2 Day Experience / Workshop, 10am - 5pm
with Ben Medder, hosted by AM Fitness
Sat 29th & Sun 30th September - 10am - 5pm
It's my absolute pleasure to come to Dublin to share what moves me and my movement practice at the moment.
Everything has a season. Our bodies, our relationships with people and our habitat, our challenges and phases in life. Life isn't static it contains patterns, cycles and rhythm and with it opportunity for awareness, adaption and harmony.
Move with Seasons is an event to rediscover playful and natural movement in the context of nature and the season with a supportive group. It is my invitation to start a journey. Along the way we explore the relationship, connection and interactions between body, tribe and habitat - your self, group and locomotive practice - and how they sculpt one another. Does what we practice explore qualities and relationships we can carry over into life? How do we adapt to change if we don't expose ourself to variety, adversity? Is it useful to recognise parallels between your life and the changing seasons?
We move with each other
We move with the environment
We move with the seasons
Come and rediscover what moves you
Places are limited to 16
You will experience:
- Rediscover playful and natural movement in the context of nature and the season.
- Explore the blurred lines between effectiveness (utility) and expression when moving solo or interacting with the environment or another human(s) and how creativity is cultivated in both.
- Ecological movement - Ideas around the cocreation of movement between body, tribe and habitat and a solo, group and environmental practice.
- Tree Dancing to Tree Running - learn how to flow in trees via the lenses of different forms of arboreal locomotion, tree climbing and dance. Play on the continuum of Treerunning and Treedancing. What techniques in Parkour work well in trees. How can we take ideas from our solo and group dance and movement situation practice and apply them to dancing with the trees
- Flow - learn to flow in context on the ground and over various obstacles, whether grass, bark or leafy terrain,
- Ground interaction - ground flow and break falling, rebuild your relationship, confidence and vocabulary moving on and getting to and from the ground.
- Partner/group interaction - rapport/connection building games, with roughhousing / rough and tumble play and contact improvisation
- Manipulative skills / cooperative building - Unique building and crafting tasks putting lifting carrying and tool use into context and exploring creative expression in finding harmony in adding to one's environment with the "sculpting of space"
- Mobility development tools - joint health and longevity, building flexibility with strength and control, resilience and the sensitivity to react to the unknown.
- An introduction to strength training with practical application to natural movement and dealing with chaotic situations in mind.
What is moving seasonally?
Adaption. Awareness of rhythm, change and ‘spirit of place’. Relationships.
Most can relate to how they eat differently according to the season; the temperature, emotional connection, how they feel and what 'should' be most relevant - what is actually available to eat at that time of year. I believe the seasons also affect how we move, whether we are aware of it or not - from one’s body language (shivering with self-embrace from the cold or open and confident from the warm sun) to awareness of how we want to train and move, which if done predominately outside will influence what is practical and relevant. The conditions from a utility perspective, but also with awareness, can feed our emotions to impulses which feed our movement.
We move to fit the environment (adaptability) and the environment MOVES us (impulse or emotionally).
After a cold winter and an unpredictable spring most can't wait for summer. Gone are the colder months with lower energy and now it's time for summer celebration. The contrast to winter really makes you appreciate the warm summer months and the burst of energy and mood enhancing hormones it brings. Summer is a time for expression and all out exuberance. To reap the reward for the hard work put in preparing laying the foundation over winter and spring. To strut, bounce and tumble around to then enjoy escaping the heat under the cool canopies of the trees. We cannot appreciate the relief of the shade without experiencing and enduring the heat of the sun on our arms. What is more refreshing than a hard earned cool shower, ice cold drink after a day of joyful exertion in the warm sun?
This connection to our seasonal environment is what makes us human. “Move With The Seasons” is my invitation to explore our relationships; with our bodies, habitat and tribe (community). Our primal sense of rhythm and change when moving in our habitat is best experienced when in nature, not in a year-round controlled environment such as a gym. A movement practice can benefit from this oscillation rather than flat-lining in a uni-season of disconnection. Static, for me, feels like stagnation. No change lessons the opportunities for awareness and adaptation - which lessons my engagement. I do my best to remain open to change through exposure to the dynamism of our seasons. Change to my habitat. My community. My family. My children. My ageing body. Open to the adaptability required and the opportunity for creativity that never ceases to get old.
Being outside is the best expression of our humanness, with contextual and playful movement giving us the best foundation of movement we can. What better way to explore natural movement than in context of habitat and actually being outside. Our skin grows strong only when exposed to diversity of surfaces, and that diversity of nature is nourishing. We cannot appreciate wrapping up in the warm without experiencing the contrast of nature's powerful change in season from summer.
Remember your ability to be joyful in nature - to run, jump, climb, swing, dance, flow and roughhouse, to be swept along with the innate excitement of being outside. Feel the thrill of longer days and notice the majestic change as the trees start to burst with green. Reawaken your senses running through the woodlands as you propel yourself forward, deep in the present with a full mind and body focus that a nutritious environment provides. What is more rewarding than succeeding at a task that is outright difficult and engaging? This connection to our seasonal environment and our challenges and triumphs is part of what makes us human.