“The crisis is everywhere, massive massive massive. And we are small. But emergence notices the way small actions and connections create complex systems, patterns that become ecosystems and societies. Emergence is our inheritance as a part of this universe; it is how we change. Emergent strategy is how we intentionally change in ways that grow our capacity to embody the just and liberated worlds we long for.” ~ adrienne marie brown
We have, in this raw, precarious, precious moment, an opportunity to choose to make meaning, to allow our global journey into the underworld to be an initiation, to shape what comes out of it. We can compost what we want to leave behind. And we can polish the gems we are carrying to the surface.
Healthy cultures mark major transitions with ceremony, acknowledging what is being left behind, welcoming what is emerging, consciously shaping what is becoming.
We are at a moment of transition, a threshold. And we have choices. Will we fall back into old routines, attempting to erase the past year–suppressing both the pain and the wisdom we might gain? Or will we answer the call to make of this moment an initiation? To initiate ourselves into the future we are becoming, the emerging. To shape this change.
This is the dance we invite you to step into.
This series is for those who are craving meaning, depth, initiation, intention, co-creation, true connection and community. Who are more interested in collective liberation than in shallow personal freedoms. Who recognize that our individual healing is a pathway to collective healing, not an end unto itself. This series is for those who are imperfect, curious, willing, tentative, bold, loving, committed to their own growth, and craving a community of practice.
Through the practice of 5Rhythms, of movement, dance, & ceremony, we will gather to create a modern initiation, to step together over this threshold.
As always, this series is open to and affirming of people of all genders, gender expressions, sexualities, races, ethnicities, ages, sizes, religions, and abilities. In joining this circle, we recognize that we all have been shaped in different ways by the ways the world responds to our embodied selves. We do not all have the same experience of moving through the world. We bring distinct wisdoms, knowings, wounds, skills, insights, oversights, and understandings of what it means to be a human in our particular bodily contour. All of who we are is welcome on the dance floor. And we are moving in community with other humans with other experiences and seeings, which is a rich opportunity to learn more of what it means to be a human being.
Enrollment is limited to 15 dancers and proof of covid-19 vaccination is required. We will be indoors in a large space with high ceilings and good options for ventilation. Masks will not–as of this writing–be required, but that may change as WHO and CDC recommendations change.
All participants must:
- Provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination
- Either know Melanie or be referred by someone Melanie knows
- Commit to attending at least 4 of the 6 in-person sessions
We will also have a pre-meeting on Zoom (about 1.5 hours on Sunday, July 18 at 3:30 PM) to meet our circle and establish some agreements.
IMPORTANT: Completing this form is an application to participate in the series. Raven & Melanie will review all applications and confirm your enrollment. If your application is not approved, you will be refunded in full for your registration fee.