Boosting our Brains through Dance: Biodanza and Neuroplasticity

Boosting our Brains through Dance: Biodanza and Neuroplasticity

Boosting our Brains through Dance: Biodanza and Neuroplasticity

with Nicole Schwalb 

Saturday May 11th,18th & 25th 10:30-12:00

$80 All 3 classes

$30 Each class

WeMove members Free

 

WeMove Studio

Mullumbimby

Corner Stuart Street and Tincogan 

A Series of three Special Biodanza classes with a guest teacher

Over three workshops Nicole Schwalb will take us through a journey of dance, movement, music and human interaction that will stimulate your bodies and brains to rejuvenate, leaving you feeling more vital and sharper, more in focus and with all the tools you need to continue expanding your horizons with new skills and experiences. Learn to rewire your brain and discover the elixir of youthfulness.

For 400 years it was believed that our brains stop developing around the age of 15, and after that any injury is irreparable. In the last few decades scientists have discovered that they were completely wrong. Our brains continue to develop and evolve throughout our lives, are repairable after injury and adaptable till our last breath. Our brains have the characteristic of plastic – changeable, malleable – and thus they call this phenomenon neuroplasticity.
This dramatic discovery was made by Donald Hobbs in 1949. Since then scientists have been deepening their understanding of exactly how the brain develops and changes, and especially mapping which stimuli influence positive changes, and which hinder development. It is understood that our environment has a large bearing on how our brains develop and function, and not only during childhood. It is also understood that we have enormous influence over our own brains through the activities we engage in; on all levels of our being – physical, cognitive, emotional and spiritual.
I looked at the Biodanza system as a paradigm of change and transformation and asked the question: “Does Biodanza promote neuroplastic modulation and change?” My research produced astounding results. I found that all the conditions currently known to science to promote neuroplastic rewiring are included in the Biodanza paradigm. Furthermore, together they create a perfect “enriched environment” that systematically advances neuroplastic growth and development.

About Biodanza:
Biodanza is a paradigm for personal development, authentic human connection and expression of our highest potentials. Based on deep knowledge of the human sciences and the expressive arts, Biodanza harnesses music, movement, dance and shared encounters in a progressive process of growth, restoration and opening to the pleasure of life. Accessible to everyone, young and old, Biodanza requires no previous dance experience nor fitness.

Facilitator

Nicole Schwalb

Born in South Africa. Moved to Australia at age 15. Undergraduate studies in sociology, international relations and Law (Melbourne Uni). Interdisciplinary Masters in Law & Sociology (Tel Aviv Uni). Worked for a decade in Constitutional Law.
Twenty years ago, I embarked on a journey of learning and practicing body-mind techniques. I studied anatomy and physiology, trained and worked in rehabilitation Pilates, Shiatzu Meridian Paradigm, Biodanza and Group Therapy (Wingate Uni). I did my first of many Goenka Vipassana courses, and practice daily. I conduct medium term group processes for people recovering from serious illnesses or surgery: cancer; heart, kidney and lung transplants; hip and knee replacements; shoulder surgery; liver diseases such as Hepatitis C in a method I have developed which includes Pilates, meditation techniques, Shiatzu meridian exercises, Biodanza and group dynamics. I also facilitate Biodanza Groups in Israel, lecture and give Biodanza workshops in Europe and Israel and am finishing Didactic Training in Biodanza. I share my time between Israel, Australia and Europe.

 

 

 

3 classes

$80

Each class

$30

 

WeMove Members

Free

 

Any Questions?

Contact Alona: 0424476767

RSVP by Friday May 18

alona@wemove.studio

Somatic Movement & Music with Nirupa and Amir

Somatic Movement & Music with Nirupa and Amir

Somatic Movement & Music for Nervous System regulation with Nirupa and Amir

Sunday, May 5th 1:30pm – 4:30pm

$55 General Admission

$50 Concession

$45 WeMove members

 

WeMove Studio

Mullumbimby

Corner Stuart Street and Tincogan 

Please join us for an afternoon 3hr session of Somatic Movement & Music through the lens of Somatic Experiencing – Healing Trauma & Nervous system regulation with Nirupa Hoffman and Amir Paiss.

This session will focus on tools and tips to support those who are experiencing accumulated stress in their daily lives or supporting others in community and family.
Nirupa & Amir have been leading workshops for over 20 years, integrating various healing modalities and meditative practices, through movement and music.
For the last few years they integrate Somatic Experiencing inspired processes into the work, facilitating connection, coherence and greater capacity for finding resilience.

** Please wear comfortable clothes for gentle movement and bring a water bottle.

Facilitators

Nirupa Hoffman (Somayoga)

Nirupa teaches Somatic Movement Intelligence and Trauma Sensitive Yoga, integrating Somatic Experiencing (SEP) into her classes and workshops: a fusion that Nirupa has developed called Somayoga.
Her weekly classes and workshops are specifically designed to support Nervous System Regulation and the Healing of Trauma.

Nirupa has an extensive background training in Classical Ballet, Oriental Expressionistic Dance, Meditation, Zen Koan work, Insight Vipassana Meditation, Tai Chi, Reiki, Massage & Bodywork, Hatha Yoga, Detox and Cleansing, Somatic Movement Intelligence and Somatic Experiencing-Healing Trauma.

Nirupa holds a BA from Boston University in Political Science and International Relations, a graduate of the Arizona School of Real Estate, a diploma from Dr. Scherers Institute of Natural Healing, Santa Fe, NM. She is a certified Yoga Instructor from the Byron Yoga School, and a Somatic facilitator of Movement Intelligence – Bones for Life, Train the Trainer.

Nirupa completed the three year advanced training of Somatic Experiencing (SEP) – Healing Trauma and the Nervous System in April 2017. She also assists in the Somatic Experiencing Training in Brisbane (2017-2020).

 http://www.somayoga.com.au

Amir Paiss (Music)

Amir has been singing and writing since childhood. co-founded SHEVA, the Hebrew Arab world music ensemble with which he toured and performed all over Israel, in Europe, the U.S and in Australia, where he now reside.
For the last 20 years Amir have produced music, performed and facilitated workshops focused on establishing Heart, Mind & Body connections through sacred song, vocal practices, natural healing and Interfaith prayers and gatherings.

https://www.amirpaiss.com

 

 

General

$55

Concession 

$50

 

WeMove Members

$45

 

Any Questions?

Contact Alona: 0424476767

RSVP by Friday May 18

alona@wemove.studio

0424486767

Body Landscapes Expressive Arts Workshop

Body Landscapes Expressive Arts Workshop

Body Landscapes Expressive Arts Workshop With Tess Eckert

Saturday, March 23rd 18:00-21:00

Sunday, April 28th  13:00-16:00

Sunday May 26th 13:00-16:00

$45 full/ $35 concession for one workshop
$130 full/ $100 concession for all three

WeMove Studio

Mullumbimby

Corner Stuart St and Tincogan

Join in for this series of three expressive arts workshops that combine dance, movement, theatre, poetry, visual arts and storytelling.

What lies in the space between us?
What is the relationship between our inner and outer landscapes?
What new possibilities can we create in these spaces?

In this workshop we will creatively investigate these questions through a range of expressive arts modalities, such as dance, movement, theatre, poetry, visual arts and storytelling. We will do this in an integrated way, exploring new materials and aspects of ourselves, to deepen our insights and to find positive resources in our expressions.

Questions such as “What is our artwork saying to us?” or “What would it like us to know?”, will be asked. This way of approaching any art modality can help us open up to new perspectives and help us see the world and our challenges in new ways.

In this workshop, you will be supported to find, name and integrate these insights back into your daily life, so that the experience can continue beyond the studio. Expressive Arts is for anyone who wants to loosen up, explore their creativity and widen their play range in a safe and authentic way. All experience levels are welcome!

This will be the first of a three part workshop series:
the other two are on
Sunday, April 28th
Sunday, May 26th

$45 full/ $35 concession for one workshop
$130 full/ $100 concession for all three

About Tess Eckert

Tess Eckert is a dancer, teacher, performer and expressive arts practitioner, using dance and other creative modalities for community building, healing, and transformative programs for youth empowerment and social justice.

She is currently studying a Masters of Arts in Expressive Arts Therapy at the European Graduate School with a minor in Conflict Transformation and Peace building. Eckert’s artistic practice is strongly informed by many years training in contemporary dance, contact improvisation, 5 rhythms, BodyWeather and community building.

Any Questions?

Contact Alona: 0424476767

Get in Touch!

alona@wemove.studio
Somatic Movement Intelligence Series with Jennifer Groves

Somatic Movement Intelligence Series with Jennifer Groves

Somatic Movement Intelligence Series with Jennifer Groves

First Saturday of each month beginning May 4, 2019

9:00am-1:00pm

WeMove Studio

Mullumbimby

Corner Stuart St and Tincogan

 

$70 Full Price 

$65 Concession

$60 WeMove members

$200 – 4 Session Pass to use in 2019 

Join Jennifer for a series of monthly 4 hour workshops to expand your postural awareness, and all round somatic bodily connection. Each month will be guided with a new focus.

This workshop is an introduction to Movement Intelligence-Bones for Life 1 program. You will learn self-help tools to find postural correction through movement orientated somatic education. A seven-metre wrap is used as an exo-skeleton, establishing a clear axial line of the spine for exploring a safe dynamic movement in space. Partner work, walls and the floor will be utilised to stimulate isometric resistance and rhythmic vibration.
 
Movement Intelligence is a training system for dynamic postural re-education and mind-body suppleness. It has been developed by Dr. Ruthy Alon, based on Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais’ approach to somatic learning. Ruthy has become an elder and mentor to students in over 30 countries and her work is respected worldwide. 

Facilitator

 

Jennifer Groves

Jennifer Groves is a Senior Movement Intelligence trainer in Australasia and certified Feldenkrais practitioner. She established the first yoga studio in Byron Bay in the early 80’s and now works from her private practice in Mullumbimby.
Bones for Life 1, Jennifer’s first introductory program is based on the Feldenkrais method of somatic mind/body education, working with the nervous system and the brain’s plasticity which allows systematic change in motor function via movement awareness. 
Jenny has worked with some of the most educated somatic trainers in the world. She assisted and taught under Ruthy Alon, the Movement Intelligence founder for over 20 years and brings with her a vast array of self-help tools for any age and body.

$70 General Admission

$65 concession

$60 WeMove Members

$200 4 session pass to use in 2019

Any Questions?

Contact Alona: 0424476767

Get in Touch!

alona@wemove.studio