A workshop series designed by Marisa Garreffa

NEXT SESSIONS: March 17 and April 14, Florence, Italy

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A series of exercises for writers, performers, artists, or anyone interested in hearing what their body might have to say. However you express yourself, this workshop will offer you another entry into inspiration, and new ways of withdrawing material from your inner world.

Unlocking Stories from the Body is a gentle process to bypass the mind and enter the body; to discover what memories, stories, images, and dreamings are contained within. Every time you enter the body it will tell you something new, and we learn how to listen to its language. When deep memory speaks, even stones awaken to listen.

The process works with free writing or drawing, to connect expression with feeling. We feel, using our senses to open up the universes within and around us, listening deeply to the inner and other worlds, and then we record what we find. These workshops are the perfect complement to self exploration, or to any creative practice. Come once, or come regularly.

The exercises will progress and deepen over the year. They are trauma sensitive, acknowledging that some memories can be challenging to discover, and people must have tools to enter, exit, and modify the process to control “the dose”. We learn to listen to cues from the body, and to honour them.

The practice is adapted from Garreffa’s extensive history in theatre, dance, bodywork, performance art, installation, ritual, and trauma recovery. Suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels, who want to discover the stories held within their cells, the senses, and the silence.

“What happens when people open their hearts?”
“They get better.”
― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

If you would like to register for a session, or arrange these workshops as a single event or full course for yourself or your students, please contact Marisa Garreffa at marisa@garreffacreative.com

We are proud to be a part of the St Mark’s Cultural Association program during Autumn and Winter, and to be supported by Expat Women in Florence.