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RITES OF PASSAGE

DANCE & THE ARTS FOR LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

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Rites of Passage is a Brighton based embodied leadership development programme. 5 Rhythms dance and the expressive arts are used as core tools for personal and professional and development and to encourage women to embody their ambitions. This page shows a snapshot into the next generation of inspiring and insightful social leaders. The photographic history of the journey was taken by talented photographer Natasha Bidgood (http://www.natashabidgood.com), with a focus on the dance sessions out in the woods.

Diary snippets from along the way: "Last night we danced on the sea shore with silent disco headsets besides a blazing fire; writing down what limits us on sticks and setting fire to it- shedding what doesn't serve us as we step forward in to learning about the kind of leaders that we want to be…" " I can’t believe we are on week 4 of the programme already…. seeing us all with the urge to dive in deeper, to really know ourselves as we develop our leadership. It’s not always comfortable being in these investigations- really looking at what matters most. Yet the group is forming and it really does feel like we’ve got each other backs as we start to look at what hinders us and keep us staying small..." "Heading into the final weekend of our “Rites of Passage “programme :We have travelled far these past months: intensely investigating our inner worlds, coming back to our bodies, putting in work within our communities. Friendships have been forged, we have move through many things- investigated with both intelligence and intuition –and now we are now scooping up the insights seen so we can go on and be in service in some way. Today I’m really recognizing that this transition into adulthood is actually about response-ability, not in the often used sense of the word- those thousand things we are supposed to be tied down to in adulthood; but in the form of its constituent parts: response and ability. Literally just that: being present and so knowing what ourselves, others and the wider world needs- and then developing our ability to respond those needs and wants in wise, kind and effective ways." 92% of participants “strongly agreed” this programme has had a very positive impact on their life

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