Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

On completion of the laboratory students are able to understand meaning and sense of the work, in terms of comprhehension of concepts and their crucial relations, taking into account theoretical concerns as well as empirical and experimental ones.

Course contents

The workshop is a space-time for "giving voice to the body and body to silence".

The most significant existential and educational themes cannot be considered the exclusive prerogative of a merely intellectual understanding; they call for a systemic cohesion of discernment, sensitivity, intuition and action. Probing the perception of one's own corporeality means, in the first instance, recognising oneself physically: what supports us, makes us move, act, live. We support ourselves on the ground, we move upwards, we step forward, involving skeleton, joints, muscles, organs, blood, breath, intention. Expressing one's presence in the world cannot be separated from the posture we hold. Learning to find roots, letting one's weight descend to the ground and penetrate deeply beyond it; learning to find momentum, extending the spinal column upwards, ideally overcoming every barrier; learning to breathe freeing the rhythm from tensions and resistances are the steps to take a position in existence and say "I am here, present". Learning to access one's inner resources to feel and realise a deep sense of unity and wellbeing.This laboratory aims to exercise body, mind and breath, to experience their interconnection, to learn a lot about ourselves from our body linked to our mind and breath. Muscles, posture, rythm of breath tell us a lot of our habit, and we should be aware of our posture as that is also our posture in our existence. Human being learn by a huge variety of way; learning is art and art needs a connection between intellectual ability, understanding activity, sensibility, insight and action. It is a real AESTHETIC EXPERIENCE. Learning through body-mind-breath experiences is learning to “feel” and “listen” deeply, by listening and proprely feeling our self is a way to learn how to feel and listen others. So every exercise is bound to enhance awareness of our posture and correct it, in different situation: standing still, walking, sitting, laying.

Every exercise aims to let the student feel:

  • I can find my place correctly in the space
  • I can lead my attention to the gesture or even in static situation
  • I am able to listen the rythm of my breath, feel the right tension of my muscles, feel what is near, insiede, and outside my bodily experience.

- Education to access one's own internal resources: self-empowerment, self-efficacy, resilience

- Experience practices of reflexivity, perceptual exploration, rootedness and connection

-Introduction to meditative practice

- Education through silence

- Education at dialoguing

We need to root educational process on caring process: we need to care our gesture. A cared gesture allow us to feel interest, to express skill, to make experience of beauty wich is also a very important instance of care. Taking care of human being, living being, nature and objects is beautiful. As human being we are requested to proprely develop our humanties, and this need care, need training and need a proper behaviour

The body express how we live, how we feel: who we are. It is needed to learn how become more conscious of body languages, needs and being involved in a project of matched education and health instances.


Cavana L., Casadei R., Pedagogia come direzione. Ricerca di senso tra dinamiche esistenziali ed esigenze professionali, Roma, Aracne, 2016

Further references and documents will be provided during lessons time.

Teaching methods

Training through corporeality means a selected method involving body and mind as a unity. It offfers tools for a deep and profund learning. Intellectual understanding comes across a comprehensive understanding through experience. Understanding, action and reflection over it.

Assessment methods

Exercises on crucial core of the whole work, through direct practice - meant as expression of the comprehension

Teaching tools

Main teaching "tool" is body, mind, breathe.

In addition to the bibliography, tools will be selected in order to enhance discussion, collaborative learning, mutual comparison.

Office hours

See the website of Rita Casadei


Good health and well-being Quality education Life on land

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.