CSU, Chico News

Upcoming Workshops Offer Dance and Music for Mindful Stress Reduction

Date: 04-04-2011

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Margaret DuFon
Department of English

The Mindful Campus group at California State University, Chico continues a series of workshops that explore mindfulness and stress reduction. Two workshops—Wholistic Belly Dance on April 12 and Healing Through Music on April 22—offer unique approaches to mindfulness and healing.

Wholistic Belly Dance will be held next Tuesday, April 12, noon—1:30 p.m. in Selvester’s 100. Healing Through Music will be held on Friday, April 22, noon—1:30 p.m. in the Student Services Center Plaza (in case of rain, event will move to Selvester’s 100). Both events are free and open to the public.

Wholistic Belly Dance focuses on the empowering and therapeutic elements of belly dance. Tanya Kieselbach incorporates chakra awareness to encourage people to develop a stronger connection with their bodies and a positive body image while learning to belly dance. The workshop provides a gentle and energizing full-body “tune-up” in an introductory dance class format.

Kieselbach has been an avid practitioner, student and teacher of belly dance since 1993. Her movement and dance training includes Middle Eastern and American belly dance styles, Flamenco and yoga. She is the founder and director of the Goddess2U Dance Collective, and teaches weekly classes in Chico and other locations in the North Valley.

Robert Seals will present Healing Through Music: Practice in Contemplative Listening. For this workshop, there is nothing to do but come and enjoy the music of Seals. “Let the healing tones taken from nature wash over you, balance major energy points and put you in tune with the natural rhythms of the body,” said Seals.

Seals is a musician, sound healer and inventor of the Klean Kanteen. He plays many instruments from around the world. Formerly a long-time Chico area resident, he currently lives in Santa Cruz.

The Mindful Campus program at California State University, Chico is funded by a Center for Learning and Teaching Impact Grant. For further information about the program, contact Margaret DuFon at mdufon@sbcglobal.net or 530-898-6151.