‘Between ‘what was’ and ‘what will be’ there is a vast space called Now. It is your true home.” – Jeff Foster
From Devon, England we welcome School of Movement Medicine Faculty Member, Jo Hardy, an extraordinary teacher of embodied movement with over 22 years of experience offering workshops around the globe, with a focus on regular programs in China.
Evolutionary Presence is a School of Movement Medicine Dance Weekend that promises sweat, wild and tender dances, laughter and sweet challenging moments. Jo creates a safe space for all ages, backgrounds, dance experiences, cultures, appearances and physical conditions to explore freedom of movement and connection with others.
Evolutionary Presence will be an immersive MOVEMENT MEDICINE dance journey. An exploration of relaxing into Presence in each movement moment as an evolutionary act that nurtures our ability to open beyond the pull of ‘what was’ and the hope of ‘what will be’. To move with, accept, and open deeply into this moment, already perfect, nowhere to go, nothing to change.
At the same time, we are evolution becoming conscious, players with the power to intentionally engage our inner dancing warrior. Choosing to root deeply into our, body, heart and mind with curiosity, love, tenderness and mindful precision allows us to investigate and move with all that arises – the playful, the wild, the passionate, the undigested and the disconnected.
We are alive at a time of great speed, deep divisions and polarization. Leaving many of us feeling cut off from our roots and alienated from the wider web of life, these dynamics of our culture reflect in our inner worlds. Each of us is being called to become a force for creative healing and change. Evolutionary Presence offers a space to connect to the life energy moving through you, to deepen your capacity for radical acceptance and to develop your capacity to be a courageous, dancing warrior as an evolutionary and radical act.
Jo Hardy has been a Faculty Member of The School of Movement Medicine since 2007. Her background as a body-based Psychotherapist for 25 years has led to her current work in Transformational Coaching, mentoring and supervision. Mindfulness meditation and dynamic heart enquiry have been an integral part of Jo’s life and inform her work. Facilitation of Joanna Macy’s ‘Work That Reconnects’ and extending her facilitation skills to support groups to effectively self-organise with Dynamic Governance are her other ongoing interests.
“We have known Jo for many years and recognize in her a truly beautiful blend born of her many years of dedicated practice and enquiry. She is wise, funny and a truly unique dancer with a heart of gold and the uncompromising intelligence to match. Jo has been an elder of the School of Movement Medicine since 2007. We value the particular wisdom and depth that Jo brings linking the personal, archetypal, and the collective. She’s a force of nature who will stay with you wherever your journey leads.” – Ya’Acov & Susannah Darling Khan, Directors of The School of Movement Medicine
The School of Movement Medicine was birthed by Susannah & Ya’Acov Darling Khan over a period of 30 years of study and practice with many teachers and teachings worldwide. These include Shamans from the Arctic Circle to the Amazon, an 18-year apprenticeship with Gabrielle Roth and the 5Rhythms, Gestalt Psychotherapy, Family Constellations and work with the Pachamama Alliance.
Movement Medicine is a creative, embodied meditation practice that will reconnect you to the wisdom of living from your heart, the joy of knowing who you are and the satisfaction of making your unique contribution to life. Rooted in ancient wisdom and modern understanding of how change happens, its intention is to help you to access more of the physical and emotional intelligence that’s inside you through bringing awareness to the way you move, feel and think. Movement Medicine is an invitation for personal empowerment in the context of community that will deepen your connection to yourself, your creativity and the integrity and guidance of your own soul.
For Work Exchange and Scholarship opportunities, please reach out to EcstaticDanceChicago@gmail.com with “Participation Resource for MM: Evolutionary Presence” in the subject line.