Sarah offers Paneurhythmy during many of the Zoence workshops and pilgrimages. Sarah also offers workshops which enable us to learn the movements and to go deeper into the meanings of the Paneurhythmy.
Paneurhythmy is a joyful, meditational dance-yoga which embodies a deep philosophy and sacredness. Literally, the word Paneurhythmy, means 'supreme cosmic rhythm'. It was created by the Bulgarian Master Beinsa Douno, in the Rila Mountains, at the beginning of the 20th century.
Beinsa Douno states:
“Paneurhythmy brings life, power, joy and beauty within the human soul”
I first experienced Paneurhythmy in the early 1980s when Philip and Danielle Carr Gomm introduced the dance to Gatekeeper Trust. We danced in the early morning on Iona as the sun rose over the mountains of Mull; it was a most magical time. Peter and I often dance Paneurhythmy on pilgrimages and events as it creates such a harmonious start to the day.
The form of the dance, like Yoga, relaxes the mind and body; it centres, balances and integrates us, and puts us in right relationship to other people, to nature and the cosmos. The dance has three parts danced to inspiring and beautiful music: the first part is a series of 28 exercises danced with a partner moving around in a circle; the second part is called Sunbeams where the dancers create the spokes of the wheel, the zodiac, and help to create a channel for the spiritual light to flow to the cosmos; in the third part we embody that light by creating the Pentagram, the five pointed star pattern with the qualities of Truth, Love, Wisdom, Justice and Virtue.
Working with the energies of Nature, Paneurhythmy is danced outside, in the mornings, between the spring and autumn equinoxes. The simple, graceful movements have a deep meaning and healing power on the dancers and on the environment. The Paneurhythmy is based on the laws of correspondence between archetypal ideas, sacred words, spiritual music and specific movements or gestures.
Beinsa Douno spoke of his life's mission very beautifully:
I have come to manifest love and bring it to Earth
My purpose is to arouse the beautiful, the powerful,
Deposited within you since time immemorial.
The following YouTube gives a wonderful sense of the Paneurhythmy as it is danced today in the Rila Mountains:
Before we dance, we first greet the elementals and spiritual presences of the landscape, the Gatekeepers, with one of Beinsa Douno's formulas:
“Kindly Luminous Beings, guardians of this place;
please grant us your hospitality and may God bless you.”
and afterwards we give thanks:
"Kindly Luminous Beings, guardians of this place;
Thank you for your hospitality and may God bless you."
Paneurhythmy and Pilgrimage at The Dream, near St Helens at 11am till 1pm.
June 3 and 4
Paneurhythmy and Pilgrimage at Colwood House, Warninglid, Sussex
June 17 and 18
Paneurhythmy and Pilgrimage in Germany with Heidemarie and Oliver Falldorf
Paneurhythmy in Penzance, Cornwall
We will also dance Paneurhythmy in the morning before the day's programme:
Gatekeeper Trust Pilgrim's Weekend at Purley Chase, Atherstone, Leicestershire
31 March – 2 April 2017
Iona during our retreat 9-16 September 2017
David Lorimer: (available on Amazon)
Prophet for our Times: the Life and Teachings of Peter Deunov
The Circle of Sacred Dance – Peter Deunov's Paneurhythmy
Beinsa Douno: Paneurhythmy presented by Krum Vazharov and Maria Mitovska
(available from Sarah – email: firstname.lastname@example.org)