I regularly teach:
- Body-Mind Centering(tm)
- Contact Improvisation
- Tailored workshops (embodied anatomy, non verbal communication & movement oriented practices).
“I’m more mindful of my body, self-aware and let go”
Thank you, Mark, for a very special class! The ability to move with a deep sense of connectedness and fluidity, and with an acute sense of my heart at the centre, filled me with Joy!
“the workshop helped me question deeper meanings of communication and developing relationships”
The class was great fun and made me happy. Mark has a very healing way and is a fantastic facilitator/teacher.
For example through the STEM teaching collective, at King’s College, Embody Move UK, London Contact Improvisation and many other organisations. See below for upcoming dates for my own workshops. And do contact me if you want a tailored workshop.
I also offer Individual body work and somatic movement education sessions based on Body-Mind Centering(tm). Contact me for details.
An Embodied Approach to Movement, Body and Consciousness.
“The mind is like the wind and the body like the sand: if you want to see how the wind is blowing, you can look at the sand.”
— Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
BMC is an experiential study based on the embodiment and application of anatomical, physiological, psychophysical and developmental principles, utilizing movement, touch, voice and mind. Its uniqueness lies in the specificity with which each of the body systems can be personally embodied and integrated, the fundamental groundwork of developmental repatterning, and the utilization of a body-based language to describe movement and body-mind relationships. You can learn more here.
For individual somatic movement education sessions lasting an hour please contact me.
Contact Improvisation Classes – Mondays 7-9m
Fundamentals for a Dynamic Dance
A series of Contact Improvisation Classes for all levels. 5 week series (starting 17/06) but still possible to drop in on 25/06.
Mondays 7-9pm near Angel and Highbury & Islington.
Starting with embodied anatomy as a basis for active movements, the classes will build up week by week to build a strong basis from which to approach partner dance, lifts and a more dynamic dance with momentum. It will integrate material from Body-Mind Centering ™ and other somatic practices
We will look at:
Floor patterns (Impact, safety and fluidity with the floor)
Spine and Center (The building blocks for smooth movement)
Points of Contact (Rolling, Sliding, Pivoting, Listening)
Lifts, Weight and Structure (simple tricks to help those lifts)
Dynamic Dancing and Momentum (vs static dancing)
Most importantly we will have fun 🙂
Classes will be at a pace that is suitable for all levels, including newcomers and I aim to offer a learning environment that is accessible to everyone.. If possible please contact me in advance with specific needs that you have.
When: Mondays from 17th of June – 7-9pm
Where: Syracusae, 134 Liverpool Rd, N1 1LA (a few min from Angel and Highbury & Islington)
Price: £10 (£8 Conc) drop in for the first week.
£40 for the following 4 weeks (£50 Conc)
Drop me a line to pre-book.
Sensing, Feeling and Action
A series of four Tuesday Classes based on Body-Mind Centering™ (near Angel)
These 7-9pm classes will focus on embodying different aspects of ourselves through movement, touch, imagery and guided explorations. We will use anatomy and movement principles to better feel, experience and understand our own bodies and movement potential. Classes will intermix theory with practice, with plenty of time to integrate and explore how this resonates in our own living bodies.
Each Tuesday Class will have a specific theme:
Tuesday 25th of June:
Hips and Feet – Finding Ground and Ease through our Pelvis and Lower Limbs
Tuesday 2nd of July:
Organic Movement – Heart and Lungs – finding support and vitality through our Organs
Tuesday 9th of July
Early Development Movement Patterns – the ground for complex movements
Tuesday 16th of July:
Spine – a deeper look at the spine and supports for it
Classes are open to all and no previous experience needed. Please bring comfortable clothing to move in.
£12 for drop in class
£40 for whole series of 4
Classes will be held at Syracusae, 134 Liverpool Rd, Islington, London N1 1LA
Please e-mail me at mark(at)markrietema.com for details and to register (replace (at) with @)
If, due to your economic situation, you can’t afford the above price please contact me via e-mail.
“Sensing, Feeling and Action” is the title of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen’s, the originator of Body-Mind Centering™, book https://www.bodymindcentering.com/books-videos/
Body-Mind Centering™ is an experiential study based on the embodiment and application of anatomical, physiological, psychophysical and developmental principles, utilizing movement, touch, voice and mind.