Our workshops seek to provide communities with tools for communicating with and learning from their own Shadows, ultimately allowing for the confrontation and transmutation of things that have been abandoned and pushed away on personal and societal levels.

We use guided movement, costumes, mask work, and technology to create a sense of wonder and transformation, creatively bypassing people’s defenses surrounding power/lessness, fragility, privilege, and anger to arrive at moments of sincere connection and dialogue.

Please contact us directly for inquiries regarding teaching and facilitating at your event or organization.


UPCOMING

Water in the Desert, Portland, OR
Maskmaking | Movement mini-series October 12th + 19th
Early bird fee: $175 for both days, $88 for the first day (until September 28th)
Regular fee: $225 for both days, $115 for the first day 

Dance with your demons. Roar and stomp into the rich, fragrant earth. As the veil between the worlds thins and we enter the depth of autumn, come peer into the darkness with us. There is bright gold to be found; alchemical treasure, secret light, and power hidden in the vast chambers of your soul.

This 2-day mini workshop series will explore the concept of the Jungian Shadow on a personal, societal, and performative level. Drawing on exercises from butoh, martial arts, contemporary dance and physical theater, we will guide you through a process of simultaneous play and creation to ask: Who is the monster, here? How do we create the monstrous? How does it create us? What lies beyond the fear? 

We strongly recommend that participants attend both days to get the most out of the material, however the first day is available as a stand-alone class if preferred. All crafting materials & supplies included. 15 students max. Open to all levels of movers & makers. Please wear clothing you can move in & bring a journal to write in.

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More information and answers to commonly asked questions may be found in our FAQ.


Location TBD, Portland, OR
Maskmaking | Movement mini-series December 7th + 14th
Early bird fee: $175 for both days, $88 for one day (until October 20th)
Regular fee: $225 for both days, $115 for one day 

Dance with your demons. Roar and stomp into the rich, deep earth. This is an invitation to untangle twisted muscle and locked joints - to transmute a struggle for dominance into a tender embrace.

This 2-day mini workshop series will explore the concept of the Jungian Shadow on a personal, societal, and performative level.

We strongly recommend that participants attend both days to get the most out of the material, however the first day is available as a stand-alone class if preferred. All crafting materials & supplies included. 15 students max. 


PAST WORKSHOPS


FLOCK Dance Center, Portland, OR
Maskmaking | Movement mini-series, February-March, 2019

This 2-day mini workshop series will explore the concept of the Jungian Shadow on a personal, societal, and performative level.

Drawing on a rich array of movement traditions (butoh, contemporary dance, improvisation, physical theater, and martial arts), we guide participants  through the process of crafting a mask to facilitate constructive dialogue with the Shadow self. Employing a process of simultaneous discovery and creation, we hope to look beyond the ego’s defenses to cultivate awareness, compassion, and curiosity. Standing on the threshold between light and dark, we ask: Who is the monster, here? How do we create the monstrous? How does it create us? What lies beyond the fear?

We strongly recommend that participants attend both days to get the most out of the material, however the first day is available as a stand-alone class if preferred.


FLOCK Dance Center Portland, OR
Maskmaking | Movement Workshop, November 2018

In this 2-day workshop, we explored the ways in which our bodies construct and store memories, identity, and power.

Integrating movement, guided improvisation, dialogue, and mask-making, we lead our participants through a series of “material storytelling” exercises to create an encounter with their personal Shadows rooted in curiosity, compassion, and discovery. Our aim is to access the gifts buried in the rich dark soil of the Shadow, and look beyond our ego’s defenses to ask: Who is the monster, here? How do we create the monstrous? How does it create us? What lies beyond the fear?


Taipei National University for the Arts, Taiwan
Maskmaking | Movement Workshop, July 2017

In this workshop, we explored the concept of the Jungian Shadow on a personal, societal, and performative level.  

Integrating mask-making, movement, conversation, and gentle humor, we led participants through a series of “material storytelling” exercises that drew on our own devising process for Shadow Tender. By staging encounters with personal Shadows through the medium of the mask, we facilitated constructive dialogue about the monstrous inside of us, and addressed questions of identity, personal bias, and communication. The group consisted of 15+ students from all over the world.

(photo credit: Jiin Ahn)