Songworlds is a creative conversation through song, inquiry and the practice of Amerta Movement. Since 2001 seminars have offered participants a time for personal process and professional application, mainly in the field of the arts. Since 2014, working in Italy at CSPP - Centro Studi di Psicologia e di Psicosomatica Clinica (Pescara) - interest in its therapeutic implications has become an added focus.
Over the last two years of pandemic, Songworlds found a life both purely online and in a hybrid format, where online sessions were supported by individual work in nature.
Through 2021/2 Songworlds has been introduced to students in China with a series of online and hybrid courses. A full programme is planned for 2023
Songworlds began life as an improvisation project at Arturo Schauspielschule in Cologne, Germany. It's value as part of an actor's training was recognized and further developed over 12 years to become part of the core curriculum. The essence of its value was in developing an actor's ability to be personal on stage, to see that presence came through permeability and vulnerability rather than the adding of layers. In improvised performance the moving awareness of both the individual and the collective became an openness to the moment expressing itself onstage.
Since early 2014 that same core value of presence through permeability and vulnerability has been applied in other contexts. Songworlds has been taught at Schule der Bewegung http://www.schule-der-bewegung.net/ , an annual retreat in England and has become part of a research programme at Centro Studi di Psicologia e Psicosomatica Clinica in Pescara, Italy. This research has been undertaken with a core group of participants ove the last four years, now under the title 'Songworlds - the body of the therapist':
Dott. Domenico Agresta Dott. Maria Martelli
Dott. Giuseppina Marolla Dott Ioana Zagrean
Dott. Alessio Bianconi Dott Fabiola Apignani
Michael Dick, Dott. Alessio Bianconi, Dott. Giuseppina Marolla and Tim Jones presented 'Songworlds - the body of the therapist' at the International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes (IAGP) at the pre-Congress in Pescara, Italy July 20th - 24th
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I felt layers of holding were touched and allowed to release by the combination of the 3 worlds you invited us to explore, that would have been unlikely to have been reached by one of those worlds alone. The combination of the 3 ‘approaches’ and how you placed them together, really worked for me, and were very helpful in opening up my vocabulary and self expression.” S.H. (Wales)
Songworlds: thank you Michael+Tim. I loved the open dialogue between the two of you as well as towards the group. I felt really met by you and therefore met myself on so many levels. It was thrilling to be able to be a dancer as well as a musician, aren't those two brother and sister. .. I was held by you during my deepest worries as well as utter joy. thanks again. R (London)
I want to thank you for this intense workshop. The deep experience is still working in me. Looking forward to next year! Elke (Cologne)
A unique and most profound experience. Paule (Taunton)
thank you so much for this deep work in the beautiful surroundings of Folke Manor you have organized! thank you!!!
I'm still full of it, the tenderness and beauty of sharing and the many Aha-Erlebnisse personally and spiritually. Bettina (Cologne)
As well as running public courses, Michael and I are open to enquiries from interested institutions that might see Songworlds as a useful and beneficial approach.