Ecstatic Dance Sanctuary

**While we shelter-in-place, we're still meeting for our dance and community circle by Zoom. 

If you'd like to join our Wednesday dance, you're welcome. You'll find the link and requests below.

If you'd like to join our Sunday dance, please send us an email with a request to join.

These weekly services are Sustainer-supported through one-time or monthly recurring donations.

For nine years, we've been gathering twice a week to co-create space where people can move, express, play and heal within the container of community. We consider dance a sacred practice. and strive to support participants in finding a felt sense of home in their bodies and within community.

Each dance set is 80-90 minutes and musically follows a 5Rhythms-inspired wave, moving gradually from slow/down-tempo and up to a peak, then slowly coming back down to stillness. There is no verbal guidance, just a brief invitation at the opening circle followed by time for free-form expression. While this is at its essence a solo dance practice, people also dance together. You can always choose what is most comfortable for your body in the moment. (More on consent guidelines below.) There is a brief opening and a longer closing circle. The optional closing circle is limited to 30 minutes and provides an opportunity for a brief share about your experience and be witnessed in community. 

Located in the heart of downtown Carrboro, The Flowjo has a 1200 sq ft sprung dance floor and began hosting Ecstatic Dance in March of 2011. Our dances usually have 25-40 people, making them fairly intimate. The size of the space and the number of people make them generally conducive for deep dropped-in dives.

We are proud to have launched the first Ecstatic Dance in the Triangle in March of 2011. Our uniquely Flowjo dances have created a powerful web of connections, trust and support. Julia Hartsell is the founder of The Flowjo and the curator of this event. Music weaving and facilitation rotates through long-time community members. 

Zoom Link for Wednesday Dance - 7:30-9:30pm

Link (No account required)

Code (if logged into Zoom): 304-754-977

*please arrive at 7:20 for tech support and opening circle

*no taking of pictures or video allowed

*please plan to have your video on, at least for your first time and for opening circle

Heartward Sanctuary

 508(c)(1)(a) non-profit

religious organization

Founded in North Carolina in 2019

All rights reserved


Kathleen Hunter

Anna Maynard

Julia Hartsell

Jonathan Edwards


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