Time has been getting away on me….AGAIN! The exhibition went well and produced some good sales and lots of interest in follow ups. Once the exhibition was over I concentrated on my next project which was a trip to Bali for a Hoop Dance workshop. A friend sold me a Hulla Hoop a while ago and I was immediately intrigued. Dance and yoga is as much part of me as art and architecture, and what a great way to combine the two. Also it wasn’t as easy as I remembered from when I was a little girl, but luckily the size and weight of a beginner Hoop has increased quite a lot since and therefore I was soon able to spin it round the waist and bring it up to the chest….all looking a bit uncoordinated to start of!

I found quite a few tutorials on you tube which helped me to get going and than came across a web site which offered a Hoop Dance retreat in Bali: Sacred Circularities. I didn’t have to think twice and signed up…..and I managed to get a free flight through my air points collected for many years! I love how that works:) It was ment to BE! I had the best time! We first went to the Gili Islands for some tropical beach time, than rented a couple of scooters to explore the south coast of Lombok Island and than we headed to Ubud, Bali for a week of movement meditation and Hoop Dance. It was love on first sight…..with my hoop. The retreat accommodation and surroundings were absolutely stunning, the teachers sublime, the teachings fantastic and the group super enthusiastic, which all lead to an amazing energy being created. What a pleasure, how fun and what a great experience to have….I feel blessed!

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                                            Why Hooping?

Hoop dance workshop

‘We use the hoop to create spin; a circular force in the universe and in our lives, that produces energy. With the power of our hearts, we channel that energy into pure joy and creativity. The channeling process is fueled less by the mind and more by the heart. Indeed, hooping is part of an alchemical recipe that alters and transforms our bodies, minds, and spirits toward positive projection/expression whether we are mentally aware of it or not. All we have to do is commit to the practice. Get in the Hoop. Step on the Mat. Open your heart. Stillness. Movement. Breath. This is one of the ways that hula hooping relates to other mind-body-spirit practices like yoga, ecstatic dance, and tai-chi. When you feel this force, and it begins to work on you, the impossible becomes possible.’ Excerpt from the Sacred Circularities Newsletter 12.20.11

And I finally got a dance partner……my HOOP!

And the Hoop will also come onto my next trip…..America Latina by bike! Well…. I’m already there, in Cartagena, Colombia. I will catch up in a few days. Hasta pronto!