Recently, while walking in the forest I began to see everything sheathed in gold light, though it was a cloudy day.
I was uplifted, imagining the forest dwellers had a sustained connection to transcendent energy undimmed by the pandemic, climate change, and the manifold tragedies and dilemmas filling the world in this time.
The source of this gold light is beyond human knowing or naming. Yet, I believe it nourishes and sustains us as completely as it does the forest. I believe that we too are bathed with gold light that is somehow guiding us to trust that life renews, evolves and returns in unimaginably miraculous ways, shaped by the source of the gold light.
This fall I am once again teaching on Zoom so we can focus in safety on the teachings of our bodies and spirit. Though this saddens me, I am grateful that the Zoom platform works reasonably well, though it is not what we want of course. The gift of Zoom is that it makes these gatherings possible to people all over the world, which is indeed a blessing.
The workshops “Moving with Spirit” and “ The Presence of Compassion through Authentic Movement” are offered back to back in case anyone wishes to take them both to experience how the teachings might be related. But this is not at all necessary.
May you and your loved ones be safe and well. And, may you feel uplifted by discoveries of light wherever you go.
With love and gratitude,
Moving with Spirit
Saturdays: November 6, November 20, December 11, 2021
11 am – 2:00 pm
Journey to the realms of Non-ordinary Reality using ‘Ecstatic Body Postures’.
Bring your vision into your body with Moving Prayer.
Ecstatic Body Postures are a sacred technology used by our elders thousands of years ago to commune with the world of spirit. Now, to regain access to these realms, participants hold a posture from an early indigenous culture. Accompanied by drum or rattle, they enter a visionary trance state.
They then dance their trance experience with Moving Prayer to embed the visionary sacred teachings into this reality.
No Previous Experience Required
Fee: $110 for the series, $100 if taken in conjunction with ‘Embodying Compassion through Authentic Movement’.
Register early as space is limited. No one turned away for lack of funds.
For information and registration firstname.lastname@example.org /604-267-9951
Registration is complete only when payment is made.
The Presence of Compassion through Authentic Movement
Sundays: November 7, November 21, December 12, 2021
11am – 1 pm
In these times of crisis, chaos and confusion, we are challenged each moment to bring compassion to ourselves and others.
This workshop offers a review and deepening of Authentic Movement, a practice whose structure allows participants to move from the impulses and desires of their bodies in the presence of a non-judgmental, acceptingly mindful witness. Receiving the witness’ compassionate presence allows the mover to bring this gift to all parts of themselves. Because of the relationship between witness and mover, compassion is at the heart of Authentic Movement.
This series is open to those with some experience of Authentic Movement to allow students to strengthen their practice within the on-line limitations.
Fee: $110 for the series, $100 for those who enroll for the ‘Moving with Spirit’ workshop
No one turned away for lack of funds.
I encourage you to register early as space is very limited.
Registration and Information: email@example.com / 604-267-9951
Registration is complete only when payment is made.
Contact Tannis for dates and locations.
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.