Why You Should Take This Course!
Artist, bodyworker and movement arts practitioner Red K Elders is offering seven weeks of guided experiential explorations into our bodies, opening and expanding more of our wondrous sensing capabilities, expanding our capacities for communication with many intelligences and cleaving more closely to the underlying choreography of the cosmos.
Red will be sharing her personal techniques and practises that she uses to attune to other bodies for healing and nourishment and to access flow states for creative inspiration and divine expression. Each week there will be video and audio presentations including guided meditations and practical exercises offered for you to explore in your own time and space. Also, the opportunity to share and feed back your experiences, and witness others, in well-supported and facilitated Facebook group.
We try our best to make this course accessible for all shapes, sizes, experiences and abilities. You will be supported to move at your own pace in ways that feel absolutely right for you. If you have any questions about rightness of fit or accessibility for you, feel free to contact us.
Week 1: Open Whole Body Sensing
Exploring ways to come into the fullness of our whole bodies, releasing accumulations of tensions that prevent us from experiencing the magnitude of all our sensing capacities. Holding and caring for ourselves through releasing processes.
Week 2: Your Mythic Form
Guided movement explorations to feel into who you truly know yourself to be, in your innermost being, and beginning to discover which mythic forms are living through you.
Week 3: Accessing Super Senses
Expanding outwards through mythic forms, giving them full life and breath, and feeling into the new experience-sensations of being alive in greater bodies of awareness.
Week 4: Many Bodies of Intelligence
The wonder of connecting with many other living beings – human and also rocks and trees, or animals and oceans, stars. Making new friendships and alliances with other bodies. Shapeshifting.
Week 5: Dreaming While Awake
Focused journeying through movement induced trance states for creative inspiration, insight and deep healing. Especially working with complexity and limitation in the body.
Week 6: Meeting the Gods
Expanding our sense of self beyond all boundaries. Merging with the cosmos.
Week 7: Grounding and Integration
Additional skills for grounding back into our bodies, and integrating new experiences.
Also anything that comes up during the previous weeks’ practices that may need further exploration or unpacking will be addressed in this final session.
This online course will take place over seven weeks and include video and audio presentations of guided meditations, somatic explorations, and movement practices.
After registering for the course, roughly five days before the start date we will add you to a private FaceBook group along with the other students in this course. We’ve found this is a great way to share your journey in this course together.
None required. Please contact us if you have questions as to the appropriateness of fit of the course for you.
In addition, you will need a FaceBook account to be added to the private FaceBook group if you wish to participate, however, the course can also be taken as an independent study if desired.
THE BLACKTHORNE SCHOOL TESTIMONIALS
I especially enjoyed the sense of community that came through sharing in the Facebook group. Having material that could be accessed and revisited at one’s leisure made it a more relaxed experience, and I think having the facebook group alongside provided a good level of support and guidance, and opportunity for feedback.
- Joe, cohort 4
The different embodying/somatic sensing/grounding practices I have found particularly helpful – to relax, to shift into a different state, to disconnect/transition.
- Joe, cohort 4
I was slightly apprehensive about my decision to commit to this course. What were my intentions and what did I want to get out of it? Fortunately, I was in a moment of surrendering and I decided to go ahead with it. There were many things coinciding simultaneously – synchronous, symbiotic and complementary. The interplay between the things I was exploring at the time was uncanny. The explorations and guidance that I received during this course dovetailed perfectly elsewhere, enhancing both sides. I’m especially grateful for Red’s generosity in the latter part of the course to extend the allotted time.
- Joe, cohort 4
- I loved Red’s amazing light-touch guidance, the blend of rootedness and wildness, Red’s humane and mature approach to powerful experiences.
Nick, cohort 4
It was fantastic what a warm and welcoming atmosphere there was in the Facebook group!
- Bernhard Reicher, cohort 4
This course is deeply connected to all the areas in my life that are most important to me. Relationships (with all life), work, ritual, bodywork. Divine inspiration & divine expression. I often wondered how could I put my vision & dream into life, and I knew there must be a way. What I have learned here from Red gives me so much of essential skills for my life, and to really make it happen. And teaches true humbleness that I appreciate greatly, and true greatness that unfolds through us. I also want to say that Red is such an excellent guide, mentor, witness and friend through these journeys and her devotion to the group and the work that was happening within us all is impeccable. THANK YOU. ❤️
- Tonka, cohort 4
It was like finding the way to tune the body to the greatness of the living and being able to use the tool of movement to dialogue with the visible and invisible worlds that are in us and around us.
- Elisa, cohort 3
This is one of the very best classes at The Blackthorne School. It far exceeded my expectations which were high. I recommend it to anyone interested in exploring the spiritual, mythical, creative, and magical dimensions of somatic practices, or really to anyone who wants to experience life fully embodied, as their very best selves. The quality of the materials and the generosity of the instructor cannot be overstated. You don’t want to miss this.
- Alysha, cohort 1
The evolution of the course and the integrity and encouragement within it was lovely to experience and be part of.
I truly enjoy the somatic movement exercises and resources and will likely revisit them again and again to nourish my creative life and wholistic wellness.
- Brie Wollman, cohort 1
When I am with nature, I am listening, sensing, exploring – open to receiving and understanding. I am more aware and alert when out in nature. The whole experience of what I’ve learnt so was incredibly enriching.
- Kirsty, cohort 1
I received an understanding of myself on some other level/in some other realm, my immersion in life that I longed for but couldn’t quite find a path to.
I am very aware of being a new person, more the person I want to be, after taking this class, in ways I never imagined. I feel happier, freer, more confident, creative, connected. It was an adventure, for sure.
- Lisa, cohort 1
I take classes on different websites and am a member of a few magic groups. When I first saw Red’s introduction video I knew I had to take the class. It sounded unlike anything any other school was offering and it was something I knew that I needed. Red was/is welcoming, patient, kind and very supportive. I fully trusted her process. She’s a fantastic teacher, not just pedagogically speaking but the manner in which she delivers each lesson is seamless and her knowledge is obviously extensive.
I learned how to form a magical practice that requires only a body, time, energy and imagination. I feel a great deepening of awareness in my physical and energy bodies. I am also much more aware of the energy of my surroundings. An embodied practice is something I have always lacked and this course gave me a foundation to have just that. I can also apply this knowledge across different systems of magic. As I’ve said Somatic Sorcery has opened up my mind eyes and heart to the limitless possibilities of these techniques.
There is a new awareness of my own body and the energy I am able to generate and accept from other sources, whether corporeal or ethereal.
- Luis, cohort 2
Wow Red I am loving this so much!! The way you spoke about … our personal portal to flow states really just blew my mind. I feel like a huge jigsaw piece of the puzzle landed for me, opening me up to a deeper understanding of what means to surrender to our guided movements and ground our experience into physical reality. I feel so alive!! It’s also been fascinating to record myself dancing and really feel so deeply and viscerally my own unique flavour of movement, and recognise how that same feeling of fluidity is expressed in so many other areas of my life.
- Georgie Seccull – cohort 1
TESTIMONIALS (from Red’s previous workshops)
“I’d been in an up-in-the-air state of overthinking and confusion for a while now, and this allowed me to go back to simplicity. With the sound and the drumming, my dancing and movement encouraged me to go back to a simpler time. I felt indigenous again. Where the only thing was to listen, feel and respond. No mind complications, not chatter. Just back to the truth.” – Richard Woodall
“It felt really special to be part of such a safe and loving group… Each part of the evening touched me in deep places; the fire ritual in particular felt very powerful, in a lovely delicate way.” – Heather Read
“I prioritise these monthly movement groups with Red because they give me strength and breath and remind me who I am in my deepest essence. When the rest of the month is always such madness, I long for these precious yet essential evenings of re-setting!” – Cata ParrishWain
“Beauty and grace inside and out… it felt like the embodiment of you and the practice of us all, to be with awareness and intent… You created such an egg for us, so very nurturing and warm and safe…” – Mary Ann Gentile
“Red created such gentle, grounded and powerful space where I really opened up and connected deeply with myself and everything around me. Such simple, human, profound and fun explorations into movement and mindfulness. It’s like she opens a giant door with a warm smile to a beautiful expanse of loveliness that’s just been sitting there all along. That “OH YEAH” peaceful coming home kind of feeling!” – Karen Davey
“You create such an amazing magical and safe space for us, I felt so held and able to explore really deeply within myself.” – James Winter
“I love how you seem to conduct and mix the energy in the room, it’s like you are weaving us all together in love.” – Susan Knott
“I can honestly say I have never experienced anything like the different experiences I have every time Red lays her hands on me. She is a quite incredible being with a seemingly powerful gift.” – Dave ParrishWain
“You are a Changer of Story, and that is a special role reserved for only the strongest sorts. We need you. You lead us to Humanity 2.0 from within.” – Kyle Sager
ALSO – link to page showing previous workshops:
AND – Conjuring The Mythic retreat – upcoming in March:
Red K. Elders is an artist, bodyworker and somatic movement practitioner with 30 years of experience in Eastern forms of meditation and spiritual praxis. She also works with individuals and groups practicing massage, deep bodywork and movement therapies.
Red has many years of experience in creating beautifully held ritually-guided movement spaces for creative exploration, healing, and play. Safe places to feel into our deepest nature, aligning with the subtle liquid geometry of the universe to bring the fullness of our gifts into being.
You likely have already seen Red’s incredible fine art grace our pages! Drawing from insights in her private practice as a deep bodyworker combined with her own explorations into movement and earth-based ritual work, her iconic portrait graphite drawings of Old Gods and Mythic Beings have emerged, infused with their own unique magic. Her drawing process calls forth deep devotional practice, ritual and movement bodywork, facilitating the ability to move seamlessly between realms.
Red is a published author. You can read her article: See yourself through these hands: The moving body as a portal to spirit possession. Working with ancient ritual technologies to create portraits of spirits, gods and mythic beings.