Revealing the Jewels
Part One: Don't Go Back To Sleep

an online course with Adi Weinberg & Cat Gerrard

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.

- Rumi

Revealing the Jewels Part One workshop invites us to wake up into the fullness of our senses and to living fully in and as a body in each moment. It is for anyone who would like to take more time to move, breathe and deepen the connection to themselves, to their imagination and to story - whether you attend an occasional movement class (Gaga, Tai Chi, Yoga etc) or whether you work with the body (performers, musicians, healing artists etc). We welcome anyone who wants to explore and deepen their movement practice.

 

The course is divided into three cycles and you are invited to join us EITHER for Cycle 1, which is its own full journey over five consecutive weeks on a Saturday morning (10:00-13:00 CEST) OR for Cycles 1, 2 and 3 (see more below). You can also decide to continue into Cycles 2 and 3 near the end of Cycle 1.

Cycle 1 is a guided exploration where we will work with movement research – with dancer, choreographer and Gaga teacher Adi Weinberg – and explore breath, voice and story – with storyteller, teacher and performer Cat Gerrard. 

 

We will explore how we might awaken the body and our connection to: our senses and sensuality; our wildness and ability to shape-shift into whatever shape we need; our willingness to keep turning up for what we really want and need and love; and how we let all of these discoveries not just immediately disappear but sink into the body and be available for us in our day-to-day lives. 

 

All along we will be guided by the story of Taliesin, a myth which, amongst its many shapes, offers some ways we might explore staying awake to our fullness in the world, to our sensual, changeable human animal selves. 

 

Cycles 2 and 3 (of four weeks each) shift to a different format – to a weekly 1.5 hour discussion session, still on a Saturday, held by Adi and Cat, where we have the chance to exchange, to discuss and digest our own experiences with the themes from the course and to hear each other’s. 

 

You are invited to journey with us through Cycle 1 as its own full journey or through Cycles 1, 2 and 3.

For fuller details read on...

The King and the Jewel

There was a king who sat, every day, in his throne-room and listened, more or less, to the pleas of those who lived in his kingdom. Every day the same beggar would turn up. He would wait in the long line until he stood in front of the king and then he would hand him a ripe, juicy piece of fruit before leaving without saying a word. Every day the king took the fruit, passed it to his attendant, who threw it, unceremoniously, out of the window. The fruit landed in an empty room behind the throne-room, day after day after day, year after year after year...

 

Ten years passed and one day, as the king was about to pass the daily fruit to his attendant, a monkey that lived with the women in another part of the palace ran into the throne-room. It saw the fruit, leapt straight onto the king’s lap, grabbed the fruit from the royal hand and started to eat it right there and then. As it did so, out from the fruit rolled a huge jewel, which landed at the king’s feet, gleaming. The king – with some urgency – turned to his attendant to ask where he’d put all the other fruit! The attendant dashed to the empty room, followed by the king, who saw not an empty room but a room full of furry, stinking, smashed fruit and, in amongst the fruit, thousands upon thousands of gleaming jewels.

 

The Fruit We Threw Away

The king accepting the fruit is fast asleep, dead to the world and to the task at hand: to pay attention to the person right in front of him. The health of the land and everyone in it is at risk if he stays asleep.

 

We are in a moment where there’s much that we’re sleeping through. What if we could wake up to what is really in front of us, at each moment? What if we could take our cue from the monkey and grab it with both hands? What if we could wake up into our full senses and sensations and live, fully, finally in our bodies?

Digging In

This workshop explores how we might come into that presence in our bodies: how to deepen our connection to the sensations, experiences and images we receive (the fruit); and how to work with these, to play with and digest them (revealing the jewels!).

 

The course consists of three parts, three cycles. You can join for just Cycle 1 or for all three. 

Sessions in Cycle 1 (weeks 1-5 – more info below) will be practical – guided by both Adi and Cat – in which we will work with movement research, breath and voice exploration and dig in to images and stories. You’ll be encouraged to follow your very own journey, in your own space – making the online medium the perfect space for this – but also to share the journey and your process with your fellow participants through discussions. Please come ready to move and to dig in.

 

Each week there will be accompanying material for you to dive into in your own way and guide your journey - texts, images, playlists, tasks. The material will also evolve with each cycle, giving you new routes of enquiry, as well as allowing you to pursue previous paths. 

 

Sessions in Cycles 2 and 3 (weeks 6-13) will be solely discussion based and a chance to go a bit deeper into our reflections and experiences with each other. 

 

 

WHY CYCLES?

It is absolutely possible for you to participate in Cycle 1 only – we’ve divided the course into weekly sessions over five weeks in Cycle 1 so that you get the in-between time for the experiences and themes we are exploring to sink in between sessions. We hope that with this structure you will find that the jewels will already sit deeper inside you by the end of Cycle 1. 

 

For those of you who wish to continue into Cycles 2 and 3, which are four weeks each, we offer you the chance to deepen your exploration of the themes in Cycle 1 by focussing on one theme per week. You can engage with the theme as much or as little as you like, knowing that you will need to let go and move on and knowing that you will have the chance to meet it again in the following cycle/s. In a world where we’re often expected to understand things immediately, or at least quickly, we offer a counter-balance. The discussion format of Cycles 2 and 3 also makes a shift, allowing us to listen to each other’s experiences, to discover something new, to witness, reflect and, ultimately, to see ourselves better by seeing each other.

 

WHO IS IT FOR?

This course is for anyone who’s interested, ready to participate actively in the sessions and willing to share the process with the group. It is for anyone who has a curiosity to know more about themselves and their bodies, regardless of experience: whether you attend an occasional movement class (Gaga, Tai Chi, Yoga etc) or whether you work with the body (performers, musicians, healing artists etc). We welcome anyone who wants to explore and deepen their movement practice. You should be committed and able to make all the sessions for the cycle/s you choose.

 
 
 

The Details

Cycle 1 (5 weeks) will consist of online practical sessions of 3 hours per week on a Saturday. 

Saturdays 29th May, 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th June 2021 - 10:00 - 13:00 CEST/Berlin time

 

Cycles 2 and 3 (4 weeks each) will consist of online discussion sessions of 1.5 hours per week, on a Saturday, based around your experiences and explorations of the material. There will be two cycles of 4 weeks, following a theme per week.

Cycle 2 (4 weeks): Saturdays 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th July 2021 - 10:00 - 11:30 CEST/Berlin time 

Cycle 3 (4 weeks): Saturdays 31st July, 7th, 14th, 21st August 2021 - 10:00 - 11:30 CEST/Berlin time 

 

We will work with a maximum of 15 participants and a minimum of 8.

 

TECHNICAL THINGS

You should have a working internet connection, with a working camera and microphone, as well as a space to yourself that you can move in (minimum 2m2 – enough to swing your arms around).

 

COST

We are offering 3 different options , so it can cover both your financial possibility and our costs. 

 

Cycle 1 only (15 hours online practical sessions)

For this pick your option from above (1, 2 or 3). Prices in Euro and Złoty.

Option 1 - 165€ / 750PLN - this works out at 11€/ 50PLN per hour for 15 hours

Option 2 - 150€ / 675PLN - this works out at 10€/ 45PLN per hour for 15 hours

Option 3 - 135€ / 600PLN - this works out at 9€ / 40PLN per hour for 15 hours

 

Cycles 1, 2 & 3 (15 hours online practical sessions, followed by 12 hours online discussion sessions)

For this you pick your option from above (1, 2 or 3). 

Then add another option from below (4, 5 or 6). 

If you don’t know yet, you can decide near the end of Cycle 1 if you'd like to continue into Cycles 2 and 3. 

 

Option 4 - 130€ / 595PLN - this works out at 11€/ 50PLN per hour for 12 hours

Option 5 - 120€ / 550PLN - this works out at 10€/ 45PLN per hour for 12 hours

Option 6 - 110€ / 505PLN - this works out at 9€ / 40PLN per hour for 12 hours

 

This fee covers our teaching fee, planning and admin time. We split our fee so, no matter that we're both present for the whole time, we just get paid for the teaching that we do. We hope this keeps it accessible for you. 

 

You can pay in instalments, if that's easier for you. Just contact us at the email address below to organise a plan catgerrard@gmail.com 

 

Revealing the Jewels is offered in association with TailSpin. Read more here.

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To Apply

- Please apply using the Google Form below by MONDAY 10TH MAY, 18:00

- We'll confirm that the course will go ahead or not, by Wednesday 12th MAY, 18:00.

- After application and confirmation, we will send details about payment methods. Payment should be made by MONDAY 17th MAY, 18:00 to secure your spot. 

- In the case that you need to cancel your spot, please email us straight away. If you cancel before 21st May we can give you a 50% refund. After 21st May payments cannot be refunded.

 

For any questions or queries, please send an email to catgerrard@gmail.com