Still Movement Retreat 2017
Teachers: Tom Mountjoy & Nick Konow
About the weekend
Update June 1st LAST 2 SPACES!!
Building on last year´s successful MOVEMENT CONNECTION weekend, it is my pleasure to invite you to the first European appearance of STILL MOVEMENT - a new workshop series created in the US in 2016 and based upon the work of LA-based movement arts coach and performer, Nick Konow (@graceinmvmnt) and Tom Mountjoy (@primalmovers)
During this unique 4-day immersion you will get the opportunity to explore your physical vocabularies in-depth through the Still Movement "Action" series pillars (Experience, Energy, Expression). We will be a small group, which means that there will be space and time for personal 'hands-on' guidance with Tom and Nick. Each day begins with breathwork and water-immersion techniques and will feature unique workshops looking at a range of movement themes - from the intersection of motion and stillness along with somatic developmental movement to inversions, locomotion, group improv, Plastiques and stretch/mobility strength practices. Evening group work will include guided movement meditations and breathwork along with group integration and sharing.
Accommodation will be at the historic Lygra Guesthouse, an old police station from 1770 beautifully appointed to modern standards. Rooms are mainly shared. Food will be local and organic vegetarian-based, with the option of local wild lamb and fish from the island. Tom will hold talks on the anthropology of movement, physiology "hacks" and tonic herbalism (some of which will be available to try) and we will share our movement philosophies in greater detail. This special weekend will be the most comprehensive workshop Still Movement is arranging for 2017. The retreat is all-inclusive and open for anyone interested in learning more about connection and freedom through the movement space. Teaching will be in English. No prerequisites required, only an open-mind and willingness to expand your movement horizons.
1. Creating Space in Movement
How we can release tension from our bodies through compassionate movement and allow space for creativity, strength and performance. Focus on the spine, expansive breathing and releasing deep layers of tension
2. Mobility & Strength Awareness in Movement
How we can integrate stretching, active mobility & strength control techniques into our daily practice. Once we create space, we then develop wider ranges of motion to enable greater movement freedom. Introduction to Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) and expanding the experience of Controlled Articular Rotations (CARs) into a wider movement space
3. Viewpoints - Movement and the Art of Expression
How we can learn to widen our movement practice through mimicry, time, tempo, duration, kinesthetic response and closer interaction with our natural environment. Here we learn to integrate and improvise our movement through practical and imaginary motion-scapes
4. Stillness in Movement
How we can find stillness through movement and create more presence in our practice. Through breathing, postural alignment and meditative presence mindset we learn to develop strength from the inside out. Suzuki´s "Statues", standing martial arts postures, walking, rolling and inverting
5. Connection through Movement
How we can gain and share energy from our moving connections with fellow humans. We learn to react, adapt, improvise and connect intuitively through partner work. Group improv "Phrasing", carrying and giving weight, receiving percentages, pushing, transitioning and dance
6. Cat Sequencing and Ecstasis
Nick and Tom on creating and expandng your own personal movement space practice
Cost: 7000 NOK/$800/Euro 750 (including all transport, accommodation, food, teachings)
Earlybird price: (booked on or before June 1st) 6000 NOK/$700/Euro 650
Date: Friday 28th July - 4pm (meetup Bergen fish market) - Monday 31st July - 12 noon (ferry back to Bergen)
Location: Lygra, Nordhordland (approx 1hr north of Bergen. We will take ferry t/f Bergen). Nearest airport BGO Flesland - good connection to mainland Europe. Details of the local museum and area here
Registration: Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Spaces very limited!
Dr. Tom Mountjoy has a long and diverse background in various sporting practices and movement arts as participant, researcher and teacher. Growing up in New Zealand and spending much of his adulthood in Norway, Tom has slowly developed his unique blend of movement philosophy and practice to gain deeper insight and awareness into the interconnective nature of human experience. Following a long period of research in Solomon Islands, Tom has largely moved away from conventional western ideas of health and fitness to a more primal-based training and teaching practice which delves deeper into the more sensual, inner aspects of human movement capacities - From breathwork to deep energy flow therapy and connective tissue strength and adaptability. Tom is a certified FRC / FRA Mobility Specialist and MovNat trainer, bringing a wide-array of gathered experiences and influences to his teaching methods. Tom offers an integrated perspective on movement that has helped guide and inspire a diverse range of people worldwide looking to access their space of movement awareness and connectivity. More details of methods and philosophy on Tom's Instagram page @primalmovers and Youtube channel
Nick Konow is an LA-based movement coach with a background in dance, theatre and performative arts. A certified FRC / FRA Mobility Specialist, Kinstretch Instructor and GMB Trainer, Nick brings a unique non-linear approach to the GRACE of movement. His approach at developing a movement vocabulary through cultivation and expression - an approach that is sustainable, progressive and ever-curious. Working with a wide-range of athletes, performers and movement enthusiasts, Nick is a sought-after and highly experienced coach who brings bundles of joy, skill and humility to each stage in which he shares his passion for the movement arts. More details of Nick´s methods and services on Instagram @graceinmvmnt or at www.graceinmvmnt.com
Looking forward to seeing you there and sharing the movement space!
Previous: Movement Connection retreat July 1-3 2016, Lygra, NorwayMovement Connection Camp July 1-3 2016 'Moving bodies, moving minds' Lygra, Norway