Sacred Woman, Sacred Dance:
Awakening Spirituality Through Movement and Ritual
A Book by Iris J. Stewart


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"Iris, your book on the dance is great and has influenced my thinking on the flamenco - come on the tour to Andalucia!"
Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum, pH.D.,
Core Faculty, Women's Spirituality Program, California Institute of Integral Studies, and author "Dark Mother: African Origins and Godmothers"
www.darkmother.net


Hi, Iris -
I hope you don't mind me writing. I recently found your book in my local bookstore and was so thrilled. My wonderful husband was with me and bought it for me as part of my 14th wedding anniversary present (the other part was a doumbek - did I mention he is wonderful?).
I haven't finished it yet, but I can't tell you how much I love it. I have been taking classes here in Baton Rouge at a studio called Bayou Shimmy (www.BayouShimmy.com - they are beautiful souls). The world of dance has always fascinated me, but I never considered myself beautiful enough or graceful enough or thin enough. Funny how after all those years of putting myself down, here I am in my mid-thirties, not caring about ANY of that anymore, and deeply, deeply in love with a dance deeper than I ever knew existed.
Thank you so much for putting down on paper what I feel in my heart. And for the enormous scope of research and knowledge you share in the book. There were so many questions I had when I started dancing. Things that were not available anywhere else.
So thank you so much for your contribution to my little world. And please let me know of anything else you may do in the future.
Yours in peace,
Bibbet Robison
Ewizardbreath@aol.com


Dear One,
Your book, such a dance of joy and revelation. I am going through
each page and devouring the information the inspiration. It makes me want
to dance. It makes me want to dance with you. I am so happy for you and
proud of you.
All the books sold as soon as we put them out. I wish you all success in all ways and thank you from my heart for your wonderful contribution to liberate women and the dance.
Prema Desara, Twenty-one Praises of Tara
http://www.taradhatu.org/



Dear Iris,
I found your book last winter and LOVED reading it. . . .Good Luck!
Vicki Noble, author "Shakti Woman", Motherpeace Tarot
http://www.motherpeace.com/




Dear Iris:
Yes I have it and it's wonderful and I've put it on the recommended
reading list for the class I am teaching at CIIS this spring. Thanks so
much for creating this beautiful work! Would you be interested in presenting to my class this winter... it would be so wonderful to have you present your incredible work
Warm Regards, Jennifer Berezan
http://www.edgeofwonder.com/



I sold five books at my retreat and have given a couple as gifts. So I was
happy that they were popular. I am really enjoying reading it. I can tell how
much blood, sweat, tears, not to mention money went into it. It is truly a
gift to the world that you wrote this book from such a feminine perspective
and truthful, spiritual, and personal place. Thanks for all your hard work,
I'm glad that it is getting a good response.
Le'ema
www.goddesswork.com



Hi Iris,
....And thanks for putting FCBD in such a *great* book, congratulations, I hope it does
well. Carolina Nericcio, Fat Chance Belly Dance
http://www.fcbd.com/



Hello,
I would like to let people know about this amazing book that is written by
a fellow belly dancer. I admit that I am in it, but I get nothing for promoting it. The book has many belly dancers throughout, including photos and interviews.
The chapter that I was interviewed for involves belly dance and birth, I
used to be a midwife, and is VERY intensive.
Anyone interested in dance will like this book and anyone interested in
belly dance will love it.
TerriAnne
San Francisco Bay Area
http://www.terriannedancer.com



YES,
Not only have I got your book, but I've sold around 5 in Brazil when I taught
there, last month!
I love it! It's such a wonderful research you've done! Thank you so much for
this precious present to the Universe! I've also made xerox copy of some pictures to place on my studio wall!
A cosmic hug,
Hozuhni http://www.enlightenmentdance.net



Iris,
Your book is wonderful. I have recently returned to California after dancing
in NY for five years. I am going to go to graduate school in Women's
Spirituality at New College in SF. Your book is a bridge between these
worlds and has inspired me to study belly dance!
Thank You so much for sharing your vast research and experience.
Kira



Dear Iris
I will be happy to give the details of your book to every woman I meet.
With love and light
Amel Tafsout, England



Namaste Iris,
Thank you for such a delightful offering of your wonderful new book.
Dancers around the world will come to understand the sacred connection to
worship through dance.
Many Blessings Upon You,
Dr. Bradley Dobos
Clinic of Tibetan Medicine



HELLO IRIS, THANKS FOR THE INFO. I AM KAJIRA'S STUDENT AND I MET YOU AT AMEL'S DANCE WORKSHOP. I LOVE LOVE LOVE YOUR BOOK.. IT IS SO GREAT THAT IT IS OUT THERE. I ALWAYS RECOMMEND IT TO MY FRIENDS. WOMEN AROUND THE WORLD NEED TO READ THIS BOOK...YOU ARE AWESOME..THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR GIFT TO ALL. AND WHAT A GREAT GIFT TO HAVE FOR XMAS...IN FACT, I JUST GAVE ONE TO A GIRL WHO TURNED 18..SHE WANTED TO GET INTO DANCING...AND SHE LOVES IT...THANK YOU...ILAYA


 

Hi Iris,
Your book is fabulous! I am so thrilled to have found it. I am just
discovering the deeper need for dance in my life and your book helped me
understand where that need it coming from. Thank you so much for all your
great work. This book is an excellent resource that I will turn to again and
again!
Suzanne M.


I bought it as soon as I heard about it....through Amazon.com. i love it and
it clarified for me why I feel the way I do when I dance. Thanks for writing
it...
Dorothy/Dara

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