Movement, Nature

Green in Cologne

Sometimes the green finds you! This Saturday Mr. E and I competed in the second German Open Haidong Gumdo (Korean Sword Art) near the Bergischer Ring in Cologne. After the event, our curiosity was piqued by a gorgeous copper beech – we see them everywhere this year – towering above a hedge behind the sports hall… Read More Green in Cologne

Inspiration, Movement

Take a Breath

If you’re reading this.. give yourself a little re-set.   Look up, or out the window, see the sky.   Take a deep breath.   Oxygenizing your brain. Relaxing your nervous system. Lowering your blood pressure. Softening your body. Softening your mind. Listening. Sensing. Calm.   Take another deep breath..       There you… Read More Take a Breath

Martial Arts, Movement

A Break-Through

Recently, both in Haidong Gumdo and Taekwondo classes, a surprising (to me!) thing happened. I had come back to classes for the first time after a serious dance travel bout, and: – For the first time in my (admittedly short) sword class student life I was able to fairly consistently execute a horizontal cut from… Read More A Break-Through

Dance, Movement

A Journey of Interests

What style of bellydance do you love the most? Sparked by this and other interesting questions from an interview by the lovely Helène of mybellydancejourney.com where we talk about the recent DancEscapade weekend I co-hosted with Bozenka in Crete, I started pondering my own meandering dance journey. Below you’ll find my story. Please tell me yours in the comments… Read More A Journey of Interests

Dance, Movement

Gratitude Post

Today’s post is dedicated to all the generous bellydancers who have donated precious silk dance veils via Dance4Children this spring for the girls of the Caméléon shelter/centre in the Philippines. The veils will be employed in Iloilo as props in their art school programs for circus and dance choreographies. As you can see, the fist veil batch… Read More Gratitude Post

Inspiration, Movement

Travel Notes

When I travel, I don‘t lug my big journals with me, usually. If I am teaching dance, I write my workshop notes on separate sheets of paper, so they can be easily transported, shuffled, revisited and rewritten. For note-taking, planning and journaling I use a travel-sized – preferably lined – mini-notebook, like the one in… Read More Travel Notes

Movement, Nature

Copper Beech Beauty

One of my favourite tree variations, the copper beech, is right now at it’s most vibrant in colour in Germany. Interestingly, how (or rather why) exactly the change to turning purple is triggered is still a bit of a mystery. This beauty we found in Frömern. What are your favourite trees?