Friday 2nd - Monday 5th June 2023
Moving Landscapes is a 3 day somatic retreat that invites you to dance with the sea, the rocks and all that is in motion on the South Wales coast. Returning to a chosen place along the coast, we will work in situ to develop solos. Focusing through our human footprints we extend our attention to move through touch, surface, substance, and texture. Drawing on touch tools from Contact Improvisation, Authentic Movement and Body Mind Centering we will explore our entanglement with the land and nurture what wants to be seen. With intermittent stillness we will learn to listen and breath porously and as we infuse our being with more than human instincts and ancestral forms of knowing we will refine our expressions of the world that surrounds. In the development of our dance we will write poetry also, reflect, witness others, speak the experience of moving, and perform, for those that wish, our supported solos.
Fri 2nd June Arrival 17.00, Dinner 19.00, Sharing circle 21.00
Sat 3rd June Movement Meditation 7.30-8.30, Breakfast 8.30-9.30, Somatic Movement Session on the Beach 10-13.00, Lunch 13.30-15.00, Rest/Individual Practice 15.00-17.00, Group witnessing practice 17-19.00, Dinner 19.30
Sun 4th June Movement Meditation 7.30-8.30, Breakfast 8.30-9.30, Somatic Movement Session on the Beach 10-13.00, Lunch 13.30-15.00, Rest/Individual Practice 15.00-17.00, Group witnessing practice 17.00-19.00, Dinner 19.30 Poetry Sharing 21.00
Mon 5th June Breakfast 9am, Movement Meditation 7.30-8.30, Breakfast 8.30-9.30, Somatic Movement Session with Final Sharings 10-13.00, 13-14.00 Lunch, 14-15.00 Clean up, Departures from 15.30
Location: We will stay in at Bryn Y Mor, a beautiful house on the South Wales coast, overlooking the sea. We will be outdoors on the beach for the dance sessions. There will be time also to rest, walk the cliff path, explore the caves and swim in the sea.
The Workshop-Retreat cost includes food, cliff top twin-room accommodation, and somatic movement guidance from Rosalind Holgate Smith. We will be a group of now more than 8, advance booking is advisable.
Early Bird £250 (until March 25th) Sliding scale £270-370. Reservations will be confirmed upon receipt of a deposit of £170, instalment plans can be arranged.
Location : Bryn y Mor, Newgale, Haverfordwest SA62 6AS, Wales, UK. nearest train station Haverfordwest
If you would like to attend please complete the form below
Thank you for expressing interest! Please also book a 1-to-1 meeting with Hannah: https://calendly.com/hannah-348/30min?month=2022-06. We will get back to you shortly regarding payment, the full program and any questions you may have.
Prior to the retreat the further details will be sent to the group including how to prepare, what to bring and directions for arrival.
Rosalind Holgate Smith is a Dance Artist and Choreographer who creates performances, installations, and art that explores intimate experiences between people, place and the environment. She has taught Contact Improvisation for over 10 years and takes influence from Authentic Movement, Body-Mind Centering®, Axis Syllabus, Skinner Release and Capoeira. She has developed a vocabulary for moving in the environment, underwater and with raw materials including soil and trees. She has taught at international dance festivals, lectured in dance at UK Universities, and worked with a diversity of ages & abilities. She has a BA(hons) in Fine Art,Choreography and MA in Dance and is currently doing a Phd, that investigates Touch as encounter with Otherness, at Kingston University in London. She is also an experienced Yoga Instructor(500hrRYA) and following her love of water, Rosalind offers one-to-one aquatic bodywork and teaches swimming with the Alexander technique (The Shaw Method).