Josa-Jones, will speak about the The Common Body which means that your body is not separate from another human body or from the body of the horse, the praying mantis, the hummingbird, the manatee or the earth itself. We all share a cellular intelligence that is expressed in different ways and shaped by our experiences and preferences.
She feels that the false idea of our separateness is deeply harmful and disruptive. It teaches us to experience ourselves as essentially disconnected from the world and from other beings, particularly of other species. A central theme of her book is that the horses can help us with whatever needs helping. They often illuminate issues or life lessons in ways that our human companions may not. She believes that they can give us insights into the places that we are stuck – places of resistance or habits of body and mind that have become serious impediments to our ability to open fully to our desires.
Through stories, strategies, and over 65 meditations and gentle exercises, Josa-Jones shows us both how to develop this awareness away from the horse, as well as how being with the horse can help this consciousness continue to evolve.
Josa-Jones work includes choreography for humans, inter-species work with horses, dancers and riders, film and video. She has been called “one of the country’s leading choreographic conceptualists” by the Boston Globe. Her dances have been produced in Russia, Europe, Mexico and throughout the United States. She has taught in the dance programs at Tufts University, Boston University and at universities, colleges and dance festivals nationally and internationally. She is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst and a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist. She is also a Guild-Certified practitioner and a Somatic Experiencing ® practitioner. Her writings on movement and dance have been published in “Contact Quarterly”.