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Open Form (Tauranga) - Creative Embodiment Intensive


  • Soma studios 586e Cameron Road Tauranga, Bay Of Plenty, 3112 New Zealand (map)
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Free yourself through discipline!
Atlas brings 'Open Form' to Tauranga with a 2 day creative embodiment intensive, (running for 10 hours across Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July).

The workshop is aimed at those interested in flow state, yoga, meditation, physical theatre, the sacred clown, holistic wellness, fitness, rewilding, chaos magic and creative expression... and of course martial arts.

Participants will be guided through embodiment practices which connect them with their own bodies and all that flows from a playful approach to Life.

Over the 2 days participants will have the opportunity to experience Atlas' unique form of martial arts which is inspired by many modalities and aspires to establish a holistic personal practice. His approach aligns with the traditional lineages of martial arts, which reach far beyond just being 'fighting sports'.

If you wish to enter the creative state, develop a sense of flow, open to your warrior self and foster your natural capacity to communicate with your own body THIS IS THE WORKSHOP FOR YOU!

Workshop Schedule:
SATURDAY 7th July

11:00am - Introduction
We arrive and orient to the space; setting an intention for a respectful yet raw, authentic and playful session together.

11:30am - The Senses
Through exercises in sensory awareness we drop into the body and cultivate the presence and openness to respond in the moment and allow the shifts across an array of emotional / physical states.

1:00pm - Welcome to the Creative State
Through physical theatre, clowning, free flow poetry and intuitive drawing we enter a state of flow and appreciation of the silly, the beautiful and the profound.

3:00pm - Play Chi
Aligning breath with freeform movement, we begin to play with the energy within us. This session also covers partner work and self-defence.

4:30pm - Yin Yoga & Massage
We cool down with some stretching and an introduction to acupressure and intuitive massage.

5:00pm - Closing Circle

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SUNDAY 8th July

11:00am - Open Form Playfighting
Building on the Play Chi session from day one, we continue with flow-based movement, contact improvisation and playfighting, establishing the foundations for our physical practice.

1:00pm - Our Innate Medicine
Through meditation, chakra clearing and rebirthing breathwork we reclaim our natural capacity to heal our own bodies and open our perception to the spiritual aspects of Martial Arts.

3:30pm - Break

4:30pm - Art Ritual
Participants will be invited to share their learnings and developments with family and friends as ALL ARE WELCOME to the performance on the second day. Atlas will also present some sensory stories with his unique style of interactive theatre and collaborations with local artists are most welcome too!