With only indirect knowledge of my work, they graciously agreed to host. When I met the founder of the studio, Isabelle Skaburskis, a few days ago it was clear our work had moved into similar territory; the belief that helping students discover the felt sense of their movement and patterns is the key to wellness.
So yesterday, I showed up at NataRaj ready to teach. I worked hard to re-organize the cognitive and experiential information about somatics, trauma and the body, essential neuroscience and the anatomy of wellness from 6 hours of content to 3. I did my best to ground, center and orient myself to greet whomever might appear to join me.
And good thing I did! We had 30 wonderful souls join us on a hot, hot afternoon in Phnom Penh. We got our bolsters and turned on the fans and settled in. As best I could tell, there were movement teachers, NGO workers, trauma survivors and others who were generally interested in the work for personal and/or professional reasons.
The feedback was terrific, both the official kind and the kind I have come to appreciate even more than the words that follow a shared experience. As I presented this often-dense content on a humid rooftop, I was able to see in the earnest and connected postures of men and women from around the world that this work matters. To be able to provide a gateway to the resources that are in our own bodies for healing is a beautiful thing. And I am so grateful to James and Athena Pond at Transitions and the lovely staff at NataRaj studio for allowing me to bring this work to Cambodia.