Come and dance with us in the Universal Hall
We are very much looking forward to having you all back dancing in the Universal Hall.
We hope to hold our usual lively Festival and to welcome back our regular Findhorn teachers – subject to travel, visa and further Covid restrictions.
This year our special guests are Nanni Kloke accompanied by the musician Joachim Goerke. Their theme is Religio-Reconnection. We will dance Mantras in Movement with Nanni to music composed by Pianist/Singer Joachim. Our journey with Nanni and Joachim will be ‘animated and moving, powerful and lively, sensitive and profound and a delicate balance between sound and silence’.
Laura Shannon has travelled widely to research Greek and Balkan traditional dances and her teaching offers a deep experience of the sacred symbols these dances contain. Musicians Kostantis Kourmadias and Nikolas Angelopoulos will accompany Laura’s classes.
Susanne Anders Bartholomäi will share DanceMeditation. She offers an approach to dance that deepens the awareness and the experience of the movement and helps to find authenticity in the dance.
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.
Barbara Swetina shares dances from different spiritual traditions which use mantras, sacred harmony chants and simple movements to honour the sacred in all life.
Anna Barton will be remembered and celebrated with a sharing of dances, memories and pictures.
Findhorn Sacred Dance Teachers will offer classes of traditional and choreographed dances, bringing both their individual approaches and the Findhorn way.
Festival Choir with Sheila Pettit – learn by ear, no experience needed – and the Orchestra (bring an instrument) together provide music for the final night’s community dance and celebration. We are awaiting confirmation of the Orchestra leader.
Brant Bambery will host a Festival version of ‘The Centrepiece’ Session. Join dancers and teachers globally as we visit some of the wonderful dances from the previous sessions in 2021/22.
Dancing to live music is an essential part of the Festival experience and evening sessions will have musicians playing for us to dance: Nanni Kloke with live music provided by Joachim Goerke; the Indian Band playing for Gujarati and choreographed dances; an evening of traditional Greek, Balkan and Armenian dances with Laura Shannon and musicians; Barbara Swetina with an evening of Sacred Harmony Dances; a Scottish Ceilidh; and an evening with the O’Connells’ band and Peter Vallance.
Some parts of the festival will be available online. We hope that we can offer all live music evenings, a Centrepiece with Brant and some classes online, but these will not include the workshops with Nanni or Susanne. Check here for updates.
Findhorn Festival of Sacred Dance
Prices, accommodation and booking fee
Prices for the Festival vary according to the accommodation you choose.
A non-refundable booking fee of £250 is required with your booking, with full payment due 56 days prior to the start.
(All prices include food)
- With accommodation in shared room £805
- With accommodation in double room £805 per person
- With accommodation in single room £855
- With accommodation with ensuite £905
- No accommodation £555
Please read our Terms & Conditions.
Workshop leaders and musicians
Nanni Kloke studied classical ballet and modern dance at the University of Arts in Amsterdam and Rotterdam graduating as a stage dancer and dance pedagogue. She studied ‘Meditation en Croix’ and Sacred Dance with Bernhard Wosien and since 1984 has been teaching her own choreographies worldwide.
Joachim Goerke is an exceptional pianist, composer and singer. His music transcends the barriers between sound and silence, and he performs as a concert pianist and singer in his solo concerts. He has a number of CDs and has written “Vowel Power – a Holistic Guide to developing the Voice”.
Susanne Anders Bartholomäi
Susanne Anders Bartholomäi is a dance teacher who fuses Sacred Dance into DanceMeditation, aiming to bring awareness into subtle levels of the body, the mind and the heart. She lives in the Findhorn Community.
Laura Shannon has been researching and teaching traditional folk dances for over thirty years, and is known worldwide for her pioneering work with women’s ritual dances.
Weaving together Sacred Dance and Dance/Movement Therapy, Laura’s teaching seeks to reveal the hidden wisdom and healing energy traditional dances contain.
She has published widely on Sacred Dance, produced numerous CDs, and in 2016 edited the book “String of Pearls: Celebrating 40 Years of Sacred Dance in the Findhorn Community”. Laura lives in Findhorn and in Greece.
Kostantis Kourmadias & Nikolas Angelopoulos
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.
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. Both have made numerous visits to Findhorn.
Kate and Rory O'Connell
Kate and Rory O’Connell were instrumental in bringing live music to sacred circle dance at the Findhorn Foundation from the early 80s. As talented and inspirational musicians they bring an immense joy and vivacity to everything they do.
Barbara Swetina is a classically trained musician who has been the inspiration behind the devotional singing culture in Findhorn – Taize Singing over many decades.
She plays many instruments and loves to share songs and dances which create connection to Divine Essence. Her CD’s and songbooks have inspired song circles worldwide. She is the author of The MusicTrain, a game that teaches how to read music.
Peter Vallance has been part of the Festival throughout its 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 teacher. He leads tours to Scottish Sacred Sites and is Artistic Director of the Universal Hall.
Brant Bambery is a Scottish Sacred Dance teacher who believes dance can heal and create harmony in community. He is the founder and host of “The Centrepiece” online Global Sacred Dance.
A number of Indian musicians and musicians who play and sing Indian music live and play locally. They will provide music for the Gujarati dances Garba and Dandia and other dances choreographed to music from India.
Findhorn Teachers will include Alison Seaborne, Francesca Stridgen, Katharina Kroeber & Kathryn Kusa.
Katharina Kroeber brings her experience of The BodyTalk System™ to dance with the body’s innate intelligence.