TUNING is a synthesis of my experience of an array of somatic, creative, contemplative, and therapeutic modalities. Throughout late childhood, adolescence, and into my early 20s, I spent a formative period absorbed in ballet and contemporary dance training, while also receiving rigorous instruction in Pilates and western adaptations of yoga, with focus on Iyengar and Ashtanga practice. For more than a decade since, I have been working to (re)find my natural physical vocabulary and nurture a balanced embodied experience through listening and attending to my present body.
In 2011, my focus shifted to writing, and since 2013, I have facilitated numerous workshops that orbit the disciplines of movement, writing, and attention practice. The creation process, for me, has always merged these elements—the body, experiment, procedure, ritual, collaboration, chance, attention, presence, and intuition are essential to my way of working—and I believe in their combined power to draw out what is most urgent and necessary.
TUNING started to come into focus in January 2021 while I was facilitating an online somatic writing workshop. In the process of adapting this work to a virtual space, I was simultaneously receiving intuitive mentorship and working to stabilize my mental health after several years of struggle. Inside the confluence of these, I realized I needed to integrate a deeper, more regular physical/attention/ritual practice in tandem with medical treatment and hoped I might be able develop something that could benefit others in a wider way, even—and perhaps especially—within the constraints of a virtual space. I wanted to find a physical practice that would be approachable regardless of movement experience, that might work to rest and regulate the nervous system, while also encouraging creative, intuitive, and emotional opening.
TUNING arises from my own personal practice and has supported me in establishing a structure for health, creating pathways of listening and trust with my body, expanding my intuitive experience, developing ritual, and generating creative work. Though no practice is a fit for everyone, my hope is that TUNING might provide a framework and starting point for others to approach embodiment, creative, and connective processes through their own inquiry.
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