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.
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.
Virtual Fall Session: REGISTRATION CLOSED
September - December
9/16, 9/30, 10/14, 10/28, 11/11, 12/2, 12/16
Cost: $84 for entire session
Facilitator: Jenny Finn
Location: Zoom conference**
**Due to Covid-19, all Springhouse adult learning is taking place virtually. We've experienced that connection and magic are still possible, and that coming together is vital during these isolating times. Join us as we continue the practice of connecting to ourselves and one another through dance.
The Dance Study group is for adults participating in the Sacred Dance series that would like to deepen their personal practice. Through readings, movement, creating playlists, group sharing, and practice work between sessions, we will steep in the Sacred Dance practice together.
Virtual Fall Study Group: REGISTRATION CLOSED
September 23rd, October 7th, October 21st, November 4th, December 9th
Cost: $150; Buddy Discount: $20 off, Group Discount (4+): $40 off
Facilitators: Sarah Merfeld and Sarah "Piper" Pollock
Fall 2020 Sacred Dance Retreat
Cultivating and Sharing Vitality Within Through Dance
There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action,
and there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique, and if you block it,
it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. ~Martha Graham
In this retreat, we will come together, respecting social distance, and explore the vitality
within us through movement and dance. We will explore the felt sense of vitality and
how that experience can inform our daily lives.
Date & Time: Saturday, October 24, 2020, 10AM-2PM
Cost: $80 (meal NOT included, please bring your own lunch)
Location: Springhouse Community School. **Retreat is limited to 8 participants**