It is our nature to be free—and to express that freedom spontaneously and without hesitation through song and dance, poetry and play. Moreover, we each have the ability to wake up to who we already know ourselves to be: people dedicated to a sane and just world made up of individuals who celebrate their common humanity and this planet of indescribable beauty through singing, dancing, playing, and caring for all sentient beings.
This improvisation workshop in Motion Theater® allows the creativity that resides within us to have a voice. “Everyone has a story to tell,” says Nina, “and stories reside as much in the body as in the mind. So we begin with movement—slow stretches to open the body. We open the voice with playful classical- and jazz-based exercises. We meditate to calm the heart, dance to free the spirit, find a way to effortlessly compose with language. This journey leads to giving voice and physicality to the private characters and inner realities that live in the subconscious mind and the cells of our bodies.”
This workshop is like dreaming on your feet. Expect to surprise yourself and to become more playful and at ease before an audience. You might even find that the sense of well-being achieved during the workshop not only expands your creative abilities, but also enhances your experience of daily life. And while it is not therapy, Nina’s work can be surprisingly, delightfully, holistically healing.
Please note: There will be a celebratory Christmas Eve dinner in the Esalen Lodge.
Recommended reading: Wise, A Big, New, Free, Happy, Unusual Life; Lamott, Bird by Bird; Rilke, Letter to a Young Poet.