Classes and Workshops

Beginning November 8th 2018

Sweat Your Prayers® is a gathering of community to practice the universal rhythms of flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical and stillness in a continuous wave of free spirited dance connecting to the sacredness of oneself and another.
“We find our moving center as a deep medicine journey, a journey of sweat, blood and bones – nothing less than an intimate affair with ourselves.”
                                                                                            —Gabrielle Roth—
When we practice the 5Rhythms, a moving meditation, we trust the healing and provocative powers of the dance and the creative process. Along the way we discover and develop resources – somatic, emotional, mental and spiritual, in order to replace the outworn patterns that keep us stuck. The Sweat Your Prayers® wave allows each rhythm to initiate us back into the innate wisdom of the body, mind and spirit catalyzing our ability to heal, change and grow through movement. The 5Rhythms are an integrated progressive spiral journey we can enter again and again from different points of view at different times in our lives.
“To sweat is to pray, to make an offering of your innermost self. Sweat is holy water, prayer beads, pearls of liquid that release your past. Sweat is an ancient and universal form of self-healing, whether done in the gym, the sauna, or the sweat lodge. I do it on the dance floor. The more you dance, the more you sweat. The more you sweat, the more you pray. The more you pray, the closer you come to ecstasy.” –Gabrielle Roth, Sweat your Prayers–

Past workshops and classes

Out of the Pause

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I invite you to: Out of the Pause – a unique class series about the nature and meaning of inspiration and initiative. How do leading innovators, creators and wise thinkers of our time do what they do. When the need for change and inspiration arises we have the unique opportunity to respond to that need by calling on the body to deliver a message stirring us to renewed purpose and calling. Utilizing the 5Rhythms® Movement Practice, Mindfulness Techniques and Expressive Arts Therapies we will explore the nature and purpose of the Pause. We will discover new directions, inspired motivation and new meaning in beginning again. We will ignite our imagination and fuel our desire for healing and growth finding balance and renewal along the way. Our investigation is grounded in the body as we activate inner resources of creativity, awareness and embodied expression. Start over, redo it, begin again, do it differently, begin anew or fresh all lead back to the source. Through our Dances, Drawings, Writings and Enactments we will touch upon this source and be inspired in our endeavors.

Begins Tuesdays August 16th 6:30-8:30pm
firehouse Performing Arts Center
1314 Harris Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225
Contact Scotty@ScottyLewis.Com
Drop-in $12

Beyond the Gap

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Developing a new Perspective as we Explore our Inner-World DIRECTLY.

A Six-Part Committed Study Group using the 5Rhythms Movement Practice and Expressive Arts to EXPLORE DIRECTLY new frontiers in our relationship to the world around us.

This series will focus on Mindfulness and the way we PERCEIVE ourselves and everything around us.

The PRACTICE is to take-in whatever is around us in a more DIRECT WAY, not clouded by filters of feeling, associations, memories or fantasies and root them in the immediate and present moment.

The PATH CREATED, leads us from conceptual knowledge, where we think and perceive everything in the usual ways, to DIRECT CONTACT and an expanded way of experiencing everything as NEW and FRESH.

We will go beyond what we do habitually.  We will identify our greatest obstacle to being OPEN, AWAKE AND ALIVE.  We will polish the lens between ourselves and the way we view our relationships, shifting our allegiance from thinking-mind to mindful-awareness.  Our goal is to be able to receive what the world offers clearly without interference.

Tuesday 7-9pm March22nd – May 3rd  (April 19th off) —-  $10-$17  Sliding Scale,  Preregistration required to Scotty@ScottyLewis.Com.

Firehouse Performing Arts Center – 1314 Harris Ave. Bellingham, WA 98225

Building the Bridge

Six Part Series

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I am offering the expressive arts classes in a different format this year. We will work in chunks of 6 two-hour classes in a series.

As some of your may know, Expressive Arts is a somatic-based investigative practice which begins with us, the self and is fueled by a question, issue or problem. The inquiry involves passionate self-search, self-dialogue and self-discovery that flows creatively out of our inner awareness, meaning and inspiration. We will identify and immerse ourselves creatively using movement, drawing and writing. We will illuminate aspects of our challenges and view them under the light of compassion. We will make meaning and fully examine what we have awakened within us. Finally, we will anchor in the body with creative enactment, what we have learned and how it will enliven our lives.

If you have some work you have been wanting to do, or if you just curious about what you might discover about yourself: the next series begins January 19th, registration is required. Contact Scotty@ScottyLewis.Com. 360-738-7275

Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:30pm

January 19th – 23rd

Firehouse Performing Arts Center

1314 Harris Ave

Bellingham, WA 98225

$10 – $17 per class, sliding scale, up front

This is a committed study group where we will explore our personal issues and themes creatively over six two hour classes. Using the Tamalpa Life/Art Process® you’ll experience increased self-awareness and an expanded creative range of play as we dive deeply into the issues that challenge us most – enlivening ourselves through movement and creativity

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Workshop

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This is an experiential workshop where we attempt to unravel the complex emotions and use the creative process to support the expression of what is true for us now, in a life affirming way.

Movement-Based Expressive Arts affords us the honored pleasure to be of service to the memory and legacy of our losses and loved ones in a creative way.We will use movement, drawing, writing and enactment to explore the personal myths and narratives in search of meaning.  We will use our creative resources of embodied expression to catalyze understanding to promote healthy change, renewal and reconnection with our losses or loved ones.

Body Part Mythology Series – Next Offering TBA

Enlivening ourselves through movement and creativity

An embodied journey & exploration using: movement, drawing, writing, sound and performance enactment to explore body part themes and associations to unearth our own personal myths.

“Our body parts and our dances serve as archetypes for our life story—the templates for our personal myth.” ~ Daria Halprin

Masks and charactersIn this series we focus on the entire body to experience themes that are uniquely relevant to our individual life-narratives and challenges. This aspect of expressive art therapy is a meditation and inquiry into life-long patterns that have held us back or diverted us on our intended path.  We examine and touch upon the places in the body where, Daria Halprin says, “our suffering holds us in its strongest grip”.

 

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5Rhythms® – see 5Rhythms® from the home page for details.

“The 5Rhythms® initiates us back into the wisdom of our bodies and unleashes movement’s dynamic healing power.” ~ Gabrielle Roth

ReflectingWhen we practice the 5Rhythms, this moving meditation, we trust the healing and provocative powers of the creative process. Awareness to personal growth and healing takes time. Along the way we discover and develop resources, somatic, emotional, mental and spiritual, in order to replace the outworn patterns that keep us stuck.

We will explore and experiment with dance and movement as a mindfulness meditation practice and in such ways as to promote a more direct perception of our life events and promote the reshaping and healing of unhealthy patterns. I think that we all have our own unique and healthy life patterns. Practicing the 5Rhythms to activate those patterns, and perhaps even spending a life-time in the search of those healthy patterns, is a holy and sacred thing.

Private Session, Class or Workshop