The common phrase "the dance of life" hints that life can be artful, that life and art go together, that creativity can be an integral part of everyday life, work, and community.  To that end, an embodied arts practice can arouse the spirit, breathe warmth into stuck places, and generate creative possibilities.

The arts need not be only passive visual experience for patrons or audiences.  The arts -- ritual, dance, voice, visual arts, and performance -- have a unifying power when they are participatory.  It's the doing that counts.  We discover ourselves through imaginative play.  We tell our stories and witness the stories of others.  We embody what is un-nameable in our inner lives.  This kind of arts process is a life enhancing gift.  

What would you like from an embodied arts practice?

As part of a movement-based mindfulness practice, participate in workshops using natural authentic movement to explore sensations, thoughts, and images.  Listen and dialogue imaginatively with your inner world.  Playfully give it form through poetic writing, drawing, voice, and performance techniques.  Focus on movement and other art expression as direct experience.  Witness and be witnessed as a gift of yourself.  Discover new potential. 

Use what you intuit from your movement practice as a source of authentic creative expression in any art medium and as a resource for healing, enriching, and empowering your life.  Build resources for living artfully and creatively.

Explore the Tamalpa Life/Art Process as a process-based approach to learning and creating.  You'll find the method is what it says -- a process-oriented way of connecting life and art, particularly relevant in education and professional situations where innovation is valued.  


In my own arts practice, I recently created a short art film and published a companion book, both titled The Dancing Place, in which I challenge ideas of who dances, where we dance, and why we dance.  The film was shot in one day at River Falls Lodge, an old dance hall in Marietta, SC, using the Tamalpa Life/Art Process.  You'll find the film, info on ordering the book, and links to my other recent writings on the page "Projects."

                                                              Jennie Wakefield

                                                              Jennie Wakefield

"Something like this could benefit anybody because it totally opens your mind up and your creativity."  -- Clemson University Landscape Architecture student

"Expressive arts movement is one of the most profound and elegant methods of deep self-discovery that I have ever experienced." -- NN, Interfaith Minister