Articles of Interest

Healing power of the Persian santur

I recently returned from San Luis Obispo on the central coast of California where I performed Persian dance at Cal Poly University with the Arabic Music Ensemble, directed by Dr.…

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cultural fear of letting go

Our ancestors sure knew how to shake it up!  Before wildly embodied spiritual expression was codified and subdued into formal rituals and heady discourse, humans communed with the Holy and…

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Limitations of Modernist Worldview

As the beneficiaries of a modernist worldview, a dominant thread in our culture tends to put high value on self-control and science, and may be dismissive of spirituality. From this…

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Loneliness Kills

When it comes to factors that prematurely kill Americans, studies show that loneliness is more dangerous than obesity.  Social isolation may contribute to increased depression and anxiety, which can lead…

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Somatic Trauma Healing

This past weekend I attended a training in NYC entitled “Trauma and the Performing Artist” co-taught by the originator of Somatic Experiencing, Dr. Peter Levine.  I discovered this cutting-edge approach…

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Flames of Love

Like many of us living north of San Francisco, I woke up at 2 a.m. Monday morning to the eerie sound of dry winds rattling the trees and the quiet…

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Raks al Seniyya

Moroccan Dance: Movement of the Spheres Act 1

On March 31, 2017 I hosted a spring celebration of dance performance at the beautiful Community Congregational Church of Tiburon accompanied by my student ensemble of “starlight dancers” Sunny, Loren,…

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Who Is Scheherazade Today?

Scheherazade remains a vital archetypal figure we can invoke here and now to remind us that it is the creative expression of the Feminine that is being called forth to…

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Who Was Scheherazade?

Scheherazade was the literary heroine and narrator in the Middle-Eastern collection of tales known as Alf Leyla we Leyla, or 1001 Nights. As an archetypal figure, Scheherazade exemplifies the power…

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