Embodying power – an evening of gentle movement, sensation and stillness
A WOW Women of the World Cambridge fringe event

Friday 4th March 2016
6.30pm to 8pm
Friend’s Meeting House, Jesus Lane, CB5 8BA

How do power structures affect the way we live in our bodies? We will imagine, move, reflect and rest, listening to the stories of our sensations. Movements will be simple and accessible, with the option to sit throughout.

“I encourage her to breathe fully into her entire body to strengthen herself and to make a space for herself which is free from the things which would squash her soul” – Jill Hayes

The body has been seen as akin to nature, a force to be subdued and restrained. Passions of the flesh have been feared as irrational drives leading the mind away from cool-headed reason. As a group we will explore and reclaim the lived sensations of the body. Dwelling in the “felt sense” we will draw closer to our full-bodied, creative potential.


Rough outline

6.30pm – Welcome and short talk
6.50pm – Standing movements to embody power – gentle movements based on tai chi and qigong
7.10pm – Guided rest (lying on mats) – using the sensations of the body as an anchor to the present moment
7.30pm – Discussion
8.00pm – Close


“The space where her feelings pulled her apart and what was inside her was revealed. And this lit her way” – Susan Griffin

– Experience comfort, trust and power in the body
– Reconnect with the feeling, sensing body whilst pausing the thinking, judging brain
– Meet like-minded others and share experiences
– Tools to take away – ways to embody power, ways to rest deeply

This workshop is part of the 2016 WOW Women of the World Festival.

Tickets are £8 each and are limited in number. If space is available, tickets will be available at the door for £10 – if the workshop is sold out then this will be indicated here. Online bookings for this event are being taken at our sister website Movement Space.

Elaine Westwick is interested in all things embodied. Her teaching of movement is inspired by the beauty of the natural world and is interwoven with ideas from science.

Cancellation policy: full refund up to three weeks before the event. Less than three weeks full – refund only if place can be filled from waiting list.

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WOW Women of the World – Cambridge Fringe