Returning to My Body Through Dance

- Written by Carolyn Reilly, Springhouse Parent -



My first experience with Springhouse Community School was participating in the Fall 2017 Sacred Dance class. I’ve always loved dancing, and it had been several years since I’d moved my body to music. I had no idea of the journey ahead. 


The first class was fascinating - being in a “dance class” so free-form and individual was nothing I’d ever experienced before. Jenny Finn facilitated and guided us through the 5 Rhythms as the music pumped through my ears and out my body. In the midst of the calming, final song, she spoke the words, “With one hand on your belly and one on your heart, tell yourself: ‘I’ve got your back.’” 


I couldn’t say it to myself. In that moment, I realized for the first time that I didn’t have my back and, for most of my life, I haven’t. I’ve lived a life trying to escape my body, not fully living in or being present to my “bag of bones.” This was the time to truly step into self, my body and being, and rediscover the beauty and joy, yet also feel the reality and often harsh pain of living in this world. 


There is a verse that has resonated with me for the past ten years: “In [them] we live and move and have our being.” It is in the sacredness of movement and reclaiming my being which has drawn me to deepen my relationship to self, others, our world, and the Spirit. I’m so grateful for Springhouse Community School’s passion to connect with all ages and encourage wholeness of self through living an authentic life. And now, two of our four children are attending the school and stepping into the Education Reimagined network. We celebrate the journey!


If you would like to learn more about Springhouse's Sacred Dance program and other adult offerings, please visit our website. The Fall session of Sacred Dance begins September 26th.


Published on September 3rd, 2018

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