Dancing the Aramaic Beatitudes

Date(s) - 30/03/2019
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Edinburgh, Augustine United Church

Leader details:

Coming Home to Ourselves, Resting in the Wisdom of Yeshua

Come and join us (Sarah Bonner-Morgan and Jenny Williams) as we lead a day of Aramaic chant and dance – a wonderfully different way to experience Jesus’ words – as part of the 2019 Edinburgh International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace (MESP). Direct link to the booking page at the bottom!

‘Coming Home to Ourselves, Resting in the Wisdom of Yeshua’ will be a day of melodic chant, movement and meditation based around the first five Beatitudes or Blessings recounted by Jesus (Yeshua in Aramaic).

In this selection from the ‘dances’ by our teacher Saadi, Neil Douglas-Klotz (links below!) we are encouraged to reestablish our breath as central, give space for any confused or mourning parts of us to feel heard, soften our bodies and hearts back into natural rhythm, reunite our inner conflicted and warring parts and allow our natural compassion to radiate back into the world. We come home to ourselves.

You are welcome whether you are already a lover of this beautiful way of experiencing Jesus’ words or brand new to this work. We’ll bring snacks to sustain but feel free to bring food to share for lunch and perhaps a blanket and/or cushion for quiet sitting.

We hope you can join us!

With love
Sarah and Jenny
Cost: £25/£20 (Concessions)/£10 (Students).
Contact: Neill Walker, mesp2019@hotmail.com, 0131 331 4469.

Here is a youtube link to Saadi singing the Beatitudes as a taster or to get to know the melodies and sounds of the words before the workshop .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp2tDwBiroo

The Aramaic words of the Beatitudes (and the Lord’s Prayer) with the contemporary and multi-layered translations by Neil Douglas-Klotz can be found in his book Prayers of the Cosmos:


…and here is a link to the EICSP booking page…