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Ulissija
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About SOLO

Post by Ulissija » Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:23 am

SOLO (Authentic Movement Solo) – is a contemporary practice of consciousness growth.
It can be described as both method of body-oriented psychotherapy, and as spiritual/meditative practice.
SOLO integrates several traditions and approaches to body and conscience work.
SOLO grows out of Authentic Movement – practice, which appeared in 50-ths last century as a combination of creative dance and active imagining techniques by C.G.Jung.
This method is designed by Olesia Bondareva, dance movement/body psychotherapist, Toronto (Canada). During her long practice of classic Authentic Movement, Olesia leaded groups and took part in the international laboratories.
SOLO method is based on experience and formats of classic Authentic Movement.
At the same time, SOLO practice is actualizing the Internal Witness figure (in comparison with classic format, where movement is performed in front of one or several external Witnesses). The idea of Internal Witness in SOLO helps participants to configure attention, sets a format for the movement, and allows to adjust personal psychological balance, to realize internal stableness, understand the resources of own psyche, and to relay on these resources.
The other source for SOLO practice are Authentic Cultures. Olesia is investigating theme “Indigenous routs in Psychotherapy” – the impact of world spiritual and healing traditions on contemporary psychotherapy, the reserves of these traditions. Olesia is learning and approaching the healer’s, shaman’s and Sufie’s perspective of human being and world, methods of unlocking the potential of our body, psyche and conscience. A lot of such methods and skills are used in SOLO practice.
Additional sources are techniques and methods of modern therapy: expressive-art, procedural, dance-movement, systemic constellations and others.
SOLO is very flexible and adoptive, integrative practice, with high potential to accept various approaches and techniques.
SOLO practice is a part of psychotherapy process, that allows to bring the actual information from unconscious to the conscious field.
SOLO is a part of creative process, method, that allows to overcome blocks in creativity, restore the brightness of perception.
SOLO is a corporal, recreation – wellbeing practice, that activates for self-healing the natural potential of human body.
SOLO is a social communications format, that creates support and trust in the group.
One of the focuses of attention in SOLO practice development is the work with online-form of psychotherapy that appeared recently. Groups of SOLO practice are working and actively developing in internet social networks.

Ulissija
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Re: About SOLO

Post by Ulissija » Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:35 am

Authentic Movement Solo (SOLO for short) — a contemporary mindfullnes and creativity development practice designed by Olga (Olesya) Bondareva, a dance therapist from Toronto, Canada. Solo can be described as a form of art and dance therapy based on Jungean psychotherapy. It is a holistic approach to balancing the body and mind through creative expression. Solo is completely safe and very user-friendly; it can be practiced by people of all walks of life, all cultural and social backgrounds, and all age groups. Solo is especially beneficial to artists and creative professionals, because it helps to maximize creative potential and overcome creative blocks.


SOLO method is based on experience and formats of classic Authentic Movement.
At the same time, SOLO practice is actualizing the Internal Witness figure (in comparison with classic format, where movement is performed in front of one or several external Witnesses). The idea of Internal Witness in SOLO helps participants to configure attention, sets a format for the movement, and allows to adjust personal psychological balance, to realize internal stableness, understand the resources of own psyche, and to relay on these resources.
The other source for SOLO practice are Authentic Cultures. Olesia is investigating theme “Indigenous routs in Psychotherapy” – the impact of world spiritual and healing traditions on contemporary psychotherapy, the reserves of these traditions. Olesia is learning and approaching the healer’s, shaman’s and Sufie’s perspective of human being and world, methods of unlocking the potential of our body, psyche and conscience. A lot of such methods and skills are used in SOLO practice.
One of the focuses of attention in SOLO practice development is the work with online-form of psychotherapy that appeared recently. Groups of SOLO practice are working and actively developing in internet social networks.

Solo originated from the Authentic Movement — a practice develped mid 20th century as a combination of expressive dance and the “active imagination” techniques by C.G.Jung. In that sense, Solo can be viewed as a modification of that practice.

Olesya Bondareva has been an Authentic Movement practitioner for many years. She created and lead a number of Authentic Movement groups, and took part in international labs.
Solo uses the Authentic Movement as its basis. However, one of the main principles of the Authentic Movement is that it’s a group practice. On one hand, this principle provides participants with a supportive group environment, but on the other — creates time and space limitations, it is not always accessible for many people due to scheduling conflicts and geographical distances.
Olesya resolved this by integrating the concept of “The Internal Witness” into the practice. This concept essentially allows to participate in the practice individually (hence the name Solo), while receiving the same benefits as in the groups. It helps a participant to focus their attention on their own expressive movement, create the state of mindfulness, reach a psychic and emotional balance, and tap into their creativity.
Olesya has also been exploring and studying the theme of Indigenous roots in Psychotherapy – the role of traditional healing and spiritual practices of the World in improving the emotional and mental wellbeing. She has spent a significant amount of time with traditional healers, shamans and Sufi mystics learning about their methods in regards to developing human creative potential, mental and physical strength. She subsequently included the relevant methods into the Solo practices.

Other methods and techniques used in SOLO are expressive art, creative writing, dance-movement, systemic constellations and others.
SOLO practice is a part of psychotherapy process, that allows to bring the actual information from unconscious to the conscious field.
SOLO is a part of creative process, a method, that allows to overcome creative blocks, restore the brightness of perception.
SOLO is a great stress-reduction technique, as it is a form of mindfulness — a therapeutic practice that helps with anxiety and depression.
SOLO is a social communications format, that creates an environment of trust and support among participants, which is very important for individuals experiencing social isolation.

Solo is a very user-friendly practice, that can be “tailored” to each individual's needs. Because it combines a number of different techniques and approaches, it can work for virtually anyone.
The main innovative feature of Solo is that it can be practiced via online resources, which makes it accessible to any one at any time in any geographic location where there is internet connection. The practice is comprised of online groups, which are lead by the therapist, virtual communities, where the group participants have access to videos and other art therapy exercises, and closed supervised forums, where the participants have an option for online diary-writing and other Solo activities.

In order to participate in the SOLO, new users join an online group. Each group is comprised of up to 40 - 50 participants (enrolling more people in each group has proven to be counterproductive: it is important to develop an atmosphere of trust and mutual support for the practice to be effective, and that becomes increasingly difficult the larger the group). These are closed and moderated to ensure privacy and safety of the users.
Once the user joins a group, they start participating in weekly group activities, during wich the participants, instructed by the group lead, engage in dance therapy exercises, drawing, creative writing and other art therapy techniques. After these mindfulness and creative expression activities, the participants get to interact and share their experiences with each other in the online group space. This creates a “virtual community” where the participants socialize and provide mutual support. At the end of each week, the group lead addresses any questions and issues the community may have in a live video conference.

The key element to the successful engagement in the practice is an online intensive introductory course — which is what we are planning to produce for this initiative.
During the 2 to 3 weeks of the online intensive, the new users learn about the SOLO method, do a number of therapeutic exercises alone and in pairs or small groups, designed to gradually develop mindfulness, attention focusing, art and art-therapy techniques. At this stage they can start sharing their experiences and results with other participants.
The intensive is necessary to orient the new users about the practice, teach its basic techniques, introduce them to the virtual communities in a comfortable way. Once the users complete the intensive, they can participate in the same groups and virtual communities on their own time and at their own pace, the groups thus become a stable free resource for them:


Members of each group have access to a closed, moderated forum, where they have an option to write a diary about their SOLO journey, reflect on their experiences and talk about themselves freely in the same way a classic support group would function;
The groups also have dedicated closed Skype chatrooms, where they can discuss their exercises in a voice format;

- Every group user can receive a private consultation with the group lead;

- Rescently, under the supervision of therapy professionals, we started surveying our participants in order to ensure quality of results and to gather user feedback in order to improve and further develop the method;

The groups regularly publish new and updated information about the practice method, as well as other relevant materials about art, art therapy and psychotherapy.

For the ongoing groups (as opposed to the new user groups) we are creating larger virtual communities, a common web platform, and plan to organize collective art shows, off-line meet-ups and retreats, special online workshops, lectures and tutorials, which will further contribute to each individuals creative development and build stronger communities.
Olesya has successfully been implementing the online format for over a year and has already witnessed great results.

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