Friday 10 May 2013

Dancing in to Wellness in the Modern Age

There is always a fantastic response to the dancing workshop at Wise Woman Weekend. This June, Geraldine O' Brien will facilitate a workshop in in the spirit of the Laban principle of ‘dance for all’.
Geraldine is passionate about storytelling in drama and dance.  She works as a drama facilitator in Celbridge, Co. Kildare, where she runs the PlayActing School of Speech & Drama for children and teenagers.  She acts and directs with the local adult drama group: Insight Theatre, and holds workshops in drama and playmaking for community groups.  She examines for the Irish Board of Speech and Drama and adjudicates at festivals and feiseanna.  More recently she qualified as a Laban Community Dance and Movement facilitator which has added a wonderful new dimension to her work.  It has taken her to Kildare libraries to do workshops on Relaxing, Moving and Dancing, and from dancing through the chakras to choir movement camps on evolution and the famine!  Currently she is studying for an M.A. in Theatre and plotting to bring dance-drama to as many people as possible!
Geraldine has answered our questions as follows:

What is your main area of interest /expertise? Drama and Laban Community Dance Facilitator

How did you find out about the Wise Woman Weekend? Serendipity; a friend and I were looking to catch-up over a weekend away together, ”a weekend with a difference” and  I came up with the Wise Woman Weekend thanks to Google!  That was May 2010.

If you have been to the Wise Woman Weekend already, what do you like most about the event? I love the diversity of the workshops and all their avenues for creativity, the energy of the participants and the openness and warmth of all involved.

What are your hopes for the future of the Wise Woman Weekend?  Part of me wants to see the weekend grow so that more women can feel the beauty, power and harmony of the wise woman experience; and part of me wants to keep it as it is and maintain the intimacy and community atmosphere that can diminish as participant numbers grow. 

What do you think are the greatest challenges facing Women today?
Women today face all sorts of challenges in their lives.  The story is the thing; every Woman has one and we can learn about ourselves and about life in the life experiences we bear witness to around us.  In current times of recession, I think that the Wise Woman weekend has a more important role in society, to draw on the experience of the woman who have lived before us and endured, and to connect with these women too and draw on their wisdom.
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