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Practising Somaesthetics


Workshop with Richard Shusterman


Fri–Sun 8–10 April 2016, 9:30–12:30

Na Grobli Studio, Rehearsal Room

The workshop will be conducted in English


Contact and application

Please email your completed application form by 20 March 2016 to Justyna Rodziska-Nair at Please include in the subject of the email ‘BodyConstitution workshops’ followed by the name of the chosen workshop. The number of places is limited. Applicants will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis.


Fee: 60 EUR



This workshop is an introduction to somaesthetics in both theory and practice, but the theory will come through experiential practice aimed at heightening body consciousness and somatic sensitivity in perception and movement. The exercises will also involve the use of body scanning and the principles of such scanning will be explained, as will the logic involved in making the movements more efficient, easy and enjoyable.

Most of the work will involve lying on the floor, so students should wear comfortable clothes and bring either two yoga mats or a very large thick blanket or towel on which they can lie down comfortably.




Richard Shusterman is the Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Humanities and Director of the Center for Body, Mind, and Culture at Florida Atlantic University. He is the leading theorist of the interdisciplinary research field of somaesthetics, which he originated in the late 1990s, based on philosophical ideas but also on his practical experience with different body disciplines. A professionally certified Feldenkrais teacher and therapist, Shusterman has frequently given practical workshops in body consciousness to professional dancers, choreographers, musicians, designers and visual artists. His major authored books include Thinking Through the Body; Body Consciousness; Surface and Depth; Performing Live; Practicing Philosophy; and Pragmatist Aesthetics (now published in fifteen languages). Shusterman received his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Oxford and has held visiting professorships in France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Austria, China and Japan. The French government honored him as a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques, and he was awarded research grants from the Fulbright Commission, the Humboldt Foundation, UNESCO and other prestigious institutions.

As part of BodyConstitution, practical seminar