Holy Heartbeat: the Art of Rhythm
with AJ Block of DidgeProject
AJ Block is the director of Didge Project and is active as a didgeridoo teacher and performer. In addition to didgeridoo, AJ has spent years studying music traditions from all over the world including jazz (trombone and piano), western classical music, Indian Classical Music, guitar and world percussion. AJ has developed a number of programs for Didge Project including The ABCs of Didgeridoo, The Didgeridoo Skills Course, and Circular Breathing Mastery. He is also the author of Didge For Sleep, a didgeridoo learning method designed specifically for people with Sleep Apnea. As a performer AJ is a member of Dream Seed: A Shamanic Sound Journey. AJ is a founding member of Sacred Arts Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of sacred art traditions through education, ritual and study. As a student of spiritual teacher Maestro Manuel Rufino AJ is an active member of the Golden Drum community. Connect with AJ at didgeproject.com, at @didgeproject on FB and Instagram and on the Didge Project YouTube channel.
Workshop: Rhythm Skills
Learn to play rhythms from around the world in this workshop for all levels of musicians! By clapping and stepping to the beat, participants will develop a better sense of time and understand how to stay in the groove in a group setting.
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Breathwork & Qigong
With Yasha S. Wagner
Amazonian Primordial Breathwork
Amazonian Primordial Breathwork is a shamanic practice of deep catharsis and liberation, accompanied by rhythmic movement and vocalization. Designed to alchemically eliminate the imprints and blockages in every Chakra, this particular Breathwork technique comes from the Paititi Institute for the Preservation of Indigenous Culture and Ecology in the Peruvian Andes, where Yasha once lived. Yasha has received the direct permission of Roman Hanis and the Paititi Institute to facilitate standing Primordial Breathwork practices, as adapted from the Yanomami nation of the Amazon rainforest.
Qigong Energy Work
“Qi Gong” literally means “Energy Work” and involves the movement of subtle energies through somatic practices, while harnessing awareness and conducting the “Qi” (vital life-force) through the “Dan Tiens” (energetic centers) and “Meridians” (energetic passageways) of one’s being… thus learning to become a conduit between the Heaven and the Earth. Teaching us to perceive directly and to remain simultaneously upright and relaxed, Qigong is a powerful method for releasing tensions of body, mind, and soul. Yasha is certified as an instructor of Qigong exercises by the Rocky Mountain School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan in the Cheng Man-ch’ing lineage.
Learn More: lucidlifecare.com
Living in Spontaneous Presence
With Maya Bialik
Maya Bialik has been performing, directing and producing improv in the Boston area for the past 5 years. She believes that improv can be a powerful tool for self discovery and group cohesion through practicing acceptance and joy. She infuses her improv teaching with her work on education research, creating an intentional space for play, learning, and giggles.
Modern Temple Dance
Sufi Whirling Workshop
With Juliet Rabia Gentile
The Sufi poet Rumi originated the practice of Sema, also known as Sufi whirling, in 13th century Turkey. Sema means to listen to the sound of Divine Reality that is always calling us home. Sufism is a religion of Love, beyond all forms and creeds, and it’s primary aim is to bring one into the presence of the beloved.
Through body-centered movement, breathing exercises, vocalizations and drumming, we will focus on awakening our spiritual heart, clearing energetic blockages in the body and becoming a channel of divine love. This moving meditation is not a way to tune out, but rather a practice to harmonize body, mind and heart to the inherent beauty and unity of the natural world, from the smallest atom to the stars.
These practices have been transmitted through a lineage of Sufi masters originating in 17th century Istanbul.
Learn More: julietgentile.org/sema
Introduction to Astrology 101
With Stephanie Hope
Stephanie Hope is a member of the Golden Drum community and grateful student of intertribal elder Maestro Manuel Rufino with whom she has studied astrology, meditation, yoga, reiki, plant medicine, and the sacred teachings of many traditions since 2011. She interweaves this knowledge with her work as a registered nurse, health coach, and doctoral student in integrative nursing. Stephanie’s gift lies in guiding others to ground spiritual wisdom into their everyday lives, habits, and choices.
Stephanie will be teaching an Intro to Astrology workshop at HeartFire 2019…
Learn More: hopeholistic.com
With Raj Seymour
Raj is a mindful movement teacher based in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. Raj leads yoga teacher training programs and teaches vinyasa, Acroyoga, partner yoga, and arm balance and inversion classes and workshops throughout Colorado. He works to keep a beginners mind and continue his education and the evolution of his teaching style to keep it fresh and inspired. He is most often found hiking in the mountains or hanging at the pool with his daughter Liana.
Heart – This class is meant to set you up for the incredible weekend. We will build strength in order to create vulnerability. We will move through various heart opening poses meant to allow space for what you are ready to receive. We will move breathe and sit in preparation for the day ahead. This is an all levels class.
Fire – In this class we will build our inner fire (tapas). Through a combination of flow, breath work, arm balances and holding poses we will cultivate heat and energy to move forward. We will all leave feeling energized and refreshed. This is an all levels class.
Learn More: rajseymour.com
With Alyona Mindlin
Photo by Lauren Charlea.
Alyona Mindlin’s classes incorporate over a decade of practice in Yoga, wellness, movement, breath work, sound, and more. The key ingredient is love and the purpose is to activate consciousness. Perfect for those that want to clear through old Karma in the body, mind, heart, and soul. Come to feel renewed, empowered, and abundantly grateful for this magical life.
Learn More: awakenmyheart.love
With Chris Dean
The sacred fire will be kept according to tradition and may include a sacred Tobacco Ceremony.