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Towards collective wisdom: Embodied play and presencing for social transformation with Jessica Bockler and Anna-Helena McLean

September 2 @ 10:00 am - September 3 @ 4:00 pm

The crises of our times invite a metamorphosis of our human ways of being. Human nature is embedded in nature at large. Now is the time to remember and cultivate spiritual, embodied and collective wisdom, honouring our deepest Sources which reach well beyond the individual self. At the core we are unbound potential, unified consciousness manifesting in beautiful diversity as an interconnected web of life on earth.

In this immersive workshop we will dive into explorations of our deepest Sources through embodied meditation, active imagination, and creative practices for experiencing ensemble awareness and unitive consciousness. The workshop invites us into an experiential presencing laboratory, combining a unique blend of practices engaging our somatic, emotional, spiritual and creative intelligences. Core elements involve:

  • embodied meditation, sensing and inhabiting the whole of ourselves in the moment
  • creative suspension for stilling mind and resting in consciousness as it is
  • embodied readying for creative emergence, playfully warming up body and mind
  • ensemble work to make the body all eyes and enhance receptivity
  • subtle impulse work, accessing our imagination and collective dreaming capacities
  • group-based sensing and social field presencing for collective vision and meaning-making

These practices combined can engender a release of habitual ways of being and doing, taking us into expanded states of consciousness and enabling the expression and enactment of deeper dreaming processes within and between us. We will first explore the practices to support our individual skill development and inner opening, before then turning our attention toward collective attunement and presencing, to discover how the practices can be directed towards catalysing greater presence, as well as generating new stories and action for social transformation.

If you are looking for ways to deepen embodied presence, explore social field intelligence, and work with meditation and imagination as ways to respond to the challenges of our time, join us! The work will be gentle and deep. All are welcome. The practices we will explore are inclusive of all ages and abilities.

Sources that have inspired the creation of this workshop include principles from the Western Mystery tradition, nondual meditation and martial arts, and Paratheatre, a theatrical ritual path which invites the liberation of psychophysical impulses through spontaneous movement and voice work.

The workshop is informed by an evolving exploration of coalescing practices between transpersonal psychologist and theatre artist Dr. Jessica Bockler and multi-disciplinary voice, music and theatre artist Anna-Helena McLean. Anna-Helena brings live cello and music to underpin the guiding intentions within the practices.

Early Bird before 15th May: £150
After 15 May: £190 (low income)/ £220 (mid-income)/ £250 (higher income)
Further info & reserve your place: https://embodiedplay.sutra.co 


Dr. Jessica Bockler is an applied theatre practitioner and transpersonal psychologist who has spent the past two decades exploring how embodied play, integrative practices, and creative ritual can nurture processes of individual and collective flourishing and transformation. Jessica has extensive experience of expressive arts facilitation, including physical and participatory theatre, creative writing, and experimental movement and voice work. Jessica trained in acting and community arts at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts before completing her Master’s in Transpersonal Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University. In her PhD she explored theatre as a vehicle for inner work, researching contemporary spiritual and esoteric performance practices in Poland, Italy, Denmark, the UK and the USA. Jessica is a co-founding director of the Alef Trust, a global provider of transpersonal and integrative education. Jessica’s vision and research interests centre on holistic and creative approaches to social change, bridging embodied ritual and active imagination practices with transpersonal activism and social change initiatives. Jessica is the research lead of Alef Trust’s Conscious Community Initiative which galvanises and supports projects for human flourishing, social justice, peace and sustainability through integrative approaches to social change. She is a certified Warm Data Lab host (Bateson Institute), and she is on the academic advisory board of the Inner Development Goals initiative. She is also a member of the Presencing Institute’s research community and the UN’s Conscious Food Systems Alliance.

Anna-Helena McLean read Drama and Music at Royal Holloway Uni with a specialism in solo cello. Currently completing a PhD at Guildhall School of Music & Drama while engaged as a Voice & Performance Tutor on the Acting Studies BA Hons course. A music theatre and ensemble coach and director, running acting and voice training called the ‘Actor-Chorus-Text’ (ACT) internationally. Formerly principal of Gardzienice, a laboratory theatre in Poland (2000-2007) touring extensively (LaMama ETC; Meyerhold Centre; Getty Centre; Barbican) as well as leading an Ancient Greek Orchestra and the Academy for Theatre Practices.

As composer & ensemble coach, productions include Yerma, with Kathryn Hunter; Arquiem (RNT); Nothing Left To Lose (LIMF); Glasgow Girls (NTS). Former member of Awake Projects, Sweden. Previously guest director at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; National School of Drama, Delhi; Yale School of Drama, NYC. Former lecturer for Extended Voice and Vocal and Choral Studies at Uni of Winchester. As a director, productions include Richard III (Aegis); Romeo and Juliet (Berlin); STORM for Libraries (Shakespeare Week); STORM (Chicago). As actor-producer/musician-composer, productions include ill Met by Moonlight, Trestle; Titania – A Solo Cabaret; A Voice Lesson (Britten Pears Arts). As an actor-musician productions include King Charles III by Mike Bartlett West End/Broadway (Sonia Friedman) and How To Be Immortal, Penny Dreadful Productions. As a devising artist she was a core member on Wig Show & Resonant Tails (Tract and Touch) bringing extended voicework to schools and children with profound and multiple learning difficulties.


September 2 @ 10:00 am
September 3 @ 4:00 pm
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