Radical Embodiment is about challenging your own perceptions and perspectives. It is about questioning the layers of who you think you are and what you think you know and also honoring who you are and what you believe. This might sound contradictory, and in some ways, it is.
Life is filled with these contradictions and learning how to move between them is a potent skill. It teaches us to see the many sides and perspectives that always exist anywhere in life.
Radical Embodiment asks us to be strong AND flexible as we do the deep dive into how our experiences, genetics, society, culture, language and more have shaped who we are, what we believe and our perceptions. It guides us towards being curious about our own identity and to even question concepts like identity itself. It asks us to question how our language itself can divide us in ways that makes each of us an 'other' as opposed to finding the bridges that connect us.
Radical Embodiment asks us to dig into the very roots of how we perceive ourselves and others. This involves the external and actual physical markers all around us but equally includes the internal visuals and landscape we have created over a lifetime.
How do we meet ourselves? How do we meet others? How do our perceptions limit or support these meetings? Can you let go of what you think you know in order to experience something new? And then trust yourself to choose what to do with that experience?
Radical Embodiment is not asking you to let go of who you are but rather…let it grow, evolve and expand.
And all along the way, you are guiding this with your ability to choose or change perspectives. And while we are speaking about choice...this term (Radical Embodiment) is not attached to being called 'radical', 'embodiment' or anything else. The potency of it exists by your choice no matter what you call it. I chose the word 'radical' as it lets you know this is a different approach to the status quo. Indeed, the definition of 'radical' indicates something very different from anything that has come before it. And yet interestingly...the noun, radical, comes from the Latin radix or "root". The root of something speaks to its essence or nature of where it comes from. And so while the word 'radical' can be loaded with energies that people often want to steer clear of....the origin of the word itself asks us to look below and see what is underlying. For me, this inherently asks us to see differently...to look differently...to find new perspective. And then I feel the word 'embodiment' represents a multi-layered and active engagement of the person. That is why I chose the two words together to present this approach. All this to say...find the words that invite you in to do this work. Find the words that bridge you into your own empowerment and claiming of this. For me, words are only as useful as their ability to open doors and build bridges.
I believe that each of us can embody choice as we explore multiple ways of perceiving within ourselves and that by living forward into this, we support one another by example. New possibility emerges within us as individuals and then ripples out to how we choose to interact, how we speak and what we believe in collectively in our communities and beyond.
Jacqueline is an educator, artist, author and so much more. She has led a rich and varied life dedicating herself to deepening her knowledge and to sharing that knowledge with others. In the movement arts she has trained in physical theater, dance and martial arts. These include: Butoh, yoga, Contact Improvisation, Commedia Dell-Arte and other highly expressive movement forms. Her teachers include Yumiko Yoshioko, Simone Forti, New Crime Productions, Contraband, Peggy Hackney and Martha Eddy.
As a musician she has toured and performed and also studied sound, chant and sound healing with teachers and artists that include Jonathan Goldman, Robert Gass, Russill Paul, Shefa Gold, Dave Stringer, Shantala and students of Jon Beaulieu.
In her ever present signature blending of movement, sound and rhythm, she was a senior member of ICM signed Jellyeye (Drum Theater) and created and performed extensively with them for 7 years. She was a founding member of MASS Ensemble (Music And Sonic Sculpture) and has collaborated with a variety of independent artists and companies over the years creating movement and music-based work for theaters and festivals as well as being an independent choreographer. She has traveled and studied in West Africa, southern India and studied percussion with internationally known artists Glen Velez and Hamid Drake. Her music has led her to play for a variety of artists’ CDs, music projects and U.S. tours.
While her arts training and performance work stands on its own it is also what compelled Jacqueline towards being an educator and facilitator. Throughout the years she has developed cutting-edge curriculums as well as her original Sound Body Wisdom mentorships and workshops. She has certificates from Emory University in Conflict Transformation, Moving On Center in Somatic Education, Johns Hopkins in Psychological First Aid, has trained in Neurolinguistics and certified as a CMT.
She has created workshops for youth and adults across the United States and abroad in such places as The Kripalu Center, The University of Michigan, Cleveland Public Theater, the Cultural Center of Chicago, Elat Chayyim, Power of Hope and in locations from the Middle East to Iceland. She has received several CAAP and NAP grants to study, create new work and design community projects. She has worked with schools, hospitals, community and private organizations offering Sound Body Wisdom, her integration of movement, mind body, awareness and voice practices. She has a free podcast available on iTunes as well as being the author of Touching the Invisible: A Field Guide for Living.
Jacqueline is a student of meditation and spiritual traditions and continues to travel and study to expand her understanding of her work and the role it plays in our evolving World.
Most of all, Jacqueline is a Human Being that cares deeply.