vivid grove workshop: sensing body’s moving language                

Sensing Body’s Moving Language

Friday - Sunday, Nov 15 - 17
Friday, 6-9 pm;  Saturday, 12 - 4 pm; Sunday, 12 - 3 pm
Finnish Hall, Berkeley
$200 ~ Register by Nov 4 / $250 After

A weekend workshop exploring movement from the sensation of our bodily experience, the body-environment, and our center; primarily working with Steve Paxton’s Material for the Spine (MFS), using Tuning Scores and sensory perceptual movement as support. We will explore how movement is a source for intention and ideas, from our sensing body.

In these sessions over three days, we will practice MFS and other aligned/allied sensory movement practices to get into a movement practice groove, and from this to (in)form our body’s language. How can movement communicate, how can we speak from our sensing, and how can the elements of action be a basis for growing ideas? We will practice elegant and elemental dance techniques that are available to anyone -to access gateways into to the language of sensation: sensorially-based alignment, form, breath, tone, intention, language, and the movement of dance. We will write, utter, and draw.

Body/language/environment. A line of thought, a projection, a proposition. A shape, a form, a pattern. In Steve’s language: we are “drafting interior techniques.”

This workshop will be inspired by the people present, and is applicable to movement practitioners, writers, dancers, people who want to discover and uncover more understanding of movement, researchers, embodied thinkers, folks who want to access their body’s knowing and sensing,  and people who want to delve into potent practices of Material for the Spine.  

The workshop is influenced by the elemental force of Metal’s power to refine, discern, and come into form.

Unfortunately, Finnish Hall upstairs is not wheelchair-accessible.


This season:
Sensing Body’s Moving Language Weekend Workshop,
Wild Goose Qigong, Tunings Scores,
Winter Qigong Retreat, Caving / Cave Art Day,  
Private Sessions, Racial Justice Fellowship,
and a vivid grove fall bundle.


vivid grove Season Bundle

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The vivid grove program is a synthesis of movement arts, Chinese energetics, collective learning, and creative research. The courses access these different streams to support vitality and exuberance as the basis for artistic development and an engaged, embodied life. The courses are influenced by the brilliance of the elements, seasons, practice, and our unique human signatures,  — aka human nature culture.  If you are interested in the full season or full year of practices, get in touch.

This fall, the vivid grove  offers a bundle of workshops with personal attention, to clarify intentions, deepen embodiiment and creative research, and to cultivate life force.

The Bundle:

Sign up for Three Workshops with Two Private Sessions
Receive  $75 discount for the season, based on courses
Private sessions  to be complete by December 18

vivid grove Racial Justice Fellowship

The vivid grove program offers three Racial Justice Fellowships – with preferences to immigrant ppl and  QT/BIPOC. Perhaps you would be interested in applying. This would enable you to take several workshops throughout the fall to spring season, 2019 - 2020. You will be invited to figure out what is germane/how it feels right for you to participate, based on the offerings of the season, and create an agreement with Margit for the year.

This is built so that this work can grow into deeper inclusivity, equity, and consciousness. The Fellowship carries an intention to cultivate the vivid grove as a place to deepen in solidarity, to offer teachings to those who might not otherwise feel the capacity to attend, and for MG to further learn how to support collective liberation and challenge supremacy in hir teaching and offerings.

As part of the Fellowship, Fellowship participants will meet with MG  a minimum of twice between now and May, to have conversations in reflections of the work;  will  meet with the Fellowship as a group, both in shared inquiry about what came from the workshops, what benefits and what challenges, and for collective imagining; Fellwoship participants will  be required to give a written reflection to be completed by the end of the Fellowship, which can also include visual / audio / and creative approaches.

Does this interest?
To apply, please write a paragraph about why this might be a good match for you, and let me know what you are interested in taking this season by October 1.

Contact margit >

Previous Fellowship members are welcome to apply, and are welcome to be involved - we can continue an agreement together to evolve in ideas, creativity, and sharing.

To make the space a place for all people
with Loving Curiosity

vivid grove Registration

All registration finalized with payment. Please pay with Paypal with      If you prefer to pay directly, please send checks to Margit Galanter, 1120 Carleton Street, Berkeley, CA 94702, or contact me directly for other methods.  Please let me know you have sent a check, so I can look out for it.  

Some work exchange available, and Scholarships in special circumstances. For either, please submit a written request.

Payment is non-refundable, but can be transferred to other classes in extraordinary circumstances. If you have any questions, please contact me via email or by phone.
(510) 761 - 6097