Friday, February 16, 2018

Video Blog: A Year of Embodiment Week 3

After watching this video I thought to myself, "I can't possibly share this.  I've no make up on, I look tired...what was I thinking?"  But then I watched again and realized that, just as I say in the video, this is where I am right now.  This is me, authentically in this moment.  So, here I am - as I am.

This week I share some thoughts on just what an embodiment practice is and how it has benefited me over the years - even before I knew what it was.  I also share a short body check in and some information on upcoming events.

Also my apologies for the delay, I was asked to fill in for a sick dancer at a show last night and it did not leave me time to edit and render the video.  Next week will be on time.  Until then, peace.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A Journey Through the Major Arcana

Aquarian Tarot
Each card of the tarot's Major Arcana can be said to represent an archetypal step on our path through life. We begin as the The Fool and make our way to The World only to find ourselves The Fool once again.  Other times we may find we are stuck at a certain point on the path, unable to move forward, questioning why we are here. Understanding the wisdom contained in the cards can give you a helpful, and visually beautiful, guide to where you have been, where you, and where you are going.

Join me on an exploration of the 22 cards of the tarot's Major Arcana. Beginning March 1st you will receive a daily email, Monday through Friday, with information about each card in the Major Arcana including:

  • A discussion of the meaning of the card.
  • Journal prompts to help you explore the card more deeply. 
  • A daily affirmation or meditation related to the card.
You will also be invited to join a private Facebook group where you can discuss the cards, the journal prompts, and other explorations. 

Each Monday we will have an online video call where I will share more information about that week's cards and answer any questions you may have.   I will also offer a short guided meditation on one of that week's cards.  No worries if you can't join the call, links to the recordings will be shared by email and in the Facebook group.

In my 30 years of studying the tarot I have found the Major Arcana to be a  source of guidance and wisdom for myself and my tarot clients.  Whether you are totally new to the tarot or are seeking to deepen your knowledge of the cards this course will help you establish a solid understanding of the Major Arcana and how it may be used a source of guidance and inspiration.

I like to keep my offerings accessible to all regardless of income, so this course is being offered on a sliding scale of  $0.00 to $50.00.   Please use the button below to register for the course and submit your payment. Be sure to include the email address you will be using to receive the course emails


If you are not in a financial position to pay for the course, please use the registration form at the bottom of this post.

I look forward to sharing this journey with you!


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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Beginner Belly Dance Class at Flourish-Arts As Sacred Healing


Date:  March 7th to April 11 - 6:30PM
           FREE Introductory class on February 28th!

Location:  Flourish-Arts As Sacred Healing
                  140 Main Street
                  Biddeford,ME 04005

Cost:  $15 drop in/$60 full session
           Special: Attend the  free intro class and save $10 off the full session cost*!
           

Beginner Belly Dance with Joie Grandbois

Learn the expressive and beautiful art of belly dance in this six week beginner belly dance class.  You'll learn the foundational movements of the dance, and be introduced to the music and rhythms that surround this beautiful dance form.  You'll learn how to combine the movements to create improvised, flowing dances.  Whether you want to dance on the stage or in your own living room, this class will give you a great start.

Joie teaches dance from an embodiment perspective, students will learn not only how a movement should look, but how it feels in the body.  She seeks to create a safe and welcoming space for student to explore movement and dance.

Belly dance is suitable for all body types and the class is open to all genders.  No prior dance experience is required.

You will want to bring clothing that is comfortable to move in (layers are wonderful), a water bottle, and a willingness to learn!

*Must attend the free class on the 28th and prepay for the full session that evening. 

Registration:
  

March Open Circle: Healing with Music

March 4th - 7:30 - 10:00PM

Location:  Portland New Church, 302 Stevens Avenue, Portland, Maine


Cost:  By donation - offer what you can.

These open circles are held monthly, generally on the first Sunday evening of the month (there are some exceptions). The intent is to provide a space for members of the Pagan community to come together to celebrate and create connection. The circle ritual focus will be different each month.

March Circle:  Healing with Music
  
Let us gather to raise energy with rhythm, voice, and song.  This ritual will focus on healing with an energy raising drum circle.  We will create sacred space and gather within to raise energy to heal ourselves and the earth. 

Please bring yourself, a drum (there will be a few extra brought to share), your dancing body, your clapping hands, your voice, and a snack to share.

Schedule:

7:30 - 8:00:Arrival and introductions
8:00 - 8:30ish: Circle
8:30ish - 10:00: Community/socializing time

This event is free but donations to cover costs, such as space rental, are welcome. The venue is mobility accessible.

If you are not one to carry cash and would like to offer support you may use the PayPal button below.




Circle Support


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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Year of Embodiment - Video Blog - Week 2

My weekly video blog for A Year of Embodiment.  How do I sit with the stuff that doesn't feel so good? 

Special thank you to my new Patreon patrons, I couldn't do this without all of you.  Also to my Mum for the new webcam that makes this all so much easier!  See you next week - Peace.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

My Body's Wisdom: Where does the sadness live?


Movement Session:

I begin with a question, Where does the sadness live?

I pause, pressing my body in the softness of the floor pillow. I breathe. I wait.

Where does MY sadness live?

Here. Here, as a deep, heavy feeling right between my shoulder blades. It hunches me over; constricts me. It drags me to the floor and onto my back.

A thought…Is this what makes some mornings so difficult? I’m surely not strong enough to carry this weight. I lay still, curled up.

My body contracts, bends, it wants to move this feeling; to unstick it. I stretch long. I roll over onto the pillow, hunched as though I’m wrapped around a birthing ball.

I rock. I moan. I kneel and lean arms reaching up, up, up against the wall letting my belly drop and my back to open.

With each breathe the sadness moves, a contraction of spirit, pushes it up into my throat – tightness, releasing - up to the space between my eyes.

Sadness born as tears and voice. I lift my face. I turn away from the wall. I want my sadness seen.

Eyes closed, rocking.

Stretching out long. Back arching. Shoulders twisting. Opening the constricted places.

Breathe again.

Why does sadness live here?
…because this is where your flaw is. 


My twisted back? My flaw? No…that is just a thing. The flaw is in feeling, says My Mind…

No, says My Body. There is no flaw in feeling.

My shoulders drop. My fingers touch my cheeks.

Breathe. Move. Breathe. Cry. Move. Move. Cry…breathe.

There is no flaw in feeling.

--Joie Grandbois, 2018 

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Heretica: Deep Improvisation

When: Tuesdays, 6:45-7:45pm
             Six Week sessions
             February 27 - April 3
           
Cost:    $60 per full session (no drop-in)/$75 day of (full session only, no drop-ins)

Location:  Bright Star World Dance, Portland, Maine

Heretica comes from the Greek word hairetik√≥s, "one who is able to choose."  Drawing from a variety of contemporary dance styles as well as authentic movement and deep improvisation, Heretica is deep exploration of movement that assists dancers and other movement artists in connecting with the why of movement.  In knowing why we move, we can better determine how we choose to move.

Heretica utilizes techniques such as guided physical meditation, silent improvisation, group rhythmic exploration and theatrical movement, to aid students in creating physical expressions of emotion through movement and foster a seamless connection between mind and body; thought and action. The class is conducted to live music.

Optional out of class exercises that will help students build their movement practice at home will also be offered. Students who participate in either full session may be eligible to join the Heretica Student Troupe in  the fall of 2018.

You will want to wear comfortable clothing that allows for freedom of movement.  You may also want to bring a notebook and a water bottle.

Students of all movement backgrounds are welcome to join the class.  Students should have a solid foundation in their particular movement/dance style.

In order to facilitate free exploration we seek to create a safe space for all types of dancers and movement artists to explore creative expression.  The class is open to all genders and movement forms.  Students should have a solid foundation in their particular movement/dance form.

Note: The studio is located on the third floor of an older building that does not have an elevator.


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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Come Home to Yourself: An embodiment workshop (Biddeford)



Come home to your body...

March10, 2018
2:00 - 4:00PM

140 Main Street
Biddeford, ME
(508) 728-4984

Cost:  $25 drop-in/$20 preregistered (see below)

We live in a culture that bombards us with contradictory messages about our bodies.  We are told to love them regardless of their size, shape, or ability, and yet we are also told that if we do not conform to a certain standard our bodies, and thus ourselves, are not worthy of love.  Our go, go, go, busy, busy, busy, lives foster a separation from our physical selves as we live more and more in our heads.  

Is it any wonder that we become separated our bodies?  That we can come to see it an object to be manipulated to fit the standards imposed upon it, or one to be ignored completely? Our bodies become something apart from ourselves and as such do not have a voice in our lives.

Embodiment practice helps to bring us back home to ourselves and our bodies.  Our bodies carry a deep wisdom that, if we are able to hear it, can help create a greater awareness of how our mental and emotional state impacts our body, and increase our sense of presence in our daily movement through life.  

This embodiment workshop uses techniques such as guided physical meditation, mindfulness, sound exploration, and authentic movement to help you to reconnect to the wisdom of your body.   Post workshop exercises that will help students build an embodiment practice at home will also be offered. The workshops are conducted to live music.

The workshops are open to students of all movement backgrounds. You will want to wear comfortable clothing that allows for freedom of movement. You may also want to bring a notebook and a water bottle.

In order to facilitate free exploration, we seek to create a safe space for all types of dancers and movement artists to explore creative expression. The class is open to all genders.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

A Year of Embodiment

from In Her Own Skin
My birthday is one week away.  On February 1st I will have existed on this earth for 46 years.  It isn't what we'd call a milestone birthday.  It doesn't round out a decade and I've already passed the statistical midpoint of life expectancy.  It is however, a personal milestone in that it marks the year I finally came home to my body.  To celebrate this I am kicking off a new project on my birthday....

As a woman raised in a feminist home in our American culture, I grew up surrounded by contradiction when it came to my own body. I was told my body was mine alone, and yet I existed within a culture that told me my body only existed to serve others. My copy of the book Our Bodies Ourselves told me that I should love my body’s form no matter what its size or shape, but I was also hit daily with messages that if my body did not conform to a certain standard that neither I, nor it, was worthy of love. I was taught that sex was something to be celebrated and shared between two mutually consenting partners, yet time and again, my experience was that my consent didn’t matter.

I came to live with the contradiction of being in my body, but wanting to detach from it. I felt betrayed by my femaleness. This led to a sense of self-objectification. I began to see my body as an object to be manipulated to fit the standards imposed upon it, or one to be ignored when it did not comply. My body was something apart from me and as such, it did not have a voice in my life.

It has been dance and movement, particularly the practices of Authentic Movement and Contemplative Dance, that have changed how I relate to my body. I began to see my body not as an a burden that I have had the ill luck to be saddled with as a woman, but as my home. And slowly, incrementally over a period of years, I began to recognize that my body is not just a vehicle for the non-corporeal ‘stuff’ that is me, it is me; all of me - blood, bone, heart, spirit - and it has a voice.

This decade of work has inspired me to create a Year of Embodiment. As a woman about to enter midlife, this message of embodiment has become something I want to share with others; people of all genders and ages who feel alienated from their physical selves, so they may begin to move forward in life as whole beings. As survivor of sexual abuse and assault, I want to create avenues for other survivors to come home to their bodies.

This year of embodiment begins on February 1st, my birthday. It will cover several projects including:
  • On going embodiment workshops many of which I will make available to all regardless of economic circumstances.
  • Regular blog posts on the subject of embodiment.
  • The creation of a performance art piece, In My Own Skin, inspired my own journey from separation to embodiment and the visual art work In Her Own Skin.
  • An embodiment show to take place in February 2019 for artists from a variety of disciplines to share works that speak to the concept of embodiment and to share their body's story.
  • And other possibilities such as monthly podcasts, video blogs, classes, art and more.
You can support this Year of Embodiment by visiting my Patreon page and making a contribution.  Any contribution will help, and all contributors of $3 or more are entered into a drawing for a signed print of my In Her Own Skin visual art series as well as other embodiment inspired rewards.  As before, for any annual contribution of $100 or more I will pass $5 along to another Patreon artist because I love supporting artists too!

Thank you for your ongoing support of this work.