Awareness in Action: An Introduction to Contemplative Dance Practice

Contemplative Dance Practice (CDP) is a participatory movement and meditation practice that explores embodied awareness. Created in the 1970’s by Naropa University’s Barbara Dilley at the request of her teacher, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Contemplative Dance Practice is now practiced internationally.

During a CDP session, the time is divided into three parts:
(1) Sitting meditation
—being here, now
(2) Personal awareness practice
—also called personal warm up, or time attending to self
(3) Open space
—time to sense ourselves in relation to others, sometimes moving and sometimes witnessing the movers, always watching meanings manifest out of nothing and dissolve away again; ANYTHING is possible
This simple three-part form creates the perfect environment for us to be with what is present in the body, and to express ourselves through movement on a ground of safety.

This workshop introduces each of the sections of the practice carefully, providing a way in for even the most inexperienced movers. A meditation instructor will be present to provide a starting place for those new to meditation. After we have addressed each section individually, with time for journaling and discussion, we will do a complete CDP session. This four-hour introductory workshop will provide everything you need to participate in any Contemplative Dance session.

Awareness in Action: An Introduction to Contemplative Dance Practice
Tuesday, March 4
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Marsh House at
Aldermarsh Retreat Center
6436 Maxwelton Road
Clinton, WA 98236

$45-60 Sliding Scale
Space is limited; pre-registration is required
1. Write check to Sheri Cohen
2. Mail check to:
Christa Straub
6331 Kyllonen Hill Rd.
Clinton, WA 98236
Questions? email Sheri, or call 206.914.4161


Saturday, January 25
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Shambhala Center – Seattle
*3107 E Harrison St, Seattle WA
$25 / $20 Shambhala members

*Please observe parking restrictions, as described here.
**Space is limited; please pre-register

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