Yael Schweitzer, LCSW, BC-DMT: Mindfulness-Based Therapy in Portland, Oregon

Trainings and workshops in 2021

Online Workshops

Korea - February 28, 2021

Interpersonal Mindfulness workshop - A 5-hour online workshop for KSDMP for dance/movement Therapists and other professionals

Interpersonal Mindfulness: Integrating Mindfulness and Dance/Movement Therapy This online workshop integrates the Interpersonal Mindfulness Program with Dance Movement Therapy to offer practitioners and their clients a powerful new way to build genuine connections with others. The unique aspect of this approach is mindfulness that arises from a physical foundation, embodied and expressed in the felt-sense connection between people, regardless of surface differences. Participants learn the six practical guidelines for being mindful in interactions, then experience those guidelines through dance and movement. Finally, they learn to implement the guidelines within the therapeutic framework, online and in-person, acquiring the skills and tools to cultivate mindfulness and creative expressions toward all their diverse clients and relationships. This short virtual workshop serves as an intro to provide participants with the experience and framework for the subsequent full in-person workshop.

China - April 24 – June 5, 2021

MB-DMT - An online 7-week course

Mindfulness-Based Dance/Movement Therapy (MB-DMT) – a path to mind/body healing and genuine connection with self and others
At this workshop participants are presented with the theory and practice of MB-DMT. They learn to listen to the body, connect with their authentic self, witness their emerging movement, sense the wisdom of the body and extend mindfulness from an individual practice to mindfulness in relationship with others. All dance and movement practices are done without music to allow authentic and true expression of the inner life of each participant. This kind of movement emerges organically from the experience of the present moment, what the body wants to reveal and how one moves and reacts in relationships. Sessions will explore expression and connection through online limitations and possibilities. They include theory, meditations, movement and dance improvisation – individually and with others (using online breakout rooms), Q&A and sharing that include examination of psychological implications and relevance to everyday life.

In-Person Workshops

Germany, Bochum - May 2021

Held at the Zentrum für Tanz und Bewegung/ Akademie für Tanzpädagogik Bochum In collaboration with Gabriela Jüttner

  1. Mettler and kinesthetic sense Dance Group workshop – This one-day workshop will be woven into a group that meets once a month with intention of exploring dance as a kinesthetic art, movement expression and creativity, and how to connect while dancing in distance due to Coronavirus rules.

    Friday, May 7th, 2021, 10 am to 3 pm

  2. Basic Mettler-Based Dance improvisation workshop - A two-day Mettler-Based Creative Dance workshop is a part of a year-long basic teacher training program for dance improvisation provided by Gabriela Juttner and Michaela Koenen-Welles. The workshop includes theory of the basic elements and principles of creative dance, basic studies of force, time, and space, and the progression and theme exploration for individual, twos, small groups and whole groups dance improvisation. The intention is to help participants find their way to integrate Mettler’s approach in their dance, work, and personal life.

    Saturday, May 8th, 2021, 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, May 9th, 10 am to 2:30 pm

  3. Advanced Mettler-Based Dance improvisation workshop – This three-day Mettler-Based Creative Dance workshop is a part of a year-long Advanced Teacher Training program for dance improvisation. The workshop will deepen, expand and enrich the students’ theoretical and practical experience with Mettler work. Students will learn the broader scope and intricacy of the principles of Mettler’s work and how they apply in a variety of studies.

    Friday, May 14 & Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, May 16, 10 am to 2:30 pm (16 hours)

  4. Mindfulness and Creative Dance – This workshop will demonstrate the integration of Mettler-based work with mindfulness. The workshop includes theory, principles and basic studies of Creative Dance and basic mindfulness concepts and practices that together naturally lend themselves to be integrated , enriching and deepening both practices.

    Saturday May 1st 10 am - 5 pm and Sunday May 2nd, 10 am – 1 pm (9 hours))

*The workshops are supported by a grant from Mettler Studios

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