The Dance of Life: A Weekend Biodanza* Workshop with Master Teacher Carolina Churba-Doyle
October 26th-28th in Providence, RI
Our Workshop Inquiry: How can we move freely through life?
We begin our lives with movement. The most powerful questions in life have answers in our movement in space, how we relate to our bodies, the environment around us & the space we occupy in the world. In this weekend Biodanza workshop, we immerse ourselves in the “dance of life” to explore the many ways our bodies relate to the world. As we tap into the wisdom of instinct and the driving force of movement, we reclaim our innate ability to “move” through life with greater balance, authenticity and joy.
NO DANCE EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.
Ages 18+. Workshop begins Friday evening at 7pm and ends Sunday at 3:30pm. A “Friday Evening Only” option is available for those unable to attend the entire workshop. See workshop logistics for details.
Our “Dance of Life” Facilitator:
Carolina Churba-Doyle has over 35 years experience in Biodanza and is a leading world figure in the form. Her training and students are recognized as being among the best currently emerging from Biodanza training worldwide.
Carolina began her Biodanza journey in Argentina when she was 18 and has studied and practiced extensively with founder Rolando Toro. In 1990, she brought Biodanza from Argentina to London and has since moved into numerous countries throughout Europe as well as Japan. In 1996, Carolina brought Biodanza to South Africa and in 2005, was recognized by the world governing body of Biodanza, the International Biocentric Foundation, as the official licence holder and custodian of Biodanza in Southern Africa. Carolina currently lives in London with her family and leads Biodanza workshops and trainings worldwide.
“Our first obligation as creators is to give birth to ourselves.” ~Rolando Toro
“Dance of Life” Workshop Logistics:
Dates: Friday, October 26th- Sunday, October 28th
- Friday: 7:00pm – 9:30pm (note: Friday is open to the general public; doors open at 6:45pm. The workshop will begin at 7:15pm– please plan to arrive with ample time to register & check in before we get started.)
- Saturday: 10am – 12:30; 2pm – 4:30pm
- Sunday: 1pm – 3:30pm
- “Dance of Life” Weekend Workshop fee: $135 if pre-registered before 10/26. $140 at the door.
Early Bird workshop fee (by September 30th): $125.
- Friday Evening Workshop Only: $30 if pre-registered before 10/26. $35 at the door ($20 with Student ID).
- Couples discount: $240 for 2 dancers in relationship. (Friday Evening only: $50 / couple.)
If finances are a significant hardship for you, contact us and we will discuss alternative plans.
To Register for the “Dance of Life” October Workshop please send course fee (the full amount or a deposit of $60) via either:
Please include (in the “add a note” section if using PayPal) the following information with your payment: full name, email, phone number, where you learned about this workshop and whether you’ve danced Biodanza before. Payments are fully refundable (minus a $10 administration fee) until October 12th.
NOTE: PLEASE PRE-REGISTER BEFORE THE EVENT IF YOU ARE ABLE. Carolina is coming to Rhode Island from England for this workshop only. Your early commitment allows the logistics of this workshop to flow smoothly.
Location: The Great Hall of St Martin’s Episcopal Church in Providence, Rhode Island.
St Martin’s is located on the East Side of Providence at 50 E Orchard Ave, Providence, RI 02906. The Great Hall offers an extravagant amount of room to move, with tall windows, smooth wood floor and a lovely outdoor courtyard.
If you are coming from out of town and need housing, let us know. We might be able to connect you with local dancers who would enjoy hosting you.
Parking: There is free street parking on Orchard Avenue as well as neighboring streets but please be sure not to block any driveways (which apparently happens frequently there) and please do not park along the roundabout on Orchard Place. ALSO NOTE: Since the neighboring synagogue has services Friday evening, please allow extra time to find a spot. If Orchard Avenue is full, try the parallel streets to the north (Elton, Humboldt, Irving, etc.) as well as Blackstone Boulevard. (Parking in Wayland Square may be metered so keep an eye out for signage if you head that way.)
Entrance to the Great Hall: The entrance to the Great Hall is on Orchard Place, which intersects Orchard Ave. PLEASE NOTE: ENTRANCE DOORS ARE GENERALLY KEPT LOCKED. We will unlock them for the 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after workshop start times. For example, FRIDAY EVENING THE ENTRANCE DOORS WILL BE OPEN FROM 6:45PM TO 7:15PM. Afterwards, the doors will be locked, however we will post a cell phone number on the door for you to text if you need to get in. For the flow of everyone’s dance please plan to arrive on time.
Water & Food: We will have jugs of spring water available. Please bring your own bottle (with cap!) for water as well as sufficient snacks to keep you nourished and happy throughout the workshop. Plan to bring a sack lunch –perhaps with some extra to share– for Saturday. There are also various local restaurant options in Wayland Square located a few blocks away from St. Martin’s.
Clothing/Shoes/Fragrances: Wear whatever you feel comfortable moving in. Feel free to wear your favorite sweats. Feel free to wear your favorite flashy shirt / swishy skirt. Dress in layers to keep yourself comfortable. Most people will be dancing barefoot. If you prefer to wear shoes, please choose non-street shoes or shoes that won’t scuff the floor. Lastly, please refrain from wearing additional fragrances as we have at least one scent sensitive dancer.
What is Biodanza?
The word “biodanza” literally means to dance with life. Chilean anthropologist and psychologist Roland Toro created Biodanza in the 1960s as a form of self-development through music, movement & the expression of emotion. In his words, it is “a human integration system of organic renewal, of affective re-education, and of relearning the original life functions based on vivencias (from the Spanish “vivir” meaning “to live”) induced by dance, singing, and encounter situations in groups.” Biodanza can now be found in more than 50 countries around the world.
Biodanza explores 5 primary lines of vivencia:
- vitality (to have more energy & vitality in one’s life),
- creativity (to be creative in all aspects of life),
- affectivity (to love and be loved),
- sexuality (to feel pleasure in all that we do); and
- transcendence (to feel connected to something greater).
As a practice, Biodanza is about falling in LOVE WITH LIFE.
“What we have to learn in our lives isn’t information or knowledge– we have to learn TO LIVE.” ~Rolando Toro
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Biodanza with Carolina: Testimonials
“My sensation of life is different. I can feel who, what and where I am, rather than endlessly analyzing and anguishing. Yes, the head does still come up with its agendas and strategies. But this heart connected embodied way of being has grown so much stronger. I trust it more and more.”
“For the first time I was able to conceive of myself as belonging. Not just being on the periphery … but fitting in as a human being and connecting deeply with others and through others.”
“Fortunately, I found Biodanza … it was something of a life saver. … I felt renewed, alive and joyful. It felt liberating to be able to dance and loosen my inhibitions without any chemical stimulant. I could have time to myself, to connect with myself, to dance, laugh, cry, discover, connect, express!”
“Impatiently I waited for the course to start in Cape Town. Driving more than a thousand kilometers every month for almost three years was no sacrifice as I was being moulded back, step by step, into the being I should have been all along.”
“I see Biodanza as one of the most effective tools I have used on my life’s journey. It has assisted me in identifying and living my life’s purpose, and to journey as close as possible to the path my soul is destined to travel.”
“The ecological and social crisis is clear for all to see. There is one solution that is seldom seen – the restoring of the link of love between individual and individual, individual and humanity, individual and the world…”
“My suit of armour has been transformed into a suit of amour. The more love that is applied, the more sweetness, gentleness, tenderness I have felt and the more everything has been put together.”