Alchemy Spinning Workshop at Grace Cathedral

Alchemy Spinning Workshop at Grace Cathedral

Discover the Power of Whirling Workshop at Spacious Grace Arts Festival

February 22, 2020, 10am-1pm

Would you like to whirl in a big cathedral? Join us for an unforgettable workshop at the Grace Cathedral as 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 7 to 22. Grace Cathedral shares San Francisco’s diverse and innovative character and strives to make the city and the world a better place for all. It is a sacred space and a place for community, through spiritual practice, public engagement, social justice and the arts.

This workshop is an invitation to explore and deepen our Alchemy Spinning practice –a powerful and yet accessible whirling 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 this workshop we will use different forms of dance, movement, breath work, meditation, and whirling dance.

For years 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.
  • Learn how to root yourself in the Earth
  • Learn 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 our 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.

VenueGrace Cathedral,1100 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

Cost: $40-50 Sliding scale/ $35 Early Bird until February 15th, 2020.

***Register here

After the workshop there will be a whirling performance by Raquel Santiago, more info and register here

**More info about Spacious Grace Festival here

Alchemy Pregnancy

Alchemy Pregnancy

Raquel became a mother of identical twin baby boys born naturally in water on April 17. Dancing for a Natural and Respectful Birth is an Alchemy Spinning improvisation by dancer Raquel Santiago in her 35 weeks pregnant, two weeks before giving birth her babies, at Natura Málaga Festival 2017, Spain.
 

Dancing for a Natural and Respectful Birth-Alchemy Spinning from Alchemy Spinning on Vimeo.

The Dance of the Yin Yang, Alchemy Spinning Workshop in Barcelona

The Dance of the Yin Yang, Alchemy Spinning Workshop in Barcelona

The Dance of the Yin Yang

Alchemy Spinning™ Workshop by Raquel Santiago

 

About Alchemy Spinning™

Alchemy Spinning ™ is a powerful and yet accessible whirling practice at the intersection of mindfulness and movement.

Inspired on Sufi Dervishes and other whirling dances of the world, Alchemy Spinning™ makes the physical, psychological and spiritual benefits of whirling accessible to everybody.

The Dance of the Yin Yang

The Dance of the Yin Yang is an invitation to explore the whirling dance using the Alchemy Spinning platform through the two basic principles of our universe and of our existence, the feminine and the masculine.

Our exploration of feminine movement will follow the water element, which makes up 70% of our bodies. We wiil release all tensions to explore water’s ability to flow and be shapeless.

Our exploration of masculine movement will follow the Earth element,  and its ability to contain and give shape to the shapeless.

During the workshop we will work on several exercises that combine dance, yoga, breathing and meditation in order to connect deeply with our own bodies, balance the flow of energy in our chakras along our spines, and root ourselves firmly in the Earth, while charging up our energy and opening our hearts.  This is the key to avoid and manage dizziness.

After learning the basic whirling techniques, we will create and hold a safe space for the participants to whirl at will, but each person is encouraged to spin according to their own needs and feelings, entering and exiting the spinning space as they feel compelled to.

We will end up the workshop with an integration in order to connect deeply with our experience, ideas, insights, healing and creativity through art.

Click here to see Raquel Boluda’s bio.

Open to everybody. No previous dance experience is necessary.
December 11, 2016 10am-2:00pm.
Venue: Tot Tansa, Passeis de l’Estatut, 8, Santa Maria de Palautordera, Barcelona, Spain.
Cost: 35€ Early Bird until November 28. 40€ after November 28
 December 17, 2016 10am-2:00pm.
Venue: Narayana C/Industria 4 baixos, Igualada Barcelona.
Cost: 44€ Early Bird until December 3rd. 50€ after December 3rd.
December 18, 2016 10am-2:30pm.
Venue: Alnöuart, Carrer Berga 36, Barcelona, Spain.
Cost: 50€ Early Bird until December 3rd. 60€ after December 3rd.

For registration please send me a message.

Journey to the Core, Alchemy Spinning Intensive Workshop on Whidbey Island

Journey to the Core, Alchemy Spinning Intensive Workshop on Whidbey Island

Journey to the Core, Alchemy Spinning Intensive Workshop on September 2016 at Butopia, beautiful Sanctuary for Embodied Arts on South Whidbey Island, WA.

Alchemy Spinning™ is a powerful and yet accessible whirling practice at the intersection of mindfulness and movement, that induces a state of expanded consciousness

This Journey to the Core Alchemy Spinning™ workshop will take us on a spiral journey towards the core of our being, where we can discover and unleash our own power to heal ourselves, our relationships, and the world.

In our core we will connect with Fundamental Goodness, self-confidence, empathy and compassion, and we will explore how to take and project these core treasures back in an outward spiral towards an illuminated society for the benefit of all beings.

We will take a deep dive into the Alchemy Spinning™ practice, using a combination of dance (from different dance modalities,) movement, breathwork, and contemplative art making techniques,  as well as teachings and inner technologies adapted from the Sufi dervishes and Shambhala Buddhism.

We will learn how to connect with our vertical axis, which connects Heaven and Earth through our bodies along our spine;  and with our horizontal axis –which crosses our heart and projects along our arms in order to allow our core being to manifest in this world.

Together we will practice how to root ourselves in the Earth, how to make energy flow along our spine, and how to balance our brain hemispheres.

Using rhythm and repetition, contraction and expansion, we will delve into the fundamentals of spiral movement, while connecting these inner spirals within with the larger spiral movements of our planet, our solar system, our galaxy, and beyond.

At different times we will create open spaces for group whirling, as well as open spaces for integration and sharing.

This workshop is open to everyone. No previous dance or whirling experience is required.

Date:  Sept 9 – Sept 11, 2016, Friday evening 7pm-9:30pm, Saturday 10am-6:00pm, Sunday 10am-5:00pm

Venue: Butopia, Whidbey Island, WA.

Cost: Full Tuition $260. Early bird $225 until August 9.

Contact: Maureen 206 855 5836

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Bio

Raquel Boluda is the founder of Alchemy Spinning™. She is an internacional dancer, dance activist, yogi, and transpersonal somatic therapist, originally from Barcelona, Spain,
 now she is living in The San Francisco Bay Area, CA.  Raquel is trained in a wide variety of dance styles such as Contemporary,  Butoh, Body Weather, Middle Eastern, and African –among many other types of dance and body work. She is also a yoga instructor, and a meditation teacher, and she have received training in chakra work, Shambhala Buddhism and Transpersonal Psychology.


In addition to Alchemy Spinning™, she founded Crisalis™, an art-based somatic therapy to treat eating disorders, sexual abuse, and trauma. 

Raquel has been dubbed by the press as “the New Isadora Duncan of the Environment”, because her projects often have a message of consciousness and transformation. She has worked with UNESCO and other nonprofit organizations, and performed at environmental conferences and transformational gatherings, such as San Francisco Green Festival and the Boom Festival in Portugal, for Midway Film, at TEDxCibeles Events, among others events.

Alchemy Spinning Workshop in Port Townsend, WA

Alchemy Spinning Workshop in Port Townsend, WA

February 20 at Madrona MindBody Institute, Port Townsend, WA: a Sufi-inspired Alchemy Spinning Workshop with Raquel Boluda to expand our consciousness and connect with basic human goodness through our fully embodied presence.

Alchemy Spinning™ is a powerful and yet accessible whirling practice at the intersection of mindfulness and movement.

Inspired on Sufi Dervishes and other whirling dances of the world, Alchemy spinning makes the physical, psychological and spiritual benefits of whirling available to everybody.

Alchemy Spinning™ combines dance, movement, yoga, breath work, and meditation.

Alchemy Spinning™ is an excellent platform for personal growth, healing, innovation, group facilitation and artistic inspiration.

Experience an expanded state of consciousness
Become more aware, present and embodied
Discover your own true power to heal your life
Unleash your creativity and your artistic expression
Awaken joy, inner peace, and compassion towards self and others

Workshop

We will work on several exercises that combine dance, yoga, breathing and meditation in order to connect deeply with our own bodies, balance the flow of energy in our chakras along our spines, and root ourselves firmly in the Earth, while charging up our energy and opening our hearts.  This is the key to avoid and manage dizziness.

We will learn basic whirling techniques and we will create and hold a safe space for the participants to spin at will, but each person is encouraged to spin according to their own needs and feelings, entering and exiting the spinning space as they feel compelled to.

We will end up the workshop with an integration in order to connect deeply with our experience, ideas, insights, healing and creativity through art.

Open to any person of any age and fitness level. No previous dance experience is necessary.

Date: February 20th 2016, 10:00am-6:00pm

Venue: Madrona Mind Body Institute, 310 Fort Worden Way, Port Townsend, WA

Cost: $85 Early Bird until February 6th. $100 after February 6th.

Register now

Bio

Raquel Boluda
Founder of Alchemy Spinning

Raquel is an international dancer, dance activist, yogi, and transpersonal somatic therapist, originally from Barcelona, Spain, She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

She is trained in contemporary dance, butoh, Middle Eastern, African, yoga and meditation. In addition to Alchemy Spinning™, she founded Crisalis™, a somatic therapy to treat eating disorders, sexual abuse, and trauma. Dubbed “the new Isadora Duncan of the Environment,” Raquel has danced for UNESCO, Shambhala, TEDx, and other venues and organizations.

Posted at PTguide – City Guide to Port Townsend, Washington