Fri Nov 8, 2019 - Mon Nov 11, 2019
Who are the instructors?
Laura Shannon – Ancient Sacred Dance
Joanne and Richard Sales from Dances of Universal Peace featuring all religions, Jewish, Christian, Sufi and Zen Buddhism;
Ann Hilker – Sacred Circle Dance
Taiya Curle – Chakra Dance
Dancing Wolf – Amazing visual arts presentation and past organizer of One Heart Dances
Kimberly Bramadat – Meditative Ecstatic Dance and event organizer.
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.
Kimberly has a passion for collaborating with like minded individuals to create deep inner awe-inspiring workshops that allow people to receive positive affirmations and clarity for next steps in life. She has a Recreation Therapy Degree from the University of Alberta. AND DANCE IS A RECREATION! Re – creating the mind, body, spirit and soul! Her business, Creating Balance Therapies includes: Meditative Ecstatic Dance, 1-1 and group work through Healing Energy Classes, Intuitive massage and is a Reiki Master. She has run international/multi faith healing circles and workshops for many years depending on the need and location.
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.
Friday 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.
“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.” ~Jalaluddin Rumi
Saturday 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
Sunday 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
Monday 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