Join me on Folegandros Island, Greece for INSPIRATION IN THE AEGEAN, June, 2018. The workshop combines Alexander Technique, stories and imagery from ancient Greek mythology, movement improvisation, spoken language and hands-on guidance.
a little history…
My first visit to Greece, circa 1984, was a heart opening and sea change experience. I found a connection to Greece then which has only deepened through the years. My initial visit to Folegandros Island was with two friends in 1994. We read aloud stories from Greek mythology beside the dazzling Aegean Sea, an experience both dreamy and electrifying. Since then, I’ve returned many times to Folegandros. Between 1996 and 2003, I led seven Inspiration in the Aegean workshops on the island. I revived the workshop in June, 2017.
The 2017 workshop…
The June 2017 workshop was, in part, my response to the turmoil and darkness happening in the world, an endeavor to create joyful community in an extraordinary part of our planet. I’m grateful to be able to report that our time together was indeed most uplifting. The mix of ages (23 to 79), artistic disciplines (visual and design artists, writers, performing artists and the healing arts), and origins (three continents) was inspiring. I’m moved to continue.
And this year...
The Alexander principles invite a platform of spaciousness, embodiment and ease from which to explore. On Folegandros, the island’s culture, along with its elemental landscape and sea, cultivate a pleasurable opening of heart, body and mind. Age-old stories and imagery stir the imagination, all combining to let something new occur. Add dance and movement, and a wide range of wonderful people, and you have something magical brewing.
A deliciously unpredictable ingredient is the particular mix of people that converge on the island to learn and play together for six days. This impromptu ensemble cultivates something much more than I alone could generate. These days it seems essential to make communities with joy and expansiveness that can fuel us to move forth enlivened and equipped with a newly informed perspective.
Please join me on Folegandros to study, explore and celebrate waking into greater awareness - unifying body, mind, environment, and imagination. I look forward to sharing timeless stories, pleasure in embodiment, and the culture of modern Greece with you. June 17th-22nd.
Visit the registration page of our website for information about applying, rates, payment schedules, and cancellation policies.
We’re offering two tuition-free spaces for Greek citizens. If you are Greek and interested, please send a written statement introducing yourself, including why you wish to participate.
Due to the nature of the project, I must decide year by year about offering this workshop - I can’t assume it’s an annual event. The 2017 workshop was sold out in 3 days with a waiting list. So, if you’re interested in participating in 2018 - carpe diem! Now’s the time to begin planning your journey.
Reach out to us now via email by contacting our registrar, Cameron Addicott, or myself. Please introduce yourself briefly in your email.
Cheers and peace,