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 is comprised of either two seasons of the 12 Walks to Wellbeing (24 walks in total) or 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 or subscribe to an online option of 24 audio guides. The audio guides will be delivered over the course of two seasons, in line with the in-person walks, and will be delivered directly to your mailbox every Saturday during each season.
You can begin the course in the Spring Season or Autumn Season, but must complete two full seasons of either in-person or online walks to complete Phase One.
Two Seasons of 12 Walks to Wellbeing
You can complete Phase One in person by undertaking the Spring and Autumn seasons of 12 Walks to Wellbeing in Aberdeen, Scotland. The Spring season will be taking place every Saturday morning from 6th March – 29th May 2021, from 9.00-11.00am (although the session can be extended for an extra hour if desired).
The full calendar of walks and locations:
Sat 6th March - Donmouth Nature Reserve
Sat 13th March - Scotstown Moor
Sat 20th March - Balmedie Beach
Sat 27th March - Hazlehead Woods
Spring Holiday BREAK
Sat 10th April - Tollohill Wood
Sat 17 April - Countesswells Forest
Sat 24th April - Kirkhill Forest
Sat 1st May - Arnhall Nature Reserve
Sat 8th May - Backhill Wood
Sat 15th May - Tyrebagger Forest
Sat 22nd May - Brimmond Hill
Sat 29th May - Drum Castle Forest
£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.
Dates and locations for the autumn season will be released nearer to the time, but are provisionally due to take place between September – November 2021.
12 Walks To Wellbeing Online (Audio Guides)
You will need to purchase a yearly subscription, which will entitle you to 24 audio guides. You will then receive an audio guided walk direct to your mailbox every Saturday during the Spring and Autumn seasons (12 audio guides per season). The Spring Season will begin on Saturday 6th March and run until Saturday 29th May 2021. Dates for the autumn season will be released nearer to the time, but are provisionally due to take place between September – November 2021. In addition, you will also receive an online session with Dr Anna Dako, once you have completed the whole phase.
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.
£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.