Spring Message 2021
Our Mother the Earth
It is once again spring in the northern hemisphere. Even in these times of strife, our Mother Earth reveals her Majesty as days lengthen, green shoots emerge from her breasts and new life leaves her womb to venture forth on her body. When I find myself edging towards fearful despair, I ground my body in her body. She allures us into her heart and reaches up to hold and carry us with her love. Then I can be present to myself and others and my heart feels the presence of transformative hope.
Because my dance with the Earth cannot be done alone, this spring I share practices which strengthen embodied presence: Ecstatic Body Postures, Dance and Authentic Movement.
The details for ‘Moving with Spirit’ and ‘Opening our Hearts with Grace – an Authentic Movement Workshop’ are below.
Due to the continued uncertainties of Covid, these workshops will again be on Zoom.
Vulnerable we are, like an infant.
We need each others’ care
or we will
Saint Catherine of Siena
With Love and Gratitude,
Moving with Spirit
Saturdays: April 30, May 28, June 25, 2022
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.
We then dance our trance experience with Moving Prayer to embed the visionary sacred teachings into this reality.
No Previous Experience Required
Fee: $120 for the series, $110 if taken in conjunction with “Opening our Hearts with Authentic Movement’Register early as space is limited. No one turned away for lack of funds.
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Registration complete when payment received.
Opening our Hearts with Grace: An Authentic Movement Workshop
Sundays: May 1, May 29, June 26, 2022
11am – 1 pm
Within the turmoil of world events, we are challenged to fully embody our hearts and maintain an inner oasis of peace. Though this can be difficult, a pathway can be found through the practice of Authentic Movement. As the mover allows their body to express the truths of their being, they are witnessed with unconditional acceptance. This interaction welcomes the heart to open and receive the loving grace that flows through all beings.
This series is only open to those with some experience of Authentic Movement to allow students to strengthen their practice within the on-line limitations.
Fee: $120 for the series, $110 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.
For information and registration email@example.com
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.