“Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves even when we risk disappointing others.” - Brene Brown
“Boundaries are a prerequisite for compassion and empathy. We can’t connect with someone unless we are clear about where we end and they begin. If there is no autonomy between people, then there’s no compassion or empathy, just enmeshment.” - Brene Brown
IMPORTANT: Previous experience in the 5Rhythms practice is strongly recommended for this workshop (at least 5 weekly classes or one-day workshop), because this is a more advanced exploration and the very basics of the practice will not be covered.
In this workshop we will dive into staccato, the second rhythm of the 5Rhythms practice. Staccato is an embodied journey into discovering and expressing your own truth and your inner voice. We will practice both the sensitivity and courage to give this voice expression through movement, shapes, and breath.
Staccato also invites us to explore authentic connection to ourselves and others. A safe connection to another can be made, when we recognise our own boundaries, feel safe with ourselves and have the courage to say yes and no. Boundaries enable us to have a healthy sense of connection as well as separateness and individuality. We will explore the physical outlines and edges of our body, the surface of our skin which both protects us and gives us the boundary between our inner space and the outer world. Where do I begin and where do I end? Through movement we can gain a sense of our own space and we can explore how can I hold my ground, have the courage to take space, while being mindful of the space between myself and another. Through dancing and different exercises, we can explore what it is like to set a boundary (or not), how and when the body says yes or no, and how we can tune into this embodied compass within us. Being able to say a wholehearted YES means we also need to recognise when to say no. When do your boundaries protect and serve us? When do they become a limitation? What is your relationship to boundaries - are they familiar, unfamiliar, clear, fuzzy, too tight, too loose? How do we love ourselves and others through having boundaries? How can we be clear and loving at the same time?
Welcome to this journey just as you are. This workshop is essentially about offering the space for inquiry, wonder, and curiosity - and a safe space to be imperfect and to not know. You don’t need to have any answers ready, and you might not find the answers to all your questions in the space of a weekend. Getting to know and exploring your boundaries is ultimately a lifelong process, which shows up in different ways in different life circumstances. Welcome to explore who you are and what you need today, here and now.