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Dancing our Way Home with Compassion and Joy

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Dancing our Way Home with Compassion and Joy

Are you a secret dancer? You love dancing in your living room but might be shy to do it with other people. Maybe you’ve been told or believed that only certain types of people can dance. Everyone is a dancer – even if you “think” you’re not! What is Dance Our Way Home™? Dance Our Way Home™ (DOWH) is a gentle and healing dance practice that takes us on a sacred journey to dive deeply into ourselves and connect with others in a warm and accepting community. DOWH is for everybody who longs to dance and connect their spirits with their bodies. DOWH offers a safe and non-judgmental space to be yourself, just as you are. If you love to dance or would love to dance, regardless of your age, gender, size, shape or fitness level, you are welcome! This practice is especially welcoming for people who may feel shy or reluctant to dance. DOWH offers a chance to feel connected to your own beautiful unique creative spirit. It’s an invitation to experience the joy and rejuvenation of moving, enjoy a sense of belonging and homecoming, and a chance to nourish yourself with self-love and care. DOWH is all are about honouring your own body wisdom and authority. In this practice, there’s no “right” or “wrong” way to move – just what feels right for your body. DOWH can be as gentle or as exuberant as you want. Everyone is invited to move at their own pace and in their own way. A DOWH session offers a mix of free-style and guided dance, relaxation and guided imagery, combined with life-affirming, spiritual principles, ideas and practices. You’ll be led on a spiral dance journey accompanied by a varied and vibrant mix of music – to connect to yourself, to community, and then back home to yourself. You don’t have to worry about following any steps because there are no steps! My Journey with DOWH DOWH was created by Erica Ross and Nan Keyser in 2001 for Sheena’s Place, a support organization for people with eating and body image issues. Erica continued to hone and deepen the practice and in the fall of 2007, she offered DOWH to the community-at-large, for anyone wishing to dance and connect more deeply to themselves and others in sacred connection. I’ve participated in DOWH since 1997 and was thrilled to take the inaugural facilitator training with Erica Ross in 2010. I was immediately drawn to the way DOWH creates such a safe, welcoming and celebratory space to express all of who we are, including the parts we’ve been shy or ashamed of. All expressions are welcome – tentative, tender, sad or roaringly outrageous and ecstatic. DOWH has been a key part of my personal journey, offering a profound way to connect with my bodily wisdom and intuition, the divine feminine, and other kindred spirits travelling a similar path. The non-verbal dimension of the DOWH practice helps me drop deeply into my body and into the hidden places of knowing that lie beneath words. Self-acceptance is the heart of the practice, and has been a key and continuing theme on my own personal journey. Here are 2 of the 10 principles that have had an enormous impact on me and that I come back to again and again, in both my dance practice and my life. Experiencing these principles in action has made DOWH so compelling to me. “Acceptance of self is the way to joy and freedom: When we accept all that we are with no judgment, where there is no right or wrong, good...

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