Guest Associate Teacher

Helen Poynor

Helen Poynor runs the Walk of Life Workshop and Training Programme in Non-stylised and Environmental Movement based in the World Heritage Site on the West Dorset/East Devon Coast. An internationally recognised movement teacher, director and performer Helen specialises in movement in natural environments, site-specific, autobiographical and improvisatory performance, and cross art-form collaborations with installation, film, text and the visual arts.

Helen trained with Anna Halprin and her staff at Tamalpa Institute in 1980-81 and has maintained her connection with this work both as an artist and a practitioner including regularly teaching Movement Ritual and the RSVP Cycles for collective creativity. She is co-author with Libby Worth of Anna Halprin (Routledge 2004).

Helen subsequently trained with Suprapto Suryodarmo from Java and is recognised by him as a teacher of non-stylised movement practice.

She is a mentor for established and emerging dancers and performers and a Visiting Professor of Performance at Coventry University. Helen is also a Registered Dance Movement Therapist (ADMP) and a Somatic Movement Therapist (ISMETA) working with individuals in private practice.

Publications include: ‘Yes, But is it Dance?’ in An introduction to Community Dance Practice (Diane Amans, editor, Palgrave Macmillan 2008) and Dancers and Communities, co-editor with Jacqui Simmonds (Ausdance NSW 1997)

Lauren Dowse

Lauren is a Tamalpa UK Associate Teacher and Tamalpa Practitioner. She has worked in the field of dance/performance for the past 25 years. She started her training at the National Centre for Circus Arts, London, and her professional career began as a collaboration with music producer Sven Vath, where she devised, directed and choreographed large scale live art and music events. Lauren continued working with numerous artists in many contexts for stage and television. She then took her work into the education and outreach sector devising and delivering projects for young vulnerable women, disadvantaged families and young adults with Autism.

Lauren teaches creative movement classes and expressive arts workshops and has taught in many settings including The Royal Shakespeare Co, University of Brighton and Clean Break, a theatre-based education company supporting the rehabilitation of women with experience of the criminal justice system. Lauren has spent the last 7 years devising and developing projects for people in recovery from all forms of addiction and her work is sponsored by Create Recovery Arts Charity. Lauren is also a Creative Coach and Wellbeing Mentor at the Academy of Contemporary Music, London.

Lauren graduated from Tamalpa UK in 2013 and was awarded an ArtWorks Scholarship to complete her Level 2 & 3 training with the Tamalpa Institute in California, USA.  Lauren has a first-class BA Hons in Dance and Visual Art, from the University of Brighton.

Through working with numerous artists and collaborators over the decades Lauren developed a passionate commitment to raising awareness of supporting recovery from all forms of addiction using the arts, having experienced the impact that creativity had, not only on her own wellbeing, but on the people she worked with. Lauren is currently presenting expressive performance-based lectures on addiction through her own autobiographical enactment of recovery, she is also a visual artist and writer, her poetry and artwork have been used for various publications, including Soul and Spirit in Dance Movement Psychotherapy by Dr Jill Hayes,Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 

Donna Fallowes

A Creative Educator,  Tamalpa UK Associate Teacher & Tamalpa Practitioner, certified Somatic Movement Educator with ISMETA (International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association). Founder and Creative Director Emerge Arts™ and Emerge Outreach programs™. Artist, Choreographer, Personal Coach, Consultant, Supervisor and programme designer.

Since 1995 Donna has been employed as a lecturer, course leader and workshop leader with, South Essex College and Higher Education , working with them for twelve years. In the departments: Health Care & Public Services/ Media and Performing Arts.

As  founder and creative director of Emerge Arts™ (2001) and Emerge Outreach programs™ (2003), she 

received many commissions to work with government, organizations and businesses, and recently as consultant for a bespoke three-day Health, Arts and Creativity Festival- Hullabaloo.  Emerge2life™ programs™ was launched in 2013 providing  Embodied Mindfulness workshops/Labs. One especially moving piece of work for Donna was for with those living with HIV at the River House Trust in Hammersmith, London.

Donna facilitates Tamalpa Life/Art Process Workshops & offers both group & one to one sessions in Tamalpa Movement based Expressive Arts Therapy. Providing Labs and workshops throughout UK, U.S.A and Australia Donna leads and facilitates workshops centred on the brain-body connection and high level creative functioning

Donna’s interest in the mind/body connection began as a young athlete, British Champion Baton Twirler, representing England in the European and World Championships (Belgium/Italy-1985). Her early career as a

professional dancer/actress/vocalist/choreographer allowed her to deepen her understanding of the mind/body relationship. The study of Aikido awakened her to mind-body connection and higher states of consciousness.

Her current area of interest is “Human Potential” through brain-body connection and consciousness. Helping people both understand and utilise the power of the brain-body connection and creativity to access higher states of consciousness. To develop our human potential as we venture into this new period in history and our emergent conscious evolution.