grotowski praxis Workshop



The Art of Facilitation: holding space for others so they become 

stewards of their experience and agents of their art-making.




Wendy vanden Heuvel and Raïna von Waldenburg unpack the Grotowski work from the perspective of the facilitator.

 In this intimate workshop participants will be exposed to fundamental principles, philosophies, skills, and

forms that we as facilitators use to create safe space 

and open creative flow for other people.    


July 29, 30 & 31 in Vancouver, BC

Join daily us for this in-depth training at the historic Western Front in the spacious EDAM Dance studio (with the smoothest wooden floor you've ever felt!) 

EDAM Dance, 303 E 8th Ave, Vancouver, BC

Praxis includes lectures/sharing and demos by faculty, group discussion, facilitation-practicums by participants, analysis and feedback. 


  • Transmissivity: you as source (always, in everything you do!)
  • Intuitive Navigating: what parts of you to bring into the work. When and why?
  • Transparency: I Am One Who, calling yourself out while facilitating
  • Collaboration: working with yourself while working with others 


  • Listening with your whole body (mirror neurons, empathy)
  • How to read a human being: what are you looking for and why? 
  • Diagnostics: perceiving psycho-physical patterns 
  • Homeopathy: recognizing energetic G spots; material as medicine
  • Learning to read the room 
  • Facilitating feedback



  • Via Negativa: why “teaching or fixing others” is not the point 
  • The importance of asking questions (and resist giving answers) 
  • Embrace the unknown: fear & loathing together
  • Flexibility/Structure: letting go of ideas/modifying plans 
  • Working with paradox: if a thing is true then so is its opposite
  • Letting go of narratives


  • I Am NOT One Who!!! How to work with resistance
  • Creating safe and playful containers for violent impulses
  • Fierce compassion vs being “nice”
  • Action in the work: precision and detail, staying on task
  • Diving In: partnering with students while they work
  • Trauma in the body: tread gently… when in doubt, safety first
  • Pig in the Mud/Aesthetic Distance: the role of feelings in art-making

*IMPORTANT: This workshop will be filmed in whole or in part. 

See below for more information.

'There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action,

and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.

If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost.

The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is,

nor how valuable it is, nor how it compares with other expressions.

It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly,

to keep the channel open.'– Martha Graham



JULY 29, 30 & 31st, 2019

*Please bring a bag lunch as well as snacks daily and a water bottle as discussions and work will continue through meals.


EDAM Dance, 303 E 8th Ave, Vancouver, BC

This workshop at EDAM takes place on the un-ceded territory of the  

Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw, Tsleil-Waututh, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh sníchim nations.

Before & After the Workshop

TO COMPLETE BEFORE  the workshop 

By June 15th (*Note new due date), accepted participants are asked to write and submit a detailed essay (truth serum) describing their interest in and/or experience with praxis/pedagogy/facilitation of the Grotowski work. Based on the responses, Wendy and Raïna will assign each participant material to work on in class, in collaboration with one or more fellow participant(s), as their practicum. 


Thirty (30) days after the workshop has concluded, participants are asked to submit an in-depth evaluation 

of their process/practicum.  



We believe strongly in the value of this work and the need for its documentation. It is our intention that this 3-day workshop be filmed, entirely or in parts.  The filming is for documentation, education, archive  as well as possible promotional purposes (which will be done with respect and emotional sensitivity).  All participants will need to sign a formal release and will be provided with footage. Please note that by applying to this workshop you are agreeing to be part of this filming project.  If you have questions, please contact us.