When Dance Becomes Prayer September 6-8 Please register by August 30th
Rupa Cousins loves movement, dance, and the body/mind connection, and has been offering workshops in them for over 30 years. She is a Senior Teacher of the Alexander Technique, a somatic-psychotherapist through the Rubenfeld Synergy Method, and co-founder of the North East Psychoneuroimmunology Institute. Rupa has studied deeply several spiritual traditions, was initiated as a whirling dervish by the Threshold Society in 1990, and has been teaching Paneurhythmy since 1994. She has worked with teenagers and adults in countries dealing with war and conflict, is president of Associated Psychotherapists of Vermont, and facilitates an Interfaith Initiative in Brattleboro Vermont. Please visit www.rupacousins.com
“Many years ago, at a workshop in Florida, I was invited to dance for the child in me, to dance for my soul. At that moment my life changed: I was suddenly awakened. Through my body, I became a seeker of the mysteries that were held in my heart, in my soul, in the vast universe within and beyond. This experience led me to look to different approaches, ancient and modern, that use movement and body awareness to deeply connect with our selves and others, and I learned that ingrained habits of mind, body, and emotion can be limitations to our free expression.” - Rupa Cousins
The weekend begins with dinner at 6 pm on Friday night and ends with lunch on Sunday.
When Dance Becomes Prayer is an invitation to explore movement, and come to the joy of a “lightened” embodied being.
Using various practices, we will open to several spiritual traditions and to modern techniques that bring mind, body, heart, and spirit together. Spontaneous free form dance becomes meditation; with eyes closed you dive deep into your own being; it is an opportunity to transform self-judgment into compassion and acceptance.
Inspired by the Alexander Technique, we will explore sacred ways to move and to touch and be touched.
Most children know the experience of whirling around and around. With innocence and wonder, that experience takes them somewhere. What is that wonder? Why has it been performed as a spiritual practice for hundreds of years? We will do a simple form of the Sufi turn. We will also deepen into a sacred Sufi chanting practice.
Exploring the joy and power of a circle we will dance the Paneurhythmy, a circle dance developed by Peter Deunov, a Bulgarian mystic. It is a transformational process, a healing for the dancer and for the earth.
Mystic poetry will enhance this workshop, uplifting and opening our hearts and our spirits. We will take time to have conversation, create art, to journal, to spend time alone, to be in nature, to heighten our senses. As Rumi said, “There are many ways to bow and kiss the earth.
The total costs for this workshop includes tuition, single, double or triple accommodation, and six meals. Participants may also commute.
Triple room & all meals: $240
Double room & all meals: $270
Single room & all meals: $300
Commuter & all meals: $140
Scholarship funds are available. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Public Event: Peace Dance
SATURDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 7TH, from 7:30pm to 9pm, PEACE DANCE with special guest musician Lerna at the Immanuel Retreat Center in Bellows Falls, VT, a part of WHEN DANCE BECOMES PRAYER, weekend. All are welcome. Peace dances are simple circle dances with chants from many spiritual traditions. The dancers sing together with simple movements to lift their hearts and spirits. Both Universal Peace Dances and original songs and dances are accompanied by Lerna on Guitar and Hammered Dulcimer with Rupa Cousins facilitating.