A Note from Jenny Finn

“If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees. Instead we entangle ourselves in knots of our own making and struggle, lonely and confused. So like children, we begin again... to fall, patiently to trust our heaviness. Even a bird has to do that before he can fly.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke Dear Springhouse community, I know I am not the only one who feels like life is very surreal at the moment. The current situation with the coronavirus infections has brought up so much for all of us. It has stirred fear, disconnection, scarcity, and hypervigilance. It has also given rise to empathy, creativity, introspection, and generosity. I have never experienced anything in

"The Body Never Lies"

By Melissa Stiers, Sacred Dance Series participant I go to Springhouse to dance. Every other Wednesday a group of us gather to give expression to what lies within that gets teased out by the music and the movement. In this space, whoever shows up in you or in another, a face of sadness, of joy, peace, pain, strength is accepted. It's as if the whole being of humanity's experience is laid bare on the dance floor and affirmed in us. The body never lies, said the mother of modern dance, Martha Graham. And when you are feeling and moving through this space to a rhythm, you understand. Pretense evaporates. Gone, as well: what you want. You are with what is, with what you are feeling on the edge o

A Step of Faith

by Brad Dulaney, Participant in Springhouse's Sacred Dance Series Stepping onto the dance floor was nothing short of a risk-taking leap of faith for me. Having lived the first half of my life mostly in my head, Springhouse was challenging me to step into my body with heart and soul. As a faith leader, I had taken risks in many different contexts—from the urban poverty of El Salvador, to the pulpits and board rooms of middle-class churches. But I had never attempted anything so terrifying as showing up to Sacred Dance. The week before my first dance session, I confessed to Jenny Finn: “I want to receive mentoring, but can’t we forgo the whole dance thing? It scares the hell out of me!” A

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