This 3 hour workshop will introduce you to Dancing Mindfulness as a holistic dance practice that integrates contemplative and expressive movement with the principles of mindfulness meditation. We will use the art form of dance improvisation as the primary medium for discovering mindful awareness. By integrating the attitudes of mindfulness into somatic self-sensing, participants tap into their body’s own healing resources and discover the unique native language of their own intuitive creativity. Come dance through seven primary areas of mindfulness in motion: breath, sound, body, story, mind, spirit, and fusion. Explore how the principles of beginners mind, non-judging, non-striving, trust, acceptance, patience and letting go can empower your journey towards wholeness. Sound and silence will accompany us during this deep dive into the experience of embodiment.
Joanna is a certified facilitator of Dancing Mindfulness, founder of Radiant Health Yoga® and co-founder of Bend Ecstatic Dance .Her deep commitment to investigating dance/movement and somatic studies led her to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Arizona State University. She has taught, choreographed and performed in the US and internationally in Russia, Ukraine, Ireland, Canada, and Mexico. Bringing the healing benefits of transformative dance to prisons, hospitals, mental health centers, cancer survivorship programs, retreat centers, substance abuse programs and universities has been her greatest joy. She bows in gratitude to her cherished teachers including Jamie Marich, Anna Halprin, Barbara Mettler, Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen, Anne Green-Gilbert, Nancy Stark-Smith, Bill Evans and many others. She is the co-founder of ecstatic dances in Olympia Washington, Tucson Arizona and Bend Oregon. Examples of her creative work a can be viewed on You Tube “Joanna Cashman Dance”. For More information visit www.joannacashman.com.
Dress in layers, Bring a water bottle and journal