IS IT SPRING YET????
This year we humans in Vancouver are all asking that question…
But… since early March the birds have been exuberant, the daffodils and forsythia have bloomed and we are still surrounded by blooming cherry trees, magnolias, camellias and a myriad of other blossoms.
But… it remains mostly rainy and cold – NOT what we want…
I begin to reflect on the fact that often life doesn’t give us what we want. This reality lies at the core of human suffering. Our efforts to free ourselves from suffering have sparked all forms of human creativity from the first tools, the first dwellings, the first hunting, gardens, medicines, dances, songs, and sacred rituals; to the development of large, complex civilizations rising and falling through time.
And… there is still no enduring relief from suffering available to any but the most enlightened among us.
But… we do not stop seeking, driven by the creative fire burning in our hearts, infusing our bodies and minds. Some call this fire love.
My musing ends and I bring my attention to the non – human natural world. Here there is also suffering, yet life continues, tenacious, vibrant, manifesting magnificently bewildering beauty. The spider waits inside her perfectly crafted orb web. The Kala lily pushes her way out of the earth. House finches sing loudly from pre-dawn to dusk, and chickadees call to their mates. Cherry petals fall from the sky. Daphne buds open to release their intoxicating perfume.
I remember that all beings, including humans, are enmeshed within this web of magnificence… infused with this fire.
I forget that this spring is not what I want and delight in what is – for now…
Moving with Spirit!
Ecstatic Body Postures and Moving Prayer
With Tannis Hugill
Saturday, July 8th, 2-6 pm
Yoga on 7th, 156th East 7th (between Main and Quebec)
$80 – $70 if paid in full by June 16th
Open to the wisdom of the body, the earth, our ancestors, and spirit.
Learn to journey to the realms of Non-ordinary Reality using ‘Ecstatic Body Postures’ and share the teaching of Spirit with our world through Moving Prayer.
Discovered by anthropologist Felicitas Goodman, ‘Ecstatic Body Postures’ are a sacred technology used by our elders thousands of years ago to commune with the world of spirit for healing, divination, and ritual celebration. Now, to regain access to these realms, practitioners hold a posture from an early indigenous culture, accompanied by drum or rattle, and enter a visionary trance state.
Moving Prayer is as ancient as the breath, giving and receiving our gratitude and gifts, guided by the wisdom of the body.
In this workshop, we will explore both ways to connect with our ancient roots and find our place in the web of life and a compassionate acceptance of all being.
Contact Tannis at 604-267-9951 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information and registration.
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In this introduction participants will learn the form of Authentic Movement. They will explore the roles of mover and witness to gain a deeper understanding and acceptance of their embodied experience in all areas of their lives.
Authentic Movement and Performance
Using Authentic Movement to access and manifest deeper levels of our selves, we may enrich our presence in performance, enhance creative exploration, and increase awareness and trust of the body. The form of Authentic Movement is especially useful for dancers and actors.
Our need to pray is as ancient and central to life as our breath. In this workshop, we listen to the prayers moving in and through our bodies using guided visualization and structured movement improvisation. By joining body, mind and spirit to dance our prayers, we celebrate ourselves and the earth as miracles of Creation.
Moving with Spirit: Ecstatic Body Postures and Authentic Movement
Learn to journey to the realms of Non-ordinary Reality using Ecstatic Body Postures and integrate the teachings of spirit into conscious awareness with Authentic Movement. Discovered by anthropologist Felicitas Goodman, Ecstatic Body Postures are a sacred technology used by our elders thousands of years ago to commune with the world of spirit for healing, divination, and ritual celebration. Now, to regain access to these realms, practitioners hold a posture from an early indigenous culture, accompanied by drum or rattle, and enter a visionary trance state. In this workshop, we will explore both practices to connect with our ancient roots and the guidance of spirit. Transformed by these gifts, we will feel our place in the web of life and a compassionate acceptance of all being.
Embodying the Roles We Play
This workshop begins by embodying our unconscious realms through Authentic Movement, inviting the emerging parts of ourselves to dance their roles. Then, using the playful tools of drama therapy, we will discover and enact the stories that wish to be revealed.
Hunger Spirit and the Body
A split between our bodies, minds, and spirits can leave us feeling profoundly starved. This workshop uses movement, art, and creative writing to investigate personal and cultural issues which prevent us from nourishing and loving ourselves. We will discover and enter the body’s wisdom, creating a path to heal.