A Mini-Retreat & Sacred Dance, February 20, 10:00am-1:00pm; $15.00, scholarships available. Please sign up for event at Peace Church, 724-2627, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regina will also perform during both of our Worship Services (8:30am and 10:30am) on February 21.
This mini-retreat will explore landscapes of Body-Earth-Spirit. Here in the northern winter, we are called towards hibernation; we push our bodies up against the darkness, up against the cold, up against the season’s call to dormancy and rest – functioning (thanks to artificial light) as if in high summer. We notice our bodies’ fatigue, reticence and, in contrast, its innervation by brisk air, bright snow, and the surprise of sunlight. It is a season of the body. In the church calendar this time of Lent is a time of preparation, of plumbing the darkness. This echoes the body of the earth, and its preparation in the frozen darkness for the light and life of the distant growing season; the body of the earth turning slowly in the quiet towards the explosion of new beginnings. The story that this season and this faith revolves around is one of flesh steeped in divinity of body. You are invited to explore body-earth-spirit landscapes with movement, reflection, and imagination. You are invited to notice the healing, wisdom, and sacredness therein. No dance experience is necessary. Just an open spirit!
Regina M. Laroche of DIASPORA ARTS & DIASPORA GARDENS on Madeline Island, is a farm, dance-story, writing person. Her performances, presentations, retreats, workshops, classes, residencies, and celebrations are inspired by InterPlay, her multi-cultural heritage, Afro-Caribbean dance, and spiritual direction training, as well as her life on the edge of Lake Superior. Regina has worked with a range of ages locally, throughout the country, and overseas. Regional offerings have included Northland College (Ashland, WI), Peace Church (Duluth), St. Catherine University (St. Paul), Yoga Tree Studio (Superior, WI), University of Indianapolis, UU Fellowship (Ashland, WI), and Wisdom Ways (St. Paul).