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Festival of Sacred Dance, Music & Song (2019)

Festival of Sacred Dance, Music & Song (2019)

Sat 6 July 2019 (7 Days)
With special guest Renata Ramos from Brazil.

Featuring Peter Vallance, Barbara Swetina, Susanne Anders Bartholomäi, Laura Shannon with Kostantis Kourmadias and Nikolas Angelopoulos.

A Findhorn Foundation Special Event

The Festival celebrates the transformative and healing power of Sacred Circle 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, 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. The Festival Choir and Orchestra provide music for the final night’s community dance and celebration:

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 Mahala Band with Kicky Anderberg.

Renata Ramos from Brazil will share Circle Dances from her country. Music with high quality will embrace contemporary choreographies, offering the opportunity to learn and feel Brazilian rhythms and styles. Renata feels that circle dancing is her spiritual practice, where she can be totally present. Meditation in Movement.

Peter Vallance has been part of the Festival throughout its 27 year existence and teaches the evenings of Scottish Ceilidh Dances and Dances from India. He contributes to other evenings and is an enthusiastic and humorous storyteller and focaliser.

Susanne Anders Bartholomäi will share DanceMeditation. She offers an approach to dance that focuses on awareness in movement and helps to find subtlety and authenticity in the dance.


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.

Kostantis Kourmadias is a virtuoso of the violin and saz, specialising in music of the Greek islands and Asia Minor, where his grandparents were born. He teaches Byzantine music at a music high school in Athens, and travels widely to accompany Laura’s seminars. Nikolas Angelopoulos is a rising star of the new generation of traditional Greek musicians. He plays lafta and laouto with Christos Tsiamoulis, ensemble Dorós, and many other musicians, and has made numerous visits to Findhorn.

Mahala Band with Kicky Anderberg. Featuring Vera who sings Fado from her native Portugal and enthuses with a voice full of power and feeling. Sabine plays the accordion and piano passionately while Kicky is dedicated to the strings. Pillis with her drums keeps everything and everyone on the ground.

Barbara Swetina shares dances from different spiritual traditions which use mantras, sacred harmony chants and simple movements to honour the sacred in all life.

Bill Henderson leads the Orchestra (bring an instrument) which together with the Choir led by Sheila Pettitt (learn by ear) provide the music on the final

With The Choir and Orchestra meet every afternoon to create a programme of music which is presented as part of the Final Friday Night Extravaganza. Other performances by guest musicians are also part of this evening.

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 Mahala Band with Kicky Anderberg.


Tiered Pricing: £1110 / £840 / £730

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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