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Discover the Power of Whirling Workshop

February 22, 2020

10:00 am

This workshop is an invitation to explore and deepen your Alchemy Spinning practice – a powerful and yet accessible somatic modality at the intersection of mindfulness and movement, which promotes an intense creative and personal blossoming. Whirling, rather than being a goal or a destination, becomes a spiral journey towards greater body wisdom, self-expression and self-knowledge. In our practice we will use different forms of dance, movement, breath work, meditation and contemplative art making.

For years workshop leader Raquel Santiago has been exploring the whirling dances of the world to understand and distill their benefits, and to connect these with other disciplines and somatic wisdom traditions. The result is a truly unique discipline that bridges the somatic and the transpersonal realms, and that opens up new frontiers of discovery to professional dancers, dance lovers and novices alike.

What you will learn:

  • Develop a whirling super mindfulness practice
  • Expand your consciousness and reach a higher potential
  • How to root yourself in the Earth
  • How to make energy flow along your spine
  • Balance your brain hemispheres
  • Activate your vertical axis –which connects Heaven and Earth along our spine.
  • Activate your horizontal axis –which crosses our heart and projects our being into the world
  • Connect your inner spirals with the larger spiral movements of our planet, our solar system, our galaxy and beyond.
  • Unleash your own power to heal yourself, your relationships and the world.

The Alchemy Spinning™ practice is open to people of all ages, levels and physical conditions. We typically start off with nurturing, meditative, somatic practices that will prepare our bodies, minds and spirits for whirling. Once we are ready, we will create a safe, open space to share in the transformative experience of whirling.  At the end of each session we will open a space for group integration and sharing.

Free performance at 2:30 p.m. by Raquel Santiago.

Alchemy Spinning on Treasure Island

Raquel Santiago is an international dancer and a dance activist originally from Barcelona, Spain, now living in Nevada City, California. She is trained in a wide variety of dance styles such as Contemporary, Middle Eastern, African, Butoh, Body Weather, Creative Dance, Danza Duende, Noguchi Taiso, Gaga and Persian Dance. She also studied integral yoga and taught for many years in Barcelona. Santiago developed Alchemy Spinning™, an accessible, pleasurable and powerful guided practice, inspired by Sufi Dervishes, that takes your body, your mind and your spirit through a journey of self-discovery, expanded consciousness and higher potential. She has worked as a yoga and dance therapist with patients with eating disorders at Sant Pau Hospital in Barcelona, Spain and is a Founding Innovator at Kumu, a California-based innovation lab for activism. She has been dubbed by the press as “the New Isadora Duncan of the Environment.”

This event is part of Spacious Grace, the cathedral’s annual free-form arts festival when we remove the pews and invoke the muse. Now in its sixth year, Spacious Grace runs from February 4 to 23.


Tickets $35-$50




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