Jeremy Martin is a grade A Acro yoga teacher and goofball, serving his community by teaching what he loves from festivals to circus schools all over the country. Currently based in Boston MA but also known as the one and only @homelessyogi , if you manage can catch a class with him when he rolls through your town, you are destined to (not walk but) fly away with a ton of learning and laughs under your belt.
Carly Gladyce is an Herbalist and Acro enthusiast based in Ithaca NY but hitting the road this summer for a grand tour of healing and acrobatic communities across the USA. She loves sharing the challenges and rewards of acro play with experienced folks and newbies alike. She hosts weekly acro jams in her area. @herbs4carly has been known to take long plant walks in the woods and spend hours talking about herbal healing but when it comes time for acro, she spring up on your feet faster than a weed after a rainstorm.
We would like to offer classes, beginner and intermediate, in order to share our love of acro yoga// partner acrobatics with folks at this festival. Our class will be tailored to maintain high levels of fun, safety, learning, trust building and FUN!
Stillness in Motion: Guided Freeform Dance Meditation
This workshop utilizes guided mindfulness movement and spontaneous freeform dance meditation as experiential metaphor for resetting unconscious yet familiar patterns; in the way we approach our movement practice, in the way we move when we dance and in how we relate to the unique circumstances of our lives. I will offer meditative orientations to help us notice how the forces of momentum, conditioned habits, preconceptions, our own will, each other, the environment around us and even the music direct our movement, we will experiment with consciously unhooking ourselves from following this momentum. In the space of the pause we can potentially tap into the experiencing witness state, pure awareness underlying all other states of consciousness – the silence ever-present behind the sound, the spaciousness inside our form and the stillness of each moment within the movement – and allow fresh insight and creative possibilities to arise. Instead of repeating pattern or even identifying as the “dancer” and moving by our own will alone, the dance takes form through us. Informed yet not defined, limited or controlled by everything we have experienced so far in our lives. All levels welcome, no prior experience necessary. I will offer variations to suit every body.
Accompanied with live improvisational sound and music by Kālidāsa Joseph Getter
Denise Porter Kemp
Denise Porter Kemp makes stillness, movement and yoga meditation practices accessible to the uniqueness of every body while expressing the underlying psychology and teachings through the experiential practice of the physical form. Currently based in the forests of New Hampshire, she brings her traveling school to private homes, offices at lunchtime, ski mountains, addiction recovery centers, yoga studios and music festivals all along the east coast. Certified at the 500 hour level in the Shakti Flow Vinyasa style of yoga by Asa Dustin of At OM Yoga, Level 1 in Thai Yoga by Shai Plonski of Still Light Center and initiated into the Kaula lineage of Kashmir Shaivism by Parvathi Nanda Nath Saraswati, Denise has studied with many teachers and learns from everyone who comes her way. She has been teaching yoga since 2005 and offering Thai Yoga since 2011. ~ body geometry, pure awareness ~ deniseporterkemp.com ~
Kālidāsa Joseph Getter
Kalidasa Joseph Getter is a creative world musician with decades of experience in kirtan, experimental music, Jazz, Indonesian gamelan, Indian classical music, and music for the circus, yoga, theater, dance and sound healing.
Come Dance! We are setting up a safe space to let go, tap in, and feel vibrantly alive through ecstatic movement.
A wave of eclectic beats will gently warm up your body and build to a stomping ecstatic pulse. Winding down softly, things will wrap up with sound healing and intention.
Lets create something BEAUTIFUL.
1. To honor and deepen the journey we request no talking on the dance floor.
2. Care/Awareness for the space and each other
3. Move your body however you wish
4. You can dance alone, or with as many partners as (you) like to join. (If you’d rather not dance with someone, thank them for the offer by placing your hands in prayer position at your heart – Namaste.)
Omar Aena is a conscious dance ambassador and community organizer based in New York City. His passion and focus is in bringing people together to experience a sense of belonging, connection and freedom.
He is co-organizer, facilitator and DJ at Ecstatic Dance NYC and creator of Dance Lab, a weekly event in Brooklyn for somatic inquiry. A student of various mystical traditions – including Tibetan Buddhism, Sufism, Advaita Vedanta and other philosophies of non-duality – Omar seeks to integrate these age-old, wisdom teachings into his life in the big city.
His background in Conscious Dance started in 2012 when he was introduced to 5Rhythms and then eventually Ecstatic Dance. This set him off on a journey around the world, meeting and dancing with many different communities, absorbing various styles, flavors and inspirations from each one. He has now stepped into DJ’ing, where his globally inspired + NYC rooted taste in music has been shaking and awakening conscious dance floors around the world.
All of the great spiritual cultures held dance sacred – as a means to purify, enlighten, and release the vast stores of energy inside us. Justin draws strength from this lineage, creating a dialog on the dance floor of shared beats, sweat, and blissful states of being. He reaches deep and plays a huge range of music – from his roots in House Music through Latin and African flavors, Bass and Dub.
AARON BRANDO holds a Masters Degree in Education and loves the art of crafting pedagogy in a non-codified system such as Contact Improvisation. Brando teaches and performs CI internationally. He has been instrumental in creating the event, CI Ground Research, which encourages the ongoing research of Contact Improvisation by dancers from around the world. Brando’s YouTube page has over a half million views and can be viewed via his website www.AaronBrando.com.
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Contact Improvisation: Flow and Momentum
There is a particular world we can inhabit together that comes from teasing out, indulging in, and encouraging each other’s momentum and centrifugal force. Using skill building, open play, and collaborative investigation, we will explore how to live inside momentum and deeply connect in the exploration of contact.