Workshop Programme

We have been running workshops here at Penpynfarch since we first arrived in 2003. Currently workshops are run by “this is somatic.....” Eeva and Andy's teaching and creative partnership. Our aim with the workshop programme and our other work is to further understanding in the field of somatic learning and creativity and particularly to encourage enquiry into the relationship between embodiment and the natural environment.

Somatic.(adj)..... of or relating to our body as a lived experience ... of or relating to our lived experience as it appears in the body.

“this is somatic....”  run workshops taught by Eeva and Andy and also by visiting teachers who inspire us and with whom we share common ground. We hope to create possibilities of exchange and cross fertilization between people living and working in rural West Wales and people living in urban centres and the broader world.

For details of ongoing workshops with Andy Paget and Eeva-Maria Mutka in the Studio & land:

Read our Current Newsletter here.

Filming Body and Earth web-based resource

We used to run an international workshop programme titled  Body, Movement, Environment for 8 years 2003-2010, including regular residential courses (Body and Earth with Andrea Olsen and Caryn McHose), Easter retreats (with Miranda Tufnell), family oriented residentials (SONS with Simon Whitehead and Little Seeds with Tracey West and Eeva-Maria), weekend workshops (with Adam Benjamin and Oguri amongst many others) and a mentoring programme (with Guy Dartnell). 

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Reviews about our Studio

"A huge thank you from all of us for letting us come to Penpynfarch.  We had a very productive and creative time, and felt very welcomed.  I look forward to returning at some point."   - Tom Bailey, Mechanimal, Dec 2017.

"We all had an amazing time and can't think of a more beautiful place to have spent that week so thank you for allowing us to come and make an awful racket."  - Patrick Smith, Eskimo Chain, Nov 2017.

"This truly is a magical haven + perfect for our Zen retreat." Zen Association Wales, Feb 2017.

"I have been visiting and working at Penpynfarch for many years. What creativity takes is a delicate thing. It can't be forced, it needs time, space, privacy, and for me, a slowing down. The beautiful walks nearby hold this precious time and energy, something unpressured occurs. I urge anyone who has the opportunity to work in the studio or grounds to take it." - Jo Fong 

"Penpynfarch is one of those rare places where improvisors working intensively can delve deeper into their personal journeys and public faces. The work in this safest of environments has, over the past years been as deep and rich as the landscape that surrounds us. We have danced, laughed, cried, eaten (very well) played sumo on the beach and shouted at the sky." - Adam Benjamin

"Penpynfarch is an invaluable facility...It's a great place to get away to, where you can really focus on what you want to explore and achieve, undistracted by the usual stuff that's going on in the city."  - Guy Dartnell 

"The facilities and idyllic location perfectly supported our creative process. We would thoroughly recommend Penpynfarch and look forward to returning in the future."  - Fecund Theatre 

“Pen Pynfarch is a tender place to immerse oneself in the forest and farm land of Wales. This fecundity nourishes the senses and helps bring alive a naturally resonant community. It is a place quiet enough for creativity to flourish and in which the movements within the body find reflection in the natural world.”
- Caryn McHose, Resources In Movement, New Hampshire, US

“Penpynfarch is set up to develop a deeper understanding and care for the living body, alongside care for the rhythms and needs of land . Set at the head of a steeply wooded valley, at the end of a road, it’s a unique place to work together, a place where a passionate care for the ecology of our lives infuses everything that happens.” - Miranda Tufnell

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