Monthly Contemplative Dance Practice

March 3rd

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    Room: Main Shrine Room

    $5-$10 donation is suggested per session

    Contemplative Dance Practice is training for personal and group awareness of body/mind through a simple form that alternates sitting meditation with self-directed body movement in space. Participants wear comfortable clothing that allows movement, and go barefoot.

    The first half hour of each CDP session is an Introduction to the practice, required for first time attendees and recommended for newer practitioners. To preserve the integrity of the practice, latecomers will not be admitted.

    If you wish to attend, please RSVP to [email protected]

    More about CDP: Contemplative Dance Practice provides opportunities to deepen spiritual disciplines, develop awareness of inner and outer bodymind rhythms, and participate in the social and political dynamics of an ensemble system, among other things. The practice was developed by Barbara Dilley, who  has been practicing and studying meditation in the Shambhala tradition of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche for more than 30 years. Dilley also danced with both the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (1963–68) and Grand Union, a dance/theater collaboration that was to extend the definitions of the art of improvisation (1969–76). Since 1974, Dilley has taught at Naropa University in Boulder, CO, first designing the Dance/Movement Studies Program, and then serving as president (1985–93).

    More about the Philadelphia practice group: Barbara Dilley initiated the Philadelphia Contemplative Dance Practice group by teaching a three-hour workshop in January 2011 at the invitation of choreographer, meditator, and writer Lisa Kraus and Jude Robison, also a dancer, longtime meditator, and student of Trungpa Rinpoche. The group has continued to meet monthly since that time, and is generally facilitated by Kraus or Robison.  Asimina Chremos facilitates RSVPs and communications.