From 20.5. to 7.6.2019 there’s an amazing workshop festival on mental and physical health and wellbeing at Osnabrück University: Happy Campus. I recommend visiting these wonderful workshops, organized by four extremely engaged students of Cognitive Science (see program).
I invite you to three free Happy Feldenkrais Awareness-through-Movement sessions:
From the syllabus: “Willst du dich frei und gelöst bewegen? Deinen Körper in Bewegung spüren und explorieren? Frisch und motiviert den Tag beginnen? Eine Balance zwischen Studium und achtsamem Umgang mit dir selbst entwickeln? Erkunde dies und mehr in spielerischer Atmosphäre in diesen drei Bewusstheit-durch-Bewegung Workshops.”
In spring 2019 I gave a Feldenkrais course based on Thomas Hanna’s book “Somatics. Reawakening the Mind’s Control of Movement, Flexibility, and Health” as part of the “Gesundheitszertifikat” at the University of Osnabrück. Hanna assembled a classic selection of Feldenkrais Awareness-Through-Movement (ATM) lessons combined with a concept of the main lines along which the body organizes itself in daily movement (i.e., somatic functions): extending, bending, reaching, turning, orienting.
I am thrilled that I could contribute an essay about my experience with Jan’s art, which I intimately know since 20 years now. My thanks go to Jan for asking me to author this essay, as he thereby encouraged me to elaborate on my reflections about fine art, about the artistic intentions of his as well as my own, and the many links that I trace to my new field of study, cognitive science.
The question “what makes you move?” has moved me for a long time – physical movement is only one component of it. Today I can say that the interest in movement – the joy that lies in it, the manifold possible motivations within, the potential of connecting people … – has become the fulcrum of my very own … precisely!