kin·ship n. Relationship by nature, character, affinity or common origin
Kinship Workshop investigates relationship to nature, landscape and other animals through the body, the senses, movement and reflection…
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 invites participants into experiential relationship to nature, landscape and other species through grounding physical practices. Participants are guided through simple activities to tune into being outside, how we sense and how we move through landscapes.
From these enlivening and thought-provoking experiences we can reconsider our felt sense of relationship to nature and catalyse personal responses in a time where crucial and loving action to global issues is much needed.
Kinship is a catalyst for ‘returning’ toward non-hierarchical and symbiotic sharing of place. It 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 we consistently share with other animals, plant-life, fungal systems etc.– Tom (workshop facilitator)
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.
(The below photo gallery shows various wildlife photos, photos from past Kinship Workshops and Tom’s trips to different animal sanctuaries, photo of Tom and mountain dog: Frank van de Ven, photo of Tom and young elephant: Elephant Nature Park guide)
PHOTO CREDITS: All photos on the website are by Tom Goodwin unless otherwise credited.