Myths are collective dreams – metaphors.
They are the songs of our imagination,
inspired by the energies of the body,
dramatising the experience of our embodiment.
Mythical stories are a way to manage the unknown.
The name of Ariadne is synonymous with the thread of light, guiding the traveller on a structured journey through darkness. Dancing these light patterns, the creative potential of the thread begins to reveal itself by following it to the source of life. As we continue to rely on the memory of our dance experience, the initial vision of the journey culminates in its realisation.
The myth of Ariadne is an inner and outer journey that begins in the labyrinth of a monster and ends with a crown of stars. Our dance is like the jewelled threads with which Ariadne aided the hero Theseus to find a way through the maze. Through the different phases of the dance, following these threads of light, we pass through fragmentation of the soul, onward through the heroic journey of winning inner freedom, through cycles of loss and separation and culminating in the divine marriage.
The workshop also weaves in the beauty, symbolism and meditative depth of Sufi dance. All morning sessions bring teachings of sufism and the Dervish Turning. The Turning is a means of meditation. Its whirling movements allow dancers to release ego and thought, merging with the music and with the higher will that the dance invokes. The Mevlevi Dervishes who crafted the Turning called it Prayer in Movement. Our practice also draws on the ‘Philosophy of the Soul’ of Jelal-uddin Rumi (1207–1273), the spiritual founder of the Mevlevi Order of Dervishes.
Join us for this week of sacred journeying through dance.
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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