Ecriture, danse, stage, retraite : Mandoline Whittlesey

Posted on 10 juin 2011



with Mandoline Whittlesey,  featuring Sarah E. Green

October 2nd to 8th, 2011
in Burgundy, France

« Censor the body and you censor breath and speech at the same time. Write yourself. Your body must be heard. » ~Hélène Cixous

We sometimes forget that writing, reading and speaking are physical events. They emerge from—and engage with—all aspects of self, which include a living body.

A few hours a day will be devoted to exploring somatic practices (from the Greek “soma”: of the living body).  These are tools to explore the textures, rhythms and “minds” of our living body in subtle ways: explorations in anatomy/physiology, movement, sensation, and vocal expression, for example.  They can help to ground our words in our subjective experience, to access certain states which lend themselves to more fluid expression, to shed light on our habits, open new pathways, and ultimately expand our expressive range to include the diversity within us.

In the privileged intimacy of a small-group setting, there will be plenty of time to write and receive feedback in group situations as well as one to one sessions with Sarah and Mandoline.
The atmosphere is friendly and informal and the number of writers is kept to 10 to ensure you receive the individual attention you desire.


VENUE: the really big dream company          (

Lyon or Geneva airports and Macon Loche TGV station.

The gorgeous landscape of southern Burgundy provides the back drop to this workshop. The center provides a diversity of places in which to write: the barn studio, the more social atmosphere of the common areas, secluded areas in the gardens and hills around the centre… You’re bound to find insight, rest and encouragement in this inspiring setting.
The event takes place in a beautifully renovated barn and accommodation is on site with all meals taken at the workshop venue. Food is home grown, home made or locally sourced and we offer a local wine tasting on your first evening.

Sarah Green is a Ph.D candidate in Creative Writing at Ohio University. Her poems have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, FIELD, The Cortland Review, and other magazines. She recently won an Iguana Music Grant and will record an album with Andy Cambria as the
bluegrass duo “Heartacre” in 2011. She is the recipient of a 2009 Pushcart Prize, and has been a semi-finalist for the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, and the Discovery/Nation Prize.
Sarah spent seven years studying ballet in her youth, before moving on to jazz and tap, engaging with theater, and finally settling with music and poetry classes. Sarah holds an MFA in Poetry from Purdue University. She has studied both classical and jazz singing with teachers from New England Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory, and the Berklee College of Music. Voice on the page and in the body is an important part of her personal aesthetic, her activism, and her pedagogy.

Mandoline Whittlesey is a French-American poet, professional dancer and performer, certified practitioner of Body-Mind Centering® and body-based therapy, teacher of Contact Improvisation and Authentic Movement.
Based in Paris, deeply passionate about movement, transformation and creative process, she has been performing and teaching for thirteen years in North America and Europe.  She holds a BA in Creative Writing and Dance from Oberlin College, and between 1999 and 2007, she performed with Juliana May (USA), Claire Filmon (FR), Hélène Cathala (FR), and Leonardo Montecchia (ARG/FR), before moving on to develop her own projects and collaborations.  For the past five years, she has been teaching women’s anatomy and physiology, in relationship to an open inquiry into women’s perspectives.  In 2009, Mandoline co-created “Sources”, a two-year training programme in somatic practices (
Embodied writing and embodied voice have become central in her teaching and performing.  In individual sessions, workshops, on stage or in every day life, she shares her enthusiasm for the engaged and expressive nature of the human animal.

All costs are per person. They include the workshop fee plus full room and board:
• Tuition
• Accommodation
• Continental breakfasts
• Buffet lunches
• Suppers including a choice of wine or beer or soft drinks
• Refreshments throughout the day
• Wine tasting event (where you can stock up on additional wine of your own choosing)

Prices /Room type / 6 Days   (there is a limited number of rooms for each choice, but we will do our best to accommodate your needs).

On-site accommodation:
• Shared room (for two) with ensuite shower or bath: 460€
• Shared room (for two) with shared shower or bath: 420€
• Shared room (for four) with shared shower or bath: 380

Neighbouring accommodation:
• Private room for single occupancy in nearby ‘gîte’: 495€
• Private room for single occupancy in nearby hotel: 495€
As places are restricted to 10 writers, early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.


Mandoline Whittlesey
poetics & somatics
+33 (0)6 26 96 25 79