The School of

Human Movement

 

 

The School of Human Movement is dedicated to transforming our physical, spatial and social awareness through the principles of Bothmer Movement in a way that enhances the quality of our everyday life.

What is it that makes some movement so remarkable? Why are some dancers so mesmerising? How do professional sports players seem to control the space around them? Bothmer helps us to understand this and bring about positive change in the quality of our own movement.

What is Bothmer?

Bothmer is a movement training that has been taught and practiced all over the world for 100 years.

Specific movements, hands-on techniques and practices are used to strengthen our relationship to our body and the space and people around us. Movement and space can be engaged with in many simple, profound ways: singing, playing games, connection to nature, laughter – we instinctively know the benefit.

Movement practices like Tai Chi and pilates bring about personal growth and wellbeing through forms of kinaesthetic meditation. Bothmer works in a similar way and is the cornerstone of The School of Human Movement.

Why train in Bothmer?

Participants on the course typically begin to comment on changes they see in each other: relaxed shoulders, straighter neck, lighter feet, healthier build, more comfortable eye contact, greater presence in the room, more openness. Tangible, positive, everyday changes occur through the practice of Bothmer.

Training in Bothmer over a weekend gives participants time out of their lives, and space to engage more fully with the training. The weekends take place in a rural location in East Sussex, surrounded by nature. Participants tend to leave their everyday worries behind to connect with a new community in a different way. This environment creates a space for reflection, a feeling of togetherness, and a possibility for change.

How much time do I need to dedicate?

Weekend gatherings take place every month from Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime. You will be guided on how to practise at home and enjoy feeling the benefits spread into your everyday life.

In addition to the weekend gatherings there are two extended gatherings per year, in Spring and Summer, which run from Friday until the following Wednesday.

Bothmer can become a life-long practice with infinite discoveries along the way, revealing who we are and how we interact with the space, our bodies and the world around us.

Who is it for?

Movement Practitioners

Professional sports people, dancers, movement teachers, actors, osteopaths and physiotherapists can all discover a new quality in their work through the practice of Bothmer. Bothmer provides another dimension in which to understand the movement of our bodies in space.

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Bothmer gives us a deeper, more dynamic quality to our movement professions. How do professional sportspeople seem to increase the space and slow down time around them? Why does a butterfly move with such delight? Why is a baby’s movement so captivating? Bothmer uses intention, imagination and knowledge to imbue our movement with this remarkable quality.

Parents

Bothmer is accessible to everyone, whether from a movement background or not.

The movements used in Bothmer reflect the development of the human being and help parents understand the different developmental phases their child is going through.

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Parents have commented on two aspects over the years:

  • That they have been able to pass on to their children a more positive relationship to movement and their bodies.
  • That the practice of Bothmer has increased qualities that help being a parent; particularly patience, understanding and equanimity.

Teachers

It is vital for teachers to be able to hold the space around them. Bothmer increases our spatial presence while allowing a greater command of the space around us.

As a teacher it is also essential we have an understanding of the child and their developmental stages. Bothmer provides a picture of the developing human being as well as diagnostic skills in children’s learning tendencies and abilities.

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Bothmer is the keystone of movement education in Steiner schools, and the course provides a recognised qualification as well as learning many children’s games and therapeutic exercises to create an invaluable teaching toolkit.
 

Courses

1 - year Foundation Course

The 1 year foundation course gives an introduction to Bothmer movement principals and the nature of space which will begin a healthier, more enjoyable relationship with movement in your every day life.

Where

Michael Hall School
Kidbrooke Park
Priory Road
Forest Row
East Sussex
RH18 5JA

When

One weekend a month, plus two week long intensives:
October 19th – 21st 2018
November 16th – 18th
December 14th – 16th
January 18th – 20th 2019
February 15th – 17th
March 15th – 17th
April 12th – 17th Easter Intensive
May 17th – 19th
June 14th – 16th
July Summer Intensive dates TBC

Cost

£1,200
This includes all weekends and Spring and Summer intensives.

4 - year diploma

The 4-year diploma builds on the foundation year to offer a deeper engagement with the 32 movement forms of Bothmer, allowing the practice to embed into your body.

Where

Michael Hall School
Kidbrooke Park
Priory Road
Forest Row
East Sussex
RH18 5JA

When

One weekend a month, plus two week long intensives for 4 years.

October 19th – 21st
November 16th – 18th
December 14th – 16th
January 18th – 20th
February 15th – 17th
March 15th – 17th
April 12th – 17th Easter Intensive
May 17th – 19th
June 14th – 16th
July Summer Intensive dates TBC

The following 3 years TBC

Cost

£1,200 per year
This includes all weekends and Spring and Summer intensives.

Therapy Course

For qualified students, we offer a specialist course for those working in therapeutic environments.

Teachers are Stephan Tillo, Adrian Constantinescu and Dr. Bruno Callegaro

Where

Michael Hall School
Kidbrooke Park
Priory Road
Forest Row
East Sussex
RH18 5JA

When

21-23 September 2018

16-18 November 2018

15-17 February 2019

12-17 April 2019

14-16 June 2019

Cost

£750 per year

Testimonials

Vicky Mew Outdoor Educator

"Life changing - loved the full 4 years! Full of fun, connection, depth, growth, transformation in my posture and how I relate to others."

Tara Young
Parent

“I was put off games and sports at school, and anyway, thought reading was more important. As an adult I’ve been slightly aware that I’m missing out on something and my body is suffering as a result, but how do you begin to change that?  I’m not sure what made me come on the Bothmer course but it has transformed my experience of my body and my energy. I am no longer a reluctant mover! I am really happy that I’ve been able to provide a healthier attitude to movement to my children too. “

Kevin Davidson

Physical Education teacher and workshop facilitator

“The Bothmer course provided me with a professional network of physical education teachers to bounce ideas off. The opportunity to actually play games myself and try out new activities before using them, rather than just reading them off a website, has been invaluable and I have an ever-growing toolkit of tried and tested activities for my lessons. Also, having observed how the Bothmer teachers bring these activities to groups of adults, I have expanded my practice to lead games and movement workshops for adults at conferences, festivals and parties which has given me additional income and wonderfully memorable life experiences. Furthermore, through the practice of Bothmer movement, I have gained greater awareness of my own character, the patterns of my personality, and I’ve been lead through a process of self-development, a more balanced way of being in the world.”

Helena Smith

Yoga Teacher and Studio Manager

“As a Yoga teacher bothmer exercises have been an incredibly useful tool and accompaniment for my classes. According to the Yoga Sutras, which is the Philosophy behind Yoga the aim of postures is to develop the ability, strength and peace of mind to sit in meditation for an indefinite amount of time. For this to happen the advice is Stiram Sukham asanam which translates as steadniness and effortlessness in a pose is Yoga. Untill starting my bothmer training I have not only found it difficult to be in an Asana effortlessly but hadn’t even managed to mentally comprehend how it was possible. After doing bothmer for a few months it suddenly clicked into place and not only am I able to feel and move effotlessly but i am able to help my clients find that space. Beyond Yoga I feel I have grown as a human being. Effortlessly upright in being and in Posture. I have also found the bothmer course to be thrapeutic as well as fun. The bothmer weekends seem to pass in a flash and I always wish them to go on forever. Taught by teachers with humour and integrity who I respect in their humble truthfulness and all my co students who are great company. I feel like I have gained a new family. I cannot recommend this training highly enough. Everyone should try it. It’s true soul and body medicine”

The School of Human Movement deliver courses and programmes based on the principals of Bothmer, designed to transform our relationship with movement and space, in a way that can enhance our every day life.