Somanautics: Improv, Play & Psyche Hacking

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You may be familiar with the term Psychonaut, exploring consciousness with mind-altering substances, but what can we discover using our breath, voice, and bodies? Welcome to Somanautics…

Join us this November for a two-day immersion as we hack our psyches with play, improvisation, and somatic exploration. 

This will be a fun and fascinating journey, where you will learn about the flow states of body and mind in a safe and welcoming community of like-minded beings. 

Each morning, the space will be opened with a guided meditation, yoga flow, and check-in, and close at the end of the day with a sharing circle. The main activities for each day include:

  • Wild play
  • Drama improvisation games
  • Embodied theatre
  • Absurdist somatics
  • Laughter practice
  • Fooling 

Exercises and games are designed for all abilities and comfort levels, so no matter your practice or background, there will be something to suit all. 

The day's activities will be interspersed with free-flow and thought-provoking discussions, exploring topics like regulating the nervous system, body-based healing in different traditions, and more. There will also be plentiful opportunities to connect and share.

If you want to elasticate your capacity to express and invent while stretching the edges of creative play, then come and get involved. Places are limited, so book early!

About Your Facilitators

Dani Tonks

Dani is an accredited trauma informed Somatic Coach, trained actor, self taught dancer, pleasure activist and workshop facilitator. With over 12 years of practical experience within somatic and embodiment work she has developed a playful and sensitive approach, combining a range of disciplines including acting, contemporary dance, somatics, alexander technique, ritual, meditation and clowning.

Dani is also the founder of Wild Play Lab, curating workshops, retreats and facilitating the unfolding of play as a tool for self transformation and wellbeing.

Dani has worked as an international performer, director and workshop facilitator for over 12 years. She has worked extensively in film, theatre, radio and TV, and has toured internationally with self devised showsOrganisations she has worked with include The BBC, The British Youth Filming Academy, Contact Youth Actors Company at Contact Theatre (Manchester), The Royal Exchange Youth Company (Manchester), CYAC (Contact Young Actors Company) and Blue Eyed Soul Dance Company.

Pete (the Temp) Bearder

Pete is a poet, singer, and comic whose work has been featured on BBC Radio 4, The World Service, and Newsnight. He is a former National Poetry Slam Champion and has performed around the world with organisations like The British Council.  Pete is also a mental resilience trainer with Tough Cookie, and teaches Mixed Mental Arts to organisations like the BBC.

Martha Allitt

Martha is a co-director of the Psychedelic Society, scientific journalist, and yoga teacher. With her academic background in Neuroscience, she is fascinated by the connection between spiritual practice, cognition, and altered states of consciousness. As well as facilitating embodiment workshops and classes, Martha is a freelance writer and frequently publishes pieces about psychedelics in medical research, as well as other clinical advances in mental health. 

Testimonias From Previous Events:

"Absolutely incredible, life changing session. Dani is an amazing facilitator who really helps you to embrace your inner child, be silly and play. She transports you to another world and I will be implementing the things she taught us into my everyday life."

“It felt like a really natural way of being, of playing, allowing the child self that always sits inside the freedom to unfold without judgment. Dani's sensitivity to the whole, and the way she guided us and nudged us softly in different directions felt really natural and balanced."

“Really wonderful, joyful, opening evening. Pete & Matha were great guides... Came away beaming and extremely playful.”

Well organised, motivating, enriching, rewarding, energising and as might be expected..... full of laughter. Martha and Pete are great facilitators!”

“Beautiful event! Martha's yoga flow felt as an introduction, connecting to the body and getting in touch with the energy within, bringing it up, so Pete can guide it through another powerful, explosive flow. Pete's play was physical and expressive and all the different emotions that came up felt dissolved through laughter. It brought up the child energy and gave it a healing space to be, in dance with others.”

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