Peaceful Coexistence of the Sacred and the Profane – March 15, 1:15-4:15pm
What is the role of the body in the development of an inner life or spirituality? Donna Mejia facilitates this workshop not as a teacher, but as a fellow explorer in what embodied consciousness means to each of us. Dancers have a vital contribution to make to our understanding of embodiment, evolution, and utilizing more of ourselves in all that we do. My larger agenda as a dance professor is not to create cookie cutter clones for successful stage careers. Rather, I aim to create more ambassadors in the world whom are integrated humans: emotionally brave and intellectually clear folks whom understand the body is not the obstruction to spiritual and intellectual growth Western history and religion would have us believe. This dance workshop involves movement, discussion and reflection/contemplation time. Donna will summarize a collection of cultural paradigms about the role of physicality in our emotional, mental and spiritual evolution, and provide prompts for you to examine your own assumptions, indoctrinations and biases around working with YOUR body. This workshop provides the potential to excavate down to new levels of honesty with ourselves, fortify our spiritual bravery for the resistance we may experience, and embrace opportunities for maturation. Participants of all belief systems, experience levels, and gender expression are warmly welcomed. Please dress in layers that can be added or shed as our activity level changes your bodily temperature. Please bring a yoga mat and your capture materials of choice (a journal or computer for harvesting your insights and thoughts). An open mind, a discerning and diplomatic tongue, and a generous sense of humor will make it a positive experience for all as a community. An optional folded blanket may be helpful as additional cushioning for some activities.
(3 hours, all-experience levels welcomed)