Sacred Dance - Symbols in Movement: The Mevlevi Dervish Turning and Other Prayer Dances

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Maria-Gabriele Wosien

Let yourself be silently drawn
By what you really love.


Dances with mythological themes are models of a timeless, universal order which is based on continuous transformation. Through their form, rhythm and movement, mythical stories are reminders. They refer to the divine impulse which created the world through music and dance. Sound, rhythm and movement are also at the root of our individual lives. Dancing, we may come to remember, so that this ancient knowledge can turn into personal experience.

We will learn dances to themes from The Song of the Pearl (Apocryphal Acts of the Apostle Thomas),The Maya Myth of the Sun Serpent, and from the medieval cycle Traditions of Prophecy which brings us back into present times.

Hand of God Fresco, Catalunya

Drawing by Bernhard Wosien, early 1970’s

Sufism bases its meditation practices on the repetition of the name of God. The practice is based on the Prayer in Movement of the Mevlevi Dervishes - the Turning - and on 'The Philosophy of the Soul' of Jelal-uddin Rumi (1207-1273), the spiritual founder of the Mevlevi Order of Dervishes.

The Turning is the essence of the Sema ritual, which celebrates the journey of the soul to God.

Tiered price (click here for more information): £1110 / £880 / £730

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Includes all programme content, 7 nights accommodation, full board and refreshments.

Please note that all our workshops have a Findhorn Foundation community member present either as focaliser or assistant.

Maria Gabriele Wosien

Maria-Gabriele Wosien is a regular visitor to Findhorn and is the daughter of Bernhard Wosien who first introduced the community to Sacred Dance, a practice that she helped co-create. She has gained an international reputation through teacher training courses, talks and seminars, as well as through her publications in several languages. The emphasis of her work is on the conscious experience of mythological images and symbols so as to experience their healing potential.