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  Description of Courses

Workshops and Lessons / Small Groups:
     Toronto, Ontario, Canada and other locations to be announced

Awaken your Creativity — workshops or classes on creativity, voice and movement
   Description of the workshops

What is LearningMethods:
     General description of the LearningMethods work

Individual Lessons and Small Groups

Toronto, Ontario, Canada:
   Anytime (by appointment)
   Teaching Address: 19 Stephen Drive, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada M8Y 3M7   (see map)

   contact Eillen:
            or tel: +1 416-519-5470


Awaken Your Creativity:

A workshop together or ongoing classes to explore the creative and expressive possibilities of voice and movement.

To improvise is to be spontaneous and to respond to the first thing that comes to you.

It is about trusting what comes as something real and true for yourself just because it comes by itself from somewhere in you..

It means to experience your own feelings or ideas of the moment without judgment, control, or intellectual interpretation.

The workshop will help you to explore this in-the-moment creativity of your own sounds and movements though group activities and games.

The time together will be led by where you are at each moment—your interests, insights and anything that comes up for you.

No particular skill in singing or movement is necessary; you will discover your own music and dance.

The goal is to awaken your own in-built creativity by learning how to allow it to emerge. So we can enter for a week-end in a space of free...

It's all about the joy of the process and the discovery of your creativity.

Improvisation is an inspiring path to discover new ways of experiencing yourself and your unique richness, to stimulate your imagination, feelings and energy, without having to know specific vocabulary, notes or movements.

The purpose of the workshop is not about performing, it is about what it means to improvise in the present moment and what this process will reveal. It can also be a powerful tool to connect you to the deep experiences existing in your life so that you can allow them to move and flow through you.

In using our voices it is common enough for some to experience fears, tensions or self-consciousness. If anything comes up, we will take the time to work through this so that everyone feels comfortable with the process.

The workshop is a practical means to learn more about experimenting (the LearningMethods process). Improvisation is following your own ideas and feelings of the moment. It is a powerful way to become more aware of what comes up for oneself — first to realize what's there and second to follow this response without judgment, control or abstracted interpretation.

Eillen will help you to explore the creative process of using the material that comes up for you in one experiment to move onto the next one. By learning how to be in touch with your own explorations and experiences, you can learn how you can continue by yourself after the workshop.

Getting 'a taste' of following your own impulse no matter what you think about or what the others are thinking about it can have many implications in your everyday life — learning to recognizing and responding to your own desires out of your own values.

This way of improvising is a very tangible way of getting back in touch with yourself, of being "responsible" to your own values. When we are comfortable in responding from our inner creative self, fun is naturally there because we are true to ourselves and experiencing our own 'perfect' uniqueness.

Information and Organizing:
If you want more information about this workshop or to organize one in your city, contact:

Eillen Sellam
            or tel: +1 416-519-5470

Here are some quotes from students after this workshop:

"Thank you again for a truly amazing session last week, completely unlike anything I've experienced before, a very powerful way of accessing deep places within one's psyche, of acknowledging and connecting with hidden areas of one's life."
   A student who is training to become an osteopath.

And a great opportunity to let myself sound in a way (in front of other people, and letting them think what they want) that I wouldn't let happen at other times. Very freeing! And I was very happily surprised at the sounds and abilities that I had inside me."
    A professional musician and LearningMethods teacher

The workshop with you opened up a new area for me, I can't stop moving my body. When I am alone I often feel like expressing myself by moving around in all sorts of ways. A big surprise to me that voice improvisation could lead to this!"
     Professional classical musician

" I found it fascinating to see what did come up for me—life issues—in context with the improvisation... The territory of imagination and creativity was extremely interesting for me!"
   Physical therapist, Alexander Technique teacher


LearningMethods: Learn to Know Yourself

How to discover and learn about yourself and for yourself

What can we do when we are going through situations with psychological or physical difficulties? Especially when these problems reappear over and over. Often we look at these symptoms as problems that we want to get rid of, but instead we can listen to those symptoms as a message—a signal to wake us up and tell us that something is wrong or something doesn’t work. With this attitude, we make available our intelligence and our talent for exploration and learning!

This learning process uses direct and simple tools to look at what happened before the symptom appeared. What was my feeling at this moment?  What was I up to?  How did I react to the situation? ...to the symptom?  This research allows us to identify and to localize in time the problem and to understand better how we get caught in repetitive habits and how we can escape them.

Being in touch with yourself gives you all the necessary information to navigate your life. With my guidance and questions, I help you to get at the causes of your difficulties. There we often find fixed ideas or unrealistic expectations that are the root of the problem.

Our human ability to learn is innate; we all experience it in the first few months of our lives, when we learned to walk, etc. We can regain access to this inheritance so we can take advantage of this natural ability and learn to learn from our difficulties, our experiences and our discoveries.

Learning to know and to accept ourselves is freeing ourselves from the inside struggles. If we stop trying to change ourselves, be perfect and get it right, new abilities are revealed.

My job as a teacher is simply to facilitate this discovery of yourself. The classes and the workshops are driven by your questions, your explorations, and your experiments and experiences.

If you are a performer or practicing an art (professional or not), if you have some difficulties or tensions or if you want to look closer to certain aspects of your personal or relationship life, I can help you to clarify your process, your questions, and to make new experiments. Musicians, singers, dancers or actors, bring your instrument, your text or music. We can explore together your attitude, your performance and your intention.

The classes and the workshops are for anyone who wishes to learn about themselves, to explore an activity or an art and who is willing to question their way of seeing things.

During the group classes or the workshops, each student has the opportunity to address an issue, to share, to understand and to explore a practical and personal work. These small groups of 4 to 6 students create a rich dynamic with lots of support from each other allowing us to learn a lot from each other. But if you prefer to discover this approach on your own, you are welcome to take an appointment for individual classes.


For more information and booking, contact:

Eillen Sellam
Tel: +1 416-519-5470   
19 Stephen Drive, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada M8Y 3M7


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