Moving between – sensing body and environment

“ What more there is lies within the mountain. Something moves between it and me. Place and a mind may interpenetrate till the nature of both is altered.”
Nan Shepherd, The Living Mountain.

Join Simone Kenyon to explore the practices, training and research she has developed over the past 5 years in creating her new project, Into The Mountain. Informed by Nan Shepherd’s prose and her invitation to come to know a place through sensory and embodied encounter, Into The Mountain is a performative expedition that attempts an unearthing of movement and bodily knowledge of the Cairngorms mountain range.

This 1-day workshop will introduce some of Simone’s approaches to making movement work in relation to outdoor environments. After an overnight stay in Glenfeshie Hostel, Sunday will begin with studio-based physical work drawing upon Body Weather and somatic practices, aiming to tune our sensory, embodied focus through touch-based and imagination-led improvisation. This refining of gentle attentiveness to human and non-human connectivity will frame the afternoon work outdoors around the Glenfeshie area. The workshop includes studio based training in Body Weather practices and sharing of the research and writing that has informed Simone’s most recent project, as well as time spent working outdoors utilising some of these key principles that have influenced her work more broadly.

For further information about Into the Mountain please visit:

Workshop Schedule:

Saturday 20 October
17:00 Gather at Glenfeshie Hostel
18:00 Group introductions and meal
Sunday 21 October
10:00 Studio Work
12:00 Lunch
13:30 Outdoor Work
17:00 Reflection

Who is it for?

This workshop is for professional dancers, artists and mature students working in performance, dance and interdisciplinary contexts with a willingness to work physically and in all weathers. It is also an opportunity to engage with the artist and practices mentioned, before considering participating in a 3 day workshop in spring 2019 organised by Dance North. The maximum number of people on the course will be 12.

What to bring:

Please bring appropriate waterproof and warm clothing suitable for the autumn Scottish climate. Whilst we will provide a gluten free vegetarian meal on the Saturday, please bring any additional food you may require, including alternative milk substitutes for drinks and your choice of bread, for breakfast and snaks. Please also bring money for your lunch on the Sunday.

About Simone Kenyon:

Simone Kenyon is a UK based performance maker and Feldenkrais practitioner. She creates works that encompasses dance, somatic practices and performance events for both urban and rural contexts. She also collaborates with long term partner Neil Callaghan. Simone is part of a team who organise Body Weather UK trainings and rural residential workshops in the UK. She has practiced for the past 15 years predominantly with Body Weather Amsterdam and Christine Quoiraud (Fr). Simone was a Tramway Associate Artist in 2017 and is currently a Dance North DNA artist.

How to get there:

Distances and times from major centres

  • Edinburgh 125 miles / 2 ¾ hours
  • Glasgow 138 miles / 3 hours
  • Aberdeen 96 miles / 2 1/2 hours
  • Inverness 42 miles / 1 hour

Grid Reference of Hostel:


OS 1:50,000 Landranger Map 35
OS 1:25,000 Explorer Map 402
OS 1:25,000 Outdoor Leisure Map 3 – The Cairngorms National Park

Directions: Train stations at Kingussie (15km) and Aviemore (15km). Buses stop at Kingussie and Aviemore; a limited number stop at Kincraig (7km). If you are planning to come by train please contact us and we will organise transport between Kingussie and the hostel.

By car or bike: from Kingussie take B9152 to Kincraig. Turn right at Kincraig, down unclassified road, after 2 km turn left onto B970 towards Feshiebridge. After travelling 1.5km, cross the River Feshie, travel another 300mtrs and then turn right onto a road signposted hostel, follow for 4km.

Where and When

5pm, Saturday 20 October – 6pm, Sunday 21 October 
Glenfeshie Hostel, Kincraig, Inverness-shire PH21 1NH