Past Events

Past Events contains previous images of the vivid grove; flyers and ephemera for past workshops, festivals, and projects. The language and cultural artifacts of moving, learning, collective liberatory practices, and creative evolution.

Sharing Time 2020

Performances, Lecture, and Workshops as part of the Visionary Sharing Time International Gathering in Tubaba, Sumatra. Earth and Sky Constellations Performance with Alex Gebe, Frances Rosario, Mara Poliak, and Rio. The multi-varied gathering was envisioned by Suprapto Suryodarmo and Bupati Umar Ahmad. 

photos by Keith Miller

Qigong Fall 2019

Wild Goose Qigong

Tuesday afternoons, 4 - 5:30 pm, Oct 8 - Dec 17

Dover Park, Oakland

$150  ~  Register by Sept 30  /  $175 After

Wild Goose Qigong is a breathtakingly beautiful Taoist alchemical movement practice that harmonizes movement, energetic flow, and helps people experience the inheritance of their self-healing. The forms emerged over a thousand years ago, inspired by the movements of geese. In this ten-week series, we will concentrate on Wild Goose movement sets, qigong movement warm-ups and meditations. Our weekly classes will incorporate inquiries from the group, and various sections from the mosaic of Wild Goose sets — each one offers different qualities and principles of the movement of our qi.

In the cold, the class will move inside to the Niebyl Proctor Library, Oakland. The final day, December 17, is a rain date.


Winter Qigong Afternoon Retreat:
Fluid Roots, Instinct, and Deep Nourishment

Sunday, Dec 8, 12 - 4 pm

Ellen Webb Studio, Emeryville

$70 ~ Register  by Dec 1  /  $100 After
$125 ~ Register by Dec 1 for both Qigong + Caving / Cave Art

Winter Qigong retreat will provide a space for deep winter nourishment — of the body-being and the mind.  We will practice movement and meditations, and take time to converse and learn about Chinese energetic principles germane for the season, particularly focusing on the elemental force Water, – our inheritance, instinct, and the unknown. In our time together, we will access some basic, potent principles that underlie our cultivation of qi — our vital breath. This will be an opportunity to deepen your qigong practice / praxis in a movement sanctuary as we head into the center of winter.

Tuning Session, Fall 2019

Tuesday Tuning Scores Sessions

Last Tuesday Evenings of the Month, 6 - 8 pm
Oct 29,  Nov 26, Dec 17
Temescal Arts Center, Oakland
$10 per session

Monthly facilitated Tuning sessions

Tuning Scores are a fascinating mosaic of movement and performance discovery-games originated by Lisa Nelson. The Scores reveal basic elements of action, by attuning to the rich details of composition, behavior, and communication, altogether. They are a multisensorial and kaleidoscopic set of practices that are wildly fun to do. Through the specificity of solo movement warmups, group dancing, and verbal cues, tuning lays out an approach for performance research that can change how you make, perceive, and do in any creative medium.

There are no images without participation
  -Lisa Nelson

Drop-Ins Welcome, and so so good if you come to all, for the growth of practice.

Please RSVP by Monday.  
No one turned away for lack of funds.

Sensing Body’s Moving Language, 11/2019

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.

Caving / Cave Art Day, 12/2019

Caving / Cave Art Day

Saturday, Dec 14, 12 - 4 pm

Temescal Arts Center, Oakland
$70 ~ Register  by Dec 1  /  $100 After
$125 ~ Register by Dec 1 for both Qigong + Caving / Cave Art

Caving / Cave Art is a retreat space to nourish your yin and incubate your desires in preparation for the darkest weeks of the year, through movement, writing, transdisciplinary arts, subtle inquiries, and stillness. We will spend the day in the studio-as-cave, and take time for quiet and exploration under cave-cloth. We will access a creative practice, our cave art, to set in motion our incubations, and to find the seeds for creative ideas to be sewn later, and to let them go. The day will offer a chance for collective support of the elemental force of water, and will make a bridge from the unknown as a rich resource into creative process.

Winter practices: quietude in togetherness.

Tuning at Point Pinole - 07/18 - 7/21/2019

Being Scene: 2012

Workshop at Show Box L.A. - Bootleg Theater, Info Here



Saturday, August 25, 2012

Bootleg Theater
2220 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90057

In this workshop, we’ll investigate our creative practice threads while dealing with the explicit challenges of presence, communication, and collaboration. We’ll work in the rich arena of multisensoriality, receptivity, stillness, and one’s own unique performativity. Solo action <-> group action, tuning, and warming-up as a compass for compositionally brilliant presencing. One of the mysterious challenges of performing is to see and be seen at the same time, and with that, sensing while acting. Being Scene is a forum for sensuary live installation experiments, highly influenced by the mosaic of somatics and sensory perceptual research.

Presented by Show Box L.A. in conjunction with Swap/Meet #01 at Bootleg Theater, August 24–26, 2012

Snake Cult: cultivation / culture -  2011 - 2012

Material for the Spine -  5/2010