The Oceanic Body

Contact Improvisation Workshop:

Friday November 5th – Saturday November 6th
Friday: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm (open space til 10pm)
Saturday: 10:30 am – 5:30 pm (1 hour lunch break)
Sliding scale: $130 – $220 (NOTAFLOF!) 
Where: Wildcat Studio in Berkeley
Register: Please send me an email:mokaratta@gmail.com

Do you remember the last time you were standing on the beach while the tide was coming in? Could you feel how those long waves that move across the oceans also move through you? Could you feel the abundance of power and clarity?
Since I started my Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Training, I am experiencing that those powerful tides are as much part of my body and being and that there isn’t any difference. We have the ocean inside of us.  
We are co-creating and coexisting with a complex network of moving masses. It is possible to feel what is moving inside us, supported by what is changing around us. We will be exploring inner space in relation to outside space. The more direct experience we have with our sensational oceanic bodies, the more we can be available in our dance. From an oriented body we can learn how to orient in space. Holding the whole, not just the parts. We will be playing with space, time, weight and relationship. 
We’ll explore different layers of our bodies. Surely we’ll take lots of time for experiential and inspirational anatomy for moving. I will introduce some ideas on how to “hook” on people, using arms and legs to find easy ways to catch a ride. I would like to play with our awareness and its magical non-consistency, we’ll practice patience outside of time and especially resting. There will be group scores, duets and witnessing.


(This workshop is limited to max. 16 people. I trust that we have the tools to take care of ourselves and hold a safe and loving container for us all. Please assure your own safety precaution regarding covid as we will be sharing intimate space together. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions if you have any.) 

CI – Workshop

Inner Compass

I offer a full day CI immersion! Come, join me in exploring, experiencing and creating with our sensing bodies.

  • Sunday, June 27th
  • Wildcat Studio, Berkeley
  • 10:00 am-5:30 pm (1h lunch break)
  • Sliding scale: $110-200. (Talk to me if that is a challenge) – Please PayPal me at mokaratta@gmail.com. Thank you!
  • You can register by sending me a text: 510-213-4007

This day will involve experiential anatomy as a basis for moving through space. We will sense in to find our inner compass, develop a deeper felt sense awareness and we will use that to investigate our bodies in dynamic motion with and without a partner. I will also be sharing my love for improvisation to experience more of ourselves, the collective body and gain more possibilities for our dance.

Details:

Morning: Focus is on the spine and its poly-articular and curved constitution. A wave that suggests seemingly effortless propagation of kinetic energy through the body. Depending on the flow of the morning, we also dive into our limbs.

Afternoon: Exploring Improvisation. The core of CI. We will work in the speed of trust. We use our bodies, our senses and sensational cosmos, presence, empathy and changing perceptions. It helps to start simple. Solo and group. Accountability will be celebrated, comfort and discomfort are encouraged and respected.

For any covid related questions, please contact me.

Storage No. 45

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10 years ago I left Düsseldorf. I still remember that day as if it was yesterday. A very present moment engraved into my memory. The truck I rented was very small and fortunately I had very talented friends that knew how to load all of my belongings in  probably the only way everything could fit. It was hard to leave but I was ready to move on, store my stuff in my mother’s garage, seek adventures and meet parts of myself that weren’t visible yet.

10 years later it is happening again. When my dear friend Nicola that helped me pack that truck in Düsseldorf saw that title picture, she said: “Your material life stored in a garage again.” Yes, again. It feels good and timely. My body is lighter and happier. Less stuff produces more simplicity and a deeper listening to what is. This is a process of letting go and of shedding what needs to be shed. Once more an experience of uprooting in order to find more depths; a clear message from my soul and spirit and a deep dive into my love for the unknown. Continue reading

Mother Courage

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Photo credit: Alvin Lumanlan

The German word for mother is “Mutter” and the first 3 letters “Mut” mean courage. German can be such a detailed language and in this case it is so true and precise. Courage is the word which describes motherhood the most. It already takes courage to be pregnant and to give birth, but the ultimate courage that surpasses each and every idea I had about being a mother is motherhood. I see pregnancy and birth as a start and preparation for motherhood that often exceed words and understanding at first. In any scenario, birthing a child is raw and stirs up a lot of things in hidden places – Oh yes, pregnancy can do that! (cut the crap). Continue reading

Ab jetzt unspektakulär?

B970664A-0764-457E-9AB1-99F3BA291C05Ich glaube das war der unspektakulärste Geburtstag meines Lebens. Es dreht sich nicht mehr um mich. Das Leben hat sich gewendet, gedreht, umfokussiert. Mein Mann versucht mir einen schönen Tag zu bescheren, fährt ganz früh mit beiden Kids in unsere Lieblingsbäckerei und bringt die besten Croissants der East Bay nach Hause, kauft mir Blumen und lässt mich bis kurz vor 9 Uhr schlafen. Sie singen Happy Birthday und ich bekomme einen frisch aufgebrühten Kaffee mit sage und schreibe nicht pasteurisierter Sahne. Dennoch, sogar mit den Blumen in der einen und dem Kaffee in der anderen Hand, sind meine Gedanken schon bei unserer nächsten Morgenaktivität. Continue reading

The sunshine fell off the deck

unnamed-7This is a blogpost for all of you who realized a dream. The dream of a home. I am longing for a deliberate decision about where and how to live. A place to grow and to create. We are at a point where (almost) everything is possible but nothing seems to take us any further. What helped/motivated you to make the move, the jump, the dive, the shift? Tell me, I am curious! Our apartment is too small, the Bay Area so expensive, my job situation is all up in the air and Raj is mainly frustrated and wants to simplify. Continue reading

Cut the crap

IMG_2948A long period of silence. People ask me: what is going on on planetcarmen? Honestly, most of the time, I was wondering that myself. After the cloudjam in Münsingen, I found out that I was pregnant and that was a very, very big surprise. I had only begun to kindle idea of having a second child, but it was enough for a spark to become real – to fly right into my womb, nest and grow. On one hand, I experienced a loss of control and on the other, it felt reaffirming to help this little spark grow as it seemed to know exactly where it was supposed to be. I just didn’t know, where I wanted to be. I felt conflicted, tired, annoyed, confused and most of all overwhelmed. Continue reading

Playground battles

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Picture by Robert Gomez Hernandez

I am still shaken by my experience at the playground today. I feel totally flooded and numb by another mother’s anger executed and poured on me (and my son). I still can’t believe anyone honestly thinks and behaves the way this woman did. I have no acceptance, no tolerance and no understanding for what has happened.

Sequoia found a bucket and a shuffle laying in the sand and started to calmly play with it. A few minutes later an approximately 5 years old girl approached him and wanted the toys. Sequoia certainly did not just give her what she wanted. He is 2. The girl left and shortly after her mother approached me, saying: “I want you to give my daughter her toys back.” Knowing that Sequoia will be understandably upset by her demand, I suggested that we wait a few minutes until he is done with his explorations and she can have her toys. The mother looked at me as if I am crazy and aggressively countered:”Not later, now! These are her toys. If your child wants to play with toys, bring your own!” Continue reading

Fahrvergnügen and me

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Since we are back from Germany, we have been talking about buying a new car. For everyone that knows our present car, an old purplish Saturn, you know why we need a new one :). We decided on a VW Golf Diesel and if possible with manual transmission. I love driving manuals and with all the advantages automatics might have, I still think the Fahrvergnügen is kind of lousy. We talked with car dealers, test drove one car and finally had a very good offer on a brand new Golf. We had scheduled a last appointment to test drive ‘our’ car and then intended to sign the papers. The appointment was on Saturday afternoon. Around noon we got a call from VW Oakland dealership informing us that all sales on diesel cars have been stopped until further notice. How curious!

Now we know that VW fucked up! To update you on the facts: The German car giant has admitted cheating emissions tests in the US! According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), some cars being sold in America had devices in diesel engines that could detect when they were being tested, changing the performance accordingly to improve results. It is unbelievable, but what does that mean to me; being German living in the United States?   Continue reading