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Movement Medicine: Workshop and Dance

Movement Medicine: A day long journey of movement, embodiment, healing, and dance.

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Movement Medicine: Workshop and Dance
Movement Medicine: Workshop and Dance

Time & Location

Apr 13, 2024, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Chicago, 4041 N Milwaukee Ave #301, Chicago, IL 60641, USA

About the event

Dance is an ancient healing modality that occupies a place of movement, energy, worship, desire, prayer, feeling, trance, and more. Our ancestors danced to engage in ritual, healing, connection, and celebration. Dance is written in our DNA—it is an integral part of what it means to be human. When we dance, we remember. We remember how it feels to be alive, to move, to create, to play, to shapeshift, to connect, to experience life, to release old stories and patterns, and to find our core truth and purpose. Dance helps us connect with ourselves, connect with space and environment, connect with others, and connect with the divine. Join us for an all day movement and dance journey into the physical, emotional, somatic, energetic, and spiritual body. Come to play, learn, release, connect, heal, manifest, embody, understand, and gain tools to help you on your healing path. . Contact Beyond Contact (CBC) is a dance and healing practice that integrates Authentic Movement (AM), Contact Improvisation (CI) and Passing Through (PT) with profound practices of qigong, yoga, healing modalities and energy work, mindfulness and leadership skills, somatics and principles of behaviorism, as well as the philosophies of Buddhism, and Taoism. .

“Healing happens in the presence of an empathic witness.” —Bessel van der Kolk . Dance and movement helps us integrate our bodies, minds, hearts, and souls. It is a mirror to how we relate to our world and each other and teaches us how to overcome old patterns, engage differently in our relationships, express who we are, and live from our core truth. Our intention for this all day event is to slowly bring participants from a place of safety in their bodies to a place of deep hearted connection, expression, and freedom with self, the environment, others, and the divine. . 12-2p Session One (Setting intentions, creating our workspace and flow, connecting with self, working with physical and emotional embodiment and movement practices.) Somatic practices will include: *Core integrity, yes and no, boundaries *Creating safety in the body *Nervous system regulation *Interoception, exteroception, proprioception *Understanding how emotions show up in the body through texture, heat, pain, pleasure, etc *Releasing stuck emotions *Authentic movement *Working with anger, grief, and shame *Letting go of old stories, rewiring and reprogramming patterns

2-4p Session Two (Working with energetic, and spiritual embodiment and movement practices, connecting with self and others.) Somatic Practices will include: *Understanding the energetic body *Working with your qi or energy, feeling other’s energy *Visualizations *Connecting with your higher self *Connecting breath and body *Breathwork journeying *Shapeshifting (working with archetypes) *Witnessing and holding space

4-6p Dinner (Out around town to support local businesses)

6-7p Cacao Ceremony (Activating the heart, connecting with cacao and each other, preparing our hearts for the dance.) *Facilitated by Lion Jacobi, founder of School of Human Design in Amsterdam, cacao ceremonialist, and CBC facilitator.

7-10p Contact Beyond Contact practice and CBC Dance *Co-facilitated by Matthew Stackowicz (CBC Level 3) and Lion Jacobi (CBC Level 2)

What to bring: Loose fitting clothes/dance clothes Water bottle Knee pads (optional) Item for the altar (item to remind you of your healing journey) Snacks Suggested donation $99-$199 (Will have a link to preregister and pay soon) . *By attending this event, you are agreeing to keep this space sacred by refraining from alcohol, substances, and sexual advances *No phones or cameras allowed in the dance space *consent before engaging with others during the dance portion is required *No talking during the dance (there are other spaces to chat outside the dance space)

Bio: Matthew Stackowicz is a contact beyond contact level 3 dance facilitator, embodiment coach, ceremonialist, sacred circle facilitator, breathwork guide, shamanic reiki master, international photographer, retreat facilitator, and father of two amazing children. His home base is in South Bend, IN but he travels the world to lead sacred circles, retreats, dance and embodiment workshops and photographs humans in connection to their own hearts and each other. He currently hosts sacred circles, embodiment practices, dance containers, and other workshops in South Bend, IN, Chicago, IL, and other nearby locations. After decades of disconnection to self, body, emotions, purpose, and other humans, he hit rock bottom and started the slow but necessary process of personal transformation and growth. He now lives to serve others on their own personal transformation story.

LION: Lion is a dancer, writer and change-maker. Devoted to ‘love’ in all it’s manifestations. Trained in ancient tantra, polarity work, Human Design, cacao, dance, body, breath and energy work.

Her life’s work is to initiate and to be initiated into living life to the fullest. Right here, right now, within our bodies. Over the last years, she has impacted many clients in re-connecting to their body’s wisdom -by balancing the material and the spiritual, the feminine and the masculine, the light and the dark- to come ‘home’ within our hearts. The only place from where we can authentically bring our energy out into the world. . In Contact beyond contact she found an embodied practice beyond words, to integrate it all. A practice that’s deeply transformative and above of all sparks her ‘joy’.

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