Dr. Susan Bendix, a trained dance, somatics and mindfulness instructor in Tempe, would you like to offer your students, patrons or clients a way to process some of the grief and loss experienced during this pandemic in a healthy, mindful and artful way. Her new workshop entitled Moving Grief – Moving Loss offers a community-oriented way to reflect, recover and process the unusual events of this extraordinary year and a half. This workshop offers the opportunity to bond, build empathy, community and self-awareness.
It is known that people are struggling during this pandemic. It was isolating and painful. Many faced loss and trauma, and for some, this continues. Others wrestled with mental health. Additionally, there were charged issues around race and gender that that continue to affect many. Loss and trauma has become a lingering by-product of the pandemic. For many, this has been overwhelming. The Moving Grief – Moving Loss workshop helps participants move through the complex emotions associated with loss as it facilitates the healing process.
People of all ages respond beautifully to opportunities for creative self-expression. The arts play a vital role in our society as a way to express feelings and ideas and join with others. Utilizing dance, movement, mindfulness and centering techniques, Dr. Bendix will help participants move through their grief and loss.
Moving Grief – Moving Loss is available as a 1-, 3- or 5-day workshop. Longer workshops culminate with a public showing of original work.
Participants in this program will:
- explore feelings through physical shape and gesture
- embed story in choreographic studies
- learn mindfulness and centering techniques that allay anxiety and depression
- create line drawings that visually map the course of loss they’ve experienced
- create their own ritual that brings structure and draws community together
- learn to creatively express feelings through movement
- develop empathy and sensitivity
- acquire tools for self-reflection
- acquire techniques for calming and centering
- build a strong sense of community
Dr. Susan Bendix has been a director of the Arizona Dance Coalition since 2017. Dr. Bendix is a gifted, award-winning teaching artist. In addition to an accomplished career in dance and choreography, she is also a Somatic Experience™ practitioner (a body based psychotherapeutic approach to trauma), and runs grief groups for teens. She has a doctorate in education and is a trained mindfulness instructor.
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