Tara Dance Workshops are available
The teachings that inspired these cards came from the Tara Mandala Dance, and Jessica Zebrine is a third-level teacher of these dances. She would love to come to your community to teach Tara and other dharma dances. For an hour-long session, she asks a mere $10 donation per participant (minimum 4 participants) + travel expenses if outside a 20-mile radius of Worcester, Massachusetts. A dance workshop could be combined with a Tara Wisdom Card Party.
Day-long and weekend workshops are also available, along with children's workshops based on Tara Tames the Eight Fears. Jessica is willing to travel just about anywhere to teach the dances (as long as the travel expenses are covered).
The Mandala Dance Workshops are a practice of sacred healing through the mind, body and spirit. The primary dance is based on Tara, a Tibetan Bodhisattva of Wisdom and Compassion. In this dance, we purify our minds to recognize our own inherent worth, our interconnectedness with all life, and our ability to move in the world as beings of wisdom, compassion & power. These are are simple movement meditations which can be done by anyone, regardless of physical capability, experience, gender or creed.
The video to the right shows my teacher, Prema Dasara, leading a dance offering given 11-11-11. This is a public offering, which is more complicated than what we do in a short workshop, but it gives the idea of the full mandala dance.
Looking for the music we use? Most of it can be found by the original artists at the following links:
- Prema Dasara - my primary teacher and Aunt. She created the Tara Mandala Dance. All of her music and meditations are amazing and spiritually uplifting.
- Anahata Iradah and friends - A powerful musician who performed the Tara Mandala Dance music on the CDs along with many other lovely musical expressions. I use a lot of "Dancing the Heavenly Abodes."
- Spiral Rhythms - A Pagan group that has several wonderful chants to which I have choreographed dances. "I Am" is the album we use most, though all are worthwhile.
- S.J. Tucker - A Pagan songstress with a broad variety of music. I especially like the album "Blessings."
- Libby Roderick - A folksinger with awesome music. Most of my favorites are from "If You See a Dream" and "Thinking Like a Mountain"