Friday Night Frolics
I’m offering movement workshops at Art & Soul, designed for adults without formal dance training, but open to trained dancers as well.
Friday Night Frolics are a playful way to unwind as the weekend begins.Do you yearn to unwind and move in a community of playful adults? Friday Night Frolics combine lightly guided exercises and games with a bit of whimsy to create playful explorations of movement in a safe, communal setting. Participation in improvisational, organic movement can be a profound and nourishing experience, as well as just plain fun. It also provides the opportunity to drop into your body and explore the canvas of space through your own movement vocabulary. Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely. If you like, come early (5:30 pm) to have a cup of tea, relax, and settle into the circle.
All levels welcome; no dance training needed. Pre-registration preferred, but drop-ins will be welcome as space allows.
The next Friday Night Frolic is February 11, 2022. $20 Click here to register.
In Words and Body, ONLINE, January 10, 2022, 6-8 pm CST
In?the work of daily living, there are times when we lose sight of our dreams and aspirations. Articulating these dreams can pave pathways and provide motivation to forge ahead and speak our vision into existence.? This 2-hour Monday evening workshop, ONLINE from the comfort of your own home or workspace, will spark the intuitive flow of your dreams and visions through authentic movement and painting the canvas of air and space, as well as spur a playful approach to articulation in writing. Through the body and the written word, you’ll create the passageways to your dreams, a perfect practice for starting the New Year!
“This was super powerful! What a great way to connect with myself and spend a cold winter night.” ~ Jenna Longmire, participant
Pendulum Painting, Saturday, January 29th, 2022
12 – 4 pm at Art & Soul Studio
Co-facilitated with Robin Wolfenden
A swinging pendulum creates patterns of elliptical loops and whirls. Join Amanda Roche and Robin Wolfenden as they blend science, art, and movement for a unique painting experience using the natural beauty of physics and gravity. The mesmerizing effect of your pendulum art offers moments of meditation, enchantment, and the practice of letting go. Movement, visual play, and an immersive soundtrack set into motion your dive into the eddy of science, painting, and reflection. No prior experience necessary! All skill levels welcome. Materials: All materials will be provided for participants to assemble their own Pendulum Painting system which will hang from the ceiling and move freely with the weight of gravity. Large sheets of colored paper will be provided as a base, but participants can feel free to bring a large canvas that you can paint a background on, or a previously painted canvas on which you would like to add elliptical patterns, although not necessary.
$100. Click here to register.
Written in the Body, ONLINE
Sunday, February 13, 2022, 1:30-3:30 pm CST
Take a winter dive into full-body awareness and presence, facilitated online by Amanda. She’ll gently lead you through visualizations and movement explorations to energize you and help you feel fully in your body. You’ll tune in to both external and internal sensations, and heighten your mind-body connection. From this space of presence, your body will become an intuitive channel for written words. This Sunday afternoon online offering allows you to do the physical explorations from the privacy of your home with your camera off, and connect deeply with others when we come together for a digital circle in which to listen and share.
Any of my 2-3 hour workshops can be privately booked for a group of four or more, starting at $250 if you provide the space (Nashville and surrounding counties). Some, such as Shifting Sands, Divining Balance, can be adapted for online. Message me for details: firstname.lastname@example.org. See class listings below this video.
Here are some workshop options. Most are 2 to 2.5 hours:
We all have a light – an inner radiance – that is connected to our Source and fueled by what we most deeply love. Often this illumination is dimmed by the daily grind, life’s challenges, or neglect. Take this time to reconnect to Source, uncover your inner radiance, and create a space within for it to shine outward. Through writing, movement, and reflective play, both individually and communally, we will tap into our divine light and recognize it in others. This workshop will include gentle, physical contact with others in the group.
“The world is not whole without each of us awakening the divine spark that we are.” ~ Jenn Couture
Being aware of and attentive to our center is vital in life. What keeps you balanced when all else is shifting around you? When do you need to take some risks and push yourself off balance? Through movement, creative writing, and other reflective play we will traverse the terrain of centeredness, grounding, and unexpected trajectories. This journey toward deeper awareness supports the ability to sustain balance in both calm and stormy seas.
“I came to this workshop expecting to learn to deal with the shifting world around me. Silly me, I thought what would happen is that I would learn to reorder the world in a more balanced way. What happened instead was that I learned to shift!” — Tracy
In the Hero’s Journey, the first threshold separates the ordinary world and the unknown world of risk and adventure. In crossing this threshold, the hero is often confronted by threshold guardians who try to block the passage, and sometimes an ally or mentor offers help. These archetypes and stages in the journey most notably defined by Joseph Campbell are far more than fairy tale myths; they have direct correlation to people and events in our lives.
Through group and private reflection, free writing and movement, we will consider thresholds we have and will cross in our lives, and will divine a path to crossing a significant threshold which leads us into an intrepid new world. No dance or writing experience necessary.
“What a profound and soulful workshop. I am still floating. I remembered, tonight, how important it is to take time out of this busy (and sometimes heavy) life in order to dig deep, reconnect with self, and to connect, also, with brave and generous fellow travelers. I feel a shift, and I was desperate for one.” ~ Sara Sharpe
There are times when we need to take direct action and responsibility, and times when we must learn to let go and follow a path that opens before us. In this active, playful workshop you will work with a partner to explore weight bearing and weight sharing, leading and following, and individually consider the metaphors for your life and relationships through writing and reflection. No dance experience required, but ability to get up and down from the floor and bear some weight needed. Physical contact with a partner is integral to this workshop, but no need to bring a partner.
“I was surprised at how profoundly I was affected by the time I spent moving around with (my partner). To be held closely and supported gently but firmly was a huge healing for me.” — Sally
In Words and Body: Articulating Your Vision
In the work of daily living, there are times when we lose sight of our dreams and aspirations. Articulating those dreams and pathways to attain them can help us find the motivation to forge ahead and speak our vision into existence. Through a journey to find inspiration and insight in the words of others, as well as exploring the active meditation of dance, we will tap into both intellectual and innate body wisdom to discover and define our vision for our future. You will leave with both enduring written prose, and the ephemeral but no less potent experience of painting your pathway toward attaining your dreams through the medium of body and space. No dance or writing experience necessary
“The experience definitely blew on the coals of my heart and gave fresh definition to my hopes and dreams.” — Maria
Other workshops include “Boundaries”, “Filling the Cup”, and “Body Wisdom: Listening to your Inner Ally” co-facilitated with Yoga instructor Kristen Hubbard.
These integrative, experiential workshops utilize creative process and exploration in movement and writing to discover personal truths. To book a workshop or discuss a custom-designed theme for your organization, please contact Amanda at email@example.com.
You can read testimonials and see an array of workshops and class series previously offered here.