“Welcome to Alchemy Spinning”
Whirling to transform and expand consciousness
Alchemy Spinning ™ is a whirling practice that makes the physical, psychological and spiritual benefits of whirling accesible to everybody. Alchemy Spinning ™ uses dance, movement, yoga, breathwork, and chakra meditation to induce a state of...
Alchemy Spinning ™ offers classes and workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area, also nationally and internationally. Everybody is welcome to Alchemy Spinning™. No previous dance or whirling experience necessary. Alchemy Spinning™ workshops fall...
Raquel shares the transformative power of Alchemy Spinning internationally through public performances. She has whirled for Biodiversity for UNESCO, for Midway Film, a film by Chris Jordan, at the San Francisco Green Festival, at Boom...
Conscious Dancer Magazine includes an article about Alchemy Spinning and a cover with Raquel Boluda in its June 2014 edition.
Read more about Alchemy Spinning on page 21.Read More
This piece is an Alchemy Spinning performance using the technology of the multi-award winning project Danceroom Spectroscopy at art & tech installation Zero 1, San José, CA, on June 2014. Raque Boluda’s spinning as energy field interacts with both graphics and sound through movement.
This is the result.Read More
Join us in a consciousness-expanding, somatic workshop using breath work, dance, movement, yoga and chakra meditation, and building up to the unforgettable experience of Sufi-inspired Alchemy Spinning™.
Alchemy Spinning™ was created by dancer/healer Raquel Boluda, who found inspiration in the movements of energy around the chakras, the spinning of planets and the cosmos, and the hypnotic whirling of Sufi dervishes.
This introductory Alchemy Spinning™ workshop is geared towards connecting with basic human goodness through our fully embodied presence and dancing to transform and expand consciousness. Open to any person of any age and fitness level. No previous dance experience is necessary.
Date: Saturday June 28 , 2014
Venue: Destiny Arts Center, 970 Grace Avenue,Oakland, CA 94608
Price: $100 full rate. $85 early bird if you registered before June 18. Space limited.
For the first two thirds of the workshop we will work on several exercises that combine dance, yoga and meditation in order to connect deeply with our own bodies, balance the flow of energy in our chakras and along our spines, and root ourselves firmly in the Earth, while charging up our energy. We will learn to become aware and nurture our own vertical axis, uniting Earth, chakras and cosmos. This is the key to avoid and manage dizziness.
The last third of the workshop we will learn basic Alchemy Spinning™ techniques and we will create and hold a safe space for the participants to spin at will.
On March 26 2014 the digital magazine Examiner.com published an article about Alchemy Spinning™ entitled “Cracking the Code of Healing Dance”. In this article, journalist Cintia Cavalcante describes her experience attending an AlchemySpinning™ workshop. The article says:
The body movement through dance has fascinated me from a young age and I have attended various modalities of this fascinating art all my life. One in particular caught my attention years ago. The transcendental Sufi dance. I have recently found in the Bay Area a phenomenal Spanish Sufi dance instructor, Raquel Boluda Santiago, and I attended one of her workshops. A true journey disguised as workshop. In Raquel’s words ” “My creative process relies on a deep listening of the body in a state of complete presence in the here and now, which allows for the emergence of an expanded consciousness, and of a channeling of creativity and healing.”
As an experienced dancer I deeply admire Raquel’s teaching style and content. Her techniques beautifully blend both raw and refined aspects of human existence. With great balance and sensitivity Raquel can “heal individual and/ or collective traumas. Releasing stress, fear and anxiety. Self knowledge, insights, unlocking of emotions and memories. Heightened state of consciousness, presence, sensorial awareness, joy, compassion towards self and others and inner peace.”
I cannot recommend this workshop and classes highly enough. Go as frequently as possible. Make it as a gift to yourself.
Click here to watch the article in Examiner.com.Read More
Alchemy Spinning™ as an incubated project by Kumu, the first innovation lab for transformative activism, is involved in transformative activism serving as a holotropic platform for the advancement of humanity, with a focus on helping others discover their own power to heal themselves, to be more artistic and creative, and to engage in co-creating a thriving, peaceful, sustainable culture based on love, respect and compassion.
Alchemy Spinning™ and Kumu work together seeking to transform activism through a consciousness-expanding somatic work.
We believe that in order to transform our world we need to heal and transform ourselves. All Transformation comes from inside to outside like a spiral. Also we believe to co-create a thriving, peaceful, sustainable culture we need to be transformative activists.
Alchemy Spinning™ works with two important axis from our bodies. The vertical axis as a conduit between the Earth (mother, feminine energy, matter) and the Cosmos (father, masculine energy, spirit) connects us with our basic goodness. In the buddhist tradition basic goodness means “pure” and “complete”. The horizontal axis connects the right arm to the left arm through the heart (love, empathy, goodness, compassion). This is our manifestation in the world, in other words is the world that we create or co-create with others.
Alchemy Spinning™ invokes personal and collective transformation in order to connect with our basic goodness, the only solid foundation for transformative action. Only from our basic goodness we can help ourselves and help others.
How to find our basic goodness? Basic goodness emerges if we let it be. It appears when we relax and connect with our body, heart and mind. Then doubt and vulnerability emerges from our fully embody presence, they are our journey partners.
When we are present we can see and know the world and be able to create empathy in order to recognize and understand the emotional states of other people to experience accurate compassion.
This journey of consciousness invites us to discover our wisdom in order to be free of any obfuscations of culture, mind, or ego, and extend compassionate actions into the word.
Alchemy Spinning™ and Kumu organize innovative workshops addressed to people involved in activism using the somatic platform of Alchemy Spinning™ .
Our first workshop was last february 2014 and it was very successful.
The mission of Alchemy Spinning™ is to serve as a holotropic platform for the advancement of humanity towards a thriving, peaceful, sustainable culture based on love, respect and compassion.
In this spirit, Raquel Boluda has created “Dancing for an Ocean Free of Plastics”, an improvisation dance in order to raise awareness around plastic pollution and its terrible effects on our bodies and oceans. This performance goes side by side the environmental activist Manuel Maqueda, founder of Plastic Kills and Kumu, co-founder of Plastic Pollution Coalition, and a founding member of Midway Film led by Chris Jordan, in his talks about plastic pollution around the world.
“Dancing for an Ocean Free of Plastics” has been performed at environmental conferences and transformational gatherings in Spain, Portugal and The US.
This video was filmed at Museo Alborania, Málaga, Spain last August 2013.