A gentle healing way to bring body, mind and spirit together, release stress, get creative energy to flow and feel centred and connected.
This form of dance is simple and easily learned and is a beautiful blend of traditional, classical, reggae, pop, and ethnic music. It is invigorating and creates a sense of belonging, a connectedness and in some instances a feeling of ‘coming home’
The circle is a symbol for unity, for community. The circle is the oldest form of dance on the earth. It allows everyone, whatever age or background, to feel safe to relax and discover the joy of dancing.
The dancers hold hands and the circle moves as a unit so there are no concerns about being watched, making a fool of yourself, getting it ‘wrong’! It’s not just about getting the steps, but about enjoying the spirit of the dances and the sense of oneness and peace that moving rhythmically in a supportive circle can bring.
In the mid-seventies an extraordinary German Ballet Master, Bernhard Wosien, who had a passion for Folk Dance, took some of the dances he had collected on his travels through Europe to the spiritual community of Findhorn in Scotland. He intuitively knew that these dances contained energies that the world so needs now, and would help heal the rift between humanity and the Earth, the separation between us and our roots.
Helen Dodge is the founder of The Green Net, a community-based environmental organisation on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. The group provides environmental education, facilitates networking and undertakes practical projects to protect and nurture the natural environment and its residents. These include activities that help rivers (such as the removal of litter and alien invasive plants, rehabilitation of riparian zones and phytoremediation); reforestation and the establishment of organic food gardens to restore soil and promote food security; waste management initiatives including recycling and EcoBrick projects; the promotion of sustainable building materials, particularly hempcrete; supporting ecotourism initiatives in the region; and environmental advocacy through increasing community awareness of – and objections to – polluting and/or illegal activities such as offshore mining, illegal sand mining, the unnecessary damming of rivers and other activities that threaten biodiversity and exacerbate the impacts of climate change. https://thegreennet.org.za/