Dancing Prayers Ecstatic Dance ~ Diane Horbacewicz (Saturday 11am)
A Safe & Sacred Space to move and just “Be” . . .
In these challenging, exciting and fast paced times on the planet . . . a space to be nourished and supported . . . where there is nothing to do, and nothing to fix . . . allowing any “doing” to arise out of our “being” . . . and where we “remember” the incredible Divine Beings that we are! In Ecstatic Dance, a free form movement practice, there are no steps or choreography to do. We allow the “music” to be our guide, as our bodies take us on a Sacred Journey; incorporating the principles of loving presence, mindfulness, and non-violence into the practice. Each playlist is unique and brings in the elements of earth, water, fire, air & ether which help us “move” towards balance. Come offer your “Dancing Prayers” for the good of all beings! No experience necessary. Diane Horbacewicz facilitates weekly Sunday Ecstatic Dances in Ashland, Oregon, which have been going on for over 12 years.
Tantric Dance of the Sacred Feminine ~ Loraia Ward (Saturday 1pm)
The translation of the word Tantra means “to weave”; Within the Tantric Dance of the Sacred Feminine, we are weaving all the parts of ourselves into one organic whole. Tantric Dance of The Sacred Feminine is a unique and powerful moving meditation, self-sourced in devotion, which focuses on the merging of womb-space and heart. The Dance has been referred to by some as the Yoga of Shakti with similarities liken to Kashmiri Yoga as we “become space”.
Loraia Ward has been working professionally in the healing arts for the past eighteen years, and is known for her transformational workshops, which she has
been teaching nationally. Loraia is also the founder of The Scarlet Veil Sisterhood, a nonprofit organization providing sacred ceremonies, healings, and classes for our community. She is grateful to her teachers, students, friends and family for all their wisdom and loving support.
West African Dance ~ Cynthia Neeley (Saturday 5pm)
Class starts with a warm up and stretching. Next, the name and context of the rhythm is discussed before breaking down the choreography. Most of the class is spent dancing in lines across the floor and exploring the conversation between the drummers and dancers. Whether you’re looking to get a great workout or to have an experience of being fully present in your body while feeling the joy of rhythm and movement; you’ll love the energy and camaraderie of dancing the magical rhythms of West Africa. Cynthia Neeley’s passion for Guinea and Mali dance rhythms is evident in her high energy and supportive teaching style, and she has teaching community West African Dance classes in Ashland since the fall of 2010.
Ecstatic Dance ~ Solus (Sunday 11am)
A long time member of the electronic dance community, Solus’s journey began in the earliest part of the burgeoning Rave culture in Chicago warehouse events circa 1992. Solus discovered the music first, and then discovered the dance culture connected to it. Raised on a farm in rural Illinois, the first glimpses of culture and spirituality came from dancing and experiencing the music at raves… Solus has since been working as a professional wihin the culture activating the dance floor as a DJ since 1997. Solus is a bridge into the rapidly evolving ancient future paradigm, and serves as a walking archive of the evolution of conscious electronic dance.