Through storytelling, puppetry, ritual and the sharing of personal experience we will explore how myths and stories can provide a map to our own internal landscapes. They lead us to become more open to the revelation of the deeper mysterious archetypal patterns that manifest through us all, and give our lives meaning.
As a collective we will then explore their relevance directly to our own lives through reflection, group discussion, meditation, ritual, gentle body work in nature and our own creativity. This process will enable us to listen to and be more intimate with our own response and ‘felt sense’ experience in the moment. Through doing so we can become more aware of who we are, where we have come from and how to move forward creatively into the future.
Join us on this reunion of this group of longstanding friends who have, at different times, over twenty five years lived worked and practiced together. More recently they have been exploring through puppets and story telling the relevance of ancient fairy tales to their own lives.
Mandarava is an artist, puppet maker and storyteller who uses images and puppets in enactments and ritual. She has a back ground working in professional theatre/opera, as a puppeteer, puppet maker, scene painter, prop maker and costume dyer. As well as her interest in working creatively, she has trained more recently in the ‘healing arts’ and is now working as a ‘Somatic Experiencing Practitioner’ founded by Peter Levine. She is also currently training in ‘Focusing’. Both are body oriented approaches that help bring about more aliveness and vitality inherent in our bodies and release what has been blocked or stuck in our lives. She is inspired by a holistic approach to practice that’s draws on the body, the felt sense and the imagination in a way that is emergent and creative.