Walk of Life Training
Walk of Life Training Programme in Non-stylised and Environmental Movement was developed by Helen Poynor as a result of 30 years of professional
practice as a movement practitioner, performer and teacher. Established in 2007 it attracts regional, national and international participants from a wide range of movement backgrounds and has proved stimulating and fruitful for all the participants. It consists of three 5 day intensive
training sessions in spring, summer and autumn combined with ongoing personal practice.
of Life approach to movement is grounded in an experiential
understanding of the structure of the body, an awareness of the
relationship between the moving body and the self and of the responsive
inter-relationship between body, earth, self and environment. Movement
scores are used as a springboard into motion awakening vitality
and heightening awareness, transforming personal explorations into
creative expression. In a process which unfolds over time each participant
is supported to follow the evolution of their movement practice
within the context of the group. This approach fosters an embodied
sense of presence in daily life and in performance.
The grounding principles of the Walk
of Life are explored in the studio and in the inspiring
environment of the Jurassic Coast. The sessions include individual
work, pair work and working in response to the group as a moving
environment. The natural
environment becomes both partner and teacher. The changing seasons,
weather and tides present continual challenges, each element stimulates
different experiences and elicits a different range of movement
qualities and skills.
A commitment to personal practice of at least two hours
a week (one in a studio/hall and one outside) throughout the training is required.
Between the training sessions the participants will receive an individual
session with Helen to support their ongoing movement practice. Arrangements can be made for international participants. The
programme is envisaged as movement training rather than teacher
training. It is not a programme for beginners.
of Life approach is grounded in:
- a three dimensional
awareness of the body and of space
- the integration
of upper and lower body through the spine
- the integration
of limbs and torso
joints and the interconnection of the whole body allowing movement
to flow freely through the body
- a mobile
sense of grounding
- the ability
to follow a movement as it evolves and moves through space
- clear but
permeable body boundaries
- an awareness
of the layers of space
- the inter-relationship
of sensation, feeling/atmosphere, images/associations and state
- a receptive
and responsive attitude to oneself, to others and to the environment
- the capacity
to move in a mutually responsive relationship to others without
losing a sense of self
- the ability
to be simultaneously aware of personal and environmental landscapes
- the integration
of moving and seeing
is supported by a personal reflective journal and log incorporating
acknowledges the influence of Anna Halprin and Suprapto Suryodarmo
from Java with whom she trained intensively in the 1980s and 1990s.
Their work has served as a springboard for the development of her
unique approach to non-stylised and environmental movement.
I so much
enjoy the juice of creative exploration amongst such a diverse group
of dedicated movement practitioners. Thank you both for your guidance
and for your letting go, you create such a rich environment in which
to see and be seen both through the human body, the human group
and out into the complexity of the natural landscape.
boundaries of the training enable me to follow my own path and also
be accompanied and accompany others in their practice…. I have found
working in a non-stylised way gives me the possibility to flow between
the many styles that I have learned…. Commitment and curiosity are
replacing imposed discipline and guilt.
The next Walk of Life Foundation Training in non-stylised and environmental movement will be offered October 2020 - May 2021. A minimum of four days non-stylised and environmental movement practice with Helen is required. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to deepen their experience of Helen's approach before applying. Maximum 10 places. Please enquire for further details.
680155 (Mon-Sat 9am-7pm)
Helen Poynor, 8 Mill Lane, Branscombe, Devon, EX12 3DS
The next Continuation Programme open to applicants who have completed the Foundation Training will be offered in 2019-2020. Dates: October 29th - November 2nd 2019, February 25th - 29th 2020, May/June to be confirmed. Please contact Helen for further information.
The Mentorship Programme in the application of non-stylised and environmental movement in professional/artistic projects, open to those who have completed at least two years of the Walk of Life Training, is offered periodically. Please contact Helen as soon as possible if you are potentially interested in the forthcoming mentorship.
Embodied Landscapes August 31st - September 2nd 2019 a 3 day training workshop is open to participants who have completed at least one year of the Walk of Life Training, see workshops for full details.