The Movement Rites (SOLD OUT)

A four week movement-based Rites of Passage series, resourcing emerging adults (18-38) to embrace and integrate this ever-changing period of life.


Traditionally a Rite of Passage is a ceremony that marks important transition periods in a persons life, such as: birth, puberty, marriage, having children and death. In our ever-changing modern society we are constantly presented with matters of change in our relationships, career, identity and environment, just to name a few. In our culture we have largely lost the ceremonies and rituals marking these important moments in our lives.


As emerging adults (18-38), we are constantly faced with questions of identity, purpose and relationships. Historically identity was defined in adolescence, today identity is being formed in emerging adulthood (2008, Arnett). 

We know that 80% of life's most defining moments take place by age 35, and the brain caps it's second and last growth spurt in your 20's as it rewires itself for adulthood (2013, Jay).

This makes these emerging years a vital time in defining our lives.


Through dance, ritual and the creative-arts, we will use this ever-evolving period of change as creative fuel for our individual, and collective expression. We will use Open Floor Movement Practice - a lively, sweaty, full-on dance inquiry - to support us to find our ground, release unwanted baggage and awaken the artist within. No dance experience required.

* How can we move and include it all – feelings, other people, thoughts, wild passions, limitations?
* How can we embrace change and use it as creative fuel for transformation?
* What is my unique creative genius?


A sweat lodge is an ancient cleansing and healing ritual practiced by many cultures throughout the world. Similar but more intense than a sauna, heated rocks are placed in an enclosed tent and water is then poured over the rocks to produce intense waves of heat. Sometimes herbs are used to produce a healing and soothing fragrance. The intention of the ritual is on cleansing of the body, stilling of mind and connection to ones own spirit.
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Common Roots is a Melbourne-based social enterprise co-founded by Henry Fowkes and Jake Potter; empowering emerging adults through movement-based Rites of Passage & Embodied Leadership Programs. For emerging adults, by emerging adults.


Jake & Henry are certified movement teacher of Open Floor Movement Practice, combining their shared passion to empower emerging adults through dance and the creative arts. 


Tuesday 19th Sept 7-10pm (Note: This is no longer an open night due to limited spaces left)
Tuesday 26th Sept 7-10pm
Friday 29th 6 - 9pm Sweat lodge @ Ceres
Saturday 30th Sept 10am-5pm
Tuesday 3rd Oct 7-10pm
Tuesday 10th Oct 7-10pm

Full Series: $260
Concession: $230
Early Bird: $200 (closes 29th Aug)
Open Night: $30

Note: This series counts towards 3 days of prerequisites for the Open Floor Teacher Training.

All sessions except for the Sweat Lodge will be held at:
Ashtanga Yoga Centre
110-112 Argyle Street Fitzroy, 3067

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