What we're about

Enter an open space... and with bare feet explore the exhilarating feeling of moving your body freely. You are invited to move, play, connect, sweat, stretch, sound, unwind, renew, release, contact dance, improvise, transform. Be true to yourself, while respecting others in the sacred space we create together. This is a safe and respectful environment that embraces 'all ways'. It is a practice that supports the free expression of emotions and inner space through movement and music.

Our intention is self-exploration, connection, healing, expanding human potential and community building through freestyle ecstatic dance. No experience necessary.

PRACTICE SPECIFICS...

Warm-up: 20 minutes people arrive, stretch, move/dance and reflect on the intention for the dance to a gentle sound wave.

The Practice: 100 minutes of freestyle dancing to a large sound wave. Some guidance is provided. We let the music, the community and our own inner space direct our steps, our movements, our expression, our journey.

Closing Circle: 5 minutes of OM`ing and/or group sound making, laughing and/or silence.

Tribal Social: 30 minutes of sharing food/drink/chat...just blissing out in the post Ecstatic Dance experience.

THE MUSIC...
Our live music events are with "the Uks first ecstatic dance band" URUBU - "You Are You, Be You!

ABOUT US:
"One of London's most exciting world music ensembles!" URUBU is a unique collaboration of world-class musicians assembled for your dancing delight. Playing a fusion of world rhythms, voice, Sax/flute, didgeridoo and electronica, URUBU create a unique space for you to dance your body into its natural state of ecstasy!

"Global music phenomenon the Urubu Collective, has taken London by storm with their twice-monthly ecstatic dance events!! Urubu delivers a captivating blend of exotic improvisational world grooves from ambient, meditative piano & vocal pieces through to high octane Afro-percussion. Expect tribal wildness and beautiful songs, Gongs, sound healing and more."

Upcoming events (5+)

Mid-Summer Celebration- Outdoor Ecstatic Dance - Silent Disco

Parliament Hill Viewpoint

Dear dancing friends, As Wednesday evening looks lovely, we are planning to celebrate Mid-Summer in London, through dancing on the Earth and beneath the Summer Sky! Yay! :) We are organising a very special ecstatic dance event on Wednesday evening at 5:30-8:30ish Arrive for 5:30-6ish (Weather dependant - full refund if it is raining!) Late comers welcome! You are invited to come dance with a community of lovely people, outdoors and with Nature, and the London Skyline! Please invite your lovely dancing friends to make this an event to remember! We have added a nominal fee of £5 (Earlybird rate) £10, as people were saying they were coming but not showing up and we have very limited headphones. Please book your headphones here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mid-summer-celebration-ecstatic-dance-london-outdoor-silent-disco-tickets-64054824705 Ecstatic Dance London aims to create a health-conscious and life-affirmative environment and therefore we have a no smoking, no alcohol, no drugs policy. thank you for respecting this! :) Where is it: Parliament Hill Viewpoint, Hampstead Heath When: Wednesday, June 26th, An outdoor Summer Ecstatic Dance event Why: it's Summer and we'll be dancing on the Earth to mark this very special time of year, dancing to amazing music via our headphones based sound system. (No complaints from neighbours etc...) Please book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mid-summer-celebration-ecstatic-dance-london-outdoor-silent-disco-tickets-64054824705 Some feedback from our last session: "Blissful! The open skies above, the bountiful trees surrounding the periphery, the grass and earth beneath my feet. There was a moment when I wanted to have a little cry, because of the abundance of beauty... And then there were those moments when I was completely lost in the music... Thank YOU. " "It was amazing!! Thank you for a wonderful afternoon with amazing tunes in a splendid environment!! Thank you everyone for your lovely presence and jubilant energy!!" " Thank you! it was amazing to dance in nature and connect with so many wonderful people

Aerial Relaxation Pods… with live ambient music! 7-8:30 & 8:30-10pm

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Aerial Relaxation Pods… with live ambient music! - "A new solution for stressed Londoners" - Aerial Relaxation Pods - Lift Your Spirit (pre-pay booking required to reserve your place, scroll down for details) London's first multi-sensory, aerial relaxation experience with Live ambient music, aromatherapy and featuring our sky-blue silky Aerial Hammocks (see photo above!) "An oasis of calm in our busy lives." Londoners stressed out by their busy lives can now turn to "Aerial Relaxation Pods" to transform their tension to calm, and restore the body’s natural healing wisdom. Repetitive motions, like those experienced in the gentle rocking of a hammock, can soothe anxiety. Dr. Herbert Benson, founder of Harvard’s Mind/Body Medical Institute, recommends repetitive movement to elicit your body’s relaxation response. This reaction allows a lower heart rate, blood pressure, and muscle tension. Two sessions per evening (please note your space is only confirmed once booked through eventbrite): 7-8:30pm book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/7-830-aerial-relaxation-pods-with-live-ambient-music-tickets-33077161681 8:30-10pm book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/830-10pm-aerial-relaxation-pods-with-live-ambient-music-tickets-24535229532 *Our new video on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxlR9u44llw Dates for your Calendar: High on Life Retreat - Ecstatic Dance Festival 2019 (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/high-on-life-retreat-ecstatic-dance-festival-portugal-june-2019-tickets-52086447968) EcoTantra Retreat Portugal 2019 - A Life Transforming Experience (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ecotantra-retreat-portugal-a-life-transforming-adventure-tickets-51245928953) Rock-abye-Baby Research provides insight into why rocking is calming to babies. The brain wave synchronisation occurs much easier through a rocking motion and allows the baby to feel more at home (i.e. it feels closer to being in the womb). The gentle rocking of a hammock will boost brain wave oscillations associated with better sleep and has been shown to provide a fertile ground for deep relaxation. More specifically, the rocking fortifies the brain waves that are naturally present during sleep which help maintain deep relaxation. Seth Newman, from Bioenergetic Alchemy, says: “Our pods are here to help Londoners relax. As a former teacher myself, I am fully aware just how busy and stressed a lot of people are. And most of us just don't find the time to unwind. Our Aerial Relaxation Pods are going to help you alleviate stress, providing time & space to allow your body to deeply rest, harmonising your nervous system. You’ll feel rejuvenated and refreshed after one session.” We all instinctively know about the power of a soothing, repetitive rocking motion and this in combination with live ambient soundscapes, colour therapy and aromatherapy is a potent synthesis for deep relaxation. "Words are inadequate to express the uniquely nurturing experience I had during your Aerial Relaxation Pod class... and the music was amazing! The feeling of being securely wrapped in a silk hammock from head to toe, suspended in the air, slowly rocking, with the crystal bowls and ambient music created a sublime and profound atmosphere. It was as if I was in a cocoon of total support, allowing peace to flow into my entire being." Aerial Relaxation Pods - featuring Live ambient with soft vocals and nurturing electronica to soothe your stresses away! Two sessions per evening: 7-8:30pm book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/7-830-aerial-relaxation-pods-with-live-ambient-music-tickets-33077161681 8:30-10pm book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/830-10pm-aerial-relaxation-pods-with-live-ambient-music-tickets-24535229532 Strictly no late comers! - Please arrive on time, unfortunately if you are more than 10 minutes late you will not be allowed entry as we need to make it a calm space for people who are here already.

OPENING TO JOY - weekly classes in Bioenergetic Alchemy™ Earth-Water-Fire-Ai­r

OPENING TO J.O.Y. Weekly classes in Bioenergetic Alchemy™ Body-Mind Integration Each week, we teach a Bioenergetic Alchemy™ (http://www.urubu.com/bioenergetic-alchemy/) sequence using the 4 elements, (Earth, Water, Fire and Air) as a map. Week 1 Earth - Grounding and Trauma Release (http://www.urubu.com/bioenergetic-alchemy/#earth) Week 2 Water - Boundaries and Opening to Feeling (http://www.urubu.com/bioenergetic-alchemy/#water) Week 3 Fire - Vitality, Power & Assertiveness (http://www.urubu.com/bioenergetic-alchemy/#fire) Week 4 Air - an introduction to Bioenergetic Breathwork (http://www.urubu.com/bioenergetic-alchemy/#air) Cost: £70 for all 4 classes/ £20 per class When: Friday 7-8:30pm (Please arrive on time) Where: The Pirate Castle, 33 Oval Rd, Camden Town, London NW1 7EA (5 minutes from Camden Tube) Things to bring: loose, comfortable clothes suitable for Yoga or Tai Chi & water bottle. Dates for your Calendar: High on Life Retreat - Ecstatic Dance Festival (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/high-on-life-retreat-ecstatic-dance-festival-portugal-june-2019-tickets-52086447968) EcoTantra Retreat Portugal - A Life Transforming Experience (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ecotantra-retreat-portugal-a-life-transforming-adventure-tickets-51245928953) Interview with Alexander Lowen, founder of Bioenergetics where he talks about the body-mind split - https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=37&v=ghZg34hKeCw From Joy, by Alexander Lowen Joy, the surrender to the body and to life by Alexander Lowen Bioenergetic is based on the concept that a person is a unitary being and that what happens in the mind must also be happening in the body. Thus, if a person is depressed with thoughts of despair, helplessness and failure, his body will manifest a similar depressed attitude, evident in decreased impulse formation, reduced mobility and restricted breathing. All bodily functions will be depressed, including metabolism, resulting in lowered energy production. Of course, the mind can influence the body just as the body affects the mind. It is possible in some cases to improve one’s bodily functioning through a change in one’s mental attitude, but any change so induced will be temporary unless the underlying bodily processes are significantly changed. On the other hand, directly improving bodily functions such as breathing, moving, feeling and self-expression has an immediate and lasting effect on one’s mental attitude. In the final analysis, increasing a person’s energy is the fundamental change which the therapeutic process must produce if it is to reach its goal of freeing an individual from the restrictions of his past and the inhibitions of the present. https://livingubuntu.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/bjoy-cover-large.jpg?w=388&h=300 Feedback from Seth's Bioenergetic Alchemy™ Classes: "This was one of the most powerful things I have done in ages. It has really shifted something for me. This morning I keep bursting into giggles! Thank you so much to Seth and everyone else who held the space." "Powerful stuff. Highly recommend giving it a go." "What an incredible time I had last night! When I arrived, I was feeling very low and in my head. The Bioenergetic Alchemy session brought me back to my body and allowed me to connect to some suppressed sadness. The ecstatic dance afterwards allowed me to express my joy and freedom. I feel alive, connected and expanded. I cannot put in words my deep gratitude for this experience!!: "What a release. Feeling all light & open by the end!" "Highly recommended: felt tensions slip away" "Really loving the sense of a developing community that's forming from these classes." "That was such a lovely way to spend a few hours. I feel sooo chilled out today, and the sun's out, and it's feeling like spring, and I'm still broke but it doesn't feel so bad any more. It's amazing to laugh with you all and to be part of something special. Thanks everyone, and thank you Seth xxx" _______________________________________________________________ If you would like to stay on for the dance/movement meditation class (8:30-10pm), you can pay just another £5.

Cacao Dance Tribe - Cacao & Ecstatic Dance with Ecstatic Dance London

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"Magical space, people, music, and movement" "The absolute best ecstatic dance experience I've ever attended." "The best ecstatic dance in the London area." Cacao Dance Tribe Cacao & Ecstatic Dance with Ecstatic Dance London - Camden Sessions “People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive” - Joseph Campbell Our youtube videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGC7pkS9sHU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OSV_SkP7bk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtEj_obfoYM Why Cacao & Ecstatic Dance? Cacao is the ultimate heart opener, it will give you energy, revitalise your BodyMind inviting you to express, release & unleash your creativity on the dance floor! Exploring Cacao + Ecstatic Dance as a potent synthesis for Transformation! Release what no longer serves you, and invite in what you want more of in your life! When? Friday nights - 8:30pm-10:30pm How much? £12 Earlybird / £15 - cost includes Cacao! (Concessions for Fulltime students £10 please bring your student ID) Please book on Eventbrite so we know how much Cacao to make! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cacao-ecstatic-dance-with-ecstatic-dance-london-friday-nights-tickets-33380995456 Where is it? The Pirate Castle, 33 Oval Rd, Camden Town, London NW1 7EA (5 minutes from Camden Tube) Dates for your Calendar: High on Life Retreat - Ecstatic Dance Festival 2019 (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/high-on-life-retreat-ecstatic-dance-festival-portugal-june-2019-tickets-52086447968) EcoTantra Retreat Portugal 2019 - A Life Transforming Experience (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ecotantra-retreat-portugal-a-life-transforming-adventure-tickets-51245928953) “Each of us is a moving centre, a space of divine mystery. And though we spend most of our time on the surface in the daily details of ordinary existence, most of us hunger to connect to this space within, to break through to ecstatic states of consciousness, to be swept away.” -Gabrielle Roth What to bring: Loose comfortable clothing and a Bottle of water Classes are facilitated by Seth Newman, Seth is an Art of Being© graduate, Bioenergetics practitioner, Tantric Trance Dance facilitator and is the pioneer of live music ecstatic dance events in the UK, with his band Urubu. He brings a wealth of experience holding heart centred spaces. Cacao Dance Tribe sessions are an opportunity to find freedom in our own ability to feel and move with all that is and with everything that arises in our body, heart and mind. Ecstatic Dance is a practice that encourages moving with a grounded body, deepening our ability to be with what is, and connecting with others as we are, without the mask. There is no experience necessary, just a willingness to move and be moved! "Our bodies instinctively know what feels good or bad, right or wrong. However, often our heads get in the way. Ecstatic Dance is about finding our way through to what feels good. How can we use dance to consciously transform towards finding joy, without denying our anger or sadness? Ask yourself: what’s my body feeling in this moment? Does it feel good moving this way, or that? Does it feel nourishing to dance with another, or dance solo? Where do I most feel connected with Self? Let your body lead the way." ~ Abigail Harris More or our videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tdb_2E_Ea9M https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQLU9VKT-Ws https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYXatoRMkh0

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