Dear Viriditas Community,
Happy Halloween! In the spirit of Halloween, mystery was the theme of the October, Tap Into Transformation. For those of you who have not yet seen the promo video CLICK HERE if you want to put a smile on your face!
We encouraged our participants to come dressed in costume. I wore my witch costume shown in the video, but David wore his hippie costume! Isn’t my husband the most darling man in the world?! One of our participants, Linda Farrell, came dressed in glorious white lace. She even wore the most precious bonnet I’ve ever seen. If I had to label her costume it would have been Magical Mother Hubbard! Truly heartwarming.
After having a delightful time with the Addams Family tap dance we enjoyed a home cooked meal. Yes, yours truly pulled off orange chicken with brown rice, broccoli, and a scrumptious salad. Yum! I’m thinking of cooking my mother’s famous spaghetti sauce for next month’s Tap Into Transformation. We’ll see! I’ll let you foodies know for sure in the next Tap Into Transformation flier.
After dinner, I kid you not, we played the Mystery Game! One Wednesday morning last month, David and I sat outside Spruce Confections, our favorite little coffee shop down the road from our home, and created a list of mystery questions.
Here are a few examples:
- Tell us about something mysterious that left you awestruck
- Tell us about a mystery you would love to be involved in.
- Tell us about a mysterious place that you would recommend for us to experience.
The following Wednesday, we sat in our studio and decided on the hiding spots for the mystery questions. We knew we wanted to put the mystery questions in envelopes and hide the envelopes in the studio. For each hiding spot, we created a clue in the spirit of Halloween to guide people to find a mystery envelope. Here are some of the clues:
- Clue – What kind of sneaker sneaks around on the ground and goes tippity-tap, tippity-tap?
Hiding spot: hip hop tap shoe
- Clue – What’s brown on the bottom and white on top and when you HIT IT… the beats don’t stop?
Hiding spot: Djembe drum
- Clue – Where do you find a gentle stream that soothes the senses and moistens your screams?
Hiding spot: water fountain
On the night of Tap Into Transformation, the mystery questions were put into envelopes and hidden in the hiding spots. David read the clues aloud in his most spooky voice! What fun the group had searching for their mystery questions. Then with mystery question in hand, each person shared their answer with the group. What occurred was the most amazing conversation we’ve ever had at a Tap into Transformation as people shared the mysteries of their lives. For those of you who were there, thanks again for your beautiful and I dare say spectacular shares. It was an unforgettable evening.
Over the last few years I have often thought that one of the biggest mysteries in Boulder, CO, is what happens in the Viriditas Studio! In an attempt to “solve” this mystery for people in Boulder, David and I decided to list the Viriditas Studio in the NoBo 1st Friday events. Every month the NoBo Art District lists the studios that have open houses on the 1st Friday of each month. So, we’ve had lots of people visiting the past year during our Tap Into Transformation event. I would meet and greet these visitors while David taught the dance.
After doing this for a year, David and I have decided to move our Tap Into Transformation event to the 3rd Friday of the month and to focus solely on the NoBo 1st Friday open house on the first Fridays of each month. This will give both of us the opportunity to fully engage with the NoBo Art District visitors – yes, we will get them into tap shoes I promise you! In addition, I can once again be fully engaged in the Tap Into Transformation evenings and we will maintain the sacred space for our Tap Into Transformation groups. Please tell any of your friends whom you think might enjoy our work to come by the studio on the first Fridays and explore the magic of Viriditas with us. We will be there between 6pm and 9pm.
As I consider everything that has happened in the Viriditas Studio, the mystery for me is not so much what happens there. Instead I marvel and ask how is it possible that the work keeps evolving so beautifully? I initially created the studio as a space to birth the production of Feathers on the Breath of God. After performing Feathers in Boulder and in Fort Collins, my dream is to now take the performance piece to Denver. After launching Feathers, Tap Into Transformation came along and is now continuing into its fifth year! David and I have also created two performances of Tap Into Love on Valentine’s day, and yes the third performance is coming next February! And finally, our workshop, Tap Into Power For Life Now was launched. Such wondrous work.
Now, let me tell you about the new things that are happening in the Viriditas Studio. No mysteries anymore! David just started teaching tap dancing in the studio. On Tuesday nights from 6-7:15 pm he has his beginners class. On Thursdays from 6-7:15 pm he has his intermediate/advanced class. He also teaches private lessons. David teaches both classic tap dance and hoofing. His classes are primarily for fun and exercise. Did you know that dancing burns more calories in 30 minutes than any other foot raising exercise? And tap dancing raises your feet like nothing else! The cost is $20 per class and $40 per hour for private lessons. There are packages of 4, 6 and 8 lessons available for a reduced price. For more information, please call David at 408-396-5179 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And while David has begun teaching tap dancing, I having been getting ready to launch my new healing work which I’m calling Doctor of the Soul. The first live group event will be in the Viriditas Studio on November 5th. I have created a new website and marvel how much progress I’ve made using technology. The creation of this website happened very quickly, and I knew exactly where to go for support. Go to www.doctorofthesoul.com and click on the Live Events tab to purchase tickets for the event on Sat. Nov. 5th from 3:30-5 pm. If you are looking for some deep soul nourishment, this is the event for you!
In closing I would like to add that another one of the mysteries in my life that I have been exploring in recent years is “what does fun look like for me?” It is so important that we have fun every day of our lives, and so I’d like to tell you about two events this weekend that I highly recommend if you want to have a great time.
The first is the annual Kutandara fundraiser, Moon & Stars held at the Boulder Dinner Theater on Sat. Oct. 22nd. This year there will be live and silent auctions as well as a concert featuring Tendai Muparutsa and ZiMBiRA. David and I are going and we hope to see many of you there. Come dance the night away with us. (CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.)
Secondly, on Sunday, October 23rd from 4-6 pm, David and I will be attending the Boulder Chorale’s concert, Take a Closer Look at the Boulder 7th Day Adventist Church. The concert will feature women’s work, poetry and music. One of the featured composers is St. Hildegard of Bingen! Join me and David and soak in the glory of female creativity. (CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.)
In the mean time, may you all embrace the mysteries of your lives!