Our work is committed to the exploration and application of movement, dance, and art as a healing and educational force. We draw from the wisdom of the body and the creativity of the imagination as sources for authentic expression, artful communication, and transformation. Our tools, therefore, help individuals explore the ways in which personal expression can lead to a more embodied, compassionate, and creative world where art as a healing force is fostered.

The Body

We live in and through our bodies. The body contains and reveals our entire life experience. It is through the body that our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels become connected. It is through the body that we can come to know ourselves and the world. Expression, healing, change, and transformation are acts of embodiment. What wisdom does the body hold?


Movement is the primary language of the body. It is in movement that we express our personality and our conditioning, and it is through movement that we discover new resources. All of life is movement, and everything in our universe moves. If we say that movement is like a dance and everyone is a dancer, what are the dances that our souls call for?


We give voice to our experiences, creating the sounds to accompany our dances. The sound of an image or feeling, and the voice of the group in harmony and disharmony, all give rise to greater understanding. If our body could speak, what would it say? If our drawings could sing, what would we hear?


The practice of placing pigment on paper challenges us to grapple with the stories that shape our inner and outer worlds. Drawing holds the memory of movements and feelings after they have vanished from time and space. They are gifts from our imagination. What are the colors, shapes, textures, and symbols of our imagination? What will be drawn out?


As we find and shape our words, we become storytellers and poets of our individual and collective stories. What do we say, how do we say it, and what narratives do we create? Finding the words, speaking them, and writing them brings aesthetics back into our language.


We learn to play, seriously, intensely, spontaneously. We take risks, experimenting, committing to the present, being fully in the moment, and letting go of judgements and attachment to an outcome. We stay open; willing to be surprised, for nothing is a mistake because everything becomes workable. We work creatively with whatever comes up. Spontaneous, unknown, playful, what will happen?


Performance is a metaphor for coming forward, coming out, being seen, and communicating with others with all of our senses. We meet stage fright and excitement, our inhibitions and breakthroughs, meeting the eyes of the world, connecting the personal story with the collective story. Can we stay present and authentic? How are the witnesses moved?


We explore the meaning behind our discoveries. What is my art telling me? What does your art evoke in me? How is it connected to my life? What am I learning? What would I like to do differently? What’s in the way? What are the available resources? How can we live artfully in our relations and in our communities?

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