TUNING



TUNING is a gentle physical practice that combines breath, movement, attention, and visualization to invite regulation of the nervous system and deep relaxation, creating an open and embodied starting place for any work that follows. 1:1 work adapts this practice to the individual, incorporating intuitive facilitation to deepen and personalize the experience. TUNING can assist in a multitude of outcomes and processes, such as:

- building deep listening with the body
- supporting a life change or challenge
- generating creative work
- opening to future manifestations of career/vocation
- facilitating intuitive connection and transformation
- developing a regular personal attention/ritual/somatic practice
- finding strategies for mental/physical/emotional self-regulation
- finding connection with others & nurturing boundaries
- moving through grief/loss/death processes

Join the TUNING email list if you’d like to stay in the loop about future workshops and offerings.




Group TUNING

Group sessions begin with TUNING, a physical practice of moving the body through a series of shapes in a slow, intentional way, with deep attention to breath. Through this gentle movement and visualization, TUNING invites deep relaxation, release, and opening. Workshops then move into focused exploration through improvisation, creation/experiment processes, and/or somatic and intuitive attention practices, with opportunity for processing and community. Designed for all experience levels and disciplines, every element of TUNING can be adapted by the individual to serve their body and their focus.

Group schedule-->



1:1 Work

VIRTUAL
75-minute virtual sessions begin with identifying current focus areas. Using the frame of the TUNING series &/or seated/reclined somatic/breath practice, we then work together to invite nervous system regulation and deep relaxation. After establishing embodied connection, we move into focused work based on the individual’s objectives and the intuitive/somatic information I receive surrounding our meeting. This work can take many forms, including narrative/conversation, written/generative work, further somatic/attention practice, intuitive reading, personalized visualization, etc. We conclude by co-determining specific actions for the client to take forward beyond our time together. 

Suggested sliding scale: $60 - $90/session
Schedule a session-->


IN-PERSON
In-person sessions are 90 minutes. In this more “passive” version of 1:1 work, we identify objectives and areas of focus, then I work on the client, who rests in a lying down position. In-person sessions utilize visualization, subtle body work, breath, and physical touch to promote deep relaxation, balancing, and release. Meetings then move into shared observation and interpretation, guided by intuitive facilitation. Each session results in tools and practices that can be applied by the individual on their own terms in the future.

Suggested sliding scale: $80 - $110/session
Schedule a session-->





About TUNING

Through awareness, opening, and excavation, TUNING acts as a foundation and entry point for creative, growth, and intuitive work.  


1. Survive life.
2. What we do matters.
3. Create a place for witness.  
4. Come to terms with overwhelming beauty. 



BACKGROUND
TUNING is a synthesis of my experience of an array of somatic, creative, and therapeutic modalities. Throughout late childhood, adolesence, and into my early 20s, I spent a formative period absorbed in the worlds of ballet and contemporary dance, while also receiving rigorous instruction in Pilates and western adaptations of Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga 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 attention to my present body and with the help of somatic and therapeautic approaches that encourage deep self-study.

In 2011, my focus shifted to writing, and since 2013, I have had the good fortune of facilitating 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 became an idea 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 thought 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 make a physical practice nearly anyone could approach, regardless of their experience with movement or writing, that would work to regulate the nervous system and encourage creative, intuitive, and emotional opening. 

The TUNING series comes out of my own personal practice. Initially developed as a means of helping myself regulate in moments of emotional/mental difficulty, TUNING 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. My hope is that the TUNING Sequence will provide a similar framework to anyone with a desire to engage more deeply in the process of creating, inhabiting the body, connecting with others, and/or existing in the world.  

The name "TUNING" is in gratitude to Pauline Oliveros' "Tuning Meditation" and her philosophy of deep listening. The TUNING Sequence is an experience both private and shared that is continuously evolving and producing new processes and outcomes thanks to the deep engagement of participants. It provides opportunity for ephemeral community-making and instances of simultaneous focus, centered around the intention of embodied experience. Group TUNING is the current expression of a larger social practice work called Sema




PARTICIPANT EXPERIENCE
CL's guidance during our TUNING sessions has stuck with me emotionally. It was simple, a ritual she helped co-create to move through heavy emotions back into creative territory. The TUNING practice shifted my perspective on myself and the creative process to focus on grounding and movement, helping dissolve some pretty significant creative blocks in unexpected ways.
- KW

TUNING was exactly what I needed at exactly the right time. Because of the workshop I feel that I was able to reconnect with my body in a positive way after all the medical trauma I've been through this year and create space for an attention/meditation/creative practice in my life again. I know I will take the things we worked on as a group and in our individual meeting forward into my day-to-day. The workshop and 1:1 session contributed greatly to my healing and recovery.
- RP

I loved TUNING and found myself wanting those 2 hours on Sunday morning, every Sunday morning. TUNING combines movement, writing, introspection, and space for one's own process, in a beautiful, easy and genuine way. I loved how I felt after each session -- it was a perfect combination of less and more. There was less of life's noise, and more calm. I also left every session feeling as though I had been given something new, whether a new tool, a new process, or a new way of thinking.
- DD

The TUNING workshop reverberated within me months after its completion. After a year bogged down by depression, CL's process gave me the permission to start each day by tuning into my body and the creativity within. Healing. Regenerative. CL facilitated the virtual space in a way that invited ease, and a collectivity so hard to create over distance. I've shaped the vibrations of the workshop into my own daily practice to feel more embodied and engaged with the day-to-day stuff of living.             
- RV