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"The major problems of the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way man thinks." – Gregory Bateson

“Ecstasy is the accurate term for the intensity of consciousness that occurs in the creative act.” -Rollo May

“To stop your mind does not mean to stop the activities of the mind. It means your mind pervades your whole body." – Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Master

Somatic Movement Skills Lab Series

Winter 2022

January 8 & 9; 23 & 24; February 5 & 6; 19 & 20; and March 5 & 6

9-noon Pacific Time online

Group Size Limited - Register by December 18, 2021

"You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves."

- from "Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

Over the past 20 years, I have curated a template of simple, accessible, and effective somatic practices for tending and befriending the soma – the body of nature. These practices have arisen out of what I have identified as the five somatic technologies indigenous to all bodies - breath, vocalization, contact, movement and stillness.

The investigation of these natural technologies offer us the ability to renovate, cultivate and refine our somatic foundations as a way to inhabit more fully our presence and power. Just like technologies invented by humans, these somatic technologies can extend and amplify our evolutionary capacities and capabilities as human animals seeking to be fully born.

In this lab series, we will primarily experience, explore and discuss these five somatic technologies, and then apply them to our personal practice and to our work as somatic movement educators, therapists, coaches and guides between meetings. This lab is for committed learners, whether for personal or professional practice.

Please be prepared to dedicate 10 hours of practice & study between each session.

Each session, while related to the larger topic of movement, will have a distinct focus and a repertoire of specific practices:

#1 Breath - january 8 & 9

#2 Contact - January 22 & 23

#3 Stillness - February 5 & 6

#4 Vocalization - February 19 & 20

#5 Integration - March 5 & 6

Each session is recorded for playback. You will also receive two 30 minute individual consults with Jamie online during the course of the program.

For continuity between sessions, prompts for follow-up embodied practice and reflective writing related to the covered material will be given as well as selected readings from Jamie's manuscript and from other somatic writers as well. You are also encouraged to select an online lab partner for weekly check-ins.

Participants can augment this concentrated learning experience with simultaneous enrollment in the 1 hour, 2x/week Thinking Body, Sensing Mind series to soak in the experience.

To apply:

1) Send a statement of intention along with a brief summary of your experience in the somatic, expressive and/or contemplative arts to naturebeingart@gmail.com

2) Pay What You Are Able Sliding Scale: $600-900

Payment is through Paypal, Transferwise, or with a check to: Jamie McHugh, 181 Wagon Wheel Dr, Kinderhook, NY 12106


Jamie McHugh

For more information about the five somatic technologies, view this video HERE