Dance and Movement Workshops
Aikido is a non-violent martial art. For many people outside Aikido, it is a new and surprising idea that physical practice with opponents is important in training yourself to receive opponents peacefully. Teaching Aikido at Earthsong is a new and valuable opportunity to spread the message of Aikido, which is, that even whilst under attack, ones actions can promote harmony and neutralise aggressive behaviour.
"Aikido is not a technique to fight with or defeat the enemy. It is the way to reconcile the world and make human beings one family." Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido. www.nenaghakidoclub.yolasite.com
Brian Donohoe has been practising Aikido since 1990, and teaching for the last five years. His Aikido is also heavily influenced by his time spent training with Henry Kono (a direct student of Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido), who teaches that the key to Aikido lies in finding balance. . . the balance within yourself, the balance between the aggressor and the object of their aggression, the balance between yin and yang.
"Play is the new Work" -shops with Donal GannonLaughter Yoga
Laughter Yoga reminds us that anyone can Laugh for No Reason, without relying on external stimulus or even a sense of humour. Laughter is invoked using games and exercises in a group; with eye contact and childlike playfulness, it soon turns into hearty and contagious laughter.
Laughter truly is the best medicine and in the words of Victor Hugo: "Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face"
Ever dreamt of running away to join the circus? Well, now is your chance. We'll be teaching Ball and Club Juggling, Poi Swinging, Staff Spinning, Contact Juggling and/or Devil Sticks.
Group Games for (not so) Grown ups
"Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play" - Heraclitus.
Playing together in a safe and open space gives us permission to reunite with our inner child, one of careless enjoyment and free spirit. Games of all shapes and sizes gathered from around the world specially to help grown ups grow down.
A highly energetic clapping and movement form, hilarious and challenging at the same time. From Polynesia, via Chrys Blanchard, SASA is great fun for participants and spectators alike.
Dances of Universal Peace (D.U.P)
From the beginning of time, sacred movement, song and story have brought people together, at times of seasonal ceremony and celebration, as part of everyday life and life passages, in daily renewal and meditation. D.U.P is part of this timeless tradition of Sacred Dance.
The Dances use simple music, lyrics, and movements to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and others. No musical or dance experience of any kind is required and everyone is welcomed to join in. Participation, not presentation, is the focus. The movements and songs include themes of peace (both inner and outer), healing (the Earth, individuals, and the global family), and the celebration of life's great mystery. Dancers focus on peace and harmony creating a sense of solidarity and community while celebrating the underlying unity of all the spiritual traditions of the Earth.
Moving meditation with Doris Affeldt
Understanding life as a play of consciousness, using movement and guided meditations, we explore how our believes and patterns play out on the physical, emotional and mental level. This leads to more acceptance, peace and gentleness within ourselves.
Workshop 1: Abundance; We explore the issues self-respect and self-confidence and how they effect our self-worth and subsequently the abundance we attract.
Workshop 2: Freedom; In this workshop we become more aware of our individual perceptions and subconscious judgments of our selves and all around us and how this effects our sense of freedom.
Doris Affeldt has been exploring and deepening her understanding of the interconnectedness of mind/body/soul and karma through dance, authentic movement, and meditation over the past 15 years. Since 2010 she is an accredited ELPH coach and teacher.