Experiments with Embodied Culture
- a journey into personal and relational sustainability
Humans are multitudes. Multiple intelligences. Multiple senses. Multiple forces that move us in life. We are ecosystems within ecosystems. Unfortunately, most of the time, this is not how we Relate to ourselves and others. How would it be like to live in a world where integrity was a core value? What kind of world would we build then? How would we learn? How would we work? What would we care for?
Embodied culture supports a more integrated being, growing from the unity in human awareness, experience and creation of meaning, as well as their sincere expression. It’s when our awareness expands inwards and outwards to include our personal multilayered perception of ourselves in the world and the world in ourselves.
Embodied culture is a culture with an expanded field of attention at its roots, inspired by the integrity of Earth’s living systems. It’s seeking re-integration of the world in a larger sense. Our health is in our re-connection, in that all parts of ourselves are integrated. Thinking, feeling, senses, intuition, rationality, physicality — all the different aspects of human experience are playing together like a jazz band, unified in diversity, in free play. How can embodied culture come back or come forth and land into our everyday lives? This is the question at the center of this workshop.
What will happen
We will look at a variety of subjects, from "personal sustainability" to "togetherness" and “connection with the environment”, which we explore through different media (reflection and conversation, awareness and physical exercises, writing and other forms of expression). These experiences aim to shift the habit of treating the world as a divided place that can be looked at from the outside but not lived in, sensed and felt. We will explore ways to discover the existing connections between thinking, feeling, perception, expression, and the physical body, and to integrate these different parts into a more harmonious whole.
Part 1. Getting on track with yourself
Culture is like the soil we grow from. It nurtures us and shapes us in profound ways. It extends around us in circles — starting with individual culture reaching outwards to larger communities (family, organisation, country, etc). Embodied culture is a holistic approach to culture that supports social transformation towards more sustainability, well-being and creativity, individually and collectively. At the root of it is embodied perception and understanding, that places direct experience on the same level as concepts in order to reverse the so often occurring situation when real life questions are dismissed while theoretical systems are treated as real. There will be some theoretical insights, conversations, inquiry, reflection, and practice.
Part 2. Personal Sustainability
I describe personal sustainability as a compilation of personal maturity and empowerment, ability to make decisions and take responsibility over one’s life, to be attentive to the world within and around and act accordingly. It has to do with being the leader of your own change. Personal sustainability is basically an ability to sustain yourself, to be well in any area of your experience. This part of the workshop aims to introduce personal sustainability as an attitude in life. From our first day at school we are taught to listen to everything and everyone except ourselves. Personal sustainability comes from being engaged and not a passive figure to be moved by someone else, from inner and outer integrity within living systems and surroundings.
Part 3. Relational Sustainability
The world is a living process of mutually transforming relationships, human and non-human, shaping the world together. This part of the workshop looks at human relationships on the one hand and asks questions such as: How to stay true to oneself and still find common ground with another? How to create an environment where nobody needs to compromise, obediently submit or control others? What is needed for a collaborative mindset to emerge? Participants will be offered exercises and experiences in a group that aim to bring more physical awareness, drop unnecessary efforts and feel more free while connecting to people.
Part 3 also invites people to connect with the non-human environment, and explore presence and relationality in a larger context of environmental wellbeing.
13th July 2019
10-17:30 (including lunch break)
10-17:30 (including lunch break)
Lake+Forest 30 min north of Stockholm, Sweden
200 Eur for private individuals
300 Eur if invoiced through an organization
Sabina E. Téari.
Sabina is a founder of La Foresta. Since 2014 she designs and facilitates experiences with a focus on subjects she is researching and writing about, such as (personal and relational) sustainability and creativity, rooted in embodied culture. She pursued an interdisciplinary educational path ranging from social sciences and liberal arts to mindful movement and theatre, voice and somatic intelligence. Lasting diversity of her pursuits, as well as her international work-life background shaped her wish to bring cross-pollinated perspectives into experience design and from there Foresta Academy was born.
Jan Artem Henriksson
Jan Artem is one of the co-founders of SelfLeaders, a Nordic leadership development firm and Relate, a values based dating app. Since 2009 Jan is part of the faculty of Stockholm School of Economics and leads the development of the SelfLeaders integral methodology, based on the latest science in adult development and motivational psychology. The method has been used in more than 300 companies worldwide, in total by more than 42 000 leaders and employees. The most important personal values for Jan are: Authenticity, Integration and Presence.