May Arboretum Society

The May Arboretum Society Will Host an International Scholar and Somatic Educator L. Martina Young with the SWAN Lectures

Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Reno, Nevada – The May Arboretum Society is excited to host The SWAN Lectures – a 20-hour somatic, writing and performance workshop offered over two weekends.

The SWAN Lectures is the collaboration and community outreach component of dance artist and scholar L. Martina Young’s life project, “SWAN: a poetical inquiry in dance, text & memoir.” Through her ongoing and extensive research of the swan image in myth, music, literature, poetry, philosophy, alchemy, dance and art, participants explore universal themes suggested by the swan image using movement, lecture, discourse and writing.

Themes include dignity, beauty, finding voice, solitude, aging, limitation, power and grace. At the heart of this unique and timely workshop is Ms. Young’s deep perception of the neuro-biological relationship between image, body and empathy. The 20-hour workshop will conclude with a public presentation of both facilitator and participant experiences. As part of the registration, each participant will received a newly published, signed text authored by Ms. Young.

L. Martina Young, PhD, is an internationally recognized movement investigator, scholar, dance artist and somatic educator. The May Arboretum Society is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the operations and sustainability of the Arboretum. 

Date(s) and location:  The Ranch House at the May Arboretum and Botanical Garden within Rancho San Rafael Regional Park - 1595 North Sierra Street, Reno 20-hours on the following dates: October 29th through November 1st and November 6th through November 8th. Early registration is recommended.

Cost: $225 for General Public and $25 for members (if became a MAS member by July 2015)


Diane Rugg, Events Chair 


May Arboretum Society

Reno-Sparks, NV,
United States


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