EVENTS & WORKSHOPS
Biodanza extensions are grounded in the knowledge of the universal characteristics that allow the conservation and evolution of life. These extensions are disciplines associated with the psychology of the archetypes, and with creativity and techniques to expand consciousness or awareness.
Opportunities to journey deeper are sometimes offered by our facilitators who have specialised training in the following extensions.
Aqua Biodanza is a specific extension of Biodanza with a slightly different structure and movements which are specifically designed to evoke the vivencia which Ronaldo Toro Araneda, creator of Biodanza, has defined as ‘Regression to the Origin’ or ‘Regression to the Primordial’. These vivencias are designed to induce a state of trance in the water and create the expansion of consciousness that follows from there.
THE MINOTAUR PROJECT
The Minotaur Project is a therapeutic application of Biodanza based on the study of the Existential Labyrinth and of the ‘Tree of Fears’. The labyrinth is an archetypal metaphor that represents our existence, full of enigmas and doubts. The ‘tree of fears’ reveals the situations that, in our life, generate fear, for example; the fear of walking through life, fear of abandonment and so on. The design of the extension is aimed to strengthen one’s identity via facing situations of crisis through dance and ceremonies that result in existential illumination.
TREE OF DESIRE
Tree of Desire extension is designed around the idea of the tree of life wherein desires are viewed as complex impulses that originate in the instincts. The memory of pleasure intensifies the desire whilst fear hinders the realisation of the desire. Our desires influence and organise our behaviour. Our motivations are based on the interplay between desire and fear. Dancing our desires that cause us to experience abundance and that which feels generative increases the permanence of a desire and therefore influences the organization of our existence in line with this desire.
“Knowing what we want in life is part of our identity, we become our desire” – Rolando Toro
BIODANZA IN NATURE
We all come from and we are all part of Nature. The busy lives most of us lead these days, full of an endless bombardment of information, electronic devices, stimulation and distraction, can lead us to forget that we are part of the world. We are part of Nature.
The exercises used in Biodanza in Nature, encourage us to open up our various senses, guiding us to see, hear, smell, taste, feel and thus reconnect with the wonder filled Natural World around us. Classes vary, some use music, others rely solely on the sweet sounds of Nature and the voices and percussion of the participants. Ideally the classes are held in gardens or parks which have plenty of natural elements for participants to interact with.
Entering into Nature as a group invites childlike play and curiosity, safety and support, the opportunity to sink in, slow down, soften the boundaries, and come home to our original home.
Reconnecting with, resting in, restored by, and becoming one with the Natural World.
BIODANZA AND SHAMANISM
Neo-shamanism extension is based on a return to the sacredness of life manifesting itself in our current time. This extension uses the language of the drum and dances of healing in its process, and invokes a recovery of life, love and connection with nature. In this way it draws on ancient wisdom.
THE FOUR ELEMENTS
The Four Elements extension promotes an integration of the four elements of earth, air, fire and water in relation to how an individual expresses each of these in life. The four elements extension helps an individual to find a more balanced identity by drawing from the elements as archetypal symbols that reflect expression of different parts of one’s identity. The extension makes use of movements and dances that resemble the four elements.