kin·ship n. Relationship by nature, character, affinity or common origin
How do we: see, listen, walk, run, play, crouch, crawl, feel, touch, propriocept, balance, hang, hang out, congregate, assert, negotiate, observe, wait, rest and be with others? Through experiencing or remembering our physicality, senses, desires and close connection to others (human and other), we find our “place in the family of things” (Mary Oliver).
Kinship Workshop engages somatic movement practice as a way to meet desire for change and to support active responses to ethical concerns relating to perspectives and treatment of the environment and other animals. Kinship acts as a catalyst for ‘returning’ toward contexts of non-hierarchical symbiotic sharing of place.
Kinship is an exploration into how we relate to and meet ‘other’ in non human-centric rural places. Through a series of physical and attuning exercises both indoors and outdoors, we explore how we experience landscape, in which consistently share with other animals, plant-life, fungal systems etc.
Movement and sense-tuning activities acclimatise us to trans-species spaces – by remembering activities that are fundamentally familiar to our bodies and faculties: moving, crawling, walking, balancing, hanging, congregating, listening, observing, sensing, resting, negotiating and being with others – all of which prepare us to meet non human centric perspectives with ‘fresh eyes’.
The landscape, the environment and the weather provide and hold a framework for meetings to happen, and reflective dialogue amongst the group of participants, helps to process experiences.
Workshop facilitator and founder Tom Goodwin has a background in various movement practices and somatic trainings including dance, martial arts and more recently swimming, and has extensive experience in teaching and facilitation (www.tomgoodwin.info).
Kinship Workshop draws from his experiences of spending time with other animals both in sanctuaries and through wild and domestic encounters. He completed an internship at The Kerulos Center in 2014 studying trans-species psychology and self-determination (internship overview video link), from which developed the material included in the Kinship Workshop.
Workshop co-facilitator and assistant Katye Coe has been supporting and shadowing Kinship Workshops since 2016. Katye is a dancer, performer and teacher working collaboratively in the UK and internationally (www.katyecoe.org). Katye is a certified Skinner Releasing Technique teacher and has completed 4 years of site and movement work in Helen Poynor’s Walk of Life Programme.
Katye grew up on a farm and later worked extensively alongside horses. Her intention in the context of Kinship Workshops relates to the importance of negotiating our place among other animals in these current times.
(photo: Camilla Greenwell)
(photo of TG and mountain dog: Frank van de Ven, photo of TG and young elephant: Elephant Nature Park guide)
PHOTO CREDITS: All photos on the website are by TG unless otherwise credited.