Dances for the Divine Mother with Miriam
A woman’s retreat for embodied healing through sacred dance & devotional song
5th – 12nd July 2019
Dances for the Divine Mother
A woman’s retreat for embodied healing through sacred dance & devotional song.
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.
Special guest singer Sonja Drakulich (of Stellamara) will offer daily vocal sessions, as well as devotional chanting. Special guest Poliana Dimitropoulou will share in traditional Greek culture through song, dance, mythology and ritual. 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.
Integral Dance – Conscious Movement & Somatic Arts with Miriam Peretz
Developed by Miriam Peretz, Integral 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. Integral Dance draws deep inspiration from Silk Road (Central Asian) themes and aesthetics, as well as from the devotional practice of whirling. Each class session 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 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. 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. Regarded as a weekly ritual by her students, Miriam’s teaching offers a journey through the terrain of the body, heart, mind and spirit.
Vocal Freedom/Songs of the Soul with Sonja Drakulich
Rooted in somatic healing, the vocal based format is based in the liberation and refining of the voice through the creation of pure, natural tone, expanded awareness and freedom of expression. Sonja guides students in opening the voice and body as a vessel, into ancestral healing through song and vibrational attunement, and in the re-wiring of new neural pathways for physical, emotional and mental transformation. Beautiful songs of the Balkans and Near East, along with other ancestral lineages are included, as well as devotional chanting and rhythms from North Africa and Sufi traditions.
Sonja Drakulich is best known as singer, producer, composer and founder of the internationally-acclaimed world music ensemble, Stellamara, and as singer and percussionist for the Northern European Medieval-Folk band, Faun. With Stellamara, she has toured throughout the US and Europe and has produced three critically-acclaimed CD releases, five star reviews from Alternative Press, Electronic Musician, New Age Voice, SF Weekly and many other notable publications, with albums in the top ten of the World Music Charts. As a master vocal teacher specializing in freeing the voice into unlimited expression, Sonja has lead international, workshops and private courses for over fifteen years and master classes and retreats for over seven years. She has developed a unique method of vocal based Somatic Therapy, Qigong and Practical Ritual, rooted in Nada Yoga, Ancestral Healing and in the synthesis of optimal techniques practices she has learned throughout the Eastern and Western world. Throughout her studies and her career as producer, performer and teacher, she maintains her focus on the devotional aspect of song and on intercultural unification through music.
Greek Culture- Poliana Dimitropoulou
Poliana Dimitropoulou comes from Crete, Greece, she graduated the University of Arts, various healing modalities and workshop facilitation. The last 12 years her work is focused on ritual healing arts (singing, dancing, drumming), traditional therapies, energy healing, meditation training and leading women circles on womb healing, self awareness and empowerment. As a world traveler she has studied/practiced modern methods but also ancient knowledge from Greece, India, Mexico and United states while living with indigenous tribes. Poliana is organizing events and ceremonies supporting the world native cultures, while with her elders blessing she guides ceremonies, sweatlodges, ritual cleansings and temple offerings. She is creator of RHEA Temple – Ritual Healing Arts, a project inspired from the Greek mystic tradition and is a harmonious combination of those tools and events that offer a holistic mind, body and soul experience which invokes awareness, liberation and reconnection to the source.
Her offerings for this retreat will be immersion into the ancient Greek mystic tradition, history, mythology and ritual including a guided tour to the Delphi Temple tradition. She will also share in traditional Greek dances and songs dedicated to the Divine Mother.
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
8:00- Dinner at Sunshine House
10:00-1:00- Last dance session/Closing rituals
1:30- Lunch & goodbye’s