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Once again I led a day of Meditative dances for Holy Week in the beautiful Meditation Centre in Dent, on 1 April, 2015, the Wednesday in Holy Week. The dances took us from the Crowds waving “Hosanna” in Jerusalem to the empty tomb, and we were enriched by the reading of sonnets written by Malcolm Guite, before each dance.
I received some very kind and positive feedback on the day:
Thank you so much for a stunning and inspired day. I really enjoyed your matching of dances to the readings and I thought that your manipulation of the symbols in the final centre was subtle, but also very powerful.
Thank you for asking me to be one of your readers and introducing me to the work of Malcolm Guite.
I look forward to dancing with you again and enjoying your very special creativity.
I am offering a similar event in 2016 on Wednesday March 23rd
From the Annunciation to the Pieta
(It just so happens that the Feast of the Annunciation falls on Good Friday, in 2016)
10.15am to 4.30pm.
£23. There are still a few places available
The number will be restricted to just 16.
Please contact me to book
Two years ago I discovered the Meditation Centre in Dent, and felt compelled to offer a Meditative day of dance there. I made the booking for Holy Week 2013 but late snow put paid to that. Now a year on, in bright sunshine, the dream became a reality and it did not disappoint me.
Here are some kind words from those who came.. and lower a sonnet.. and even some photos this time of the dance to the Taize Chant, “Stay here, keep watch with me”
Thank you for bringing us all together in that Special place
You put together such a moving selection yesterday, with appropriately emotive but varied music, and your references to the scripture storyline and symbolism are never overworked. The poems are come and gone tantalizingly fast but so well chosen. Thank you. I needed that space yesterday.
Thank you for everything you have done yesterday. It was lovely and beautiful experience, journeying through Holy week with Him.
Thank you for a very special and powerful day.
I came away from the day feeling changed in some way with lots to contemplate.
This is the sonnet that Malcolm Guite posted the day that we danced. I used it, twinned with the dance “Heart like a Fire”.
The Anointing at Bethany
Come close with Mary, Martha , Lazarus
So close the candles stir with their soft breath
And kindle heart and soul to flame within us
Lit by these mysteries of life and death.
For beauty now begins the final movement
In quietness and intimate encounter
The alabaster jar of precious ointment
Is broken open for the world’s true lover,
The whole room richly fills to feast the senses
With all the yearning such a fragrance brings,
The heart is mourning but the spirit dances,
Here at the very centre of all things,
Here at the meeting place of love and loss
We all foresee, and see beyond the cross.
The invitation went out to our three classes to join a Christmas dance party and shared Supper on 12th December in Brigsteer.
The response was great , the hall full, the supper fabulous, but best of all we had a Band! Helen brought together David Hall, Katie Turner, and the two Sallys -Maxwell and Hardaker.it was their first gig together and they gave us a splendid evening.
after, this kindly email was sent to us..
Hello Miggy and Helen,
What a lovely evening you arranged for all of us. Thank you both so much. Such events don’t just happen without a great deal of “paddling beneath the water” and prior organisation. So thank you for all the preparation, thought and planning which must have taken place.
I don’t imagine that I will be the only person who felt it was a very special occasion –and even if, as in my case I knew no-one else from the group before joining in the autumn, everyone is so kind and friendly that it is a real pleasure to be part of such an occasion.