with Mary Francis Hoffman PhD, RSME
Saturday, January 23, 2016
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Visiting expressive arts therapist Mary Francis Hoffman comes to Honolulu to share the highly regarded practice of Authentic Movement with us. During this workshop we’ll tap into our senses and the elements of nature that deepen our understanding of our natural self. In our time together, we’ll explore our fluid self, our earthy self, and our fire self with an emphasis on breath and movement. We incorporate expressive arts through drawing, journaling and mirroring each other’s movement.
A contemplative dance and moving meditation, Authentic Movement gives us greater access to “the witness” that lives within each of us. We can think of our “witness” as that aspect of ourselves that is always calmly and non-judgmentally watching all that we do. We gain great understanding by listening to the insight provided by our own, private, witness. Reflecting on our internal transitions allows us to perceive and embody our divinity within.
Mary Francis Hoffman People who dance with Mary Francis Hoffman discover more about themselves through the process. Mary Francis has facilitated 9 workshops for the Sacred Dance Guild, Hawaii Chapter over the past 14 years. She was a presenter at the Festival of 2001 and just presented again at the Waves of Grace Festival 2015. She is passionate in exploring the natural connections with mother Earth through Authentic Movement and contemporary dance. She is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist, a certified Yoga Instructor, as well as a certified Creative Expressive Arts Teacher. Mary Francis’ PhD is in Transpersonal Psychology who finds doing Authentic Movement in nature to have tremendous transformative potential.