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Week I - Introduction to Contemplative Dance/Authentic Movement - 32nd Annual!

Faculty: Daphne Lowell and Alton Wasson

July 15-19, 2020

Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

Prerequisites: none

A five-day progression of daily practice. Move or be still in a community of respect, compassion and support. Practice 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.

Week I is designed to introduce Contemplative Dance/Authentic Movement to people with no previous experience. Through a carefully designed progression we will explore various dimensions of the practice. We will provide close faculty guidance in small groups, honoring the uniqueness of each person. The workshop is both restful and enlivening, playful and meaningful.

Limited to 18 participants.


Guided Movement Meditation
Preparing the body/mind. Releasing tensions, opening channels, and enlivening consciousness in the physical body. Live musical accompaniment.

The Core of Contemplative Dance/Authentic Movement
Following the body’s impulses into deeper streams of consciousness through movement and stillness. Practicing attention and acceptance, inner and outer witnessing. Safely entering our own inner worlds in a community of respect, compassion and support. Reflecting on the experiences to ground and amplify discoveries.


Creative Forming
Inviting the imagination to play in other media – writing, clay, color, story. Diffusing the power of the inner critics.

Dancing in the Collective
The dance of the inner being, playing in community, active witnessing in movement.

Spirit Of Place
Exploring our relation to nature, its cycles, images, demands, possibilities. We will spend time in the natural world and be nourished by it in ways that enhance it as well. Reflecting on inner and outer ecology through movement, meditation and writing.


Some evenings we will play and celebrate together. There will be a pot-luck meal, an evening of live music and sacred play, and a ritual closing of the week.

Setting – Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

The Hampshire College 800 acre campus features beautiful orchards, woods, meadows and scenic hiking trails in the heart of rural New England, only a few hours away from New York City and Boston.

Two beautiful, clean, air-conditioned, sprung-floored studios provide ample space for the workshops. 

Housing is available on campus in shared apartments. Private, single bedrooms with shared baths and kitchens. Linens (sheets, pillow case, towels, 1 pillow, 1 blanket) are provided by the college. Meals are not included in the cost of housing. A limited supply of cookware and utensils will be available for you to share. 

Directions and Travel Info below (PDF)

What to Bring - Summer at Hampshire Info below (PDF)



Tuition Fees: TBA

Deposit (non-refundable) 

Housing Fees: TBA

Additional nights of housing are available on campus the night before and night after (extra night fee TBA).

Financial Aid: We offer partial financial aid towards the tuition fees (not housing) in the form of scholarships and work-study positions. Financial Aid application deadline TBA. Please contact us with questions. Financial Aid Application (download using link at bottom of page)

**Program fills quickly! Secure your space by registering and sending a deposit.**
Please inquire after the registration deadline about availability of spaces.

**Registration open February 1**


Online Payment


For cancellations by DATES TBA, we will refund all but $200 of your payment. 

For cancellations after DATES TBA, we will refund all but $200 of your payment if your space is filled by another participant or in special circumstances.

Contemplative Dance,
Jul 25, 2019, 10:53 AM
Susan Goode,
May 13, 2019, 3:12 PM
Susan Goode,
Aug 14, 2019, 10:21 AM