Tuesday 1st August
7.30pm CONFERENCE OPENING CEREMONY – WELCOMING THE GODDESSES of the WORLD. Facilitated by Ceremonial Circle of Priestesses of Avalon, with dance from IRANZU GONAZPI & SAUCCO DE TRIVIA, IRIS LICAN & LILA NUIT. Poetry from ROSE FLINT. Music & Circle Dance.
Wednesday 2nd August – afternoon
Workshop with LILA NUIT: FEMININE MEDICINE
Mindful Movement, Dance, voicing, emotional intelligence.
What is center?
What is balance?
What is connection?
Is there a difference between spirit and matter? Body, mind and spirit?
Can you feel it?
How sensitive, vulnerable, heart naked and raw can you allow yourself to feel before protection comes forth?
What is the difference between protection and preservation?
Where does the Divine Consciousness lives within?
Before myth, there was an elemental connection with Life force, cycles, existence as a whole.
How to touch the nameless, that which moves you beyond roles and masks? That power that sustains you yet needs your full awareness to be manifested?
How to touch that Divine essence of your Soul, part of Soil and Sky, through the body, in full awareness, full liberation, full recognition and absolute awe?
We are Nature, Nature is Us.
We have a body which is interconnected with all Life and all of life’s processes (birth, life, death, transformation, regeneration).
Nature is pure consciousness, it is soul expressed into form, ever sustaining each of us.
Ancient cultures dance as a spiritual practice. Dance and song are living, active prayers – dynamic meditations that honour the core of silent freedom and take you beyond roles, into the essence of Being.
This is a work both for women and men.
Feminine Consciousness is the art of gentle, truthful and resilient presence. It is a quality of of being that embraces the complementarity in duality, honours cyclicity, and commits to developing constructive resources for each challenge, both individually and collectively. We believe that by cultivating openeness about vulnerability we may craft mutual understanding, clear communication, cooperative care and creative power. This is a crucial time for transformation of structures, beliefs, values, internally and externally. Alowing the feminine side of the psyche to manifest is a profound way to truly connect to ourselves, our families, community and Mother Earth.
Thursday 3rd August – evening
Performance with Lila Nuit: THE ABSOLUTE WILD
Sacred performance: dance, song, poetry
Storm calls in the mountain: come and dance
Sea roars in winter wind: come and change
Bones with star stone calcium
Bird and boar and bear
Snake and silk and hair
Root and rise and rain
The wheel is turning
Whatever dies will flower again
Medicine Dancers are not actors, we do not represent something, we fully become it. We are the embodiment of elemental life force, knowing from experience that performance is ritual.
“What we Love, We are.”* We are flowing water, wild wind and soft earth. We are the thunder bringing back truth and balance through chaos. We are a living offering to the power of core consciousness in its absolute mystery. We are That. Precisely That.
This performance is a creation in real time, where you and we create a space of togetherness, an empathic language through art, music, dance, ritual, prayer, collective sensitive presence and consciousness.
*Quotation from J. Rumi
I am Iris Lican, and I write myself in the first person.
I am a Dance Artist, Medicine Woman, Therapist and Doula.
I am mother, woman, sister, lover, companion, friend, animal and mostly a being at the absolute service of all beings in the heart of the Mother Goddess.
As did the ancestors, I believe that the artist, the healer, the philosopher and the witch are one, in dynamic integrity. This is the basis of my work, be it bodywork, ritual, birth or soul journeys.
I weave my practices from conscious listening, aware presence and the power of creation of relationship with all, in a cyclical dance of shadow and light wherein the wild potential of undifferentiated body and soul reveals itself, allowing us to rediscover and reinvent ourselves, our life and the collective experience.
In Portugal, my home land, I created the Contemporary Medicine Woman Institute (a school of holistic therapies, art, health, nutrition, birth and death), the cooperative Senhora d’Azenha (a retreat center in nature) and I coordinate a Tantra Yoga, Feminine Practices and Sacred Dance studio in Lisbon.
Although young, I have 20 years experience of study and practice of European Panantheism (yes, not ‘pantheism’) and Ritual Magic. I am also trained in Tantra (Yoga, therapy, bodywork and meditation), in devotional dances from the ancestral feminine traditions of the Middle East, Northern Africa and South Europe, and in conscious movement, coaching and Emotional Intelligence.