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Sacred Dance Meditations: An Evening with Carla Walter, PhD, Author, Dancer

March 8 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Global dance traditions offer benefits of meditation, wellness & balance, while addressing topics of diversity, equity and inclusion.

About this Event

Throughout human history, people all over the world have recognized dance as an age-old, yet timeless, connection to spiritual and health practices. In celebration, to mark moments of change, and in times of despair, dance has been used to seek the Divine, connect with the Earth, and call into being the sacred energy we each possess within ourselves. From Polynesia to Peru, though all dances are different in origin and technique, they are ultimately connected in common purpose: as sacred conduits for hope, love, connection, community, and spirituality.

On Monday evening, March 8th, IOA welcomes Carla Walter, PhD, to an Institute on Aging AgeOn online event, in which she will present a talk and demonstration based on her new book Sacred Dance Meditations.

After providing an overview of indigenous sacred dance traditions, Dr. Walter will offer the inspiration for writing her book, and explain how to practically incorporate sacred dance meditations into one’s life. She will give examples of how meditative global-dance traditions can generate benefits of wellness, balance and self-awareness, as well as teach lessons of diversity, equity and inclusion. A movement video will be shared, which will demonstrate meditative dance.

Within Dr Walter’s new book, interested readers who want a more active style of meditative practice will discover powerful regenerative healing and a new way to awaken. Broken up day by day and month by month, Sacred Dance Meditations makes it simple and gratifying to practice each day’s dance and fulfill its intended theme. Readers can begin at any “point of entry” section, and work their way throughout the year with a time commitment of just ten to twenty minutes a day. Importantly, each dance is designed to supplement any existing (or non-existent) religious or spiritual practice, allowing all to tap into the Divine through the spirit of dance.

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

– Discuss at least two indigenous principles for cultivating sustainability of the Earth

– Describe at least two ways in which meditative dance promotes connectedness and inclusion with self and community

– Apply at least one choreographic movement to help one remain in the present moment throughout the day

– Explore how at least one meditative dance method can cultivate a sense of diversity and equity.

About Carla Walter, PhD, C-SP, C-DOM, C-SMT

Carla Stalling Walter is a member of the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto, Author’s Guild, and Poets & Writers. During her career she has written and published seven books, and numerous articles. She is the founder of Dance in the Spirit, an organization that recognizes the value of sacred dance as a daily practice linked with mindfulness, along with its ability to emphasize and anchor us to the present moment. She serves on San Francisco Zen Center’s Board, and is a lifetime meditator. A native of Los Angeles, Dr. Walter has a BA in economics from UC Riverside, an MBA from Cal State San Bernardino and a doctorate in dance history and theory from UC Riverside. She’s had a long career in business and organizational leadership, and has been a dean, vice president, provost and president of several academic institutions, including Presidio Graduate School, where she was interim president, and for the Peralta Community College District, where she has been the recent Acting Chancellor. And, for over 50 years, she has been dancing ballet.

Praise for Sacred Dance Meditations

“This is a tour de force of insight and celebration of the sacred, a companion you will want by your side throughout the year. Not only does Dr. Walter guide us through the movements of the body, from the sacred dance posture to breathing, but she feeds our minds with the origins and root meanings of the dance we practice day by day, spanning the world and time, from Jewish mystics to ancestral Egyptians to Indigenous Iberians and more. She guides our meditation and, importantly, shares with us the ways we can carry on the ecstasy, knowledge, or spirituality we feel in movement to embrace our own humanity and the wider world. This book is transporting.”— Mary Jo McConahay, author of The Tango War and Maya Roads

“More than a set of instructions for body movement, dance has been transformed by masterful Carla into an ecstatic embodiment of rhythm, mysticism, myth, and meaning. Daily reflections involve the whole body, mind, and spirit.”— Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett, Unity Minister and author of Divine Audacity

“As a seeker and as a long-time practitioner of movement meditation, I found myself captivated by this meticulously crafted book. If you wish to live, as Dr. Carla describes it, in the ‘temple of unlimited joy,’ she and the opus before you will be your guiding star to making ‘elation a way of life.’”— Lisa Napoli, journalist and author of Radio Shangri-La

Continuing Education for this program will be available at no extra charge (1.0 Continuing Education Units): BRN; CAMFT (serves LCSW/MFT/LPCC/LEP); MCLE (Attorneys/Fiducaries).

DateMonday, March 8th, 2021, 5:00-6:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Place: online. You will receive your Zoom entrance link after you have registered. Check your registration/confirmation email.

CostFree, but we welcome donations. If you wish to donate, skip the free ticket section, enter an amount at “Donation Ticket,” and pay what you wish. IOA thanks you!

If you seek 1.0 professional Continuing Education Units, please note this in your reservation. There will be no charge for this.

Also note that BBS no longer delivers CEs. CAMFT does offer CEs to LCSWs.

For further information or cancellation (within 24 hours prior to event), in addition to questions, grievances, concerns, and special accommodations for disabilities, please contact Caitlin Morgan, Education Manager, Institute on Aging, at cmorgan@ioaging.org, or (415) 750-4114.

All Continuing Education certificates will be delivered digitally, within 12 working days of the event. After the program, an evaluation-test will be provided to all CE registrants, who must turn in their evaluation by email, in order to qualify for a CE certificate.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), Provider # CEP13610, for 1 Contact Hour

CAMFT: Institute on Aging is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for this program. IOA maintains responsibility for the course and its content. Course meets the qualifications for 1 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. CAMFT provider number is #135377.

State Bar of California (MCLE) : Course meets the qualifications for 1.0 hours of continuing education credit for Attorneys & Licensed Fiduciaries (Provider #13264).

Funding for this program is provided by the JULIAN S. DAVIS, MD, LECTURESHIP FUND


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