Workshops

Workshops are opportunities to delve deeper into personal explorations of dynamic movement meditation. Greater commitments, and greater rewards!

Forthcoming workshops: Nexus, Anna Halprin’s Planetary Dance, A Calling, Ecstatic Dance Under The Sky, Into The Dark.

Nexus

An on-going closed group with Alex Svoboda of FreedomDANCE

Tuesday evenings:

  • 29 May
  • 26 June
  • 17 July
  • 28 August
  • 18 September
  • 23 September
  • 16 October

So much to look forward to this spring.  Just a reminder that the early bird price of £80 applies if paid in full before 1 April, or £95 otherwise. A closed group is a wonderful chance to explore different aspects of being alive to the space, the dance, to each other! Contact Di (dihiwi25@gmail.com) to register. There’s a lovely group of people signing up for this series of dances. Look forward to seeing you again on the dance floor soon!

MAY29

29 May–16 October · St Paul’s CE Primary School Cambridge

Anna Halprin’s Planetary Dance

Cambridge, 23 September 2018, 15:00 –17:30

Join us for this dance of peace and healing!

A free event — everyone is welcome

Contact Di (dihiwi25@gmail.com) to register.


A Calling: Dance Meditation and Shamanic Journeying Workshop

With Pavel Timashkov and Alex Svoboda

Cambridge, 28 – 29 July 2018

“A shamanic technique may be anything that disrupts and confuses the normal stream of thoughts, the habitual experience of emotions and ordinary physiological processes, and then produces a new rhythmic pattern… Dancing is one way of restructuring our consciousness and thereby entering another world.” (Holger Kalweit 1988, Dreamtime & Inner Space: The World of the Shaman)

In our workshop we bring together freedomDANCE, a method of dance meditation and conscious movement, and shamanic practice. Through our dance we will arrive into presence and enter non-ordinary reality, or the world of the shaman. We will climb the World Tree to reach the Upper World and we will decent to the roots to enter the Lower World. We will dance in the Middle World.

A calling.

From the place of presence one sends a call and the veil between ordinary and non-ordinary disappears. The invisible comes in sight.

A calling…

The journey begins, and we find our way to the Lower World – the place of vitality and beauty and a home for Animal Spirit Helpers.

As we swirl in the dance, winds come to join and one becomes the dance itself. The one might hear the whisper.

A calling…

The journey begins and we find our way the Upper World – the place of guidance and wisdom and a home for Spirit Guides and Teachers.

A calling…

Does it come from within?
Does it come from without?
Void starts to whisper its magic…

St Paul’s Primary School, Coronation Street; 10am–6pm Sat & Sun.

Price: £125.

Contact: Di (dihiwi25@gmail.com) or Nicole (nicolesoek@gmail.com).


Ecstatic Dance Under The Sky

Hosted by Body Moves – Ecstatic Awakening Dance

Cambridgeshire, 6 October 2018 5:30–10:30pm

We will gather in a beautiful ancient woodland 10 miles east of Cambridge. The evening will start with a raw Cacao Ceremony. You will then be given headphones for the Ecstatic Awakening Dance session. We will warm up and shake together before moving out into the woods guided by our bodies, breath, music & nature. After the session there will be a lovely hot sauna, hot tubs, cold tubs (for those brave enough!) and a camp fire. The evening is an opportunity to connect deeply with your nature, adventure into the landscape & replenish and relax with kindred spirits.

Further details: www.facebook.com/events/288011061927621

Price: £20 (£1 from each ticket will be given to Winter Comfort)

Contact: bodymoves.ead@gmail.com


Into The Dark

5Rhythms® Heartbeat with Adam Barley

Cambridge, 27–28 October 2018

The Celts understood that all things begin in the dark, and when the nights grow long at Samhain (what we call Halloween), this was their new year. In sync with the land and sky, we’ll take these days to step into our inner darkness: an act of great courage, with no telling what we may find or what may become of us. We choose to trust the flow of life to take us exactly where we need to go, whether that be blissful refuge from all the ‘doing’ of the light world, or confrontation with aspects of ourselves that have been long buried because we couldn’t handle experiencing them at some point in the past.

In we go, on the dance floor, through the 5Rhythms: alive with curiosity, willing to feel, sense, and be present with what arises. In this way we can pick up pieces of our denied power and emerge with them, ready to plant new seeds and step into new ways for the year ahead.

This is a heartbeat-level workshop, practising the ability to embody, express, and release our emotional world through movement. You need to have a good grounding in the physical level of 5Rhythms practice – a minimum of 15 hours is recommended. Please ask if you’re unsure.

St Philip’s Primary School, Vinery Way; Sat 1–8pm, Sun 11am–5pm.

Full price £150; early-bird £135 by 15th Sept.

Contact: Nicole Soek at nicolesoek@gmail.com or phone 07488 332093.


Further afield

Alex Svoboda has regular freedomDANCE workshops in Russia, and also sometimes in Turkey and Greece.

Cathy Ryan has regular Open Floor, 5 Rhythms, and Northern Drum workshops across Europe, in England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Greece, Scandinavia, and further.


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