Monday, July 7, 2014 - Monday, July 21, 2014 (9:00am-4:00pm)

Awareness Through the Body (ATB) USA

Location: AUNE Campus

Workshops in Keene – NH for Adults,  July, 7-21, 2014, 9:00- 4:00

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Graduate credit is available for these events for an additional fee.  All participants will receive a certificate of participation upon completion of the session.

Financial aid is available for this event.  Click here to apply.

Led by Aloka Marti (method creator) and Francesco Colturi (certified facilitator).

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dsc00555Awareness through the Body is a comprehensive curriculum of exercises that aims to raise awareness and enable children–and adults as well–to become conscious of their own perceptions and abilities so that they may become self-aware, self-directed individuals. The activities are creative and often fun. Teachers, therapists, yoga and movement instructors can learn activities experientially which they can implement with their students.

Note: These workshops are interrelated and complement each other. They offer a broad base from which Awareness Through the Body can be applied to oneself or to groups. This series of workshops can be considered a starting point for the practice of ATB. From here, a deepening of the work can happen by attending the basic workshops again and then participating in the Advanced Training workshops.


 

Awareness Through the Body I-Introductory Workshop

July 7 & 8 (Monday and Tuesday)

In this introductory workshop, participants will have their first contact with the basis of Awareness through the Body. The themes to be explored are:

Attention & Concentration: exercises to direct and focus attention, and to build up the capacity for concentration.

  • Theoretical and practical exploration to come in contact with the different planes of the being.
  • Breathing: activities to develop awareness of the breath and how breath affects the different parts of the being.
  • Relaxation: exercises to enhance the capacity to consciously enter physical, emotional and mental relaxation.
  • Plates: introspective exercise that leads the participants to experience the existence of an inner and outer space and helps them to be present in both simultaneously.


 Awareness Through the Body- Kindergarten Workshop

Prerequisite: ATB I-Introductory Workshop

July 9 (Wednesday)

We will explore how Awareness Through the Body is implemented with kindergarten-age children through lively activities and games. Some of the ATB activities at the Kindergarten level are similar to work done in other disciplines like psycomotricity. Even though ATB has many things in common with other disciplines, it adds a new dimension.

In Awareness Through the Body there is the clear intention on the part of the adult to put the children in contact with an inner consciousness. Through exercises and fun, children start discovering themselves and learn to notice changes taking place within and around them. They learn to notice that they can be in different states of consciousness and that these states feel different to them: there is a difference when they are concentrated and in silence (labyrinth) or when they are running and laughing (Africa trip).

At this age children experience and feel without the need for explanations. Through the activities and exercises, each child integrates in his own body precise sensations for attention, quiet, fun, relaxation, being with himself and being with the others. That is why it is important for the adult to have an embodied understanding of the aim of ATB at the Kindergarten level.

The objectives of ATB at the Kindergarten level are to help young children develop:

  • Listening for meaning
  • Self-control
  • Focus and capacity for being present
  • Alertness of the senses
  • Freedom and fluidity of movement
  • Social skills
  • Respectful and sensitive body contact with peers
  • A healthy self image
  • Trust
  • Subjective memories for relaxation and tonicity

 Awareness Through the Body II

Prerequisite: ATB I-Introductory Workshop

July 11, 12, 13 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

This workshop serves two purposes: revisiting, deepening and better integrating the basics of Awareness through the Body explored in the Introductory workshop. We introduce participants to the following new themes:

  • Sensory Awareness: exercises to open and refine the senses, and to observe their effects on the different planes of the being.
  • Exploration of Emotions: exercises that help to recognize emotions and their effects on the physical body and to develop a witness attitude towards them.
  • Collective Games: to explore group dynamics and the effects of a group on the individual and vice versa.
  • Awareness of the Physical Structure: exercises to develop awareness and conscious control over contraction and relaxation in the body.

Awareness Through the Body III

Pre-requisite: ATB I-Introductory Workshop

July 14, 15, 16 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)

In this workshop the participants will explore the principles of Awareness Through the Body and their practical application. They will get an introduction on how to lead an ATB session and how to build up the program in a progressive manner to address the needs of children and the needs of the group. There will be an exploration of various activities:

  • Structures Setting: A landscape for self-exploration and self-discovery. In this activity the participants move, walk, crawl, slither and climb on top of different types of objects such as ladders, planks, chairs and stools. As this can be physically demanding, people have to be sensitive to their own limitations and those of others.
  • Sticks: A group activity that consists of simultaneously throwing and catching bamboo sticks. It helps to develop the capacity for being present, the use of peripheral vision and a sense of rhythm.Plates will be revisited to deepen the experience of being in one’s “inner and outer space” simultaneously.

Awareness Through the Body IV

Pre-requisite: ATB I-Introductory Workshop

July 18, 19, 20, 21 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday)

Building upon and further developing the capacities for attention and concentration, the participants will focus on exploring physical structure in all its dimensions: bones, joints, muscles, tissues, organs, breath, sensation and energy-the subtle physical part.

The workshop will include an in-depth exploration of Relaxation and Form work. There will be an introduction to analysis of musical structure as a base to work on listening awareness so that music can be used more effectively in some of the ATB exercises.

Each day, time will be given for questions, doubts or clarifications about leading and the building up of the ATB sessions.


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Housing Information:

We have secured suites at Keene State College for the time you will be visiting New Hampshire for the Awareness through the Body classes.

A suite consists of four single rooms, a shared bathroom, kitchen and living room. The kitchen has a refrigerator, stove and sink, but no cooking or eating utensils.

We will attempt to make some basic things there for your use, but you will want to bring some items yourself, if traveling by car.
Linens are included in the price: sheets, blankets, pillow and 2 towels per room.

The cost of lodging is $35/night. There is a mandatory one-time fee of $11 for linens.

If you have already registered, please contact Peg (msmeltz@antioch.edu) to clarify your check in and check out dates. New registrants may sign up for housing within the registration process.

For More Information

Laura Thomas
603-283-2302