Ongoing Gestalt & 5Rhythms group
led by Thierry Francois
“Your body is the ground metaphor of your life, the expression of your existence. It is your Bible, your encyclopedia, your life story. Everything that happens to you is stored and reflected in your body. Your body knows; your body tells.”
The Greeks have two words for Knowledge: Logos and Gnosis.
Logos is what can be learned through . Gnosis is what can be known through intuitive feeling and experience. Logos is expressible in words. Gnosis is nonverbal. Every experience is subjective. This new ongoing group is to experience this two practices, Gestalt and the 5 Rhythms as two philosophies of life to get a better knowledge of who and what we are when we put ourselves in motion. In the combination of Gestalt and 5Rhythms I love most of all the fact that one can take their time to dive profoundly into the truth of a moment. In my everyday life there are place of doubt, of resistance, of shadow over full capacity of my being, places of isolation, of desire to cut myself off from world. But my experience teaches me – when I get moving and conscious, when my consciousness even rise by attention payed to the things happening around me – that it’s not only the gift of my unexplored potential that I get, but also a higher consciousness about my Logos and Gnosis.
The aim of this group is to deepen the different “forms” of consciousness that each one of us encounters on a dance floor, from self to self, from self with a partner, from oneself to a group. The ongoing group workshop allows each participant to make their specific personal experience while doing the individual work (by movement and verbal sharing) and being supported by the group.
This group is a laboratory, and I love to fully give my attentiveness, my unconditional presence, my groundedness, my experience, to be a privileged witness to transformation, however tiny it can be. Each step is important. That’s what makes this work in our group beautiful and powerful. It can be confronting and challenging, as well, but what I get in return I can take with me to my daily life.
This ongoing journey is made of 5 modules – 4 one day workshops and 1 weekend workshop.
“The body knows things a long time before the mind catches up to them. I was wondering what my body knew that I didn’t.” Sue Monk Kidd
As a little kid, Thierry started taking ballet classes and later, as an adolescent, he would go for miles just to go dancing. Around the age of 20, he experienced a revelation when he got involved with the theatre, having a strong desire to be on stage and to play, to express, to share, to transmit and to be touched by it all. Having completed trainings for several other practices like dance, mime and clown, he was introduced to Gestalt therapy. Soon he became a therapist holding individual and group sessions in Paris and Zagreb. At the beginning of 2000’s, he came across 5Rhythms which completely won him over because it finally integrated bodywork into his practice. The Rhythms also helped him to explore other cultures, countries and teachings as he was travelling extensively to dance with different teachers. In 2010 he completed 5Rhythms Teacher Training with Gabrielle Roth, Waves level. He is also wholeheartedly involved with Men work as a leader of groups. He puts his vast enthusiasm and experience into his work, communicating his passion with humour, lightness and creativity.
Thierry: “My approach is holistic. This means I view and acknowledge the whole of you, including your values and beliefs, age, shape, physical limitations, cultural heritage and past. I don’t view you as a set of problems or issues to be fixed. I support you in building your sense of wholeness so that you may begin to accept all parts of yourself. I see all aspects of you as interconnected and a vital part of you.“
This group is limited to 20 participants.
The workshop is led in English, with a translation to Croatian if needed.
- Module: Sunday 27.01.2019.
- Module: Sunday 24.03.2019.
- Module: Friday-Sunday 03-05.05.2019. *
- Module: Sunday 15.09.2018.
- Module: Sunday 20.10.2019.
Location: to be announced, Zagreb
Schedule: 10-18 h (with a lunch break)
*Weekend module (03-05.05.2019.) will be held in Waldorf’s school, Jakusevecka cesta 6, Zagreb with a following Schedule: Fri, 19-22 h; Sat 10-18 h (with a lunch break) and Sun, 10-18 h (with a lunch break). Weekend module is open for other dancers, who are not a part of this ongoing group.
Prices: Early booking price with non-refundable deposit until 05.01. for the whole 5 modules of the Ongoing group is 285 EURO/2150 HRK. Full price is 335 EURO/2500 HRK. Working price is 200 EURO/1500 HRK. You can pay in maximum 3 payments. The last one needs to be at the 3rd module. Non-refundable deposit to secure your place: is 50 EURO/350 HRK. This amount is deducted from your last payment.
Info: [email protected], +385 (0)91 565 8084