Vedic Dance Workshop
18 – 25 July 2020 at the Maharishi Peace Palace, United Kingdom
An introduction to the Indian Classical Dance Styles of Kathak and Bharata Natyam
All ladies are invited to join instructors Yagyaa Srivastava and Rebecca Busch for this new and wonderfully interactive in-residence workshop on Vedic Dance.
A modality of the Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health, Vedic dance cultivates the relationship between consciousness and physiology, increasing mind-body coordination. This beautiful form of artistic expression provides excellent exercise in a blissful way.
As a participant, you will enjoy foundational training in Vedic dance that can be incorporated into your daily routine, holistically enhancing your health and well-being.
Note that the MERU Course Office is organising this workshop in the Maharishi Peace Palace in Rendlesham, the United Kingdom. To ensure all participants receive personalised attention, there is limited space available. Make sure to submit your application well in advance to reserve your spot!
“Take dance as an aspect of therapy — dance as a system of medicine, a system of health care.”
The course includes …
Experience and understanding of Vedic dance
The most delightful aspect of this workshop is morning and afternoon practice sessions, combined with knowledge of Vedic Dance in light of Maharishi’s Science of Consciousness. Through joyful movement we develop the relationship between the body, mind, and consciousness. Vedic Dance is ‘flowing yoga,’ a beautiful mode of self-discovery and self-expression to support the development of higher states of consciousness.
A focus on Kathak and Bharata Natyam dance forms
You’ll be introduced to two traditions of Indian Classical dance: Kathak and Bharata Natyam. Indian Classical Dance is characterised by rhythmic footwork, powerful and graceful movement, and a language of gesture and expression called abhinaya. The dance includes abstract, geometric patterns of movement as well as the element of storytelling, based in themes of love and devotion and illustrating stories from the Vedic literature.
A 10-minute routine for your well-being
This workshop will be interactive and personal. Even if you’re a beginner, you’re absolutely welcome – no previous dance training is necessary. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have learned simple movements you can easily incorporate into your daily routine at home, enhancing your experiences in meditation, providing you an excellent form of physical exercise, and helping to maintain an ideal balance of rest and activity.
Seven days in the Maharishi Peace Palace in Rendlesham
This workshop takes place in the beautiful environment of the Maharishi Peace Palace in the United Kingdom. Built according to principles of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda Architecture, the Peace Palace is the perfect venue for a refreshing retreat. With comfortable meditation halls, delicious organic vegetarian meals, and attentive staff who will take excellent care of you, the Maharishi Peace Palace provides an ideal site for profound knowledge and deep rest.
Yagyaa Srivastava is a kathak dancer living and working in New Delhi, India. A Master in business administration by education and a dancer by calling, she chose her passion for dance over an advertising career. Yagyaa has been giving performances in India and abroad and is listed as a ‘Promising artiste’ under the Government of India’s Festivals of India programme. She also conducts Kathak workshops for young dance enthusiasts and adults alike, and has given special workshops for international groups.
A long-time meditator, Yagyaa integrates her experiences of meditation with the knowledge of classical dance and seeks to promote a holistic approach towards spiritual evolution and wellness, both on the individual and societal levels.
Rebecca Busch has taught Vedic Dance for over a decade to ladies around the world, giving lecture demonstrations and performances globally, including performances at the 2018 International Ayurveda Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique, Rebecca supports coherence creating groups and offers instruction in Vedic Dance in schools and universities offering Consciousness-Based education.
Rebecca has studied with master teachers in the T. Balaswaraswati tradition of Bharata Natyam and is a graduate of Paramparai Foundation’s DASI ATTAM course in South Indian dance, music, and poetry taught by Dr. Saskia Kersenboom and certified by the International Dance Council CID-UNESCO. She received a Master of the Science of Creative Intelligence degree (M.S.C.I.) from Maharishi European Research University (MERU).
Who can attend?
All female meditators are invited to apply for this course. Applications submitted online will go through a brief approval process with the National Office before the MERU Course Office sends an acceptance letter.
Are you a man who is interested in attending a Vedic dance workshop? We would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can arrange one for men in the future.
Where will I stay?
Meetings and housing for this course will be held in the wonderfully supportive Vastu environment of the Maharishi Peace Palace in Rendlesham, the United Kingdom. The Peace Palace has been described as a ‘haven of rest’ guests, and has a five-star ‘fabulous’ rating on Booking.com. To learn more about the Peace Palace, visit their website here.
If this is a MERU course, why is it in the UK Peace Palace?
This year, MERU is operating without our standard course facility in St. Odiliënberg. To maximise the number of courses we are able to hold in this transitional period, we are arranging some events off-campus with partner institutions like the Maharishi Peace Palace in the United Kingdom.
The UK Peace Palace is the ideal environment for such an in-residence course and will provide a beautiful experience for all participants.
When should I arrive and depart?
Registration will be held in the Maharishi Peace Palace, UK between 16:00 and 19:00 of 18 July. Departure time is officially after lunch on 25 July. If you need additional nights of accommodation outside of the course dates, please arrange this with the Peace Palace directly at email@example.com.
How much does the course cost?
The all-inclusive course fee for the seven days is 905€ for a shared room, or 1064€ for a private room, which includes organic vegetarian meals. Maharishi Garden Village residents pay a reduced fee – for more details see our application form here.