Create safe supportive moving space

Things to consider when creating your practice space

  • The floor area is free from risks or any dangerous items.
  • A wooden floor is recommended for movement practice
  • Good air flow and the right temperature for your body
  • Private, contained and neighbor-friendly
  • Good soundproof (if you’re using a speaker)
  • Enough light that is soothing without flashing
  • Has access or view of outdoor or nature
  • Has space for your relaxation and writing reflection
  • Has a good connection to your internet signal

Provide your thoughts in the comment space below. Please focus on the following 2 items.

  1. What makes your space feel safe and conducive for you?
  2. Do you think your space has any effects on other participants or on your facilitator? Why?


    April 12, 2021

    1. The space where I dance and facilitate is my space with my altar, my desk and a lot of creative stuff around like pencil, pens, paper, acrylic … And I know the space for the dance floor so I feel really safe moving in it. Not too big, cosy, big windows on the back.
    I remember I went down stair to facilitate not so long time ago (living room, big space) and I felt it hard to ground myself at first, it was too big at some point for some reason and it does not feel like “home for DANCEmandala session” 🙂
    2. Good question .. I dont pay attention of the space of the other dancer when I am dancing as I am not watching the screen much and when we do the sharing circle I am with people not with what is around them. I guess when it’s sunny outside and the light reflect in the space (bright, shiny) it I am happy for the person who can dance into that light but as we are not on the same time zone I dont feel that sensitive about it.

  • Areeradh

    1. As a dancer/participant I am very aware of the whole space. When I’ve joined other dance sessions outside of the dance mandala. Before I start going into the dance, I would quickly start with scanning the space/whole screen to see how I feel about it especially if it’s my first time there. There were times I felt unsure because I saw that the space was too loosely held. Some participants just sat and watch, some were making food in the kitchen, some were going in and out of the room, Some has their camera off, some on but not there at all. I felt unsure of what was happening and felt as if there were strangers there just to watch the dance. When the camera is off or no one on the screen it made me ask this question why? Why were they logging into the session at all if they were not willing to take part in the practice and help to hold an open and trusting space! With all those happening, I could not dive into the movement. Some sessions I left halfway and I don’t feel I want to go back again.

    For our group, as we know each other well and have been in the presence in person with each other before, it is very different. I feel a lot of trust and don’t question why if some of us decided to leave the room or just lie down out of sight. But think about if we have a newcomer who doesn’t know us at all logging into our session and comes into our space. I am sure they will perceive the space we hold differently to us.

    I personally want to create and make sure that our dance mandala space feels ‘open’ but at the same time contained and encourages easy participation regardless of who’s there. For the long run, I think it’s crucial to develop and get in a good supportive habit of holding a deep practice space for everyone that is contained and with a feeling of safety.

    2. Being online is 2 dimensional and it seemed we must give attention to what we bring into space through our screen. I feel it’s important to offer a feeling of warmth, trust, openness, and the energy that hold not hide. We can only convey these offerings with our visuals and sound. Our presence, the light in the room, the movement in the room, the sound in the room, the items in the room that we offer are all important, if not to all of us, it may be for someone new who might be sensitive and needs support and courage to participate in such activity. For us, we are all well-practiced and pretty confident dancers. I don’t think it’s the same for everyone, especially new beginners.

  • sebbritten
    April 23, 2021

    1. The space I dance and facilitate in is the living space in my home
    It’s where I listen to music, create, draw, paint, write, work, eat and spen most of my time when inside at home. I know it’s a safe space. It is conducive to be inspired ; lots of plants, almost no furniture, cushions to sit on, big windows all around where I see trees and gardens, sky when lying down, small animals, insects or snow fall depending on season. Always a connection with nature somehow. The space can be heated with a wood oven wich brings warmth and peaceful ambiance for long months of winter. Great sound is essential (for me) and it is great in that room since sound is bouncing of the wood covering almost every walls. Floor is natural wood excellent for grounding and dancing.
    2. I don’t know if it has any effects on others, since I dance most of the time with my eyes closed?
    but I make sure to organise it so the space is open and visable to show that I am dancing with everyone even without interaction…I think its important for a facilitator to see everyone so a form of inspiration is shared in daylight or with less light in evening sessions.

  • Zaz
    April 26, 2021

    1 – I prefer to dance at home (in any room it is ok for me) but wherever I’m I can feel safe. I mean even in travel, or in somebody else apartment. As soon as I’m alone, I have some personal items around me, a window to the outside, a candle, a table to set my laptop, enough space to lay down, sit on a chair and move freely. I just don’t feel comfortable when the space is too small as I feel to close to the cam. I apreciate a bit of distance.
    2 – I feel important to create a nice environment around me when I’m facilitating. That means, fairy lights, flowers if I can… so people can feel I’m taking care of myself, so themselves also… I don’t really mind about the others space either when I’m dancing (as I close my eyes most of the time or look outside my window) or facilitating but I have notticed that I’m naturally sensitive to the light, so as a facilitator, the quality of the light is a plus…

    May 3, 2021

    1- My usual room is big and only for dance/yoga/ creative practices, I am really lucky for that as the space is dedicated to self exploration practices. I need the door to be closed, if not, I feel my space is not contained and I can see I am not fully into my dance. Then my space needs to be as empty as possible, clear/clean ground (carpet and wood floor) and I put half curtains on the big windows, so that I can still see the nature outside, but have a bit of privacy in case people would walk in the garden and would see me. A gentle and warm light is important (like himlayan sea salt lamp) and a candle too on a small altal. The only “not safe” things in there are the roof which is in a triangle shape, so there are risks to hurt the head on the woden pieces. It never happened to me but I need to find a way when people will come to dance here.
    If I am not home, I try to manage to also close the door and try to not be disturbed, to have a nice light and manage with blanket to hide the background if it does not look nice, to make as neutral/clear as possible.

    2- I think people can react in a different way to the setting : some people might not even notice (consciously) what your background is, and some might be very disturbed by it. In both cases, I believe that to set up a nice space is a step to already enter into our facilitation practice, and even as a dancer : the meditation starts with the intention to do it, and then when we prepare our space. And even if people don”t notice this, on uncounscious level it has a sublte effect. And meditation is a sublte practice, so every details has its importance and effects. Also, when we put our intentions in the ritual of setting up a space, we are already nurturing our intention for its materialisation. To look good and have a nice background is also a sign of respect & care for both dancers & facilitator.

  • Johnny Doyle
    Johnny Doyle
    May 8, 2021

    1. What makes your space feel safe and conducive for you?
    I usually dance in my bedroom/office, which is private, comfortable and colorful, with pictures and objects that connect me with creativity and expansion. Its clean and uncluttered. I have a fairly small L-shaped area to dance, one part with wood floor (or yoga mat) and the other with a rug, and the bed to bounce or lie down on. There are large windows with trees and Spirit House just outside, but not easy for anyone to look in. The lights inside are soft and warm. I have a small, powerful speaker, though with some facilitators its still not quite loud enough for me.

    I tried dancing in the larger movement space that I have, but it is open and doesn’t work for DANCEmandala with my partner being home. A few times I’ve danced or facilitated from hotel rooms where I was not so comfortable, and I realized how important it is to pay attention to the space and dedicate/bless it at least energetically beforehand.

    2. Do you think your space has any effects on other participants or on your facilitator? Why?
    I think my usual space is quiet and inviting, including the changing natural light. I’m grateful when I’m able to see and get a sense of other’s personal space/container. Its especially exciting to see others dancing outdoors!

  • Ayana
    May 11, 2021

    1. What makes your space feel safe and conducive for you? I haven’t found the “perfect” setting yet especially while I’m not alone at home .. Also with the lightning ; I’d like to keep the shades/shutters open to see in my garden but then my screen is way to bright and with closed shutters it gives the room a grey and closed touch , like I’m hiding ..

    2. Do you think your space has any effects on other participants or on your facilitator? Why? Yes of course. I think it’s very important that it looks inviting and smooth.

  • Suzie
    May 16, 2021

    1) I feel safe in the space I’m in as it’s light and minimalist, it faces the big windows so I feel connected to nature throughout the dance. There are limited options for the position of my laptop in that room, but I feel I have enough space to dance and am mostly visible throughout the session.

    2)Yes I think the space we’re in would effect other participants and the facilitator as I think everyone’s image contributes to the creating of the space and atmosphere. For example, if someone was in complete darkness or not visible for the whole session, it might influence the overall feelings of connection and support.

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