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Festival of Sacred Dance, Music & Song

Festival of Sacred Dance, Music & Song

Sat 14 July 2018 (7 Days)
with special guest Shakeh Major Tchilingirian

Featuring Peter Vallance, Barbara Swetina, Laura Shannon with Kostantis Kourmadias and Nikolas Angelopoulos, Maya Buckley, Tigran Aleksanyan and Ara Petrosyan.

A Findhorn Foundation Special Event

The Festival celebrates the transformative and healing power of Sacred Circle Dance.

This year our special guest teacher will be Shakeh Tchilingirian who has a huge repertoire of Armenian folk and lyrical dances. She teaches with great awareness of the sacred dimension of the dances, as well as historical aspects and their capacity for personal transformation. She will offer a balance of folk and lyrical dances.

DanceFestival2017-3Our 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, Balkan and Roma 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 and Nikolas Angelopoulos will accompany Laura’s classes with exquisite and sensitive live music. Peter Vallance will be leading a workshop with the dances he feels lead us on a journey of transformation and renewal. Barbara Swetina shares dances from different spiritual traditions which use mantras, sacred harmony chants and simple movements to honour the sacred in all life. Tigran Aleksanyan and Ara Petrosyan, playing duduk and dehol, will provide music for an evening of Armenian Dance which will include a performance by Shakeh and a late night informal celebration of Armenian culture. The Festival Choir and Orchestra provide music for the final night’s community dance and celebration: Maya Buckley will run the Orchestra this year and will also play in the band with Laura, Kostantis and Nikolas. Sheila Pettitt will run the choir again.

Dancing to live music is an essential part of the Festival experience and evenings will feature the Indian Bhajan band with Peter Vallance teaching dances from India, traditional Greek and Balkan dances with Kostantis Kourmadias, Nikolas Angelopoulos and Laura Shannon, a Scottish Ceilidh with Peter, Rory and Gerry, Sacred Harmony chants and dances with Barbara Swetina and Armenian dance with Shakeh.

Tiered Pricing: £1110 / £840 / £690

Our quoted prices are fully inclusive of participation in the workshop or event, accommodation in our guest rooms (including towels and linen), all meals and refreshments, and full access to our community facilities like our meditation sanctuaries. Some facilities, like our saunas and hot tub, ask for a donation for use.

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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.

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