Somatic Body Mapping Mentorship – Sept 2017 to July 2018

September 2017 – July 2018

The Somatic Body Mapping Mentorship is a 9 month program to guide, inspire and support you as you integrate Body Mapping into your work as a therapist.  The program includes three weekend retreats in Bath, four one-to-one sessions over the phone or Skype, and ongoing online group support.  The mentorship enables you to develop your particular way of body mapping within the context of your own project or on-going work.

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Autumn to Winter Body Mapping Intensive – November 2017

18th & 19th November, 10am-5.30pm Sat & Sun

 

GATHERING DEEP NURTURE FOR THE WINTER TO COME

SOMATIC BODY MAPPING is a creative therapeutic process that allows you to feel into and creatively communicate the stories that you live in your body.  It involves creating a life-size representation of your body on canvas and using images, symbols, objects/natural materials and words to map out different living places in you:  Places that are full of life, places that pain, and places that hold hope and potential for the future.  In the process of creating the body map you will discover new links between these places in you and gain a deeper understanding of your own power to create health within you and through your way of living in this world.

This AUTUMN INTENSIVE is designed for women practitioners and takes place in an intimate and confidential group setting. The small size of the group makes it possible for each woman to fully take her place and space whilst being safely held and accompanied during her personal explorations and discoveries.  The focus will be on replenishing your inner resources as we move from autumn to winter.

The Intensive Retreat interweaves drawing, painting and sculpting with movement, touch, ritual and heart-felt speaking.  Previous skills in art making are not required. Gentle care and sensitive attention is given to the small and big things that move and shine through us.  I also hold with warmth and confidence those experiences that are stored with pain or lack of feeling in your body.  The process allows for the landscape of your lived body to become more visible, more accessible and more meaningful.  It enables you to gain a new perspective on old habits and difficulties, deeply appreciate your creative power, and celebrate what flourishes in and through you.

Completion of this workshop also allows participants to apply for the 9-month long Body Mapping Mentorship starting in September 2018.

The Intensive takes place in Bath at The Dojo:  The Stoneyard, Old Orchard, Bath BA1 5AX Google map (same location as Stillpoint)

FEE:  £210 (£90 deposit), inclusive of art materials and coffee break.  Please bring your own lunch or use one of the cafes along Walcott Street.

For further information please see Body Mapping for Women and the Body Mapping page.

To register and pay deposit please contact me

 

 

Spring Body Mapping Intensive – March 2018

17th & 18th March 2018, 10am-5.30pm Sat & Sun, in Bath

NURTURING NEW LIFE WITHIN

For women only

BODY MAPPING is a creative therapeutic process that allows you to feel into and creatively communicate the stories that you live in your body.  It involves creating a life-size representation of your body on canvas and using images, symbols, objects/natural materials and words to map out different living places in you:  Places that are full of life, places that pain, and places that hold hope and potential for the future.  In the process of creating the body map you will discover new links between these places in you and gain a deeper understanding of your own power to create health within you and through your way of living in this world.

This SPRING INTENSIVE is designed for women only and takes place in an intimate and confidential group setting. The small size of the group makes it possible for each woman to fully take her place and space whilst being safely held and accompanied on her unique journey.  The focus will be on nurturing the new life that we as women can bring into this world.

The workshop interweaves drawing, painting and sculpting with body work, movement and personal story telling. No previous skills in art making are required. Gentle care and sensitive attention is given to the small and big things that move us.  I also hold with warmth and confidence those experiences that are stored with pain or lack of feeling in your body.  The process allows for the landscape of your body to become more visible, more accessible and more meaningful.  It enables you to gain a new perspective on old habits and difficulties, deeply appreciate your creative power, and to follow what wants to grow.

Completion of this Intensive also allows participants to apply for the 9-month long Body Mapping Mentorship starting in September 2018.

VENUE: The Intensive takes place in Bath at The Dojo:  The Stoneyard, Old Orchard, Bath BA1 5AX Google map (same location as Stillpoint)

WORKSHOP FEE:  £210 (£90 deposit), inclusive of art materials and coffee break.  Please bring your own lunch or use one of the cafes along Walcott Street.

For further information please see Body Mapping for Women and the Body Mapping page.

To register and pay deposit please contact me

 

 

Summer Body Mapping Intensive – June 2018

9th & 10th June 2018, 10am-5.30pm Sat & Sun in BATH

COMING TO FULL BLOOM

For women only

Body Mapping is a creative therapeutic process that allows you to feel into and creatively communicate the stories that you live in your body.  It involves creating a life-size representation of your body on canvas and using images, symbols, objects/natural materials and words to map out different living places in you:  Places that are full of life, places that pain, and places that hold hope and potential for the future.  In the process of creating the body map you will discover new links between these places in you and gain a deeper understanding of your own power to create health within you and through your way of living in this world.

This Summer Intensive is designed for women and takes place in an intimate and confidential circle of women. The small size of the circle makes it possible for each participant to fully take her place and space whilst being safely held and accompanied during her personal explorations and discoveries.  The focus will be on cherishing our unique expressions of full-bodied life as women.

The Intensive interweaves drawing, painting and sculpting with body meditations, movement, ritual and heart-felt speaking.  No previous skills in art making are required. Gentle care and sensitive attention is given to the small and big things that move and shine through us.  I also hold with warmth and confidence those experiences that are stored with pain or lack of feeling in your body.  The process allows for the landscape of your lived body to become more visible, more accessible and more meaningful.  It enables you to gain a new perspective on old habits and difficulties, deeply appreciate your creative power, and celebrate what flourishes in and through you.

Completion of this workshop also allows participants to apply for the 9-month long Body Mapping Mentorship starting in September 2018.

The Intensive takes place in Bath at The Dojo:  The Stoneyard, Old Orchard, Bath BA1 5AX Google map (same location as Stillpoint)

WORKSHOP FEE:  £210 (£90 deposit), inclusive of art materials and coffee break.  Please bring your own lunch or use one of the cafes along Walcott Street.

For further information please see Body Mapping for Women and the Body Mapping page.

To register and pay deposit please contact me

Deepening Body Mapping Intensive 2018

Dates in BATH to be confirmed

UNFOLDING AGAIN – BODY MAPPING IN CYCLES

For Women with Body Mapping Experience

BODY MAPPING is a creative therapeutic process that allows you to feel into and creatively communicate the stories that you live in your body.  It involves creating a life-size representation of your body on canvas and using images, symbols, objects/natural materials and words to map out different living places in you:  Places that are full of life, places that pain, and places that hold hope and potential for the future.  In the process of creating the body map you will discover new links between these places in you and gain a deeper understanding of your own power to create health within you and through your way of living in this world.

This DEEPENING INTENSIVE is designed for women who have previously created a body map and would like to continue the process.  The workshop takes place in an intimate and confidential group setting which makes it possible for each woman to fully take her place and space whilst being safely held and accompanied during her personal explorations and discoveries.  The focus will be on entering the evolving and cyclical landscape of our feminine body.

The workshop interweaves drawing, painting and sculpting with body work, movement and personal story telling. Gentle care and sensitive attention is given to the small and big things that move us – then, now, and again and again. I also continue to hold with warmth and confidence those experiences that are stored with pain or lack of feeling in your body.  The process of continued body mapping allows you to sink deeper into the landscape of your lived body and discover its different seasons.  It enables you to gain a longer-term perspective on habits and difficulties and to marvel at your body’s innate wisdom which generates change over time.

Completion of this workshop also allows participants to apply for the 9-month long Body Mapping Mentorship starting in September 2017.

The Intensive takes place in Bath at The Dojo:  The Stoneyard, Old Orchard, Bath BA1 5AX Google map (same location as Stillpoint)

WORKSHOP FEE:  £190 (£90 deposit), inclusive of art materials and coffee break.  Please bring your own lunch or use one of the cafes along Walcott Street.

For further information please see Body Mapping for Women and the Body Mapping page.

To register and pay deposit please contact me

 

 

Body Map Exhibition @ Centrespace Gallery, Bristol

SEASONS OF A WOMAN

Our Bodies, Our Lives & 12 Moments of Renewal

Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, 20-23 September 2015

OPENING EVENT:

Sunday 20 September 2015, 12noon – 3pm

 

You are cordially invited to the public opening of Seasons of a Woman.

This collective exhibition crowns a year-long cycle that saw 12 women step forward, one by one, and month after month, to reveal her personal body map and story of renewal (view by scrolling down).

Now all 12 of us are coming together at Centrespace Gallery in Bristol to share with you our life-size art which marks and celebrates a moment of profound change.  A moment in which our identity as women shifts and re-awakens in our body to a fuller expression of who we are, what we do and what we have to say.

Deeply connected to the natural seasons, to physical, emotional and spiritual cycles as well as our culture(s) and society at large, Seasons of a Woman beautifully reveals how, deep down, we as women live in and through our bodies today.

During the Opening Event on Sunday 20th September you can also sign up for the free

Collective Body Mapping Experience on Monday 21st September (lunchtime 12noon – 1.30pm) The gallery will temporarily transform into a scared space in which you can experience the deeply affirming effect of having your body outline drawn and create your own unique mark of vitality.

The exhibition is open for general viewing from Monday 21  to Wednesday 23 September, daily 10am – 3pm.  

Seasons of a Woman – August Body Map

AUGUST – Coming and Going

by Annette Schwalbe

 

My Body Map Story

Coming and Going

“Nothing ever remains the same. The seasons come and go. Past, present and future are constantly reconfigured, and I am always moving, too. Yet, the comings and goings are tied to each other in cycles that I know deep down.

 

I have created my body map over the course of one year, from September 2014 to August 2015, trailing the full cycle of Seasons of a Woman.

 

Going

It is November and I see the leaves fall off the tree. I imagine their rustling sound as they gather on the ground. I remember the sound of the brown paper when I lay down in September to be traced. I lay on my back, my whole body in a curved shape like a bow, taut. One knee up and foot firmly grounded. The minute I got up from the floor to look at my outline it seemed to flip around: what I saw was my back. I had turned, the leg and foot now in mid-air, and I was leaving.

 

Into Thin Air

Winter has come and I am nursing a ruptured Achilles tendon exactly in the place on my body map where leg seems to vanish into thin air away from my right foot. How could this have been marked on paper two months before it happened? Two months in which I had been fascinated by my outline, looked at it, but didn’t touch it. Now immobilised by injury I start working on my map.

 

I keep it all in white. Frosted, soft, ethereal. I print with fallen feathers and bones as I put to rest my responsibilities as a therapist and let go what had become too much. Often I feel dizzy: What is it that I am turning towards? What if there is nothing and it is just a tale of loss? But as I reinforce my outline on paper, layer upon layer, I can feel my skin keeping me warm in the wintry cold.

 

To Land Back on Familiar and New Ground

I feel completely in step with spring. It is April, my tendon has healed well and I am walking again. I sense the rising sap within – how could I forget to trust it? I have decided to leave what has been my place of work for the past 6 years. It has become too small and too far from home.  Two hands appear above my head on my body map. I feel received and blessed, and I know now what I am moving to: to join hands with more women.  Together, we will ease back into life that which had been lost by injury to the feminine in our world. Body Mapping remains my path, the ground is new and bigger.

 

Coming

In the bright light of summer I look at the bird’s nest on my body map: a wound, an opening, now a home. The swallow is my namesake: ‘Schwalbe’ means swallow in German. It is a migratory bird, it comes and goes. She travels between different worlds according to the seasons. Summer is my time of homecoming. It is also the season in which I was born.

 

This is when I step out and forward with renewed purpose. The past is not forgotten: the sole of my foot carries the ashes, marks of blood and imprints of past ground. The new life tumbles from my head and clothes me with foliage. I don’t need to grab or hold onto anything. My hands are free, they tingle. Right now they are still at my side.  But they tingle with anticipation: to reach out and forward to meet who wants to move with me.

Seasons of a Woman – July Body Map

JULY – Woman of Earth

by Sue Curtis

 

My Body Map Story

Woman of Earth

“My body map revealed itself over 5 years, starting with a diagnosis of a rare cancer that initially left me wheelchair bound. It journeys through pain, trauma and disability, 2 years of torturous treatments and finally rehabilitation.

 

Through movement explorations, deep listening and sensing I discovered strength in my vulnerability. Images revealed themselves, protective and bleeding dragons, Navaho bravery, and ultimately the challenge of believing I had it within me (literally the stem cells for transplant) to heal myself.

 

Placed within my Physio’s hands, I am framed by the hands of people who have supported me through this journey.

 

My body map has accompanied me through silent retreats, is a living prayer and portrays my place in God’s hands where I am whole.

 

The Woman of Earth image (bottom left) found words

 

Woman of earth what brings you here, to this long forsaken place where time long left this aching ground? Why sit you here? Nothing lives here; have you come here to die?

 

The woman of earth said nothing – she had no words. In truth she didn’t know why she had arrived in this desolate place, she only knew that she was exhausted from travelling and that her legs could journey no more.

 

And so her weary body crumpled beneath her, planting itself amidst the dust – knowing this was where it was meant to settle. So with nothing left to give she sat perched upon the dry, cracked earth and silently waited…..

 

The woman of earth waited for a long time, in silence, barely moving, just listening to the silence until, almost imperceptivity she reached out her hand and touched the earth and arching back she opened her soul.

 

A deep and haunting cry emerged from deep within her, echoing across the barren land – reverberating and resonating through the fragile cracks in the earth below her, then in silent stillness she began to weep and weep.

 

Her tears bled into the core of veins that had run dry, filling hands that now gripped and cloyed and clasped the wet muddy earth of forgotten life.

 

Then the woman of earth spoke – not in words, but in silent movement…..

 

She stretched forth her limbs, sensing the touch of the living soil of desert rock beneath her.   Embracing the shifting particles with her delicate listening skin, she curled and rolled, yielding to its pulse and surrendered to its deep call. Her breath whispered into membranes awaiting the intimate warmth of her being.

 

The once dry earth swelled and heaved to meet the contours of her body, moulding in a gentle caress around her starved bones.

 

Together they lay

entwined as one

a single heartbeat

ebbing and flowing

ringing out softly

from the place of

indwelling – revealing

lost truths of

grief’s wisdom

 

For a long time they lay together in the comfort of peace until the woman of earth’s body beckoned her to sit and the earth released her. She sat and gazed upon the place they had lay, smiling in simple wonder at the imprint of her body, like a quiet shroud telling its mysterious tale.

 

The woman of earth did not know if she would return or whether, perhaps she might sit again in some other distant calling land. She knew not where she would go next or how to get there – she knew only this; the gentle urging of her body to step.”

Seasons of a Woman – June Body Map

JUNE – Behind the Veil

by Rafaela

 

My Body Map Story

Behind the Veil

 

“The veil gives the choice to be seen and not to be seen and also to see and not to see.”

 

I hide the unheard story from my childhood, where I was abused by a family member.

 

Behind the veil means for me, that when I cover my face and eyes by the veil, I do not see what I do not want to see and also I am not seen and recognized when I need it. It is a kind of protection, which I did not have as a child.

 

Experiencing handling from childhood till present marriage without respect and empathy, I am now giving the missing respect to my own body map by giving her a beautiful dress and veil with a wedding theme. I want to adore this woman with a broken life experience. During the body mapping workshop I re-experienced the wedding ritual with women from the circle and I filled the gap of emptiness in me.

 

Although feeling not being loved and respected by close family, being without a mother whose I really needed, being without a father whose I really missed, being without a loving husband, I experienced during the body meditations in the workshop being loved and held by God Father’s love.

 

On my body map, I am lying on God’s palm and in golden sand. My body is held by the outline of His palm. I feel protected, beloved, adored and respected with delightful passion. And, Yes, I am a God’s princess daughter.

 

To God’s love I responded with self-love, self-respect and I became a close friend with my body map. She now hangs in my bedroom where there is a sense of intimacy and closeness. My body map brought me back to myself.

 

So I say to you: No matter of your life circumstances, life experiences, traumas, and disappointments, you are precious and worthy. Even the bad things happen to us, can have something positive, it makes us more insightful, aware and more emphatic.

 

Let’s live the life which was given to us as best as we can.

Body Mapping Intensive – July 2015

4th & 5th July 2015, 10am-5.30pm Sat & Sun

COMING TO FULL BLOOM INSIDE

For Women

Body Mapping is a creative therapeutic process that allows you to feel into and creatively communicate the stories that you live in your body.  It involves creating a life-size representation of your body on canvas and using images, symbols, objects/natural materials and words to map out different living places in you:  Places that are full of life, places that pain, and places that hold hope and potential for the future.  In the process of creating the body map you will discover new links between these places in you and gain a deeper understanding of your own power to create health within you and through your way of living in this world.

This Summer Intensive is designed for women and takes place in an intimate and confidential circle of  3-4 women. The small size of the circle makes it possible for each participant to fully take her place and space whilst being safely held and accompanied during her personal explorations and discoveries.  The focus will be on cherishing our unique expressions of full-bodied life as women.

The Intensive interweaves drawing, painting and sculpting with body meditations, movement, ritual and heart-felt speaking.  No previous skills in art making are required. Gentle care and sensitive attention is given to the small and big things that move and shine through us.  I also hold with warmth and confidence those experiences that are stored with pain or lack of feeling in your body.  The process allows for the landscape of your lived body to become more visible, more accessible and more meaningful.  It enables you to gain a new perspective on old habits and difficulties, deeply appreciate your creative power, and celebrate what flourishes in and through you.

Completion of this workshop also allows participants to apply for the 9-month long Body Mapping Mentorship starting in October 2015.

Workshop Fee:  £180 (£90 deposit), inclusive of art materials and coffee break.  Please bring your own lunch or use one of the cafes along Stokes Croft.

For further information please see Body Mapping and Body Mapping Intensives for Women

To register and pay deposit please contact me

Contact Annette

mail@annetteschwalbe.co.uk
01373 812091
07598 937204

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