Belly Dance as Healing Dance:

Working with Trauma

This is a workshop for the experienced dancer who wants to learn to use the vocabulary of belly dance as means of re-empowerment for trauma survivors. Traumatic experiences can leave behind mistrustful messages about the nature of life, being and connection.    These messages eat away at our capacity to have faith and hope in the future.   They crystallize into fear-based body patterns that inhibit our ability to fully occupy our own strong selves.

In this workshop, we will learn to use belly dance to introduce a new, affirmative set of experiences and beliefs into a closed body system. We will explore the strength and stability of the hip circle, and it’s capacity to bring us fully back into the birthright of living rooted in our pelvic floor. We’ll use the crescent moon movement to rock and hold us.  And through that movement, we will learn to integrate the oldest and most soothing of mother messages, that we are loved and lovable just for our own selves. Through shimmies, we will come to understand that  pushing and over-extending  ourselves is not the way to strength .  Instead we’ll come to know, that the surest path to power comes from relaxing into the flow and momentum of an experience. And as we immerse ourselves in undulation, we will re-connect to the reliability  of ongoing rhythm of life, and  learn to trust that no matter how far out to sea life’s challenges toss us, there is always a life current pulling us safely back to shore.

Date: August 14th 2010
Time: 10:00am – 4:30pm
Cost: $75 with 5 day Advance or $89 at the door

Class: 10:00 – 12:30pm
Lunch: 12:30 – 1:30Pm
Classes 1:30 – 4:30pm

Highly recommend 5 star Paseo Cuban Sandwich shop for lunch. We’ll have a menu available. You can put in an oder early and have it ready by our lunch break .

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wLorraine Lafata, belly dancer, feminist, mother, wife and licensed therapist (M.S. W., L. I. C. S. W.) will lead 3 full day belly dance and personal growth intensives. Lorraine has been a practicing feminist psychotherapist for over twenty years. Her practice in Body Centered Psychotherapy for Women combines movement and body awareness with psychological and spiritual healing practices. Her wisdom and experience gives us a rich and insightful day.

Please see her web site Sacred Source.

Delilah has co facilitated and hosted 2 week long retreats in California entitled “Inanna, Solome and the 7 Part Cabaret Belly Dance Routine” (97-98)  and another 10 day program at Delilah’s Visionary Belly Dance Retreats in Hawaii called “Embracing Aphrodite” (2001) An hour long very moving documentary of this event is featured on the the DVD, Delilah and Sirocco: Live and Wild. On sale at VDP

VDP has hosted her in Seattle every other year. So don’t miss this opportunity! One of our staff Christine Hamby, goes yearly to do intern study with Lorraine.  It is with great enthusiasm and praise we bring you a workshop of this kind !

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