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A Different Perspective: Reframe Your Life Using Play, Embodiment and Humor Weekend of May 4-6, 2018

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Workshop Details

It is all too easy to stay stuck in a rut, unable to see or do things differently even when we know we want to change. Join storyteller Ann Randolph and somatic psychologist Michael Clemmens for a weekend of new insights and creative, fun practices designed to jump-start change in your life. This is a bold, alternative approach that supports deep process and joyful exploration.
During this workshop, we will begin from the premise that if we change our “embodiment” (physical expression) and our basic stance in the world, we rewire our perspective and can then evolve differently if we choose. Through improvisation and movement exercises, the participant plays with a variety of expressions and expands their creative range. In addition, participants will put the pen to the page and literally let the body speak on the page. The body does not lie, and the improv/writing exercises inform us of where we are stuck and how we can move through to a new perspective.
Both Ann and Michael work from creative, warm, and innovative styles that enable participants to find the optimal and safe path into better awareness of themselves and ways to move forward. This experience is for those who are interested in shifting their lens on life through experimenting with how we mentally and emotionally organize the world. Through humor, play, improvisation, small and large group discussions, and various one-on-one exercises, you’ll have the opportunity to reframe life in order to tell new stories about the future.


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