Tuesday, April 30, 2019
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Learning to Look by Jan Richardson

Faith, Hope and Love are the intangible qualities that guide us through uncertainty and loss. They are woven into our disposition and how we interpret the world.  Rational routes to faith and hope rarely satisfy because these qualities, like trauma, reside within the automatic responses of our body-mind.

Come cultivate your ability to feel faithful, hopeful, and loving by engaging your body in a collective movement experience. Together, we will learn the slow, repeating symmetrical pattern of the Faith, Hope and Love dance created by Armenian dancer Shakeh Tchilingirian and explore its many healing properties. The circle form, the pulsing step, the way we join hands all awaken our hearts and connections to each other.

Based on traditional Armenian steps, this dance allows for continuity with those who can no longer be heard and honors the value of all lives lost to injustice and inhumane treatment. We will explore how significant the community of a dancing circle can be for expressing what cannot be spoken in words and healing collective trauma.

Come and experience a new way to nourish your ability to encounter the world with the spirit of faith, hope and love.  All movement abilities are welcome, as this dance can be experienced seated as well as standing.

COST:  $20.00


Emily Jarrett Hughes is a healing artist and cultural activist. She teaches and performs traditional dances as a tool for transformation and is also a Certified Spring Forest Qigong healer. She leads workshops and retreats on the intersections between embodied theology, cosmic evolution, water and social transformation. Through her work she seeks to honor the prayers of her European ancestors and the ancestors of the place where she lives, Mni Sota Makoce, “where the waters reflect the heavens,” in the traditional territory of the Dakota.

Suggested Resources:

‘Circle of Life’ (No. 1) – April 2015 London

This video provides information on the creator of the Faith, Hope and Love dance and her approach to using dance for healing and reconciliation.

Shakeh Tchilingirian brought young and old people with diverse backgrounds together to dance in commemoration of the Armenian Genocide and Atrocities around the World in the 20th and 21st centuries.


How Limbic System Therapy Can Help Resolve Trauma with Bessel Van Der Kolk
This video provides understanding on the significance of engaging the body in experiences to help resolve trauma.



Opening Our Hearts Through Armenian Dance by Laura Shannon
This article discusses the healing properties of Armenian dance.

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