Friday December 2, 2022 from 10.00 in the studio and outdoors, returning at 16.15.

We once again welcome Helen Poynor leading a one day Walk of Life workshop in non-stylised and environmental movement with Helen Poynor. Helen’s workshops always fill fast and we recommend early booking.

Themes of the day include:

Welcoming the winter.

Paying attention to ourselves and to the world around us.  

Upwards and outwards.  Inwards and downwards.

Saluting the winter trees.

Returning to the earth

You will work for part of the day in the studio and then outside in the Dartington Estate.  Details of where to meet, what to bring, etc. will be sent out in advance of the workshop to all registered participants. Places are strictly limited to 12.

Helen Poynor runs the Walk of Life workshop and training programme in non-stylised and environmental movement based on the Jurassic coast in East Devon/West Dorset.  An independent movement artist she specialises in movement in natural environments, site-specific, autobiographical and improvisatory performance, and cross art-form collaborations.

Intensive training with Anna Halprin at the San Francisco Dancers’ Workshop/Tamalpa, and Suprapto Suryodarmo from Java (to both of whom she is deeply indebted) served as the foundation for Helen’s unique approach. She is a guest associate teacher for Tamalpa UK and was recognised by Suprapto as a teacher. Helen serves as a mentor for established and emerging dancers and practitioners.  

Artistic work includes In Memoriam, an environmental dance film created with artist Annie Pfingst, screened at Light Moves Festival of Screendance (2018) and Independent Dance (2017).

Publications include: ‘OUT!’ Journal of Dance and Somatic Pratices (2022), ‘Is that yoga or are you just making it up?’ and ‘The Matriarch and the Mollusc’ with Caroline Frizell, in Creative Bodies in Therapy, Performance and Community: Research and Practice (forthcoming Routledge 2022). ‘Walk of Life Training in Non-stylised and Environmental Movement’, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training (2021), ‘Earth, Tree, Rock and Sea’, JDSP (2018), Anna Halprin, co-authored with Libby Worth (Routledge 2018), ‘Landscapes of Loss, moving and mourning’, JDSP (2013).For further information see