Arousing the Soul through Movement … an Inspirited Aging session with Kerry-Ann Stanton

“An aged (wo)man is but a paltry thing, A tattered coat upon a stick, unless Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing For every tatter in its mortal dress … “ From: W. B. Yeats, “Sailing to Byzantium” What a delicious provocation to respond to in session!  InSpirited Aging is a weekly practice of movement, writing, simple art making and conversation for people over 60. Aging can...
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In honour of Marian Barnes, pioneer funeral celebrant

In honour of Marian Barnes (8/4/1929 – 8/4/2017) who paved the way for my work as an independent funeral celebrant. Marian Barnes pioneered the celebrant funeral alternative in New Zealand starting in 1979. She actively led funerals services that were ‘honest and relevant’ to communities in mourning and was encouraging of others to do the same. Her book Down to Earth: The Changing...
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InSpirited Aging by ‘Inspirita’ Kerry-Ann Stanton

I would like to share with you a new programme I have developed that started on 21 April, specifically designed for Over 60’s. InSpirited Aging is a weekly practice of movement, writing, simple art making and conversation; an Open Floor approach led by me, ‘Inspirita’ Kerry-Ann Stanton.  Open Floor is best described as a modern blend of conscious movement, mindfulness and artistry. Each...
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‘Curating my world’ – A Piece for Autumn by Kerry-Ann Stanton

I worked hard to write something before last summer. And all I managed was, in my words; ‘A loose assemblage of self-indulgent drivel that would not reveal coherence to me’. So, I couldn’t and didn’t submit any writing for publishing. However, as life is wont to do, especially encouraged by lots of rest, things have settled somewhat and I have been able to have a laugh at the ferocity and...
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Creative wildness – a project and a way of life … Kerry-Ann Stanton

In my Open Floor dance training I am being encouraged and challenged to ‘embrace wildness’ in my dance practice. I have been questioning how I might do this when feeling so exhausted? How do wild when all I can conceive of is crawling under a duvet, snuggling in with lots of soft pillows and dancing on the inside. Actually this would be a pretty ‘wild’ response from me given I will...
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