where we begin...
"The only way to change is to say yes to something else..." ~ Cathy Madden
Our workshops offer you space and time to practice something you care about, with guidance from someone you trust. It's not just what we do in our time together, it's how we do it that matters.
the how of doing
This is at the heart of every workshop we offer: exploring ways to do what you want to do... differently.
"When a lie is told, the body is cast into a state of profound disturbance." ~ Susan Griffin
There is a tendency to fragment our selves into pieces and parts... head, body, heart, spirit, emotions, creativity... as if you might isolate this or that in order to create a desired effect or develop a particular skill. But this is not how humans are designed to function.
Technically, you are never out of your body, you are never in your head, you never lose your voice... These meaningful metaphors, when taken literally, result in ineptitude and disempowerment. Your body hears what your mind believes and takes it as truth. If you approach change in this way, somewhere in your body you will tighten because your whole self recognizes the lie. (Tightening affects the quality of anything you do, because every part of you is interconnected and interdependent.)
The way you talk to your self, matters. The way we talk to you, matters. This is why we create our workshops the way we do.
What we do is not therapy. It's dedicated observation without judgement, so you embrace your agency to choose towards whatever it is that you desire. The most important element to any change you wish to make is your volition. We provide the opportunity for you to play and expand your awareness in ways that help you remember what you already know, so you can make choices towards a life you love.
Here are the three workshops we offer:
"Story is change. It moves" ~ Ursula Le Guin
Through the lens of story, we introduce a variety of practices that challenge you to reframe and refine your aim. We touch on the elements of storytelling and dig into bias, point of view, and conditioning circumstances. The principles we introduce can directly transfer to other areas of daily living.
"We live in a lattice of myths... stories which manifest the meaning of our lives and at the same time define for us the circumference of the imaginal world." ~ Susan Griffin
In the (re)imagining workshop, we explore:
- the unique way your body shapes to write and speak, and how to address the quality of each by considering your original design
- ways to create a sustainable practice that lead you toward your individual goals
- the role of storytelling in daily living, how it can invite and exclude
- effective ways to connect with your audience
Recommended for: professional storytellers and anyone interested in reframing old stories, wholebody listening, and how to invite an audience towards an idea
your authentic voice
“Not going to the heart of all I feel, I have erased my real presence, sexuality, intelligence from language and expression" ~ Susan Griffin
Though it is something most given little thought to, speaking is an athletic event. It requires your whole self. Whether you speak to one or to one thousand, it's the same set of tissue, bone and muscle. What changes is the intent and the invitation. Fia introduces information that is rarely communicated and barely practiced in the educational system, unless you are a performer. This workshop is designed for those whose careers require public speaking and those who seek ways to effectively communicate in daily living.
"It's dangerous to confuse self expression with communication" ~ Ursula Le Guin
In the Your Authentic Voice workshop, we explore
- anatomy of sound making, including all the conditioning factors that influence the sound of your voice when you speak
- vocal health and ways your body gives you signals
- methods to address anxiety when speaking
- how your stories affect your voice and ability to communicate.
Recommended for: teachers, ministers, public storytellers, and anyone who wonders how the voice connects to daily living and relationships
the speaking body
“… it takes real skill to stay silent. A large part of our excessive, unnecessary manifestations come from a terror that if we are not somehow signaling all the time that we exist, we will in fact no longer be there…” ~ Peter Brook
Based on the work of Robyn Hunt and Steve Pearson, this movement workshop practices heightened awareness and offers a unique way of understanding your whole body as it moves in a variety of tempos that echo daily patterns. Using conscious thought as you coordinate with clear intention, this work uses silent narratives to practice presence. The movements are entirely in silence, lightly choreographed to music.
In the speaking body workshop, we explore
- the freedom of choice as you explore the unique ways your body is designed to move
- how to partner
- ways to (re)balance throughout the day
- the relationship between mind and body and what it means to be whole
- the effects of tightening and methods to reduce stress
- how to move with clarity and conviction
Recommended for: anyone curious about balance, grace and flow in daily movement, you do not need to be a dancer or performer to participate - this is work Fia explored prior to and post two hip surgeries... while it does require some strength, our approach is gentle on the body
I felt my edges yesterday. I felt my discomfort and challenges, and still the space felt safe enough to lean into them... Thank you for this work. I am excited to continue it. I feel the challenges, the blocks and the fears and even more I feel the fierce want and will to be fully present. I LOVE what you shared. You held the space beautifully and shared some profound insights and practices that are already unfolding in and shifting me. Deep bow, gratitude and blessings.
— ellie, Authentic Voice Workshop