First Fortnight: Dance & Wellbeing Workshops with Gwen Mc Hale

Thu 17 Jan 2019
13:00 - 15:00
€10 per workshop (Special Rate: book and pay in advance both workshops: €15). Reservations: / 01 855 8800.
The workshops are open to all.

Dance Ireland in partnership with dance artist Áine Stapleton and First Fortnight will offer two afternoon workshops focused on dance and well-being to kick-start the new year.

Curated by Áine Stapleton these workshops will be led by leading national and international experts in the field; Gillie Kleiman (UK) (Thursday 10 January) and Gwen Mc Hale (IRL) Thursday 17 January.

Celebrating Resiliency

If you are reading this right now then no matter what you have experienced in your life, no matter what you have been through, or how much you suffer, you are more resilient than you realise. You made it this far, perhaps not in perfect shape nor without wounds, but you made it. You are still here and I believe that is something to celebrate.

This workshop is to help you identify what motivates you to live, what inspires you to get out of bed and function. What in your life supports your ongoing existence? Where do you find a moment of peace, or a tiny sliver of joy? And then, and this is where the magic happens, what happens in your body when you connect deeply with that which brings joy or ease or inspiration? Through guided movement exploration, we deepen the felt sense of well-being that you find in your own body and mind, we get to know this feeling a bit more intimately and hopefully drop an anchor there that you can return to when you need it most.

About Gwen Mc Hale

Gwen McHale is as a somatic therapist, educator and performance artist. She has a clinical practice in Clare and Galway where she works both with individuals and groups. Gwen is particularly interested in trauma recovery, attachment/ relationships, dissociative disorders and the search for a truer sense of self. Gwen holds a BA in Psychology & Philosophy, a MA in community development, an H.Dip in Guidance Counselling and diplomas in Origins Somatic therapy & education, Yoga and Dancing the Rainbow (DTR), with over 15 years’ experience as a yoga teacher, a movement therapist and DTR trainer.

Gwen is also a performance artist working with eco-somatic improvisation and site specific ritual performance. She has lectured in University of Limerick on somatics, ritual and performance, and keeps an online blog where she shares her writing about her work and is a regular contributor to journals and magazines. Gwen is taking continued professional development with Joan Davis and Julia Gambos in Authentic Movement and with Diane Poole Heller in the area of attachment and trauma resolution. She is a member of ISMETA, international association for Somatic therapists and educators and is committed to ongoing supervision and training.

For further information:

  • Telephone: +353 1 855 8800