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Force of Nature with EMBODIED ARCHIVE | Janna Meiring - Nov 2018 - Feb 2019

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Force of Nature with EMBODIED ARCHIVE | Janna Meiring - Nov 2018 - Feb 2019

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Force of Nature with EMBODIED ARCHIVE | Janna Meiring
4 sessions: 11/17, 12/15, 1/12, 2/9
drop in advance $30 | whole series $110
any one, any level, any discipline

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Force of Nature with EMBODIED ARCHIVE | Janna Meiring
4 monthly sessions: 11/17 2-5pm | 12/15 2-5pm | 1/12 11am-2pm | 2/9 2-5pm

take the whole series: $110
or drop in: advance $30/door $40
any one, any level, any discipline


Workshop Overview:

As we face mounting challenges in a society built on interlocking systems of oppression, both our individual and collective bodies are overcome with stress, dis-ease and instability. These conditions are not made of stone, though sometimes feel immoveable, unchangeable.

But we are always at the center of movement, and movement is change.

In this series of seasonal workshops, we realign with our natural ability to work in collaboration with the living, breathing cycles of Nature. In this dedicated time and space throughout the dying season and into the spring season, we will recalibrate our body-mind to keep our most powerful selves intact for the ongoing task of unravelling the systems that are no longer serving us:

November 17 2-5pm Late Autumn: Rooting for Survival
December 15 2-5pm Early Winter: From the Underworld to the Light
January 12 11am-2pm Mid-Winter: The Great Turning of the Bones
February 9 2-5pm Late Winter: Thawing Out and Rising Up

Taking cues and lessons from seasonal cycles and current astrological events, we’ll freshen our sensory input and engage through different body systems to reveal how these elements resonate and express within the fabric of our bodies. We’ll archive our findings.

Open to all levels of movement experience, each workshop is laboratory style and includes teachings of current influences, time for personal warm-up, guided movement practice and time for open personal exploration and archival. Each workshop addresses the current seasonal influences, so no two workshops are the same:

November 17 2-5pm - Late Autumn:  Rooting for Survival

The natural world is accustomed to the changes of the year, and so were our ancestors. In Late Autumn, the harvest has ended and the remainder of the garden has been given over to the squirrel, the mouse, the deer and the crow. Now, the plants are urging their energy down to their deepest roots to survive the coldest months.  

In this workshop, we dig deep. With the new moon in Scorpio and the effects of Mercury in Retrograde influencing our work, we will dig deep into the body’s ability to sustain the hardest conditions.  We reach into the stories of our own roots by focusing on cellular awareness. We ask what parts of us need to be released, so that we can focus our energy and amplify small actions.

December 15 2-5pm - Early Winter: From the Underworld to the Light

Nearing the Winter Solstice, the natural world continues towards stillness and darkness. This time of year is often related to the mythical journey of the Goddess Inanna, who travels into the depths of the underworld where she is stripped of all of her stature and possessions, judged and turned into a corpse. After being revived, she must choose two earthlings to replace her in the underworld before she can return to her station with new knowledge.

In this workshop, we engage with this story through guided embodied journey, reviewing the past year, and choosing two parts of our identity or patterns that we must relinquish in order to emerge with new life and new power in the coming year.  

January 12 11am-2pm - Mid-Winter: The Great Turning of the Bones

We have turned over to a new solar year, and very subtly, energy is beginning to rise as the days become longer, under the influence of the new moon in Capricorn. As Lena Stevens writes, this sign “rules the bones, the foundation of the body, where our stability comes from and where we store our most ancient patterns.  Capricorn’s mission as guardian of the community is to preserve stability, to build on what has gone before, to protect and to increase” the effect of one’s actions.

In this workshop, we will anchor our new-year intentions in the social and political aspects of our lives through working with the bones, which are not only structural, but also living, breathing and life-generating.  

February 9 2-5pm - Late Winter: Thawing out and Rising Up

The end of winter is never abrupt. It happens under our noses, with tiny sprouts rising imperceivably under the layers of soil and cold, hard earth.  The natural world knows that the best conditions for growth is the liminal space between cold and the slightest shift towards warmth.

In this workshop we explore slow motion and variations of acceleration.  We engage our sensory input through extreme slowness and seek the internal impulse towards movement. In this way, we work with the lively tension between the slowest and the most accelerated, charting the territory between ambition and sustenance, of which we need all variations in order to sustain our health and wellbeing for the long-haul of work that is needed for change.


Janna Meiring, is movement-based performing artist, writer and teacher, currently based in Philadelphia, PA. Her love of embodied practices lies in deep conscious play with unconsciously held patterns in the body. This work is in thoughtful effort to unravel internal conflict and establish personal strength that is rooted in compassion and creativity. Through EMBODIED ARCHIVE, she offers workshops and one-on-one movement guidance to anchor our ability to continually (patiently, gently, bravely) return to the body as both site and resource for true change.  See more at www.embodiedarchive.com.