• Camping on Sky Lake grounds – $395.00
  • No Lodging - Commuter – $375.00
  • Shared Room – $417.00
  • Shrine room – $395.00

Date & Time Details: Check-In, Registration and Breakfast is from at 8:00am - 9:00am on the 19th (lunch & dinner also provided). Program runs until 5pm on Sunday.

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Basics of Social Presencing Theater

With Acharya Arawana Hayashi and Adam Yukelson

May 19 - 20, 2018

Social Presencing Theater is an innovative social art form that brings the teachings of Shambhala Art into the context of personal reflection and the ego-to-eco system social change paradigm developed by the Presencing Institute. Participants will cultivate embodied personal presence through body-based mindfulness practices; and develop skill in creating healthy, coherent and generative ‘social bodies’ and social fabric through heightened space awareness.

The workshop will offer a series of practices that bring forth the basic “knowing” that lives in each of us (our synchronized body-mind system) and in groups (social body system). “Social Presencing” describes how groups of people become aware of themselves as a group. This includes uncovering the wisdom that is the ground for collective creativity and innovation.

This starts with individual persons becoming more aware of how their body-minds show up in groups and then developing the capacity to operate not solely as an individual in a group but expanding awareness to operate “from the whole.”

For instance, people come to a meeting with diverse beliefs, backgrounds, states of mind, opinions, loyalties, etc. If everyone sticks faithfully to their own individual perspective and needs, it is difficult to feel the sense of space and the collective ground of creativity. Most of us could use some practice in how to listen to what is emerging – to the collective wisdom that lives in the social body and wants to express itself.

The root of the word “theater” means “a place where something significant becomes visible.” This is how we are using the word in Social Presencing Theater. We can get stuck in thinking and talking and forget that the body has tremendous wisdom. In this work we are asking the discursive mind to step back so that the voice of the body can step forward and express its own natural movement toward health.

We will apply this practice to some area in our work or personal life where we feel “stuck” – something we are trying to create is not moving forward. The body is visible, concrete, placed on the earth. The arrangement of bodies in social sculptures and placements in space convey huge amounts of information about structure, relationships and awareness. Each practice is followed by a reflection – what are we noticing? And then we will have space to say what actually is this telling me about a “stuck” situation in my work or life.

This will lead to the ability to access fresh insights, prototype creative paths to transformation, and develop skills for effective and compassionate leadership in the systems and communities we care about most.

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Acharya Arawana Hayashi
Arawana Hayashi’s work as a choreographer, dancer and educator is deeply sourced in the teachings on art given by Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche and on her experience in collaborative improvisation. She currently heads the creation of Social Presencing Theater (SPT) for the Presencing Institute and is an Acharya (senior teacher) in Shambhala, a community that links individual basic goodness to the creating of “enlightened” society.
Learn more about Acharya Arawana Hayashi
Adam Yukelson
Adam Yukelson is an Action Research Fellow at the Presencing Institute where he leads the design and delivery of U.Lab. Additionally, he helps deliver Presencing Institute Labs that aim to create more sustainable and inclusive economies. He has practiced and helped facilitate Social Presencing Theater since 2009.
Learn more about Adam Yukelson