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Rediscovering Childlike Expression and Joy

As a young child, something I adored and revelled in was dancing. I used to give performances for my mother’s friends and guests when they visited our house. Mother would put on some Tchaikovsky, Mozart or other musical masterpiece and I would proceed to give a wondrous performance. I danced around the room, on the couches, and on the chairs (if they weren’t occupied). I remember the absolute freedom and confidence I felt and the sheer joy of moving and responding to the music.


Today, I can’t remember the last time I danced or moved with that kind of freedom and self expression. Where did it go? I suspect I invest that kind of childlike creativity, wonder and freedom in other artistic pursuits such as music, but I must confess, I miss that dancing.

My upcoming participation in the Just for Joy Retreat on Saturday, September 20 from 10am to 3pm has rekindled the possibility of reclaiming that kind of joy in movement and expression. I’ll be contributing a musical meditation and journey later during the event. Before that, I am excited to unleash aspects of my creativity which have lain dormant, unused and perhaps undiscovered.

One of those is Nia Dance with Lulu Chavez Grajales. I’m curious to see what happens and what I discover.

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Other great creative unleashings during the event include learning to do Soul Collages with Dawn Howlett, a peaceful sound reflection with sound practitioner Kathy Cameron, and a beautiful nutritious vegetarian lunch courtesy of Marilyn McNeill.

Deadline to Register is September 17!

Hurry, the deadline to register is Wednesday evening. Contact either myself or Kathy Cameron to reserve your spot. You might qualify for our special 2 for 1 pricing or even one of a select few scholarships.

Register online here: http://www.thesoulofsound.com/events.html

Just for Joy Retreat

Saturday, September 20, 2014
10am to 3pm
St. Mary’s, 2490 W. 37th Avenue, Vancouver

Regularly $78
Call to see if you qualify for the 2 for 1 special or one of our select scholarships

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