Stretch Class for the Imagination
A workshop working with your Life Images
- facilitated by Dawn Garisch

“Ask not what the image means, ask what it wants.”
- James Hillman, Jungian analyst

Fri 16th 7 – 10pm, Sat 17th 9 – 5pm & Sun 18th Nov 10 – 3pm
The Forge, 12 Windsor Road, Kalk Bay
R1400 per person

For info & bookings please contact Dawn at

The premise of this workshop is that we each have a life motif that is more or less unconscious. A motif is a distinctive idea, or theme. It derives from music and literature and other art forms, where the writer or artist elaborates on and develops a central theme.

We live both the rational and symbolic aspects of our lives concurrently, with reason held in higher regard than the non-rational. Yet the difficulties we repeatedly encounter in relationships, illness, injury, employment, finance and creativity, are frequently and maddeningly resistant to logic. In this workshop, we will identify the central symbols and images that underlie and drive our lives. Conjoined to our beliefs, motivations, resistances, addictions, desires, faiths, criticisms and confidence (or lack thereof) are powerful symbol/images. While these remain hidden and static, they can play havoc; if they are acknowledged and engaged with, they can refresh and rekindle us.

Through paying attention to early and recurrent dreams, early favoured stories and poignant memories, life changing events, chronic illness, and stuck patterns, we can regain the symbols that form and inform the foundation upon which we live and out of which we create. Instead of using our rational minds to critique, diagnose and incise, we will tangentially approach the images that arrive by means of imagination, exploring this impulse through the non-rational. Using movement, writing, drawing, clay sculpture, collage, story-telling, sound and visualisation, we will aid those images - resident but dormant within our bodies and life motifs - to emerge and evolve.

Imagination is an extraordinary tool. We tend to use it to constrain ourselves through fear, self-deception and false assumptions, thereby preventing ourselves from finding out who we are and what we are doing on this earth. Commerce and social constructs use images to manipulate and to control us. In this workshop we will reclaim imagination as a means to release ourselves into awe and creativity, connectedness and purpose, awareness and pleasure. Through becoming conscious of and engaging with the images that shape our lives, we will engender ways to live a flesh-out, creative and fully-fledged life.

This workshop can be helpful to anyone who feels the need to refresh his or her life force or creative projects. Although this is a group process, much of the work will be done individually. Anyone can benefit regardless of skills, training or experience.

About Dawn Garisch

Dawn Garisch has had five novels, a poetry collection published, a short play and short film produced, and has written for television, magazines and newspapers. Three of her novels have been published in the UK. In 2010 Trespass was short-listed for the Commonwealth prize in Africa, and in 2011 her poem Miracle won the EU Sol Plaatjie Poetry Award. A non-fiction work Eloquent Body was published by Modjaji in March – first edition has sold out. She runs workshops on writing and creative method, is a practising medical doctor and lives in Cape Town.

Beginners/intermediate course with Ronan Skillen

8 classes - 2 hours per class
Every Monday and Wednesday 18:00 until 20:00
Starting 5th November and ending 28th November 2012
The Forge, 12 Windsor Road, Kalk Bay
R1600 per person

Must have your own instrument.

For info and bookings (workshop is limited to 10 people) please contact Ronan at or

About Ronan Skillen

Ronan’s musical career started age ten with 7 years of classical French horn training in Germany. He was given his first ‘real’ didgeridoo by master drummer, Emmanuel Gomado from Ghana, and was fortunate to meet a great Tabla maestro, Ustad Akram Khan, in 2003. Ronan has been exploring a fusion of tabla, percussion and didgeridoo within one context by means of a hybrid percussion kit which he has designed. This has become part of his permanent set-up and demonstrates a rich textural variety as well as an intriguing versatility. Many of his instruments are hand made by him and often come directly from percussion sounds found in nature. Ronan has featured his sound in genres across the board from classical through rock, folk, electro, jazz, world music and hip hop. Ronan has performed in S.A., Germany, Switzerland, Holland, France, U.K. & India and has featured on many recordings and film scores.

Some noteworthy collaborations include performances with Johnny Clegg, Ricardo Garcia from Spain, Jazzart, Freshlyground, Hot Water, La Rosa- Spanish Dance Theatre , Cherif Sisokho from Senegal, Monique Hellenberg, Hilton Schilder, Babu, Jan Galega Brönnimann, Saadet Türköz, Nadja Stoller, Omri Hason, Werner Hasler, Guy Collins and TONIK which won a SAMA (South African Music Award) for ‘Best Instrumental Album 2008′.