Bernadette Divilly

Somatic Dance Psychotherapy, Dance Diversity, Choreography

Winter 2017/Spring 2018 Workshops and Events

Galway Dance Project Supports International Contemplative Dance Practice Day  to celebrate Barbara Dilley’s 80th!

Tuesday March 13th 2018IMAGE-3_Workshop

Galway Times: 2pm- 5pm and 6pm to 9pm

Studio based in Galway City Westend

Booking Essential as spaces limited email or text 0851260931

First offered in 1980 by Barbara Dilley, Contemplative Dance is now practiced in its original and adapted forms all over the world. CDP brings together the discipline of sitting meditation with free movement investigations and the practice of improvisation. It is an opportunity to integrate outer and inner worlds, alone and together.

The practice begins with sitting meditation followed by personal awareness practice and then the group practice called “Open Space” occurs, where Deep Play unfolds! The session concludes with a closing circle for discussion and observations.

Facilitated by Bernadette Divilly who uses the practice into her work in Dance Movement Psychotherapy and Socially Engaged Choreography.


Winter Solstice at the Galway City Museum


Photo Credit: Dance Ireland

Date: 20th December
10:30am – 4:30pm
Galway City Museum

Free: Event sponsored by Galway Dance Project and supported by the Galway City Museum. The DROP project was also supported by a residency at Dance Ireland 2016.

DROP with the language of home this winter solstice. Find your personal choreography. This workshop will deepen your connection with yourself and local and international communities in 2017 through the exploration of basic principles of dance, relaxation, organisation and presence. We will explore the embodiment of home -engaging with both personal and public spaces within ourselves and in relationship.

The objective is to explore deepest types of movement democracy and inclusivity by dropping to consciously engage with the place of home through presence. This work is influenced by the Contemplative Dance Practices of Barbara Dilley and translated by Bernadette Divilly to engage with the culture of the west of Ireland.

All welcome: This workshop is appropriate for anybody with a body who is curious about mindful movement and simple choreographic practices. This workshop suits both professional artists and the community at large. The theme this time is the language of home. Explored and engaged with through the poetry of bodies engaging with memory, place and the architect of the city.

WINTER RETREAT – The Dance of Conception and Birth

Life begin with contact between egg and sperm. In the unfolding dance of conception, implantation, differentiation, and development in the womb we grow ourselves for life on Earth. We are born, and our birth imprints influence how we manage our lives through growth, transitions and change. Our earliest existential experiences establish the baseline for our personalities and our attitudes, and set up the deepest challenges that we navigate throughout our lives. Revisit in a minded environment your earliest reference experiences, and re-engage and re-new your creative spark.

Suggested Reading: ‘Birth’s Hidden Legacy’, Volume 1 & Volume 2, Annie Brook, 201

Early booking advised. If people haven’t worked with me previously, there is an intake interview for which there is a cost. A letter of application of interest in this topic will be required.

Dates:  November 12th, December 10th, March 11th, April 7th.

Time: 10.00 am – 5.30 pm

Cost: €500

Venue: Galway City Centre

If you are interested in participating in the 2018 Winter Retreat, please make contact. It will begin in October 2018 and run through to January 2019.