What is the Mindful Actor Workshop?



The Mindful Actor Workshops all use the Chakra system as a guide and a tool. We explore acting and movement based exercises to cultivate embodied presence and a deeper understanding of the human condition as it relates to the energy body.

No acting experience needed or necessary to get something out of this course, but an open mind and willingness to play is key. 

In all classes, the intention is to get you out of your box, out of your head, and into body awareness.

Along the way, the work will gently help you discover your blocks in life and give you tools to begin to move past them. By understanding how you hold your energy, finding balance and wholeness becomes an achievable process.


There are two avenues for the class: 

-For Creatives: 

Anyone who is looking to shake things up in their lives and come back to the authenticity of the present moment. Learn more about the Chakras and how tuning into them can be life changing for daily living. Express yourself in a safe environment, and get in touch with yourself through play, dance, meditation and poetry. 

-For Actors: 

It is a “process” class for those who are looking for a new and more embodied approach to creating well defined characters.  If we use the Chakras to calibrate the body, we then have access to an instrument that freely connects with any human condition. Lose your habits, find new physicality and honour your impulses.


The Mindful Actor Workshop Classes

Four 3 hour in class sessions & 3-4 hours of work at home - $288

**Payment is due on or before the first class. After the workshop has begun, there may be no refunds, only deferred enrollment.

**10% discount to all returning students and VFS alumni & payment plans available

Level 1 - 4 week Intensive

4 Thursdays of the month, we go through the entire system of the Chakras and how they affect your life and your art. Look at how you hold your energy and how to break down how a character would hold theirs.

No pre- req or acting experience necessary.

Curriculum:

  • Following the liberating current (going from Root to Crown) we learn to understand how you hold your energy and how it unconsciously affects your life

  • Grounding, meditation and vocal warm up techniqes to support your creativity

  • Understanding the themes in each Chakra and how it applies to character work

  • How to use Chakras to change your physical energy set in an effortless way that in turn opens up your intuition 

  • Chakra healing exercises including yoga and simple Qi-gong

  • Improvisational work with each different Chakra state (excessive and deficient)

  • Authentic Movement exercises

  • Homework: Work with poetry, morning pages, gratitude and weekly Chakra themed activities

 

Four hours - Once a month Drop in -  $88 

**Payment is due on or before the first class. After the workshop has begun, there may be no refunds, only deferred enrollment.

**10% discount to all returning students and VFS alumni & payment plans available

Drop Ins - 4 Hour Intensives

Going deeper into the Chakras, these 4 hour intensives focus on one of the major Chakras. Held once a month, these can be refreshers with extra exercises to dive deeper and build on your Mindful Actor work or they can be stand alone - no pre req class is required. 

Curriculum 

  • Information about the specific Chakra theme

  • Acting exercises related to the themes and extremes of the Chakra

  • Bio-energetic grounding techniques and simple Qi-gong exercises

  • Yoga poses associated with that Chakra, improv and work with the energy of that Chakra

  • Guided meditation and meditation tools

  • Improvisation 

 

Four 3 hour in class sessions & 3-4 hours of work at home - $250

**Payment is due on or before the first class. After the workshop has begun, there may be no refunds, only deferred enrolment.

**Sorry, no discount in this class

Level 2 - Scene Study OR Monologue Study

This scene study will build on the theories and techniques from the Mindful Actor Workshop, and guide you deeper into the work with the Chakras. Make clear character choices and let the words do the work. This scene study or monologue class is designed to help you dissect a scene and work freely in a compassionate environment. The monologue class will leave you with a polished 1- 2 minute monologue for your arsenal.

Pre req- Level 1 or all 7 Chakra Drop Ins.

Curriculum:

  • Following the Manifesting current (going from Crown to Root), and how it applies to manifesting what you want in life

  • Script analysis and breaking down characters 

  • Mapping out a character's energy set, based on the text, and getting it into your body

  • Deeper understanding of each Chakra's themes and how balancing your centres creates fertile ground for your creativity

  • Meditation techniques for on set and in the audition room

  • Homework: Script work, Morning pages, gratitude and weekly Chakra themed activities

 

45 minutes. No pre-req or experience necessary   $15

**Payment is due on or before the first class. After the workshop has begun, there may be no refunds, only deferred enrolment.

**Sorry, no discount in this class

Chakra Meditation - Drop In

This meditation class will build on the techniques from the Mindful Actor Workshop, and guide you deeper into the work with the Chakras, while teaching simple meditation tools. 

Truly a guided meditation, these sessions will feature live music from musician Steven Beddall, who works with sound tones that promote deep relaxation

 

 

3 hours. Drop In. Pre-req Level 1   $88

**Payment is due on or before the first class. After the workshop has begun, there may be no refunds, only deferred enrolment.

**Sorry, no discount in this class

MAW Workout - Drop In

Continue your study and use of the Chakras going through the different Chakra states using text of your choosing. Focusing on Characters, how to make quick Chakra assessments based on text for cold reads. Improv component. 

Go through an hour and a half long Mindful Actor Warm Up, and then work on text of your choosing or poetry with different Chakra states.

 

Why study the Chakras?

As you understand your energy chakras, you will be opened up to a deeper understanding of yourself and those around you. Awareness of the chakras will then allow you to create a different physical and intuitive emotional life through which your characters will live.

Tapping into the unused resource of our 7 Chakras, you will explore how channeling your energy in a certain way opens you up to intuitive and intelligent impulses in your acting. 

A Mindful Actor class will help you discern what is an authentic impulse and what is just you trying to stay safe and think your way through things. Using the Chakras will help you access emotions effortlessly and give you another tool when deconstructing characters - giving them an emotionally supported physicality. By knowing the "energy set" of the character, you can completely transform into it. 

 
The 7 chakras take us along the full spectrum of human consciousness and in that way they provide a formula for wholeness. The Chakra system is really a universal template for understanding human consciousness and behaviour.
— Anode Judith, Author - Wheels of Light, Western Body Eastern Mind, Chakra Yoga, Creating on Purpose
The Chakras are moving, vibrating, pulsating wheels of light.
Connecting with them gives us a better understanding of ourselves and the way in which we relate to our partners and all who [come into] our lives.
— Ruth White, Author - Working with your Chakras