting-free-workshop-for-ismeta-members

Join Me! Join Us! by Germaine Fraser

Dear Authentic Movement (and Qigong) colleagues all over the world,
We are a group of AM practitioners, who have moved together annually for several years in different countries.  At this time, we get together in another beautiful place, Burdag-Mazury, Poland. 
Once again, we want to share our experience of being connected to the AM-community world wide and invite you to join our movement tomorrow, Sunday, August 2, at 4:30 p.m. central european time in a Long Distance Authentic Movement Circle. If you would like to join us, here is the description of the movement sequence:
5 min: Meditation with a candle lit in room
20 min: Movement-- Connect to yourself, open your awareness to include the space that you’re in, and eventually your peers you are moving with.
10 min: Transition time (writing, drawing...)
20 min: Movement-- Begin to open your awareness to all the other movers around the world. Follow your inner impulses in relationship to this awareness of the larger collective. 
10 min: Transition time (writing, drawing...).
We invite you to be part of the sharing as well. Please write one word, one sentence, a drawing, a picture and send it to one or all three of the following: 
1.  AM Community blog/ Moving Journal blog:
2.  FB page of VIII International Authentic Movement Peer Gathering
3.  FB page of Authentic Movement Community blog 

On behalf of the 8th International peer Gathering of AM practitioners,
The organizers: Ingrid Baart (Netherlands), Martina Mueckler (Austria), Julia Morozowa (Netherlands), Katarzyna Danska (Poland), Izabela Guzek (Poland)

Elizabeth Reid said...
Thank you for this opportunity to practice having a long distance movement session with all of you today. The structure you provided was so straight forward and easy to follow. I have written as a creative forming and I am containing that for now to see what I am moved to share later. But I do hope to post my drawing of a hammock, because that is an image that is used in Contemplative Dance to talk about a safe container for all of us. This invitation from the International Gathering is for me and was for me in my movement session an extension of the safe hammock from my Week 2 experience with Contemplative Dance. With deep gratitude to all for the containers that allow authentic movement explorations. ~~~~Elizabeth

Kim Nelson said...
The still, black water of the quarry. My belly. This one human life cannot hold the time it takes for liquid to become solid to become gas. Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Blogger Isaias said...
No matter what God you believe in - it is the same sun which is illuminating every one of us all over the world.
Isaias, moving in Burdag, Poland
Sunday, August 2, 2015 at 2:56:00 PM EDT
Anonymous Martina Mueckler said...
Martina Mueckler, moving at the gathering in Burdag, Poland:

to be human means to rise up
to be human means to find an-other
to be human means to see all the dark and shiny sides inside and outside
to be human means to be seen
to be human means to see
Sunday, August 2, 2015 at 3:09:00 PM EDT