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Mar 29th

April ENSOMA

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Hello,

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.

 

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Dec 31st

Ensoma meets Movimentura

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Zoë Valerie and Natalie Mandila have a lot in common.

They offer each other inspiration, they are each other’s student and teacher and they have studied and danced side by side.

In 2018 dance and movement education at Casa Lucia will be guided by both Zoë and Natalie.

Natalie will be teaching weekly Movimentura classes for adults and youngsters (on Mondays 10:30-12:00, Thursdays 16:15-17:30 and Saturdays 10:30-12:00) and Zoë will be teaching 2-5 day Ensoma intensives for all ages.

Zoë’s up-coming Casa Lucia residencies are:

  • 2-4 February
  • 2-4 March
  • the first half of April

You can see the program here.

Please note:

  • Classes require a minimum of 4 participants in order to take place so please inform Natalie in advance if you wish to join (natalmad@gmail.com, 6932713958).
  • The classes are priced on a sliding scale from 8-15 euros per class or 30-50 euros per month. For those of you not familiar with sliding scale payments; you choose what to pay between the ends of the scale.
  • There are two Special Sessions on Tuesday the 2nd and Thursday the 4th of January at 19:00-20:30 (please inform Natalie in advance if you wish to join)
  • There will be no classes in the second half of January.
  • In order to secure your place in the group sessions and/or your individual sessions in the Ensoma intensives please book well in advance.
  • The Saturday classes that coincide with Ensoma Intensives will be taught by Zoë.

May 2018 be full of joyful motion for all.

 

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Dec 17th

ENSOMA developments

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2018 shifts gears.

Natalie Mandila and Zoë Valerie will co-teach the sessions at Casa Lucia.
Natalie is a teacher and a student of Zoë’s.

From the second week of January Natalie will teach 5 weeks and Zoë 3-day intensives (Friday-Saturday-Sunday).

We propose the existing groups (the Monday, Thursday and Saturday groups) join in to one on Saturday 10-11:30 am.

In the first week of April  Zoë will be available for individual/special sessions and in the second week she will teach a 5-day intensive.
In the meantime she will teach similar intensives in other parts of Greece.

Further information shortly.

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Zoë’s up-coming Casa Lucia residencies are:

  • 2-4 February
  • 2-4 March
  • the first half of April

In these residencies she will teach the Saturday morning sessions, individual/special sessions and seminars for all ages.

Happy and full of love New Year.

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May 3rd

The Spring Academy

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I am very happy to have organised and participated in the Spring Academy.

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Sep 27th

Ensoma for adults

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“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.” (See testimonies)

Every Monday 10:30-12:00 and Thursday 19:30-21:00 at Casa Lucia.

If transport is an issue please contact me.
If you would like to add a testimony please send it to me!

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Jun 19th

summer evening ensoma

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Ensoma for adults
with Zoë Valerie

skill and flexibility

Every Wednesday 19:30-21:00 at Casa Lucia.
Ensoma is a place where…
• The self constricting mechanisms we adopt and accept as our own nature can cease to operate.
• Wisdom, knowledge and understanding swim away from the confines of the mind/brain and flood the entire body.
• The ultimate intelligence of the foot teaches the heart a thing or two.
• You remember clearly that the body contains many brains and that the one between the ears has many limitations when separated from the others.
• You stay in the spiral of life and out of the box of conviction.
• The body and mind melt back into each other and their unity stays soft, powerful and flexible.
• The skill, the wisdom, of joy is deeply, fully, unforgettably embodied.
I believe that we have the capacity to evolve beyond what we have become accustomed to accept as our human limits.
I believe this after watching people who should stay crooked become straight, people who should never be able to use their arms again wave them around in celebration, people who should stay afraid sing their love for life loud and clear, people who should not be alive be alive and kicking.
I believe this after watching people, young and old, change what should be into what they wish it to be.

Booking necessary.
We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
George Bernard Shaw

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Jun 26th

Ensoma at the Corfu Dance Festival

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http://www.corfudancefestival.com/

..ABOUT DANCE and HER INNER CALL:
«Dance for me is a place where the self constricting mechanisms we adopt and accept as our own nature can cease to operate.
Dance is a place where wisdom, knowledge and understanding swim away from the confines of the mind/brain and flood the entire body. It is a place where the ultimate intelligence of the foot teaches the heart a thing or two. In dance you remember clearly that the body contains many brains and that the one between the ears has many limitations when separated from the others. Dance keeps you in the spiral of life and out of the box of conviction.

There is no choice about sharing this with the world, no inner calling, it is its nature to be shared. I exist, I move, I dance, it’s shared.»

..ABOUT HER WISHES FOR CORFU DANCE FESTIVAL PARTICIPANTS:
«I wish for the body and mind to melt back into each other and for their unity to be able to stay soft, powerful and flexible. No matter what. I wish for the skill, the wisdom, of joy to be deeply, fully, unforgettably embodied.»

…ABOUT HER PHILOSOPHY IN ONE SENTENCE:
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

…ABOUT INSPIRING STORY AND BIGGEST LESSON LEARNED THROUGH DANCE:
«I believe that we have the capacity to evolve beyond what we have become accustomed to accept as our human limits.
I believe this after watching people who should stay crooked become straight, people who should never be able to use their arms again wave them around in celebration, people who should stay afraid sing their love for life loud and clear, people who should not be alive be alive and kicking.
I believe this after watching people, young and old, change what should be into what they wish it to be.»

You can find more about Zoe and her sharing here: http://www.ensoma.gr/

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Apr 18th

Back in Corfu

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After adventures in the mountains of Crete which taught me more about the meaning of Teacher, Durability and Plasticity Ensoma is back in Corfu.
For individual and/or group sessions, for all ages, contact:
0030 6987837323, info@ensoma.gr

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Nov 6th

the ensoma philosophy

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we embody wisdom

 mens sana in corpore sano:

a sound mind in a healthy body

the poet Juvenal (60-127 ad)

the body is a community of 50 trillion cells based on harmonious coexistence.

the cell and hence the body has an innate and natural tendency towards joy, health and self-healing.
it seeks optimal conditions of enjoyment, comfort, safety, convenience and effort efficiency. its mechanisms of self-defense and self-healing are sufficient to repair most damage and to eliminate most unwanted matter and substances.
the architecture of the body, its logic, is an expression of the genius of nature.

the mind inhabits the body, the entire body, beyond the organ of the brain.

the prevailing idea that the mind and the body can be separate and that the mind must dominate the body, considered normal by so many of us, creates a gap between body and mind. this gap accentuates the differences between the way the body and mind work and can make them incompatible.

the functioning mechanisms of the mind: the psycho-mental mechanism (thought, emotion and behaviour) and the linguistic mechanism (the definition and understanding of everything through the word) operate differently to those of the body.
for example the logic of dualism (the necessity of opposites for understanding; hot/cold, open/closed, good/bad) and the linear logic (the necessity of linear order for understanding) are fundamentally different from the logic of the body where everything coexists without being experienced as opposites.

the functioning mechanisms of the body and mind coexist, communicate and collaborate in astonishing ways.
when this is allowed.
when their differences are accentuated and placed in hierarchical relationships the natural solidarity between body and mind becomes ineffective.

so we end up leading a way of life where we do not listen substantially to our bodies and we disconnect from the precious wisdom we embody.

a hierarchical relationship between body and mind leads to disharmony between them, between the conscious and the subconscious and between the individual and the environment.
an example is the over-emphasis on the use of hands and eyes and the inactivity of the rest of the body or our over-active perception of the outer world (sight, touch, hearing, taste, smell) and our under-active sense of our selves (proprioception, kinaesthesia, sense of position in space, awareness of our organs).

many ailments – such as exhaustion, depression, chronic injuries/pain, strokes and degenerative diseases – are due to ineffective communication between the central nervous system and the rest of the body.
this may be due to trauma or toxins and chemicals or the aforementioned disharmony which affect the transmission of messages.
but the most common source of interference in the communication between the brain and the rest of the body is the mind.

how do we inhabit the body?

the science of epigenetics shows that it is the membrane of the cell that acts as its brain, determining its development, not the nucleus and its genes. which genes will be activated depends on the environment of the cell. according to quantum mechanics the environment of the cell, and our environment in general, is defined by our beliefs and our perceptions.

so it seems that we are not victims of genetic destiny and external factors and that we have an inherent tendency to maintain prosperity and good health.
it seems inappropriate to feel powerless and unaccountable concerning the state and development of our material body and our soul.
it seems it is a matter of choice.

the subconscious mind works tirelessly 24 hours a day, renews our blood every 120 days, the cells of our body every 11 months, the eyeball in two days.
the subconscious mind can process 40 million pieces of information per second, the conscious mind can process 40.
95-99% of our mental activity is performed by the subconscious.

most of us no longer climb to the tops of trees or walk on uneven ground, we rarely dance and the cerebellum atrophies.
it is believed that the cerebellum, the ‘little brain’, is the seat of the subconscious and it contains more than half of the neurons of the brain and coordinates our physical, mental, cognitive, sensory, emotional and behavioural processes.

to what extent do we feel our guts?

mostly we live without pushing the boundaries of our motor and sensory capabilities and our everyday lives are flooded with sensory information that is not directly attributable to aesthetic effect (eg experiencing physical violence on the screen without feeling pain). the times we are in absolute silence or in complete darkness are few and the nervous system slowly loses its ability to rest and hence evolve.

our proprioception (our sense of self) is mainly activated by discomfort, pain, tightness, blocking, numbness. unless something is bothering us we don’t feel ourselves much. without substantial contact with our guts and subconscious our contact with our common sense, aesthetic intelligence and instincts is reduced.
our contact with the wisdom we embody is reduced.

the ability for detailed perception, awareness and management of the muscular/skeletal/respiratory/circulatory/neurological systems and the ability to activate the self-healing mechanisms gradually weaken.

many of the protective messages that come and go between the central nervous system and the rest of the body are not received consciously so the body is forced to turn to extreme means of communication: pathology.
before we end up in pain or illness our body has sent innumerable warning messages: the less these are heard the “louder” they become.

the mind is vulnerable to bullying, especially when residing in a vulnerable body, and the fear reflex is the only reflex that can immobilize the body. defense processes require the operations of growth, consciousness and intelligence to stop so that vital energy can be deployed to them and they cause, among other things, muscle contraction. when the body is exposed to a constantly threatening environment contractions appear on many levels and the body becomes rigid, squashed and in permanent tension.
in such a situation it is difficult to discern between senses, emotions and thoughts.
self-oppression and self-regulation become confused.

for many of us subconscious self-oppression has become part of everyday life which we stoically tolerate.

we are born with innumerable neurological abilities, instead of gradually loosing these as we grow we can cultivate and expand them.

i remain permanently amazed and inspired by the potential of our physical, mental and creative skills and by how unlimited the evolution of our sensing and moving nature can be.

a prerequisite for being able to retain and develop contact with our embodied wisdom is setting motor and sensory skills into continuous evolution.

recovering our sensation of our perfect construction, we can take advantage of the spaciousness, flexibility, joy, effort efficiency, safety, ease, enjoyment and comfort that we embody.
like when we were kids…

en [gre.]: in, soma [gre.]: body

ensoma is a combination of dance and movement techniques,body/mind and therapeutic practices and contact, chiropractic and massage practices.
it comes from twenty years of work and research through dance, movement and contact in artistic, educational and therapeutic contexts with people of all ages with and without specific conditions.

with a playful attitude and trust in the body the wisdom we embody is unleashed.
instincts and aesthetic intelligence are supported and empowered.
with creative skill and flexibility bodies and convictions are transformed bringing decompression, empowerment and healing to body and mind.

i am convinced that with the example, guidance and inspiration of the genius of nature we can evolve beyond what we are accustomed to accept as our human limitations.

zoë valerie

we don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing
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Aug 15th

Liquid Body – A Movement Workshop with Zoë Valerie

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tuesday 16th of september, 19:00-21:00, at Casa Lucia

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we are mostly liquid.
our brain is 85% liquid; our bones are 15% liquid.
we often lose the sense of how liquid we are.
remembering and allowing the free flow of this liquid body allows flexibility of the bodymind.
this flexibility reconnects us to our innate tendency towards joy and self-healing.

zoë combines dance, therapeutic practices, martial arts, acrobatics and massage to liberate the wisdom we embody, to regain trust in the body and a playful attitude so that bodies and convictions can transform.

for bookings and information please make contact.

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