What is it?
Authentic Movement is a type of moving meditation. It is an internally directed approach to moving our bodies, finding stillness, and cultivating our inner witness.
This form was developed by Mary Starks Whitehouse and inspired by Carl Jung’s practice of active imagination.
At the Embodied Leadership Project, I offer a school of thought within the lineage Authentic Movement which centers the lived experience of BIPOC individuals and communities. The work is grounded in the wisdom of the African-rooted community dance circle which models inclusion, connection, and healing across differences.
It is important to note that healing across differences extends far beyond the human world. Spiritual and ecological trauma resulting from colonization and enslavement has created an immense disconnect within not only our relationships with self, family, and community, but also the land, the plants, the animals, and the spirits of Nature. These beings are our family. When we dance, we reconnect.
The circle teaches us that we are intricately connected to all of life and that all of us are dancers. It is our honor at the Embodied Leadership Project to collaborate with nature herself through partnering with the wise and healing spirits known as horses. Horses help us to hold the witnessing container that is at the foundation of Authentic Movement, a form that offers an access point for people to locate themselves as dancers no matter what our experience, background, or training.
Horses Use Dance as Language
Practice with us
Ways to practice with us:
ONLINE: If you are a woman with any degree of sexual trauma in your body and/or your bloodline, you are invited to join Jamila's membership community to experience several guided equine-assisted movement meditations to access at any time and incorporate into your practice. They will teach you a way to practice authentic movement with horses from where ever you are in the world. You don't need to be with a horse physically to participate.
LIVE IN A GROUP: (invoking horses through the imagination - not working with them physically) We will be offering in-person workshops in Fall of 2023. We work with horses through the imagination. Be sure to get on our email list to stay in the loop!