I recently got to speak to the very lovely and super talented Stefan Freedman. Stefan is an incredible musician, song-writer, author, dancer and more recently has discovered how incredible dance is at healing trauma.
It makes complete sense because all-round health comes from caring for our body, mind and soul. Stefan is incredibly giving of his time and always goes that extra mile for people. It’s been such a pleasure getting to know him. So much so that we’ve combined our passion for community, dance and travel into our own unique Egyptian Retreat in October 2024.
Our Healing Journey
As Stefan explains there aren’t many people that aren’t suffering from some sort of trauma. Whether it’s from our schooling, society or the way we were brought up there is a lot to deal with and unravel. We must not dismiss our own trauma either because it’s less than someone else’s. We’ve all got something that we carry with us and needs released. The NHS will prescribe anti-depressants but more and more people are finding out that these carry a long list of side-effects including suicidal thoughts.
Finding a form of healing that feels right for you and doesn’t affect your health can take time but it’s worth putting in that research. Taking a tablet is easy, finding that method of healing that works for you isn’t quite as simple. When you realise this can be dancing, singing, creating a piece of art you start to see that the possibilities are endless. For me it’s writing and gardening.
Stefan’s approach heals trauma through dance and the results are extraordinary. Something special happens when you dance in a circle with others. Your combined energy lifts you and you feel connected with the people you’re dancing with in a way words aren’t needed. I’ve now been to a couple of Stefan’s dance groups and I always come away feeling invigorated and happier than when I arrived.
I can’t wait to go on our retreat together next year – there are spaces for up to 30 people – to see how a week of dancing, connecting and singing will affect us all.
Healing trauma through dance may sound a bit ‘way out there’ but it’s fun, very reasonably priced and gets you connected with more people. What’s there to lose?