Listen to your body.” Good Advice, right? If we really listen to our bodies, then we will be able to connect with what we need, eat what is good for us, have healthy interpersonal boundaries, make good decisions in our relationships, careers…over all life would be much improved!!! So, if it’s such a good idea, what blocks us from listening? How is it that we find ourselves supressing, sabotaging, ignoring, usurping, or dismissing what our bodies are telling us? How can we separate the “chatter” of negative cultural messages & personal history from the deeper quieter voice of our essential selves?
This workshop lab will explore the language of our bodies as an act of radical love & respect. Through relaxation, visualisation, breath work, movement, voice, art, journaling, group work & conversation we will explore the depths of attending & listening to our bodies.
“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”
About the Facilitator
Mercedes is a Registered Clinical Counsellor & a Certified Adlerian Therapist with 20 years’ experience as a group facilitator. Before becoming a counsellor, she spent 25 in the performing arts as a director, teacher, writer, producer, actor & performance poet. She infuses her theatre, voice, movement and writing training into her work with groups.
Mercedes views each person as a unique whole being (body, mind & spirit) influencing & influenced by social contexts such as family, friends, work, environment, & culture. She is passionate about the unique meaning you make of the world & your circumstances & your ability to make positive changes in order to live a more fully embodied life. She believes that when you pursue fully embodied living you feel a greater sense of belonging, empowerment & purpose in your life.
She is also an associate counsellor at Wisdom From Within: Holistic Wellness Counselling in Crescent Beach. She runs Mind In Body Integrated Counselling Services a private counselling practice in Vancouver. Her areas of practice include: grief & loss; body image; creativity; relationships; communication; trauma; identity; sexuality & issues related to race & culture.