Wild Moves is a series of outdoor mindful movement events where people gather together to dance outside in areas of outstanding natural beauty such as down on the sea shore, or out in the redwoods.
We use "silent disco" style headsets to deliver our outdoor dance experiences; the sessions are gently guided through the headsets, letting us find the freedom of moving together in areas of wild nature- with no nasty noise pollution to the surrounding environment.
Wild Moves events offer a free form dance practice, so all you need is the willingness to follow your own feet! There are no steps to learn and nothing to get right. No previous experience is necessary- you are warmly welcome to join exactly as you are.
We use the dance is a potent movement-based mindfulness practice. It’s a great way to enjoy ourselves, to exercise and to meditate- all in the same moment! Dancing in this way not only increase our physical agility and fitness; it also increases our authenticity, our emotional awarenes and our effectiveness in the wider world as we become more embodied. There is potency in being present; our dance practice supports us to keep coming back to being here, now.
When we dance outdoors we feel connected: to ourselves, to the others that come together to dance and to the wider world around us. Compassion and community grows. When we are outdoors our vision get wider, we relax and receive more, we becoming open to greater intuition and increased insight. There is no doubt that nature nurtures us.
“We often forget that we are nature.
Nature is not something separate from us.
So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature. We’ve lost our connection to ourselves.”
— Andy Goldsworthy
"What a great day it was...so beautiful to dance out in the elements..." - Participant
Wild Moves events are facilitated by accredited 5 Rhythms teacher, moving meditation guide, writer and accomplished dance producer Tess Howell, whom has been running these highly popular events in the UK and world-wide since 2012.
Tess leads these events with warmth, vitality, humour and depth; skillfully using the dance to guide us back towards what matters most in life.
Tess also runs a movement based contemporary rites of passage programme and in 2019 will offer online version of the programme, which explores how creativity, community and connection can make our lives more meaningful.
Tess is now in the San Francisco area since early 2019 and is now offering regular events in the Marin/Bay area as well as her usual summer series in Brighton UK.
For more info on Tess'work as a dance producer, coach and mentor please click here.
Please see Shape Shifting for our online programme for supporting times of change.
22nd June 2019- Tess writes: At the end of this week I’m doing the Movement Medicine "long dance"- 72 hours straight of dancing. We all dance for something outside of ourselves, fundraising for charities, holding an intention as we deep dive dance throughout the whole period; making the whole 3 days straight of dancing a give-away to some mighty good causes. I’m raising money to support the use of dance and music to soothe and stimulate dementia sufferers and to support others to set up initiatives to bring this work into dementia care in as widespread way as possible. The notion of bringing as much life as possible into our lives whilst we are here is an important one to me. Music and dance substantially enhances the day to day experience of those whose lives are now sadly smaller than they once were as the dementia takes hold. I’m delighted to dance for charities whom are taking these ways of working into dementia care. If you feel to donate -I'd love your support....
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On being nurtured by nature and the paradox of place: yes on one level we can create our own internal environment where ever we go; yet on another level the physical and environmental space around us certainly helps us to drop in deep. To unfurl, unfold and encounter our own aliveness more. We can be much more receptive to life and to those around us when we have physical space! Take Speaking on the subway -a strict taboo, vs talking and walking amongst the trees -a pure pleasure! Nature nurtures us and we're generally sweeter and softer for it... It's not just that we move in nature- as some separate species- It's more that we get to literally re-member that we are our own wild nature- a living, breathing, vital part of this planet we live on! I can literally release and relax so much more when I'm out of urban areas and back into that beloved good green stuff! It's one of the reasons that I love leading the dance outdoors- we can surrender into sweetness- out under clear skies, feeling warmth and breeze and beauty- connected to ourselves and the mystery we are moving through. We make time and space to touch into the deeper currents within ourselves and to be touched by the wider world around us. Life lived deeply can be delicious. Receiving reality... relishing living life 🦋. so go forth and move outdoors my dears. #movementmatters #wildmoves #5rhythmsinnature #danceoutdoors movementmatters #followyourfeet #cultivatingchange #movingmeditation #soulinmotion #embodiment #movementismagic #soulinmotion #danceinnature #forestdance #staywildchild
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Nature so nurtures us. We need it (& right now it needs us too…) We are not some kind of crazy minded “Hominid Disconnectus” evolving into ever more disembodied misery! We are alive: here- now. It would serve us well to be present to the potentness inherent within that possibility! Yes indeed- indoor dancefloors can be amazing places- yet for me there’s nothing more potent than being #embodied within in the our natural environment. About 7 years ago I started facilitate outdoor #dance events. I knew that time after time my two great soothing salves in life were dancing and spending time in nature, and I got curious as to what magic might happen when we brought the two together. For many millennia humans danced out under the stars, earth underfoot- supported by the beat of the drum. Then a few hundred years back someone invent studio and all of sudden our dance had to happen within walls. Time to take it back outdoors methinks! “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately…& not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived…’ Thoreau Time after time I see people finish our woodland dance sessions filled with a sense of aliveness, eyes shining bright- like something inside their internal system has been polished up by their own presence. When we move away from the muttering mind we get to see what is right there in front of us. There is much in the world that is magnificent- from the roar of the ocean, right down to the tiny plants that grow through the sidewalk. We’re not separate from these things- we are a part of this world. There is big beauty even amidst all that it broken on the planet in these potent times. We are a part of it all. We belong here- standing under tall trees we may hear them whisper their wisdom on the wind – catching a moment of wonder. We are no less miraculous than the bloom of night jasmin, no less sweet than any kind of wild furry creature… I’d encourage you to get outdoors & dare to dance deeply so that you loose your sense of separate self- arriving right here- in the midst of your life, #visceral, vivid, #present to the potentness of it all. #wildmoves #5rhythmsinnature #movementmatters #danceoutdoors