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 CREATIVE MOVEMENT FOR ROBUST AGEING

Presented by Tossie van Tonder

Dates:
Starts October 2nd 2017
In blocks of 6 weeks

Times:
TBA

Venue:
U3A Helderberg.

Bookings:
It is a fact that integrated body movement enhances robust ageing. Mindful movement activity heightens overall health and one feels more connected the world.

These classes will be offered in blocks of six weeks starting 2nd October 2017 where a theme will be explored each block to enliven our being in the world better. You will learn that being alone is meaningful work when you age without borders. No restriction in gender or age, as the spirit of movement brings honest and integrated feelings of aliveness. We practice to be present in the body.

Tossie van Tonder is a South African dance pioneer since 1980, clinical psychologist, writer and ethno-autobiographical performer.
Her work Powers of Lightness, a bodymind response to South Africa, will be performed at TAAC (Theatre Arts Admin Collective) on 1, 2 and 3 July 2017.
THE HEALING MOVEMENT is presented in association with NEW DANCE LAB, a platform for movement research.

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 Powers of Lightness

A performance by Tossie van Tonder

Powers of Lightness
Dates:
Thursday September 21st
Friday September 22nd

Venue:
TAAC Observatory.
Opening of Cape Town Fringe Festival.

Bookings:
Powers of Lightness is a body-mind response to her embodiment of South Africa. The performance is a journey through dance that is subtle, inquisitive and brings to light where she finds herself as South African at this present moment. Steeped in the art of movement, wordless by choice, Van Tonder draws the cross of self-election, its inner subjectivities and righteous freedom.

Amidst the storm of national bewilderment, this work aims to reveal an intense and authentic power, that is light. Through her 62 year body and 317 years of African heritage culminating into her body-mind vocabulary, the work commands attention to the vicissitudes of an inner and outer 'enough!'

This is freedom of existence as translated through dance – brittle, inoffensive, authentic, subtle, direct and truthful. This may be a potential way as to how we could navigate our individual and collective identities as South Africans of various iterations. A possible answer to a civilised quest - how do we speak and move 'freely,' yet remain supremely aware of the impact of our actions? Would freedom obstruct awareness?...

"There is currently a dominating belief that only gross, sensory, empirical and colonial realities are real. Powers of Lightness answers with a body-mind language that places emphasis on subtlety, on inner sensation, empathic listening and a practice centred on inner observation as opposed to judgement, even engagement – a quality to benefit every South African. The excruciating closeness to the place of decolonisation is to allow as much light truth as mentally possible."

Tossie van Tonder is a South African dance pioneer since 1980, clinical psychologist, writer and ethno-autobiographical performer.
Her work Powers of Lightness, a bodymind response to South Africa, has been previously performed at TAAC (Theatre Arts Admin Collective) on 1, 2 and 3 July 2017.

Some of the videos of Tossie's performances can be found here, in her archive.

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 Conscious Aging

VENUE:

To be announced: Somerset West

FEES:

Fee per workshop – R 2 400

Early Bird Discount: R 2 000

   June 30th (Workshop 1)
   July 28th (Workshop 2)

DATES & TIMES:

July - August Workshop:

   July 11, 18, 25 & August 1st
   18:00 — 21:00

August - September Workshop:

   August 8, 15, 29 & September 5th
   18:00 — 21:00
   (No session on August 22nd)

Dear Conscious and Robust Agers,

The spirit and matter of this workshop is vast and as in my case, I hope the journey never ends for you too. Conscious and Robust Ageing implies a transcending mindset and spirit to the core.

  • The beginning always asks for perspective. You recognise a deepening quest into your life as that of consciously ageing. How do you view your life span and what is really changing at this point?
  • Society that does not always consider ageing honourably. What are the necessary experiences and insights to this enquiry that will put you on a track (from which you do not turn back) and towards which you give form and content to your life?
  • Most people see ageing as a decreasing in meaning and participation in the world. What are the values that emerge when you have a conscious commitment to ageing as life enhancing and robust, powerful?
  • Generally ageing is seen as an increasing absence of body strength and mental powers. How has your perspective on your body, soul, mind and spirit begun to shift towards a far more independent and mindful presence and engagement with that which is becoming vital for a mature attitude towards the ageing process as a living process.
  • Your sense of social rank has begun to take on specific and subtle dimensions. How does conscious ageing shift the nature of relating, parenting, sexuality and spirituality with your renewed social position towards the younger generation?
  • You may have felt stirrings and pulses of creativity. How is the role of creativity shifting from expressing yourself, to the focus of your deep maturing and introspective life in service of the world at large?
  • The alchemy of being, the substance of what is shifting when one ages, requires insight, wisdom and compassion. How is this awakening vital in the stability of our personal and psychological hygiene?
  • Conscious ageing implies a robust practice of your primal spirituality. This is advisable as an early awareness and wake up call to our impermanence. But you may want the 'flesh', the 'matter' of spirituality as an easily articulated yet highly honoured facet of ageing that endows you with the sacred of this time of your life.

In order to keep the group(s) interactive, lively and with meaningful engagement I have decided to offer two workshops. These will follow each other on Tuesday evenings starting from July 11th until September 5th 2017. You may want to see which of the two suits you best in terms of time.

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 Conscious Aging

VENUE:

To be announced: Cape Town

FEES:

Fee for workshop – R 2 400

Early Bird Discount: R 2 000

   before July 17th

DATES & TIMES:

Sundays, August 6 & 13

To be a Conscious Ager and 45+ you are in the most mature place to start healing our country and ourselves. It is a bold statement requiring wisdom and compassion. It entails your intimate life, family, relationships, work and spiritual life.

Whether a new or an old Conscious Ager, we all have to take a step up. This workshop enlivens, understands and navigates the times we experience at the moment. You will walk away with a personal signature of yourself, embodied and intimate.

You will gain knowledge and experience various entrances
into your current and future life story.
It will make sense only because you have taken to Conscious Ageing
as a developmental stage. This is important.

Consciousness of this stage means to
wake up, show up, grow up and clean up
your act as crucial now.

Forward this to your friend.

For any further information contact me.

Tossie van Tonder

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 The Healing Movement

The Healing Movement
Your bodymind is part of a vast transcending movement
that absorbs, eliminates, nurtures, maintains and reproduces consciousness.
Learn from the body how the mind can purify itself.

Three progressing morning workshops, the first in a series of movement experiences.

  • You will experience healing with your own signature of movement.
  • You will discover the origin of your bodymind movement and heighten your sense of connected creativity.
  • Your range of movement will be that of infinity rather than shape or style.
  • A strong sense of your personal and collective maturity will remain in your deeper and silent movement vocabulary as healing capacity.
Dates:
Saturday June 17th
Saturday 24th
Sunday July 9th

Times:
10h00 — 13h00

Venue:
TAAC, ℅ Milton Rd and Wesley St, Observatory.

Fee:
Fee per workshop – R 150

Tossie van Tonder is a South African dance pioneer since 1980, clinical psychologist, writer and ethno-autobiographical performer.
Her work Powers of Lightness, a bodymind response to South Africa, will be performed at TAAC (Theatre Arts Admin Collective) on 1, 2 and 3 July 2017.
THE HEALING MOVEMENT is presented in association with NEW DANCE LAB, a platform for movement research.

...the ultimate which can not itself be explained, but from which all that we experience can be made intelligible

The Healing Movement, Continued:

After a break in July we will continue into another series of 3 sessions:

Dates: Saturdays August 12, 19 & 26
Times: 9 am -12 noon at TAAC
Fee: R150 per session.

BOOK NOW

I am pleased to learn that these sessions have supported all of you in ways that brought clarity of purpose through the ease of de-clogging the body.

It brings me joy to see how easily participants wake into self-realisation by allowing consciousness of movement.

The work will take further steps into forms that assist our becoming, more on alchemy, more capacity to be in our beloved country, boldly.

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 Powers of Lightness

A performance by Tossie van Tonder

Powers of Lightness
Dates:
Saturday July 1st
Sunday July 2nd
Monday July 3rd

Times:
07:00pm — 08:00pm

Venue:
TAAC, ℅ Milton Rd and Wesley St, Observatory.

Bookings:
Fee:
R 100

Powers of Lightness is a body-mind response to her embodiment of South Africa. The performance is a journey through dance that is subtle, inquisitive and brings to light where she finds herself as South African at this present moment. Steeped in the art of movement, wordless by choice, Van Tonder draws the cross of self-election, its inner subjectivities and righteous freedom.

Amidst the storm of national bewilderment, this work aims to reveal an intense and authentic power, that is light. Through her 62 year body and 317 years of African heritage culminating into her body-mind vocabulary, the work commands attention to the vicissitudes of an inner and outer 'enough!'

This is freedom of existence as translated through dance – brittle, inoffensive, authentic, subtle, direct and truthful. This may be a potential way as to how we could navigate our individual and collective identities as South Africans of various iterations. A possible answer to a civilised quest - how do we speak and move 'freely,' yet remain supremely aware of the impact of our actions? Would freedom obstruct awareness?...

"There is currently a dominating belief that only gross, sensory, empirical and colonial realities are real. Powers of Lightness answers with a body-mind language that places emphasis on subtlety, on inner sensation, empathic listening and a practice centred on inner observation as opposed to judgement, even engagement – a quality to benefit every South African. The excruciating closeness to the place of decolonisation is to allow as much light truth as mentally possible."

Tossie van Tonder is a South African dance pioneer since 1980, clinical psychologist, writer and ethno-autobiographical performer.
Her work Powers of Lightness, a bodymind response to South Africa, will be performed at TAAC (Theatre Arts Admin Collective) on 1, 2 and 3 July 2017.
THE HEALING MOVEMENT is presented in association with NEW DANCE LAB, a platform for movement research.

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 ACT-YOUR-AGE: Deepening

Dates:
Friday 15th and Saturday 16th July 2016

Times:
09h30 — 16h00 with breaks for lunch and tea

Venue:
Somerset West: Exact address to be announced.

Fee:
Fee per single workshop – R 2 100
Early bird discount by 1st July – R 1 900
A few sponsorships are available.
There is a special discount of R3 500 available if you attend both workshops.

This is a second phase, follow up workshop to the previous workshop in June..
More dimensions of the remarkable gains from the June workshop will be explored and embodied.

"How do we make the ultimate - which can not be explained,
but from which all that we experience - intelligible?"

Diarise these dates now.

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 ACT-YOUR-AGE: An Extraordinary Journey of Enquiry Into the True Power of Ageing

Conducted by Tossie an Tonder aka Nobonke: psychologist|dancer|writer

Enlivening and Insightful Courses 2016
Are you a senior citizen, or over 50?
Then your quest to awaken to purpose might call
for a renewed and heightened sense of
what it means to be alive and of age.

Join us in a

  • two-day creative event that
  • will upturn all fixed images and perceptions of aging and
  • reinforce internal resilience
  • to redefine you purpose in the world as an elder.

During this workshop we will explore and embody an active restoration of dignity and meaning integral to your unique definition of your ageing process. It will entail creative and inspired movement, wise stories, group work, writing and contemplative processes and much more : an investigation and integration of the inner archetypal forces at work during the latter years.

ACT-YOUR-AGE

is
intellectually stimulating
emotionally engaging
physically energising
spiritually nourishing
profoundly transformative
Dates:
Friday 17th - Saturday 18th June 2016

Times:
09h30 — 16h00 with breaks for lunch and tea

Venue:
Somerset West: Exact address to be announced at email booking.

Fee:
Fee per single workshop – R 2 100
Early bird discount by 6th June – R 1 900
A few sponsorships are available.
There is a special discount of R3 500 available if you also attend the followup workshop: ACT-YOUR-AGE: Deepening.

The presenter Tossie van Tonder aka Nobonke is a clinical psychologist, dancer and writer in her 62nd year. Her work as Human Experience Facilitator reaches communities, organisations and individuals locally and in African countries in transition. Her book My African Heart will be available.

What do people say about the workshop ACT-YOUR-AGE?

  • The Act-Your-Age workshop activated a real and vital but neglected elder in me.
  • We were led graciously into seeing through a different window and then embodying that vision, sharing it with each other and taking it out into the world.
  • The elders whom we are, became empowered and an honour to be with.
  • I want to acknowledge your mastery in shaping the whole workshop. I was moved. What a privilege.
  • I just want to thank you, Tossie, for your style, your approach, your gentleness, sharp thinking and depth of awareness. It has been a great gift for me. I hope to do more with you.
  • You are a true artist, a watcher, a listener, a feeler, a creative giver and a receiver. And it is these characteristics that make your work so profound.
  • Such fascinating new avenues of work.

NB: Note the second-phase follow-up workshop ACT-YOUR-AGE: Deepening
There is a special discount of R3 500 available if you attend both workshops.

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 ACT-YOUR-AGE: The Force of Character in the Latter Years

Enlivening and Insightful Courses 2016
Good day,

Let me introduce myself.

I am a clinical psychologist, movement therapist, writer and dancer in my 61st year. Over the past years I was deeply moved by the process of my conscious ageing. Many perspectives on relationships, the world, how to embody myself and my thinking have transformed. Engaging with my latter years (a Jungian concept) has come to me as gifts of ageing.

The specific vitality of these changes were enhanced when I began to teach these awakenings to my peers – people 50 years and older. Now I belong to a community of wise and compassionate elders, people who restored their dignity and honour in a complex world where elderhood is not necessarily revered. They gained this through an extraordinary enquiry into the value of their roles in their family, community, peers, organisations and also towards themselves.

When I ask myself what you now need to make this world work, I have two answers:

  • An embodied experience of wisdom and care guided by a strong sense of purpose and meaning;
  • An awakening to the inevitable challenges that global warming or climate change now brings and how this requires a high resilience in the world.

I will offer these to your community in the form of a workshop, running over two days.

ACT-YOUR-AGE
The force of character in the latter years.
April 22-23
Times:
09h30 — 16h00 with breaks for lunch and tea

Venue: Kilberry Terrace, Somerset West

Fees:
You may select to come to one only, or to both the workshops.
Fee – R 2 500
Early bird discount by 7th April – R 2 300
A few sponsorships are available.

Tossie van Tonder aka Nobonke is a South African dance pioneer, psychologist and writer. The body, psyche, ecology and philosophy are her stamping ground as an independent artist operating in a complex world. In this, her 61st year, Nobonke is a dance-theatre performer and human experience facilitator of programs in African countries in political transition. Whether to feel terrified or liberated has become her major traversing question, as Climate Facilitator, addressing our psychological stability under circumstances of vast ecological change. Her work as Conscious Ager has been a major force of community transformation in diverse settings.

Testimonials:

Thank you for a creative and profound weekend.
The Act-Your-Age workshop activated a real and vital but neglected archetype. We were led graciously into seeing through a different window and then embodying that vision, sharing it with each other and taking it out into the world. The elders whom we are, became an empowerment and a privilege.
The experience you crafted for us all was huge! I want to thank you. I want to acknowledge your mastery in shaping the whole workshop. I was moved. What a privilege.

What else do people say?

  • We need more real voices, speaking from a place of embodied and experiential wisdom to act as a bridge and facilitate our journey from where we currently are to where we need to be environmentally. This is the big work. Thank you.
  • Enlightening.
  • A stunning insight into perspectives and understanding concepts which are difficult to express verbally but easier to explore non-verbally.
  • I just want to thank you, Tossie, for your style, your approach, your gentleness, sharp thinking and depth of awareness. It has been a great gift for me. I hope to do more with you.
  • You are a true artist, a watcher, a listener, a feeler, a creative giver and a receiver. And it is these characteristics that make your work so profound.
  • Such fascinating new avenues of work.
  • Untangling philosophical, material and spiritual issues was brilliantly done, Tossie.
  • I had a sense I was in expert, intensely compassionate and deeply intelligent hands. Tossie really listens right down and uses all contributions, however humble, wordy or obtuse. Nothing is wasted in her facilitation.
  • It is an extremely vast subject and I commend Tossie on what she was able to do in a short time.
  • I have a sense of myself being ‘bigger’, ‘deeper’, more connected to all parts of myself, as well as to my world and life.
  • A very valuable way of slowing down and learning how to think differently about vital issues.
Early registration will ensure your place in the larger scheme of things.
nobonke@mweb.co.za
Telephone: 021 858 1590 or 083 2544 669

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 Climate Resilience - Beyond Survival

   By Tossie van Tonder aka Nobonke

Climate Change Resilience April 2016
Climate Change or Global Warming demands that we learn in new ways. A different language is needed to help us accommodate vast changes that will affect us intimately, socially, organizationally, nationally and globally. Our default is to flee or freeze, but Climate also shows us that we are much more resilient than we think. We are challenged to look keenly at our own evolution at this time of planetary changes.

This workshop addresses a selected facet of the vast effects of Climate on humanity, namely our psychological stability, its philosophical bedrock (aligned with ecological thought) and the manner in which these concepts could be accessible to us in simple and practical ways. Climate Resilience calls for a life-line awakening in the process of sorting ourselves out.

This facilitation is now available over 2 days. This will allow concepts that are vital for our understanding and adaptation to be fully integrated as hands-on tools for everyday living.

Due to the nature of the workshop a limited number of participants will be accommodated.

Dates & Times:

Wednesday 6 April: 09:00 — 16h00
Thursday    7 April: 09:00 — 16h00

Venue: Cape Town

Fee:          R 1 550 (Inclusive of teas only)

Sign up for this 'huge challenge to reason' and 'easy access to proficiency of evolution.'


What People Say:

  • We need more real voices, speaking from a place of embodied and experiential wisdom to act as a bridge and facilitate our journey from where we currently are to where we need to be environmentally. This is the big work. Thank you.

  • Enlightening

  • A stunning insight into perspectives and understanding concepts which are difficult to express verbally but easier to explore non-verbally.

  • I just want to thank you, Tossie, for your style, your approach, your gentleness, sharp thinking and depth of awareness. It has been a great gift for me. I hope to do more with you.

  • You are a true artist, a watcher, a listener, a feeler, a creative giver and a receiver. And it is these characteristics which make your work so profound.

  • Such fascinating new avenues of work.

  • Untangling philosophically, materially, spiritually these essential issues was brilliantly done, Tossie.

  • I had a sense I was in expert, intensely compassionate and deeply intelligent hands. Tossie really listens right down and uses all contributions, however humble, wordy or obtuse. Nothing is wasted in her facilitation.

  • The bodywork is brilliant and unlocks feelings and ideas. I apply this to my work and personal life.

  • It is an extremely vast subject and I commend Tossie on what she was able to do in a short time.

  • I have a sense of myself being ‘bigger’, ‘deeper’, more connected to all parts of myself, as well as to my world and life.

  • A very valuable way of slowing down and learning how to think differently about vital issues.

Tossie van Tonder aka Nobonke is a South African dance pioneer, critical clinical psychologist and writer. The body, psyche, ecology and philosophy are her stamping ground as an independent artist and human experience facilitator operating in a complex world. In 2013 she performed What does the earth think it is?, a delusional depiction of the human being as 'centred' over Nature, a dance performance of mindful rigour in the flickering light of film footage from unformed masses, through the epochs of agriculture, industry and destruction. The work was reconstructed in 2014 to explore micro-life, bacteria, global warming and the post-human existence of the end. Whether to feel terrified or liberated has become her major traversing question, one that she takes into her work as Climate Facilitator, addressing a new materiality to revive the humanities. As facilitator she works in communities, organisations and African countries in transition.

For more information, see Facilitation.

Early registration will ensure your place in the larger scheme of things:

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 African Resilience

The emboldened spirit is what I gain from working in an African country under siege inspired by the hope of freedom.

See Facilitation | African Resilience.

 ACT-YOUR-AGE: Conscious Aging is Ground-Breaking

ACT-YOUR-AGE is a 2-day workshop in creative and conscious aging.

Act Your Age 2016

Conscious Aging – a profound contract with yourself
to value and stabilise your contribution to life in the world.

You are a candidate for this 2 day workshop when:

  • You are in your 45th year and older.
  • You wish to make a difference in the world.
  • You are curious about aging vitally.
  • You search for depth of experience to embrace this most transformative developmental stage of your life.
  • You wish to honour yourself as a future elder.
  • Your compassion and wisdom are looking for outlets that add meaning to your life.

This is a two-day workshop offered by psychologist-dancer-writer Tossie van Tonder aka Nobonke. You will clarify and experience your deepest values in Conscious Ageing. The years left are not just the final chapter, but rather what you have been preparing for all this time: fulfilment, meaning, passion and effective engagement.

This workshop is also available to your group or organisation.
Share this with those who call upon this work now.

Comments:

I learned a great deal, and it's still coming. I would love to work with you again.

Thank you for sharing an extraordinary weekend.

I hold your work in high regard and felt privileged to have had the opportunity to be part of the group of last week.

I have been looking forward to learn from you for a long time.

This sort of expressive exploring and healing work is new to me, and I was nervous though game. Why did I feel so safe and free? Mostly your particular presence, and also the (lucky?) trusting alchemy of the group. You are calm. And you are direct: in your speech and in your gaze. This combination of authority and vulnerability is powerfully facilitative.

It is not the years that weigh us down, the weight is the confusion of an incomplete transition from the pull of youth into the wisdom and serenity of elderhood...

Tossie with her impeccability, perspective, creativity and guidance ensures that the transitions with all the accompanying joys are accomplished...

For more information on this work and the context of van Tonder's work, contact her on www.theimageofyourperfection.co.za/contact/

Declaration 1

Declaration 1:

Conscious Aging is the plateau for the ultimate peak of my practice, one that is vital in the choices that would support my wisdom and compassion.

Image: Shoichi Ono

Declaration 2

Declaration 2:

The Body is the Idea of the Mind. En-mind the Body. Embody the Mind. One-in-All.

Image: Nobonke

Declaration 3

Declaration 3:

South Africa is a remarkable country with extra-ordinary people, each of whom strives for excellence in a distinctive way.

Image: Nobonke

Dance Umbrella 2015

Read More about the ideas behind this production and its collaborators.

Click here or on an image below! to download the program for Dance Umbrella 2015, also featuring Tossie (Nobonke) van Tonder and many other artists. (PDF, 665 kB)

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SAfm Radio Interview with Tossie van Tonder

Listen to Tossie van Tonder on Sunday Book Show
on SAfm, in conversation with Nancy Richards.

Tossie discussed her new book, "My African Heart".
Date & Time:
Sunday, February 1st @ 14:00

Program:
Sunday Book Show presented by Nancy Richards


No radio? Listen Live Online Here
Listeners can order their soft cover copies of My African Heart directly from Tossie van Tonder
for R230.00 (postage included).

Place your order using our contact form.

"My African Heart" is also available from these online book sellers, as a paperback or kindle ebook:

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 ACT-YOUR-AGE: The Force of Character in the Later Years

Act Your Age 2015
Photo: Shoichi Ono

Dates & Times:
Friday 9th: 17h00 — 20h00
Saturday 10th: 9h30 — 17h00
Sunday 11th: 9h30 — 17h00

Venue: Erin Hall, Rondebosch

Put your foot forward.

Are you over 45 years old?
ACT-YOUR-AGE is a fabulous workshop
where you will embody the
Force of Character in the Later Years.
  • Showing up for your aging process is a revolutionary idea.
  • The image of your perfection is embedded in your unique sense and definition of the archetype of elderhood - body, soul and spirit.
  • Becoming your age unconditionally and uncompromisingly marks your best work in the world.

AND MORE, SEE Elderhood: Act Your Age

"During this weekend's workshops you led me to affirm my image of myself as an elder and you deepened immensely my understanding of my role as senex. You also facilitated the re-emergence of the dancer within me, for which I am hugely grateful." VB

Tossie (Nobonke) van Tonder
Photo: Roger Metcalfe

Dancer-psychologist, writer, mentor, specialist in the field of dynamic transformation giving opportunities to unleash what is invisible and intelligible in the human being, group and organisation.

FREE access to my daily practice of

  • loosening your joints
  • deepening your breath, and
  • strengthening your eyes
  • is available to all participants on early mornings of this workshop.

The body and more...

ACT-YOUR-AGE is a creative engagement with a developmental phase moving you from information to robust intelligence, an experience in transformation that is not regularly in our culture.

Act now. ACT-YOUR-AGE, see Elderhood: Act Your Age

... the ultimate which can not itself be explained, but from which all that we experience can be made intelligible

Act Your Age

It is not the years that weigh us down, the weight is the confusion of an incomplete transition from the pull of youth into the wisdom and serenity of elder hood...

Tossie with her impeccability, perspective, creativity and guidance ensures that the transitions with all the accompanying joys are accomplished...
PE

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