Project name: Vāc: Where is the voice?
Participants: Open to all
Lead artist: Siân Melangell Dafydd
Digital platform: Zoom; closed Facebook group
There are stories in our bodies, if we were to listen. The voice is there too, if only we listen. This is an opportunity for you to move, write and enjoy nourishing breaks. The stories come to the surface as we work together. We use our rich senses and knowledge we gain from them to move our bodies and write. By returning to our full senses, we come to a comfortable place inside ourselves and let the creative, playful, free express itself. We will practice together on the internet and then there will be home exercise (not homework!) between meetings, for you to deepen the pattern and the change in your body. You will be able to use the exercises at any time in the future. You do not need extensive knowledge or experience of writing or yoga to join, but you should have a yoga mat or something similar and comfortable to use from home. Vāc in Sanskrit is Vedic goddess representing the voice. She joins the poets and gives an inspiring expression or voice especially for them if she loves them! We will use writing and yoga to explore your idea of Vāc.
Siân Melangell Dafydd was brought up at the foot of the Berwyn, where she has now returned to following periods living and working in Italy in galleries, and in France at America University in Paris. Her novel Y Trydydd Peth won the Prose Medal at the National Eisteddfod in 2009 and Siân was the last co-editor of the iconic literary magazine, Taliesin. She works diligently with poets from India and on doctoral research using yoga and writing as creative parallel exercises. Her latest novel Filò (Gwasg Gomer), was published in 2019.
“This is a project for anyone suffering from mental problems such as anxiety in this period. Everyone has creative potential and yoga skills work amazingly in nurturing the creative voice of each individual.” – Siân Melangell Dafydd