With Emily Jarrett Hughes
Featuring live music with Greg Herriges
$200 plus meals and lodging
Restore your connections to yourself, others, and life through the collective joy of dance. Surrounded by nature, accompanied by live music, community dance will help you integrate the effects of social distance and upheaval from the past year.
Our guides for this weekend are traditional women’s dances, practiced in a circle and inclusive of the whole village. We will draw upon the pioneering research by dancer, musician, and scholar Laura Shannon on the healing power of women’s dances from the Balkans, Greece, and Asia Minor. This workshop emphasizes the inner harmony that these gentle, simple dances cultivate. No dance experience whatsoever is necessary. If you can walk, you can do these dances.
Dance has bound humanity together for thousands of years; dancers comprise the most prominent image in archeological records. The dancing circle is a map for relating to one another, giving and receiving, and sharing leadership. We will explore how traditional dances have helped communities heal from catastrophe and how they can help us integrate the multi-layered traumas from the pandemic, racial violence, and more.
Together we will cultivate the experience of deep belonging which will awaken our vision for how we can be in community moving forward.
This will be an all-outdoors retreat. During the pandemic, dancing while maintaining distance makes a circle larger; it strengthens our attention to social, spiritual, and emotional closeness. As CDC guidelines change, we may be able to change protocols and also make use of the Christine Center’s extraordinary indoor space.
The Circle is Open
This workshop is dedicated to women’s dances and acknowledges the feminine is expressed through a spectrum of genders; all genders welcome. Our dancing is grounded in a dance tradition with roots in ancient Europe and is open to people from all cultural backgrounds.
Emily Jarrett Hughes is a dancer, healer, and teacher in the Wisdom tradition. She teaches and performs traditional dances as a tool for transformation and is also a Spring Forest Qigong Certified Healer. She completed a two-year training in Women’s Ritual Dances with Laura Shannon in 2009 and has been leading a weekly dance circle since 2013. In addition to regular classes, she leads workshops and retreats exploring embodied theology, cosmic evolution, water and social transformation. Through her work she seeks to honor both her European ancestors and the ancestors of the place where she lives, Mni Sota Makoce (Minneapolis), “where the waters reflect the heavens,” in the traditional territory of the Dakota. Emily blogs at wisdomdances.com.
Guitarist, bouzoukist, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer Greg Herriges creates an eclectic mix of original and traditional “whirled music,” with a unique approach honed by his studies of Asian and other international styles. A virtuoso performer and award-winning composer, his music and writing have found international recognition. Greg Herriges is: a recipient of composer/performing artist fellowships and grants from the Bush and McKnight Foundations and the Metro Regional Arts Council; a soundtrack artist and music director for film and theater; and author of seven (and counting) internationally published music books. Performing is his lifeblood; he gets equal fulfillment playing with cross-cultural ensembles or letting one guitar play him. gregherriges.com