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?
This Season's dances will focus on our 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'm excited, and I hope you join me on the dance floor....
In love, in the dance,
with Mati Vargas-Gibson in Dallas
Join us for our Sacred Dance Meditation and the deep exploration of the 5Rhythms Practice of Mindful and Creative Embodiment, these sessions will be sometimes instructional and sometimes non guided Waves for deepening into your own Body Prayer.
January 11 through March 1st
10 am to NOON
Warmup starts at 9:45
NO DANCE ON JANUARY 18
Many of you know that the Dallas Youth Orchestra rehearses in the building on Sundays and they need to set up right after our dance. In order to keep our schedule as it is, I will be starting the warmup at 9:45 so we can be ready to exit by NOON exactly. Feel free to come a bit early to start warming up and be ready to dance by 10.
I ask that we all be mindful of transitioning out of Meadows Hall as quickly as possible, we can then socialize and connect in the lobby. This will make for a smooth transition for everyone and harmonious coexistence with the GDYO!
New Moon Series for Women Only
A Mandala of Feminine
A Mandala of Feminine
This year I am being called back to my roots of healing which began many many moons ago with the recovery of the feminine essence of this lifetime. It was an amazing archetypal journey of transformation, and I am very excited to offer this series of dance rituals for all women in our community.
Each month in 2015 we will meet on or very close to the New Moon to honor the cycles of our lives and our creativity as well as the changes we are all moving with. The practice of 5Rhythms will help us tap into body wisdom and journey in the energetic fields of Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness, to fully embody many different qualities and aspects of ourselves.
"When the soul is empowered we have an infinite repertoire of possible roles."
Archetypes are powerful inner patterns, forces within us that resonate with myths and stories. We all have these patterns regardless of our age or experience and it is good medicine to connect with them regularly. That way we can invoke them in our life in a fluid and spontaneous manner, especially when we feel stuck in a role. When we travel the Archetypal Wheel of the Feminine, we can embody, discover, or recover motherly instincts, innocent girly dreams, the fierce power of the warrior, the surrendered sensuality of the lover, wisdom of the ages belonging to the crone, the deep intuition of the seer, a creative streak ready to be expressed through the artist self... each woman adding her own distinct signature and style to this kaleidoscope... her own dance to the beauty of our collective mandala.
Through the year, we will journey with each of the feminine aspects in our dance... listening the wisdom that they offer towards our healing, creativity, relationships and work in the world. I imagine it will be a wild journey of transformation, sharing, and the amazing support that happens when women dance together.
suspension into a moment…running wind against skin…reach for light…ah so deep, so long…ecstasy…surrendering to gravity…condensing…melting into a formless pool…spreading wide, wider…dissolving into nothingness…gathering into center…pouring out into the turning space…streaming into the spaces all around…oh…the joy…the beauty…”
Mary Hamilton The Dragonfly Principle
at the Sammons Center for the Arts Dallas
Sliding scale $15-$25 *
Crew help positions available
Please stay tuned for the rest of the Monthly Dates and Venues, as we might have to travel a bit depending on the availability of the dance floor....
This is an open group! No dance experience necessary, just a willingness to move and be moved. All bodies, shapes sizes, physical ability, and ages welcome!
For our visual sacred installation I also invite you to bring images or sacred objects related to each Archetype, and of course, dress up or wear dance clothes that would inspire you to truly and playfully embody the feminine aspects that we will be dancing into life!
I can't wait to see and experience what we co-create together each month!
is now open for the Winter Session of this special series for women. I
am so excited to be collaborating with Linda Sprague,
healer, shaman, teacher...
Join us for some nourishing time!
a wonderful healer, shaman, teacher...
Join us for some nourishing time!
Specially for dancing women!
I am even more excited to collaborate with my friend and teacher Linda Sprague as we offer these four day-long workshops for creative feminine transformation through 2015!
Following the Seasons we will use movement, creative process, inquiry, divination, shamanic ritual and community to connect with and share our deep wisdom.
Go to Souls2Gather, our partner in this endeavor at http://www.souls2gather.com/goddess-in-the-city.html for more information and registration.
For more about Linda Sprague - http://www.lindasprague.com/p/blog-page.html