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Embodied Movement & Expressive Art

  • House of Togetherness 14-16 Betterton St London WC2H 9BU United Kingdom (map)
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Every Body Tells a Story / Every Art Expresses Self 

An embodied, creative space for self-expression, discovery and connection through art and movement with Dance Movement Psychotherapist Barbara Kasprzyk and Art Psychotherapist Samuel Farleigh.

Join us on a journey of exploration of how our bodily stories expressed in movement and art reflect our current most significant life themes and challenges. Dance Movement Psychotherapist Barbara and Art Psychotherapist Sam will facilitate an evening  with art therapies bringing together the primal language of movement, expressive art-making and creative writing in order to identify, find the expression and integration of newly discovered embodied experiences of your creative self.

During the course of the evening, you will tap into a personal dialogue between your body and imagination,  life experiences and art making. In a safe and holding environment you will also have a chance to connect with others utilising the group to support the exploration of your physical, emotional and mental states, and develop new resources for greater health and well being in your life.

Since movement and art is our first language of expression and communication as a child, there is no need to be an experienced dancer or artist to participate in this workshop. The facilitators will support you to connect with your natural ability for movement and art making,  and awaken your inner child that already knows how to express itself creatively.

Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) recognises body movement as an implicit and expressive instrument of communication and expression. DMP is a relational process in which client/s and therapist engage in an empathic creative process using body movement and dance to assist integration of emotional, cognitive, physical, social and spiritual aspects of self (According to the Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK).

Art Psychotherapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. Within this context, art is not used as diagnostic tool but as a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing (According to the British Association of Art Therapy).

About Barbara Kasprzyk

Barbara Kasprzyk is a qualified and Registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist, Arts Educator, dancer and a graduate of numerous expressive arts and talking therapies courses. She has a clinical experience of working with groups and on one-to-one basis in a variety of settings with people from all walks of life including: adults living with mental health issues, older adults and children with learning, social and behavioural difficulties. She is passionate about supporting individuals and groups in the growth and development of their creative potential, health and wellbeing through the participation and education of the benefits of embodied work of dance and movement and other expressive arts.

About Samuel Farleigh

Samuel Farleigh is a qualified and Registered Art Psychotherapist, Artist  with experience working with complex mental health needs in the NHS working with groups and one to one. Sam has worked In a variety of settings and all ages. He has a  depth of experience supporting people to find their creative voice using psychodynamic and mentalisation based models. Sam utilizes his two passions creativity and connection to support the discovery of  the power of creativity to help connection with the self and others.

House of Togetherness

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House of Togetherness is the pop-up Home of Human Connections in Covent Garden, here for just 3 months. We create live experiences that explore our relationship with ourselves and others in a playful, meaningful and often profound way.

We welcome everyone beyond their identity, labels and beliefs. There are no shoulds or musts at HoT only permission to be yourself.

What You Should Bring

All materials will be provided for the art. Wear comfortable clothing. We have locker rooms and showers so bring a pound coin and a towel if you wish to use them. 

We're a sustainable venue and no longer use disposable cups for our events. Please bring a refillable water bottle or coffee cup for drinks. Alternatively we have reusable cups you can purchase from our tuck shop for £2.50 (and get 50p off any drink).

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