Dances for the Divine Mother with Miriam Peretz
5th – 12nd July 2019
Nava Dance is a fully integrated dance practice developed by Miriam Peretz. Nava Dance is rooted in intentional movement and ritual to awaken the highest potential of self individually and communally. The dance practices are inspired by the movement of circles, spirals and cycles that we find within the physical, energetic, and universal body. Classes integrate intensive dance experience, sequences focused on healthy alignment and spinal fluidity, focused breath work, improvisation and choreography. Nava Dance draws deep inspiration from Silk Road (Central Asian) themes and aesthetics, as well as from the devotional practice of whirling. Each class is a journey through the physical, spiritual and emotional realms of being, and a call to open one’s hearts to others and to the universe. The dance sanctuary is a place to move, sweat, sway, breath, love, pray and embrace personal empowerment as well as a deep sense of humility.
Miriam sees dance as a uniquely powerful means of expressing deep emotion and spiritual yearning, and the perfect embodiment of prayer. Miriam’s passion thrives in cultivating community and sisterhood through dance, in utilizing dance ritual to mark life transitions, and in creating nurturing, safe environments for sacred movement practice and transformational experiences.
In this retreat we will dive deep into the soul trait of compassion (Rahma/Rehem- womb) connecting to the divine mother, eternal source of compassion. Through our dance, song and chant we will explore how we can embody the divine mother and the soul trait of compassion. We will open our womb, heart and full being to deep healing through the movement journeys, ocean currents, sisterhood and songs for the mother. Each day will journey through ritual infused dance, vocal and percussive sessions, immersion in the ocean and guided improvisation. The retreat will culminate in a site-specific prayer-formance of song and dance in the temple of Delphi. It will be a deeply layered ritual that will include all of our collective sacred movement practices, prayers, songs and intentions for calling compassion into our lives and into the world.
Miriam Peretz is an internationally celebrated dance instructor and performer. Over the past twenty years, her signature dance style has spread across continents through her international dance collective Nava, and through the intensive trainings she offers worldwide. Miriam weaves spiritual and devotional elements into every dance session drawing upon her background as a dervish and as a child of mystics. Her classes are infused with group rituals that help participants find the deeper meaning and significance of the movements and dances she teaches. Regarded as a weekly ritual by her students, Miriam’s teaching offers a journey through the terrain of the body, heart, mind and spirit. You can catch her vibe here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
7:30-9:30- Opening rituals
July 6th – 10th: Daily Schedule
2:00-6:00- Siesta & Beach
6:00-7:30-Singing (& drumming & dancing)
8:30-10:00 or later…- Improvisation time (live music, singing, poetry, whirling, and any creative practices)
*Note- some nights will have more focused and led rituals, and other nights will be more improvisationally based!
9:00-8:00- Day trip to the Sacred Site of Delphi for Offerings
10:00-1:00- Closing rituals
1:30- Lunch & goodbye’s