Beth: This is my second SC (my first being Bali in 2013.) I love the fact that the SC spirit is being cultivated in different different parts of the world. Each has its own special flavor but all are connected with a similar spiritual intent
How was this event in Sedona different from the Bali events?
Beth: High desert compared to rain forest. Completely different environments, but both equally exotic to this east coast girl. The lush green rice fields made the beauty of Bali immediately available. I definitely acclimated to the subtle beauty of the desert in Sedona, which unfolded fresh and new with each passing day. The accessibility and ease of travel made getting to Sedona comparatively simple, although I also appreciated the expedition feel of getting to Bali. Made arrival and adjustment that much more satisfying. I especially love the fact that each event was so unique BECAUSE of the geographic differences. Sometimes we need to completely eject ourselves from the familiar to open our eyes to the beauty available to us.
What was your highlight at the Sedona Sacred Circularities Retreat?
Beth: Teaching is always a highlight for me. The biggest rush possible and a very organic experience. Always I prepare to the fullest extent possible, knowing that I must release all expectations and listen to what the room is guiding me to do. Teaching is where I do most of my learning.
Another highlight which I have to mention is being a student of so many talented instructors in so many different areas of movement. I loved the array of workshops, from yoga to African dance to Chi Gong to dream exploration. A full and rich experience.
What did you learn about yourself?
Beth: I love performing. I'm drawn to and stimulated by what terrifies me. Learning to enjoy the challenges of going into the unknown; trusting in the flight time I've invested in the hoop.
How will what you learned influence your hoop practice and classes?
Beth: Keeping an open mind to the various approaches possible and available to me. I've been putting my hoop down a bit more lately, wanting to tune in to my body before I take on the added rhythm of my prop. I've also felt less of a need to do what I think "looks" good, and go more for what feels good. And breathing. Always beginning with the breath.
Photo by Cadence Clare Feeley
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