This is a personal practice, intuitively developed over the past 9 years and shared with community for the first time in 2020 :~) It combines embodied plant research, mindfulness meditation, plant sensory experiencing + improvised movement. It's a collective space for building self-awareness, stability + intuition + embodied creative expression alongside Earth connection.
is essential to each gesture in our everyday movement. It is a constant conversation among the mutually generative systems of our being.
Mindful sensory communication with plants amplifies body conversation in our conscious experience. Moving instinctually in response, embodiment emerges in relationship with the Earth. Plants support us as we integrate ‘’internal‘’+ ‘’environmental’’ sensations and explore their entanglement—ᗰIᑎᗪ-ᗷOᗪY-EᗩᖇTᕼ unity.
ACCESSIBILITY INFO: We will work gently. Movement will be self-guided by our unique bodies, in whatever way feels comfortable and inviting. There may be moments where you want to dance, stretch or feel around. Stillness + imagined movement are also beautiful ways to participate in this practice.
Movement prompts are verbal, so you won't need to follow along visually unless you require captioning - the session is live captioned. Your camera can be on or off during our session. There are optional moments to share impressions with the group, but you don't need to do any talking if you don't want to. Chat box is open for questions + access needs throughout the practice.
This practice is for everybody, and centers access for people who experience chronic pain, body dysmorphia/dysphoria, mindbody trauma, limited mobility. It might also be particularly interesting for dancers or folks with an athletic practice.
In our experience, BODYSPELL supports pain management, injury prevention, attunement to our needs + boundaries, gradual trauma release, grounding, deepening intuition + Earth listening, and exploring ecstatic states. It's also been a powerful way to tap into pleasure, relieve stress and of course, go deeper with the herbs!
Trusting body signals, we grow in confidence + power as providers of our own care.
Facilitated by Remy, an herbalist + artist living with chronic pain + CPTSD + fluctuating abilities.
- Herbs to work with— Physical plants optional!
A tincture, flower essence or tea to ingest? An oil, salve or liniment to smell + touch? A live plant in your space to sit with? A sprig from outside? Dried herbs to burn or smoke? A sense memory, if you're already intimate with the herb, will also do just fine. Working with a pic is another option, if you're a visual person.
Space to move comfortably in whatever range of motion you like.
Exploring containment or stillness with subtle movements might suit you, or you may find yourself wanting to fill out a room. The floor, furniture, and any mobility aids may be used for support— you might want a setup with options for different body positions. Have blankets, pillows and self-massage tools around if you’d like.
A setup to play your own music during the movement portion, if you like.
Participant mics will be muted while we move. Choose anything you’d like to move to! Silence is also a great option.
- Water or snacks to keep you comfortable.
- A notebook, for folks into taking notes or who may want to take journalling breaks during the session.