Spring Beauty

Yesterday afternoon I headed out for Welcombe in North Devon, where I give a monthly 5 Rhythms class.

It takes nearly two hours to get there by car, and I love the drive, and the dreamspace that opens up as I coast along the open road. Westwards to the M5, then south to the North Devon Link road. The hills begin to roll as I skirt the northern edge of the moor. Deep grey clouds pour brief bursts of torrential rain and I'm dancing with the windscreen wipers: fast, slow, medium, slow, fast.

After Barnstaple, the romantically named Atlantic Highway carries me towards the very wild West. Beyond Bideford the straight highway continues until Fairy Cross after which more care is needed to navigate tight curves and bends. At Welcombe Cross I leave the highway and drive on towards the village. This is the first time in months I have been down here in daylight so I carry on past the village hall and wind my way down the narrow ancient track down a steep hill, beside a forest stream, and along a bumpy lane until I reach the coast.

Walking out towards the beach it is as if I have never been here before. Never seen this outrageously dramatic bay with its stony fingers reaching out into the surf. Never seen these tall cliffs. Never seen the wild white waves of the Atlantic pounding in. Never seen a clean blue sky with a dazzling yellow sun going down. And never felt this cool fresh wind. As I step down the trail I feel myself alone in this vastness.

It turns out I am not alone and I can make out two solitary figures on the beach, each with a tripod, capturing the glory. The light is so bright I can hardly see them, they are camouflaged against the glistening black rock fingers.

I stay for a short while, breathing in the ocean and the space, and bursting with love. Maybe next month I will swim in the waves.

Time to drive back up to the village hall to set up for tonight's dance. I meet Kirstie with her basket of teas and chocolate brownies she brings to share after class. She opens up the hall and we get busy, carrying, lifting, shifting, connecting cables, plugging things in, removing lightbulbs, lighting candles, closing curtains and are just about ready as the dancers begin to arrive. Several new faces tonight, and many familiar ones.

This group that converges on a little village hall in the middle of nowhere on a Saturday night will move and breathe and sweat and connect and laugh and cry and dance dance dance and these bodies will be grateful and we will sit together in a circle and hold each others hands and know we just made magic together, a never-before-seen and never-to-be-repeated act of beauty.

I don't know how it is that I can then get back in my car and drive an hour and three quarters  back home in the dark, but I can, and I'm smiling, and there's something good on radio four:

There's a Japanese poet who says "As I write, I am looking down at the page. When I finish, I look up at the sky"

I'm having a baby! ...oh goddess, I'm having twins!!

Just over one month to go until the birth of my new baby, the new monthly 5 Rhythms® dance for women only in Bristol ......the moondance!! ta dah!!

Inspired as I was by Chloe de Souza's wonderful full moon dances in London, and already well tuned into the moon's cycle by running monthly full moon sweat lodges for women here at home, I decided to start his new venture in Bristol.

I'm nervous about the birth, of course, who wouldn't be? But I have a lovely crew of helpers/midwives and lots of hope and inspiration for the most fabulous, full on dance of celebration for women of all ages and stages... and it's so exciting that our first dance will be on EASTER SUNDAY. I've called this one WILD RESURRECTION, because that is what is this dance practice means to me: it is a way to go for my own "virgin birth" and resurrect my body and my life in my own sacred image, which is truly a RESURRECTION!
Who else will be there that night?

and if that's not enough ... actually .... I'm having TWINS !!!

because full moon is a very special time for me, I am also starting a new journey group for women here at home called MOON SISTERS . This will be a journey in the Sweet Medicine SunDance way, with medicine wheel teachings, ceremony, nature walks, drumming and singing, sharing, caring and reflection. It will be cosy and intimate and a lot of fun. Each meeting will culminate in a deep purification in the sweat lodge. There will be seven of these meetings on Saturdays in 2012, here in the lovely setting of the Somerset Levels.

Moon Sisters on Saturday, Moondance on Sunday

Life is taking on a whole new rhythm . . .
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