Ecstatic Dance - Blindfold Trance

Friday, 22 February, 2019

to

St Mary's Anglican Church, Kangaroo Point
455 Main St, Brisbane 4169

Ecstatic Dance is a conscious movement practice that invites people to drop out of their minds and into their bodies to unwind and open to inner wisdom. Dance, Music and Cacao Medicine are the center point of these ceremonies catalyzing ecstatic states, where conscious mind limitations dissolve, opening the doors to the vast subconscious intelligence. It is an opportunity to connect deeply with self and others in fun ways words cannot express. A gracious experience to meet yourself as you are and open a space where you can see beyond who you think you are... It’s about you, freedom, joy and honesty.

What kind of music is played? And what do we do?

We play music that encourages movement. Our sonic journey is a fusion of world music, electronica, dubstep, tribal house, classic remixes and more! In this space, all are welcomed into radical self-expression and acceptance. Do yoga, stretch, dance like no one is watching, or just chill and enjoy the music.

Blindfold Trance
We close our eyes when we sleep, but also when we cry, when we imagine things or when we kiss... because the most beautiful things in the world are inside of us - in our feelings. These feelings are a mixture of sunshine and rain, teardrops and laughter, pleasure and pain.
Music is always present inside, along with your feelings, either happy or sad. There is a melody for every moment in life. Music is a gift that lifts you up when you are down and calms your soul when it's all too much. Music can take you anywhere in the Universe. It's all about listening close enough and letting the melody take you where you need to go.
Let the rhythm support your steps towards the new reality you create for yourself - the world you want to live in.

- 6:30 PM - Doors Open

- 7:00 pm - Opening circle – it’s a chance for you to get to know who is in the room and if you want to share a bit about yourself. If you don’t feel like talking, just pass the feather.

- 7:30 pm – We will put on the blindfolds and the music will start with trance-inducing beats. The rhythms will progressively go deeper and more layered to support the inner journey. Once the room starts to move and the rhythm accelerates, a gong will mark the move towards the second part of the dance. You can either remove your blindfold and dance with more energy or continue to dance with the blindfold on with less outside expression and journeying more inside. The rhythms will slow down to conclude with a smooth landing back to stillness at the end.

- 9:20 pm - Music stops and we have a wind-down meditative moment. Depending on the event – there will be Singing bowls, Didgeridoo, Flute or other traditional acoustic instruments to help in this process.

- 9:30 pm – Closing circle – we clap together three times to snap out of trance and the fourth time back to the earth to close.

- 9:35 pm – Non-verbal time is over - have a chat with the people you shared the space with during the dance.

- Occasionally we have a Kava ceremony or Hot Tea during the cold months and hang out for some time.

Arrive and leave whenever you want but be mindful not to disturb the other participants.

Ecstatic Dance Agreements

This is a Free-form Movement Temple

To maintain ultimate freedom we agree to the following:

1. No talking on the Dancefloor (or at the Altar).

- Please whisper off of the dancefloor only

2. No street shoes on the dancefloor (light dance shoes are OK).

3. No showing up drunk or drugged, no pictures, video, or wearing of scent (please be clean).

4. Respect the Space - Others' Space and the Collective Space.

When Approaching others:

- Listen for a Yes (get eye contact first)

- Respect any No (like when they are ignoring you)

- Respect the Solo Dancers' Right to their Space

- Hands in prayer at heart means: "I see you, and thank you for the dance (that just ended)."

This is a Transformational Space for Healing, Prayer, and Freeform Movement.

You will be asked to leave if you do not follow these agreements.

Thank you!

No dance experience required***
Free parking on site for up to 40 cars.

*** The Cacao Ceremony is scheduled on the first Friday of each month.

Here is a sample of the music we are playing:

https://www.mixcloud.com/dancingfire/ecstatic-dance-cacao-ceremony-030317-release-and-let-go/

About the organizer:

Adrian traveled and worked in a wide variety of places from the most alternative and unstructured to the rigid high end corporate and government environments for the last 19 years. From camp counselor in upstate NY and gardening in off the grid communities in Northern California to engineering telecommunication systems for the aerospace industry and Federal Emergency Management Agency. As an expert engineer, he taught technical classes for major corporations and the White House Military Office during the Obama administration. Living in such different environments required constant adjustments - pushed him out of the familiar, breaking habits and challenged his beliefs. This rhythm became overwhelming and his body started to lose vitality and get sick. During a trip to California, he encountered a great community of people that helped him reconnect with his inner wisdom using music, dance and Native American practices. He quit his job and moved to California for more than 2 years to learn how to live again.

In 2011 Adrian encountered one of his most influential teachers Samantha Sweetwater at Burning Man Festival in the Nevada Desert and he started the Dancing Freedom Facilitator training shortly after that. He became a certified Dancing Freedom Facilitator in 2012, held classes in North California until the end of 2012 when he and his partner continued their journey to Australia. Since 2013, they are facilitating weekly Ecstatic Dance journeys and a monthly Cacao Ceremony in Brisbane.

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Cacao Ceremony - Ecstatic Dance & Sound Healing

Friday, 1st March 2019

to

Princess Theatre, Brisbane
8 Annerley Road, Brisbane 4102

Ecstatic Dance is a conscious movement practice that invites people to drop out of their minds and into their bodies to unwind and open to inner wisdom. Dance, Music and Cacao Medicine are the center point of these ceremonies catalyzing ecstatic states, where conscious mind limitations dissolve, opening the doors to the vast subconscious intelligence. It is an opportunity to connect deeply with self and others in fun ways words cannot express. A gracious experience to meet yourself as you are and open a space where you can see beyond who you think you are... It’s about you, freedom, joy and honesty.

For thousands of years, cacao has been celebrated as a food of the gods. Together we will drink a cacao elixir, giving ourselves the opportunity to enter into the stillness and wisdom of our being. This journey will offer a space to develop self-awareness, be moved by deep emotions, expand your intuitive awareness and align your actions with your intentions.

Wind down & Sound Healing - special guest Elena Lymbery.

What kind of music is played? And what do we do?

We play music that encourages movement. Our sonic journey is a fusion of world music, electronica, dubstep, tribal house, classic remixes and more!

Special Guest DJ AVANI / Tyler Blank (San Francisco, USA)

Tyler is an Ecstatic Dance DJ, and Founder of Ecstatic Dance Oakland, SF, Fairfax, and the EcstaticDance.Org NonProfit Community. His music style can be called eclectic, eccentric, sometimes even ecstatic. He plays every emotion, tempo, and genre possible to produce a journey of sound for the embodied spirit to experience itself. Avani appreciates both the sacred and the profane… the spiritual and the sexual. Come take a ride, through the chakras, around the globe, from the ancient past through the distant future, arriving and enjoying, the right here and now. www.Avani.Dance

In this space, all are welcomed into radical self-expression and acceptance. Do yoga, stretch, dance like no one is watching, or just chill and enjoy the music.

- 6:15 pm - Doors open - arrival and grounding

- 6:30 pm - Opening circle & Cacao sharing - it’s a chance for you to get to know who is in the room, share a bit about yourself if you wish and set the intention for the ceremony.

- 7:00 pm – Music starts in a low beat to give you the chance to ground into your body. The rhythm progressively increases once the room starts to move. It may reach a high energy several times during the dance and slow down to conclude with a smooth landing back to stillness at the end.

- 8:45 pm - Music stops and we have a wind-down meditative moment using Singing Ring bowls and other acoustic instruments.

- 9:30 pm – Closing circle – we clap together three times and the fourth time back to the earth to close.

- 9:40 pm – Non-verbal time is over - have a chat with the people you shared the space with during the dance.

Arrive and leave whenever you want but be mindful not to disturb the other participants.

Ecstatic Dance Agreements

This is a Free-form Movement Temple

To maintain the ultimate freedom we agree to the following:

1. No talking on the Dancefloor (or at the Altar).

- Please whisper off of the dancefloor only

2. No street shoes on the dancefloor.

3. No showing up drunk or drugged, no pictures, video, or wearing of scent (please be clean).

4. Respect the Space - Others' Space and the Collective Space.

When Approaching others:

- Listen for a Yes (get eye contact first)

- Respect any No (like when they are ignoring you)

- Respect the Solo Dancers' Right to their Space

- Hands in prayer at heart means: "I see you, and thank you for the dance (that just ended)."

This is a Transformational Space for Healing, Prayer, and Freeform Movement.

You will be asked to leave if you do not follow these agreements.

Thank you!

For Cacao Ceremony:

– It is often suggested to not eat for a few hours before consuming cacao for the ceremony.

– Drink a lot of water during the day prior to the ceremony.

No dance experience required***

Free parking available in the Princess Plaza. Paid underground parking also available: http://princessparking.com.au/ $5 flat rate after 4pm.

Limited spots available, booking highly recommended.
http://buytickets.at/danceforyourself/233889

Here are some music sets from DJ Avani:
https://www.avani.dance/music

Sound Healing Meditation / Relaxation

About Elena:
For over 20 years Elena has been studying and practicing different natural healing modalities.
These include Kinesiology Certificate IV from Australian College of Natural Medicine, Reiki: Traditional Usui, Sekhem and Karuna; Pranic Healing, NLP, Australian Bush Flower & Light Frequency Essences, Shamanic studies, Tibetan Crystal Bowls, Sound & Crystal Healing, Chanting, Sacred Geometry and Light Language.
Elena is highly intuitive and sensitive to energy. She loves to use her abilities to assist and empower others by raising their vibration and awareness, to create the life that they choose.

Recent studies have shown that certain frequencies can have relaxing and healing effects. The sound has the ability to positively affect our whole being. Tibetan Crystal bowls and gongs were used for centuries to create feelings of peace, relaxation and to deepen meditation.

Benefits of Sound Healing:
- Balances both hemispheres of the brain
- Creates a feeling of deep relaxation
- Improves sleep
- Reduce anxiety

Elena does energy healing using crystals and sound. She also holds regular group sessions at the Relaxation Centre of QLD and Phoenix Sculpture Garden at Mt.Glorious.

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