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AROUND DEATH & DYING
Reimagine End of Life, October 27 – November 3, is a week of over 350 events created by artists, storytellers, healthcare professionals, faith and community leaders, and innovators across all five boroughs of New York City to explore big questions about life and death through art, creativity, and conversation.
Visit Reimagine New York to learn more.
ABOUT SOMA CROSSINGS
The soma is the living body. Death is a process of the living, up until the moment of death and for those who live through near-death, or life-threatening illnesses, as well as those loved ones who survive after someone else’s death. How can all members of a community be less fearful of death? What and how can somatic practices, which awaken the body-mind connection, contribute to the dying process? What can we learn about our physical and feelings – sensations and emotions – by visualizing them, not as words or stories, but also as images and embodied movement experiences? What artistic activities allow us to express and speak of the undiscussable, to grieve, and to connect with our authentic selves, our ancestors, and the wisdom of the also struggling Earth in difficult times of transition?
Martha Eddy, Moving For Life, and Studio 55C are pleased to host Soma Crossings: Embodied Art Explorations for Dialogues with Death, a series of events to investigate these questions and other emergent knowledge through movement, meditation, and creative practices.
These linked events can be attended individually or as a series; come for one, come for a whole evening, come for all three evenings!
Admission is by donation (suggested donation $10 for one event or $25 for an evening) and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All are welcome! All donations will directly benefit Moving For Life.
MONDAY OCTOBER 29
Moving For Life Gentle Yoga Moves, 6:00-7:00pm
Moving For Life gentle yogic breathing and postures with Martha Eddy.
Last Sleeps: Yoga Nidra for End of Life, 7:00-8:30pm
Join Chelsea Rushton for an exploration of relaxation, self-awareness, intention-setting, and holding opposites as tools for healing and accepting what is. Bring a mat and some blankets/clothes to keep you warm and cozy.
TUESDAY OCTOBER 30
Indigenous Practices / Hospice Arts Rituals, 4:00-8:30pm
Experience mixed media transitory art projects with Amy Kisby. Explore indigenous medicine wheels, teepees, & labyrinths, which provide sacred spaces for deep reflection, growth, discovery & healing.
Self-guided activities of your choice, 4:00-6:00pm
Stop by for a few minutes or the whole evening. Children welcome!
Guided Activities from Indigenous Practices, 6:00-7:30pm
You are invited to create a rock labyrinth to explore your unique life pathways, recognizing the complex systems and cycles they are connected to as well as how they interconnect with other individual’s values and life pathways. Once you have explored the labyrinth you will have time to reflect upon your experience through an artistic project. (prayer flag) A discussion regarding the concepts of transitions, transformation, & transcendence will take place to follow and the group will be able to share their valuable insights with one and other.
Candle light Labyrinth Walk, 7:30-8:30pm
A closing candle light labyrinth walk will be offered as a second opportunity for all individuals to meditate and pray in peace.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 31
Moving For Life DanceExercise for Health®, 5:00-6:00pm
Join a Moving For Life class dedicated to your intentions for living and concerns about death and dying. This sensitive dance-exercise class designed to be gentle on the body and lift spirits.
Spiritual Processing in Stillness and Movement, 6:00-6:30pm
Through each person’s individual faith, all traditions are invited to meditate and/or pray together in stillness or movement.
Partner Sharing for Grief Expression, 6:30-7:30pm
This session of moving and talking, guided by Martha Eddy and Ellen Bartel, will explore the possibilities of grief expression through partner sharing. Come with a partner or find your partner when you arrive!
Gentle Floor Exercises for Healing & Vitality, 7:30-8:15pm
Ellen Bartel will guide Gentle floor exercises to help us move our bodies through times of transition and transformation.
A Collective Ritual for Crossing Over – Now or Then, 8:15-9:00pm
Investigate crossing into levels of conscious in the support of a like-minded community. Participate in a collective ritual to honor those who have passed or are about to cross.
ABOUT THE FACILITATORS
Dr. Martha Eddy is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist, Teacher of Body-Mind Centering® and Certified Movement Analyst with a doctorate in Movement Science who sat with each parent as they died.
Chelsea Rushton holds an MFA in Visual Art and is a 500-hour certified yoga teacher. Her practices focus on the intersection of art, somatics, and spirituality.
Amy A. Kisby is a PhD candidate researching Indigenous practices and hospice arts rituals.
Ellen Bartel MFA CMA RSME is an independent dancer, choreographer and teacher in Austin TX She has been a dance educator for over three decades. In 2012 Ellen lost her husband of 20 years to cancer. Movement was one way she was able to manage her grief and is now linking the benefits of somatic work and grief management. She is an adjunct professor at Austin Community College and continues to choreograph original work in Austin.