“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 2018 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
Soul Motion teacher JimmyLee (Jim Matto-Shepard) is a psychologist specializing in somatic, relational and archetypal psychology. He is passionate about bringing the mind, body and spirit together in conscious dance and other venues. In addition to his psychotherapy practice with individuals, couples and groups, he offers a couple’s integration group that brings together body awareness, emotional communication and relational play practices. He is also a student in the CIIS Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy program and is in the process of collaborating to open a ketamine assisted psychotherapy clinic in Petaluma. 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.
Joseph always wanted to be a teacher. Being a leader and facilitator came naturally and impassioned him to pursue that dream.
He officially began living the teaching dream in 1999 by teaching middle school in the California public school system. After a decade of teaching youth he was inspired to focus his teaching efforts on expanding the minds of his fellow educators by providing them with the skills to adapt their instruction to the needs of today’s classroom and ensure their students’ success.
His passion and curiosity for how we as humans learn led him to California Institute of Integral Studies where he earned his M.A. in Somatic Psychology. This education gave him an understanding of how the interaction of our body structures with our thoughts, feelings, and actions affect how it is we learn.
Today he is a teacher and counselor at an alternative public high school in San Francisco, a Somatic Therapist, and an Open Floor Movement teacher in the SF Bay area, as well as at Esalen Institute in Big Sur.
Jeremy is a certified Soul Motion™ teacher. He has been facilitating dance and embodiment practices for over 20 years. His influences include: Release Technique, Feldenkrais, Body-Mind Centering, Contact Improvisation, and Modern Dance. He has taught and performed internationally – and is a member of the Bay Area Soul Motion Collective. He offers weekly SM classes in the east bay, and DJ’s (AKA ¡SuppleWhat?) at various Bay Area conscious dance events.
Aviva is a certified Open Floor teacher and considers dance as her ongoing Soul teacher. Aviva helps guide people back to their innate wholeness with dance, nature based-therapy, Hakomi, and more. She works with individuals and groups, helping them live more connected, purposeful lives. She faithfully believes in kindness, miracles, prayer, and LOVE as the fundamental catalysts for change in the world.
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
For the past 8 years, Nicki has been the designer, web developer and communications Techno Faery 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 website up and running. You can find Nicki enjoying her family and feather friends in the San Geronimo Valley and her work at https://www.redheadart.com/