I’ve just spent 7 days in Northern Bali in a beautiful retreat centre studying to become an ecstatic dance facilitator.
So what exactly is ecstatic dance?
Ecstatic dance is basically a rave and a meditation rolled into lone and without drink or drugs. A wide variety of music is played, completely dependent on the choice of the deejay. I love how there’s such a great mix of house, dance, pop and tribal and everything inbetween. At times i felt like I was at the Sundown club, Charing cross Rd, circa 1978 and at other times imagined I was at a rave. And then at the ballet, and then in a meditation class. I love the diversitty.
It was created by Seth Newman
An American living in London and who lived on Osho retreats at a child. Seth has studied ecstatic dance for over 15 years and is the creator of London’s successful URUBU – holding various ecstatic trance dance events and cacao ceremonies in and around London. He has builyt up a strong and loyal following.
I feel honoured to be part of Seth’s very forst teacher training. His vision was birthed this June in the paradise island of bali. We speny a week on a beautiful retreat centre in the north of bali literally on the edge of the ocean. We danced, cried, screamed, cried, laughed, sang,ate together. We had a trance silent dance on fullmoon on the beach and learnt how to deejay.
It was one of the best weeks of my life!