This October I will be offering my 2-year training in women’s ritual dances, in English, on the west coast of Canada, on Vancouver Island. If you have dance friends in the area I would appreciate it if you could forward this email to them. More information is at http://laurashannon.net/images/stories/WorkshopsPDF/training_canada.pdf
Since 2001 I have given this training many times, in Germany, Austria, Sweden, and the USA. This is the first training I will be giving in Canada. The training offers an intensive exploration of traditional women’s ritual dances, within the supportive environment of an ongoing closed group. These dances have survived since ancient times, carrying messages of connection, joy, sustainability and healing that are still relevant – even essential – to our lives today. They embody sacred patterns connected to the archetypal image of the Great Mother Goddess, who was revered throughout the same geographical area where the dances have their roots and still survive. The dances can be seen both as a nonverbal language and as a form of spiritual practice. Through loving attention to their style, symbolism and history, we can learn to listen to this language and bring its hidden wisdom once again into the world.
The Curriculum includes:
✻ Traditional Balkan, Rom, Armenian & Greek women’s dances
✻ Archaeological images and antique textiles as they relate to the dance
✻ The secret language of dance steps, song words and textile motifs
✻ Basic teaching skills in the transmission of traditional dance material
✻ Dances of exile and homecoming, and the invitation to return to the inner homeland of the dancing body
✻ Middle Eastern Garden, a creative movement meditation for women
✻ Relevant teachings of women spiritual guides from diverse traditions
The program is designed equally for teachers and dancers committed to deepening their skill and understanding of dance. Laura’s caring approach to these dances and loving attention to detail make every woman warmly welcome on the journey deeper into the dance. Open to any woman with Sacred/Circle Dance experience or international folk dance.
The Training comprises 5 long weekends over 18 months:
October 5-9, 2017; March 21-25, 2018; July 4-8, 2018; November 9-12, 2018; March 20-24, 2019.
To apply for the training, simply write a letter (1-2 pgs.) describing your background in dance and why you feel drawn to join this training. Please include your birth date and a recent photo. Email it to Anna Isaacs at email@example.com
Love and blessings in the dance,
Laura Shannon has been researching and teaching traditional dances for over thirty years, with a particular focus on women’s ritual dances, and is considered to be one of the ‘grandmothers’ of the worldwide Sacred / Circle Dance movement. Through her extensive field research in Balkan villages and wide teaching experience, she has pioneered a new understanding of traditional dances, particularly women’s dances, as active and potent spiritual tools for inner development and personal growth. Her work explores the inherently therapeutic quality of traditional Armenian, Greek, and Balkan dances, which have roots going back to ancient times. Laura sees these dances as a nonverbal means of transmitting knowledge and information, passed down through women’s circles for many generations. With degrees in Intercultural Studies and Dance Movement Therapy, she is currently pursuing an M.A. in Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred at Canterbury Christ Church University in England. Laura’s articles on dance have been published in many languages and she blogs regularly on feminismandreligion.com . She is also a musician and has produced or collaborated on numerous recordings of music for traditional dance. When not travelling for research and teaching, Laura divides her time between Canterbury, Findhorn and Greece.
More information at www.laurashannon.net
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