‘Through Dancing Freedom, we make our way through the human experience, carving new pathways for our selves, our community and the world.‘
– Phoenix (Lead Visionary & Teacher Trainer)
A Practice of liberation
Dancing Freedom is a practice of liberation. It is a somatic, ecstatic and shamanic dance practice supporting the emergence of living oneness. It is fun, easy, elegant and empowering. It heals. It reveals. It welcomes. Any person of any age, size, color or creed can do it. When we come together we come in peace to create a deep space of shared practice, transformation and community.
Dancing Freedom is a yoga of motion.
Stillness and action co-create each other. The spiritual journey is a love dance in the space within and between. To be one, at peace, and at home, with the cosmic dance is to be free. Though we are already free, we forget. Dancing Freedom practices shine light into the cellular truth of wholeness. We travel somatic, ecstatic and shamanic currents HOME. We arrive, again and again, at cellular/genetic wholeness, in every one of our multi-dimensional bodies. In being and becoming this freedom in time, space and experience…
we come to know who we already are
As known by spirit
Freedom, already known by the Spirit, is revealed to our bodies and our psyche one moment, one act, one breath, one dance, at a time. The knowledge of Freedom is a body-based experience. It strengthens as out practice deepens. With the Body as the conduit, the Infinite manifests this vast, extraordinary dance called life. Through practice, states based experience grounds into traits of being. Therefore, to dance consciously as individuals, as community, as manifestations of the divine is to embody Freedom: to be and become what we are already. As freedom activates through us, it reflects back out into the world through our dancing, our breathing, our creating, our relating and our NOW being-ness.
Dancing Freedom Engages Every Part of You.
Because it is an active process, engaging body, mind, emotions and the relational field in real time and space, DANCING FREEDOM bridges the space of “practice” with the moment to moment dance of life. Our dances reveal the non-separation between body, soul and spirit and give us the opportunity to be Spirit as body. The practice integrates self care, emotional clearing and and soul-empowerment with the dance of Union with the Divine.
the unfolding of the NOW of our lives
We work and play with functional physical, emotional and communication tools to empower PeaceBody: the body we live in when human, animal and spirit live comfortably together inside our skins. By welcoming all of the Selves: the personal and the transpersonal, the animal and angel, the sacred and the profane, the physical and the energetic, and the many, many aspects of psyche and mind, we enter into the Dance of SELF.
In this dance, the Spirit within us (Self) has space to flower and become the primary animating principle of our lives. Honoring all and getting to know and love our cell-ves, we relax into a larger sense of beingess and are empowered as graceful participants in…
the unfolding of the NOW of our lives
As A Prayer
Dancing Freedom Practices work with present tense prayer. In this modality of prayer Body, Heart and Mind are all invited to play together in unison to resonate the only prayer that really works: the one that already IS. This way of Praying is not new, it is held in most of the ecstatic wisdom paths of the ages including the Sufi Path of Ecstatic Union. This way is of praying in the present tense, AS THOUGH WHAT WE ARE PRAYING IS ALREADY HAPPENING, is what Gregg Braden calls “The Lost Language of Prayer.” We rededicate to this true language of prayer in our dancing.
Dancing Freedom is a Living Lineage.
Dancing Freedom is a living lineage of embodied awakening. It has broad and deep foundations in a vibrant mandala of ancient Wisdom Paths: Western Mysticism, Buddhism, Vedic Yoga, the Essene Way, Deep Ecology, Archetypal and Somatic Psychology, The Path of Reiki, Classical Tantra, Somatics, Cross-Cultural Dance, Chi Kung, Native American Shamanism and The New Age. It offers up something NEW in the synthesis of the living mysteries: the process and practice of living into the mysteries through a body
As an Adaptable Toolbox
The tools and practices of Dancing Freedom can be used to facilitate classes, events and transformational workshops. They can also be put into play within organizations, therapeutic and educational environments. They can be used to synergize the content of conferences, trainings and community development spaces.
We empower love, soul, freedom and authenticity. We inspire sacred play, work, meditation and relationship. We empower resiliency, sufficiency, creativity, self-respect and healthy intimacy. We stand for sovereignty, unity in diversity and peace. The intention is Dancing Freedom: all being participating joyously as unique, enlightened individuals in singular and collective awakening.
Lead Teacher Trainers
Phoenix Onesong Marolda
Phoenix firmly believes that each and every one of us has a unique role to play in our evolving culture and in the shifting of the current paradigm. She has committed her life to co-creating spaces and opportunities for people to unite to put their pieces of the puzzle together. She combines her passion for teaching, speaking her truth, organising intentional events and communing with nature, to play her part in weaving our collective visions into the web that we are each a part of. Her purpose is to inspire and empower others to share their gifts. She reminds others to stop playing small, encouraging them to remember that we are all here to work together towards the “more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.” She is a student of life and a teacher who shares her
vision for global synergy and collaboration.
Phoenix has a Masters degree in Education and Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University. Before taking the helm of Dancing she was a school teacher for 15 years, working with children from the age of 3 to high school age. She founded Root to Rise: Rites of Passage journeys for young women to help them transition to adulthood in a conscious, supported, and embodied way. She is also the founder of Synergy: Intentional Dance Experience which brings all night drug and alcohol free events to those who wish to “get high naturally.” She has taught classes and workshops to thousands of people around the world, spanning the USA, Japan Australia, Central America and Bali.
As an embodied leader of creative freedom – an artist, creative therapist, Dancing Freedom facilitator, Open Floor teacher and weaver of soundscapes- Caitlin loves to guide people into a more loving relationship with their body and the Earth, to inspire joyful gratitude for this beautiful gift of life, and to assist people and communities in developing strong foundations of connected-ness,
kindness and integrity.
As an earth guardian committed to regenerating our relationship with land and culture, she holds a vision for the sacredness of everyday life. Her offerings create space for deep listening woven with tools and practices that empower each to find their unique voice and freedom for the greater good of all.
She has been dancing with life since 1980, and sharing the joy of movement with others since 2012. She is a fully certified Dancing Freedom facilitator and Open Floor teacher, who has been offering classes and workshops in Sydney and at conferences and festivals both around Australia and internationally.
'I have a totally new understanding of who I am. I HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE MY LIFE, and the knowledge that I am supported by love to make these changes! I am ready to move forward from a trust in my own light and power.'
- Roko Ona, M.D. (Tokyo)
'I was guided towards profound insights that have shifted both my understanding of myself and my way of being on this planet.'
- Justin Caruso, Yoga Teacher (NYC)
'It was like the dam broke, and everything came out to be healed. I felt totally revealed and safe in the nurturing space you created. We went so deep, and yet it was so easy. Thank you'
- Shela Tarwater, Paralegal (Florida)
'I am claiming and remembering my power. I am remembering to listen for my inner guidance. I am remembering the language of my heart. I have ALL the power within me NOW. I remember I am the ONE I had been waiting for. I carry this message with me every day!'
- Meghan Dwyer, Raw Food Chef (Sedona)
The origin of dancing freedom
Dancing Freedom arose though it’s founder, Samantha Sweetwater’s, 27 years of dance inquiry into the experience of healing, consciousness, nature and connection through the body. She has been supported in her journey by the work and devotion of all of these people. We dance on their shoulders. They have created a powerful platform for ALL OF US TO GROW.
Samantha is a passionate co-creator of the New World. She is a freedom warrior, goddess, systems theorist, shaman, dancer, earth mama, healer, lioness. As the current Spiritual Director of One Life Circle, she holds intimate ritual space for core healing & empowerment.
She has handed the baton of Dancing Freedom over to Phoenix Onesong Marolda and now works supporting people as a Coach & Soul Guide.