“I live in the “holes” between narrative arches.” On September 19, 2015, I met John Ollom in person at an Internal Landscapes© day-long workshop. The stranger radiated uncommon energy without signaling danger—keep out. Instead, his bodiliness magnetized the participants—certainly me. I would later read his book where his whole being found expression in the first line of his Artist’s Statement (above). This “body” moved boldly in the context of a Jungian archetypal framework, of wabi-sabi philosophy esteeming imperfection, of the embrace of Celtic naturalism, of the gritty anti-conventionalism of Nietzsche. Back and forth between the cerebral arches and the bodily expressions, achieving a wholeness, holes for breathing (spirit), speaking (mouth), for hearing; hidden holes, holy--set apart--for functions to be cherished instead of being incarcerated in taboos.
The workshop ended. Even the best end; and I’ve been to so very many over a life time. I went home without his book, only memories of his personal talk with me after lunch. His movement in the group (strength to build a new life) and his way of framing it (breaking out of crushing conventions) grew on me. I ordered the book and read it. He corresponded with me; a most welcomed surprise because I realize how busy he is compared to my relaxed retirement. Never have I had such a giving relationship with a professional before. His eye was not on the clock or the wallet but the power of what’s moving within me. - Robert
From May 25th to May 28th, I will return to Wimberly Texas for the fourth time to teach at the Austin Yoga Men's Yoga Retreat. Enjoy the company of men as we explore movement, meditation, body painting and yoga in a quiet and wonderful outdoor setting. To register or sign up go to Austin Yoga Men's Retreat.
Join me at Totem Yoga as I offer Phoenix a taste of the Ollom Technique. With three different options, you will be able to do as much as you want as you explore the Internal Landscapes©.
Friday, June 2, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Introduction Class - $30
This class is open to men of all ages, sexual orientations, body types. It starts with the Ollom Floor Series© and explores freedom of movement, partner work, creative touch and movement creation. This is an introduction to the work that John Ollom teaches around the US. This class will be clothing-optional.
Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Internal Landscapes© / Spirit of Color Workshop - $100
This special clothing-optional Saturday workshop explores movement and your inner psyche using Internal Landscapes©. This class is open to men of all ages, sexual orientations, body types.
This workshop is Stage 2 of Internal Landscapes© going deeper into our personal and societal definitions of being a "man". We will explore man-to-man touch, desire and communication. This will be translated into movement dialogue using all parts of the body. A journal is recommended to keep notes and draw sketches during this explorative workshop. Internal Landscapes© and the Spirit of Color work will explore how emotions and colors and vibrations come up in our psyche and our body is a mere manifestation of that energy. We will work together to shape those impulses into movement art creations that involve honest and open communication. This will be a safe space for men to journey into their psyche and their body using Internal Landscapes©.
90 Minute Private Sessions Available
Wednesday, May 31 to Saturday, June 3 - $100
Individual sessions are also available. Find available times by contacting me here. Studio fees not included.
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Experience Internal Landscapes© with the new Spirit of Color methodology! Each person is unique and this workshop is developed with each person's individual needs with a focus on processes that takes achetypes, ideas, images, vibrations, colors and chakra energy into movement. Journals or sketch books are encouraged.
Sessions can be booked in one of three locations in Manhattan: 520 8th Avenue at Ripley Grier Studios or 51 W 14th Street or our home studio in Inwood. Workshops can also be developed in areas across the United States.
For more information email: Info@JohnOllom.com
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