MOVING NATURALLY is an inquiry into who we are and how this is reflected in our body posture, movements and the thoughts and images which may emerge. Through familiar and new movement possibilities arising from the individual, sessions and workshops explore self-awareness, self-expression, creativity and somatic wellbeing. They are held in designated rooms, studios and outdoors in the Budleigh Salterton and Exmouth area as well as online. Presently there are three forms of group sessions/workshops; weekly ‘Body Talk’ and ‘Mat Movement’ sessions and seasonal outdoor workshops. Individual co-creation sessions are held both indoors and outside while shiatsu home visits are available for regular Moving Naturally participants. Inspiration, scores and understanding arise from a combination of Michelle Wilkinson’s regular studio and on-site practice along the Jurassic Coast, the North Devon Coastline, the heathland of East Devon and the moorland of Dartmoor. Evolving from this work are Michelle’s creative movement responses in the form of solo dances (see ‘Pine Contact’ and ‘Estuary Expression’ films below), installations and visual artwork on the Art, Gallery and Solos Pages of this website. Michelle has a MA in Dance and Somatic Wellbeing, is a Somatic Movement Educator (ISMETA) and a senior member of the Shiatsu Society.
Participants & Witnesses’ Comments:
‘Estuary Expression’ sees Michelle explore nature and her surroundings as a child would, uninhibited and free from the stresses and momentum of modern life. It is like a re-awakening between body and nature. Tracy Brown 2018
Do please take a look at Michelle’s flip book ‘Finding Place’ on the Outdoors Page of this website. It is beautiful, and very much conveys her fully-embodied connection with the land. Linda Gordon Environmental Artist from North Devon July 2016
‘Wild in the Wood’ was a beautiful and mesmerizing performance and Michelle’s natural and creative movements flowed seamlessly. Barbara Hunt 2014 (on Solos Page of website)
Thank you for such a beautiful experience…the chance to dance somewhere so lovely with such a theme… the breathtaking expanse of the view out to sea…the structure of the rocks and the colour of the earth..one could not help but dance. I can’t wait for next time. Pat Barker World Dance Day 2011
Our bodies began to move, slowly and meditatively, in acknowledgement and celebration of our presence and connection. An unforgettable and deeply valued experience. John Fullwood World Dance Day 2010
I observed a session one day and was greatly moved by the quality and commitment and concentration in his practice and by the way in which Michelle supported and empowered my friend to move and express himself freely in a safely held space. He clearly enjoyed and looked forward to the sessions and would talk about them with enthusiasm, when I visited him each week. Sarah Scoble President, European Consortium for Arts Therapies Education 2009 witnessing an Individual Sessions
To find out more about ‘Moving Naturally’ sessions and workshops, please browse this website or contact Michelle Wilkinson on 01395 271037 (Mon – Sat 9am – 7pm).