A conversation between the sacrum the heart and our innate sexuality
This workshop has taken place in:
Senigallia Italy 6 July 2019
Milano Itlay 29th & 30th July 2019
Melbourne Aust 30 Nov & 1 Dec 2019
The space that Maria creates in her workshops brings me to a different dimension of peace, love and harmony.
Working through the body somatically as we are allowed in our own time to let go of past traumas, pain. This is done so very gently that you hardly feel it, and when finished you are left with a feeling of just being. Just being in my own presence feeling safe, love and accepted.
As a human being what else is there than being one with yourself and therefore with others.
Thank you Maria for an amazing experience.
Love & Light. Toni. Yoga Teacher.
Being 60 fills with a sense of being in my perfectly non perfect existence. Every day I practice acts of attempted authenticity. Rising up stumbling and falling and getting up again.
I was sharing with a friend that when I began my long career as an Artist model at the age of 19 I felt a great sense of belonging and personal freedom. I discovered that being naked was so natural to me and on top of that I was paid to be naked. I am one of those people that when it is hot I take my cloths off and when it is cold I put them on. So in spite of the things that happen to me as a small child, things that should not have happened, somehow in me there was something bigger than all of that, that allowed me on some levels to be able to be comfortable in my skin. I have the same feeling with my sexuality, but due to that past experience it was complicated. I have learnt a lot about myself in the healing process. When I took up Egyptian dance at the age of 29 the door opened to an ancient wisdom that dwelled inside me, the challenge to embrace my femaleness and to a journey of self discovery through this primordial and essential dance. This dance lead me to other movement healing modalities that took me to become a Dance Movement Therapsit that became the foundation of my work.
Delving into the potential naturalness and normality of our sexuality. Aligning itself to our hearts desire and the meaning of self love and unconditional acceptance. Our beautiful, bountiful and boundless heart holding us physically, emotionally and spiritually in our sacredness.
We deal with distorted anomalies around our sexuality, mostly focuses around women. In a privileged country such as australia we can run or attend a workshop such as this one. As we who can reclaim the right to embrace our natural selves for ourselves including our sexual organs, we can help open the portal for all women of all cultures. Once we can individuate ourselves and our sexual expression we can then navigate our wants, needs and right in relationship to other. To do this we must create a compassionate and self loving path to the heart.
Through authority in the acknowledgement that much of what we believe about the feminine has been filtered through the eyes of a patriarchal context. We have to know and care about this. We are trying.
In this creative, expressive, movement and dance workshop we will address these themes. Deepening our relationship to the heart connection, to our personal expression of sexuality and joy.
Through the expansion of the relationship we have with ourselves we can the meet the other.
Gently does it! Honouring the feminine through Essence of Egyptian dance
This workshop series continues my practice as a dancer and dance movement therapist in facilitating women’s journeys as we go deeper and deeper into our beings, looking for truth, wholeness and the essence of who we are.
In this series I introduce Yin Bellydance, a further development of Embodied Bellydance® influenced by my exploration of Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga. Yin Bellydance builds further on the Yin elements of Embodied Bellydance, giving time to feel the body responding firstly to breath and a deep listening.
These practices have given me profound insights into my body, creating more freedom and space. Chronic pain is one reason I attended my first bellydance class 30 years ago and I would like to share the solace I have found in Egyptian dance, Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga.
What will we do?
Discover the journey of figure eights, circles and waves through the body as a whole and find our way into the feeling of each movement.
Experience the shaping of all the joints and sets of bones through the hips, knees, ankles and the movement of the whole spine as the navel creates the shape.
Experience the movement of the fluids as they dip and shift and flow through the fascia and connective tissue.
Explore our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual response as we move to the sound of traditional and contemporary Egyptian music.
Learn the Golden Mantra, unlocking barriers to improvisation no matter how much experience you have.
Explore Baladi and stress free spontaneous choreography.
Who is this workshop for?
This workshop is open to all levels of dance and movement experience.
I welcome bellydance and non bellydance participants, as this mix of participants has ensured a rich field of illumination in the past.
Bellydance teachers benefit not only from insight into music and movement, but also the teaching skills developed from the experience of learning in a multi-skilled environment.
Jan 11 – 15, 2020
10.30 to 6.00 pm daily
5 days: $680
Weekend only: $280
PLEASE PAY HERE
Certificate of attendance is issued on request
Grace Revolution Studio
Level 1 462 Smith St Collingwood
What shall I bring?
Sacred object (anything that is meaningful to you today, that will be placed on an altar and taken home at the end of the day)
2 soft 20 cm pilates balls (Hart online are good because they have a short plug)
Water, snacks, lunch
Note book if needed
Fruit, nuts & teas will be provided
What inspired me to offer this workshop series?
Recently a private client who also loves bellydance was surprised to discover that bellydance was traditionally an improvised dance. I understood perfectly why she was surprised. In this day and age, for a number of reasons, the dance is mostly taught through choreography. Many people find improvising hard to teach and learn. I feel blessed that this was my road into Egyptian dance all those years ago. The music and rhythms speak to my heart and I am transported. My connective tissue, organs, bones, parasympathetic nervous system bathe in the sound.
I look forward to sharing this gift with you.
This workshop is open to all levels of dance experience.
Teachers are very welcome.
Certificate of attendance is issued.