Historically in our western society body and mind are considered to be separate. This is visible in our philosophy, education, health system, as well as in everyday life, the way we perceive ourselves and the world around. Even though it is not yet fully understood how fundamentally the body influences the way we are, there is growing evidence from studies and clinical research that explore and describe this connection. The body forms the way we are perceiving life, thinking, feeling, and relating to others. It shapes our reality, our being in the world, the way we make decisions and choices.
— Gabor Mate
| WHAT I DO |
Research in biological sciences, such as neuroscience, microbiology and genomics, increasingly reveals the link between the body and the inner self. Embodiment is based on the recognition that the inner self is embedded in our layered physical forms. I approach embodiment as a learning process of mindfully inhabiting the body, grounding the mind, and building character. It can be described as a kind of synchronisation between body and mind. It is a practice of becoming rather than just thinking or talking about something. It’s a holistic approach to human learning, one that aims to connect different facets of experiences: the intellectual, emotional, physical and intuitive. Our culture encourages us to separate from certain aspects of ourselves. Often we feel one thing and think another, or we spend our days sitting down, leaving behind our bodies and their capacities to contribute to our processes of thinking, doing and being. Embodied learning stands for more honesty, simplicity and unity: individually, in relations to others, and within the environment. It aims to bring the whole person into the room, to unify human intelligence.
| WORK WITH ME |
Possible formats to work with me are: workshops and customised learning programs, process facilitation, individual mentoring, and public speaking. These different frameworks offer a space for practice and reflection, to investigate and gain more awareness of body-mind connection and its impact on such life elements as personal well-being, creativity and dealing with the unknown, collaboration and purpose.
If you are interested in a customised programme for you and/or your team drop me an email.
| ABOUT ME |
Since 2009 my work is about learning experience design and facilitation, with a focus on (personal) sustainability, collaborative creativity and transformation. I’ve pursued an interdisciplinary educational path ranging from social sciences and liberal arts to mindful movement and somatic bodywork. Lasting diversity of my pursuits, as well as my international work-life background continue to shape my worldview into more holistic perspectives and given me a rich variety of tools I use in my work today. I work internationally with value-driven individuals, companies, cultural and learning institutions that are engaged in creating more humane, sustainable, authentic and co-creative learning and working cultures.
Some of the clients I worked with include Targetprocess, Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts, the Do Lectures, id22 Institute for Creative Sustainability, Berlin Neukölln Cultural Department, MAD Summer School of Design, Arc leadership training.
| TESTIMONIALS |
I took part in one of Sabina’s body awareness workshops recently, in the UK. As someone with a hectic lifestyle, it really helped me to slow down and understand what my body is trying to tell me about the impact of that lifestyle. In particular, it helped me to understand and control tension in my lower back. All this in a very short space of time! — N.P., consultant and company director (UK)
As part of Alive in Berlin, I took a workshop hosted by Sabina and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Her relaxed, open approach created a positive environment and she helped us all to feel more connected to our bodies and free in our movements. It was a really inspiring experience, enabling me to tune in to my body language and how it affects the people around me. — Amanda Rigby, designer and illustrator at Paper Rhino
It’s hard to explain just how impactful Sabina’s workshop was. We all lead busy lives, but by the end of the workshop I felt a profound change in my physiological and psychological well-being. I would recommend Sabina’s workshop as an intensely rewarding experience. — Tom, creative strategist (UK)
Since working with Sabina, I not only have more energy, sleep better, feel healthier, and get run down much less often, I also have more clarity in pursuing my goals – in both my career and personal life. I can now recognize the obstacles I put in my own way and feel equipped to overcome them with lightness and grace, in a way that is true to myself and not self-destructive. My work and relationships are now better than they’ve ever been, but best of all is the feeling of being comfortable in my own skin. — Hilda, 33, editor, writer, translator (Canada)
| RESOURCES |
Links to institutions and people I’ve been learning from
Books and Podcasts I recommend
| CONTACT |
Drop me an Email to get in touch.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Photography by Ivars Burtnieks
during “Into the Body Sessions”
at MAD Summer School of Design 2017