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The Threads of our Ancestors

Conscious Dance & Inquiry w/ Jo Hardy


June 13 - 16, 2024


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


We - Space II will be an immersive conscious dance journey into awakening the threads of connection with our ancestors - both embracing their gifts and resilience and giving space and care to healing some of the suffering. 


On the dance floor we fall into wild, spontaneous, dances together and we experience the profound inter-connectedness of life. This resource both deeply grounds us in the body and enlivens our awake-ness. From this space we will dive into reclaiming the threads of our ancestral lineages - the good the troubled and the disowned. During this workshop we will :-

  • Resource deeply in the dance - grounding in the body and opening to awake-ness.

  • Support and inspire each other

  • Get curious about the wounds and suffering of our ancestors that live on in our own embodiment

  • Awaken and embrace places of shame, numbness and the transgressions of our ancestors.

  • Dance the undigested, dance for reclamation and dance for forgiveness

  • Learn to stand more fully in our lineage with honesty and open relation to 'things as they are'.


​The more fully we stand in our lineage with love, honesty and forgiveness the more we open beyond our edges of numbness and undigested emotion. Deepening together, the We-Space becomes a richer and more present ‘field’ of love; compassionate, joyful, vibrant and intimate beyond separation.


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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