The Festival celebrates the transformative and healing power of Sacred Circle Dance and this year our special guest teacher will be Chrisandra who will teach Dances from the Silk Road. This is a dancing journey of mainly traditional dances through some of the countries along the old Silk Road. This is also a celebration of cultures and of ancient links across continents, a recognition of how much we all have in common and how we can share ourselves through dance and music. An empowering teacher she enables everyone to experience the well-being and sense of community that dance brings.
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 and Nikolas Angelopoulos will accompany Laura’s classes with exquisite and sensitive live music.
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.
Dancing to live music is an essential part of the Festival experience and evenings will feature the Indian Bhajan band, an evening of traditional Greek, Balkan and Armenian dances with Kostantis Kourmadias, Nikolas Angelopoulos and Laura Shannon, an evening of Sacred Harmony chants and dances with Barbara Swetina, a Scottish Ceilidh and invited musicians Maya Buckley and Michael Machin will join with Laura, Kostantis and Nikolas to play for an evening of dance with Chrisandra. The O’Connell’s band will provide a morning of live music for dances taught by Peter Vallance.
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.
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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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