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Embracing the Edge: Text


The Holy ground between us

w/ Jo Hardy

Lisbon, Portugal

November 17 - 19, 2023

Fri. 7:00 - 9:30pm | Sat. 10 - 7:00pm | Sun. 10:30 - 4:30pm

‘‘Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing, there is a field. I'll meet you there’

- Rumi


We - Space will be an immersive conscious dance journey into the nature of open heartedness. On the dance floor we fall into wild, spontaneous, dances together and experience the profound inter-connectedness of life. The space between us becomes a Holy ground, a ‘field’ of love.

How can we translate this magic into our daily lives and relationships? 
Can we remain present to ourself and each other in the face of conflict / difference?
How can we hold our hearts open as they break for so many things?

During this workshop we will support and inspire each other whilst exploring our capacity to open transparently. Depth practices from conscious dance and  Authentic Relating will guide us. We will get curious about our edges, places where we contract into blame, shame and separation. What triggers us? What are our styles of self-protection? What judgements of ourselves and each other are activated? As we open beyond our edges, we become increasingly transparent and connected with each other A compassionate, joyful, vibrant and intimate sense of We-Space opens beyond our separateness.


Jo Hardy is a psychotherapist and conscious dance teacher (5 Rhythms, Movement Medicine and Open Floor.) She is passionate about dance as a natural, deep and playful pathway to deeper embodiment, self awareness and self empowerment. 


She was a body-based psychotherapist and supervisor for 25 years and a senior trainer at The Karuna Institute on the professional psychotherapy training for around 12 years. She currently has an online Transformational Coaching and supervision practice. She was a faculty teacher for School of Movement Medicine 2008 - 2020. 

She has travelled widely teaching workshops in China, Taiwan, Canada & Europe. Her work is informed by conscious dance, mindfulness, dynamic heart inquiry, embodied awakening and Joanna Macy. Jo teaches with a grounded gentle clarity, good down to earth humour and heart inspiring music.


“We have known Jo for many years and recognise in her a truly beautiful blend born of her many years of dedicated practice and enquiry. She is wise, funny and a truly unique dancer with a heart of gold and an uncompromising intelligence. Jo’s wisdom and depth links the personal, archetypal, and collective. She’s a force of nature who will stay with you wherever your journey leads” - Ya’Acov & Susannah Darling Khan – The School of Movement Medicine

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