About Animate Arts

Animate Arts is an initiative of Sophia van Ruth, a freelance practitioner based in the Netherlands. Sophia provides embodied trainings for a complex world. She offers public workshops, small group focus sessions or bespoke private workshops. She is also trained as a shiatsu therapist and an InterPlay leader.

Shiatsu Massage in Den Haag: 12 February

Please phone (070) 345 0707 to register


Friday 12 February 2010

Shiatsu Massage Workshop
Beleef Beauty
Korte Houtstraat 12, 2511 CD, Den Haag

(070) 345 07 07

Friday 12 February, 19.00 – 22.00 u

€39 per person

Learn to give a simple but effective massage for friends, family or partners (just in time for Valentines Day)…

Welcome to a workshop where you will both give and receive a massage, and learn a basic ‘toolkit’ of massage techniques that you can use virtually anywhere. The techniques taught are based on shiatsu therapy and are done through clothing (so you will not need to get undressed). We will be focusing on learning to feel what is happening under our hands and then how to work with that to relieve tension and stress.

You will also learn when massage is appropriate and when it is not, and a few pressure points on the body that can be used to help prevent RSI, neck and shoulder tension and headaches. This versatile massage can be done anywhere at anytime, all that is needed is a friend and quiet place!

Your teacher is Sophia van Ruth, a shiatsu and massage therapist from Australia. Sophia has 10 years experience as a therapist and 3½ years experience teaching both massage and shiatsu at a professional training college in Sydney, Australia.

Shiatsu Massage at the HUB

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Wednesday 20 January 2010

Shiatsu Massage Workshop
The HUB Rotterdam
Heemraadsingel 219, 3023 CD Rotterdam
Wednesday 20 January

19.00 – 22.00, €20 hub members €35 non hub members

Learn to give a simple but effective massage for friends, family or colleagues…

Welcome to a workshop where you will both give and receive a massage, and learn a basic ‘toolkit’ of massage techniques that you can use virtually anywhere. The techniques taught are based on shiatsu therapy and are done through clothing (so you will not need to get undressed). We will be focusing on learning to feel what is happening under our hands and then how to work with that to relieve tension and stress.

You will also learn when massage is appropriate and when it is not, and a few pressure points on the body that can be used to help prevent RSI, neck and shoulder tension and headaches. This versatile massage can be done anywhere at anytime, all that is needed is a friend and quiet place!

Your teacher is Sophia van Ruth, a shiatsu and massage therapist from Australia. Sophia has 10 years experience as a therapist and 3½ years experience teaching both massage and shiatsu at a professional training college in Sydney, Australia.

Transition Towns Talk in The Hague

Transition Towns Information Evening

Gezonde Gronden
Weimarstraat 23
2562 GN Den Haag

Date: Tuesday 13 October
Arrivals: 8.00pm
Entry: € 5

This evening will commence with a screening of Rob Hopkins (founder of the Transition Towns movement) speaking at the Positive Energy Conference. Following this Sophia van Ruth will speak about here experiences and involvement with the Transition Town Totnes project during 2007/08.

Sophia spent 12 months living in Totnes and had direct involvement with the transition initiative, volunteering within some of the community groups of the project. She will be sharing her reflections and experiences.

See also the event listing on the Gezonde Gronden website.

Shiatsu Massage at the HUB

click here to register by email

Wednesday November 4

Shiatsu Massage Workshop
The HUB Rotterdam
Heemraadsingel 219, 3023 CD Rotterdam
Wednesday 4 November

19.00 – 22.00, €10 hub members €35 non hub members

Learn to give a simple but effective massage for friends, family or colleagues…

A skills sharing initiative, offered at minimal cost to facilitate massage swaps in The Hub environment.

During this workshop you will both give and receive a massage with others in the group. That’s right… You get to receive a massage too! The techniques taught are based on shiatsu therapy and are done through clothing (so you will not need to get undressed). We will be focusing on learning to feel what is happening under our hands and then how to work with that to relieve tension and stress.

You will also learn when massage is appropriate and when it is not, and a few pressure points on the body that can be used to help prevent RSI, neck and shoulder tension and headaches. This versatile massage can be done anywhere at anytime, all that is needed is a friend and quiet place!

Your teacher is Sophia van Ruth, a shiatsu and massage therapist from Australia. Sophia has 10 years experience as a therapist and 3½ years experience teaching both massage and shiatsu at a professional training college in Sydney, Australia.

Tribute to Brian Goodwin

I would like to mark here my profound respect for Brain Goodwin who recently passed away, and was such a wonderful guide and inspiration for much of the work I am now doing within Animate Arts.

I happened to arrive in Totnes the day after Brian’s passing, and so was able to attend an ‘in house’ small memorial service for him at Dartington and connect with the community there in other ways, including helping to make a burial shroud in felt for him to be buried in – quite an honor to be able to participate in this event. Whilst it is very sad that he is gone from our realm, I believe he died a peaceful and ‘conscious’ death with his wife by his side.

I wrote the following ‘poem’ titled Goodwinian Dialogue whilst sitting in the college library during the week I was there which I would like to share with you. It is about what I felt it was like to be in conversation with Brian Goodwin

Goodbye Brian…many will carry your inspirations on with us, as you become a beloved ancestor.

Sophia

Goodwinian Dialogue

Thought, feeling, senses blazing, sentience cohering in a myriad of interactions
Intention arising, movement finding direction
Pace and momentum, connotations gathering, finding elegant expression


Gentle, penetrating appreciation

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Encountering Holistic Science @ Hub Summerschool

The Hub Summerschool is promising to be rich and inviting this year, Sophia of ‘animate arts’ is running an pair interactive lectures titled ‘Encountering Holistic Science’ as part of this program. These sessions will blend lecture style teachings about holistic science with InterPlay techniques to model and play with the concepts introduced. Details follow….. or check out the Hub Summerschool website for the full program of events

This interactive pair of workshops form part of the Hub’s Summerschool Program. Each event will explore different aspects of the rich realm of the holistic sciences.

The dominant way of thinking in western culture has been highly influenced by the traditional scientific method. We are taught to simply reason things out, and often reasoned knowledge is the only kind that we will trust. This is extremely useful in many respects but is not always helpful for understanding our place in the living earth. Living systems are simply not rational! They are deliciously unpredictable and creative and ever changing.

These workshops are designed to give you different ways of seeing the world, moving beyond the mechanistic mindset of traditional science. Whilst each session will contain some ‘lectures’, we will also be modeling different ways of being in the world using the techniques of InterPlay to help us stay present to this ever-changing vibrant universe in which we are embedded. So, be prepared for spontaneous play using movement, story, voice…. and whatever else inspires us.

Note that these are not traditional InterPlay workshops, but blend lectures with InterPlay techniques.

Workshop 1:

Saturday 8 August 2pm – 5pm
The Hub, Westerstraat 187, Amsterdam

The theme for this workshop will be the ‘complexity sciences’ to help us understand our world as a complex living system. Including overviews of complexity theory, self organizing systems and chaos theory.

Workshop 2:

Saturday 15 August 2pm – 5pm
The Hub, Heemraadssingel 219, Rotterdam

The theme for this workshop will be ‘rediscovering the art of direct perception’ (or simply being present). We will explore how to engage more fully with our direct perceptions of the world to supplement the abstracted knowledge we receive through ‘being told’ about the world. Including overviews of Goethean phenomenology and Theory U.

Each workshop can be enjoyed on its own, but of course you are welcome at both.

Costs

€40 per workshop (€33.61 excuding BTW)
€30 per workshop for hub members and unwaged people (€25.21 excluding BTW)

Registration

Places in this course are limited to 12 people due to the nature of the exercises involved. To register contact Sophia van Ruth, or +31(0)6 444 66 197

InterPlay at the DropZone

InterPlay was the main attraction at the Hub DropZone in Rotterdam on 14 April. The theme of the session was “Exploring Leadership for Change”. We played with our notions of leadership using dance, story, character voices and whatever else occurred to us.

The room was ***PACKED***, there were certainly more people there than anticipated, which was fabulous, but tricky given the size of the space !!

Generally there was much laughter and enjoyment, and there was also certainly the occasional flash of insight!!

So to all who participated – a big thanks for coming and hope you were enriched by the experience, I know that I was.

Sophia