Senses & Perception 1
SOMATIC MOVEMENT EDUCATION PROGRAM (SME) &
INFANT DEVELOPMENT MOVEMENT EDUCATION PROGRAM (IDME)
““By exploring the perceptual process, we can expand our options to respond to our needs and desires, to those around us and to the world in which we live.”
– Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
Our senses begin as potential and develop in response to stimulation and experience. The senses of touch and movement are located throughout the body, in every cell. The senses of vision, hearing, taste and smell are located in the head. It is through our senses that we receive information from our internal environment (ourselves) and the external environment (others and the world).
How we filter, modify, distort, accept, reject, and use that information is part of the act of perceiving. Perception is a global experience. It is the psychophysical process of interpreting information based on past experience, present circumstances and future expectations. When we choose to absorb information, we bond to that aspect of our environment. When we block out information, we defend against that aspect. Learning is the process by which we vary our responses to information based on the context of each situation.
Minimum course length: 4 days | 28 contact hours
Dates: June 3 – 6, 2021 | Go to Calendar
This course includes:
- Exploration of the six senses (movement, touch, taste, smell, hearing and vision).
- Analysis of the perceptual-response cycle as the process of perception.
- Bonding, defending and learning as psychophysical processes based on your perceptions
“Pleasant, revealing and healing… I feel the world opens like an infinite library and human relationships transform in opportunities to exchange our perception of reality. My senses have waken up to be treated with respect, in their constant mediation between my vision of the world and the others.”
“Experiencing the senses in their different dimensions, how they integrate and support each other, has been a very nourishing process. I find the integration of the senses with the Basic Neurocellular Patterns simply wonderful… in how they bring awareness and facilitation for moving and relating to the environment. Great!”
– Guadalupe Cano
“Finding the simultaneus relationship inside/outside from the senses opens a road to self-regulation, integrity both personal and with the other, and processes for autonomy. Discovering my tendency or installed patterns and finding ways to dialogue towards new ways of relating.”
– María Sobrinho
“The Individual exploration of each sense has brought me the experience of activating its function, feeling how they connect between them in the phenomenon of perception. I have allowed myself to be honest with the space and time I need to interact and bond with each stimulus. “
– Ana Beatriz Fernández
“Even dedicating myself to working with the boy, the depth I have arrived to in each sense ‘has made sense’ in how I perceive myself. I have placed myself in my place. Now I’m aware that I ‘expand’ and ‘narrow’ space through the exercise of perception.”
– Marta Barrio
“‘Building one’s own ‘knowledge’ and ‘parameterized thinking’ are some methodological strategies I learned as part of an intellectual training that had the purpose to free me, but that instead made me a prisoner of the only place I cannot scape: the body. Being here helped me to recognize the intensity of my own presence, the power of my silent body, my eloquent body, and my body with others, to be free and happy and to be the myself I want to.”
– Laura Bibiana García
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