Location: Finno-Ugric Film Festival, Mazirbe
Activity: Movement Meditation workshop
Participants: International & Estonian youth and youth workers, 7 participants
We started with a journey into the forest, then a body warm-up waking up the body awareness. Everyone found themselves a spot on the ground to begin their journey in a laying down position. We started with a guided meditation to connect with the breath and the Earth, relaxing and going deeper. Then the music came into play, and the people were invited to go on a journey of discovery through the 4 natural elements (earth, air, water, fire) in relation to their body. The prompt was to simply observe and allow the body sensations to be the guide, welcoming movement if it is to arrive. After meeting all the elements separately, the invitation was to meet them all in one place, existing all together. And then we had time to reflect on the experience and slowly come back to the body and the space around us.
As a slight surprise, there was a possibility to put the experience and/or current feeling(s) onto paper. Connecting with different colors and textures, a space to be free flowing in your own (creative) energy, in the space of a communal paper. Creating (as if) by itself a community painting, a wonderful mural of the present moment.
The feedback from the participants was positive. They felt it was joyous and relaxing. And were excited to see their art on the wall, after the activity.
This activity was very much inspired by the Training Course, as there I was introduced to this activity, elemental dance, and I'm deeply grateful I got the chance to carry this into my own practice.
This training course definitely empowered me a lot and gave me courage to do more things like this. And when I now make workshops using this and other tools I recieved, I feel I am doing something that makes a difference to the world. Creating safe and wholesome spaces in a grown up world that can seem sad, dangerous and cruel most of the time.
Estonian Team Local Action
Projektikogemused alates 2021-st aastast.