Body Memory

Family and identity. Somatic Movement, self-development and therapeutic trance dances in the individual and collective body.


With Iris Lican and Baltazar Molina

2020: 9 to 11 October and  6 to 8 November

Where? Sintra mountains, nature and Senhora d’Azenha (Calçada da Penalva nº20 São Pedro de Sintra)

We carry within our bodies living tapestry the untold stories, the silence, the experiences of those who came before us and gifted us a legacy of structure, no matter how whole or how broken.

This structure needs to be recognized, seen: like a map that we look at and, with clarity, we begin to understand and envision which is our own path and which roads would lead to getting lost.

To explore one’s own familiar lineage and emotional heritage though embodied movement allows us discernment as well as choice:

What do I release and finish?

What do I preserve and keep, because it is a gift?

How do I belong and how different am I from my familiar origins?

What do I transform, in my individual and familiar story?

What am I grateful for?

What are my resources to thrive and live fully?

How can I create something totally new?

This is a week long journey, the second part of our three part Therapeutic Trance training.

It can be done by itself or as part of the whole course.

We will work in depth with eco-somatic movement and ritual trance dances, both in wild Nature as well as within the circle space.

This is a work open to men and women, with or without previous dance and movement experience. It can be lived as a self knowledge experience or it may complement the professional skills of bodyworkers, therapists, dancers and yoga practitioners.


  • Inner archeology: recover our mother and father lineages
  • Body memory: implicit (non-verbal) and explicit (verbal)
  • Touch, bonding and sensing: affective memory and emotional structure
  • The distinction between reliving and revisit
  • To acknowledge though the body in movement the feelings, sensations and images of each lineage
  • To identify similarities and differences between ourselves and our origins
  • The word as a symbol: to recover the meaning, etymological and geographical root of our family names. What plants, animals, symbols and places are part of our names and what do they mean for us?
  • To recover meaningful objects of previous generations in order to awaken inner imagery.
  • From conception to Being:
  • Conception, gestation and infancy
  • Restaure the movement inside the womb, in labour and first infancy reflexes
  • The conquest of verticality, walking and speech
  • Meaningful relational patterns and moments
  • To revisit without reliving: adolescence, beginning of adulthood, maturity
  • How the child walks within the adult
  • Balance between a horizontal and vertical perspective of Life
  • Stages of human development and consciousness
  • Distinguish so that we may discern:
  • To evaluate what we have recovered and to define the most important stages of both our legacy and individual story
  • Working with the 5 fundamental qualities: release, transformation, preservation, gratitude and creation
  • The body as a map of our lived experience: to stimulate and develop somatic resources of self-regulation and mindfulness
  • To rewrite our body story and identity, through conscious will and understanding as well as through spontaneous body language without explicit meaning
  • I know and I feel where I came from, where I stand, and towards where I am heading (even if I do not know how to get there yet)
  • Intensive practise of traditional trance dances
  • Ritual drumming: inner rhythm and time
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