Border Country

Border Country a workshop in Body and Imagination with Miranda Tufnell
June 1 st and 2 nd (10 am - 5pm)
Mainstone Village Hall near Bishops Castle, Shropshire, SY9 5LQ
Border countryside image

There is only one world. Things outside only exist if you go to meet them with everything you carry in yourself. As to the things inside, you will never see them well unless you allow those outside to enter in. Jacques Lusseyran 'And there was Light'.

This workshop, set in the ancient border landscape of Offa's Dyke, is an opportunity to listen, move, and to become more imaginatively awake to ourselves and to our environment. As we slow down we drop below the surface of everyday awareness, unknown aspects of ourselves appear revealing deeper currents of being, of becoming - what John O'Donohue calls the under- earth of our visible life. We begin to sense the primal organising forces at play within our bodies and in the landscape around us. Visibly and invisibly the borders of ourselves are always changing as we sense and respond to what is around us. Memories, associations and stories emerge and coalesce as we move and make. Working solo, with partners and in larger groups we will spend time both outside and in.

Open to all - no previous dance experience needed
Wear warm, loose clothing and bring layers for moving outside, a notebook and some food for shared lunches.
Booking: Cost £100 (deposit £40)
For more information and to book a place, please contact Deborah on 01588 638628 or

Miranda Tufnell ( is a dance artist, writer and teacher in movement and imagination. She is also an Alexander teacher and cranio-sacral therapist. She has been teaching and making performances for over 35 years. Her work, both as a performer and body therapist has been to explore the ways in which movement shapes our sense of meaning, language and perception. With Chris Crickmay she co-authored two handbooks on sourcing creative work entitled Body Space Image (1990) and A Widening Field (2004). She has worked extensively in the field of arts and health including part time (14 years) within the NHS for a GP surgery. Her most recent book, When I Open My Eyes - dance health imagination (2017), documents this work. She has continued to teach widely (including the one-time Dartington College of Arts) and was visiting tutor at UCLAN on their MA in Dance and Somatic Wellbeing. Based in Northumberland, she also offers one-to-one creative space retreats.