Body Poetry

Training Course – Embodied Arts Laboratory

October 4th – 14th 2019

Brivezac, France


About the project

Body Poetry​ was a space for creativity, art and inspirational sparks where we shared Theatre, Dance, Circus​, Body Expression​ and other embodied arts methods to be used in youth work as powerful tools for Social Inclusion.

The program was designed for two types of participants:

⌲ Embodied arts facilitators: Those working with the body in a creative way (theatre, dance, movement practices, contact improvisation, circus, martial arts, street art, body expression, bodywork, impro techniques…) and that have experience facilitating in front of the group.

⌲ Youth workers: Those working with young people at risk of Social Exclusion (including young people with disabilities, Roma community and with migrant backgrounds, LGBTIQ+ young people…) that are interested in embodied arts methods but don’t have much experience and tools for applying them with their target group.



Our Training Course – Embodied Arts Laboratory was a meeting point for the Embodied Arts Facilitators and Youth Workers to share ideas, approaches, techniques and experiences with colleagues working with body methods and in the field of Social Inclusion from all over Europe:

As an Embodied Arts Facilitator, our participants had the chance to receive training in Embodied Arts forms proposed by our Body Poetry Facilitators and by other colleagues from all over Europe. They had the chance to facilitate a workshop for sharing with the youth workers from their area of expertise and to work together mentoring a group for designing inclusive workshops for young people at risk of Social Exclusion.

As a Youth Worker, our participants had the chance to receive training in different Embodied Arts forms by Facilitators from all over Europe. They got tools for adapting the Embodied Arts methods for meeting the needs of their target group and received mentoring on how to design, implement and evaluate inclusive Embodied Arts workshops for groups of young people at risk of Social Exclusion.

As a result of the project, the Embodied Arts Facilitators received professional peer-training and had the chance to practice their facilitation and mentoring skills. At the same time, the Youth Workers acquired successfully new tools from every partner to bring them back to their organisations and local communities.


Program & Methods

This Training Program was based on an Experiential Learning approach, being highly participatory and interactive. We had an immersive program full of experiences, movement and action!

In Body Poetry the participant was the creator of their own experience, guided by the facilitators and supported by the group. Their individual learning process took place in a safe space and in a team-oriented and group-supported environment.

The non-formal education methods that we used are Embodied Arts such as Social Theatre, Dance, Body Expression, Circus, Body Awareness and Movement practices along with individual and group reflection and conceptualisation processes. Our Embodied Arts Laboratory included also workshops facilitated by participants.

Curious about the training course? Look, some beautiful photos by our talented Roos Bik here!



Our trainers

Gabriel Vivas Martínez

Gabriel is an actor, trainer and researcher based in London, UK. He has received education and training in Social Theatre and Performance in countries such as Estonia, Italy, Malta and Poland. He has been collaborating as a pedagogue of inclusive drama and embodied arts workshops with minorities (Young people with disabilities, young refugees and asylum seekers, LGBTIQ+ young people…) with different European organisations. He is currently studying an MA in Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama – University of London.

Jordan Herreros

Jordan is a learning facilitator and space holder with experience in designing and facilitating experiential learning programmes for youth and youth workers in Spain, Estonia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Romania, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Greece and Liechtenstein. Among his experiential learning methods, he uses body expression and movement practices as powerful tools to create a safe space for people to connect with themselves and to connect with others through their bodies. Visit his Salto-Youth trainer profile.


Our home

Our home during the training was once again Homade – an artistic training centre located in the small village of Brivezac. The funky house is a renovated barn with a big workshop room, kitchen, dining and chill-out area and a big green garden. During their stay, they were accommodated in rooms of 2 or 3 people with the same gender

Fully vegetarian meals will be provided within this accommodation during the whole program. Our cook will prepare lunch and dinner, and the breakfast is self-prepared by the participants who will have the ingredients and equipment available each morning.

The house is self-managed by our group, which was responsible for living together during the course. It is a normal part of our educational approach and encourages community spirit, responsibility and sharing. Everyday tasks like cleaning and setting tables are shared by participants, as part of the sustainable living experience making it feel like a good place for us.


Brivezac: a village located in the Corrèze department of the Limousin region. It is located on the right bank of the river Dordogne and has a community of 175 inhabitants. The church of Saint-Pierre, in the heart of the village, has one of the oldest Roman portals in Limousin. The interior of the village is a patchwork of old houses built from stones of the ruins of old buildings and pebbles from the Dordogne. The bridge over the Dordogne crossing Brivezac offers a beautiful viewpoint between cliffs and fields bordering the stream. Find out more information about the location here.


Timeframe of the project

Applications deadline: 31st July 2019

Selection results: Until 10th August 2019

Confirmation by participants and booking of travel tickets: Until 15th August 2019

Arrival day: 04th October 2019

Start of the programme: 05th October 2019

End of the programme: 13th October 2019

Departure day: 14th October 2019



This training course has been co-funded by the Erasmus+ Program. If you would like to find out more about the program, please visit


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