Saturday, June 13, 2015

Interdisciplinary Teaching Practicum (ITP)

Interdisciplinary Teaching Practicum (ITP)

I’ve had the great fortune of mentoring a couple of teachers who are committed to developing their work in clinical, interdisciplinary approaches to movement.  We’ve spent hours in conversation, recommended readings, observations, etc.

It’s time for them to get some hands on experience.

At this point in time ITP is:

·      A project and experiment that brings teachers and students together. 

·      An affordable laboratory for certified teachers in multiple disciplines, medical students, holistic care givers etc., to synthesize and define a wide array of skills and interests. 

·      An affordable place for students who are open to alternative movement practice to explore and deepen their body work.

·     A place for practitioners to get supportive and challenging feedback. 

·      A forum for peers.

We are going to schedule a few workshops this summer, and if all goes well, do something more structured in the fall.

If you’re interested in mentorship or participating in an interdisciplinary movement workshop
Please contact: 

Upcoming workshops:
June 18th 2:00PM-3:30PM Healthy Discs/Vertebral Disc Injury

June 25th 6:00PM-7:30PM Pilates applications for neck, shoulder, upper back tension, if we have time we'll touch upon the subtle body and psoas.

*Mentoring Philosophy*

Certification programs are great for immersing yourself in a particular discipline, but they don't necessarily build teachers. Therefore a "teaching certification" is a bit of a misnomer (an expensive one). The best teachers are artists. You can't teach someone their worldview, aesthetic, or expressive sensibility. You can only guide and support their process, and keep them honest, so that their artistry has some depth and integrity. I'm interested in teachers who want to challenge what they think they know about the body/mind, and are ready to blow the doors off any limits to the applications of movement. 

I want to keep the process organic, spontaneous, and rigorous...the "old-fashioned" way:

1) Apprentice with a mentor and practice.
2) When you're ready, teach.
3) If you have trouble acquiring and maintaining clientele, you might not be ready.
4) Repeat step 1.

Everyone is welcome. Let's throw this puppy against the wall and see if it sticks!

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