Contemplative Dance Practice Workshop – ‘Waves and Particles’

“I’m a particle, I’m somebody, and then I’m a wave – I’m fluid, not fixed – and then I become a particle again. We experience this in dancing states all the time.” – Barbara Dilley (2017)

Date: Saturday 18 March
Time: 11 – 2pm
Location: Galway Dance Project Studio, Terryland House Unit 26, Galway, H91 FPT3
Booking: email

As part of CDP International Week Bernadette Divilly is running a 3 hour workshop in Contemplative Dance Practice. Participants will be introduced to key elements in this work include Dharma Art, Somatic Intelligence and Improvisation.

Contemplative Dance Practice (CDP) mingles the discipline of meditation and improvisation in a simple structure using personal awareness practice, open space and discussion/reflection time. Participants will practice tracking kinaesthetic delight and cultivating awareness while engaging with the four pillars of mindful movement practices.

Contemplative Dance Practice was originated by Barbara Dilley at the Naropa University in Bolder, Colorado, USA. The practice brings contemporary dance and Tibetan Buddhist practice together to create a simple but strong container to work both artistically and creatively with the art of living. Bernadette Divilly came into this practice during her graduate studies in Somatic Psychology – Dance Movement Psychotherapy at the Naropa University in the late 90s.

For more information on CDP see link

Bernadette Divilly is a senior dance movement psychotherapist working in private practice in the West of Ireland. She is also a dance movement artist using socially-engaged practices centred on the body-mind relationship. She advocates, along with a growing number of international practitioners, for the intelligence of the body as central to politics, governance and working with conflict.

Image: Barbara Dilley and Bernadette Divilly

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