Warrior Woman

December 14th - 20th, 2018

*Spaces limited as this is meant to be an intimate and deep experience!

LOCATION

Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance
729 Heinz Avenue, Berkeley, California

PAYMENT

$400 early bird until November 20 (deposit- $100)
$500 after November 20’

*weekend only option- $200 early bird & $250 (after Nov. 20)

REGISTRATION
Contact Miriam to reserve your spot

ABOUT

Warrior Woman is a dynamic and diverse annual weeklong intensive training incorporating dance, music, and focused inquiry. This week falls during a powerfully charged time of year leading up to the winter solstice, and the New Year. Over the course of the week students are guided on an empowering movement journey creating personal scores that embody each individuals unique potential. Each day opens with an intention, a heart centric meditation, and guided journaling. Then the session moves into intensive dance training rooted in Integral dance technique (Miriam’s newest signature format.) Miriam Peretz’s signature format Integral Dance is a synthesis of core movement principles, heart centric gesture and deep somatic awareness. On the dance floor we experience gratitude, humility, moving like water, and embracing both subtlety and intensity with our movement expressions.

Ethno-contemporary warm up sequences, and guided improvisational scores will inspire dancers towards creating their own choreographic sequence. The art of gesture will also be explored as a means for expressing our super-hero, super-power strengths.

This year we will have three very special musical guests; Rachel Valfer (vocals,) and Marla Leigh Goldstein (frame drumming,) and Reneè Benmelech (vocals.) Each afternoon we will have a music session (focusing on either drumming or singing.) The day will close with an improvisational session incorporating live music and dance scores offering an opportunity to integrate all aspects of the workshop. The weeklong intensive will culminate in a Solstice ritual in the forest with live musical accompaniment and a presentation of each warrior woman’s dance piece that has been carefully constructed over the course of the week.

Frame Drum with Marla Leigh Goldstein

Did you know that women were known to be the first drummers?
YES! Women played frame drums in ancient cultures worldwide for healing. Join frame drum specialist Marla Leigh Goldstein, for a transformational journey in sacred frame drumming, world rhythms, and healing trance.

Songs of the Heart
It is said that through connecting with the past we can find the pathway to heal the present. The vocals styles presented by Rachel Valfer are all rooted in the age-old traditions of the Middle East and the Balkans, and taught with love and respect for the nuances that makes them unique. Attention is given to the specific modes and ornamentation relevant to each style, and the emotional significance of these musical paths. Through singing devotional songs and chants Rachel will guide the group in channeling healing energy individually and communally.

Words from students last year…..

"I recommend this workshop to anyone yearning to find a deeper meaning of life through dance. As we reflected on the deeper layers of our humanity the open dialogue helped us form a sisterhood and safe space where we could then explore movement in space. The warm-ups and choreography seasoned and empowered us to embody our authentic warrior woman within.” -Samia Karimi.

SCHEDULE

December 14: Opening to the Beloved
6:00-7:00- Opening Rituals & sharing of foods
7:00-10:00- Turning Towards the Heart (singing, chanting, dancing & whirling)

December 15: Finding the Compassionate Warrior within
10:00-1:00- Dance Session with Miriam
2:30-4:30- Singing with Rachel Valfer

December 16: Moving with Humility and Grace
11:00-1:00- Singing with Rachel
3:00-6:00- Dance Session with Miriam
7:30- 9:30- Shebi Arus Sema (This is a beautiful community ritual held among the Mevlevi dervishes. All are welcome to come and watch the ceremony.)

December 17: Cultivating Patience & Discipline
10:00-1:00- Dance Session with Miriam
2:30- 4:30- Percussion with Miriam

December 18: The Art of Gesture & Generosity
10:00-1:00- Dance Session with Miriam
2:30-4:30- Percussion with Miriam

December 19: Embodying Devotion & Gratitude
10:00-1:00- Dance session with Miriam
5:00-7:00- Frame drum with Marla!

December 20: Opening the gates of Equanimity & Solstice ritual in the forest
10:00-1:00- Solstice rituals in the forest with song, dance, and prayer. Warrior Woman prayer-formances & closing circle
(with live musical accompaniment)

2:00- Potluck and Drum circle with Marla


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
 

TESTIMONIAL

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I recommend this workshop to anyone yearning to find a deeper meaning of life through dance.  As we reflected on the deeper layers of our humanity the open dialogue helped us form a sisterhood and safe space where we could then explore movement in space.  The warm-ups and choreography seasoned and empowered us to embody our authentic warrior woman within.
— Samia Karimi
“A wonderfully epic chapter of Miriam Peretz’ ever-dynamic evolution as an Artist and Guide.”

— Ronnie Brodsky