I am very happy to be teaching in the Re-imagining Education Conference on Sunday the 7th of March at 13:30.
It would be great to see you there. This is a wonderful and very interesting Conference. You can still join it.
On Monday, October 5th, the weekly Ensoma group session begins again, 10:00-11:30 at Casa Lucia.
An afternoon / evening session is in the works.
Individual and special sessions by appointment. There is also the possibility of participating online. Contact me if you are interested.
Weather permitting we will be outside and, inside or out, we have enough space for the necessary distance.
The class is in English and in Greek according to participants’ needs.
Casa Lucia is Health First certified and operates in accordance with all measures against the spread of COVID-19.
We embody wisdom
We are living in extraordinary times.
Trust in our instincts and in the genius of nature may be shaken.
Coherence between mind and body may be disturbed.
Maintaining awareness of the perfect construction and function of our organism restores trust in the body and its wisdom. This trust restores the natural solidarity between body and mind.
For me, my family and the people I work with, this is how our resilience is preserved.
Like when we were kids…
The natural solidarity between body and mind
The mind inhabits the body, the entire body. The functioning mechanisms of the body and mind coexist and collaborate in astonishing ways. When this is allowed.
We often lose sense of our body and with it the inner logic of our anatomy. This restriction of the body’s wisdom leads to disruption of the solidarity within the organism and ends up in restrictions in our health. Through regaining sensation and therefore optimal use of the body coherence returns.
Α MOVEMENT & POSTURE WORKSHOP
A 3-day workshop dedicated to movement and the body; the body as residence for the soul. We are going to explore matters of posture, position, movement, contact and expression.
Guided by Timos Zechas, Alexandros Ioannou and Zoë Valerie, we will delve into Axis Syllabus, Fascia Therapy, Feldenkrais, Alexander and Ensoma. We will study, explore, experiment and play with these approaches, their differences, similarities and agreements. Our aim is to feel for -and get to know- our own body and, depending on our observations, to seek and shape our personal “system” of empathy and communication with it.
Αt the Stagones Test Site on the east coast of Evia island, Greece, from Friday 21th to Sunday 23rd of June.
Registration by 14th of June.
Saturday the 6th of April and Saturday the 20th of April, two of my most beloved workshops:
In between there is a Spring Lunch so you can stay all day!
|With Theatrical Alchemy, in collaboration with the wonderful Popi Triantafillou and Thomas Gouzias, we will mix the performing arts in with the magic of adolescence in the cauldron.
In EN we will travel to the magic of movement between generations, stirring in all the ages in the cauldron.
July 11th 2018
Casa Lucia, Corfu, Greece
With Prof. Dr. Isabel Dziobek and Zoë Valerie
Special guests: Kalliopi Anthi and Silke Lipinski
This workshop brings together researchers, clinicians, and practitioners in the fields of psychology, psychotherapy, dance, and contemporary embodied practices, to discuss and explore the role of motor empathy, i.e., kinesthetic empathy, in successful social interaction. Toward that aim theory and practice will be brought together.
We will explore synchronization and imitation in movement as well as self-other-differentiation processes in order to understand what kinesthetic empathy is and how it is cultivated. The workshop is inspired by a growing body of research and the increasing number of scholars and practitioners who are engaging with kinesthetic empathy as a pivotal concept across different disciplines central to the understanding of mental disorders involving social cognition dysfunction such as autism, personality disorders, and post traumatic stress disorder.
17:15-18:00 “The role of synchronization and self-other differentiation in empathy: insights from autism” Talk by Prof. Dr. Isabel Dziobek
18:00-18:20 Question & Answer Session
18:40-19:50 “Proprioception, kinesthetic empathy and how they are nurtured” Practice Session by Zoë Valerie
20:00-21:00 “Cultivating Empathy through Motion – So what’s this good for?” Panel discussion with Zoë, Isabel, Silke Lipinski (via Skype) and Kalliopi Anthi
21:00 Dinner (we propose we dine together with contributions from all participants)
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Isabel Dziobek
Isabel is a professor of “Social Cognition“ at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain at Humboldt-Universität, Berlin, Germany.
Her interests and work lie in the field of clinical psychology, focusing on disorders with impairments in social interaction such as autism, social anxiety, and personality disorders. Furthermore her work lies in the field of social cognitive and affective neuroscience, focusing on the biological basis of empathy, emotion recognition, and mentalization processes.
As an experimental psychologist and board certified psychotherapist Isabel is interested in both understanding the mechanisms of (dis)order in social information processing and in the development of treatment options for those with respective impairments. The methods that she is using encompass movement and video-based tests and trainings of social cognition, structural and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the brain, eye tracking, and peripheral physiology measures such as skin conductance measures.
Isabel recently started an outpatient clinic for individuals with social interaction disorders. She won several prizes for her scientific work such as the Charlotte and Karl Bühner prize of the German Society of Psychology, and has published more than a hundred articles in peer reviewed scientific journals.
“The role of synchronization and self-other differentiation in empathy: insights from autism”
Autism is a developmental disorder that involves core deficits in interacting with others and especially in the understanding of others’ mental states.
In this presentation I will provide an overview of autism, its diagnosis, comorbidity, movement abnormalities, and social cognition impairments and of the strengths of autistic individuals.
Furthermore I will focus on the different ways by which we empathize with others with an emphasis on body-based mechanisms such as synchronized movement and imitation as well as self-other-differentiation mechanisms.
I will show studies that were conducted in my department over the past decade involving children and adults with and without autism and other mental disorders involving social interaction dysfunction. Among others I will present data on interventions to foster empathy and social cognition via dance-movement interventions.
Zoë is a dance and movement practitioner and teacher.
Her area of expertise is nurturing kinesthetic and proprioceptive intelligence in artistic, educational and therapeutic contexts.
For the past 20 years she performs, choreographs and teaches with all ages with and without particular conditions. She works with dancers and ‘non-dancers’, musicians, families, athletes, autistic children, pregnant women, babies, couples, dying and terminally ill people, injured people, people in chronic pain or with neurological damage and degenerative diseases.
She is the originator of Ensoma; an amalgam of dance and movement methods, improvisation, choreological study and therapeutic bodymind techniques. Ensoma cultivates perception, awareness and management of the bodymind and re-connects us with the wisdom we embody evolving our contact with our common sense, aesthetic intelligence and instincts.
Zoë believes in the capacity to evolve beyond what we have become accustomed to accept as our human limits.
“Proprioception, kinesthetic empathy and how they are nurtured”
Usually when we consider empathy we think of mental, emotional and social behaviour issues.
When we consider how to deal with a lack of empathy, we usually think of how to deal with deficits and dysfunctions in a person’s psycho-mental and social interaction mechanisms.
Usually we approach all this from a cognitive, socio-behavioural and emotional point of view.
In this workshop we will practice, experience and nurture empathy from the physiological point of view.
We will explore how expanding our movement choices in everyday life and the way we interact with each other in space, in motion, can expand and develop our sensual ability to feel ourselves and others. We will feel in the body what happens when the neurological system is allowed to operate to its full capacity of perceiving the self in relation to others and others in relation to the self.
Silke is a member of the “Social Cognition Group“ at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain at Humboldt-Universität, Berlin.
Currently she’s working on a dissertation project in which she focuses on the psychological healthcare needs of autistic adults, their experiences with outpatient psychotherapy, and the current state of access to knowledge for the treatment of this patient group that psychotherapists have during their training.
Silke conducts her research mainly in co-production with the first and only participatory research group on Autism in Germany, the Autism Research Cooperation, of which she has been an active member for many years.
She received her Asperger Autism diagnosis when she was 33.
She actively propagates knowledge and mutual understanding about autism and the mindset and behaviour this condition may lead to through lectures, workshops and trainings for professionals and others-from a scientific point of view as well as from her own personal point of view and experience.
Kalliopi is a mental health facilitator, special educator and specialised kinesiology and systemic constellation practitioner.
For decades she has worked with all ages and a wide variety of mental health conditions, including autism.
Through her work she learned to appreciate and respect the diversity of people’s limits and potential and realized how important security and emotional safety is for the development and expression of mental potential.
Since 2002 she has been working with the “3in1 Concepts” method, reducing emotional stress and promoting people’s reconnection with their sources of strength and creativity.
Combining all her expertise and experience with Bert Hellinger’s Systemic Constellation her research in empathy takes “being in someone else’s shoes” to a whole new level.
Through EN, the inter-age theatre collective I direct, artists and educators from all over Greece are gathering in EUDEC18 to research and celebrate:
I am very excited about the EN EUDEC project and I invite you to take a look!
I also invite you to come to EUDEC18, it will be a life changing experience.
I will be in Corfu from the 28th of June until the 13th of July giving individual sessions and, upon demand, group sessions. Please let me know if you wish to book.
Also I am very happy and excited to announce that in the second week of July I will be giving a very special Workshop at Casa Lucia in collaboration with the wonderful Prof. Dr. Isabel Dziobek.
Isabel is a professor of Social Cognition at Humboldt-Universität Berlin and psychotherapist who has developed a line of research that looks at synchronization and dance-movement intervention in autism and how dancing supports empathy.
Details on this coming up!
If you are wondering what Ensoma has to do with all this then you probably haven’t read the Ensoma Philosophy!
I hope I find well and springy.
I’m getting closer!
Maybe you remember that I will be in Corfu for the first two weeks of April.
From the 3rd to the 6th I will be giving individual/special sessions.
The Spring Academy is from the 10th to the 14th in which I will be giving 3 workshops (called EN) which you can attend.
You can see the description and the program here.
I will not be giving individual/special sessions from the 11th to the 14th.
Saturday 3rd of March, 10:30-12:00 at Casa Lucia
“Ensoma is one of the enlightened paths I chose in my adult life to connect with the good parts of my prenatal and childhood body memory because everyone’s truth is somewhere there deep inside our cellular memory.”