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Still Point, Moving World

Still Point, Moving World

Sat 28 September 2019 (7 Days)
Maria-Gabriele Wosien

Prayer and Festive Dances including Mevlevi Dervish Turning

Circular dances are rooted in ancient representations of the dynamics of the universe. Put to music and movement, these patterns have the power to dissolve all that has burdened the soul over time. When a dancer’s centre of experience synchronises with the centre of the dance circle –

“at the still point of the turning world” (T.S. Eliot) – a new spiritual cosmos may begin to take shape.

In the sacred journey of this workshop we will learn and practice two forms of meditation in movement: Mevlevi dervish turning in the mornings, and Sacred Circle Dance in the afternoons.

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In the prayer in movement of the Mevlevi Dervishes, also called The Turning, the centre of the circle is located within the dancer’s body. The whirling movements allow dancers to merge with the music and with the higher will that the dance invokes, celebrating the journey of the soul to God.

In Sacred Circle Dance the dancers revolve around a common centre point. Every position in the circle can be a turning point here and now, and the birth of a new awareness is possible with every step. These meditative practices develop the whole person, as they create paths that lead you, on foot, to yourself, offering you the chance to live wholly in the present moment with heart, head and feet functioning as one. Your body, simultaneously dancing and experiencing the cyclical nature of life in the heavens and on earth, becomes a medium of transformation.


Let yourself be silently drawn
By what you really love – Rumi

The workshop weaves in the beauty, symbolism and meditative depth of the Sufi text Philosophy of the Soul by Jelal-uddin Rumi (1207-1273), the spiritual founder of the Mevlevi Order of Dervishes. He experienced the whole of creation as dancing. ‘Laughter, dance and joy are the three archangels who accompany us on our way to God, explains a Sufi monk to a Christian abbot. Dancing as prayer does away with the ego and opens the path that leads to God.

Still Point, Moving World seeks to create unity of mind, body and soul whereby the spirit may lend wings to the body, to guide the soul in its dialogue with God.

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