The first Northern Biodanza Festival took place 15-17 July in Derbyshire at Unstone Grange, a Centre used for personal creative growth set in 5 acres of grounds and gardens. Maria Cañizalez Jerez, the Festival Organiser, was joined by Catherine Canning, Gail Stewart Ingrid Slack and Paula Jardim. Together, they guided participants through six vivencias over the weekend.
The intention of the festival was to raise awareness of Biodanza in the north of England, and to provide a good experience for everyone by offering workshops suitable to all levels of experience and introducing them in a gradual, progressive way.
What participants are saying
“What an amazing weekend I’ve had at the first Biodanza Festival of the North! Great to dance with 35 really special people, fantastic facilitators, good company, and lovely food – a truly wonderful experience!” ~ Kerry
“Lovely weekend with beautiful dancers and beautiful people. Thank you to all the Biodanza Teachers, you’re such a inspiration to us all. Fantastic food too!” ~ Mike
“It was fantastic, it was really life enhancing!” ~ Andrew
“What a great weekend! I felt so well all the way through and the feeling has lasted. What a pleasure to dance 6 hours a day with top teachers and a whole bunch of new people, who started off as strangers and inevitably became friends.”
“What a wonderful weekend! Lots of laughter and play and impromptu story telling and kindness. Wonderful sessions, fantastic and innovative food, and wonderful beautiful people made the weekend so special. See you next year!” ~ Rachel
What the facilitators are saying
“It was a wonderful festival. It was great facilitating in a great team of lovely, supportive, kind and encouraging friends. In fact, there was a wonderful feeling of friendliness, love and support throughout the festival among all there, and the participants were generous in their appreciation of what we offered. There were many comments about the “amazing and awesome” vivencias. Overall a resounding success on many levels. I still feel the glow from the beauty and joy of it all.” ~ Ingrid
“One of the things I really liked about the weekend was the variety of themes and approaches. I think that those who were new or relatively new to Biodanza left with a good overall picture of the very concrete ways in which Biodanza can contribute to their daily lives, and of how each facilitator brings its own slightly different style to the group. I also loved the care that went into considering the needs of people with such different levels of experience, and how we, the facilitators involved, were able to express our views and genuinely respect each others perspectives. How precious is that?” ~ Paula
Next year’s festival
The 2nd Biodanza Festival North will tale place 14-16 July 2017.
If you would like to join you can register your interest here.