THE EMBODIMENT PROCESS Uniting the imaginary separation between body and mind
A powerful introduction into physical embodiment work, the Embodiment Process unites the imaginary separation between body and mind. This course is designed to awaken creative flow, activate the body/breath connection and encourage intuitive impulses. During the process shadow (unconscious) and repressed archetypes may be identified, preventing a full expression of creative energy.
During the process shadow (unconscious) and repressed archetypes may be identified, preventing a full expression of creative energy. By recognising the shadow, we can begin to make the unconscious conscious, recognise the multitude of archetypes, identify emotional blocks, explore feminine/masculine polarities and sexual/creative energy.
Techniques used allow actors entry into different parts of their consciousness to access their full power. The subconscious, the shadow self, does a great job, keeping these denied emotions, from our conscious mind, Protecting us from experiencing these emotions, they become suppressed and hidden, but when triggered by a circumstance, event or other person, they will resurface causing us pain.
The effectiveness of this process lies in the ability to access deep devels of the psyche, enabling the actor to create a fully embodied character. By recognising the shadow, we can begin to make the unconscious conscious, enabling the actor to access deeper parts of their consciousness and create fully embodied characters. And help you move through the life patterns and energy blocks, that may be holding you back from attaining what you desir
The desired result for the actor, is a freedom of expression through their physical instrument and increased range, allowing engaging, dynamic, alive, stimulating and connected performances, which in turn, will significantly increase actors chances of acquiring roles in the industry.________________________________________________________________________________
EMBODIMENT – LEVEL 1
Connect to your inner world and learn the secrets of presence, stillness and energy flow
An introduction into the world of acting, suitable for anyone with no or little experience in the craft. The basics of acting technique will be covered including relaxation, breathwork, voice, role play, improv and text work. The techniques used in this course can be taken into everyday life for the purposes of empowerment and confidence.
Participants will learn the basics of physical acting technique including body /breath connection, deep relaxation, stillness, presence, energy flow, connecting breath to the words and how emotions move through the body.During this process, emotional blocks will be identified and moved through via a range of techniques, enabling a free, open and relaxed instrument – body, mind and soul, to easily access intuitive impulses.
The course will cover:
Embodiment Techniques Body/Breath Connection Archetypes Energy Flow Eric Morris Technique Tantric breathwork Sound release Visualisation Sensory Text work________________________________________________________________________________
THE PRIMAL ACTOR – LEVEL 2
Discover your pure animal essence
Primal Animal EssenceThe course will explore the primal essence and the raw animalistic energy. Human’s have a raw primal energy within and this course will reveal the authentic nature. Animal exploration will be utilised and tantric breath to access raw energy impulses.
Archetypes Archetypes symbolize basic human motivations, which evoke deep emotions. Every person has a range of archetypes that exist in their psyche, some more dominant than others and each type has its own set of values, meanings and personality traits. And by identifying these archetypes and what they represent, you will learn more about your emotional states and your trigger points. You will discover your dominant archetype or archetypes, giving you insight into your own behaviours and motivations. To fully embody a character you must be aware of not only your own primary and secondary archetypes but also the characters. If you are unable to access a characters archetypes because you have a block, you will not be able to access the character fully.
The subconscious, the shadow self, does a great job, keeping these denied emotions, from our conscious mind, Protecting us from experiencing these emotions, they become suppressed and hidden, but when triggered by a circumstance, event or other person, they will resurface, causing us pain. By recognising the shadow aspect in us, we can begin to make the unconscious conscious. And help you move through the life patterns and energy blocks, that may be holding you back from attaining what you desire.
This course will cover:
Shadow Self Archetypes: wild woman/man, warrior, prostitute. Primal animal work Feminine and masculine polarity Tantric Breathwork and Postures Movement Voice Breath Sound release Visualisation Sensory________________________________________________________________________________
Maree Shefford has over 10 yrs teaching experience in the area’s of embodiment, physical acting and sensual dance. Maree is an actor and dancer who also teaches privately.
Sexual Embodiment For Stage and Screen Take your ACTING to the NEXT LEVEL!
This course will teach you the essential ingredients for creating compelling characters onstage or screen and techniques and how to create DEEPER AUTHENTIC CONNECTIONS – physically, psychologically and sexually with your scene partner.
An actor who fully enhabits their sexual energy is charismatic and magnetising to watch. You can’t take your eyes off them and you’re not really sure why! and Learn how the physical body and sexual energy are the essential ingredients to creating compelling characters onstage or screen in the Sexual Embodiment For Stage & Screen Course!
In the Sexual Embodiment For Stage & Screen you will learn how to create a MESMERISING and CHARISMATIC screen/stage presence! You will learn tools to create powerful sexual magnetism and specific techniques to create sexual repore and chemistry with any scene partner.
Various modalities including TANTRIC YOGA BREATHWORK, DANCE MOVEMENT, SHADOW WORK, SOUND RELEASE and PRIMAL ANIMAL ESSENCE exercises will be utilised. You will learn how to unlock your sexual/creative energy to create alive and truthful characters and how to create repore, chemistry and intimacy with any scene partner, as well as other essential ingredients to create compelling characters onstage or screen.
Your facilitator will use energy clearing techniques including dance movement, sound release and archetype work bringing the shadow to the light to highlight your archetypes (repressed and dominant archetypes). Animal exploration and other primal exercises will exlore your inner essence. Embodied energy flow and tantric breathwork Will unlock your sexual/creative energy, for the purpose of creating alive and truthful characters for stage and screen.
Sexual archetype embodiment include: Lover Harlot/Gigolo Goddess/God Priestess/Priest Warrior Woman/Man Diva/Divus
Techniques used: Owning your sexuality Embodied energy flowMovement and vocal exercises Inner Warrior and Shadow Warrior Tantric breathwork/posturesMirror playSensory workRoleplay/Text Animal essence and primal movementSound Release Archetypes Scene Work Character development using a sexual archetype How to confidently voice your boundaries in scenes requiring intimacyThe desired result for the actor, is a freedom of expression through their physical instrument and increased range, allowing engaging, dynamic, alive, stimulating and connected performances, which in turn will significantly increase actors chances of acquiring roles in the industry.
In this course actors will learn tools to create powerful sexual magnetism and specific techniques to create sexual repore and chemistry with any scene partner. You will discover how the physical body and sexual energy, are the essential ingredients to creating compelling characters onstage or screen.
You will learn specific techniques to create sexual chemistry with any scene partner and learn how to honour your own boundaries and confidently voice them and discover how the physical body and sexual energy are the essential ingredients to creating compelling characters and delivering dynamic performances.
Your facilitator will use energy clearing techniques including dance movement and sound release, in the form of talking, yelling, groaning and soul singing.Animal exploration will exlore the inner essence to get you in touch with your raw authentic self, accessing the myriad of archetypes will bring the shadow to the light.
Individual One On One Tuition in acting, dance and performance, tailored specifically for each clientPrivate classes are suitable for beginners through to advanced practitioners and can be tailored for each individual student depending on their needs, experience and preferred style.
Cost: $80.00 per person Students $68.00______________________________________________________________
175 Chapel Street St Kilda (entry via Brighton Rd)
Parking: Street parking Public transport: Closest train station is Windsor, Tram 67 Nepean Hwy or 70 Chapel St Tram
BOOK: Each session must be booked by Friday before class. No refunds unless course cancelled.
Embodiment For Actors Duration: 8 x 1 hr sessions Cost: $170.00 Concession $150.00
The Primal Actor Duration: 8 x 1 hr sessions Cost: $170.00 Concession $150.00
Sexuality For Stage & Screen Duration: 8 x 1 hr sessions Cost: $170.00 Concession: $150.00
Private Classes Duration: 1 hour Cost: $80 or $68 concession
T’s & C’s – Payment required in full, at least 2 weeks prior to course. No refund when payment made unless course cancelled.—————————————————————————————————————-
EMBODIMENT FOR ACTORS CREATOR
Maree Shefford has over 15 yrs teaching experience in the area’s of embodiment, physical acting and sensual dance. She has performed on stage, TV and film in Australia and New Zealand. Stage roles include: ‘Life On Mars’ Short & Sweet Festival, Emilie in ‘‘Dangerous Liaisons’, Edith in ‘Blithe Spirit’, Euridyce in ‘Antigone’, ‘Importance Of Being Earnest’.Fringe Festival Shows include: ‘Rites’, ‘Love’, ‘Lights’, ‘From Frying Pan To Fire’ and award winning UK production ‘Trilogy’. Musical Theatre Shows include: ‘The Boyfriend’, ‘The Mystery Of Edwin Drood’ and ‘Fiddler On The Roof’.
On the small screen Maree’s roles include Series Regular on a Channel 31 TV Series, lead roles in short films, independent film, music videos and performance art projects. She is currently playing a lead role in a Soap Opera Podcast, has upcoming roles in Feature Film ‘Deviate’ and is writing and producting a web series. Stay tuned!
Performing Arts Training
Speech & Drama – Trinity College London Eric Morris Technique – Teacher, Mal Kennard (AFI nominee) 2013-2017 Meisner Method VCA P/T Foundation Year Singing – Chelsea Plumley Raw Truth – Teacher, Kim Farrant (Director of Strangerland starring Nicole Kidman and Angel Of Mine starring Noomi Rapace) Physical Theatre Courses – IUGTE Austria Cert III Dance – Dance Factory Accents – US, UK Performance Coach/Audition Prep – Dan Hamill (Love Child TV Series, X Factor 2015)
Facilitator and Actor
Maree is utilised for Melbourne University, Monash University and Conflict Resolution roleplays. She also teaches at community organisations including Laneway Learning and CAE.
‘I undertake privates with Maree and she integrates many powerful embodiment techniques which allowing me to create characters with great depth and authenticity’ She is a wonderful teacher!’ Danielle ——
‘Working with Maree is a transformative experience. I learnt a lot about myself and was challenged in an powering way through the feminine archetype work. Highly recommend.’ Jess ——
‘Maree’s approach to facilitating her classes, is that everyone feels that they’re in a safe place, whether you’re new to body work, or someone wanting to deepen their practice in a group, you will be trained by someone who is very knowledgeable, confident and sensitive to the needs of each learner in the room’. Loretta —–
‘Highly recommend Embodiment For Actors to any Melbourne based actor. Or anyone who wants to build their confidence in a safe and empowering environment’. Ally ——