Walk of Life
 Movement workshops with Helen Poynor

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Earth Songs
17-18 April 2021

Midsummer Movers
25-27 June 2021

The Art of Being in Motion with Helen Poynor and Shelagh O'Neill
23-25 July 2021

Embodied Landscapes
Training workshop
11-12 September 2021

Autumn in the Woods
23-24 October 2021

Movement Ritual Explorations
19-21 November 2021

Participants' Comments

My relationship with moving has changed – my moving is becoming more honest…I have not been able to separate me from my moving…I’ve never experienced that before. I feel like I’ve been given a very special key. 

Working outside has been so profound – I have returned to the land and I feel it.  I remember feeling it as a child. Body as landscape – Body in the landscape.

I came back home after ‘Women, Rocks and Water’ feeling more alive than ever.  Within me there was a new sense of my moving body through space.  The awakening of parts of my spine was the awakening of “dormant” dimensions of my being.

The work with Helen is movement practice but also practice for life.  I find within it the uniting of my passions, physical and philosophical, in the playground of presence, experience and connection.

I have found the work in the environment inspiring and personally enhancing. I have loved the work as an individual within the group in the vastness and minutiae of the sites.

The Walk of Life has brought me into direct relationship with the coast, with its detail, its varied landscapes and seascapes, its beauty, gentleness and its power. I feel the age of the rocks and the newness of the life in the rock pools. The cliffs are speaking of all they have seen before them. The coast is rich, complex and inviting. I am meeting it as an old and new friend, ready to hear its wisdom and to share my stories. I am taught about permanence and change and levels of time existing together. The Jurassic Coast is alive and dancing with me.




Publications include: 'Walk of Life Training in Non-stylised and Environmental Movement', Theatre, Dance and Performance Training (forthcoming), Anna Halprin with Libby Worth (Routledge 2004; 2nd Edition 2018); 'All Fathers are Fictional: a practitioner's perspective on the process of creating autobiographical performance', Journal of Dance and Somatics Practices (2019); 'Earth, Tree, Rock and Sea' Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices 10:2 (2018/19) ; 'Landscapes of Loss, moving and mourning'. Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices 2013; 'Body Body' in Embodied Lives (Triarchy 2014); Working Like a Farmer: towards an embodied spirituality' in Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities: Contemporary Sacred Narratives. (Intellect 2014).Yes, But is it Dance? in An introduction to Community Dance Practice (Diane Amans (Editor) Palgrave Macmillan 2008); 'Anna Halprin and the Sea Ranch Collective, an embodied engagement with place' in Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices 1.1 (intellectbooks 2009) and Dancers and Communities,  co-editor with Jacqueline Simmonds (Ausdance NSW 1997). 'Wrestling the Slippery Fish' in in Research Methods in Theatre Studies (Edinburgh University Press, 2011) co-authored with Libby Worth.

To download Helen's article
reathing Space: Artists Exploring Health
published in Animated, Winter 2004
please click here


This is, I think
what holiness is:
the natural world,
where every moment is full of the passion to keep moving.

Mary Oliver