Including All – DyingBirthingLettingGoHoldingOn

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Coming to terms with death is part of the process of living.
Let us practice dying, letting go of those things that no longer serve us, and embracing that which is born from the fertile earth of our bodies, dreams and feelings – that which is born as our dance.

exploring the space between dance and death and birth
through feeling and moving, stilling and sharing
with intent to
Relieve Fear
Elevate Life Appetite
Be Real
and
Celebrate

Money Matters:

Early-bird Registration*: £400 for 6-day Immersion – nonrefundable deposit paid by 15 January 2018

Later Registration* (space permitting): £425 for 6-day Immersion – nonrefundable deposit paid by 15 March 2018

Late Registration* (space permitting): £475 for 6-day Immersion – nonrefundable deposit paid after 15 March 2018

*Registration is secured with £100 non-refundable deposit*

Balance due 15 April, 2018
Price is for workshop only, and does not include transportation or lodging, if applicable.
Cancellation Policy: Full refund, less £25 administration fee and deposit, until May 1st 2016
For further information or to register email:
fsugerman@yahoo.com or 818.578.3482
virginia.jane@gmail.com or 01668 217437

Our UK Medicine Dance facilitation training and laboratory, See/Hear/Love: As A Tree
will be follow a 2-day immersion (19-20 May) at State Theta Galleries in Ormiston, Scotland, 21-23 May.
Details in development.
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more words:

Almost all contemporary visionaries, future-primitive writers and ancient mystery texts address the necessity of practicing the single most important moment of a human beings life – their moment of death.

Our movement work draws heavily on the Buddhist practice of mindfulness, combined with the ageless human need to express, physically, through the body (DANCE). How can we not talk about death? Who of us is not at least curious, if not fascinated or terrified of the prospect of our own demise? Is our practice worth anything if it does not touch into the areas of inquiry suggested by George Harrison?

The act of pause, entering into the living tissues of the body, responding through movement, is more or less an act of dying and being born. Let us be born again, and from a safe and curious place, let us consider death. Ours, and others, especially ones that matter deeply to us.

What is the relationship between dance and dying for you? For this relationship (yours), is the only important one.

This workshop will invite extraordinary time and attention inside the body, in movement and in stillness. Stillness is a Good place to practice dying. We will include stillness in movement, as well as movement in stillness. We will spend extraordinary time alone, with our selves, in radical autonomy, and for those who choose, time with other(s) in deep communion.

Jane found these words in The Knot of Time, by Lindsay River and Sally Gillespie:

“Mars was originally a God of trees, leaves and vegetation, and Martian energy is the dynamic renewing force which causes the sap to rise in plants in the spring, and the vitality and sexual drive to rise in animals and humankind.

The Martian life energy has always been associated with the courage to face death, just as the springing corn must later be cut down at harvest.

In the oldest myths in Indo-European cultures we find the Martian gods of vegetation and corn portrayed in very different roles from the one we associate with the later Roman war God Mars.

Originally the vegetation god* personified the courage to die int the annual sacrifice to the Earth, the source of life, and his blood ensured the fertilisation of the land each spring, (Beltane festival) To die for the land brought initiation and spiritual awakening to the vegetation god through his sharing of the strength and wisdom of the Goddess as her consort.

Though his connection with sacrifice may shock us, the picture of the vegetation god is a more inspiring one as it stems from the wild power of elemental nature. The spirit of the greenwood survived in England as Robin Hood, and gives our children a more positive Martian archetype than the soldier. The greenwood spirit protected the forest, the wild creatures and the peasant folk who lived around its borders, from the oppression of the feudal warlords.”

*A vegetation deity is a nature deity whose disappearance and reappearance, or life, death and rebirth, embodies the growth cycle of plants. In nature worship, the deity can be a god or goddess with the ability to regenerate itself…”