Q: What is phenomenology?
A: The word comes from the ancient Greek, "phainomenon" (that which appears) and "logos" (study). Sahius practice for somato-sensory phenomenology studies what appears. It is a practice that uses the five senses, the extra-sensory perceptions, movement, ritual, and creative explorations to discover and articulate the soul or subtle nature behind and within matter.
In a modern historical context, particular phenomenological philosophies developed at the beginning of the 20th century, and had even earlier roots in the 17th century. These earlier roots arose as a response to the largely physicalist and materialistic ethos of the Enlightenment. It was an era in which philosophy, science, and medicine proceded with the belief that we, and all of life are machines, without souls. Although easy to criticize now, this belief that god or soul lives outside of the body, and outside of nature, was an attempt back then to release the dogmatic chains that conservative religion had placed on the European world. The Sahius Practice engages in the phenomenological methods of Johann Wolfgang Goethe and the phenomenological principles that evolved out of his work, namely those of Rudolph Steiner. It also draws from an even older form of phenomenology: Shamanism.
Q: Can you tell me more about what happens during each class?
Classes are divided into four main points of inquiry: 1. Somato-sensory phenomenological principles and practices 2. Communication with Nature 3. Relationship with Ancestors 4. Healing Trauma and Somato-Sensory Interpersonal Communication.
By focusing concentration, clearing distraction, opening the senses, honing movement, and following lines of inquiry, we look for what rises anew in our communication with our "other". Through drum journeys, developmental movement practices, discussion, intentional dance, ritual, and phemomenological methods, you will enter into deeper relationship with the soul of things.
Each class begins on Friday night and continues through Saturday and Sunday. Come for the entire experience, where you will significantly deepen your experience, or come for a taste just for Friday night.
Q: Are there scholarships available for this practice?
Once registration opens, an invitation will be made for those who can, to donate, so that scholarships can be made available to those who could not otherwise attend the full weekend. If your request for scholarship is not met immediately, your name will go to the front of the scholarship list for the following weekend class. For those who extend their generosity by donating, Sahius Practice does not offer a tax-deductable receipt.
Q: What is your refund policy?
A: Up to two weeks before class begins, you'll receive a 100% reimbursement if cancellation is necessary. A 50% refund will be granted if you cancel within the week before the scheduled class, and no refund within 48 hours of class start time. Should there be extenuating circumstances, or reasons for cancelling once the course begins, these will be taken into consideration and discussed on a case-by-case basis. For Opening Night, a 100% refund will be offered up until one week before, a 50% deposit up until two days before, and no refund within 48 hrs.
Q: Do I need previous experience to take these classes?
A: The easy answer is, "no". Bringing your curiousity, your interest in the nature of life, and your courage to explore—these are the best qualitfications! Many of the practices will require participants to "forget" what they already know and to use different tools and skills than they are used to using. Each activity explored, whether working with trees, ancestors, movement, or your own life's story, will rely on yours and each participant's connection to humanity. How this arises in every moment will vary and evolve. This dynamism and diversity are pillars in this work.
The philosophical background to the Sahius Practice is Animism, that all things are animated with a living force. This might be new to some participants, but will not conflict with any religious beliefs, or with atheism.
Q: I hear that we sometimes work outside. What happens when it's raining or cold?
A: Your comfort is important. Every class will focus on balancing the work at hand with ease and safety so you can enjoy and focus. It's true, sometimes class will take place in the forest, and occassionally at the ocean. You will be given lots of notice so you can bring warm clothes, and if needed, waterproof outerwear.
If you have any other questions please feel free to contact Mia directly.