Seeing with the Body
A Daylong Immersion for Women +
Saturday, December 7, 2019
With Stefana Serafina, M.A.
Saturday, December 7, 2019 10 am–5:30 pm @ The Berkeley Fellowship Hall
1924 Cedar St, Berkeley, California
+ Open to women and non-binary female-bodied people
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SEEING WITH THE BODY is to attune to the sense-based intelligence that surrounds us. It means to know deeper than our thoughts. To attune to the feminine language of life. To be able to access dimension and felt knowing through the sensuous instrument that homes our being, and connects us to the living web of life.
In the ancient Latin language, true intelligence was described by the verb sentire, which meant to feel, to perceive, and to know, all at once. Seeing with the body is just that: To know with our whole being, to live in our "deep body", the meeting place of mind, senses, emotions, eros, and wild psyche; to sense and know beyond the visible and the understandable. But more often than not, layers of disembodiment, body-armoring, and the "cultural body" are imposed over the natural flow of our bodies’ wisdom, compromise our sensitivity and embodied knowing, and cut us off from the inherent intelligence and aliveness of the deep body.
During this daylong immersion we will reconnect to our deep bodies as the intelligent, intuitive, self-organizing living systems constantly in contact with the deeper dimensions of the psyche and the natural world.
Through uniquely designed embodied investigations, intuitive and creative movement and dance, sensual anatomy practices, myth and storytelling, full-body enactments and witness work, we will practice the deep re-inhabitation of our own 'underworld'- the deeper dimensions of soul, nature and psyche, reinstating ourselves into the fabric of flow and wholeness as our primary nature.
Engaging with the different layers of the deep body–– visceral, sensual, emotional, cognitive, expressive, and collective––we will explore layers of inner knowing in fact and mystery, rekindle the fluidity and sensuousness that are native to our inner ecosystems, and cultivate lasting skills for living as embodied, empowered, emotionally and sensually expressed people, connected to their deep life and leading at the edge of social change.
If you have participated in this or other experiences led by Stefana in the past, this workshop will offer new depth, new practices, and expand on previously explore material.
DURING THIS DAYLONG IMMERSION, YOU WILL BE OFFERED A CHANCE TO:
Learn practices for cultivating the body’s stamina and prime the body as the instrument for perception and fluidity
Begin (or continue) recovering the depth of the senses and the intelligence available through the felt self
Uncover body armoring and the shapes of closure in your body-mind systems and learn skills to restore flow and nourish it continuously
Engage in the inherent intelligence of your sensual anatomy as record-keeper and transformer
Rekindle the erotic forces within your body, and explore your desire and longing as paths to your greater soul story
Explore the deep connection between body and Earth, and the teachings of the elements through their composition in your internal ecosystem
Practice ‘seeing with the body’ for yourself and for others
Work with the symbols, images, and guidance of the deeper psyche
Reconnect with an aspect part of your feminine nature that has been long silenced by cultural normalcy
YOU WILL WALK AWAY WITH
A new body story: A love story in which your body is the soulmate, the sage, the ally.
A sense of living in and from your depth
Transformative personal insights to support you in living your greater personal myth
New skills for walking your mystical path with practical feet
A nourished heart and body
An experience of unquestionable belonging
Yes, we hold this immersion in the embrace of safe, nurturing, and loving sisterhood. We are committed to each other’s growth and well being. You rise, we rise.
ABOUT STEFANA SERAFINA
Stefana Serafina, M.A., is an embodiment educator, writer, and embodied empowerment facilitator based in the San Francisco Bay. She is recognized for her unique and multi-faceted approach to body–based self–discovery and transformation, weaving together movement and embodied journeying, expressive arts approaches, earth and nature-centric practices, sensuality and mystery traditions, embodied archetypal psyche, dance, circle, and ritual.
She is the founder of Intuitive Body and Dance ©, which has grown into an international platform providing resources, experiences, and education for returning to our bodies’ inherent intelligence, creative and intuitive genius, and sensuous wisdom. For over a decade, Stefana has been teaching and facilitating transformative, movement-based embodiment in California, Europe, Central America, and online, and developing the Deep–Body model that is at the foundation of the work.
Stefana’s facilitation and teaching have been called "life-changing and life-giving", "exquisite and evocative", "deeply penetrating and rekindling", a "masterful invitation to the timeless remembrance of who we are".
Stefana also hosts and produces the Embodied Way Podcast.
WHAT OTHERS SAY
ABOUT THE WORK ...
“It has felt so profound. I have been digging into places and moving them in a beautiful way. Thank you for sharing the gift of connecting through the body to this powerful energies and to sacred space.” –– Yatra Pesantes
“I have truly loved the work, especially the sacred container that is verbless and allows for safety and full self connection and expression. Thank you so much!” –– Esthela Mitchell
"This work is life–changing, life–giving."
“I have been amazed how intelligent the body is and all that she shares when I listen deeply.”
–– Sarah Hillman
“Thank you again for this magic space between worlds you have birthed forward with so much love, integrity, honesty and authenticity.”
–– Haley Willson
Pre-registration is required to participate.
WE DO NOT ACCEPT payments at the door.
Please choose the highest level of contribution that you are able to afford
Daylong Immersion $115 –$155