Moving Naturally

An inquiry into who we are and how this is reflected in our body posture, movements and the thoughts and images which may emerge.

Explore self-awareness, self-expression, creativity and somatic wellbeing in the weekly 'Body Talk', 'Mat Movement' group sessions and seasonal Outdoor Workshops. These sessions and workshops are held in designated rooms, studios and outdoors in the Budleigh Salterton/Exmouth area as well as online. 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, Exmouth Estuary and East Devon Heathland. Evolving from this practice are Michelle’s creative movement responses in the form of solo dances (see ‘Pine Contact’ and ‘Estuary Expression’ films on the right), 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 and fellow of the Shiatsu Society (FwSS).

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 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)