Moving into Presence: somatic practices for a changing world

Kim Sargent-Wishart with Kate Barnett

Thistle Hall, Ta Aro, Wellington, New Zealand

Date and Time

Saturday 3 December 2022


$60-30 NZD sliding scale


Moving Into Presence: somatic practices for a changing world

These fluid and changing times call for new ways of perceiving and navigating.

Our bodies know a lot about change. Cellularly, physiologically, as human beings we are a transformational process. Attending to our moving body can give rise to insight – about ourselves, about the actions we can move towards, about the social bodies we are part of.

In this workshop, somatic practitioners and movement improvisers Kim Sargent-Wishart and Kate Barnett share multi-disciplinary, embodied and creative approaches to meeting the present moment. Drawing on practices from Body-Mind Centering®, InterPlay and Social Presencing Theatre, we offer pathways to full-body listening and tools for resourcing the body’s organisational intelligence. 

From connection to self we activate connection to others, so that we can engage more co-creatively as social bodies, and act more generatively as social change agents (which we see as including anyone interested in being present to change). 

Join us for a nourishing and playful afternoon of movement and reflection. 

All are welcome. You may be particularly interested in this material if you are a mover or a movement teacher, a facilitator or a coach, a leader of teams or organisations, an artist or designer, a therapist or an educator. 

Bring your curiosity and a willingness to move your body. No particular movement experience is necessary and all activities are adaptable to your needs and comfort. 

Intructor's Bio

Kim Sargent-Wishart (RSME, RSMT, PhD) is an artist, researcher, educator & writer specialising in somatic education, physical practices, somatic writing & contemplative photography. Kim loves teaching somatic and creative methodologies for a range of people in support of personal, professional and creative development.

A Certified Teacher of Body-Mind Centering® and Registered Somatic Movement Educator & Therapist (ISMETA), Kim has practised movement education and bodywork since the early 1990s. Her arts practice is influenced by Miksang contemplative photography and dance/movement improvisation. Kim is the co-editor of The Art of Embodiment (2021), co-founder of ASTER Association Inc, and the Administrative Director of Somatic Education Australasia (SEA), offering the Body-Mind Centering® licensed Somatic Movement Education program in Melbourne. She lives in Australia on the Bellarine Peninsula (Wadawurrung country), south-west of Melbourne. 

Kate Barnett is an Alexander Technique teacher and InterPlay facilitator with a deep commitment to making practices of somatic embodiment and play more accessible to our everyday worlds. Since moving to Aotearoa NZ in 2017, she has taught in private practice with a variety of people interested in enriching their embodiment and life navigation skills, and as an Employee Experience Manager in a Trans-Tasman software firm. Kate has a BA (Hons) in Social Ecology, a Diploma of Alexander Technique Teaching, and is currently enrolled in the Somatic Movement Education program in Melbourne. She is a member of the InterPlay Leaders Circle, and on the managing committee of ASTER Association Inc. She lives on the Miramar Peninsula, south-east Te Whanganui a Tara Wellington. 

Kim & Kate met 7 years ago when Kate participated in The Circulation Project with Kim. They collaborate in many ways, including in an online Social Presencing Theatre practice group, as co-facilitators of online Mindful Embodiment classes, and on the managing committee of ASTER Association. They are looking forward to their first time teaching together in the same physical space!

kim [at] kimsargentwishart [dot] com
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