“SpiritDance, created at Esalen during the 1980s, is a moving meditation practice, a bowing, a praying, a weeping, a prancing and dancing, rollicking, frolicking, bone-shaking, brain-jiggling invitation to fully occupy yourself — to wake up and roar,” writes leader and SpiritDance co-creator Ellen Watson. “A fusion of cross-cultural, neo-shamanic somatic arts practices, Wake Up and Roar cultivates wellness, both physical and metaphysical. The alchemy of movement, sound, and song is a path, portal, and doorway to cultivating embodied presence. Our sense of community builds through the alchemy of dance, song, and touch.”
This monthlong program combines SpiritDance, meditation practices, song, Esalen® Massage, and The Art of Essential Touch. Spontaneous moments of authentic presence are a likely side effect.
“Each of the practices are guided by the same principles: Awareness, breath, presence, contact, pauses for observation and integration, movement, vibration, and quality of touch. Our practice is one of cultivating embodied presence.”