Jos Galdermans (from The Netherlands) is a professional facilitator in Sacred dance since 1991 and being also a practitioner in natural medicine, he is especially interested in the healing effect these dances can have, not only on the participants, but also on the environment and the wellbeing of all. Most of the choreographies are circle dances on peaceful music and will be fairly simple, somedances will be more complex or more lively, to keep the balance. Special dance qualities or experience are not required.
The combination of spirituality and dance is timeless. In all cultures and through all the ages people have danced to express their relationship with the mysteries of life and death, the gods, the inner source. In temple dances and in some old folkloristic dances this can still be found, but also in more recent, special choreographies. In the Buddha Bag workshop we will experience the effect that these dances can have: they help us to connect to our most inner source, where there is stillness and peace.
Sacred Dance is meditation in movement. And of course, the theme of Easter forms a wonderful centre around we will perform the dances that express the endless cycle of life and death, of being reborn, of resurrection, of transformation of Life constantly changing shape and still remaining the One.
The most important element in all the workshops is: it is all about opening, stimulating, cleansing and refining the energy of the heart!
What to wear!
Please wear the clothes you feel comfortable in. You should be able to move freely. As we sometimes are very still and moving very little and sometime quite active, it is advised to have ‘layers’ of clothes so you can easily adapt to changes in temperature. The assembly rooms have a reputation of not being very warm, so bring enough warm clothes to wear if necessary. Some people like to dance on bare feet, some on special dancing shoes, some on socks, some on normal shoes. In any case: low heels and no anti slip soles (because it makes it almost impossible to do sudden turns on the spot and might cause knee damage). Do not hesitate to bring various options with you, so you can see for yourself what works best for you.
More on Sacred Dance
The combination of spirituality and dance is timeless. In all cultures and through all the ages people have danced to express their relationship with the mysteries of life and death, the gods, the inner source. In temple dances and in some old folkloristic dances this can still be found, but also in more recent, special choreographies. The ‘founding father’ of this contemporary form of dance meditation is Bernhard Wosien (Germany 1908-1986).
More About Jos
Jos was a professional ballet dancer and later in his life later became a dance pedagogue and choreograph. He had a great interest in the relationship between dance and spirituality. He made an intensive study of traditional European (mostly Balkan, Greek and Russian)dance traditions and their background and started to give workshops in various European countries, offering a mix of old folklore dances (sometimes adapted by himself) and new choreographies that he made. Two of his top pupils, after being thoroughly trained by him, set up an institute in Holland, according to Bernhard’s ideas, to train students to become professional sacred dance facilitators. Jos (Dutch: short for Joseph)received his diploma in 1991, after an intensive three year study. Since then, he gives workshops, retreats and dance holidays throughout Europe.
From the participants he often gets back that they love the beautiful music, the gracious movements, the often mandala like patterns danced, the experience of togetherness in the moving circle and of course the joy of dancing, but mostly that they love to practice sacred dancing because it brings them into contact with their deepest layers, where their deepest strings are touched and where they can experience oneness and stillness.
Jos on his first experience of sacred dance, back in 1980, “ It was like being struck by lightning; something resonated deeply in me. It was as if I had always known this, but had somehow forgotten….something ancient and at the same time timeless. It felt like coming home and I knew..I want to have much more of this”.
As any teacher can’t help colouring with his own being and energy the thing he teaches, Jos is mainly triggered by the healing qualities Sacred Dance can have. He focuses especially on body awareness and energy patters to help to transform energy. His ‘goal’ is not so much to become perfect technical ‘performers’ but to become as best we can a moving vessel for healing energies, for ourselves, for others, for the world, for the earth, for all that is…
“I think that in other times I might have become (and probably have been…) a priest, but in this life becoming a therapist in natural medicine and a facilitator in Sacred Dance seemed the proper way to contribute to the healing of body and soul and to help develop our finest and most subtle energies”.