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Dances with Sheep

On RePairing the Human–Nature Condition in Felt Thinking and Moving towards Wellbeing

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

Dances with Sheep

On RePairing the Human–Nature Condition in Felt Thinking and Moving towards Wellbeing

Advances Felt Thinking, a mode of personal and environmental self-inquiry rooted in movement and nature.
As forests burn and oceans rise, attunement to the natural world has never been more urgent. In Dances with Sheep, Anna Dako details Felt Thinking in Movement, an ecosomatic methodology intended to deepen an individual’s connection with the environment and with themselves. Through site-specific improvisation, practitioners develop the ability to notice their surroundings and reactions, building a dialog with the natural world.
Dako explains the processes encompassed within Felt Thinking. Practitioners use free movement to interact with the landscape and become attuned to its sights, sounds, scents, and sensations. Gradually, participants focus on their psychological experience of time and cultivate greater awareness of the relation between nature and the self.
Combining insights from performance studies, art therapy, and counseling, Dances with Sheep will interest anyone looking to rediscover their place in the natural world.

316 pages | 8 color plates, 68 halftones | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2

Art: Art--General Studies

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Table of Contents

List of Figures

Foreword: Dancing with Sheep and Paradox







Introduction: Contemplating Ecological Belonging in Somatic Felt Thinking

From Living Practices to Practicing Life - A Bitter Pill to Swallow
Moving towards Wellbeing: On Change and Continuity in ‘Being With’ Experience
Historical and Cultural Contexts of Relationality
Therapeutic and Philosophical Contexts of Wellbeing
Ecological Contexts of Somatic Movement Experience
On Somatic Ontologies of Human Nature and its Day-to-Day Dimension
Felt Thinking and Languaging the Experience
The Three Dimensions of Felt Thinking and their Embryological Correspondence with Time/Space Experience



I. Moving with Receptivity and Sensuous Co-Presence in Physical Time, or On Where and When of Being

    9. In and Out
  10. Now and Then
  11. The Shared and the Unique
  12. The Temporal and the Infinite
  13. Reflective Synopsis: Moving Towards Sensual Co-Presence
  14. Connecting with the Land - Stories in Sensuous Receptivity

II. Moving with Responsiveness and Experiential Exchange in Psychological Time, or On Who and What of Being

  15. Voicing and Silencing
  16. Moving and Not Moving
  17. Fast and Slow
  18. Purpose and Willingness
  19. Being and Letting Be
  20. Reflexive Synopsis: Moving Towards Experiential Openness
  21. Co-Creating with the Land – Stories in Experiential Responsiveness

III. Moving with Responsibility and Insightful Intuiting in Primordial Time, or On Why and How of Being

Multi-dimensionality and Permeability in Movement
Feeling with the Land – Stories in Insightful Responsibility



Felt Thinking and Moving Towards Inclusive Wellbeing Practice
Felt Thinking and the Embodied Experience of Time/Space and its Cultural Implications
Felt Thinking as Green Awakening and its Wider Philosophical Implications
Felt Thinking and the Concept of Temporality
Felt Thinking and Nature as Wholeness
Felt Thinking and the Cycle of Life
Felt Thinking as Living Philosophy in Practice


Rounding Up, Open Thoughts



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