Tea with Camelia

Tea with Camelia  

Moving storyteller 
I find it hard to relate or remember stories without feeling how they  affect my body, mind and heart. I combine my movement body awareness practise with historical research and story telling to enliven  the body and invigorate the min and to allow my imagination and  intention to drive my  stories into embodied form. 

When I move I tell stories, of how my body is, how it can be, how it wants to be. I  use the stories of creation, the stories of alignment, the stories  of flowers and  metaphors, the stories  of  rivers  and nature  to awaken the life of my  body. I have studied somatic movement intensively and embodied my states of mind as well as sought  to shift  the stories my mind tells me in order to feel new sensations in my body. As a Soros History scholar I enjoy the platform of story telling  and have sought to combine it with the exploration of somatic movement and embodiment to create new meaning and research    how  our body encodes  stories as well as to explore new ways  to play, learn and stay  healthy with moving stories.

Join  me  and get to  know the story of your own body and use your body to embody new stories for your mind.  

This story of this Camelia...
This Camelia grew up on a circus...not any circus but the famous Ringing Bross Barnum Bailey Circus. Movement was my life style for the first seven  years of my life in a very literal sense living in caravans, hotels and a very special train that was adapted to host circus performers and  their families as well as  all the  circus  animals traversing the states of America sharing circus art under a three ring format.  
From the the age of seven I joined my lovely grandparents who became my  parents in Bulgaria. My education was enriched through the lived experience of my country transitioning from a communist political regime towards one of a free market economy in 1989. The transition period was a dynamic personal and social journey and my life story was enrich through a  scholarship through the Open Society  Foundation. This scholarship allowed me to study with some of the brightest young people in Europe and from around the world at the American University  in Bulgaria where I first learned the art of story  telling both with images and words through a BA degree in Journalism with a specialism in photojournalism. 
I was supported to deepen my relationship to story  telling with a very special year exploring history of  art on a Soros scholar at the Central European University in Hungary where  I did my MA in History.  This  experience sensitised me to the  relevance of gender, power and materialist   of historic resources  that define the story telling narrative. I become aware of history/herstory as a  dynamic act of art and power that went beyond our notions of history as one based on fact. This skill of navigating bias and source value  is all the more poignant and relevant in today's social media news consumption where a culture and education of evaluating soures and resources  of stories  is not longer only the prerogative of professional writers and journalist but a requirement for a  healthy civil society. 

The most exciting part of my journey comes  when after working for an International advertising agency on crating narratives of brands such as Chevrolet, P&G and Ideal Standard and a private IB School in Bulgaria I ventured  out to go volunteer on organic farms in France. That led me to a post grad degree at the Sheffield university on Landscape Design that sensitise me to the art of space creation. I was also driven to pursue stories around the expression of our body by studying yoga and joining yoga spaces in India and meditation spaces in Thailand. I have since become an avid and experienced somatic mover training with professional and amateur dancers and somatic movers at Independent Dance, Chisenhale, the Axis Syllabus community at special BMC, yoga and experiential anatomy retreats and courses. 

Embodied  Story Telling  
Making stories come alive through the sensations of  our bodies not only enlivens the mind by helping us learn about our past but also relaxes the heart and refreshes the body by helping us relate to stories with awareness of how they register in  our bodies and the feelings they awaken. The process of embodied story telling brings meaning and connection between our bodies and that of people that lived before us. It also invigorate the mind and body  to have a  happier more dynamic relationship  to  learning that acknowledges that we are not just a head but we have feet, hands, pelvis, legs that all need a bit of attention and are happy  to  respond to story telling and voice. Make story  telling fun  by learning about embodiment.

Breathing meaning into our story (not just his story) by embodying historical knowledge.   

I am a story teller and a dedicated somatic mover who explored our embodied relationship to self, environment and others through narratives. The stories that we embody both as social and private beings can be accessed through movement, language, narrative, sounds, food anything that draws our attention to rest on the sensations in our body which in turn awaken our mind and emotions. I am much more excited to tell stories where I bring the body sensations and personal relationship in to bear and enrich our process of creating meaning. The act of creating meaning is a dynamic field which is known under the name of history but can also be named herstory. 

I have deeply immersed myself  into the her story of tea and enjoy the qualities and potential tea drinking offers us for body mind integration, fluidity, art, beauty, ritual, culture and learning. The botanical name of  tea is Camelia Sinensis. I enjoy sharing a first name  with this beautiful plant that acts as an adaptogen.  Adaptogens are compounds that when entering our system affect us  differently  depending on the  current state of each individual organism. Often tea is associated with antioxidant qualities but it an act as both a relaxing or  invigorating drink depending  on your needs.  That is how I view my own personal exploration of movement practise as a research into the art of responding to my needs and offering practising that are strengthening, softening, invigoration,  raising my awareness  and inviting action. 

Join me for story telling sessions with  tea and gentle movement  for  pleasure, learning  and a heightened sense of  self knowledge and  connection  with the world through the culture of art, story telling and movement. 

My  story telling specialisms are in food, art and garden history! 
Let the stories move through us, make stories meaningful by connecting to the lived experience of  our emotions and body.