A short introduction
Are you longing for more play in your life ?
Learn to play the different aspects in you
And boost your life with energy and creativity
Fool Expression is calling us as humans to learn to access all the masks or parts in ourselves. Some known, some not known yet. This way we connect to more aliveness, creativity, inner peace, connection with others and with ourselves
It is a deeply transformative and embodied process allowing us to dive deeper into ourselves through somatic practices and through a safe connection with others. In this benevolent container, our human nature is called to open, express and bring transformation.
In this practice the Fool archetype is the part in us that can journey from one aspect of ourselves to another, embodying and exploring authentically each of them fully. It is not at all about being funny or foolish, although this could also happen. But it is about being open, curious and willing to explore known and unknown parts of our psyche. It is about receiving the vast amount of life force available in each part in us and it is also about feeling safe and free within
The Fool archetype honours, embodies and expresses authentically the uniqueness of each aspect in us and then effortlessly steps out of them. Thus offering space to whatever else that is ready to be explored and expressed in us. The Fool archetype feels also at home in the ‘empty space’, in the the rich unknown within us. They navigate freely these spaces where anything can effortlessly emerge and then be explored…
This practice excitingly allows also for the different parts of us to interact together and so reveal more of themselves as well as the dynamic between them that are usually a mirror of what is happening is our lives. As participants we ‘play’ this way to find more about ourselves and we realise soon also that our exploration is serving other participants’s personal journeys in a meaningful way. In a similar way, other participant’s play offers us a huge source of insights and transformation for ourselves. We realise how the authentic expression of parts and patterns in us forges a deep sense of trust, learning, understanding, connection and belonging in the group.
Fool Expression brings conscious gathering and the magic of theatre back into the centre of the community. A place to explore, feel connected, and most important to just be who we are. It allows us to experience in an embodied way the mystery that links us all together as humans and the potency of transformation we can create together
In this Introduction Weekend, I will teach the participants how to find a safe and regulated connection with themselves, how to access and express the different masks/ personalities in an embodied and enabling way, how to feel comfortable and supported by an audience, how to spot and alchemise any discomforts arising, how to find more ease and pleasure in the explorative play.
This work comes from the lineage of the Fool’s work of Franki Anderson. It is also based on the Voice Dialogue Model of Consciousness and the Psychology of Selves and is Trauma Informed. It involves aspects of focusing, authentic movement, shadow work, Internal Family System, parts work and theatre.
After the weekend
– You will feel nourished and inspired by your Inner Player and your new ability to access and play with parts of yourself.
– You will feel supported by your connection with the audience
– And you will be ready to play more!
For who is this workshop ? You might be:
– a therapist and you want to find new embodied approach to feed your practice
– an artist and you want to enhance your creative expression and find new resources from which you can express yourself
– you are a parent and you want to find a way to be more playful and use this way to connect in new ways with your children
– an activist and you want to learn to harness the energy of all the aspects in you to enhance your daily life with energy
– you are a seeker, maybe in a transition time and want to find out more about yourself and what is next
– you are interested in personal development and spirituality and want to experience an embodied and fun way to touch the mystery inside of yourself
Picture : Emily Balivet
“I spent last weekend on my first Fool Expression & I had an absolute ball! Christie holds the space with such calm, grounded & gentle strength. I’m glad I did a whole weekend as it took me till Sunday to really feel the potent potential of this work. As I got more accustomed to the language and began to let it work within me, I began to find a new way of exploring myself in the depths I am used to.
What I liked about it, is that it welcomes you wherever you are. I thoroughly recommend working with Christie if you get the opportunity!”
“I just wanted to say thanks again for facilitating this work for us over this last weekend. I did find it challenging, but every time I met with the unknown I was surprised, delighted and had a great sense of relief. For me, the unknown has always been a frightening dark abyss, yet just with this taster intro weekend and stepping into the unknown a few times, my perspective has greatly shifted. It’s still scary yes, but instead of a dark, frightening, all-consuming abyss that must feel horrible and lets just not go there kind of place… I see below me, looking off the ‘cliff of knowing’, or at least what my ego thinks I know, a vast colourful spectrum. Yes there is black, and also white, but there’s are so many different shades and hues you can reach, grasp and easily move in to. Going through this process has been like a mirror for my life, and I’ve stopped myself so many times for fear of the unknown. And now is only the beginning, thank you for revealing and sharing this path.”
” The Fool Expression workshop was a chance to listen to parts of me I had buried for a long time and access both difficult and joyous emotions that I had neglected. Christie is a patient and kind facilitator, whose presence soothes the inquietudes of the group from the outset of the retreat. I left the workshop feeling more confident in showing my vulnerable sides and with tools that I could apply to my career, relationships and spirituality. I also recommend Christie’s method of play, for those who may have experimented with meditation and are seeking movement to
“I loved the Fool Expression workshop and Christie’s facilitation – It has definitely made life more fun – I have found more playfulness in everyday situations. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to bring more connection with any parts of their self which might enjoy being gently coaxed out of retirement! I would definitely love to do more.”
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