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A Somatically* based training of our developmental and evolutionary process from pre conception to standing.

ORIGINS weaves together existing and new strands of somatic practices into a vibrant and colourful tapestry that is unique to each person. As human beings, body, spirit, emotion and thought all evolve in relationship to each other.

The process of our physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development occurs in overlapping spirals and is neither linear nor hierarchical. It is more like an elaborate dance that unfolds as we grow. The primary areas of enquiry in ORIGINS are Developmental Processes, Attachment, and Trauma.

Through the experience of ORIGINS, it is hoped that participants will cultivate an enhanced quality of life and an enriched participation with the world. As continuing professional development, this training serves to deepen awareness of the uniqueness, interpersonal developmental and somatic process of our lives which may offer greater compassion, empathy and attunement with the human condition in us, our families, our clients and the wider community.

The themes of Developmental Processes, Attachment and Trauma are interwoven.  For the Developmental Processes, we explore Embryology, Experiential Anatomy, Developmental Movement Patterns and their underlying reflexes. For the Attachment work, we explore Object Relations which deals with ways of relating to each other and how we bond/attach.

We learn about the primary styles of attachment alongside the skills of Attunement, Resonance, Mindfulness, and the Art of Witnessing. For the Trauma work we learn many skills involved in resourcing and helping clients to release traumatic experiences held in their bodies. Group Process and Integration helps us to link the differentiated aspects of ourselves, and ORIGINAL NATURE, which is bringing the work of ORIGINS into direct relationship with the natural world, is also an integrative approach.

This work is of particular interest to Teachers of Children with Special Needs, Trauma Therapists, Psychotherapists, Counselors, Yoga, Alexander, Feldenkrais or Pilates Teachers, Dancers, Actors, Artists and any Body Workers who wish to deepen their existing practice by incorporating the body more fully. It could also be of interest to those people curious to explore the origins of their movements and ways of being in the world or indeed for anybody wishing to enhance their life’s journey.

Venue: Gorse Hill Centre

Facilitator: Joan Davis 


*The word ‘Somatic’ is a Greek word and means ‘pertaining to the body’ or ‘of the body’. 


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Experiential Anatomy

This is an experiential study based on the embodiment and application of anatomical, physiological, psychophysical and developmental principles, utilizing movement, touch, voice and mind. This study leads to an understanding of how the mind is expressed through the body and the body through the mind.

Experiential Anatomy invites us to experience our own tissues and cells and to find the support for our everyday movements through embodying the different body systems – for example, our bones, muscles, nervous systems, ligaments, fluids, and endocrine and organ systems. This practice invites us to experience our bodies from within. In order to assist our learning and experience of this, work is often done in partners with the appropriate use of touch.


Embryology and Developmental Movement Patterns

Embryology is the experiential study of the journey we all make from conception to being born and the process we undergo in between those two significant events.


Developmental Movement Patterns are the patterns which teach us about the origins of our movement and our ways of being in the world. We study the energy fields that have formed our bodies and the type of movements that we would have made whilst in the womb.  We revisit actions such as rolling, creeping, crawling and walking and explore locomotive forces such as yielding, pushing, reaching, holding and pulling.


We learn how our patterned movements inform us about our ways of relating and how to nurture new patterns that better serve us. Basic Reflexes, Righting Reactions and Equilibrium Responses underlie the Developmental Movement Patterns which when combined can reinforce a strong and stable sense of our bodies and invite support for our everyday actions, perceptions, and ways of relating in the world. They offer basic movement awareness skills that are not technique oriented. The reflexes are like the letters that make up the building blocks for the phrases and sentences of our activities. As a whole, the reflexes and developmental movement patterns establish a base for our perceptual relationships (including body image and spatial orientation), learning and communication.


Attunement, Resonance, and Mindfulness

Attunement and resonance enable us to understand and empathize with others. Mindfulness practices enable us to become aware of our sensations, feelings, thoughts and images, and help us to maintain some distance from our inner experiences by cultivating the Art of Witnessing.


Object Relations

In addition to our loves, friendships, and rivalries, we have intricate relationships within us.  These are powerful influences on how we feel about ourselves and relate to others.  The people around us also affect us within ourselves. The exploration of these internal and external relationships has led to a body of knowledge called Object Relations. Attachment research studies have shown that how we have experienced our earliest connections to our primary caretakers influences us in all our relationships throughout our lives.


Integration and Group Process

In these sessions, we primarily take the time to explore our relationship with ourselves and others in the here and now and in reference to the ongoing group work in other sessions during the training.

A group like this can create a place of deepening enquiry into the way we relate to others and have been ‘positioned’ unconsciously and then position ourselves in our family and then in other groups and of course particularly this group. These group process sessions will allow for integration of different aspects of ourselves and the training as a whole.


Find out more about ORIGINS Structures and Costs.


For an example of how the various threads of Somatic Practice may be woven together to meet a theme please read 9 Spirals.

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