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Module 2: Authentic Movement and Therapeutic Presence

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Four long weekends of study in the discipline of Authentic Movement and its relationship to therapeutic and educational practice, exploring how it can help cultivate clear presence in our work with others. The course is intended as support for the development of skills which can be used in various fields of work.

Tutor: Linda Hartley
Dates: This course last ran 2018 – 19. We plan to run this module again from September 2021. Please sign up to our mailing list to receive information.
Fri. 4:00pm–8:00pm; Sat. 10:00am–6:00pm; Sun. 10:00am–5:00pm
Venue: Swanton Novers, North Norfolk Click Here for Information about Travel, Accommodation etc.
Cost: 2021 costs to be confirmed. 2018/19: £950 (or the early bird fee of £850 if paid in full and received by 12th August 2018); £300 Deposit plus 6 monthly payments of £108.33 (Oct 2018 – March 2019)
Application: Click here to see the application process.


Attendance at one of the Workshops offered this year, if you have not worked with us before.


  • to offer the opportunity for immersion in your own movement process
  • to teach the skills of witnessing movement, sensation, emotion and image and to help you find language for your experience
  • to explore the application of this work to your own professional practice

Authentic Movement

Authentic Movement is a contemplative movement practice which has evolved within the field of dance movement therapy, and been influenced by Jungian psychology and meditative practice. As in the discipline of mindfulness meditation, we seek to pay attention to our direct experience, moment by moment, witnessing the sensations, feelings, thoughts, images and movement impulses which arise into consciousness.

Mover and witness

The ground form of the practice involves the relationship between one who moves and one who witnesses; through her mindful presence and compassionate attention the witness creates a safe space which the mover enters, eyes closed, to attend to his inner world. The mover is invited to surrender to the flow of impulses which arise from the unconscious, and to bring these into expression through movement. In this way unconscious material is embodied, felt and seen by another, and can be integrated into consciousness through verbal sharing, writing and artwork. Thus the body becomes conscious.

Clarity and compassion

The witness also attends to her direct experience, paying attention to the sensations, feelings, memories and images evoked in her by the presence of the one moving. When, later, mover and witness share their experiences, the witness learns to recognise and own projections, interpretations and judgments, coming to understand how they obscure the clear seeing of another. Through being witnessed with non-judgmental acceptance, clarity and compassion, the mover is enabled to develop a clear and compassionate internal witness. Thus the internal awareness of each develops within the context of the relationship.

The enhancing of this receptive quality of clear attention can profoundly support the practice of all disciplines which are based on the healing quality of relationship.

For those wanting to further their study, they may be interested in the Authentic Movement Community Website and  The Discipline of Authentic Movement – Circles of Four.

For more information the other modules, please click the links below:

Module 1: Infant Movement Development

Module 3: Embodied Anatomy and Movement Re-patterning: Body Systems 1

Module 4: Embodied Anatomy and Movement Re-patterning: Body Systems 2

Module 5: Somatic Psychology