Wisdom and Wonder

Retreat Day, near San Fran USA

Sunday 9th June 2019

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Wisdom and Wonder: a retreat day of dance outdoors out on 200 acres of stunning private land in North Marin -just 40 minutes North of San Francisco.


We will explore the theme of wisdom and wonder throughout the day. Will listen in to the wisdom within our bodies by using the dance to drop down out of the brain, coming in close to our somatic sensations, seeing what is happening within us, in each unfolding moment.


We will come into wonder by getting present to the great grace of the living world around us. We will let nature nurture us: recharging, refreshing, renewing ourselves with shared time outdoors.


We will begin with a morning 5 Rhythms dance session out on the land. There are no dance steps to learn and nothing to "get right", just a willingness to dive deeply into the dance and to be with our own experience. Dance sessions will take place using "silent disco" headsets so that there is no noise pollution to the surrounding environment -with music and gentle guidance delivered through the headsets. We will then walk the large land-labyrinth there- listening in deeply to own wisdom.

For lunch we will have a delicious farm-to-table shared feast together in the EarthRise restaurant.

In the afternoon we will start with a simple-sharing circle in the shady oak grove; finishing up with another deep-dive dance session out under the cover of the trees, coming back in to close contact with what is wise and wonder-filled, within us and around us.


The day is facilitated by accredited 5 Rhythms teacher, moving meditation guide 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.


About the venue: Earth Rise is a retreat centre with 200 cares of spectacular private land with rolling hills, circling hawks and rooted oaks. It is located in San Antonio, just two minutes off junction 467 North on Highway 101, roughly 40 minutes out of San Francisco.

The centre was founded by Dr. Edgar Mitchell’s, one of the Apollo astronauts whom witnessed the earth rise from space and was completely awestruck and wonder-filled by its beauty. On his return to earth he co-founded the retreat centre to create a daily reminder of the life-changing moment when he (and then through those infamous "earth rise in space" photos -all of humanity)— witnessed the majesty of our beautiful blue planet emerging from the darkness. We can’t think of a better place to spend the day coming back to the wisdom and wonder of it all.


Earth Rise Retreat Centre, 101 San Antonio Rd, Petaluma, CA 94952

Date: Sunday June 9th from 1030 am to 5pm.


Super early bird rate: $85 by 1st May, early bird $105 by 26th May, full price $125.

There are a limited number of concession/reduced price bursary places available- please private message us for info.


Price includes delicious farm to table lunch at the EarthRise restaurant.

Free parking on site.


Cancellation Policy:30 days in advance: $15 cancellation fee. 14 days in advance: $40 cancellation fee. No refunds can be issued less than 14 days from the start of a workshop.


Suitable for ages 18 to 108!


"One morning you might wake up to realize that the knot in your stomach had loosened itself and slipped away, and that the pit of unfulfilled longing in your heart had gradually, and without your really noticing, been filled in—patched like a pothole, not quite the same as it was, but good enough. And in that moment it might occur to you that your life, though not the way you planned it, and maybe not even entirely the way you wanted it, is nonetheless—persistently, abundantly, miraculously exactly the way it is."- Lynn Ungar


Women Wisdom, Wildness Wonder.

A Sunday soul tending session.

Sunday 7th June. Sussex UK

We will gather as group of women exploring what is means to be both wild and wise in our lives. How can we tend to our (so needed) wild soul- our inner experience and still be sensible, self- sustaining adults?

How can we make room for wonder amidst all that we must tend to day today? How can we make space amidst the busyness to find the wisdom within us?


This will be an afternoon that gives us space to connect- to ourselves, to each other, to the lovely land around us.

We will dance the 5Rhythms (hopefully out of doors with the silent disco headsets if the weather is good)

We will use the creative arts to listen in deep to what is true for each of us.

We will sit in circle on the land hearing each others hearts.

We embody what we need to see us through.

( if the weather is awful then we will do all of this indoors inside the super-sweet Iford Villege Hall).

http://www.ifordhall.co.uk/location.html

Early bird. £30/ £25 concessions

Full price £40, £35 concessions.

Be warmly welcomed to join us.


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Woodland Dance day

Bluebells and Beauty

Near Brighton, UK

Monday 6th May 2019

Dance with us amidst the bluebell woods in Stanmer Park at this bank holiday Monday springtime special.

The workshop will take place just after the May-day festival of Beltane and the woods are in full bloom with bluebells. We will dance in a wooded clearing bordering the bluebells in this public park (whilst being careful not to squish them underfoot!) Dance session will take place using silent disco headsets so that there is no noise pollution to the surrounding environment. The day will involve an outdoor dance session followed by a simple sharing circle and time to be still in nature.

When we dance we can drop down out of our minds, landing back in to our bodies- giving ourselves the gift of our own attention. There are no steps to learn in 5Rhythms dance- just a willingness to dive into the dance and to be with our own experience.

We will let nature nurture us, recharging, refreshing, renewing ourselves with shared time outdoors, coming back in to closeness with what is wild and wonder-filled within us and around us.

We will work in Stanmer Park which is easily accessible by both car and public transport from Brighton, Lewes and London. Full meeting place info is sent on booking.

Movement matters-a workshop for honouring times of change

Are you going through a time of change and growth in life?

Feeling big shifts abounding and wondering what happens next?


Come join us in Brighton on the 17/18th November 2018 for a weekend workshop supporting us to skilfully negotiate times of change. We will take time to be with what is shifting and changing shape in our lives.

We will we take time to honour what was;

Learn to be with what is-accepting and allowing it and into the heart;

Then boldly and bravely find our next steps forwards.

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When we get clear on our choices, then our lives do change, things do get better. When we can develop our ability to listen to our internal somatic signals we have an invaluable source of awareness in making healthy decisions and making wise moves. Dance is an ideal modality for working in this way. The dance floor is place where we can discover what really does matter to us as we move through life. The dance is a container that can constructively challenge us to move in the direction of what matters most. It teaches us to learn to live our lives deeply centred in our own core. The dance also allows a space to “freak freely” in substance free environment, offering safe ways to “shake it off” and question the status quo (and let’s face it -it feels mighty good to have our ego beaten into submission by a badass bassline too!) The 5 Rhythms lets us move at our own rate and temp, to honour the needs of our own body whilst still being part of a moving whole. We create a tribe of mindful movers; ready and willing to witness each other, to see and celebrate what is so for each individual. There is a unity to be found in bodies moving in unison in the beat that meets that human need for connection, collaboration, co creation. In two weeks we will gather for “Movement Matters- a weekend workshop honouring times of change.” We will create meaning by putting markers in our own journey. We will cultivate our own response-ability by moving in the direction of our dreams. We will work out of a stunning studio right on Brighton’s seashore, dancing indoors and out and finishing up with a fire where the sea meets the land... taking meaningful moments to be with what is. Y’all warmly welcome. Early bird price closes today. Book via website in bio. #embodiment #5rhythms #movementmatters #wildmoves #dancingpath #danceinnature #movementismedicine #dancetribe #wildspirit #consciousdance #wildnature #movingmeditation #soulinmotion #personalgrowth #movement #retreat #wakeupanddance #livelifefully #madeofmagic #allowingauthenticity #authenticmovement #danceritual #firsesidedance #naturenurtures #movementismagic #movementmedicine #bodybasedwisdom #brighton

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Wild as the Wind


A woodland based 5Rhythms workshop for women.


Next date:

Saturday 28th July


11am to 5.00 pm. £35


It seems that sometimes as women we show up as soft summer breezes- gently caressing everything we touch; other days it feels like an irrational, irrepressible storm arises unforeseen from somewhere within us.....

Join us for this one day workshop involving morning and afternoon outdoor dance sessions, sharing circle and simple nature-based ceremony.


It seems that sometimes as women we show up as soft summer breezes- gently caressing everything we touch; other days it feels like an irrational, irrepressible storm arises unforeseen from somewhere within us. We will use the dance to learn to be with all the ways that life shows up- within us and around us. When we dance we can drop down out of our minds, landing back in to our bodies- giving ourselves the gift of our own attention: moving with the mystery- inside and outside us.


We will let nature nurture us, tending to our wild soul- recharging, refreshing, renewing ourselves with shared time outdoors.

We will practice accepting, allowing and appreciating ourselves- just as we are.

We will make space for those whispers of intuition that we may hear on the wind, coming back in to closeness with what is wild and wonder-filled within us.


Dance session will take place using silent disco headsets so that there is no noise pollution to the surrounding environment.

We will work near Stanmer Park which is easily accessible by both car and public transport from Brighton, Lewes and London.


Please bring lunch to share.

Spaces are limited so early booking is highly recommended.


Weather: This event takes place England - it may well rain! (though please hold the vision of sunshine...) If it is grey or drizzly then the event will go ahead and we will stay warm under the shelter of trees, wearing lots of layers and sharing hot drinks- and no refunds for bad weather will be given.

If full-on torrential rain/storms are forecast then we will cancel the event by 5pm on the day before with cancellation notification sent out via meetup. In the event of this advance cancellation due to bad weather then a full refund to anyone booked will be given.




SHE TALKS ABOUT THE WIND

By Jack Crimmins


a woman is restless in the evening wind

she has traveled far

nurtured, danced in cities,

held men, held women, been held by them,

lost and lost again

kept her own mind

her sadness and grief within

she knows the mysteries of hidden things

takes sustenance from the earth

again and again

she's pierced her heart early

and known the blood of time

and in her knowledge

there is an art

of living

a quiet truth

at evening she waits

and makes decisions

to dance or hide with the wind

to dance sometimes and gather strength

to hide sometimes and find freedom within

she knows the earth and trusts the wind