Looking to feel at peace in your body? Want to experience a healthy stress release? Want some time to commune with your deepest self? Your tears are welcome, your strength is welcome – come and move with us! We will dance our way home to ourselves. This is a moving, expressive, dynamic, transformational practice.
Somatic dance is about the felt experience of the mover, it’s not about looking any particular way. And while there is time and invitation to move as you would like to, there’s a map that we follow and invitations to deeper inquiry that are offered gently by the facilitator throughout the movement practice. It’s not a partner dance and there are no dance moves taught; the music and facilitation evokes different styles of movement that look different in each body. I call it Movement as Medicine.
We create this dance together through deep listening to our whole selves – beyond the mind, tapping into the heart and soul of what it is to be human. We practice tracking our sensations, connecting our movements with our breath and shaking out what is no longer needed. What is left after we are cleaner, is the tug on our hearts pulling us into our lives and connecting us with the wisdom of our bodies.
We hope you’ll join us.
Movement as Medicine with live music resumes Sunday October 1st from 11am-12:30pm at the Hearth in Paonia (first Sundays of the month). It’s lightly facilitated and the live music is provided by David Alderdice and Daniel Be with a different guest musician each month. The event is offered on a sliding scale with work-trade options available, and childcare is available on-site. These gatherings with live music go deep as we track our sensations and let our bodies guide us in our movements while listening to improvisational music that has never been heard before and will never be played again. The musicians follow the dancers and the dancers follow the music and an alchemy occurs.
Or if you’re around the NF Valley, try our group dance practice in Paonia, CO on Friday mornings 9-10am at the Hearth.
And/or you can try a 1:1 coaching and movement session series to access the body’s wisdom in relationship to a personal challenge (online or in person). If there are big feelings in between you and the life that you are longing for – I highly recommend trying a 1:1 movement session.
My name is Arlyn and I’m a SomaSource Leader, life-coach, Matrix Leadership trained Facilitator, graduate from Byron Katie’s School for the Work, and an Embodying Rhythm Drum Teacher. I facilitate Movement as Medicine dance practices to help the community gather in healthy ways while honoring the self and the whole, and to help us all move into greater health and aliveness. More about Arlyn.
In her book, “Move: How the New Science of Body Movement Can Set Yourself Free,” author Caroline Williams notes that “On average, we now spend 70% of our time sitting or lying around.” She also notes that “core strength is linked to stress control.” As well as citing studies on how good dance is for our bodies and our emotional health, it’s a good time to move.