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A Moving Life: Dance Your Story

Updated: Sep 22, 2023

Facilitated by Christina Manchulenko BA, B. Ed., RSME/T, YT500

What is the Tamalpa Life/Art Process?

This movement-based expressive arts therapy series is based on the Tamalpa Life/Art Process, an intermodal approach which explores the wisdom of the body as expressed through movement, dance, and imagination.

Tamalpa Institute: Movement-Based Expressive Arts

Daria Halprin on the Life/Art Process

You Will Learn To:

  • Improvise creative movement, sounding, drawing, writing, and sharing.

  • Attune to 3 levels of awareness and response.

  • Explore and track movement.

  • Use the Psychokinetic Imagery Process.

  • Use the TLAP Communication Skills Model.

  • Explore body part metaphors relating to your personal mythology.

  • Move with resources and challenges using the TLAP 5 Part Process.

  • Hold the role of performer and witness.

  • Provide aesthetic responses and feedback.

  • Create and perform a self-portrait performance.

Benefits You Can Experience:

  • Enhanced awareness of the interplay between your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects.

  • Move with life in a more embodied way.

  • Make peace with your past traumas.

  • Gain insights and broaden your perspectives of your life experiences.

  • Connect more deeply with your core values.

  • Feel more compassion and express love more freely.

  • Embody healthy boundaries in personal and professional relationships.

  • Restored energy.

  • Enhanced intuition.

  • Awakened creative potential.

  • More space, flexibility, and fluidity of movement.

  • Feel more aligned with higher Self or soul.


Painted Sky Studio Retreats in St. Laurent, Manitoba on Laurentia Beach

There is an infinity pool for relaxation at the end of the day, as well as the opportunity for walking on the beach, resting in the sunroom or by the wood stove in the living area, and bird watching along the marsh and beach. A morning meditation and yoga is optional each morning.


Friday 7 PM – 9 PM

Saturday 10 AM - 6 PM

Sunday 10 AM – 6 PM

SERIES 1: Building Foundations

October 13 - 15, 2023

Take a Stand with Feet and Legs

November 24- 26, 2023

Open Channels of Communication with the Spine

December 15 - 17, 2023

Explore Leading and Following with Head

SERIES 2: Creative Interplay

January 12 - 14, 2024

Expand Upon Opening and Closing with Ribcage

February 9 - 11, 2024

Express Giving and Receiving with Shoulders, Arms, and Hands

March 1 - 3, 2024

Access Your Creative Power with Pelvis

SERIES 3: Embodied Integration

April 5 - 7, 2024

Process Your Life Experience with Abdomen

May 3 - 5, 2024

Create Your Self-Portrait

June 7 - 9, 2024

Make Your Dedications and Perform Your Self-Portrait Dance Ritual


All-inclusive retreat fee is $2820.00 per series (this includes tuition, shared accommodations, and refreshments and snack Friday evening, as well as healthy meals, snacks and refreshments Saturday and Sunday)

OR course fee is $1720.00 per series (this includes tuition only)

Meals are available for $90 + taxes per day. Includes refreshments and snack Friday evening, as well as healthy meals, snacks and refreshments Saturday and Sunday.

Shared accommodations are available for $75 + taxes per night.


Please complete the Registration Form and return a copy to by Friday, October 6th, 2023.

A Moving Life Registration Form
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