Debra Pascali-Bonaro JourneyDance™ Instructor
Debra became a certified JourneyDance instructor in 2010, adding celebration and movement to her workshops, dancing our babies into the world ever since. Participants enjoy the JourneyDance part of the workshop and appreciate the bonding, expansion, and creativity they feel as a result.
“Dance is a place I feel free. But it’s also a place I can feel where I am not free & embrace that too. It is place where I go to meet myself. Care to dance?” Yiska Obadia, JourneyDance Instructor
Testimonials from Debra’s Workshops
“The JourneyDance was a “safe” way to begin to bond with the other people in the class, as well as a way to embrace moving our physical selves, and how creativity and spirituality are intertwined, AND thinking of ways to get our pregnant moms moving in whatever way is a match for themselves makes it important to know what things are out there, like JourneyDance.” ~ Becky Banks, Student Midwife
“Several people in the class I was in seemed to be as surprised as I was at intense emotional responses that sometimes were joy/pain/despair/etc. but all intense. I seriously believe that as midwives and other birth workers, we need to be able to experience and own the emotions that life gives, even the most devastating grief. Repression of our own feelings (busyness, tiredness, etc.) is going to injure our abilities to be caring and empathic care providers, and our ability to move the focus from “us” to “mother.” ~ Becky Banks, Student Midwife
“Through Journey Dance, I was able to connect to my own thoughts and energy in a way that I hadn’t before. I was inspired by the music to explore my own power, emotion and sensuality and open myself to the energy that was brought to the space by others. JourneyDance is meditation through movement and proved to be very powerful and blissful.” ~ Eileen Baker
JourneyDance™ is a grooving celebration that will have you loving your body and loving your life! Weaving simple, guided movement sequences and free exploration, JourneyDance™ reconnects you with your innate state of joyous well-being. Your mind becomes clear, free, and positive, and your body feels supple, energized, and powerful. Practiced to inspiring world music, your dance is an empowering journey to self-acceptance and transformation.
What happens during a JourneyDance™?
JourneyDance™ moves us through deep, personal exploration into a loving, intimate relationship with body, mind, and source energy. This sensual and exhilarating union of dance, visualization, and ritual calls us to get funky and divine!
In a Shamanic style, we are carried through an intentional and seamless flow of simple movement sequences and free expression. We are led with exuberance and compassion to a place of authentic communication with our creative spirit, where we discover our hearts’ desires.
We embody our physical temple, unleashing animal energies from within as we ground ourselves. We explore our inner realms, delving and diving into our ocean of emotion. We connect with our inner shaman creator to burn the mind’s clogging clutter and make space for the abundance of joy that is available to us. As we create this powerful ritual together, we liberate old cellular memories, cleanse the body and mind with sweat and breath, and elevate our vibration.
We open to the joy of life. We are the Prayer: our body, our movement, our breath. We are the Goddess: our passion, our emotions, our sensual heart. We are the Warrior: our power, our intentions, our life’s journey.
JourneyDance™ is a transformational experience that does not require any previous movement or dance experience. Travel this sacred and provocative journey, feel bliss, and express ourselves as soul.
“In Journeydance, the conscious dance form I teach, we are invited to return to being the river. All the energy that is in us is given a chance to find ground in our bodies, to experience expansion and expression as we take up more space, and to move through the places of awkwardness, insecurity and resistance within us to find a sense of freedom and wholeness and acceptance. A Journeydance does not go by without a transformation, without something that was hidden from us being revealed, without something that was obstructed finding its flow again, without something that we’ve rejected finding forgiveness and embrace. It is always the invitation to listen to our soul’s speak, without forcing or holding ourselves back.” Yiska Obadia, JourneyDance Instructor