Phyllis Turner responded to my call for Slow learners with this:
I am intrigued by the idea, it is almost like a micro-version of the culture/philosophy of Antioch. Create your own curriculum, find your own teacher, be your own teacher, along with a group of others doing the same – without the $30,000 price tag.
I found a mentor for one of my slow learning passions through a simple google search.
I was looking for other people who were, as I was, writing about dance as a daily spiritual practice. Again, the oracle of the internets led me to MomoButoh. Maureeen Freehill’s exceptional blog includes a butoh dance performance she creates daily.
Through the Jetsonian technology of Skype we meet face-to-face. Together we dance, share stories, and we talk about life itself. Maureen suggests books to read, movements to practice, and challenges me to create my own butoh dance performances in public, to film them with my Flip camera, and to post them on Youtube. And every two weeks or so I am held accountable for the learning goals I’ve set for myself.
I have to admit that the distance and the technology seem to be cold and strange for an intentionally embodied practice. But it works. Check out one of our Skype lessons that clever Momo captured last spring on her Flip and posted on her blog.