Inspiration: Wildwood

My final post on inspiration behind ‘Space to Move’. I love this book. At the heart of it Roger Deakin writes beautifully on how important trees are to our culture and our lives. The wood is where we go to ‘grow, learn and change’.

Roger Deakin: Wildwood

“The Chinese count wood as the fifth element and Jung considered trees an archetype. Nothing can compete with these larger-than-life organisms for signalling the changes in the natural world. They are our barometers of the weather and the changing of the seasons. We tell the time of year by them. Trees have the capacity to rise to the heavens and connect us to the sky, to endure, to renew, to bear fruit and to burn and keep us warm through winter.”

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Inspiration: Nature Cure

In an attempt to give you a taste of ‘Space to Move’ I am posting some of the writing and images that inspired the workshop. First up is a quote by Richard Mabey from Nature Cure.

“We constantly refer back to the natural world to discover who we are. Nature is the most potent source of metaphors to describe and explain our behaviour and feelings. It is the root and the branch of much of our language. We sing like birds, blossom like flowers, stand like oaks, eat like gluttons, breed like rabbits and generally behave like animals.”

Space to move

In August 2013, we hosted a 3 day yoga and dance summer school In North Norfolk for adults over the age of 50. Our intention was to create an environment for creation, exploration and play. A space to take time and slow down in a beautiful location.

The aim was to facilitate an environment in which the dancers could achieve a state of flow and presence in which the aim is never to arrive at a future event, but to be ready and present in every changable moment.

Dance Scientist, Elsa Urmston writes about her research on Flow and the Dancer on her blog here; http://elsaurmston.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/reflecting-on-fly-a-project-with-made-by-katie-green/

We decided to host the summer school outside of Norwich for several reasons. We wanted to get out of the city! We both really enjoy being outdoors and in beautiful countryside; this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do it. We are keen to take our work into communities rather than expect people to come and find us. We are also really keen to make more work for outdoor spaces so the more time can can spend working and creating in these environments the better. There was another unforeseen outcome of taking our place of work to the beautiful village hall at Swanton Novers and this was the feeling of a retreat. Taking ourselves and the participants out of the hustling city and to a more secluded environment physically and metaphorically created space for ourselves to play and explore more freely. The ‘free’ time was spent together in the communal areas and in the glorious weather we were blessed with and as such, a lot of the ice breaking was done in these times too, making a close and cohesive group of individuals.