Classes and Workshops

Charlotte Darbyshire has been teaching movement classes and workshops for 20 years and is now a certified Somatic Movement Educator and Movement Therapist.


She offers movement workshops here at Le Relais for adults with or without movement experience.

Currently her classes are taught in English, but translated into French by Jessie Laverton.


“My hope is to create a space where we can look at the body more closely and use it as a starting point for exploration and movement - to deepen our personal connection with our bodies and to become more present. Rather than teaching a ‘class’ in a traditional sense, I would like to engage in a shared enquiry, that may involve visualization, ‘hands on’ work in pairs, exploratory movement and reflection.”

Each series comprises of 6 x 2.5 hr workshops and has a particular theme.


The first series, in Spring 2014, focused on our bones – the skeletal system.


“The skeleton provides the framework, the inherent structure, of our bodily form, which allows for both mobility and support. Sensing into and moving from our bones can offer us a sense of form, clarity in space, and light, effortless but grounded movement. It also offers a greater range and complexity of finely articulated movement possibilities.”

The second series, in Autumn 2014, focused on

Infant Movement Patterns:

“The Infant Movement Patterns have been a great support for me personally and as a dancer. Revisiting each stage of an infant’s development helps us to connect more deeply with our bodies and to build a clear relationship with the ground and space. This means that we are better supported, aligned and can find more ease in movement.”

The developmental process establishes the basic patterns of all our movement. In human infants this refers to the development of movement from cell to fetal movement, to crawling, creeping and walking. This closely parallels the development of movement in the animal kingdom, from the one-celled animals through to the primates.

“This sequence leads us from our “being” to our “doing” nature – from bonding and grounding to developing a sense of self, reaching out in play, creative action, and relationship. The natural unfolding of the developmental patterns underlies all areas of future learning in the infant, child, and adult.” (Hartley, 1989)

For different reasons, we may skip a stage or not fully integrate another, which will not only impede our physical development and efficient functioning, but will also effect our behaviour, thinking, feeling or ways of acting. However, we all hold the potential for each of these movement patterns, and returning to them, as adults, gives us the opportunity to re-pattern or better integrate them. This in turn supports our physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual health.

The third series, in Spring 2015, was an exploration of our organs.


“In addition to their physiological functioning, the organs serve an important role in the support of bodily movement and posture. The fullness and aliveness of the organs give support to our muscles and skeleton from the inside. They are also very connected to our emotions so working with the organs can connect us to our “gut” feelings and reactions.

We will use the breath, visualization, partner-work and movement to connect with specific organs and activate their support and energy.”


Charlotte is now offering individual Movement Therapy sessions,

at a reduced rate of 20 euros.

Each session is centred on the individual, but usually involves some talking, hands-on bodywork and some gentle moving. Sessions usually last an hour. We can arrange a time that suits us both.