The first workshop I attended today was Hooping from the Inside Out with Anah Reichenbach. This workshop was another back to basics workshop where we worked on how the hoop feels and using that feeling to open up dance and movement. My favorite part was when we found a partner and danced for each other. It was good to have just one person focusing on my hooping and cheering me on. Anah said it was to help encourage people to get comfortable with performing for the showcase on Wednesday. All and all, the class was a good warmup.
The next class was Funky Rolls with Gail O'Brien. Gail has quite a sense of humor that made the class fun (such as her squeaky bra that that she used to get everyone's attention). We studied how we could use rolls over the back of the hand for a multitude of purposes. We also studied leg rolls, elbow rolls and the proper way to do chest rolls. I felt like I leveled up in the class as I incorporated the new material into my flow. I literally felt my style changing and it was quite phenomenal.
We had lunch at a vegetarian restaurant down the street called The Elephant. I couldn't tell you exactly what I had but I do know it was delicious. I was thrilled to meet Jocelyn Gordon, the woman whose video, "Hooping for the Digestive System”, taught me how to hoop on the waist almost exactly four years ago. I'm going to sound like a total fan girl, but it was surreal to have a conversation with Jocelyn and Anah. I never thought that I would be in a space where I could meet some of the key people who inspired my early hoop journey. Best of all, I got to thank them for the wonderful work they do for the community.
The Sonic Alchemy meditation with Sophia Rose was really liberating. The intention for the class was to open up the aspect of the Divine Feminine in us as dancers. We focused on connecting the earth and sky to bring the Divine Feminine and Masculine into one. Sophia Rose also uses her voice as a Divine Sound and emphasized that we create through our words. This really resonated with me as a writer. My novel is about the healing power of music and the presence of the Divine in music so I had a lot to meditate on. We spent a good half hour dancing around the altar and moving the way our body wanted us to move. We all started out on the floor but by the end of the 30 minutes, most of us were standing up and dancing with joy. I actually had to take a break from dancing because I became overwhelmed and started to cry. I've had a couple of crying fits over the past few days as I've released many things that have been bound in my heart.
The second part of Sonic Alchemy involved healing with Sophia's voice. She and her partner Patricio used crystal bowls, didgeridoo, Shamanic drumming, rattles, and cora to balance frequencies in our bodies. It was very relaxing.
Skill share with Anah, which was like a question answer session, was next but I decided that I wanted to go write and on the way, I had a hoopsadent. I slipped on a mossy, stone path, fell down and busted my knee. I limped back to the wantilan and Jewelz, Arielle and Jaguar Mary all patched me up.
Next I limped away to find dinner. I ended up going into Ubud with a big group of gals from the retreat to eat at Seniman Coffee Studio. The streets were lively, especially around the palace because the Prince of Ubud's wedding celebration was drawing to a close. Everyday I find something new and enchanting about this dreamland. It's interesting because the part of my novel I'm editing now takes place in a tropical paradise and I'm using a lot of Bali's scenery and energy as inspiration.
I had a great dinner with a lot of great ladies and also read Tarot for a few of my companions to help them pick which healer they want to see. It's been wonderful to share all of my passions, writing, hooping, tarot and music, with everyone here.
It's only Monday and I feel like I've grown as a hooper, as a spiritual being and as a person more in the past four days than I have in a year. A lot of negative aspects of myself have died on this journey and I've been able to put them to rest here in Bali.
It surely is a magical time.
Photo of Anah Reichenbach by Ulrike Reinold at Ulrike Reinold Photography
Photo of Sophia Rose by Kenna Hoops
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