Dunya McPherson, Book Reading and Guided Meditation Event!

We are pleased to welcome back Woods Hole native and resident Dunya Dianne McPherson, who will read excerpts from her new book, Sojourn the Inner Heaven: Movement Meditations for Awakening, and lead a gentle guided meditation at the Falmouth Public Library on June 3rd at 3 pm. Registration is required, as space is limited-click here to sign up!

“Part instruction, part contemplation, part practice companion, Dunya has written a beautiful new guidebook. In it she invites us into a rich, beneficial world of meditation and movement and helps us embrace our body as an intimate, safe home and a realm of wonderment.”

Dunya received her early dance training with Falmouth dance legend Klara Koenig, and moved to New York City in 1972 to attend the Juilliard School. After graduation, she became a critically acclaimed dancer and choreographer. The New York Times described her as “…a vibrant performer…an unusual and talented choreographer…original…setting a standard of excellence.” The Village Voice said, “…killer creative choreographer…,” and Dance Magazine, “…pure, solid dancing…evoking something essential.” The National Endowment for the Arts named her a Choreography Fellow, and she received numerous grants and commissions while holding academic positions at Barnard, Swarthmore, Hunter, Oberlin, and Princeton.

A decade later, healing from a serious injury, she turned away from her time as a dance educator and retreated to a monastic mountaintop community directed by an Iraqi Sufi Master, where she trained in movement meditation and Whirling. This two decades-long journey opened a new inner world, and an understanding of dance as moving prayer. Her path became Dancemeditation. Dunya presented Dancemeditation workshops at major healing arts centers, including Kripalu as well as universities and institutes across the US and abroad. She has also presented it here at the library!

She later received a Master’s in Writing from Leslie University. Her first book, Skin of Glass: Finding Spirit in the Flesh, relates her journey from performative dance to dance as spiritual path. Recently, she enjoys teaching extensively on global online forums.

Come join us for a talk and brief Dancemeditation! Books will be available for purchase and signing from Eight Cousins Books after the presentation. 



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