“The only one who truly knows me is my tailor. He takes my measurements every time I see him.” …. Victor Hugo
In this weekly class, we will take our own measurements and bear witness to the changing landscape inside and outside ourselves. We’ll look for the places that are tight and where we are loose, where we feel fixed in familiar positions and where we feel more fluid – physically, emotionally, in our thoughts and actions.
Although this is a drop in class where anyone is welcome, we will be building upon a sequential theme each week. This will be an online community of practice; devoted movers taking time to inquire into the nature of how we move in this uncharted world. Dancing, verbal inquiry and sitting meditation will be the lenses we use.
I am very excited to offer something both my homies and folks from the other side of the pond can be part of. I hope you will join me.
Thursdays - Starts September 10, 2020 for 11 weeks 4pm-5:30pm PDT Price per class: $15-25 (No one will be turned away for lack of funds)
$15-25 per class. (No one will be turned away for lack of funds)
We’re so happy to be holding our Community Dances on Zoom. Whether in our living room or out in the forest, dance is a lifeline, health line and soul line. So is gathering with each other.
In July & August, our schedule changes somewhat. Tuesdays and Thursdays, we'll start our day at 8:45am Pacific Daylight Time with a morning movement and dance practice. Each session is one hour long. We ask you please to pre-register for each dance that you plan to attend. Click the REGISTER & JOIN button for the easy sign-up page.
On Saturday and Sunday, the Zoom Room opens at 10:00am Pacific Daylight Time. The dance will go until 11am and at the end, there will be a 15 minute time for socializing, if you choose to stay.
We’re asking a $5-$20+ payment for each dance. Your generosity is appreciated as many of our teachers’ sole support is our dances. We also realize the current crisis affects everyone differently. No one will be turned away for inability to pay. We’d rather you come no matter what.
Group 1: 11am Mon, Oct 5 for 6 wks; Group 2: 4pm Mon, Oct 5; Group 3: 9am Weds, Oct 7 for 6 wks
"The most personal is the most creative." - Martin Scorcese’s advice to a young director
There’s something so magical about meeting regularly with a small group of friends and/or strangers to write together. For writers and non-writers alike, it’s easier to relax into a simple rhythm: writing, sharing, and listening. What comes through us is real, surprising, messy, touching, occasionally heartbreaking, and often hilarious. Over time I begin to depend on the refuge of these brief, weekly gatherings. I know in my bones that writing awakens the mind and connects hearts. Together we’ll practice writing swiftly enough to outrun our habitual censor. I'll offer up a poem, a single word, a wild headline, a song – the doorways to falling into our own creative stream are endless. Then we start to know each other beyond our polished selves.
Hindsight, Insight and Foresight are what Ruby Sales, civil rights legend, public theologian and all-around inspiring human says are the components of full sightedness.
Looking at our past, our ancestry and personal history, looking within for wisdom and clarity and looking towards the future we want to make manifest is a worthy task. It may not be easy, but in order to cultivate radical creativity, we cannot leave any parts of us behind.
In this one day, online event, we will touch on each of these 'sights', seeing where we have lessons to be learned, mending to attend, and progress to mark.
We will use the trusted guidance of embodied dance, verbal inquiry and sitting meditation to help us see where our vision is cloudy and where it is clear.
Join me to consciously wipe clean the lens on our world view. Each of us plays a part in creating our future. Let's be radically creative together.
$120 Sponsor - helps someone else attend; $90 Tuition - covers our costs; $60 Discounted - if you are financially challenged
“Only paradox comes anywhere near to comprehending the fullness of life.” - C.G. Jung
In a world that appears more polarized by the minute, we are wise to study the nature of paradox.
Paradox is inherent in everything. We expand our chest, our back contracts. We move towards one choice, we move away from another. We face the outside world each day, yet live inside our own internal world view at the same time. We have become accustomed to these daily contradictions.
What if we mined the practice of staying open when more than one thing is true at the same time? What if we used paradox to fuel creative possibilities?
Ancient Chinese wisdom reminds us that everything in life contains the seed of its apparent opposite. Herein lies the gift that all great masters point us towards: include apparent opposites in our mind and heart, attach to neither and embrace both. This is the path to freedom and union, both on and off the dance floor.
Our tools will include Open Floor dance practice, meditation, and verbal inquiry as points of integration. It takes courageous awareness to embrace our humanity and divinity. This workshop will help us hold our feet to our own fire; to be exactly who we are and know ourselves to be more than we can imagine.
Standing up is not a one-time event – it takes fortitude. In relationships, at work, in conversation, with our own habits, we are called to stand up again and again, in matters big and small. Often we have to stand alone. And anyone who has been in a long term relationship (parent, friend, child, partner) knows the power of learning the right moment to “stand down” when conflicts arise. So how do we embody this necessary practice? In this weekend workshop we will mine the innate wisdom of our bodies to investigate:
- Who do we stand behind, beside? - Where are we afraid to stand up? - What won’t we stand for anymore? - How do we stand our ground when the ground is shaking?
Let’s ask the questions together and listen for the answers.
Pre-requisites: 12 hours of instructed conscious dance practice – e.g. Open Floor, 5Rhythms, Soul Motion, Movement Medicine, etc.
For more information and to register:
Saryo Van Lakerveld. Phone: +31 6 481 52 072 Email:
In Good Faith
June 11-13, 2021
with Kathy Altman & Lori Saltzman
When fear is in the driver's seat and hopelessness howls, faith still abides, calling us from seemingly nowhere. Declaring darkness temporary, it builds bridges out of rubble. Crossing takes courage, the ability to tolerate new territory, but the results are more than we can imagine. In this weekend of Open Floor Movement, we will broaden our capacity to enter the unknown. With each step on the dance floor, amongst witnesses who are not afraid of our missteps, we will cultivate this essential tool for rudderless times. We will practice a faith that heals--for ourselves, each other, and a world in need.
The handrails for this journey will be dance, sitting meditation, verbal and written inquiry. Mired or mighty, who you are is enough. What waits...is eager to be found.