Eco-Somatic Practice in Felt Thinking Methodology

PHASE ONE: ON SOMATIC RECEPTIVITY AND CONNECTIVE PRESENCE

During the first phase of the course, you will be introduced to the Felt Thinking methodology developed by Dr Anna Dako. Felt Thinking is a body-based way of working with movement in somatic experience of the Self. It is a deep self-inquiry journey which brings the lived connections between Nature and the Self to the fore and which offers new insights to how we are in the world and how to remedy multiple imbalances.

 

Phase one of the course can be completed either in-person or via audio guides. The in-person option consists of participating in two seasons of the 12 Walks to Wellbeing (24 walks in total) in Aberdeenshire. Alternatively, you can access the 24 audio guided walking sessions, which you can undertake in your local area. This phase of the course will take approximately one year to complete.

The walks (both in-person and via the audio guides) will focus upon:

- Proprioceptive and interoceptive sensitivity and conscious movement

- Dialogical processes in relation to feeling, sensation, imagination, and functional movement

- Explorations into the inner landscape of the body through sensory awareness and meditative movement practice

- Skills of interoceptive and exteroceptive listening that support sensory homeostasis

- Being in the moment with reflexive voicing of the experience as a form of self-therapy

 

Through contemplating movement you will be able to develop your kinaesthetic and proprioceptive awareness, embodied presence and create a very open attitude toward listening, receiving, and being with whatever is, internally, externally, always transitioning. Whilst being rooted in your inner sensing and visceral phenomena, you will nonetheless learn how to access your sensual apparatus and how stay attuned and responsive to external stimuli from the space and landscape all around you.

During the walks (both in-person and those which are audio guided) you will get to know about the three steps of experiential immersion as the creative methodology of Felt Thinking and how to keep discovering different entry points into ecological connectivity in movement and reflection. In addition, you will also have the opportunity to learn how to give he experience its voice and build a creative dialogue with the landscape’s distinctive qualities and the environmentally inclusive ‘whole self’.

 

Course Options and Prices

There are two options to complete Phase One. You can choose to attend two in-person seasons of 12 Walks to Wellbeing in Aberdeenshire or subscribe to an online option of 24 audio guides.

You can begin the course in either the Spring Season or Autumn Season, but must complete two full seasons of either in-person walks or the full 24 audio guides in order to complete Phase One.

 

Two Seasons of 12 Walks to Wellbeing (In-Person, Aberdeenshire)

You can complete Phase One in person by undertaking the Spring and Autumn seasons of 12 Walks to Wellbeing in Aberdeen, Scotland. The 2021 Spring Season took place March – May 2021. The 2021 Autumn Season will take place every Saturday morning, from September - November 2021, from 9.00 - 11.00am (although the session can be extended for an extra hour if desired). Exact dates will be confirmed nearer to the time.

The full calendar of walks and locations:

Donmouth Nature Reserve

Scotstown Moor

Balmedie Beach

Hazlehead Woods

Tollohill Wood

Countesswells Forest

Kirkhill Forest

Arnhall Nature Reserve

Backhill Wood

Tyrebagger Forest

Brimmond Hill

Drum Castle Forest

 

Cost:

£8 per session, if booked separately, or £80 for the whole season of 12 Walks

For seniors, £5 per morning session, if booked separately, or £50 for the whole seasons of 12 Walks.

 

Total cost for the two complete seasons will be £160 (£100 for seniors) if booked as a whole season bundle.

 

Walks To Wellbeing with Audio Guidance (Online)

You will need to purchase a yearly subscription, which will entitle you to 24 audio guides. The audio guides will be available to access via a dedicated members area, which you will be given access to upon payment. They will be released in two halves, each containing 12 audio guides. The first half will be uploaded by the end of August 2021, and the second by mid-December 2021. This option also includes one online (Zoom) session with Dr Anna Dako, upon completion of Phase One of the course.

These audio guides will be each be approximately 30-40 minutes in length. You may listen to them whilst on your walk, allowing yourself to be guided whilst you are on location. Alternatively, you can listen to the audio guide prior to your walk and follow the instruction in your own time once there.

Each audio guide will be yours to keep and download, allowing you the freedom and flexibility to access it multiple times and at a suitable timing of your choice. You may even choose to be guided by them again at a different location if you so wish.

Cost:

£160 for the full 24 audio guides and a one-to-one online session with Dr Anna Dako.

For seniors, £120 for the full 24 audio guides and a one-to-one online session with Dr Anna Dako.

  • Audio Guided Walks

    £160
    Valid for 12 months
  • Audio Guided Walks

    £120
    Valid for 12 months