Dance therapy and group psychotherapy research project

Moving and being moved,

 a voyage through group process

In this project we will interweave elements of dance therapy and group psychotherapy in order to experience and share:

  • What makes us move,
  • How we transform ourselves in the contact of others,
  • How the group facilitates psycho-emotional processes,
  • And how the group works as a transformational container.

 In this workshop you can experience what it means to feel accepted on a deep level and from there how this regain of energy becomes a generator for positive changes. 

We will start with an attunement ritual which purpose is to align everyone’s awareness to a particular mind-set, where the mind is less active and the body is more receptive and open. For each session one participant will start moving in the centre of the group circle, while the others become the observers, the mirrors, the triggers and the providers for safety and sustainment.

 Afterwards we will share our experiences, bring to awareness the full content of what happened to the individual and the group on a bodily, emotional and cognitive level.







(All sessions are on Saturdays except the 10/02 on Sunday)

 Place: Dansstudio Solebay, Livornostraat 22hs, 1055 ZZ Amsterdam

 Time: 14:00-16:00

 Participants:  Minimum 6, maximum 12.

The Group is guided by Monique Leferink op Reinink and Sylvain Méret. The workshop will be in English and Dutch if needed.

 Price: 50 euro (all sessions)

registration: / 06 14 10 23 37

 Sylvain Méret is a professional dancer, performer and movement teacher. He has created “the ways of moving and being moved” platform, which emphasizes the holistic aspects of the body capacity for self-healing through movement. Beside his dancing work, he is working on finding ways to combine the practice of dance therapy with ancient healing arts such as Qi Gong and Shamanism. He is currently finishing a master in dance therapy at Codarts (Rotterdam).

Monique Leferink op Reinink is a former dance teacher and a senior registered psychotherapist, grouppsychotherapist and supervisor grouppsychotherapy (NVGP). She currently works as a senior psychotherapist at GGz Centraal, Amersfoort.She also teaches Psychotherapy at the Master Programme in Dance Therapy of Codarts, Rotterdam.


The dreamer and the observer

Hello everyone,

This is a call for participants for a research project that will happen in January (31) and February (14, 21) 2013 and where I would be very please to welcome you.

This project aims to develop a methodological approach that would facilitate dance music performances creation by giving a specific framework based on the archetypal notions of the “Dreamer” and the “Observer”.

The point of departure for this research originates from my experience as a dance performer, with extended experience in improvisation approaches, and from the work of Authentic Movement, philosophy and phenomenology, Vipassana meditation, neurosciences research, Shamanism, Continuum Movement, the Jungian and humanistic approaches in psychology.

When I refer to the “observer” I mean the internal witness, the voice of our inner self, perceivable through feelings and sensations. The “observer” give us a sense of self and being present in the here and now. The Observer is at the core of the experience.

When I refer to the “dream” or the “dreamer” I mean the creative capacity of the psyche to project sensations, feelings, images…it is a mental activity that we experience in everyday life when our thoughts navigate between insights, memories, mental projections, creation of futures and imagination. The dreamer’s space is dimensional, virtual, endless, and infinite.

 The first stage is to be aware of impulses, and to locate from which places they come from. We use impulses originating from the body or the mind through imagination and sensory awareness; it becomes the primary source of the dream.

We project the content of the dream into a performing space of awareness, with the help of the observer. The goal is to project these impulses in the room and to manifest them physically in a creative and performing act.

These impulses may come from a physical, emotional, mental or unconscious place, the “observer” is in charge of tracking and locating them in our system and to give permission and consciousness for the “dream” to unfold. The “dream” is actualized through creative expression of movements, sounds, dances, play, characters, actions or anything that is manifested through possible forms of body’ expressions.

This approach follows psycho-physiological processes as a base for a creative action, more than a technical approach. The performance is then not based on technical mastery but upon the capacity to create within oneself clear and strong imagery, dance, theater and situations that will engage an audience.

The method becomes then appropriate for amateur, non-professional or for anybody wanting to explore his or her creativity, and more largely it is a performing approach giving to individuals ways to perform their own potential.

I hope we can share some of the research together and I am looking forward to meet all artisits interested in this process.

Sylvain Meret