Jackie Sheppard. Photo by Sudeep Lingameni

Movement and Meditation to Re-Inhabit Ourselves

Thu, 3 Nov 2022 7:00 am

150 Princes Street
Carlton North, VIC, 3054

Fri, 18 Nov 2022 7:00 am

Moss Studios
101 Evans St,
Brunswick VIC 3056

Fri, 25 Nov 2022 7:00 am

Moss Studios
101 Evans St,
Brunswick VIC 3056

Fri, 2 Dec 2022 7:00 am

Moss Studios
101 Evans St,
Brunswick VIC 3056


Dancehouse and Moss Studio


Free Event.
Bookings required.


Event accessibility
Wheelchair Access

Jackie Sheppard will lead participants through a process of breathwork, meditation, visualization and movement that will help initiate a sense of belonging to oneself, a settling into the here and now, and a deepening of connection to stories that exist within us on a spiritual and DNA level.

Maura García will lead participants through dance explorations grounded in the cultural values and stories that shape her movement vocabulary and choreography. Incorporating various ways of responding to creative prompts, her workshop includes exercises focusing on deep listening, breathing , speech, individual movement and group movement.

Jackie and Maura will be exploring new concepts that arise as a result of their International Indigenous Cultural Exchange project. Additionally they will weave in techniques and theories from their individual practices and earlier workshops.

Drawing on the mediums of movement, storytelling, imagination, and connection to place, Jackie will guide a journey of story-mapping where participants can intentionally begin softening the borders between ourselves and our inner-most stories, while expanding on our sense of existence beyond reductive paradigms.

3 Nov workshop will be facilitated by Jackie; 18 Nov workshop will be facilitated by Maura; and 25 Nov and 2 Dec will be co-facilitated by Jackie and Maura.

After a 2 year pandemic delay, Maura García will be in Naarm (aka Melbourne, Australia) from November 14th - December 4th as part of the Lighton International Artist Exchange Program (LIAEP).

The International Indigenous Indigenous Cultural Exchange project will be collaboratively directed by Indigenous dance artists Jackie Sheppard (Kurtjar/Kunjen) and Maura García (non-enrolled Cherokee/Mattamuskeet). Their focus will be on building stories through cultural expression in a performative context. Additionally, they will engage with local Indigenous community, who will feed into and be a part of the creative outcome.

There will be an opportunity to respond to the exercises using free-form movement, which will help unfold the discoveries further; and a chance for reflection and discussion.

This workshop is for creatives of colour living around Melbourne.

Our workshops are free to attend, but spaces are limited and bookings are essential so book your spot to explore the journey of Movement and Meditation to Re-Inhabit Ourselves with Jackie Sheppard.

Ahead of the Curve: Workshop Series is supported by The Victorian Department of Families, Fairness and Housing.

Event accessibility
Wheelchair Access


Jackie Sheppard

Performer, Storyteller, Dancer and Workshop Facilitator

Jackie Sheppard is a mixed medium performer, storyteller, dancer and workshop facilitator. Their creations are inspired by the multilayered narratives of Sovereign peoples. Jackie attempts to identify and interrogate Ancestral, Inter-generational and meta-physical narratives that are relative to Blak lived experiences. Focusing on Somatic, Spiritual and Sub-conscious “bodies”, Jackie seeks to shed light in dark places, exploring taboo and complex topics. They have studied dance at NAISDA Dance College, Acting at WAAPA’s Aboriginal Theatre Course, and are presently studying Somatic Movement Therapy (SMT) where they are working towards a reclamation process of Indigenous Embodied practices. Jackie has extensive experience in community engagement and has worked in a diverse range of spaces nationally. Their work encompasses using bodywork & storytelling to cultivate inner awareness and truth-telling in Bla(c)k, People of Colour and LQBTQI+ communities (Creatives of Colour; Serpent Spirals, Koorie Pride Victoria & Switchboard VIC). Jackie has been a guest lecturer at the Victorian College of the Arts for the Master of Dance student Cohort. They have experience in circus, puppetry & writing. Some notable projects Jackie has co-devised are: The Honouring (a solo show created & performed by Jacki Sheppard with creative guidance and direction by Rachael Maza, Tim Denton, Jasmin Sheppard, Rinske Ginsberg & Jacob Boehme); Chasing Smoke (Casus Circus); Wild Australia – Men in Chains by Jacki Sheppard; & Crackpipe Dreaming @ Melbourne Fringe Festival, 2019. Jackie has recently been appointed by Koorie Pride Victoria as First Nations Creative Coodinator for new festival, ‘FesTevares’; And is officially embarking on their new ongoing research project, ‘SENTIENCE’, through the Art X Science Residency through Arts House and the Science Gallery Melbourne.

Maura García

Dancer, Choreographer and Erotic Artist

Maura García inspires audiences to liberate themselves through vibrant performances that uplift Indigenous cultural values and harness the sensual rhythms of the natural world. Maura (non-enrolled Cherokee/Mattamuskeet) is a dancer, choreographer and erotic artist. From stages to music videos to the outdoors, her creations reflect the power of stories to form and change our realities.