January 14th and 15th 2023.

Connecting Hearts Dancing. A Non-Residential Gathering at Brigsteer, Near Kendal. 

Dancing together we can experience the joy and the wonder of simply being alive. When we dance there is always a sense of something larger, an expanded sense of oneness that touches us all in the sacred space we create together. There is a sense of completeness, of coherence, of being fully at ease in body, heart and mind. Our healthy sense of self is also enhanced by such nourishing contacts we share with others of like heart and mind.

Through dancing and singing together we learn how to inhabit our bodies more fully. We develop a greater sense of awareness and presence.

Through the repetition of the mantras we chant along with the devotional quality of the movements, the inner atmosphere is transformed which leads to many beneficial changes in the vibrational field of the dancers. The parasympathetic nervous system is activated allowing us to feel safe and creative in each other’s presence; muscles begin to relax and soften; our voices become more resonant and mellifluous; our hearts open spiritually; our minds begin to quieten; our breath becomes easier and more enlivening; we become more aware of the energy of life within us and around us. Yet surprisingly all this happens through simple, natural rhythms of heart, voice, body and breath as we move together in a circle.

Spiritual Dancing will be the main focus of our weekend together. Additionally during our sessions there will be short periods sitting together in the silence to help us to integrate and embody the effects of the practices.

For those who may be new and considering coming along. It is not necessary to have had experience of this form of spiritual dancing – sometimes called Dances of Universal Peace. The dances are simple and accessible as well as profound and deep. Mostly we dance and sing as we move together in a circle. The chants are based on sacred phrases from various spiritual traditions.

The weekend is non-residential and will take place at Brigsteer Village Hall in a delightful room with a beautiful wooden floor. It is a spacious and clear, ecological venue in a tranquil setting with plenty of space for parking and is only a short drive from Kendal. When the weather is fine as it most often is for these weekends there is also space to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine. Bring along mats and blankets for relaxing in the breaks and also cushions for the sitting meditations if you prefer. The hall has plenty of chairs.

If you travelling from further afield there is accommodation in the village as well as lots more in Kendal itself. Brigsteer is less than four miles and only a ten-minute drive from Kendal.

Times: Saturday 14th January arrivals for refreshments from 10am. Start promptly at 10.30am. Finish at 5.30pm.
Sunday 15th January arrivals for refreshments from 9.30am. Start promptly at 10am. Finish at 4pm.

Price: £120 which includes delicious home-cooked vegetarian food for lunches on Saturday and Sunday. In some cases, special diets can be catered for.

For catering purposes please book by Saturday 7th January 2023.

Bookings and Further Details: Contact Mary Rabia Dowson.

Tel. 015242 21147 Email: madowson@gmail.com