Workshops & Events

I run regular workshops and, periodically, a range of other events that you are welcome to attend. Events take place at my Other Space in Bristol. Here is a list of upcoming events:

Spring Body Mapping Intensive – March 2019

9th & 10th March 2019, 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 how you are living in your body right now.  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 you as woman can bring into this world.

The Intensive interweaves drawing, painting and sculpting with body meditations, 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 us. I also hold with warmth and confidence those experiences that are stored with pain or lack of feeling in your body.

As somatic body mapping follows a process of creatively conceiving and coming into human form we will also be working with the subtle resonances of your prenatal and birth experiences.  This might touch places in you that feel vulnerable yet, as they are safely processed, can lead to new healing experiences.

The weekend intensive allows for the inner 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, make new choices, deeply appreciate your creative power, and to follow what wants to grow.

Completion of this Intensive also allows participants to apply for the yearlong Somatic Body Mapping Mentorship starting in Jan/Feb 2020.

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:  £230 (£100 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 – July 2019

20th & 21st July 2019, 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. 

As somatic body mapping follows a process of creatively conceiving and coming into human form we will also be working with the subtle resonances of your prenatal and birth experiences.  This might touch places in you that feel vulnerable yet, as they are safely processed, can lead to healing and a renewed sense of self.

The weekend intensive 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, make new choices, deeply appreciate your creative power and celebrate what flourishes in and through you. 

Completion of this workshop also allows participants to apply for the yearlong  Somatic Body Mapping Mentorship starting in Jan/Feb 2020.

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

WORKSHOP FEE:  £230 (£100 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

Autumn to Winter Body Mapping Intensive – November 2019

2nd & 3rd of 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.  We also hold with warmth and confidence those experiences that are stored with pain or lack of feeling in you.

As somatic body mapping follows a process of creatively conceiving and coming into human form we will also be working with the subtle resonances of your prenatal and birth experiences. This might touch places in you that feel vulnerable yet, as they are safely processed, can lead to healing and a renewed sense of self. 

The weekend intensive 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 10-month long Somatic Body Mapping Mentorship starting in Jan/Feb 2020.

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

FEE:  £230 (£100 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

 

 

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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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 2019.

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

 

 

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

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 – 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 – 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.

 

 

Contact Annette

mail@annetteschwalbe.co.uk
01373 812091
07598 937204

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