Festival of Sacred Dance, Music & Song

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with Susanne Anders Bartholomäi, Bill Henderson, Kate and Rory O'Connell, Sheila Pettit, Renata Ramos, Laura Shannon and Kostantis Kourmadias, Barbara Swetina, Peter Vallance, Kicky Anderberg.

A Findhorn Foundation Special Event - 15–21 July 2017

Click on the image below to view video excerpts from the 2016 Festival

This year we celebrate 25 years of our Festival which began in 1992. During these years we have shared so much passion, tenderness and love and we want to take this time to re-connect with the essence of live music and dance. Building on the success of last year’s Festival which saw so many of you return to dance with us we wish to celebrate again the transformative and healing power of the dance.

Our resident teachers will share with us the knowledge they have gained over their years of teaching with a series of master classes. Laura Shannon has travelled widely to research Greek and Balkan traditional dances in their original settings, and her teaching offers a deep experience of the meditative power, sacred symbols and healing energy these dances contain. Kostantis Kourmadias will accompany Laura’s classes with exquisite and sensitive live music on the saz. Peter Vallance will be sharing his approach to traditional and choreographed dances and how he blends and grows them together to create a ‘dancing field’ within which transformation can occur. Susanne Anders Bartholomäi will share DanceMeditation. She offers an approach to dance that mirrors inner search and discovery, creates ever new spaces of experience and helps to find authenticity in the dance.

There is the chance to participate in the Festival Choir with Sheila Pettit (learn by ear/no experience needed) or in the Orchestra with Bill Henderson (bring an instrument!). Together these groups provide music for the final night’s community dance and celebration.

A new feature of the Festival will be a celebration of Brazil, its Soul in Movement, and contribution to Sacred Dance with Renata Ramos.

Dancing to live music is an essential part of the Festival experience and evenings will feature Kicky Anderberg’s Mahala band, the Indian Bhajan band, Rory O’Connell with community and visiting musicians, an evening of traditional Greek, Balkan and Armenian dances with Kostantis Kourmadias and Laura Shannon, and an evening of Dances and Songs with Barbara Swetina and Community musicians.

Tiered price (click here for more information): £1080 / £820 / £670

Tiered Pricing

Before you book your place, please take a moment to consider that the Findhorn Foundation is a Charitable Trust. We believe that the benefits of holistic learning should be available to everyone regardless of their financial or life situation, and that the transformational journey is enriched by a diversity of participants.

We recognise that what is affordable for some can be a financial stretch for others and offer a tiered pricing structure. When you book, please select the price that feels appropriate for you.

Pay it Forward Price covers the cost of your workshop and includes a contribution to our bursary fund. This will make participation possible for one or more people who otherwise would not be able to join our transformational work in the world.

Sustainable Price covers the cost of your workshop and helps us to sustain our learning and guest facilities.

Supported Price reflects a partial bursary toward the cost of your workshop and is intended for those with minor financial need.

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

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Susanne Anders Bartholomäi is a dance teacher who fuses Sacred Dance into DanceMeditation, aiming to bring awareness into subtle levels of the body, the mind and the heart. She lives in the Findhorn Community.
Susanne's website.

Bill Henderson has been leading community music groups for 20 years. He uses music to create community, foster harmony and stimulate self-discovery.
Bill's website.

Rory O'Connell has been playing music for Sacred/Circle Dance at Findhorn since the 1980s. With a background in Jazz, Irish Traditional and Balkan Folk music, Rory particularly loves the atmosphere created by playing uplifting and soul-filled music with enthusiastic dancers.

Renata Ramos is celebrating 25 years since she met sacred dance in her Experience Week at Findhorn in 1992. She lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil and since 1991 has been running a Publishing House since with her sister and a friend. Renata has been organising sacred dance events in Brazil since 1995 and during the years she became a well known focaliser and an important presence in the expansion of Circle Dance in Brazil.

Laura Shannon is known worldwide for her pioneering approach to traditional women's dances as tools for transformation. Balancing folk dance, Sacred Dance and dance/movement therapy, Laura's teaching reveals hidden wisdom and healing energy encoded in the dances.
Laura's website.

Kostantis Kourmadias, Kostantis Kourmadias, a master of the violin and the saz, specialises in traditional Greek music from the islands and Asia Minor, where his grandparents were born. Kostantis also plays music from the Balkans and the Middle East, honouring the musical and cultural common ground shared by East and West.

Barbara Swetina is a gifted musician who plays many instruments with a wide repertoire of songs. She brought sacred harmony singing into the heart of the community and teaches internationally. Barbara's website.

Peter Vallance has led Sacred Dance workshops for 20 years, bringing humour, experience and enthusiasm. He is also a storyteller and leads sacred journeys.
Peter's website.