“Dance Medicine is a stimulating, heart-centered mindfulness dance practice where everyone is welcome. We invite you to bring your most authentic selves and to show up free from judgment and any sense of separation. Expressing our humanity with compassion, playfulness and a deep sense of our own divine grace, we experience every moment as it appears. Arriving in the now and celebrating the new, we sustain our creative moments in community.
– This is our Medicine.”
Welcome to Dance Medicine! We are thrilled to welcome you into our beautiful Dance Medicine Tribe. We envision 2016 to be a year of enlightened growth as we develop our somatic wisdom by facilitating the emergence of our personal power. In our weekly practice, our focus will be an inner exploration, discovery and release of anything that keeps us from living a life we love with more freedom, peace and harmony. Together we will support and celebrate one another as we progress along our individual and mutual journeys, for the benefit of all beings.
Please join us in creating a mindful space:
Dance Medicine is a conscious dance practice. The following guidelines create a movement environment that allows both individuals and the group as a whole to move toward awareness and presence.
- • Practice being mindful in your movement
- • Movement with others is always completely consensual
- • Whenever possible arrive before 7:30 and stay until we finish at 9:00
- • No prior experience is necessary
- • No talking on the dance floor.
- • Please be sure to silence your cell phones or leave them in the foyer.
- • Laughing, singing and expressions of enthusiasm are welcome as long as you are mindful of the group as a whole.
- • You have a right and a responsibility to maintain your personal boundaries
- • Be mindful of the proximity of others
- • No photos or video allowed
- • No alcohol or drugs
PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT ::
- • No shoes on the dance floor (dance shoes okay)
- • Dance Medicine is a scent free environment. Please no perfumes or essential oils
- • Ages 13 +
Dance Medicine Fairfax Teachers:
Jim Matto-Shepard, Ph.D
Jim Matto- Shepard, Ph.D is a somatic psychologist who specializes in relationship and archetype. He is a certified Soul Motion teacher — currently teaching “Inner Journey” as part of a collective in Sebastopol. In addition to his conscious dance commitments and his full-time psychology practice, Jim co-facilitates workshops with his wife Felicia on Erotic Partnership and Awakening to the Living Truth of the Moment. Find out more about Jim: www.drjms.com.
Jennifer is a certified 5Rhythms Teachers and was trained by Gabriel Roth. Jennifer’s dance practice began in 1996 and included ritual performances and visual poetry, earning her a college scholarship. After performing for many years, Jennifer realized a profound yearning to experience dance on a deeper level and began studying the 5Rhythms in 2002. She is now teaching this extraordinary body of work, constantly catalyzing a deeper way of living more fully in her body. Jennifer is skilled at creating a safe space where dancers are invited to discover and express themselves with authenticity. Her deep understanding of the work inspires students to engage powerfully with the transformative nature of this practice, while her upbeat teaching style helps to create community on the dance floor.
Visit Jennifer on her site: jenniferleeburner.com
Saša Benčina, LMT, CST facilitates individuals’ healing journeys through bodywork, psycho-somatic inquiry and embodiment practices, including Structural Bodywork, Biosomatics, Qi Gong, Continuum, Gestalt Inquiry and 5 Rhythms Dance. With her intuitive listening, she facilitates her clients’ inherent transformative healing process, converting their challenges into greater wholeness and thriving. Besides offering private healing sessions Saša also teaches Embodied Woman Retreats, Yuan Gong and Sacred Alignment self-initiatory workshops.
By inviting her clients into deeper alignment with their values, she assists them in accessing their innate healing, happiness and fulfillment.
Visit Sasa at www.fully-alive.com
Vehllia Tranne is a Certified 5Rhythms® Teacher Accredited by the 5RTA (5Rhythms Teachers Association), Founder of The City Waves™, which offers 5Rhythms classes and workshops in San Francisco. She is also a Yoga Teacher Certified by Yoga Tree San Francisco. Vehllia has been celestially dancing before even learning to walk. She is a passionate healer, courageous shape-shifter, and natural teacher. After spending most of her life searching for inner peace and living in many countries, weaving both Eastern and Western ways of living, she was guided to transform her life to a more spiritually based existence and a chance encounter with the 5Rhythms rocked her world, igniting and inspiring her passion for dance as a tool for self-discovery, healing, and transformation. Her connection with her volcanic ancient ancestral land is evident in her grounded flowing and it’s a sacred gift for all of us.
Vehllia’s teaching style reflects her spontaneity and sincere love for life, expressed beautifully in her inspirational dance offering to anyone interested in a deep transformational exploration of self through moving meditation.
Visit Vehllia at https://www.TheCityWaves.com/
Alessandro Moruzzi is a Certified 5Rhythms® Teacher Accredited by the 5RTA (5Rhythms Teachers Association), and Founder of The City Waves™, which offers 5Rhythms classes and workshops in San Francisco. He is also a certified Holistic Health Coach from World School of Massage and Holistic Healing Arts SF. Alessandro crossed path with 5Rhythms after many years of traveling, exploring, searching and seeking; inside and out. Now embracing this practice fully that is finally revealing and supporting his purpose in life, balancing mind, body and spirit; and sharing this powerful medicine for everyone he crosses path with.
Enriched by his music, theater, performance, and shamanism background, Alessandro intuitively crafted heartfelt, grounded and healing journey through the Waves offering a safe and transformational space for all.
Visit Alessandro at https://www.TheCityWaves.com/
Dan and Sandra Fitting
Dan and Sandra Fitting are the producers of Dance Medicine, a weekly conscious dance practice with the intention of building community, sharing sacred values and assisting one another in living our most authentic lives. Sandra has a 25+ year history of studying and teaching dance and, after leaving behind her beloved Santa Cruz dance community in the early 1980’s had envisioned creating another dance tribe. Six years ago, after the last of Dan and Sandra’s five children left for college, they moved to the San Geronimo Valley and Sandra manifested her vision for a creative spiritual dance community with weekly altars, a sacred Medicine Circle and special community events.
Dan is the vital operations part of the venture with his tech background and open-hearted, can-do spirit. Together, Sandra and Dan’s intention is to continue to co-create conscious dance events according to their vision and guidance, for the benefit of their own personal growth and enjoyment and that of their beloved Dance Medicine tribe.
Nicole (Nicki) Tostevin (A.k.a. Techno Faery!)
For the past 6 years, Nicki has been the designer and web developer for Dance Medicine (and before that, Sweat Your Prayers San Geronimo) and has been grateful to be an active participant each week. Nicki enjoys making original graphics for the weekly invitations and keeping the web site up and running. She is thrilled to have created the new community forum and hopes people use it to grow the community. You can find Nicki enjoying her family and feather friends in the San Geronimo Valley and her work at http://www.nicoletostevin.com/