Fri Nov 8, 2019 - Mon Nov 11, 2019
3:00 pm Welcome in the hall then Dinner, singing prayer before the meal (Unitarian Universalist Tradition)
7:00 – 9:00 pm Intro of participants: create a statement of intention for The Spiritual Bouquet of Dance, explanation of the hybrid of movement theology: begin your personal theological journal writing. Ending with a simple community spiral dance.
9:00 – 11:30 am Dance of Universal Peace: web info: Joanne and Richard Sales
The Dances of Universal Peace are simple, meditative, joyous, multi-cultural circle dances that use sacred phrases, chants, music, and movements from the many traditions of the earth to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and others. Based on the work begun in the late ’60s by Samuel L. Lewis, they promote peace and integration within individuals and groups worldwide. There are no performers nor audience – new arrivals and old hands form the circle together. And, no prior experience is necessary!
The dances have been used as a tool in many spiritual communities, citizen diplomacy, therapeutic and educational settings. Through the efforts of the International Network for the Dances of Universal Peace, the dances have an increasingly global community and continue to expand in both scope and quality. Joyful, uplifting and unifying. No experience is necessary – just an open heart and mind.
1:30 – 4:00 Ancient Sacred Circle Dance: presentation and movement: Laura Shannon
an illustrated talk on the Ancient History of Sacred Dance, followed by an experiential session of Women’s Ritual Dances of Greece and the Balkans. These dances, which I have researched myself in the villages over the past 3 decades, are ancient traditional circle dances which have roots in the Neolithic period, going back up to 10,000 years. They honour the Divine Mother in her earliest names and forms, and they are still living ritual dances in the present-day Christian tradition.
7:00 – 9:00 The Practise: Hybrid of Movement Theology – Meditative Ecstatic Dance
9:30 – 11:30 Sacred circle dancing- Ann Hilker:
This popular dance combines modern choreographed dances with traditional circle dances, more information to come
1:30 – 3:30 PUBLIC Welcome!
A Hybrid of Movement Theologies and your personal journey. With Laura Shannon, Sacred Circle Dance, Joanne Sales- Dance of Universal Peace, Meditation, sharing/healing circle, sacred circle dancing – journaling, getting back into the larger community
Breakfast, Pack up, drop off-keys
10:00 – 11:30 Last gathering Spiritual Bouquet of Dance: A hybrid of Movement Theologies.
Bring your own piece of yourself to share if you wish: a Meaningful song, poem, short dance to end this workshop and begin your new journey anew.
Universal Dance of Peace will lead us out to ponder on this Remembrance Day.
Lunch & goodbyes
Who are the instructors?
Laura Shannon – Ancient Sacred Dance – laurashannon.net
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Laura Shannon is known worldwide for her pioneering approach to traditional women’s dances as tools for healing and transformation. Traditional Greek, Balkan and Armenian dances embody an ancient worldview of sustainability, community, and reverence for the earth. Blending folk dance, circle dance and dance/movement therapy, Laura’s teaching seeks to rekindle this awareness and to rediscover the hidden wisdom encoded in the dances. With more than 30 years of experience researching and teaching, Laura is considered to be one of the ‘grandmothers’ of the circle dance movement and brings her inspiring workshops, performances and trainings to over twenty countries.
Anne Hilker – Sacred Circle Dance –circledancing.com
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Anne Hilker has danced in a weekly circle for the past 18 years. She takes joy in sharing dances with local, provincial, national and international Sacred Dance circles. Anne has been especially influenced by cultural studies and women’s traditional Balkan dancing in Lesvos, Greece.
Taiya Curle – Chakra Dance – windblossommassage.ca
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Dancing Wolf – artoftheheart.ca
Amazing visual arts presentation and past organizer of One Heart
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Music has moved me inside and out since I was little. My stepfather was a Jazz buff through and through and Louis Armstrong was his trumpet playing Pied Piper. I remember, as children, we would be rewarded a dime for every song we could identify. I never got rich but the wealth of passion I absorbed was immeasurable even if jazz was never my go to genre.
One of the defining moments in my life was in 1967. I turned 12 in the Summer Of Love yet not tuned in at all to Peace and Love… but… that Christmas I got a small black transistor radio and it’s affect on me was profound. It was like a sun rose on a whole new world except it happened at night when I went to bed, such sonic and poetic illumination. Listening to Dylan, Young, Mitchell, Morrison and so many others influenced my mind enormously and at 16 I started writing simple poems and a few years later started making mixed tapes and sharing my favourite songs at parties, mine and others. It was a happy harbinger of things to come. I had almost a 1000 LPs in my 20s and spent much of my spare time listening and sharing music.
One summer night in 1978 I went to a house party and I will never forget hearing the Blues and dancing from the front door right through to the back door and outside again, that’s when dancing really got me and has never left.
Fast forward into my early 40s and for 9 years, starting in the mid 90s, I had a radio show, called Planet Folk, at the University of Victoria’s radio station CFUV. It was during this time that I was introduced to World Music and because of that wonderful experience and then spinning that planetary sparkle over the airwaves, I decided to share the sonic gems on the dance floor. So I created Dance Of The One Heart, a monthly opportunity for people of all ages to come together, in a substance free environment and move their minds, hearts and bodies to something other than top 40 and golden oldies. It was at these events that I began creating Altars and Sacred Space and projecting photography and art (mine and others) so Dancers could delight in each other, moving music and also an energetic ambiance to embrace or be embraced by.
I produced the One Heart Dances for over 20 years in Victoria and beyond, including many of the Gulf Islands. Speaking of which, I now live on Cortes Island, on the West Coast of B. C. where, as an artist, poet, dj a photographer and dancer, I have creatively flourished in this often sublime oasis of beauty, solitude and osmosis. Being surrounded by the remote wilds of nature and a wildly creative Community has humbled and inspired me to reach deeper into the “wellspring”.
At the end of 2017 I started my 3rd radio show, long having a dream to share poems and music on the same program. 83 shows later From The Muse’s Garden. on CKTZ, cortesradio.ca. has been a huge part of my life and has deeply touched many a listener.
Researching for meaningful poems and music to meet them emotionally has been such a healing journey for me both vibrationally and otherwise. Soon afterward I was asked to spin, on a rotational basis (not double speak) for the Awake In Me Dance Meditation that happens on Cortes year round on every second Sunday. Given the rhythmically gentle, yet often extremely deep emotional message/massage of this 75 minute exploration into our personal relationships with sound and lyric, body and being, my 25 years as an alternative DJ and my deep love for Meditative Movement have made me a good fit for the experience and one I honour very deeply.
So these are some of the blossoms I will bring to The Spiritual Bouquet of Dance…. as well as my musical medicine chest and ambient delights.
Thank You For Reading, Dancing Wolf
Kimberly Bramadat – Meditative Ecstatic Dance and event organizer.
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Kimberly completed an Intensive Meditation Teachers course over 25 years ago, and since then she has been connecting with her own blended theology using inner wisdom through meditation and play. She has taught classes in Personal Energy Awareness through meditation in Ontario, Manitoba, BC and Mexico. She is known for assisting in youth and adult Unitarian Universalist Church programs like the Unitarian Women’s retreat that has happened at the Bethlehem Centre many times over the years.
Kimberly has been using dance as a therapy in her life forever, however, in 2008, made a commitment to use dance as a healing modality to deepen the relationship with herself. Now, she is ready to spread her wings by sharing this experience with you. Woohoo! Get ready to be moved.
All will speak of the healing power of dance and how dance can strengthen the personal theological path. Journal writing will ground the individual, making sense of the emotions found on the dance floor.