of Sound Site Somatics
Sarah is an interdisciplinary artist, producer & teacher based in Dartington + Totnes, Devon.
Sarah explores sound as a medium of touch,
listening as an act of both giving & receiving,
& voicing as a means of expression & somatisation
Sarah teaches sound workshops from a somatics perspective as part of an International art project called Soundcamp. Every May Bank Holiday (UK) you can join Sarah and the Soundart Radio artists on the Dartington Hall Estate for Soundcamp to camp, practice and share the beauty of life outdoors reconnecting to ourselves and the environment.
Sarah facilitates experiences
to offer up the opportunity to rediscover
our relationship to place.
Sarah explores landscape, memory and ritual on rural and urban terrain. Her most recent work centers on the Dartington Hall Estate through walking, spoken word, and sound recording.
Sarah works with place alone and in collaboration engaging approaches to site-specific performance practices developed during her training at Dartington College of Arts with writer and performer Phil Smith and continues to be inspired by Body and Earth by Andrea Olsen and Body-Mind Centering educator Caryn McHose.
As part of self-led solo arts project Sound Journeys, Sarah produced a digital soundwalk for Dartington which was presented at the Schumacher College symposium Language, Landscape and the Sublime in June 2016. For more information contact Sarah directly.
The exploration of the relationship between body and mind
through first-person perception;
to directly experience; to pay greater attention to; to notice; to create the conditions for more choice.
Sarah teaches yoga from a somatic perspective, inviting the idea that yoga is a "living experiment", or an "experiment in living". Applying somatics as a paradigm for living and making work we are attending to each moment as it is - new and unique - creating the conditions for change.
in the present moment
with open awareness - no ambition or force
Some words on somatics
by Sarah Gray
In a world of information, can we embody and grow our felt knowledge?
For me, somatics practice is a process in deepening my sense of trust in myself and the universe. Somatics is sensing and feeling the relationship between body and mind bringing greater awareness to our whole selves from cells to skin - our outer envelope!
One great learning for me over the years is that change is the only constant and to embody the reality of this constant change, is to discover your bliss. An invitation I have been carrying with me since my university days is:
"allow yourself to give meaning to chance."
The somatics work dovetailed with my deeper yoga practice has been a process of integrating that awareness of the soma into every day, to begin to really live this reality.
To remember - as spirituality is an act of remembrance - a sense of wholeness is to heal. We can heal ourselves! We have the innate wisdom in our cells! For inside each of us we have a holistic system in relation to the cosmos affected by every action and non-action in the universe.
By turning in we limit how much we depend on the externals.
Overcoming addictions and habits, being neuroplastic and available to respond - these are the benefits of regular somatic practice. Developing this response-ability is a process! It is one where love and patience are required. With regular practice, we develop a greater capacity for self-care and therefore community and place care.
We look after ourselves first, then each other, then this place.
This is a life motto for me and of two organisations I have worked with (somatically) over the years. They are; the anarchic and homespun Soundart Radio, community media organisation based in a studio of and founded from Dartington College of Arts, Totnes, UK; and, the School of Experiential Learning.
"The key to physical, psychological and spiritual well-being lies in our Soma, which can perhaps best be defined as the essence of bliss or Ananda arising from the core of our being"
-Frawley, D. 2013. Soma in Yoga and Ayurveda. Motilal Banarsidass: Delhi, India. p.13