Dancing with shadows

To surrender completely, to get lost in your laughter, to be taken over by intense sadness or exuberant joy. What is holding you back? Maybe you don’t allow yourself to experience life so intensely. Your most vital energies may be kept secret, locked away. Dancing with shadows brings them back. You learn to shift old patterns, transform anger into agency, sadness into connection with yourself and others, and fear into insight and understanding.


A shadow is a part of yourself you’d rather not own (like your jealousy, your destructiveness, or unacceptable sexual desire) or a forgotten dream. When a shadow is suppressed, it shows up unexpectedly and out of your control. Have you ever promised yourself not to turn into any of your family member (father, mother,…)? Do you sometimes find yourself acting or speaking like them anyway, unable to control it? That’s a shadow. Do you sometimes meet someone new and without apparent reason you feel irritated or repulsed? There it is.

Shadow Dancing

The purpose of Shadow dancing is to make your shadows conscious. By becoming aware of them, they lose their control over you and can be transformed into a constructive and integrated part of yourself. The purpose is not to get rid of shadows, but to understand why that part of you is a shadow and what positive qualities are buried underneath.

Shadow dancing is an adventurous expedition into your conscious and unconscious inner landscape. Together we’ll move over mountain ridges, spelunk into dark chambers, dismantle the beaver dam that blocks the fresh mountain water, and possibly slaughtering a sleazy hyena. Throughout the process, we reconnect with old friends, relive forgotten memories, and return more alive.

Shadow dancing is a metaphor, a method for balancing and reorganizing the different persona’s or voices inside yourself. Dancing can be part of it, but this is not a dance workshop.

About your facilitator

Facilitated by Stijn and a few assistants.


During a dancing with shadows seminar, up to 10 participants will have a chance to do an individual piece of work, with others participating in their process.  We start with building a safe environment, where everyone agrees to withhold judgement, examine their own prejudices, and refrain from giving advice. Feeling the depth and connection in a truly safe group, you will find it quite natural to begin your own process with whatever issue you choose.


  • Friday 15 November at 10am till Sunday 17 November at 5pm


Location: Chalet la Varlope & Pavillon (Route de Fayaux 9, 1807 Blonay (VD), Switzerland). 


The costs are CHF 1200. This includes all accommodation, food, coffee and tea, introduction to shadow work, and the opportunity to have an individual process (optionally).


The cuisine will be vegetarian. If you have any dietary requirements, you can indicate them when you register.

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