My dear friends,
Fall is here. We have moved through the moment of balance before our north pole tipped away from the sun, taking us with her – away from the sun. Days shorten. The night grows longer and the dark times near.
This fall I offer workshops that invite us to surrender to our bodies and open to the world of spirit that permeates all, through each moment of light and dark.
Here is a piece by Mary Oliver to savour as you take in the blessings of sun and rain.
Look, the trees
their own bodies
into pillars of light,
are giving off the rich
fragrance of cinnamon
To live in this world
you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it against your bones
knowing your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.
With love and blessings,
Moving with Spirit : Ecstatic Body Prayers
A DAY LONG RETREAT
With Tannis Hugill
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.
Saturday, December 8,
10 am – 5 pm
The Russian Hall, 600 Campbell Avenue
$135 – $120 if registered before November 21st
10% discount for the underemployed or students
Contact Tannis at 604-267-9951/ firstname.lastname@example.org for information and registration.
Discovered by anthropologist Felicitas Goodman, ‘Ecstatic Body Postures’ are a sacred technology which may have been 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 practice two postures.
Moving Prayer is as ancient as the breath, giving and receiving our gratitude and gifts, guided by the wisdom of the body. By exploring our connection to our ancient roots we find our place in the web of life and a compassionate acceptance of all.
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.