Befriend Your Body – 6 week Dance Movement Therapy & Embodied Mindfulness Group Program
Starts Sept 16th
Befriend Your Body is a 6 week program where we come together to share and use dance movement therapy, and mindfulness to explore topics related to: deepening self-love, emotional awareness, embodied listening, self-compassion, body image and body identity.
Who is this for:
This group is for women & female identified folks struggling with self-love & feeling at home in their body
This group is for you if you have been looking for a body centered, therapeutic and holistic approach to healing and deepening a peaceful and joyful connection to your body.
This group is particularly suited to women struggling with challenges around self-love, body image, and body acceptance related to (but not limited to) lack of body positivity, body changes, chronic illness or chronic pain.
Although the practices and tools we use in this group are therapeutic in nature, please note that this program is not group therapy and is not intended to replace working with a therapist. This group is also not suited for those currently in crisis.
Format of sessions and weekly topics
Each session will follow a similar format:
Opening circle & brief check-in
Introduction of sessions topic and psychoeducation
Experiential activity ( a blend of breathwork, movement/dance, embodied mindfulness practice)
Integration activity usually expressive art (journaling, drawing/colouring) no art experience is required,
Sharing as a group (optional you don’t have to share if you don’t want to, you will still receive the benefits of the experience)
Closing circle, explanation of take home practice until next session.
Session 1 Befriending Your Body Opening Circle
Session 2 The Art of Self-Compassion – Navigating Your Critical Voice, a Gateway for Self-love
Session 3 Learning to Connect to your Body’s Wisdom through Mindful Awareness & Embodied Listening
Session 4 Exploring & Unpacking Your Body Story, identifying and moving with the emotions and beliefs that keep you disconnected from your body.
Session 5 Re-envisioning Your Relationship with Your Body
Session 6 Closing Circle – Integration & Next Steps
What you will receive :
- Six 90min guided sessions where you get to practice how to use mindfulness, movement and embodiment skills to create a more peaceful relationship with your body
- A small intimate group setting with a maximum of 9-12 participants
- A safe and nurturing space for you to honour and express
- Take home resources that you can use at anytime even after the group finishes
- Deeper appreciation, joy and connection to your body
- Enhanced self-compassion, intuitive listening and embodied awareness skills
- Community bonds with other like-minded women
Why we dance
Dance is one of the oldest forms of healing arts. Dance guides us to embrace ourselves with compassionate acceptance, by trusting the innate healing power of the body. Our dance practice is a like a moving meditation, where we get to explore our movements from the inside out. There is no wrong way of dancing as this is a dance practice for personal healing and growth. The dance component of this group program is therapeutic in nature, it is meant to support you in re-connecting you to your body, you don’t need dance experience, it is not about how you dance, specific dance steps or skill level.
“Being in circle has allowed me to explore the parts of me that don’t yet have words and uncover them through movement, all within the safety and support of an incredible group of women. This circle has lefts me feeling excited for the possibilities to come in my life”.
– Natasha, Participant
Supplies you will need
Steady internet connection
A private space to move in, doesn’t have to be big but it needs to be just for you.
A journal and pen
Markers, pastels or crayons a mix of colours at least 5 different colours
White or brown large paper (height of your body) you will need 2 pieces
A yoga mat and cushion if you have them, if not a towel and pillow will do just fine
We meet online on the following Thursday evenings 7:30 – 9pm EST via zoom
$250 for 2 months of support
To secure your place a $80 non-refundable deposit is required, OR payment in full of $250.
If you need financial support, payment plans are available please email me firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate.
Space is limited to 8 – 12 participants.
Please note that you are signing up for all 6 sessions, you are encouraged to attend all sessions, if for some reason you are not able to, audio playbacks of facilitated portions will be available for replay, but not group sharing to maintain the privacy of the group.
Two sliding scale spots available at $210 for student or unemployed please email me. First come first serve.
Register and pay via credit card through eventbrite can be made through the button below or via PayPal
Paypal https://paypal.me/lizdiazservices?locale.x=en_US or E-transfer email@example.com
Questions? email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to do this work privately 1-1? click here https://www.lizdiaz.ca/befriend-your-body/