Sacred Dance

Nothing is more revealing than movement.

~ Martha Graham

Movement is a natural doorway to knowing ourselves more deeply. On the dance

floor, it is harder to hide from ourselves, and vulnerability is a constant friend keeping

us awake to the present moment. It is easy to hide from ourselves in the stories that

we tell ourselves and the illusions we often create to keep us in our comfort zones.

 

Paying attention to the body brings us into what is real. Movement can wake us up

to the deeper inner call that is waiting to be born from within us and can make us

more aware of what keeps us from living that call.

 

The late Irish theologian, Dr. John O’Donohue, writes,

“One of the sad things today is that so many people are frightened by the wonder of their own presence. They are dying to tie themselves into a system, a role, or to an image, or to a predetermined identity that other people have actually settled on for them. This identity may be totally at variance with the wild energies that are rising inside in their souls. Many of us get very afraid and we eventually compromise. We settle for something that is safe, rather than engaging the danger and the wildness that is in our own hearts.”

Dance allows us to get in touch with that inner wildness of which O’Donohue speaks. Showing up for this practice, over time, can transform a life. 

This type of dance is not technical, and no prior dance experience is required. The programs offered within this doorway are deeply informed by the work of Gabrielle Roth, Carl Jung, Marion Woodman, and the work of Melissa Michaels. Dr. Jenny Finn leads these programs in such a way that allows dancers to move through the stages of transformation present in everything that is alive. 

How We Dance at Springhouse

Participants begin with grounding movements that connect us to our feet and to the breath. The dance then takes us into the fire – the place where we heat up, where power is felt, known, and possibly reclaimed. From there, dancers move into the place of breakdown, where we stay present to the collision of the qualities of earth and fire on the dance floor. As we come through the friction of that place, dancers move into the landscape of gratitude and authenticity, experiencing the lightness of what it feels like to move with what is real. Anything can show up in this place: tears, laughter, stomping, and connection. We close the dance in a place of quiet where we can receive the wisdom of our bodies, together, in the stillness of the moment. Every dance begins in a circle and ends in a circle, where we share any questions or insights we received on the dance floor. 

Growing more fully into who we are is an alchemical, transformational process. Rarely do we have places where words fall away and we can bodily show up for this process. If you are looking for a place to get honest with yourself in community, the Springhouse Dance Doorway may be for you. To learn more, please contact Sarah Merfeld

Series

Our ongoing series meets roughly every other week. Since this program is not a drop-in style class and is held for a semester, participants develop deep connections with one another and have the opportunity to deepen into the dance practice over time.

 

Two sessions:

  • Fall: September - December (registration closed)

  • Spring: January - April

Dates:

  • Fall: 9/11, 9/25, 10/9, 10/23, 11/6, 11/20, 12/4 (make-up date: 12/11)

  • Spring:  1/29, 2/5, 2/19, 3/4, 3/18, 4/1, 4/15 (make-up date: 4/8)

Time: 6:30-8pm

Cost: $120 per session

Location: Springhouse Community School

Retreats

Fall Retreat: Adaptability
Join us as we explore our ability to dance with change rather than resist it; growing to rely less on the external and more on the internal.

 

Date:​ October 25th - 27th, 2019

Time: Friday 7pm-9pm; Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 9am-12pm

Cost: $286 (meals included)

Location: Springhouse Community School

Spring Retreat: Emergence

Join us as we explore emergence in relationship to our lives and the way we live. Through movement, dialogue, ritual, and creative expression, we will be exploring how we can support and nourish that which is emerging in our lives while also facing what gets in the way. Join us for a rich and dynamic opportunity to learn and grow within and in community.

Date:​ April 3rd - 5th, 2020

Time: Friday 7pm-9pm; Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 9am-12pm

Cost: $286 (meals included)

Location: Springhouse Community School

Mentoring

Mentoring is an ancient practice where a person seeking depth and meaning in their life reaches out to another for guidance. A mentor is like a lighthouse on the shore, shining light to the one traversing foggy, dark places within - reminding a person that their greatest teacher, the truest light, is found inside of them. The mentor can be a person or even the natural world, which often goes unnoticed. Mentoring is not psychotherapy. If it is discovered that a person is in need of this care, they will be referred out for that additional support. 

The Springhouse mentoring program is offered to those who are engaged in the practice of Sacred Dance at Springhouse.
When mentoring is coupled with a dedicated practice, transformation becomes a possibility. In mentoring, you can expect to be asked courageous questions that guide you deeper within, and loved and supported through the transformational process. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Dr. Jenny Finn. 

 

Mentoring sessions:

​*Mentor will meet monthly with participant each session

  • Fall/Winter: September - December (4 sessions: $320)

  • Winter/Spring: January - May (5 sessions: $395)

  • Summer: June - August (3 sessions: $240)

To register for this program, please contact Roxanne Greenberg at roxanne@springhousecommunityschool.org

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Springhouse Community School is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. It is also a community of people with respect for diversity. The school emphasizes the dignity and equality common to all persons and adheres to a strict nondiscrimination policy regarding the treatment of individual faculty, staff, students, family members, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. Springhouse is an equal opportunity employer. In accord with federal law and applicable Virginia statutes, the school does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, disability, or status as a veteran in employment or in any program or activity offered or sponsored by the school.

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