The programs use a combination of tools from Theory U and Social Presencing Theater, Authentic Movement, Holistic Dance, and embodiment coaching.
We develop the ability to be present in each moment, with ourselves and others by building up skills starting from the individual towards the group. Based on the Emotional Intelligence theory of D..Goleman, we follow the following model:
|self awareness||self management|
|social awareness||relationship management|
By creating solutions focused on self-awareness, we promote self-responsibility and self-regulation, The relational component allows for practice of these skills in social settings, where interpersonal relationships are fundamental.
Embodiment tools allow you to gain access to your body wisdom, while creating new neural pathways. When adding movement exploration we create a playground to let go of judgements, practice stepping into the field of “not-knowing”, and allow new insights and solutions to appear*.
We start from these questions:
- What does your body know that you’re (yet) not consciously acknowledging?
- What are your automatic responses, what triggers them, and how do they start showing up? Is there a space where you can choose before reacting?
- Which patterns are present in your work relationships that mirror unrelated personal stories?
“Leading from the future as it emerges” is the core essence from Theory U.
The U Journey requires a succession of steps that bring us closer to our source of knowing by suspending voices of judgement, cynicism and fear. The ability of presencing (presence + sensing) is essencial in order to sense the emerging future and act from that space of knowing.
MIT senior lecturer Otto Scharmer and his colleagues have been developing this change framework for over 20 years.
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SPT – the art of making a true move
Social Presencing Theater invites us to tap into our natural creativity and ability to fully embody the “performance” of being human. My intention with this work is to offer movement practices that support people in recognising their own and others’ embodied wisdom, compassion, and courage to act.Arawana Hayashi, in Social Presencing Theater
Arawana Hayashi brought her embodied presence techniques into Theory U, and this arm of the Presencing Institute has been evolving as a social art.
It has a big influence from dance improvisation, contemplative practices, intentional silence, generative dialogue, and open space.
The word theatre is here used as the “place of enactment of significant events or actions”. It’s a place for the system to see itself.
Social refers both to the social body – a group of people – and social field – the relationships between the people.
There are a set of practices which are performed individually, in duets, or in groups with different dimensions. Examples of the practices:
To hear about how SPT started, click here.
“Movement, to be experienced, has to be ‘found’ in the body, not put on like a dress or a coat. There is that in us which has moved from the very beginning. It is that which can liberate us.”Mary Starks Whitehouse
When Mary Starks Whitehouse started developing a movement practice rooted in Carl Jung’s Active Imagination, she called it Movement in depth.
This method, born in the convergence between dance and psychoanalysis, aims at the integration of body, mind and soul.
Janet Adler was one of the students that brought the practice further. Although it was born in the field of Dance Movement Therapy, it has been widely used for movement exploration or self-development.
The basic components are very simple: there’s at least one mover, and at least one witness. The movers close their eyes and move from their inner impulses. The witnesses offer a non-judgemental presence providing a safe space for the movers to express themselves. Often, there’s a space for sharing verbally in the end.
The duration and setting can be changed and agreed before starting. Often it’s combined with other activities such as drawing or writing.