Saturday 23 – Monday 25 August 2014 – Bank holiday weekend Worcester – United Kingdom
Soft Contact Connection with Laura Stone
In these workshops we will explore Soft Contact Connection as the foundation for being fully present with another while allowing the space for the other to also relax into being fully present.
Step one: Soft Contact Connection in stillness.
Being in physical contact without pulling, pushing or intention to do anything.
The way is to deeply relax and let go while remaining fully awake and open.
The touch is gentle, forming exquisitely to the surface that is touched (matching).
The practice is with the mind of curiosity.
Step two: Applying the qualities of Step one with harmonious complete contact interaction.
The interaction is investigative, playful, healing.
Playing further with matching and joining in dynamic relationship (listening).
Step three: Applying the qualities of Step one and two to gradually higher stress situations.
Playing with “harder” contact, less space and time (yielding, neutralizing and uprooting)
Step four: Embodying “from nothing to something and something to nothing”.
Applying the qualities of soft contact connection while uniting intention and action into one focused, dynamic response (uprooting).
The results are:
Building a subtle mind-body database that expands the field of relaxed response before the automatic reaction response system kicks in. Training a meditative mind and sensory system that remains open, receptive and responsive under stress.
The foundation is Grandmaster William C. C. Chen’s T’ai Chi Ch’uan. The workshops will be given as a progressive series and are open to all styles and levels of practice. The exact content of individual and partner (push hands and applications) exercises will unfold according to those present.
All information about this event, as well as a booking form, can be found at the Pushing Hands.co.uk website.
I hope to meet you there!