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Tantric Belly Dance Series – October 2015

Four Week Workshop Series in Woodland Hills

Are you hearing the call…or feeling a persistent nudging inside ?

Are you ready to awaken the Divine Feminine within you…?

Tantric Belly dance - Burning Man 2015

Tantric Belly dance workshop- Burning Man 2015

Join this Four week series to re-tune your feminine energy and subtle energy bodies to the higher
frequencies of light now available to us. We really can embody the Divine Feminine on the Earth, here and now. On October 13th come and experience how, through ancient practice of Tantric Belly Dance as taught by Josie Keys.  Let your heart and spirit sing together when your sexuality is ignited …allowing the flow of shakti in your body and energy field to radiate as you move through life!
This Series of four workshops combine to unlock the mystery & awaken the divine feminine within you through sacred healing dance.  The series runs one night a week for four weeks – immersing you in Shakti for the entire month.
You may drop into one or more classes or sign up for the whole series on the first night!  No experience necessary.  Sorry guys, women only.
Week 1  May 26th   SEXUALITY
Week 2  June 2nd   POWER
Week 3  June 9th    LOVE
Week 4 June 16th   BEAUTY

What to Expect

• An increased appreciation for your own feminine nature
• Enhance your joyfulness through Simple Belly Dance techniques
• A grounded connection to the Earth
• Animals, trees and plants will feel like friends
• Access your true power and sweet feminine energy
• Feel the sensuality of your body
• Transform into your True Beautiful Radiant
Goddess Self

 

WHEN: Tuesdays in October, 2015
TIME:    7.30pm- 10pm
INVESTMENT:  $40 per workshop or $144 for all four workshops.  Cash, check or credit card accepted
WHERE: Be the Change Energy Center
Suite 211 ~ 213
22030 Clarendon Street
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

RESERVE YOUR SPACE NOW!

Please use the ‘Buy Now’ button below it will take you to paypal, where you can use your credit card or paypal account to get your series discount!

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Facebook event here.

 

INTERESTED BUT WANT TO KNOW MORE BEFORE YOU SAY YES?
  The full description is on this website: http://tantricalchemy.com/index/tantric-dance

If you have a specific question or want to know more, feel free to send me an email at Josie@Tantricalchemy.com and we’ll set up a time to chat on the phone.

Josie Performing at "Moving Into Grace - Dances of the Divine Feminine" - 2014

Josie Performing at “Moving Into Grace – Dances of the Divine Feminine” – 2014

Josie  is a shamanic dancer, weaver of dreams, and deep diver into the psyche of the body.  She was initiated by a Tantric Priest in 1999, has studied Tantric Belly Dance for 16 years, Astrology for 30, collected intuitive tarot reading along the way, and now works with the powerful Awakening Divine Feminine within and without.
She hails originally from Australia and has been on a profound journey towards the self for 20 years in her beloved California.

 

 

 

 

 

Lightning in a Bottle adventure 2015

Tantric Belly Dance at the Lightning in a Bottle Festival, 2015

11295862_10152910903785885_5795732284986331035_nThe Temple of Consciousness invited me back to teach my Tantric‬ Belly dance workshop at the Lightning in a Bottle Festival again this year.  This time I taught about hundred people, none of whom had been to one of my classes before!  Most were under 30 yrs old and some of them were men.  It was the first morning of the Festival so everyone was still fairly normal.  But then, that all changed when we had a blast together!  The workshop got them in their bodies dancing, smiling and in a high vibration space….

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Extra time at the workshop  gave us a rare treat.  After a communication mix up… thank you Mercury retrograde… I ended up with an extra 10 minutes to fill.   Intuitively I had a sense to have the last witness dance for the MEN in the room. They were so powerful and into it, that the women present had to jump up and dance with them.  They blew us all away.  See a short Iphone VIDEO snippet here….

After that everyone looked at me in disbelief…we had raised the roof!  Then we sat and set intentions together to make beautiful heart aligned connections all weekend.  And I suspect they did.

The workshop is mentioned in Wild Spice Mag:

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and then I performed too!

Tantric Belly Dance and DJ Dragon Fly at the ‘Temple Of Consciousness’

JKDJDI was paired up with well loved DJ, DJ Dragonfly.  It was a cool challenge to dance Tantric Belly Dance moves to deep thumpy bass music, intertwined with middle eastern sounds.  I counterpointed the strong drums with lyrical snakey moves.
Meditating before the set helped me with Stagefright.  Once I was out on stage though, it was fun an easy :).  And doing Tantric Breathing while performing made the performance very intuitive and full of shakti (feminine presence).

I met a fellow dancer at a gatheiring  a week later and she thanked me for being the highlight of her plant medicine journey that night!

More about Lightning in a bottle on their facebook page here.

 

 

 

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Summer Solstice Tantric Belly Dance Immersion

On this special day blessed by the Goddess with her full POWER, join this advanced course:
ENGAGE deeply into your body, your emotions and your desires.
ACTIVATE your radiance allowing the goddess to call you into the source of who you are.
AWAKEN the Feminine, through breath and dance.
QUANTUM LEAP your embodiment to a new level, jump timelines.
INTEGRATE the energies of Solstice into your being with a special technique for inner Union of The Divine Masculine with the Divine Feminine.

12pm -4pm  
Sunday 21st June

BeEnergy Center

Suite 211 ~ 213
22030 Clarendon Street
Woodland Hills, 91367
$65
Cash, check or credit
Space is limited to 12 women.
RSVP and book your  place using Paypal Link below

or  EMAIL:Josie@TantricAlchemy.com

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Tantric Belly dance Four Week Series in May and June

Four Week Workshop Series in May and June – starts the day after Memorial day

Are you hearing the call…or feeling a persistent nudging inside ?

Are you ready to awaken the Divine Feminine within you…?

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Josie in Workshop Shakti Circle – Byron Bay Spirit Fest 2015

Join this Four week series to re-tune your feminine energy and subtle energy bodies to the higher
frequencies of light now available to us. Learn the the ancient practice of Tantric Belly Dance as taught by Josie Keys.  Let your heart and spirit sing together when your sexuality is ignited …allowing the flow of shakti in your body and energy field to radiate!
This Series of four workshops combine to unlock the mystery & awaken the divine feminine within you through sacred healing dance.  The series runs one night a week for four weeks – immersing you in Shakti for the entire month.
You may drop into one or more classes or sign up for the whole series on the first night!  No experience necessary.  Sorry guys, women only.
Week 1  May 26th   SEXUALITY
Week 2  June 2nd   POWER
Week 3  June 9th    LOVE
Week 4 June 16th   BEAUTY

What to Expect

• An increased appreciation for your own feminine nature
• Enhance your joyfulness through Simple Belly Dance techniques
• A grounded connection to the Earth
• Animals, trees and plants will feel like friends
• Access your true power and sweet feminine energy
• Feel the sensuality of your body
• Transform into your True Beautiful Radiant
Goddess Self

 

WHEN: Tuesdays in  May and June, 2015
TIME:    7pm- 9.30pm
INVESTMENT:  $40 per workshop or $140 for all four workshops.  Cash, check or credit card accepted
WHERE: Be the Change Energy Center
Suite 211 ~ 213
22030 Clarendon Street
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

RESERVE YOUR SPACE NOW!

Buy the whole series today to get your 10% discount

Please use the ‘Buy Now’ button below it will take you to paypal, where you can use your credit card or paypal account to get your series discount!

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Facebook event here:

INTERESTED BUT WANT TO KNOW MORE BEFORE YOU SAY YES?
  The full description is on this website: http://tantricalchemy.com/index/tantric-dance

If you have a specific question or want to know more, feel free to send me an email at Josie@Tantricalchemy.com and we’ll set up a time to chat on the phone.

Josie Performing at "Moving Into Grace - Dances of the Divine Feminine" - 2014

Josie Performing at “Moving Into Grace – Dances of the Divine Feminine” – 2014

Josie  is a shamanic dancer, weaver of dreams, and deep diver into the psyche of the body.  She was initiated by a Tantric Priest in 1999, has studied Tantric Belly Dance for 16 years, Astrology for 30, collected intuitive tarot reading along the way, and now works with the powerful Awakening Divine Feminine within and without.
She hails originally from Australia and has been on a profound journey towards the self for 20 years in her beloved California.

 

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2015-01-20 at 1.56.55 AMValentine’s Day is coming and the energy of love is in the air!
In honor of romance, love and intimacy, I am offering my first 4hr workshop in Los Angeles!  ‘Sacred Union – Sacred Sexuality and Love’ will allow you to explore the Divine Sweetness of the Beloved, within and without.
‘Sacred Union – Sacred Sexuality and Love’ is a workshop where you individually, or you and your partner, learn to experience more passion, commitment and full-hearted love…bringing forth from your humanness those beautiful aspects of spirit, the Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine.
Learn the the ancient practice of Tantric Breathing.   Experience how to prepare your partner and yourself for Tantric Connection before intimacy.  See how your deep connection with another creates a radiant energy field.
This afternoon event is a beautiful way to dip your toes into the deeper realms of love, in the week before Valentine’s Day.
No experience necessary

What to Expect:

venus_symbol_female_women_girlsWomen:
Deepen your level of intimate connection to yourself and your partner
Experience Yourself  as the embodiment of the Divine Feminine
Be witnessed by your partner as beautifu,l sacred and divine
Learn how to reveal your vulnerability and feel more comfortable with your sensuality.
Experience your partner as totally present and holding a safe container for you

 

Men:
Deepen your level of intimate connection to yourself and to your partnerman symbol
Experience Yourself as the Divine Masculine, reflected back to you by your partner
Be in alignment with your purpose in life
Experience your ability to be fully present in the moment
Feel how your presence allows your partner’s to fully trust you so she flowers in your arms
**No nudity or sexual touching, there will be some sensuality.**
*ALL PARTICIPANTS please RSVP by February 5th.*
What a wonderful gift to give to yourself or your beloved in preparation for this coming Valentine’s Day~!

 

WHEN: Saturday 7th February, 2015
TIME:    12pm – 5pm
INVESTMENT:  $75 per person or $140 per couple.  Cash, check or credit card accepted
WHERE: Be the Change Energy Center
Suite 211 – 213
22030 Clarendon Street
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

RESERVE YOUR SPACE NOW!

Singles: $75    Please use the ‘Buy Now’ button below it will take you to Paypal, where you can use your credit card or Paypal account.

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Couples: $140   Please use the ‘Buy Now’ button below it will take you to Paypal, where you can use your credit card or Paypal account.

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If you have a specific question or want to know more, feel free to send me an email at Josie@Tantricalchemy.com and I’ll reply or we can set up a time to chat on the phone.

Josie Performing at "Moving Into Grace - Dances of the Divine Feminine" - 2014

Josie Performing at “Moving Into Grace – Dances of the Divine Feminine” – 2014

Josie  is a shamanic dancer, weaver of dreams, and deep diver into the psyche of the body.  She was initiated by a Tantric Priest in 1999, has studied Tantric Belly Dance for 16 years, Astrology for 30, collected intuitive tarot reading along the way, and now works with the powerful Awakening Divine Feminine within and without.  She has a profound love for Sacred Union of the Masculine and Feminine, as she feels that a true balance and mutual respect between Men and Women is where humanity needs it deepest healing.  Fresh from a nine month ‘Carriers of the Flame’ training with Anaiya Sophia, she is ready to bring Men and Women together in her teaching of Divine togetherness.
She hails originally from Australia and continues to be on a profound journey towards the self for  in her beloved California.

 

NEW! Tantric Belly Dance: One Month to Embodying the Divine Feminine!

Four Week Workshop Series in January and February

Are you hearing the call…or feeling a persistent nudging inside ?

Are you ready to awaken the Divine Feminine within you…?

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Join this Four week series to re-tune your feminine energy and subtle energy bodies to the higher
frequencies of light now available to us. Learn the the ancient practice of Tantric Belly Dance as taught by Josie Keys.  Let your heart and spirit sing together when your sexuality is ignited …allowing the flow of shakti in your body and energy field to radiate!
This Series of four workshops combine to unlock the mystery & awaken the divine feminine within you through sacred healing dance.  The series runs one night a week for four weeks – immersing you in Shakti for the entire month.
You may drop into one or more classes or sign up for the whole series on the first night!  No experience necessary.  Sorry guys, women only.

 

Week 1  January 20th   SEXUALITY
Week 2  January 27th   POWER
Week 3  February 3rd    LOVE
Week 4  February 10th  BEAUTY

 

What to Expect

• An increased appreciation for your own feminine nature
• Enhance your joyfulness through Simple Belly Dance techniques
• A grounded connection to the Earth
• Animals, trees and plants will feel like friends
• Access your true power and sweet feminine energy
• Feel the sensuality of your body
• Transform into your True Beautiful Radiant
Goddess Self

 

WHEN: Tuesdays in  January and February, 2015
TIME:    7pm- 9.30pm
INVESTMENT:  $35 per workshop or $125 for all four workshops.  Cash, check or credit card accepted
WHERE: Be the Change Energy Center
Suite 211 ~ 213
22030 Clarendon Street
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

RESERVE YOUR SPACE NOW!

Buy the whole series today to get your 10% discount

Please use the ‘Buy Now’ button below it will take you to paypal, where you can use your credit card or paypal account to get your series discount!

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Facebook event here:

INTERESTED BUT WANT TO KNOW MORE BEFORE YOU SAY YES?
  The full description is on this website: http://tantricalchemy.com/index/tantric-dance

If you have a specific question or want to know more, feel free to send me an email at Josie@Tantricalchemy.com and we’ll set up a time to chat on the phone.

Josie Performing at "Moving Into Grace - Dances of the Divine Feminine" - 2014

Josie Performing at “Moving Into Grace – Dances of the Divine Feminine” – 2014

Josie  is a shamanic dancer, weaver of dreams, and deep diver into the psyche of the body.  She was initiated by a Tantric Priest in 1999, has studied Tantric Belly Dance for 16 years, Astrology for 30, collected intuitive tarot reading along the way, and now works with the powerful Awakening Divine Feminine within and without.
She hails originally from Australia and has been on a profound journey towards the self for 20 years in her beloved California.

 

 

 

 

 

Tantric Belly Dance  – One Month to Embodying the Divine Feminine!  Series starts July 9th, 2014
Welcome to the glow of Midsummer!
Inhale the beauty, mystery and love of the Divine Feminine as you learn to belly dance from the inside out.  Experience dancing from a place of pleasure, sweetness and inspiration as you activating your natural shakti (feminine) energy.
Do you want to feel an incredible sweetness you did not know you had?   Feel deeply empowered and yet fully compassionate? Break through any stagnation you might be feeling?
Join your sisters as we explore what the feminine rites of dancing in a group can mean for us on a deep level. 
We travel on our wonderful Summer journey of deepening into the feminine this July!  Plants seeds of remembrance,  blossom into the fullness of the of our life giving Sun.
This series of 4 classes is designed to unlock the mystery & awaken the divine feminine within you through the rites of this sacred healing dance. We will be delving deeper into the natural power and healing energy contained in our wombs during this series.
Once initiated into the practice of Tantric Dance, the world looks very different. You will feel a deeply grounded
connection to the earth through increased appreciation for your own feminine nature. When you feel beautiful, grounded and heart opened, then your bond to Mother Earth and all living things expands exponentially.  Animals and even trees and plants feel like friends. Nature moves you on a far deeper level than you previously thought you could contain!
Let your heart and spirit sing together when your sexuality is ignitedallowing the flow of shakti in your body and energy field to radiate.
This 4 week series will bring you into alignment with your divine feminine essence.  Are you ready to own the ravishing, intoxicating, sacred beauty that you actually are…and live your life with pleasure as your guiding force?
This Series of 4 workshops combine to unlock the mystery & awaken the divine feminine within you through sacred healing dance.
1) July 9th – SEXUALITY:  Learn to Embody the Divine Feminine through Tantric Belly dancing.
2) July 16th – POWER:   Join your sisters tonight to feel a new sense of POWER – the power of standing in the deepest truth of your feminine instinctive self.
3) July 23rd – LOVE:  Discover a new way to engage your feminine sensitivity to navigate in the world.
4) July 30th – BEAUTY:  Feel your beauty!  Enjoy the allure of the goddess, the siren or mermaid. The Masculine (of any gender) really is drawn to a feminine energy field, and when it is shining, all he wants to do is sit in that field.  Feel you magnetism…
INVESTMENT:  $35/workshop or a 15% discount if you buy the whole month in advance – so $120 for all 4 workshops.  You are welcome to come to any single workshop.  Although an immersion is recommended, you do not have to attend the whole series to enjoy and benefit from one or more workshops.
WHERE:   The Love Dome, 200 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291
WHEN:     Wednesdays in July  – 7.30PM – 10PM
WHAT YOU’LL GET FROM THE EXPERIENCE:
Heal old wounds, overcome fear, embrace sensuality and sexuality.
Bask in the radiance of your beauty in an emotionally safe space.
Feel sexy and ALIVE in your body.
Feel an incredible sweetness you did not know you had.
Be deeply empowered and yet fully compassionate.
Break through any stagnation you might be feeling.
Create a profound and joyful shift in your way of seeing …

BENEFITS of this practice:
Learn to receive: graciously accept compliments, have more attractive energy.
Notice how men (or predominantly masculine identified people) rush to assist and admire you wherever you go, and women feel emotionally safe with you.
Let your heart and spirit sing together when your sexuality is ignited … allowing the flow of shakti in your body and energy field to radiate.

These ancient but simple techniques of movement in community beckon to us from our distant past – from our feminine lineage of sacred temple dancing. In pre -christian times, humans accessed higher vibrations and created a portal to the dimensions of spirit by women dancing and sounding in a group in a sacred place. This raised their vibrations in unison. The men honored and assisted this process. Our bodies remember this! and we just need to be reminded, by bypassing the mind and diving into the movements with a new found awareness.

THIS IS FOR YOU IF…You want to Reclaim your Feminine Power…  Are you, or your friends curious about what Tantric Bellydance is?   How do you get that GLOW that some magical women around you have?  Come and find out!

RESERVE YOUR SPACE NOW! 

Buy the whole series today to get your 10% discount

INTERESTED BUT WANT TO KNOW MORE BEFORE YOU SAY YES?
  The full description is on this website: http://tantricalchemy.com/index/tantric-dance

If you have a specific question or want to know more, feel free to send me an email at Josie@TantricAlchemy.com and we’ll set up a time to chat on the phone.

XOXO Josie

 

RECLAIM YOUR FEMININE POWER IN 5 WEEKS! – Series begins February 7th, 2014

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RECLAIM YOUR FEMININE POWER IN 5 WEEKS!  Begins Friday February 7th, 2014

Welcome to the new Year!  Celebrate the beginning of a new era of consciousness birthing within YOU in 2014.   Is it time to permanently change your perspective?
What better way to do this than with your sisters in a beautiful wash of feminine shakti!

Inhale the beauty, mystery and love of the Divine Feminine as you learn to belly dance from the inside out.  Activating your shakti energy you will experience dancing from a place of pleasure, sweetness and inspiration.

Are you ready to own the ravishing, intoxicating, sacred beauty that you actually are…and live your life with pleasure as your guiding force?
This Series of 5 workshops combine to unlock the mystery & awaken the divine feminine within you through sacred healing dance.
1) February 7th – SEXUALITY:  Learn to Embody the Divine Feminine through Tantric Belly dancing.
2) February 14th – POWER:  Single on Valentine’s Day?  Join your sisters tonight to feel a new sense of POWER – the power of standing in the deepest truth of your feminine instinctive self.
3) February 21st – LOVE:  Discover a new way to engage your feminine sensitivity to navigate in the world.
4) February 28th – BEAUTY:  Feel your beauty!  Enjoy the allure of the goddess, the siren or mermaid. The Masculine really is drawn to a woman’s energy field, and when it is shining, all he wants to do is sit in that field.
5) March 7th – Mystical Connection to the Goddess:  Experience the Archetypal energies you have worked on creating over the month in a beautiful temple space we create together.  You will be initiated to your PRIESTESS!
INVESTMENT:  $125 for all 5 workshops.  You are welcome to come to any single workshop.  Although an immersion is recommended, you do not have to attend the whole series to enjoy and benefit from one or more workshops.
WHERE:   The Love Dome, 200 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, California 90291  (Opposite Wholefoods Venice i block north of Rose ave on the East side of the street)
WHEN:     7.30PM – 10PM
PARKING:  Street Parking.  Lincoln Blvd. or side streets
WHAT YOU’LL GET FROM THE EXPERIENCE:
Heal old wounds, overcome fear, embrace sensuality and sexuality.
Bask in the radiance of your beauty in an emotionally safe space.
Feel sexy and ALIVE in your body.
Feel an incredible sweetness you did not know you had.
Be deeply empowered and yet fully compassionate.
Break through any stagnation you might be feeling.
Create a profound and joyful shift in your way of seeing …

BENEFITS of this practice:
Learn to receive: graciously accept compliments, have more attractive energy.
Notice how men (or predominantly masculine identified people) rush to assist and admire you wherever you go, and women feel emotionally safe with you. 
Let your heart and spirit sing together when your sexuality is ignited … allowing the flow of shakti in your body and energy field to radiate.

These ancient but simple techniques of movement in community beckon to us from our distant past – from our feminine lineage of sacred temple dancing. In pre -christian times, humans accessed higher vibrations and created a portal to the dimensions of spirit by women dancing and sounding in a group in a sacred place. This raised their vibrations in unison. The men honored and assisted this process. Our bodies remember this! and we just need to be reminded, by bypassing the mind and diving into the movements with a new found awareness.

THIS IS FOR YOU IF…You want to Reclaim your Feminine Power!   Are you, or your friends curious about what Tantric Bellydance is?   How do you get that GLOW that some magical women around you have?  Come and find out on Friday!

XOXO Josie

RESERVE YOUR SPACE NOW! 

Buy the whole series today to get your 15% discount

INTERESTED BUT WANT TO KNOW MORE BEFORE YOU SAY YES?
 The full description is on my website: http://tantricalchemy.com/index/tantric-dance

If you have a specific question or want to know more, feel free to send me an email at Josie@TantricAlchemy.com and we’ll set up a time to chat on the phone.

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Happy dancers from The First Tantric Belly dance Troupe performance January 25th!  These ladies are all students from the 2013 workshops, who committed to the rite of passage that is public performance – taking being Witnessed to a whole new level.  We all slimmed down our middles as we up-leveled our belly dance skill.  Stay tuned for the blog link with how it all happened!

Moving Into Grace – Sacred Dance Show January 25th, 2014

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Celebrate the beginning of a new era of consciousness birthing within YOU in 2014.

Inhale the beauty, mystery and love of the Divine Feminine as you watch dances designed to uplift, inspire and bless you with unconditional love.
This show is part of an emerging new form of performance where we inspire you… and you inspire us.  Enjoy beautiful, sensual performances by local women and watch them invoke and embody the Goddess.  Be transported by belly dancers into the realm of Shakti – divine feminine energy.   If you choose to, spiral dance with us and set your intentions for the coming year.
And, this night is set to delight, with all that inspiration leading to an Ecstatic Dance Party right after the performance!
Merge with the wild beauty of womens’ sacred dance where the past and future dissolve and leave us in the NOW,where all intentions are empowered to manifest.
Feel the sparkle of the show ignite YOUR sacred expression.
Stay and play with us afterwards!
WHEN:    7PM   Show     9PM   Dance Party
Saturday January 25th, 2014
WHERE:  STUDIO A Dance!
2306 Hyperion Avenue, Silverlake, CA 90027
TICKETS: $25 – Early Bird price through January 15th
$35 – Available through 23rd
$40 – At the Door

Buy tickets by clicking here

All proceeds go to: Critical Mass Dance Company   www.CriticalMassDanceCompany.ORG
See you on January 25th!

 

Dances Presented by:

E. Sophia Kozak – Artistic Director of Critical Mass Dance Company
Elena Sophia Kozak has studied many forms of dance, including ballet, modern, salsa as well as flow, circus and aerial arts. Sophia’s experience as a Reiki healer, 10-year career as a community organizer, mixed cultural heritage and family’s immigrant history inform her creative expression as creator of Dance from the Heart and director of Critical Mass Dance Company (CMDC).

CMDC is a Los Angeles based dance collective that presents works of multi-media dance theater to inspire social change, uplift the spirit, and ignite the human imagination. In the last few years, CMDC has created two full-length works called Love Movement and Collective Metamorphosis, which have been presented in Los Angeles venues including Studio A Theater, Electric Lodge, Art Theatre of Long Beach, and Son of Semele Theater.  CMDC’s new work called AmaTerra is about awakening human consciousness and remembering our role in preserving our precious planet.

Ariel Lange – Artistic Director of Ariel Lange Dance Company

Ariel Lange started out as a professional ballerina who traveled around the world performing and dancing with such stars as Mikhail Baryshinikov and the American Dance Movement.  She danced with many top artists of her day including Alvin Ailey and Lar Lubovitch.  As a singer and dancer, Ariel has performed in musicals both on and off Broadway.  Her ethnic professional performance credits include dancing with Ketut Suarni of Bali, Abdoulaye Camara of Guinea, West Africa, Shalini Chauhan of India, and Lavinia Williams of Haiti among others.  As Director of her own dance companies, most recently Nupoor Spiritual Dance Company, she has kept alive the joy and spirit of movement and song that bring happiness to people. Her choreography has been featured in World Music and Art Festivals as well as benefit performances to help underserved youth and to keep arts in the schools.  Find out more about Ariel at www.ArielLange.com.

Josie Keys – Tantric Belly dance teacher and Dancer

Josie holds workshops in the US and Australia on Reclaiming Your Feminine Power. She leads women to discover their hidden gifts and activates their Shakti – the feminine essence of the divine contained in our female bodies – through the practice of Tantric Belly dancing.  Finding her Shakti was a life transforming experience into self-love.  Connecting deeply with her body and her sensitivity, she discovered her deep feminine self and then began to share that wisdom.

She has been on a consistent spiritual path for 20 years, studying yoga, astrology, ecstatic dance and Tantric dance for women, becoming a teacher in 2006.  She is an artist too, with a long career as a commercial photographer informing her current Goddess painting and graphic design (she designed the artwork for ‘Moving into Grace’)

Josie understands deep dark nights of the soul, and the heights of ecstasy. Knowing that there is a pulsating force that can be awoken through our bodies she shares with us how to feel every moment through our divine feminine selves, and how we can turn every moment into its full aliveness.  For more info, click here

Lisa Luma – Temple Dancer, Yogini and Producer of Moving into Grace

Lisa offers dance as a soulful prayer in motion to a variety of spiritual music, from classic kirtan chants to contemporary songs.She is the founder of TerraLuma Sacred Arts, which offers movement as a form of sacred energy work in the tradition of temple dance, TerraLuma movement opens soul connection, serving as a portal to spiritual experience for both performer and audience.

This dance is strongly influenced by the spontaneous ecstatic movements of 5 Rhythms and The Tantric Dance of Feminine Power ®. In addition, Lisa’s movement is influenced by a variety of central dance styles. Her decades of dance have included: training at the Joffrey Ballet School, as well as experience in jazz, modern, improv and partnered social styles like salsa. Lisa’s spiritual connection has been amplified through over ten years of training and practice as a Reiki Master, Yoga Teacher, Theta Practitioner and Healing Minister.

Lisa’s creative expression has been called “mesmerizing,” “inspiring,” and “subtle yet powerful.” She has shared TerraLuma movement in a variety of contexts, from social events to spiritual ritual. At the 2013 inaugural Goddess Spirit Rising conference in Malibu, she danced solo and directed a group for the main concert’s opening dance performance.

Find out more about Lisa and her offerings at www.TerraLumaSacredArts.com

Lori Hops – Temple Dancer

Temple dancer and spiritual chair for Moving into Grace, licensed psychologist, Reiki master.

DJ – Heather Ehlers.

For more info about Heather, please click here

Moving Into Grace flier designed by JosieKeys©2013

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Living the Wormhole. Grief as the transformer.

I have really lived this ‘wormhole’ period of the last 6 weeks.

Wormhole: being propelled instantly through a Gateway of Power by once-in-a-lifetime astrological occurrences into a new dimension of understanding. Yep, really.

I am living a roller coaster of my deepest fears and wildest fantasies.  I have experienced incredibly beautiful loving and sharing with my lover and then crashed horribly into judgement, fear and blame of him, and from him, right afterwards.  My cash flow issues reared their ugly heads, and having to clean up the mess through my personal shame around that, was excruciating.  And then my worst fear happened…my lover broke up with me and I felt devastating loss.  I had to let go of trying to fix any of it on my own,  and just simply  surrendered to the ‘rock bottom‘ of my life on the down side, wondering what the universe had in store for me next.  I felt like I had no control at all.

So at rock bottom, it was easy to sign up for an 11/11 full 24 hr Grief Ritual for our personal losses and through that, the collective.  I prayed to be healed of my grief around my current relationship.  I felt all the pain of the hurts I had felt through our time together.  I felt all the abandonment his actions had triggered in me, the present and the past – from my childhood.  Also inspired by a desire to pray around the Fukishima events unfolding, I prayed for all of the people involved at the nuclear plant in Japan and humanity watching on in fear.   I felt for humanity and for the Earth and what is happening on her.

The ritual was held in the name of the Black Madonna (Kali) and, wailing inside, I went to the depths.  I wept a little, and went numb  for what seemed like a LOOOONG time, and felt an almost unbearable heaviness.  The ritual gave us permission to feel it all with no set time to come out.  I felt things I had been repressing for a LOOOONG time.  And in vivid detail.  Was there no end to this dark tunnel?  Getting triggered into rage at a note from my ex-lover actually catapulted me out of the darkness and I raged like crazy.  After embracing the fury, finally the grief lifted.  At the end, I was strangely empty and soft, and knew in my bones that I wanted healing.

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With that intention foremost on my mind, the next day, I went to see my lover to talk, and and shared from the deepest part of me what I desired.  A healing into love, if we were departing – knowing I wanted us to end with love, not estrangement. There was a buzz of shakti in my body and my heart chakra was alive, and I was very vulnerable.  After some sharing, the energy in the room shifted.  In exhaustion and surrender, I had dropped all my accusations, blame and struggle for perfection and I just was.  And miraculously, in perfect mirroring, so did he.  He dropped all his prior conditions, lists of ‘good qualities’ and relationship contracts said he just wanted to love me, however that would be.  He said the purity with which I came to him helped him to feel a new level of love.  It was a total reversal.  The grieving what had been was over. And all that was left were feelings of softness and yearning for connection between us where previously there had only been hurt and estrangement.

The great ‘She’ showed me that letting go and fully embracing my vulnerability showed me that LOVE is the great resurrector, the only true transformer.  And I believe it.  I lived it.  All is possible with love….

So that is my story.  What is yours?

As we near the end of the ‘wormhole‘, the astrological name for the eclipses, and other astrological challenges we are dealing with at present, we have one more piece to navigate.  The full moon in Scorpio on Sunday.  By now we have learned what we are dealing with and transforming.  There is a light at the end of the tunnel.  This period will likely leave you profoundly changed. We are integrating what we have learned from the intensity of the last month.  The full moon on Sunday synthesizes all… we start to walk out talk!

I know you have been through it yourself, and I feel you.  Blessings.

If you want to participate in the next Grief Ritual it will be on 12/12/13.  Look for details here.

From my past post, here is the ECLIPSE definition again: An eclipse always means that some amount of change is due, or sometimes overdue. If one has neglected matters, then an eclipse may bring a sort of crisis in order to turn things around and bring things back into a healthier balance.   Or an eclipse may open new doors and present major life-changing opportunities.

When an eclipse aligns closely with one of your planets, the significance of the eclipse for you is intensified. The closer the eclipse aligns with your natal planet, the more important it is.

In the outside world and in our personal lives, an eclipse is a dynamic transit that often coincides with important developments. It contains a stimulating and excitable energy that is sometimes a bit destabilizing.  Activity often increases shortly following an eclipse (or even prior to the eclipse, in some cases). This is why it’s recommended to hold off on making major life altering changes or decisions around the time of an eclipse. The atmospheric energy needs a little time to settle out. That way your new plan, project, or strategy has a better chance of stabilizing and working out in your favor.

Everyone feels the stimulation of an eclipse to some degree. For some it is subtle, while for others it can be quite intense. It can be enlightening to simply observe the things going on around you at eclipse time. Sometimes a relatively small incident gives clues to issues that will take on more importance in the months to come.
(summarized from http://www.llewellyn.com/journal/article/1357)

If you would like to schedule an astrological reading to find out how this eclipse is affecting your chart during this month of Scorpio and for the next 6 months, ask the Scorpio Astrologer! email me at josie@tantricalchemy.com to make an appointment.  **Special Wormhole rate of $85 for 60 mins*