I am spending some time in the studio, but we are still dancing!
did not know that the concept of a Sabbatical comes from the Bible
itself, from a passage in Genesis in which God rested (literally,
"ceased" from his labour) after creating the universe, and it is applied
to people (Jew and Gentile, slave and free) and even to beasts of
burden in one of the Ten Commandments. All agriculture was stopped
during these periods, so even the land itself was given a Sabbath. Sabbatical
has come to mean any extended absence in the career of an individual in
order to achieve something. One takes sabbatical typically to fulfill
some goal, e.g., like writing a book or traveling extensively for research. And,
it happens, usually, every seven years.
So, after seven years of teaching 5Rhythms regularly in Dallas, I am taking a creative break during February and March in order to get my dancing house in order! I will be dancing, meditating, making art, writing, tending to my muses, and completely redesigning the schedule and 5Rhythms offerings that I am creating for us for the remainder of 2016.
To those of you who attend our Sunday practice regularly...
THANK you from my the bottom of my feet to my center of my heart! Your fierce commitment to embodied creativity, open heartedness, and intimate community is my constant inspiration. I am deeply grateful for the freedom you are giving me to gather my energies for this downtime and creative exploration, trusting that there will be some juicy dances coming our way soon!.
Fear not! There are may opportunities to dance in the next few months and throughout 2016... This is but a preview of coming attractions.
We have some masterful 5Rhythms teachers coming our way to offer deep dive workshops. So stay tuned.
And Susanne Haces and I will be offering Essential Waves - Deep Amazing Dances on 3rd Fridays from February until August at the Sammons Center.
Stay tuned for new offerings in Plano and Fort Worth, Another round of Sacred Ritual Prayer Dance. Labyrinth Sunset Walk and Ritual for Spring Equinox. Black Tent Gatherings for Women in Mid Life. Closed Ongoing Group for In-Depth 5Rhythms Practice, Day-Long 5Rhythms Deep Dive Intensives, Sweat your Prayers, and endless creativity!
In love and appreciation,
See you on the Dance floor!
NIGHTWAVES ON THE THIRD FRIDAY OF THE MONTH
FEBRUARY TO AUGUST 2016
An opportunity to just drop into the 5Rhythms® and Sweat our Prayers Together. Intentional Ecstatic Dance following the Wave of Flowing Staccato Chaos Lyrical and Stillness with the FAB MUSICAL JOURNEYS you have come to love and expect from yours truly and Susie! These will not be instructional events, but we will use poetic guidance, music and intention to create a sacred dancing space to let go, move, and be moved!
8 to 10:30 pm @ The Sammons Center for the Arts - $20
Feb 19 with Music Guide - Mati Vargas-Gibson
March 18 with Music Guide - Susanne Haces
April 15 with Music Guide - Mati Vargas-Gibson
May 20 with Music Guide - Susanne Haces
June 17 with Music Guide - Mati Vargas-Gibson
July 15 with Music Guide - Susanne Haces
Aug 19 with Music Guide - Mati Vargas-Gibson
Mati and Susie are both Certified and Accredited
Join the conversation and keep up with updates and details on our facebook event page... Invite friends.
Beginners and seasoned dancers wanted!
If you don't do your dance, who will? Gabrielle Roth
Much like walking in a labyrinth, working with a medicine wheel, sitting at the center of a pyramid, or being devotional at the temple of our choosing, the Wave at the heart of 5Rhythms® Moving Meditation practice is a sacred geometry pattern that invites us into the mystery by breaking through the usual elements of time and space, the known and the unknown. Seasoned dancers know each Wave is like a fractal... the Rhythms and embodied states of being of Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness, are both familiar and experienced fresh and anew when we dance with a beginner’s mind, curiosity and surrender. For beginners, the Wave can be a new and exciting territory to discover.
Registration is now open for our next guest teacher! Don't miss this opportunity to dive deeply into your physical practice... Click on PayPal Registration to get the early bird discount!
Though the soul is not a thing, it is our beingness, that which gives us being. Its presence manifests in being awake, attentive, energetic, alive. It is the spark of life. - Gabrielle Roth. Maps to Ecstasy
5Rhythms Movement is a practice of Soul. We dance every Wave anew; each dance builds over time and moving with awareness begins to transform our embodiment, our awareness, and our presence. Through the years, it has been a privilege to witness the clear and subtle ways with which these changes happen. When I look out across the dance floor I am often filled with awe and joy as I witness the physical changes in embodiment and the freedom of being and relating that I can see in dancers who keep showing up week after week. Do you remember the first time I asked you to take a partner? Now we dance together spontaneously and creatively! Do you remember the first time you felt grounded enough to traverse the whole floor with fluidity and grace, stepping out and trusting your feet?
...our challenge is to become conscious of these Rhythms, to truly experience them, to enter into them. We have to learn to know what rhythm we are in, how to ride with it, how to shift; to sense what rhythms others are in and how the different rhythms are complementary or discordant. We need to discover what rhythm predominates in us -are we a flowing type, a chaotic type? What rhythms characterize the main people in our lives? We need to tune into the undulating rhythms of our days, our weeks, our months, our years." Gabrielle Roth, Maps to Ecstasy
Gabrielle Roth's main mantra was, "Are you disciplined enough to be a free spirit?" and I completely believe this to be true. Do you have the curiosity to show up to your dance with full attention and to start noticing the amazing changes and openings that come about from moving mindfully and consciously with each and every one of the Rhythms and through a whole Wave? Do you know how you ground yourself and relax, and flow? Are you able to open hips to heart and direct your movements towards action, creating shapes and angles and change? Are you willing to thoroughly release control in chaos and surrender everything to the beat until you lighten up and taste the freedom of Lyrical, with all its possibility and promise of fully present creativity? Is your dance of Stillness full, empty, alive, a refuge? Can you dance with yourself, meet others fully in the beat, connect with the larger field of us? And, of course, as on the dance floor so in life.... Do these energies and ways of moving translate into your life, your work, your relationships, your creativity and your relationship with the Divine?
Soul's Callings... Are we ready to surrender to our body intelligence and practice letting go and listening to the creative urges and life-giving spark of our Soul's longing?
I hope you join me on the dance floor....
In love, in the dance,