Active Witnessing: The Art of Authentic Movement in Contact

in conjunction with the Falling Leaves Jam

October 23, 2014 -
9:30am to 5:30pm

Alicia Grayson leads a pre-Jam workshop, in which participants create a safe container to explore the practice of authentic movement with a mover, an active and a sitting witness. Working in trios we will discover the powerful learnings that come from each of the three roles. This practice can be immeasurably helpful in deepening the practice of contact improvisation by supporting our capacity to source from within and support our skillfulness in deeply listening to ourselves while connecting with another.

*as a mover with eyes closed we deepen our ability to follow our own authentic impulses inspired by sensation, imagery, emotion or story. We have the opportunity to experience staying true to our own inner impulses and journey while being relational with an active witness who is supporting us.

*as a sitting witness we learn to cultivate our own ability to non-judgmentally witness other while simultaneously witnessing our own inner process

*as an active witness we learn to stay true to our own impulses while actively supporting the mover's process with or without touch 


No experience in authentic movement or contact improvisation are necessary for this workshop. However, experience and a willingness for deep embodied listening and comfort with touch are helpful.


Active Witnessing Workshop Only

$65 / 75 / 85 Thursday Only (includes workshop, breakfast & lunch)
$85 / 95 / 105 Thursday + Wednesday overnight (includes Wednesday dinner, overnight, workshop, breakfast & lunch)


Active Witnessing Workshop Discount
(For those coming to the FULL Falling Leaves Jam)

$55 / 65 / 75 Thursday Only (includes workshop, breakfast & lunch)
$75 / 85 / 95 Thursday + Wednesday overnight (includes Wednesday dinner, overnight, workshop, breakfast & lunch)


Student-Retiree (Subsidized Rate) / Regular Rate (Full Price) / Professional Rate (Subsidizer Rate!)





Signed up for the FULL Falling Leaves Jam? Register for this workshop through the Falling Leaves Jam Registration.


Participants do not need to be registered for the Falling Leaves Jam to take part in this workshop.



Photos by Jun Akiyama