A Workshop:

December 23, 2010

Exploring Your Spiritual Journey

Through Story, Song & Movement

Tuesday, February 15, 7:15pm to 9:15pm

Every moment in your life your body was there too. We often forget that. But all the wisdom you’ve gained, from every step you have taken, is stored right inside your body. Your bones and your organs and your muscles were there when you thought your life was falling apart. And they were there when you knew it was all coming together. And they remember. Every bow, every blessing, every tear, every kiss, every courageous stance, every single dance.

Making “sense” of our journey is easier when we use our senses. The sounds, the songs, the feelings, the poems, the smells, the touch, the physical memories store so much more wisdom than our conscious, verbal centers can capture in those “big moments”. Re-playing those stories, songs and body movements gives us access to it all again, in the now. And in this new, calm moment we can embrace those lessons in a deeper more useful way for who we are today.

The incremental forms of InterPlay allow us to access our body’s wisdom about what we know and what we can know more deeply as we continue on our spiritual journeys. In a sacred and affirming environment, participants will be invited to safely explore your spiritual journey using the simplest movements, babbling, breathing, stillness, and sighs.

Location: 2101 Hennepin Ave S, #101 at Colfax Ave, Mpls. Call for Directions and Parking ~ 612-644-1744

Investment: $15

This workshop can be tailored to explore spiritual journeys for individuals or for an established spiritual community to explore together its communal spiritual journey, mission or identity and can be tailored for retreats, annual gatherings, and  liturgical or educational themes. For more information on scheduling my workshops, please call me at 612-644-1744.

 



SoulPlay performance ensemble

December 10, 2010

I have been in SoulPlay for many years, experiencing great fun and growth bringing InterPlay to theaters near you. This year we had two big shows. In July at Dreamland Arts we did Sighs Matters: An Exploration of Sexuality and Spirituality. In October we were joined by musicians Trish Watts from Australia, Logan Beaty-Saline from Denver and Linda Breitag from Minneapolis for our show on the Art of Blossoming.

We’ll be back in St Paul at Dreamland Arts the weekend of May 20-21, 2011. Mark you calendars!


What are you noticing?

December 6, 2010


December Session Topics

November 29, 2010

No experience necessary. Every type of body welcome.
For the next three Saturdays I will be leading morning and afternoon sessions of InterPlay, each with a different focus. See which of these are calling to you and just show up. Please spread the word and invite whomever you want to play with!

Call with questions or to register: 612-644-1744

December 4, 9:30am – 11:30am
Playing with Movement, Contact and GroupBody
Bring your body, a water bottle and comfortable clothes.

December 4, 12noon – 2pm
Exploring your Spiritual Journey Through Story, Sound and Movement
Bring any sacred objects or songs that have been important to your journey.

December 11, 9:30am – 11:30am
Playing with Words, Babbling & Story
Bring your mouth, your lungs, your vocal chords and your ears to hear others.

December 11, 12noon – 2pm
Radical Faerie Playtime.
In Faerie Playtime, all clothes are drag: boy-drag, girl-drag, young-drag, old-drag, work-drag, workout-drag, wedding-drag, dancer-drag. Clothes are things we put on to play a role or just to play. Clothes have only the meaning we give them or no meaning at all.
Bring a few pieces of drag you may want to play with or share with others.

December 18, 9:30am – 11:30am
Playing with Sounds, Sighs, & Songs
Bring any noise-makers/instruments you have, whether you “know” how to play them or not.

December 18, 12noon – 2pm
Creating EASE amidst the HoliDAZE
We’ll play with how easy it is to get caught up in the chaos and how easy it can be to embrace stillness and simplicity at any time.

$15 per session or get a discount if you buy in bulk:
$60 for all 6 sessions
$36 for 3 sessions
Gift certificates available.

Office of Dr Kimberly Berkus
2101 Hennepin Ave S #101
at Colfax Ave in Minneapolis
Directions:

http://kimberlyberkus.com/directions.asp



A-bun-dance!

November 25, 2010

Had the great pleasure of leading the St. Paul PlayGroup yesterday morning at the Friends Meeting House on Grand.

We played with a-bun-dance and I brought scarves and sarongs as frills to play with. I find colorful fabric can have the richness and texture to powerfully remind us of the abundance that is always in our reach.We had a good crowd despite or because of the holiday. And a few long-sought players from the outer rings car-pooled in, which was such a treat.

We tried a new form called “back to back rub” where you and your partner dance with our backs as your point of contact. You could also can it “a duet bun dance”. We’ll see which name sticks. Along the contact theme we danced the “cheek to cheek” form, which is difficult to describe with just words.

Some words we played with were: relish, fragrance, pie, etc. We explored all the tools in our Babbling tool belt, including finding an ending, evil twin, movement in the room, small/med/big body stories, crafting, and enjoying your witness.

At the end we split into two groups of six to share dances  of abundance. One set to “Love is in the Air” and the other to “Time to Share” by Linda Breitag. We ended with a BIGGER closing circle to acknowledge the abundance we had created and how much we had to share with the world.

Mmmmmmmmn! It felt so good!

Blessings of A-bun-dance to you!


InterPlay in Pop Culture

November 22, 2010

It is hard to describe InterPlay to someone who hasn’t seen it or tried it so I try to keep my eye out for examples of it. This scene from the movie Garden State is a great example. InterPlay is never as pushy as Natalie Portman’s  character, though. Her last line is what we would call using her “evil twin.”

Here’s the link:

InterPlay in Pop Culture


November 18, 2010

Closing of an InterPlay class with the Radical Faeries at Kawashaway Sanctuary


Current Classes Nov/Dec 2010

November 18, 2010

Come join us! If you have any questions, just ask!
Saturday Class at Kim’s


Quote to Contemplate and Comment

November 18, 2010

“Ritual dances provide a religious experience that seems more satisfying and convincing than any other… It is with their muscles that humans most easily obtain knowledge of the divine.”
– Aldous Huxley


A Look Back

November 14, 2010

I moved in May and this is the last photo I took of my half-empty home. I didn’t count on the reflections adding so many layers to such a big day!