Creative workshops for women exploring major archetypes through body and voice. These are empowering days full of courage and play, suffused with ritual, dance, song and ceremony in celebration of the divine feminine experience.
The day will include guided vocal and physical warm ups, group work, movement, free dance, sharing circles, singing simple folk songs, guided visualisations, writing responses and time to share and reflect in confidence with a circle of supportive women. It is a space to dive into your fullness as a woman and be all you are without judgement or comparison. Suitable for all women, you really don't need to be an "artist" or "performer" to attend they are for all women. We meet in confidence to journey together in sacred circle as a sisterhood.
What will it involve:
Each workshop includes guided vocal and physical warm ups and warm down specific for each workshop, Movement, dancing, singing, ritual, dialogue, reflection, guided visualisations and ceremonies in honour of the divine feminine and divine masculine experience. I will guide participants through a series of explorations, visualisations, experiences to encounter each archetype from their own source, addressing both the positive and shadow pole of the archetype.
My Relationship to The Archetypes.
My explorations into the world of archetypes started in 2009 after working with Kath Burlinson from the Authentic Artist Collective. She recommended I read “The Woman Who Run with the Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola Estes which was a major turning point for me in my life. The beginning of a journey to reclaim my power: discovering and welcoming back the lost aspects of my soul and healing the wounds that had been ignored or hidden over the years. This work continues and I imagine will always continue as I continue to let go and reassess what is true for me at each point of my life.
Kath, myself and a group of other artists including my husband Vincent Manna spend two years making WOLF which was an immersive, sensual and deeply visceral piece of physical theatre with song and sound. (Music by the wonderful Kerry Andrews) We performed it in woodlands, graveyards, caves, theatres and at West Brompton Cemetery at midnight. It was my first step into the wild with my pack. I had found my artistic family and felt a sense of deep belonging for the first time in my life since childhood. I have gone on to create new work and explore artistic form with Kath over the course of many years, shows, workshops and most recently the Pathmaking programme.
Kath facilitated my debut solo theatre show - The History of the Pomegranate - in which I explored the Persephone Myths and her descent into the underworld. I drew upon the Maiden, Mother and Crone as a source of great fuel and learning for creating the show and deep healing and maturity for me as a women. In 2012 I went on to make The Seventh Muse for YMT UK which was inspired by ‘Goddesses in Everywoman” By Jean Shinoda Bolen. It was an all-female show drawing on the archetypal energies of seven Goddesses. It was phenomenal how the work opened up performances possibilities for people not only in creating character, but for accessing a deeper universal truth amongst us as humans, women and storytellers.
By this point I was consuming all books I could lay my hands on that spoke of archetypes and in 2014 I created and directed Harvest Fire for YMT with 36 young men and women which explored the power and vulnerability of the Warrior, Magician, Lover and King/Queen. Inspired by Robert Moore’s book and it was here that I began to appreciate how much similarity and how much of a different there is in exploring archetypal work from the male or female perspective. The Hero’s journey is not the same as the Heroine’s Journey. Point blank.
In 2017 I started the Embodied Archetypes Workshops initially for men and women but no men showed up, so I made them for women only. They are very much available for men if and when the men show want them. Or perhaps I’ll set up an all male one and see what happens… watch this space.
In 2018 I created WILD exploring the Wild Women Archetype with 35 young women. Inspired by “The Woman Who Run with the Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
On a personal creative level I have journeyed with Persephone for many years and learned about the underworld, about my underworld subconscious: I’ve learned that I have a gift of sight, of healing and an ability to see deeply into people, sometimes with medical intuition and sometimes with colours, images and dream messages for people. But I couldn’t find a way out of the underworld. In more recent years I’ve travelled with Hecate who was the missing link for me in the Persephone myth, she was the one who helped me out of the Underworld and gave me the courage to step up into my fullness. Releasing any vestiges of the maiden and stepping beyond the mother into early Crone. If such a thing exists. To honour this journey I wrote a song for Hecate and made a music video to accompany it.
So what now? Well the Celtic goddesses of Brigid and the Morrigan are making their way into my life and we will see what the next years unfold.
Embodied Artist Summer Retreat
A five day residential workshop led by multi-disciplinary artists Lewis Barfoot & Vincent Manna. This residency is dedicated to strengthening the relationship with your expressive self. Working in depth with the body and voice; with movement, text and song to seek a greater truth and connection in performance. Dive into your creative bones to discover a richer authenticity in performance. A safe space to take a risk, try something new and work through creative blocks with radical honesty and tenderness. An opportunity to play, discover and experiment with other creative artists. Combining tool based workshops and bespoke work in service of each participant's needs. We will explore some Archetype work.
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