Date & Time
6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
The Dance of Liberation™ is a unique form of movement therapy that heals physical, mental, and spiritual blockages. Utilizing Parashakti’s 7 Foundations as a map, it accomplishes this by synthesizing movement, breath, contemporary shamanism, group process, hands-on healing, drumming, and global music. This powerful and beautiful soul work attenuates inhibitions and heightens inner awareness in a safe group setting. Each week you will be welcomed into ceremony with a smudging ritual to ensure your full presence in the sacred space we create.
Dancers are blindfolded in the shamanic tradition to catalyze an inner journey in which they explore a trancelike state of self-discovery and self-realization. This will help the dancer step beyond their conscious fears and limitations and allow their innermost creative sides to break free.
Each week focuses on a Foundation of Dance of Liberation™ and a direction of the Medicine Wheel. Participants take a personal Vision Quest for 7 weeks, held in the container of the Medicine Wheel of Life, the teachings of the Dance, and supported by their Spirit Buddies and the Gatekeepers. The Vision Quest culminates in an invitation to dance with the Shoshone, Mohawk, Cherokee, Lakota, Taino, and other First Nation Elders in a pilgrimage to upstate NY with CarolMarie and Parashakti in December.
Each step of the program guides one further from the mundane into the sacred in everyday life.
WEEK ONE: Creating Sacred Space: Honoring the East on the medicine wheel.
Exploring: Move beyond the mundane of regular life and enter into sacred time and space. There are energies, spirits, and animal guides that are here to support and help guide us in reaching our full potential. We will journey each week with a direction of the medicine wheel. You will learn how to invoke your own medicine for that direction. There is not one way. Your dance partner is Spirit.
WEEK TWO: Power of Intention: Honoring the South on the Medicine Wheel
Exploring: Begin the journey by solidifying an intention, a set goal and a purpose, which focuses “Mapping your Soul’s Contract.” Everything in the Universe moves to the impulses of a mysterious creative intelligence: Source Energy. We locate and clarify your personal intentions and “dance” into alignment with this Universal Intelligence. We find that this new alignment tunes us to levels of awareness, allowing profound new commitments to your Life.
WEEK THREE: Night Vision – Blindfold: Honoring the Direction of the West
Exploring: Dancing in the seclusion of darkness, we have the ability to connect to a more personal journey, which gives us the gift of awakening our intuitive inner vision and seeing our inner truth. We become the witness, observer, and navigator by letting go of distractions on a visual level. “The Crossing of the Abyss” is a shamanic journey beyond the personal ego and brings us face to face with the shadows we walk with. With outer eyes closed, our other senses open to guide us as we experience visionary meditations, inner silence, and dancing in the fertile darkness.
WEEK FOUR: Breath: Honoring the medicine of the North
Exploring: Using transformational breathing techniques, every cell of the body awakens. We move into deeper states of consciousness, a trance state, where we tap into non-linear time and space, allowing for the Dance Of Life to become a moving meditation in our everyday lives. We explore our patterns of giving and receiving through the medicine of the breath.
WEEK FIVE: Pulse: Music
Exploring: We unite with our original Heartbeat though drumming, healing sounds, hypnotic rhythms, and explore finding our authentic movement and inner rhythms through silence.
WEEK SIX: Dance/Rising: Honoring of Mother earth
Exploring: Everyone has his or her own unique way of moving through life. Dance is a vehicle for the body to find a deeper meaning to life. Using inner sight, full tactile and intuitive awareness, and the willingness to be free of set patterns, we initiate our own selves into the next stage of our journey. We learn practices that cultivate our natural life force and offer our bodies as a vehicle for Mother Earth’s healing.
WEEK SEVEN: Returning Home: Integration/Re-entering
Exploring: We integrate the lessons that have been learned and express the commitment and responsibility of taking it out and into the world to make a change. Our long road of life has carried us to many places. This Rite of Passage is where we regain and re-embody those lost parts of ourselves, and reclaim the life force they represent.
CarolMarie and the gatekeepers offer this experience as an integration of ancient and timeless wisdom, synthesized from various spiritual traditions, that goes straight to the heart of our deepest wounds, needs, desires, and dreams. This offering will inspire unconditional love, self-respect, acceptance, and forgiveness in the places that are the most difficult for us to embrace. At the same time, it will also clarify how to effectively direct your thoughts, words, and actions toward creating and achieving the “best” in every aspect of your personal and professional life.
A Weekly Class
(7 Sessions) Thursdays
September 20 – November 1, 2018, 6:00 – 7:45 pm
Members $175/ Nonmembers $200
New York Open Center
CarolMarie Fiorito is a Womb Priestess, Reiki Master teacher, nutritionist specializing in women’s hormonal health, and Senior Dance of Liberation™ Facilitator. Fifteen years of midwifing the births of other women’s healing arts careers has brought Carol to host and teach for transformational workshops and retreats in India, Europe, Canada, California, Oregon, New England, and her home of NYC. Her dynamic and ceremonial approach weaves ancient healing arts practices with contemporary shamanism and body-oriented therapies. She is the co-creatrix at WombAwakeningNYC and a Fountain of Life Teacher and Mentor of Womb Awakening Feminine Healing Arts. https://parashakti.org/dance-of-liberation-nyc/