Movement

Movement at Penland

Craft is about materials, design, technique, equipment, and the creative impulse—but it is also about movement. Whatever the medium, there is a stance, a rhythmic repetition, or an engagement of the body that is part of the process of making. The movement program at Penland is based on the belief that ease of movement is an aid to the creative process. Movement classes are available during Penland sessions at no charge. Movement instructors come from a variety of disciplines.

Summer 2018 Movement Classes

Session 1: May 27-June 8
Transformative Yoga with Cathy Holt
These classes have been designed to accommodate multi-level participants so that they can experience the joy of a movement practice which balances body, mind and spirt. Through breathing, movement and relaxation exercises we can feel both nurtured and stimulated by this alignment-based, heart-centered practice. Time well spent because it translated into more presence, more awareness and more comfort in your studio work!

Session 2: June 10-June 22
Intuitive Flow with Gwen Hashimoto
Restorative (relaxation), Yin and mindfulness based exercises help reinvigorate creativity while flowing, progressive movements loosen the fascia, muscles and joints to bring an ease back to the expressive body.  Sometimes we’ll explore active movement, and sometimes stillness, but classes are always suited for everyone and offer a reset for both the body and the mind.

Session 3: June 24-July 6
Support your creativity: Revive and Relax with Hannah Levin
Using a combination of Yoga postures and flows, breathing techniques, and functional movement, Hannah leads classes that allow you to wake up your creative juices and relax tension. Through moving energy in the body, creating calm, grounding, and spaciousness, these classes will support you during your full days at Penland. Every class ends with a poem. Everyone is  welcome. A special restorative class with live music will be offered the middle Sunday.

Session 4: July 8-20
Mindful Movement for Making with Dennise Gackstetter
In this mindful movement class, we will creatively combine breath work, yoga, and qigong in ways that will be accessible for all. This practice will help alleviate the emotional, mental, and physical stress that can occur when one is making intensely. It will help you to feel refreshed and ready to get back to the studio.

Session 5: July 22-August 7
Weaving in the Body with Diann Fuller
Presence, grace, coming back into the breath. Conscious stretching and movement through Yoga based postures with the artist in mind. An opportunity to learn to weave the body into the craft. All levels are welcome.

Session 6: August 12-24
Weaving in the Body with Diann Fuller
Presence, grace, coming back into the breath.   Conscious stretching and movement through Yoga based postures with the artist in mind. An opportunity to learn to weave the body into the craft. All levels are welcome.

Session 7: August 26-September 1
Active Stretch with Etti Clingman
The class is designed to get the body moving and help with muscles recovery from stress as well as from overuse during work or play . It’s excellent way to give the body the movement it needs to remain well. The class is gentle enough for someone just starting, yet powerful enough to benefit the advanced ones.