Being in this environment, a supported and loving network of people, on a fiery volcanic island, you are bound to feel a spectrum of emotions and be challenged in your ideas of self. This can allow you to embody vulnerability and know that you are held in all that you share (or don’t). I personally have been challenged with several subjects. A self-conditioning that I have held for a long time, in which my sense of sisterhood and connection was completely warped, has been a major one for me. I have felt like an outsider for most of my life, especially when it had come to my relationship with the feminine. For the most part during my formative years, I was consistently rejected by female social groups and increasingly have found it hard to trust women, I also have had a very negative relationship with my own body. As Sacred Circularities generally draws a lot of women to the teachings (although there are a sprinkling of men and I really encourage more men to come!), this personal journey of feeling at home with the feminine has showed itself in all its rawness and I thank all the women I have connected with here and from week one as well, for showing compassion, genuine encouragement and reminding me that we all have a place weaving intricate love with each other, regardless of where we come from on the planet. The hoop community is very high vibe, a beautiful representation of the new paradigm with a deep rooted sense of connectedness within a community environment.
Having said all this, day 3 for me was my day for self-care and so I took it very slow. I definitely feel it is necessary to pace yourself here and not to go hard as it can uproot you so easily, that you may find yourself with a bout of sickness like I did and it’s not so fun. Remember the tortoise and the hare!!
I managed to get myself to the wantilan for Tiana Zoumer’s skill share in which we were able to ask her a myriad of questions regarding her flow and then picked three tricks that she could teach us. I always enjoy the skill shares which happen with all the teachers, as it gives us an opportunity to explore their world a little and feel more grounded in the relationship. They are just humans too, not crazy other worldly entities, even if their expressions with the hoop can be pretty cosmic sometimes.
After that Shakti Sunfire shared with us a workshop on interconnecting certain movements in different patterns to create physical language. I enjoyed that as I got the idea that the focus was not on how many moves you can do, but using a small amount of moves in different ways can open up different conversations with the body. This is along the lines of something I’m also currently writing a workshop for, so it was great to see that expressed through someone else’s teaching.
Taking a trip to Gunung Kawi temple and the Marketplace/Performance showcase tomorrow!
Much love and many blessings,
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