The Yearlong Program with Zuza, assisted by Denise Martini, is a focused way to study and practice the path of Moving with Life. You will learn simple, accessible practices for being present with yourself and authentic with others, and skills for navigating the mysterious territory of love and loss known as being human.
. . . gained a lot of insight through years of talk therapy
. . . found freedom and creativity in your body through movement
. . . developed a capacity for spacious awareness through meditation
Imagine moving, learning, healing, growing in a circle of
unconditional presence. Imagine what that could do for your life and work.
Participants come from all walks of life–home makers, therapists, parents, coaches, carpenters, teachers, nurses, business owners–each with their own desire or struggle. Depending on your interest, you may choose between the two tracks:
for those looking to deepen their embodiment and develop somatic skills for professional applications.
Both tracks are built around the essential necessity of experiential inner work for both personal and professional development. Participants in both tracks study together in three weeklong sessions, with additional days (including module 4) and online elements added for the Integrative Training group.
To be extraclear, the Yearlong Program is not for you if you're looking for . . .
... a dance workshop. We bring together movement, inner work, and meditation to address body, soul, and heart. We invite feeling, sharing, and silence. Sometimes we sit in a circle for a while to listen and speak.
... therapy. While you may experience brilliant and profound healing, this is a study and practice group with the main aim of deepening awareness, aliveness, relational fluidity, and professional skill building.
... a quick fix. What’s your problem? Unhappy with work? Trouble connecting? Lost a sense of play and pleasure? While all of these will be addressed, we ain't got a fix or a cure for you. What we’ve got is not a solution to one problem, but a context in which to hold your life.
... mastery. We offer skills, practices, and resources that will sustain you for the rest of your life. Rather than becoming a master of anything in seven steps, we hope you acquire a taste for being a life-long learner.
... bliss. Life, or this practice, is not all violins and roses (or unicorns and rainbows). Some of the time you’ll feel excited and elated. Other times you will be faced with feelings that are difficult and uncomfortable, and places in yourself that you have resisted or avoided all your life. All is welcome here. We offer you a place, permission and support to be real and whole.
From participant feedback: I have participated in a month-long program with Zuza. It changed my life; my relationship to self through body, mind and spirit. It is the best way for me to work with intensity, questions, confusion, power and emotions that run through me. What a fabulous way to get deeply into my life process through my body-centered awareness. It is also a powerful way to learn about relationships. I have seen dancers of all levels (newbies to professionals) be very moved by this work.
If you are a human interested in living an embodied, authentic, and spiritually connected life while also relating to others, you know that love is not all we need. Most of us also need resources, capacities, and relational skills to be able to actually show up with ourselves and the people we live and work with: our children, students, co-workers, clients, and parents. This is what the Personal Transformation program offers, within the magic of a committed community of practice, deep listening, accurate reflection, and skillful support.
In three weeklong modules, this program covers the fundamental distinctions and practices of Moving with Life, exploring movement, awareness, and inner work through experiential and expressive processes, partnered experiments, session demos, group sharing, and lectures. Students are supported in partner practice between the modules and have the option to work with Zuza and/or Scott in individual sessions. This allows consistent return to the practice and ultimately supports adopting it as a way of living in the everyday.
If you are a coach, therapist, body worker, movement or yoga teacher, you understand the transformative power of working with people in an experiential way. You know the body holds the wisdom, resource, and access to healing, authenticity, and power. You also know that you can take your clients/students only as far as you have gone. You want and need to continue your own journey to embodiment and grow your capacity for attunement and compassion.
Or perhaps you are fascinated with the endless mystery of awakening in the body and love diving into deep engagement with the processes and practices of this path.
This is the program designed for you!
In four weeklong modules, supervision calls, and additional focused in-person and online study, it offers an intensive immersion in the practice of Moving with Life, somatic skill development, as well as mentoring and supervision for those committed to their professional path while understanding the essential importance of personal growth in the work of serving others.
To help you deepen what you already do, we will support you to
From participant feedback: This practice helps me hold safe and sacred space for other people as a therapist, parent and friend. ... I now bypass thought and story to contact direct experience as a crucial reference point for my life – and the only foundation for true intimacy with self and others. ... I'm integrating somatic practices to deepen the self-inquiry process with myself and my clients. I'm much more able to be present to self and my students. ... Scott and Zuza encourage expression and openness.
Zuza artfully and magically tends the field of awareness with a mastery that is full of mystery and grace, sprinkled liberally with humor. Her keen, guiding wisdom, and uncanny felt sense awareness of both the group as a whole and of its’ individuals, along with her intuitive use of poetry, writings and music, combine to create a safe and rich container in which there is an always respectful invitation to dive through thresholds of the unknown, the yet uncharted territories of our own inherent wisdom.