Body Mapping Mentorship 2015/16

October 2015 – July 2016

 

The 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 or artist.  The program includes three weekend retreats in Bristol, three 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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Seasons of a Woman – May Body Map

MAY – A Love Story

by Christina Greenland

 

One side….

….and the other side

My Body Map Story

A Love Story

 

I find you floating in the heavens,

You are free and peaceful

But alone,

Without boundaries or ground.

 

I fear for you,

Lest you should float forever or disintegrate.

And you fear the earth,

And the harshness of life.

 

Carefully and deliberately

I mark your boundaries.

And others help

And with touch and with love

We coax your corporeal body

Preparing for your arrival.

 

You arrive.

And I go under your skin,

Trace the constellations of your body,

Hear the pounding of your heart,

Feel the warmth of your hands in mine.

And with my breath I give life to you while you fill my lungs with air.

 

I could stay here forever,

Warm and safe in the hollow of your body.

But I travel onwards,

As I know I must,

Stopping only for a moment in your womb,

Before emerging

And into this world.

 

I am irreverent now,

Untouched by critique.

It is a simple state of being.

 

I cut away parts of world that cling too tightly to you,

What was once imperfect now inspires,

I work fast and with purpose

Because we trust each other

And in this state of creation we become unclear as to who is the maker

And whom the made.

 

We wrap our arms around each other,

Oh how our hearts sing,

And brimming with the wonder and the joy of it all,

Our cup overflows so that others might drink.

 

Now take this into your heart,

Hold it there and let it whisper to you

In the daylight and in the dark

For I am with you and you are with me,

Because I am you as you are me.

 

POST SCRIPT

This piece connects me to life and death. It echoes through my original birth journey to the parts of myself still longing to be born and to those that, no longer needed, I can allow to die. I am reminded that this takes a powerful kind of self-love, supported by the love of others, wherein creativity can thrive and inner and outer experiences can be reconciled.

 

Seasons of a Woman – April Body Map

APRIL – Broken heart

by Penelope Best

My Body Map Story

Broken heart

 

My mouth … MY mouth … ow!

Jaw, lips, hair, hands, belly, shoulder, feet

Riveted jaw, parted lips, cartoon hands, soft belly, sharp shoulder, twisted feet

Aging fingers, creased skin, arthritis inside out

Upside down multi-coloured hands, textured surprise, gnarled beauty exposed

Heart , mind, soul – is this not where we travel?

Malfunctioning heart, befuddled mind, aching soul

Autumnal thistles tangled with soft down from the earth

Coiled thread, fine wire springs, threaded through my gut

Memories, tastes, butterflies

Called by a turning point, a moment shouting for attention

Now together, not alone … listening, witnessing, sharing

Co-making, inter-relating , subtle exchanges , sudden exposure

Touch , near touch, ‘don’t touch’, ‘don’t look’, ‘please look’

Intimate tracing, hair’s breadth closeness… I risk , we dare

Touch, touching ,being touched, asking for touch and tears flowing

Not knowing why, why now this moment, trusting the essence will be safe

Uncovering a Broken heart when searching for healing

Searching for soothing of physical organ,

Pumping erratically stretched beyond capacity

Yet instead…bumping up against the heart itself broken

The yearning broken heart of disconnection and loss

Arriving body distressed, leaving body caressed and … seduced

Knowing the journey continues

 

Body Mapping Intensive – April 2015

25th & 26th April 2015, 10am-5.30pm Sat & Sun

NURTURING THE 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 (2-4 participants). 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 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 the Body Mapping page

To register and pay deposit please contact me

Seasons of a Woman – March Body Map

MARCH – Stir It Up

by Ruth Love

My Body Map Story

stir it up

circling round the canvas

I pace

looking at myself from different angles,

seeing all the wants, all the desires, all the parts of me

babies, womb, speech, power, heart

all terrifying and exhilarating at the same time

is that me? that glowing goddess dancing on the page,

whose power

resides in her womb, and which can be channelled

into a myriad of different paths

if only I could choose which?

this power is buried deep in the girdle of my hips,

in the sacred grove of my womb,

I have been searching for a way

to reach it, touch it, for years, yet,

now I have caught a glimpse of the bloody depths,

reached in and stirred the cauldron up

it frightens me. so much potential is there,

can I really let it out?

it won’t stay inside, this mapping of me

has made it real, has given form and context,

colour and movement to the

fathomless lake of energy

which until now has lain, supporting little life,

in the valley of my hips,

over looked, under appreciated, unnoticed.

I can’t ignore it

push it down and away, can’t let it

evaporate and dry up,

leaving behind a barren empty space.

if I do, there will always

be something missing.

my attention gives it fuel,

lets it surge up, rising inexorably.

the cauldron boils and gurgles,

it bubbles up and through,

effervescent, heady,

the steam infusing every part of me.

now face to face with myself,

I look myself in the eye,

in the womb,

in the heart,

and am so achingly terrified

and so overcome with love

that tears fall down my cheeks.

this woman, this creation is me, a me

I don’t, can’t

see and yet I’m there, always.

I have unleashed myself, broken through

my walls, and leapt out, onto a page

to be seen, to be remembered,

to be looked at and pondered over,

to be greeted, like an old friend who

I haven’t seen in years

Seasons of a Woman – February Body Map

FEBRUARY – Beginning

by Andrea Wright

My Body Map Story

Beginning

At a time where the chaos of life’s commitments barely gave permission to allow me my own space, somehow I knew this workshop was necessary…

 

And I woke with a burning pain in my left eye. I arrive anxious, feeling unprepared. But as we began to drop into our bodies looking for our impulse to start the body map journey, the pain in my eye reveals itself as fuel for the base of the work. Blue fire appears on paper- burning from the unconscious body. A light that’s perceived from inner seeing, piercing through that which I yet cannot or don’t want to see. The work begins here, deepening with the heat of attending moment by moment to the images and intuition of the body. A baby’s head arrives, where I form her in clay; her heavy, cool skin soothes the heat in my eye. What message does she have for me?

 

At a junction in my life, looking down many roads around me; which one to take- to do more writing, decisions about work and family life? There prevails a sense that trusting is a way of knowing. Step; have the courage to just step, it will be enough to start.

 

And as I enter the landscape, I tread into an unknown territory of what will become the ground for my Beginning. I traverse slowly, sensing my coordinates. And here I am, curled like a baby. I imagine how ‘she’ might begin to come alive as our relationship commences. Each step of ‘adding’ is intuitive and makes no sense as I stop to survey each layer of building the map.

 

Accepting the offer of ‘touch’ by Annette in a sensitive and nurturing way, I lay my head in her hands. Strong sensations emerge; an opening of warmth in my belly. Birth- as my hands in the shape of the mandorla (an ancient symbol for wholeness- in the shape of an almond) moves between my legs and then unfolds as my arms wrap themselves around me, holding me securely.

 

Words flow in now; ‘birth’, ‘relationship’ and ‘body-mind’, seamlessly shifting to form images on the canvas. Mandorla sits as a conduit, a metaphor for the body-mind connection, my constant reminder to harmonise their relationship.

 

A golden egg arrives; from nowhere, out there, now in the continuous dark expanse to which my early form full of potential floats. Guided by these images that have an integral connection to the very fabric of my body, I consciously see how I must traverse my way in the world. She is another beginning. My Beginning-again.

 

The time is ripe to birth my deepest passion in my work, to make my voice heard. And the words they are coming now, with the courage that this journey of discovery is just beginning again. This now is taking form in professional articles, and finally articulating a novel methodological approach to somatics/bodywork that I’ve been developing over many years. How empowering it is to dare to speak our truth. Daily I gaze upon you, my body map; you impart strength in the wisdom of your infantile beauty.

 

What voice emerges for us today? Can we trust that we can be born again into new realisations of the self, moving into different relationships that hold that which is already whole within us?

 

So grateful that the blue fire guides my seeing, the warmth protects my centre and the relationship that begins-again in me, contains the wholeness that already is.

 

Beginning

You were hidden for a while from view

The eyes that see.

Yet the eye within was always watching, sensing, feeling your presence.

And now I see you on the floor; the speckled sunlight from the window lighting the night sky above your head.

I feel warm and something moves me deep in my belly.

…Yes. This is your name- my process.

I see your golden outline- unfinished yet complete

I decide not to ‘tidy’ you, as I am a container an empty vessel for all that stirs within me.

That which I do not know, that which I experience so close to me-

my breath

which often has no words.

I will not alter what is there, as a reminder that our journey is never complete.

The rawness of coming again to see myself

You show me

You touch me

Move me again and again

Re-membering: Something lost? Hidden?

Fading, dying sunflowers over-shadow and cast their weeping heads in your sunlight glow

But you are life – A new life –

A-Beginning that has no end

Space

Time

Life

It is through our relationship that I am renewed again.

 

 

Body Authority Workshop no.1: Skin Authority

Skin Authority – Nature, Sensitivity and Meaning

Friday 22nd April 2016, 2pm – 7.30pm in Bath

For women & men

Body Authority is a series of Friday afternoon/evening workshops conceived and co-hosted by Mari Winkelman and myself.

Body Authority brings together embodiment journeys and body mapping with focus on a specific part/aspect of our body each time.  Designed to confirm and strengthen your authority rooted in body wisdom, and great for widening your body mapping repertoire.  Plus: it’s open to women and men!

The first workshop in this series is Skin Authority – Nature, Sensitivity and Meaning.  We will go deep into embodied connection with our skin, explore our sensitivity and responses to natural objects, speak the authority that reveals itself in our skin encounters, and make meaning of our experiences through movement, body mapping and ritual.

Completion of this workshop and at least two other in the Body Authority series allows participants to apply for the 9-month long Body Mapping Mentorship starting in September 2016.

LOCATION:  The Dojo:  The Stoneyard, Old Orchard, Bath BA1 5AX Google map (same location as Stillpoint)

WORKSHOP FEE:  £65 for early bird (before 31st March), £70 thereafter

For enquiries and to book a place please contact me here

Body Mapping Deepening Intensive – March 2015

7th & 8th March 2015, 10am-5.30pm Sat & Sun

UNFOLDING AGAIN – BODY MAPPING IN CYCLES

 

For Participants 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 (2-4 participants) 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.

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 the Body Mapping page

To register and pay deposit please contact me

Seasons of a Woman – January Body Map

JANUARY – Self

by Samiel Carolina Rodrigues Barros

My Body Map Story

SELF

Thanks to the Universe and Life’s synchronicities, I found Annette’s Body Map workshop for women on social media a few days after I had asked under a New Moon Meditation to be guided to a creative way in which to facilitate my client’s journeys.

 

I immediately fell in love with the idea of such a creative journey to dive deep into my inner world and reveal myself in a greater way out here.  The intimate atmosphere and Annette supreme skills and insights led me to discover layers of myself that were hidden and needed to be recognised and integrated. The exchange with the group and the experience of being witness to other women’s journeys was as enriching as my own journey.

 

The journey felt important and somehow sacred right from the beginning. The first visualisation planted a seed that started to grow in my “belly-moon” … announcing that a new SELF was going to be born after this weekend.

 

Magic happened when wings grew on the back, giving a feeling of flying freely, being connected and held at the same time. My baby-pink scarf served me to explore in a playful way, how the wings will look like. In my vision, they were transparent and light, very light. Just as my scarf. Yet when the outline was done and the scarf removed, the wings were different than in the vision. No better or worse, just different. Now the challenge was accepting those wings that were given to me, and to find the colours and texture to express the lightness and transparency that I could feel in my back. It took some time to explore and express.

 

What I didn’t know is that the best part was right at the closing of the weekend when the body map stood up on the wall. Seeing myself jumping, with the belly-moon and the wings, gave me the body sensation that I was ready to fly. I was moved to tears.

 

I found the process of accepting the form and revealing the essence of my adult SELF the most empowering of all the journeys I ever took.

 

A new adult SELF was born. That evening, I sat by Bristol Harbour with an overwhelming feeling that my inner child had been healed, acknowledged and cared for by my inner mother. I felt whole. I felt stronger. I felt my whole SELF was being embraced.

 

WHY AM I HERE ? WHY ARE YOU HERE ?

 

WE are here to remember and reveal our greatest version of our own Self. Let’s come closer. Life is an invitation to experience who we really are.

I love you.

 

Samiel Carolina Rodriguez Barros

www.daretoglow.com

Seasons of a Woman – December Body Map

DECEMBER – Honouring the Element of Water

by Emma Scott

My Body Map Story

Honouring the Element of Water

This body map is my second one and it evolved in direct relationship with my first.

 

I first struggled to find my way from one to the next. My first body map was bold: I had painted it in a period of recovery from treatment for breast cancer and I had used bright colours and the imprint of holding hands to create protection. Having decided to make a new body map, I now found it difficult to leave this protection and venture onto yet unchartered canvas.

 

I remember that I laid out both body maps and moved slowly, shifting myself along from one across the gap onto the new. Once I laid down to find my position on the new canvas I found myself facing up, with strength of presence and with seemingly no direction or movement.  The experience was one of being in still water. This felt familiar: in times of uncertainty, stillness is my natural condition of mind, in order not to make waves and to maintain an appearance of peace.

 

During a body meditation I dropped deeper into this experience and was surprised by a sense of being immersed in deep water and suddenly feeling buoyant and supported behind my back. It was as described by one of the women in my group later when she saw my resulting body map image:  not directionless but, in fact, in motion and with purpose carried along by the water’s current. The simple yet profound truth of this is becoming clearer the more I contemplate my body map.

 

I have explored the Taoist understanding of how the energies of our body are connected to the seasons and the elements. The water energy lies within the kidney area and is related to winter and the emotion of fear. The body map process allowed me to meet and look deeper into this fear of mine.

 

Having had the courage to leave the protection of my first body map, I was now open to be with this fear whilst staying in a relaxed state of floating and being held. Further body meditations brought wave-like movements which also meant that my emotions could flow rather than stay stagnant – this is the healing power of water.

 

In yet another body meditation I could feel my strength rising and receding with the sense of water, like waves pulling back and forth, moving from darkness to bright sunlight. With the memory of the physical experience of floating and feeling buoyant under my back, it was like being in the womb, and here I could finally feel my deep pain residing. The pain of my very first separation: a forceful projection away from a heavenly place.

 

The more I trusted the motion of the sea in my body meditation, though, the quicker the pain of separation was dispelled. I imagined becoming a seal, diving and turning into the void, with a growing willingness to lose everything. I harnessed the raw power of the waves, moving round and round in this womb-like space. As I surrendered to the energy of this quickening whirl I felt myself also quietly resting into my angel-like posture with my arms to my side and a sense of timeless support.  Finding my angel within, not just as an idea but as a bodily presence, has been the most significant part of my body map journey.

 

Towards the end of the weekend, we were invited to access support from each other and I asked the other women to stand behind me and lean into my back and shoulders. Our breathing was centred. They were my witness bearers and my background presence. Like the glistening, soft white material which I had attached with gold thread to my body map, they became my wings.

 

The antidote to the primal fear is love; the depth of the fear is love. In contact with the other women and in reconnection with my angel spirit I experienced the simple act of loving what I was afraid of: separation and death, and I felt universal love for me.

Contact Annette

mail@annetteschwalbe.co.uk
01373 812091
07598 937204

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