Participant Agreement

Greetings. The following is meant to help co-create a safe sacred space for the Moving Sanctuary experience.

1. Self-Care

Moving Sanctuary groups and workshops can have therapeutic benefits but are not psychotherapy. Each person is responsible for taking care of their physical and emotional well-being during and after Moving Sanctuary activities. 

Movement, meditation and all other activities are offered as suggestions and each participant is encouraged to trust their instincts and participate to their level of comfort, this may include modifying the exercises as they see fit and choosing to not participate in what is offered.

  • Movement to faster and energetic music rhythms is one of the group components. Participants need to be aware of any movement or other restrictions they may have and are responsible for making adaptations. 
  • As with any awareness practice, being present in our bodies and with our minds can make us more aware of our feelings, thoughts, body sensations and sometimes memories. This can be a source of growth for many people. Occasionally, in certain situations where mental health challenges are present, the increased awareness may be destabilizing and participation is not recommended. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to be in touch with me.

If you have any concerns about potential impact of participating in the groups on your mental, physical or any other aspect of your health, please be in touch with your family doctor/appropriate health care provider (and/or the group facilitator Nadia in cases of any concerns related to mental health) prior to participating. P
lease keep Nadia updated on your situation and needs. If you would like more information on what we do in the groups, do not hesitate to be in touch. 

2. Respect

Together we co-create a respectful space that honors each being present in the gathering. During the gatherings our activities include optional sharing with words, movements and sometimes sharing of our art "work". When sharing in words, we are encouraged to own our experiences by speaking from the "I". Whether or not we choose to share, we offer respectful kind attention to other participants when working together, including in pairs and in a larger circle. In these gatherings, we refrain from giving advice; instead, we cultivate our capacity to witness ourselves and each other from a place of compassionate non-judgmental presence within us.

3. Confidentiality

To honour participants and to foster a sense of safety, we do not share any personal stories or personal experiences that have been shared and/or witnessed in the gatherings outside of the gatherings.

4. Movement, Speaking, Emotions and other details
  • We move with barefeet or in non-slippery socks. Current movement studio has firm mats on the floor.
  • Participants are invited to come in when they are not under influence of alcohol or non-prescription drugs. 
  • Movement: there are no choreographed movements, we are invited to listen to the movements as they unfold from within. There is no wrong or one right way to move, there are thousands of right ways! The only restrictions are what may harm oneself, another or the space. When you arrive, you are invited to find a comfortable space on the floor and to simply extend kind attention and a welcome to your body and to your whole being, listening for what stretch, what movement is needed for you in that moment, bringing breath to your embodied experience where it is needed, following your own process. The facilitator will usually begin a more guided warmup shortly after the start of the gathering. At all times, you are invited to listen to your own inner guide above the words of the facilitator and the music you hear. 
  • Speech: As we are primarily present to use the language of our bodies for expression and being, we do not speak with words during movement activities unless this is needed for safety or when verbal communication is a part of the activity. 
  • Emotions: All of our experience is welcomed, the ecstatic, the difficult and all other shades as they arise. Many of us feel drawn to offer support to one in distress. Please know that you are not responsible for taking care of the emotional wellbeing of the other participants during the gatherings. Often what arises needs space to be for the natural awareness and transformation to take place, and reaching out to "comfort" the person may interfere with their inner process. Participants are responsible for reaching out to the facilitator for assistance directly when they want it. This is for any activity including movement and periods of silent meditation.
  • Please put cell phones on silent mode or turn them off, and exit the movement studio if you need to use them during the gathering.
If you have any questions or feedback about this agreement, you are welcome to share them with the facilitator. Thank you. 

Looking forward to being and sharing the movement journeys with you.



Nadia Stolpner, MSW RSW
647-836-1251 or write a message here

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