Physical Alchemy:

Physical Re-patterning Work


Craig Mallett and Dave Wardman come together to teach a half day workshop on Physical Repatterning Work hosted by Body Being in Canberra! 

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PA Canberra: 160$
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Workshop Details:

Date & Time:

Saturday 4th of August 2018, 1pm - 5pm


160 AUD


Body Being, Canberra 

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Physical Repatterning Work

Physical Repatterning Work is a *way* of teaching physical methods.  It is the art of using physical methods to produce emergent results across the whole spectrum of what a Human Being encompasses.  
The guiding principles are explicitly not those of fitness, performance, health or wellness - though aspects of these may occur as ‘beneficial collateral’.  We train to free ourselves from the habitual patterns of motion, speech, behaviour, gesture and posture that bind our creative resources in stasis and prevent our authentic expression.  We use physical practices to shine a light into the dark, unmapped corners of our inner landscape. As our physical barriers dissolve we can repattern our fear of unknown - our allergy to mystery.  
This work makes use of physical methods in a *certain way* to evoke transmutation of the human being on top of the qualities already trained in the associated practice [yoga, movement arts, martial arts, performing arts and arts of evasion (parkour)].  As such it deals primarily with meta-qualities that can be difficult to pin down and secondarily with the qualities of the associated arts.  This entails a more effective use of time-energy as the training can be conducted along a number of lines simultaneously.
What does it look like?

The exercises presented will take a few forms:

  • Repatterning Stretching takes the form of partner assisted stretches for augmenting the internal sensation (practiced with specific cues and intention). Stretching in this manner allows us to go safely deeper into unknown areas of the body where we can release frozen physical structures, dissolve character armour and make other useful observations.  This section also includes some very potent multiple partner stretches for the cultivation of certain qualities.
  • Body Awakening exercises involve exploration of simple motions like lifting the arm, stepping or bending over. We will use high repetitions combined with specific intention and cues to help us ‘bring to life’ key structures within the body that have gone dormant due to modern lifestyle habits.
  • The Daoist Physical Cultivation syllabus makes use of stances, kicks and line drills from various Daoist and Chinese martial arts to explore the hidden central axis.  Within it lies a potential for an extraordinarily robust and reliable structure and absolute ease of strength.  As we learn to approach and rely on the central axis, our protective tension will no longer be necessary and will begin to naturally fall away.

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About the Presenters:

Dave is the creator of Physical Alchemy and a Guide in reenchantment work.  The true prima materia of this method came through deep learning and relationships undertaken with his 4 Teachers.  These include: an apprenticeship with Stretch Therapy creator Kit Laughlin; an initial transmutation in the martial arts; studying in the Da Xuan Daoist tradition and, most profoundly, by being a student of [L] -  his spiritual Teacher [Korean Zen, Shamanism, Advaita, Enneagram].

Craig is a principal member of Physical Alchemy. He was subject to many of Dave’s early experiments, which broke him out of stasis and propelled him into becoming a dedicated student of the Da Xuan Daoist tradition. He teaches within Physical Alchemy and is also the instructor of the Da Xuan School in Sydney. Prior to this, he studied the traditional Chinese martial arts of Xin Yi Liu He Quan and Cha Quan under Dapeng Wang for a decade as well as many other modalities of movement, strength, flexibility and general physical development.  

For further info head to the presenters pages for Dave or Craig.