FINDING HOME AT THE EDGE, ongoing dates 2020, Toronto ON
Who is Men's Group work for?
Men who are ready to live closer to their authentic, creative and emotional edges who also wish to deepen the authenticity of their relationships to themselves and to those around them. This group is open to men who want to explore their vulnerability without compromising integrity, power and autonomy. This group is open to those who identify as male and are above the age of 21.
What sort of things will we be doing/exploring?
Participants will work in a facilitated group setting of 4-6 people. We will explore a wide range of topics in an emotion focused framework. Topics we may explore together include vulnerability, grief, sexuality, anxiety, passion, anger, the inner critic, creativity and more. Participants can expect to work, discuss and grow in a healthy and supportive environment. The work will include discussion, exercises and counselling intervention.
Why group work?
Working in a group context is a special opportunity to share and be seen by fellow men in a connective, grounded way. In group work, you have the opportunity to soften the walls that separate us in our day to day, opening the space for sharing and learning simultaneously. The effect that group work has is that as we begin to see ourselves and others more authentically. We will connect to what is most real together, whether in our emotions, our pain or our potential.
Groups run bi-weekly near St Clair and Dufferin. A 3-month commitment to the group is preferred. Cost: $40 per session.
Please contact Peter Kok for more questions or to sign up. A brief interview is required prior to sign up.
647 335 0737
we | obstacle | space, MARCH 14 2020, Penticton BC
A one-day movement oriented workshop co-facilitated by myself and Alexandra Goodall. Alexandra is a multidisciplinary artist and facilitator. In her studio practice, her focus is on sculptural textile and installation. In her workshops and individual sessions she aims to bridge the disciplines of art, psychology and bodily presence. She holds a masters degree in Intermodal Expressive Arts Therapy.
In this workshop, we will explore the relationship between individual and group creativity. Through a combination of exercises, reflections and movement practices we will examine how to foster and build attunement in a group process while remaining engaged through our own acts of creative contribution. We will draw from a number of movement and contemplative arts practices including improvisational movement, somatics, the visual arts, contact improvisation, and Butoh movement.
Questions we will be exploring:
What is the relationship between creativity and group attunement?
What happens to ourselves creatively when obstacles arise either individually or in the group?
How does creativity expand and contract in different contexts?
How do we remain individual while building attunement in a group creative process?
This workshop is for beginners and experienced movers alike.
March 14th, 2020
10 am - 4 pm with a 1 hour lunch break
Location: the Studio at God’s Mountain Estate
FOUNDATIONS/BEGINNERS CLASS FOR CONTACT IMPROVISATION, APRIL 5 2020, Toronto ON
Join movement facilitator, Peter Kok for an Introduction to Contact Improvisation class at the Sunday Contact Improv Jam.
In this class we will explore Contact Improvisation fundamentals including:
Basic Improvisational Skills
Beginning and ending a dance
Some light weight sharing
Consent in Contact Improvisation
Classes are for adults and all-levels of experience. No partner is necessary. As Contact Improvisation involves a rolling point of contact and sliding, clothing that has zippers, buttons as well as jewelry is not suggested. Sleeveless shirts, shorts, skirts and slippery clothing are also not recommended. Only non-glass water bottles are allowed in the studio as we dance barefoot. Please avoid wearing perfumes or scented body care products in consideration for people with chemical sensitivities.
Location: 3rd floor, 805 Dovercourt Rd., Toronto
Cost: $11 drop-in, includes the Sunday Contact Jam following from 12-1:30pm
Doors open at 10:30 AM. Please arrive at least a few minutes early to warm up and be ready to start at 11:00 AM.
EXPERIMENTS IN MOVEMENT AND PLAY, Dates TBA, Toronto ON
"Where I am is what I need."
- Deborah Hay, my body, the buddhist
A movement-based inquiry into being and becoming.
These sessions invite the curious and inquisitive mover, encouraging relational and spatial awareness, building proprioceptive skills and expanding creative possibility.
Sessions will include moving meditations, group exercises and most importantly...lots of room for play and silliness.
Open to all levels, beginners and curious movers especially.
Third floor of the Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt.
Please bring loose fitted clothing for ease of movement.
Please no scents or perfumes.
Contact to pre-register
$20/session, Drop ins welcome.
CONTEMPLATING SPACE, December 15 2019, Toronto ON
Facilitated by Peter Kok, this class will bridge contemplative attention and contact improv basics. The workshop will explore using the potential of the empty spaces between ourselves and our partner/s. Using solo, partnering and group exercises we will be exploring spiraling, connection/separation and pausing. What potential for creativity can we uncover in the emptiness?
Classes are for adults and all-levels of experience. No partner is necessary. As Contact Improvisation involves a rolling point of contact and sliding, clothing that has zippers, buttons as well as jewelry is not appropriate. Sleeveless shirts, shorts, skirts and slippery clothing is not recommended. Only non-glass water bottles are allowed in the studio as we dance barefoot. Please avoid wearing perfumes or scented body care products in consideration for people with chemical sensitivities.
Location: 3rd floor, 805 Dovercourt Rd., Toronto
Cost: $11 includes the Sunday Contact Jam following from 12-1:30pm.
Date: Sunday, December 15, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM - NOON. Doors open at 10:30 AM. Please arrive at least a few minutes early to warm up and be ready to start at 11:00 AM.