Program Details

Contemplative Dance Practice

September 23 / 4:00 PM - December 14 / 9:00 PM

$5-$10 donation is suggested per session


Contemplative Dance Practice is training for personal and group awareness of body/mind through a simple form that alternates sitting meditation with self-directed body movement in space. If this sounds interesting to you, you are invited to join the practice group that meets monthly in Philadelphia. No previous experience in dance or meditation is required to participate. Participants wear comfortable clothing that allows movement, and go barefoot. Instruction for newcomers will be presented at the start of each session as necessary.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP to

More about CDP: Contemplative Dance Practice provides opportunities to deepen spiritual disciplines, develop awareness of inner and outer bodymind rhythms, and participate in the social and political dynamics of an ensemble system, among other things. The practice was developed by Barbara Dilley, who  has been practicing and studying meditation in the Shambhala tradition of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche for more than 30 years. Dilley also danced with both the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (1963–68) and Grand Union, a dance/theater collaboration that was to extend the definitions of the art of improvisation (1969–76). Since 1974, Dilley has taught at Naropa University in Boulder, CO, first designing the Dance/Movement Studies Program, and then serving as president (1985–93). 

More about the Philadelphia practice group: Barbara Dilley initiated the Philadelphia Contemplative Dance Practice group by teaching a three-hour workshop in January 2011 at the invitation of choreographer, meditator, and writer Lisa Kraus and Jude Robison, also a dancer, longtime meditator, and student of Trungpa Rinpoche. The group has continued to meet monthly since that time, and is generally facilitated by Kraus or Robison.  Asimina Chremos facilitates RSVPs and communications.

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