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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.
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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.
Martha Eddy, Moving For Life, and Studio 55C are pleased to host a series of events that investigate questions and other emergent knowledge about death as a process of being alive – through movement, meditation, and creative practices.
OCT 29 – 31
Moving For Life Gentle Yoga Moves
Moving For Life gentle yogic breathing and postures with Martha Eddy.
Monday October 29, 6:00-7:00pm
Last Sleeps: Yoga Nidra for End of Life
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.
Monday October 29, 7:00-8:30pm
Indigenous Practices / Hospice Arts Rituals
With Amy Kisby, experience mixed media transitory art projects. Explore indigenous medicine wheels, teepees, & labyrinths, which provide sacred spaces for deep reflection, growth, discovery & healing.
Tuesday October 30, 4:00-8:30pm
Moving For Life DanceExercise for Health®
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.
Wednesday October 31, 5:00-6:00pm
Spiritual Processing in Stillness and Movement
Through each person’s individual faith, all traditions are invited to meditate and/or pray together in stillness or movement.
Wednesday October 31, 6:00-6:30pm
Partner Sharing for Grief Expression
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!
Wednesday October 31, 6:30-7:30pm
Gentle Floor Exercises for Healing & Vitality
Ellen Bartel will guide Gentle floor exercises to help us move our bodies through times of transition and transformation.
Wednesday October 31, 7:30-8:15pm
A Collective Ritual for Crossing Over – Now or Then
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.
Wednesday October 31, 8:15-9:00pm
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 is a dancer and choreographer who is training as a Moving For Life Teacher.