Undoing the Splits
Exploring the spaces between inner and outer life
For adults • 90 minutes
Maximum Participants: 25
Thursday 1:30pm • Centennial 13
Time and location subject to change (what isn’t?)
Do you ever find yourself doing the splits, that is, ‘performing’ outward life while disconnected from your inner life? When this happens a rich source of knowledge is lost – knowledge that can generate awareness, clarity and zest.
The goal of this workshop is to take a peek at our relationship with emotion and intuition – the sometimes hidden residents of our inner life.
Using a gentle curiosity, we will engage in small sociometric experiments to take snapshots of our positions and attitudes at this interface. We will discuss the role of the vagus nerve and the concept of head, heart and gut as our ‘3 internal advisers’. We will build safety by exploring similarities and differences and by staying open to themes that emerge in the room.
Whether you live in full dialogue with your inner self or just drop in from time to time, this workshop invites you to (re)connect with what is important to you. Be prepared to stay mostly on your feet but you will not have to do any acrobatics!
The Skinny: 3 things you will get from this session
- Befriend emotion and intuition by exploring your relationship with your inner life
- Understand the role of the vagus nerve and the concept of our ‘3 internal advisers’
- Experience action methods that you can adapt and use in your own work
Toronto, ON, Canada
Alina draws from various art forms to infuse her work with creative, action-oriented approaches. She holds a Masters in Social work and is trained in group psychotherapy and sex therapy. Presently Alina is in the process of concocting private practice experiential workshops on topics such as the relationship between inner life and outer life, and the relationship with The Erotic. She enjoys clay sculpture and painting; some of her poetry was published.
Alina works as a Nurse Consultant providing education, group psychosocial support, and consultation in mental health promotion. She delights in designing unique workshops, smuggling innovation and sees her role as helping create ‘reflective space’.
She has presented at two national conferences and volunteered for many years for the Canadian Group Psychotherapy Association as treasurer and conference-planning co-chair. Alina has worked with women recovering from trauma in a day treatment setting; spent two months in the Arctic in a nursing internship; and continues to work occasionally as an addictions nurse.
All Thursday 1:30pm sessions:
- Between the Beats The magic of rhythm lies in the space between (Mario Allende, Toto Berriel)
- Celebrating Complexity The connection between creativity and tolerating complexity (Katie Tagye, Dan Bigonesse)
- FOMO to JOMO Trust your creativity through fear, uncertainty, and loss (Karen BK Chan)
- Raising Adults How to get creative about about raising a creative generation (Ismet Mamnoon)
- The Possible Dream Sequence 1 – Garden of Totems (Clara Kluk, Sylvain Rouillard)
- Tracking Wonder The surprising path to Beginner’s Mind (Jeffrey Davis)
- U Lead Tango as a creative leadership tool (Manuel Soto, Nicole Dobinson)
- Undoing the Splits Exploring the spaces between inner and outer life (Alina Isaac)
- …or why not just hop to another random session?