Introductory Contemplative Dance/Authentic Movement Workshops

These workshops will gently guide people with no previous experience in Contemplative Dance / Authentic Movement into this accessible yet powerful form of moving meditation.




Introduction to Contemplative Dance/Authentic Movement
Shelburne, VT, All Souls Interfaith Gathering
Friday, March 6 - Saturday, March 7, 2020

Schedule: Friday 6:30pm-8:30pm; Saturday 9:30am-5:30pm

Faculty: Daphne Lowell

Register by February 21st to reserve your space!
Friday evening only: $50

           Saturday only: $125 (includes lunch)

           Both: $150 (includes lunch Saturday)

Coming home to body, we witness spirit moving. Compassion deepens. 

This weekend program will introduce Contemplative Dance in theory and practice, highlighting the ways it can offer access to personal spiritual experiences and insights. No special movement skills needed. Accessible to all interested in safely exploring and enjoying their wholeness. Choose to attend Friday, Saturday, or both!

Friday Evening Experiential Presentation (6:30pm-8:30pm)

What ideas underlie this practice? How do people use it in their personal and professional lives? How doe it serve as one form out of the many different ways dance/movement participate in religious devotions? What does this practice feel like to do? I will review the development of Contemplative Dance and give examples of ways that participants work with it - from students and teachers to somatic practitioners and nurses, therapists and professional religious. I will also lead a short movement meditation to give a taste of the practice and we will briefly reflect on your experiences and questions. 

Saturday Workshop (9:30am-5:30pm) *lunch included

In morning and afternoon sessions, I will introduce different aspects of Contemplative Dance, at each step working with beginner’s mind, and with choice and ease. I’ll offer guided meditations inviting you into your body’s imagination. I’ll teach the open form of the practice where we work with discovered, rather than prescribed, movement, stillness, silence, and sound. We’ll explore both the inner and outer witness, and the awareness of moving/being still in community. As we reflect on our experiences, we’ll explore imagistic and physical modes of memory, cultivate non-judgement and an appreciation for difference, and practice speaking in ways that recognize our experiences as our own. As we close the day, we’ll identify ways to bring aspects of this practice home.  

For more information, contact Daphne Lowell,, or local host, Kit Anderson,

Please register and pay for this workshop through the All Souls Interfaith Gathering website. 


Introduction to Contemplative Dance, Evening Workshop
Minneapolis, MN,  The Ivy Arts Building, 2637 27th Ave S., Studio 206
Friday, April 17, 2020, 6:30-9:00pm

Faculty: Alton Wasson
Fees: $50 or Free* 

This workshop gently guides people with or without previous experience into this accessible yet powerful form of moving meditation and embodied imagination. It includes guided movement meditations and Contemplative Dance / Authentic Movement.

*Free tuition is extended to Friday evening participants, who attend the subsequent Experienced Contemplative Dance WorkshopsSaturday, April 18 - Sunday, April 19.

(Attending Friday evening qualifies you to attend the weekend workshop.)

For more information, contact local host Michael Gardos Reid,, or Alton Wasson, 413-268-3294,

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July 15-19, 2020.    Week I - Introduction to Contemplative Dance/Authentic Movement 

A five-day progression of daily practice. Move or be still in a community of respect, compassion and support. Practice attention and acceptance, inner and outer witnessing. Daily warm-ups with live music to enliven consciousness in the body. Sessions using imagination in other media. Time in nature. 

No prerequisites.

For more information, including tuition & housing fees, see week-long page for more info.