I love movement, all kinds of movement – I am curious about embodiment. For fun I stand on my hands, climb fabric hanging from eight metre high ceilings, practice yoga, free move to music that gets me feeling tingly. Movement is such a joyful expression – when we move we feel our vitality, our energy, our strength. I move to honour this body and the life running through it. Connecting with our bodies through movement practice of all kinds, immersion in nature, her elements, the landscape, can help us remember that our bodies are wild bodies, our bodies are animal bodies that have evolved over the ages in relationship with the Earth. I have taught yoga for many years and my intention has always been about cultivating a mutually beneficial relationship to the Earth and inspiring others to do the same.

I spent a lot of time in the Jivamukti Yoga lineage, exploring Yogic and Buddhist ideas about how we can be better caretakers of the Earth and reconnect to a sense of wholeness and belonging. I designed many of my classes around cultivating love and devotion for the Earth so that we better protect her. I spent two dangerous summers in Antarctica with Sea Shepherd to protect whales and put my ideals into action.

Yoga practice undoubtedly helps us with our relationships but I still feel a limitation there because, though I can dedicate my asana practice to cultivating a steady and joyful relationship to the earth underneath my seat, I still don’t fully understand the relationships in the wilds of this land I call home. This land I was born to. And so my practice has expanded. I am studying this land. I am getting to know her better. I am becoming more intimate with her and her stories – through study with my teacher Minmia, a Wiradjuri educator, teacher and lore/law woman who teaches women’s lore/law, through learning about foraging and edible plants, through free movement practice that honours how I feel within and gives me a sense of freedom, through watching and honouring nature. And the journey continues. I still teach yoga, however, I don’t identify as strongly with that label and identity. There is more to do.

I grew up running around and exploring the wilds of my hometown. We could amuse ourselves all day, playing with rocks in the creek, running through the long grass in the paddocks, jumping off bridges and rocks into saltwater, getting to know the life that thrives in rockpools. There is a sense of playful wonder and awe about life and the earth when we are children that many of us lose as we grow older. It’s vital that we learn how to reconnect and cultivate that way of interacting with the natural world, for our own health and the health of our life support system.

For all these reasons I have recently started down a new path to step up this work – a company with a fellow wild child, Clare Lovelace, called Wild Child Moves. We aim to facilitate stronger love and connection to this land, the land we call home, through rewilding retreats, wild & free movement workshops, yoga, nature immersion day retreats and community gathering circles/ social picnics. Get in touch if you would like to join us on this journey to deep connection and belonging to this land.

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Workshops, Retreats & Events

Urban Retreat: Awakening the Warrior Heart (AUG 18-19)

This weekend urban retreat will take participants on the hero’s journey. The format will be four workshop sessions over two days, exploring the nature of inner and outer strength through both the physical and the philosophical.

What is strength? Words I associate with strength are: adaptability, active flexibility, power, stability, vulnerability, heart, resilience, stamina, courage, love. How do we become a conduit for the strength of the earth to flow through us? How do we become an instrument by which the earth is able to protect herself? What does the material body reveal about the external world it interacts with, as well as the nature of strength within the more subtle layers of our being? How can we balance despair, hope, action and joyful living in a world going through a massive ecological shift right before our eyes?

This is warrior training for world changers and status quo shakers, for anyone feeling powerlessness and despair over the state of the world, for those interested in the intersection between movement and spirituality, for those interested in deep ecology and spiritual activism, for healers, lovers, seekers and anyone doing the work of reconnection. This will be a transformative weekend aiming to hold space for you to step up and into your power.

When: Saturday August 18 – Sunday August 19
Time: 11am-330pm both days
Where: Union Street Yoga, Newtown
Investment: $200 (early bird before July 31) / $250 after July 31 / $150 low-wage

The investment includes 4x workshop-style sessions over two days and a nourishing vegan lunch on both days.

Book here: https://www.trybooking.com/WVDR

 

Shake It Off #4: Body Poetry (Saturday August 25, 6-745pm)

Shake It Off #4 will explore ‘Body Poetry’ through movement. Body Poetry is the way we express language through our physical and energetic bodies. What is the effect of your body language on your internal world? We often talk about body language as the way we present to the external world – however, more importantly the way we hold our bodies, move our bodies, sends signals to our internal atmosphere. How we move our bodies is a conversation between the external and the internal, the physical and the subtle, energetic, emotional. This is what Shake It Off #4 will explore. We will also use movement as a way to explore how our emotional world moves us and how we can utilise movement to move emotions through us – offering them to the flow.

We will guide you through poems of love, joy, sensuality, playfulness, chaos, stillness, contemplation and deep listening.

Wild Child movement workshops are about remembering our wild bodies. Using movement as an expression of our inner landscape. Join us to unlock your inner child, your inner wild, joy and a sense of freedom.

The practice begins with a group warm up and then movers are blindfolded so we aren’t self-conscious and can move freely. Clare and Anna guide the class through visualisation and cues with great music but how your body moves is entirely up to you

WHEN: Saturday 25 August, 6:00pm
WHERE: Union St Yoga / 175A Union St, Erskineville, NSW 2043
COST: $30 ($25 earlybird by typing discount code ‘wildchild’ at checkout before July 31)

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL – https://www.trybooking.com/WTIT

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