There is a huge choice of places to dance. And we think you might dance for joy when you see the new ecolodge!
Choose from several on-site locations:
ur 64 square metres (8 m x 8 m) dance room with sprung floor and warm Marmoleum surface; our 8 m x 14 m roof terrace with stunning views of the town walls and mountains; the spacious terrace in our courtyard or even you might choose to dance 50 metres from the courtyard through the 8 arches that lead to the pool!
Whilst you are out on excursions we can advise on suitable places including threshing circles which are traditionally used for dance in many cultures.
Our local musicians like to perform in the courtyard. Thanks to their colourful clothes and captivating rhythms, the local Berber, Gnawa, Ahwash and Sufi musicians are quite a spectacle & dancing to them comes very naturally.
Common to many cultures, dancing in a circle brings people together to experience the joy of dancing, moving together and creating a sense of well-being and community.
Added benefits are improved memory and coordination. Anyone can join in and you don’t need a partner. There are tempos to suit all tastes; energetic, spirited, reflective and gentle.
Read the article about Circle Dance at the New Ecolodge (published in the journal Grapevine in Autumn 2020).
Charitable Contributions of Circle Dancers
You can read more about the heart-warming stories of charitable work done by Circle Dancers below:
Jane our founder’s circle dance sustainability story.
Fundraising for the Moroccan Children’s Trust.
Embroidery Project with a link to Circle Dance.
Roof Repair, Literacy and Sewing.
Two of our regular circle dance guests, Angela Lockwood and Stephanie Rose, responded to an urgent need for funds to repair the roof of a family’s dwelling in a mountain village that our guests often visit. Through the circle dance network, they were successful in raising not only the costs of the repairs but also a surplus of £300, which was donated to the embroidery project, which now has a new branch in the village. This project is part of an ongoing scheme to improve literacy amongst the village women. One day a week, they meet to learn embroidery skills as a rest from their academic work.
More recently Angela Lockwood and Julie Rising have raised funds for a young woman to receive training in using a sewing machine and have bought her a suitable machine; this has had an enormous impact on the young lady’s confidence and has empowered her enormously. Her sister has picked up the empowerment theme and has the ambitions to become a women’s rights lawyer.
Dances of Universal Peace
Originating in the late 1960s, Dances of Universal Peace is a highly accessible form of dance using simple movements combined with singing or chanting in groups, usually accompanied by acoustic instruments.
It is a joyful, multi-cultural way to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and to connect with others. The impact can be profound. Our teachers are gifted musicians as well as wonderful souls.
“It has been such a wonderful sharing here, with Said and Rachid teaching us chants and prayers, and also dancing and singing with us. It feels like a really valuable meeting of cultures. I can’t express how precious this has been for all of our party, as a chance to experience an Islam most westerners never see. Sharing zikr around the camp-fire in the desert with our Moroccan guides is one of the most memorable experiences of my life… such a good chance to experience life in an open and progressive Muslim country” Jilani.
See our Dancing holiday dates below.
|January 18 – 25 2021||Walking and Photography||Mike Driscoll|
|Brochure||Book||Available||optional circle dance|
|February 13 – 20 2021||Circle Dance||Anne Lise Kryger||Brochure||Book||Few places|
|March 6 – 13 2021||Circle Dance & Singing||Hilary & Tony Jay||Brochure||Book||Available||With live music|
|March 23 – 3 April 2021||Women’s Ritual Dance & Culture Tour||Laura Shannon||Book||Limited Places Available||PLEASE NOTE NEW DATES includes 4 day tour to Anti Atlas & Desert. Open to women who have danced with Laura before|
|April 3-13 2021||Women’s Ritual Dance & Culture Tour||Laura Shannon||Book||Limited Places Available||PLEASE NOTE NEW DATES includes 4 day tour to Anti Atlas & Desert. Open to women who have danced with Laura before|
|April 20 – 27 2021||Circle Dance||Lideke Kieft||Brochure||Book||Available|
|October 12 – 19 2021||Circle Dance||Nawal & Dee||Brochure||Book||Available|
|October 19 – 26 2021||Circle Dance||Lilly Sell||Brochure||Book||Available|
|November 2 – 9 2021||Circle Dance||Paul Boizot||Brochure||Book||Available|
|30 November – 7 December 2021||Circle Dance||Judy King||Book||Available|
|January 25 – 1 February|
|Circle Dance with live music||Hilary & Tony Jay||Book||Available|
|February 15 – 22 2022||Circle Dance||Anne Lise Kryger||Book||Available|
|February 22 – 3 March 2022||Circle Dance||Barbara Driscoll||Book||Available|
|March 1 – 15 2022||Women’s Ritual Dance||Laura Shannon||Book||Available (on application)||In German; must have completed 2-years training with Laura|
|March 17 – 29 2022||Women’s Ritual Dance||Laura Shannon||Book||Available (on application)||In English; must have completed 2-years training with Laura|
|March 29 – 5 April 2022||Yoga & Circle Dance||Chrisandra||Available|
|October 11-18 2022||Circle Dance||Jeanette Whitford||Book||Available|
|November 1 – 8 2022||Circle Dance||Adrian & Cindy||Book||Available|
|November 15 – 22 2022||Circle Dance||Lilly Sell||Book||Available|
|February 14 – 28 2023||Circle Dance||Laura Shannon||Book||Available||In English; must have completed 2-years training with Laura|