Hi, I am maria and I am the facilitator of the Authentic Movement SF activities. I am originally from Greece, and I have lived 9 years in Latin America between Argentina and Peru and since 2014 I am in San Francisco. I am a psychologist with a Master’s in Expressive Arts and I studied Authentic Movement while living in Argentina, along with other somatic, creative, and spiritual practices. Authentic Movement is a discipline of Dance Movement Therapy created back into the 50’s by Mary Whitehouse here in the United States. It is an inner, self-directed somatic and symbolic practice. It is done with eyes closed, mostly in silence and always in the presence of a compassionate witness. It is a practice that has changed my life and I believe it can change yours. Because in the space that we create together you can reconnect to the wisdom of your body; this knowledge that already exists inside of you and that we share collectively. You can explore creatively your inner world, receive insights, heal wounds, and become more centered and attuned to your feelings, to your needs and desires And of course, you can also become more aware of the obstacles that keep you from expressing yourself authentically. Nobody can teach us how to be authentic. We need to unlearn and rediscover who we truly are and we need the space to do that. Authentic Movement is this kind of space.