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Issue: April 2011
For All Our Relations

By Katriona Forrester

It isn’t every day you come across the ideal setting for one of Ya’Acov’s favourite workshops: For All Our Relations, about which he says:

“The basic idea of this workshop is for us all to experience more directly the love we have for life here on earth. Why? Because what we love, we tend to look after. And why is that particularly important now? Read this quote from the UK Be the Change website:

“According to a majority of the world's experts, there is now overwhelming evidence that our modern society is headed for a catastrophe. Leading scientists are telling us that the impact of our industrial system, and the sudden expansion of humanity's ability to harvest the common bounty of our planet for short-term gain, may actually be upsetting the balance of our highly complex and fragile web of life.”
The Long Dance itself is such a potent ceremony and I feel that to have the time to prepare deeply in a beautiful environment such as Chlotisberg, will serve to bring more potency and power to the ceremony itself. The intention of the dance is to dispel some of the fog of our daily affairs and step into the deeper trance of the dance where we can weave dreams worth dreaming for ourselves, our loved ones, our ancestors, our community and our world. It’s amazing to dance through the night with such support and such purpose. In the times I have already done this ceremony, it has been a deeply moving, transformative, and empowering event. Participants have been invited to raise sponsorship money for participating in the 8-hour ceremony from friends and family to support small projects on a local, national, and international scale. It is a traditional part of ceremonies such as the Long Dance to include an element of give-away, so that the benefit will ripple out beyond the people who get the opportunity to dance.”

We are blessed that all has come together in a beautiful way for this event at the end of May in Switzerland. The season is the height of springtime, May 26th - 29th - a glorious moment in the calendar for celebrating life. The host is the thriving and committed dance community based on the Verein Dynamo in Luzern, who have several years of experience in co-organising Ya’Acov’s workshops in the area. The location is a new one that we are delighted to have found in the gentle hills and woodlands between Luzern and Lenzburg: the Chlotisberg seminar centre. When Ya’Acov and I first visited one year ago, we were astonished to find a huge gym hall that has been renovated as state of the art dance room, with sprung wooden floor, big enough for more than 100 dancers. The friendliness of the owners and the rooms and meals they offer there left us in no doubt that this is an ideal location for this very special opportunity to dance with and for all of life. The workshop is 4 days, including a Long Dance through the Saturday night. A team of designer-dancers is already busy with the designs for the five elemental altars which will be an artistic expression of the intentions of the Long Dance. There are still some places available, with rooms for sleeping at the centre, and you are warmly invited to join us. All the information and the flyer is on the website calendar page, in English and in German.

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The views expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of the School of Movement Medicine. Roland Wilkinson, Nappers Crossing, Staverton, Devon TQ9 6PD, UK Tel & Fax +44 (0)1803 762255 http://www.