Mahavidyas: The ten Tantric wisdom goddesses dance contemplation intensive

Mahavidyas: The ten Tantric wisdom goddesses dance contemplation intensive

from 140.00

Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October 10 am to 3 pm

The ten Mahavidyas are ten forms of the Goddess which symbolise different dimensions of the awakening of wisdom. They are central to various Indian practices including Tantra. Primarily, they embody experiences that conflate polarities of emotions, values and life stages, thus inviting us to abandon our habitual ways of perceiving life events.

The ten goddesses include Kali, the primary or Adi Mahavidya, who invites us into the dynamic unknown and asks us to abandon fear, Bhairavi the fierce goddess of destruction, Dhumavathi the ancient crone goddess who brings attention to the inherent poverty of our eternal neediness, and Kamala the goddess of abundance.

To travel through the worlds of the ten Mahavidyas is to experience the pathway of transformation that is at the heart of Indian philosophical practices. It is the essence of ‘anubhava’, which means becoming the experience, where the archetypal spaces invite us to realms beyond our conditioned and habitual ways of being.

Dance is the language of the Mahavidyas. It is through dance that we enter the passionate, deep worlds of the goddesses and the freedom that they gift us.

No previous experience of dance required.

 

 

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Intensive plan:

Day 1

10 am -11 am: Introduction and Kali the Adi or primary Mahavidya

11 am -12 pm: Tara and Tripura Sundari

12 pm- 12.45 pm: Lunch (please bring your own lunch)

12.45 pm- 1.45 pm: Bhuvaneshwari and Chinnamasta

1.45 pm – 2.15 pm:  Bhairavi

2.15 pm- 3.00 pm: Reflection/discussion

Day 2

10 am-11 am Reprising Kali and Dhumavathi

11 am- 12 pm: Bagalamukhi and Matangi

12 pm- 12.45 pm Lunch (please bring your own lunch)

12.45 pm- 1.45 pm: Kamala

1.45-2.15 pm: Dhyana (focused dance meditation) on the Mahavidyas

2.15 pm- 3 pm: Reflection/discussion

Coffee, tea and light refreshments provided.