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22-330 Dance the Circle Round
Fri 19Aug
Sun 21Aug

Gathering the Fragments

Facilitator: Stephanie Rose

This weekend explores the gradual disintegration of the Great Mother goddess of ancient times, fragments of which take us dancing into Old Europe and indigenous cultures who still revere the earth. Stephanie will teach both traditional folk and modern choreographed circle dances that expand on this theme; some previous dance experience is necessary to join the group. Opportunities to unwind and enjoy summertime at Hawkwood are also included in the programme.

Event time: Fri 19th Aug 2022 at 4:00pm - Sun 21st Aug 2022 at 4:00pm

At a Glance

  • Find the joy of dancing with others in a circle
  • A themed weekend led by an experienced teacher
  • Circle dances from across the world, both traditional and contemporary
  • An introduction to the goddesses of ancient times
  • An accessible circle limited to twenty dancers

Your Experience

  • The experience of a range of different dances illustrating the theme of the weekend
  • Information about the fragmentation of the Great Mother goddess over time
  • Understanding from the past to help heal the present
  • Various additional elements that enhance the flavour of the weekend
  • Participation in a meaningful group event
  • A sense of the still point in the turning world

Circle Dance Tradition

Traditionally used in communities where dancing was (and often still is) part of every village gathering, circle dance enables us to connect with each other in a moving mandala. We experience the varied music, rhythms and styles of dances from around the world as the circle turns. Originating within the Findhorn Foundation, where its ability to engender community was first recognised, our feet tread patterns both ancient and modern, creating the magic of dancing together.

The Flavour of the Weekend

This weekend with Stephanie Rose is an opportunity to consider the history of the Great Mother goddess of ancient times, using both traditional folk and contemporary circle dances. Delving into the area known as Old Europe and looking at indigenous cultures, we will explore in dance the remaining fragments of her many faces and look at ways understanding these aspects of the Divine Feminine can be woven together to mend our frayed world.


Hawkwood is a stunning Grade II listed 19th Century country house, surrounded by 42 acres of sustainably managed woodland, farmland, and gardens. Set in the heart of the Cotswolds – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – it is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. With a diverse selection of nearly 150 courses, there’s plenty to choose from, including courses in transformative leadership, future thinking, inner life, music and the arts. Our programme of courses is led by experienced tutors and leaders in their fields.

What Is Included

Both residential and non-residential rates are available. Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.

Additional Activities

  • Mindful walking through our woodland trails
  • Meditate in our Woodland Sanctuary
  • Go on a hike and explore the Cotswolds AONB
  • Discover surrounding charming market towns

Price Options

£245 Non-Residential
£305 Residential Shared
£345 Residential Single


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Practical Information

Arrival and registration from 4.00pm on Friday. Course begins at 6.30pm with supper and ends at 4.00pm with afternoon tea on Sunday.
Please note that prices are listed per person.

Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.
A programme will be sent out before the start of the course, giving full details of the schedule for the weekend, and any requirements. Some experience of circle dance is necessary to attend this weekend. All dances are taught in easy-to-learn stages, and you don't need a partner! Please be prepared to dance either barefoot or in soft shoes, and in loose, comfortable clothing.

Stephanie Rose

Stephanie Rose has been dancing in circles for more than thirty years, and teaching since 1991.
Since first discovering this form of dance, it has been her passion and refuge, providing her with a place where she could finally be fully herself, authentic and integrated. Originally she taught circles in Cambridgeshire where she lived, developing a warm and enabling teaching style before going on to lead workshops and residential events further afield, including abroad. More recently she moved to Herefordshire, and now leads regular circles there. Drawing on the threads of her own personal encounters and interests, and as a seasoned facilitator, therapist and teacher, she weaves together inspiring, rich and vibrant creative themes that support a meaningful dance experience. This is her ninth weekend at Hawkwood College. Previous workshops include titles such as The Pilgrim's Path, Ariadne's Thread, The Spirit of Albion, and Song of the Loom.

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"We found the event to be both relaxing and inspiring, and we do appreciate all the thought and effort you put in."

“Circle dancing is my passion and my refuge, a still point in the turning world,”

"It was full of surprises! And so colourful! More than my expectation. I just want to say thank you."