|My travels in Spain were marvellous. I saw my family, practiced with Fernando in Bilbao and Kia in Mairena, soaked up the sun and breathed in the mountain air, danced my heart out with the most beautiful group imaginable, ate the nicest food and caught up with dear friends. I needed it. This year has been … quite something …
The 12 days spent with Kia deserve special mention. The trip was always going to be moving. After Rosina’s passing in February, Kia is my only teacher. With care and attention, she prepared a practice for me to work on alone, without Rosina. It is full of curious recesses where I will be able to observe and experiment until we see each other again. Of course, this stirred up a lot in me. Her philosophy sessions in the afternoon were the perfect support for this uncomfortable shift to happen.
On the first day, she asked us to let go of anything we were holding on to, and to begin again. She encouraged us to do this often, not as a one off. I am mourning the loss of my dearest friend and Kia’s words resonated with me, as I have had to reconfigure everything I do to be with her in this new form. The truth is, in 2020 we are all mourning something so I wanted to share this with you. Letting go and beginning again is necessary right now.
Things are likely to continue shifting as we move into the future. Even the ground we stand on is uncertain. No matter what you think about how things are taking place, we cannot go forward clinging onto what we had in February or March 2020.
We will open our studio online in September, and this is the practice I will be teaching those students who return to us. To let go and begin again. Pure strengthening work. I cannot wait to see you.