it's time to pull together...it takes a village and it's time to put a spark back in ours, your spark! The uncertainty and challenges of the world aren't letting up. After a long period of isolation, we need each other more than ever.
We'll be sharing a dance floor, noticing our commonalities, recognizing each other for our unique contributions. Renew will honor your own internal light and fire and invite you to bring it forth...an offering. Celebrating each who enters the space, this will be a primarily nonverbal experience....share what you'd like....it's more about embodying a part of you that may have been lost, forgotten, or dimmed....your own light and it's power in your community.
Why Dance? What if I don't know how to dance?
This idea may terrify you or excite you....just think about moving to some inspiring music. Dance is something we've done forever....to celebrate, to grieve, to just gather....and there's a gift in being together, fully embodied, leading from our hearts, without words. It's not about getting it right (there isn't a right), it's more about being with your emotions and body completely, showing up fully with others in community, celebrating you and each other in this age-old way of connecting.
Don't worry, we'll have pauses, you won't be dancing for three hours, and we'll also have time to talk and connect (in a more traditional way!). I'll be guiding you and supporting you through this process...nothing to be scared of. The music will be varied....from contemplative to frenzied with a richness of variety in between.
You are perfect fit for Renew if you're looking to:
-- feel more energized from the inside out, reigniting your own spark in community
-- are desiring more connection in a deep and heartful way
-- feel burned out, depleted, and are looking for a shift....within you and with the world
-- don't know where to start with your activism....start close in, with your own body on our communal dance floor
-- find more joy in moving, dancing, and connecting with yourself and others (even if this is a brand new idea to you that initially may make you a bit uncomfortable!)
-- expand your mindfulness practice to include this form of living, breathing, moving meditation
-- pay more attention to the needs/longings of your heart and soul
An acknowledgement of those who's thoughts and words have seeded this event.
--Margaret J. Wheatley, who proposes that we work to create "islands of sanity", a form of activism that starts close in, with your own body.
-- Soul Motion, my training and anchor for the past four years...a conscious dance practice that has kept me connected to a way of moving with emotion and heartfully connected to a larger community. Too many teachers here to mention.
--Francis Weller, who writes about the need for community to support each other during difficult times, in ritual, particularly around grief.
--The Hanai Foundation, their center is where this dance will be held. Their vision is shared by me..."courageous connection". Here's to more of that!
I am actively working to create a diverse environment at my events.
Scholarship funds are available (as well as donations toward scholarship) for those Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LBGQT+, gender fluid, differently abled, and those who are not economically advantaged, by lowering the price to encourage participation.
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"Do not try to save the whole world or do anything grandiose. Instead, create a
clearing in the dense forest of your life." -- Martha Postlewaite
"I would believe only in a God who could dance" --Friedrich Nietzsche
"Deep in our bones lies an intuition that we arrive here carrying a bundle of gifts to offer to the community. Over time, these gifts are meant to be seen, developed, and called into the village at times of need. To feel valued for the gifts with which we are born affirms our worth and dignity. In a sense, it is a form of spiritual employment - simply being who we are confirms our place in the village. That is one of the fundamental understanding about gifts: we can only offer them by being ourselves fully. Gifts are a consequence of authenticity; when we are being true to our natures, the gifts can emerge."