Fall 2017 Update - Reiki Trainings! Yoga Classes! AND Get Ready - Perfect Piranha premieres at The Chocolate Factory in November!

Dear Ones,

Summer was saturated with a dance residency in Vermont, silent retreat in the Hudson Valley, time with family in London and Paris, and topped off with teaching my annual yoga retreat at The Garden! I am happily steeping in it all, and ready for a Fall that is brimming over with bountiful offerings...   



Following the deeply transformational training I led last Spring in the beautiful sanctuary of Yogamaya New York, I am thrilled to be offering a new First Degree Reiki Training at Yogamaya NYC on Saturday October 14, 1pm to 7pm. This one-day intensive will provide all you need to feel comfortable practicing Reiki for yourself and others including Reiki attunement, hands-on practice, and clear guidance on how to work with this subtle and profound healing energy. Space is limited so Sign-Up today and take advantage of the early bird discount!

Here is what one student had to say about the Spring training:

“Again, thank you so much for such an incredible experience. I originally signed up just for a new and fun life experience but left the training feeling inspired and ready to incorporate reiki into my life both personally and professionally. You made an often misunderstood and mysterious practice feel grounded and accessible.” -
— Courtney DePasquale, Therapist

For those of you closer to the woods, I am offering First Degree Reiki Training on Saturday October 8, 12.30pm to 6.30pm at Satya Yoga Center in Rhinebeck, NY!

Since many of you have already studied Reiki with me, I would love to hear how you are getting along with your practice? I also appreciate you sending your friends and family to one of the October trainings. And If you are already attuned in First Degree and ready to deepen your Reiki experience, consider joining me for Second Degree Reiki Training on Saturday November 11th. Please reach out directly if you are interested in participating.

Keely is your quintessential guide to the healing arts. Don’t miss her!”
— Rodney Yee, Yoga Master 
Keely Garfield, photo by Lars Klove

Keely Garfield, photo by Lars Klove

 Put a little balance in your life! Come take yoga class with me! Check out my NEW teaching schedule HERE!

Keely Garfield, photo by Rashmi Gill for Yoga Shanti

Keely Garfield, photo by Rashmi Gill for Yoga Shanti


The Chocolate Factory New York will present Keely Garfield Dance in the premiere of PERFECT PIRANHA November 29 - December 9, 2017 with Keely Garfield, Paul Hamilton, Molly Lieber, Raja Feather Kelly & Emma Rose Brown

Keely Garfield, photo by Paula Court

Keely Garfield, photo by Paula Court

Spring 2017 Update - Guggenheim! Dance Premieres! New Reiki Training!

Dear Ones,

My Spring has definitely Sprung!  I am chuffed to announce that I have been named a 2017 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.  Many bows to all those who have kept the faith, championed my work, and continue to accompany me along the way.  Who knew, that dancing about bees, longing, catastrophic events, boredom, sincerity, crawling, superheroes, donning a wire-hanger as a crown, and squishing yourself into a fridge for an iPhone photo for your concert flyer (don't try this at home) would illuminate so much!  What else?  What else, is there, I ask?      
Here's what!  KGD will premiere a new evening-length work, Perfect Piranha at The Chocolate Factory in December.  Following a sold-out season at CF in 2013, we are delighted with this new commission and are looking forward to returning to one of our favorite venues.  The seed for the work was sown a while ago, when I was looking at a vase of flowers in the place where I practice meditation.  The flowers were faded, formerly bright hues turning brown and grimy petals falling apart.  I felt repulsed, and curious about why the dying flowers had not yet been replaced with fresh ones.  At that moment, the abbot of the Zendo passed by, and glancing at the flowers, sighed aloud, “How beautiful!”  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  Behold, Perfect Piranha a dance bluntly staring into the sharp edginess and imperfection of things.

You can support the creation and performance of Perfect Piranha with a tax-deductible contribution in any amount HERE AND NOW!  This headgear ain't cheap!

Piranha Sunday

Piranha Sunday

In May, I will be back in California finishing up my residency with The Wooden Floor, a stellar non-profit arts organization for under-served youth.  The residency culminates in the premiere of FOLK DANCE IN GOLD at the Irvine Barclay Theater, in June.  The piece features 36 young dancers with skin in the game, close-knit and firmly established in the conviction of mutual support.  Shored-up with music by my son, Cyrus Ra.  All have hearts of gold! 

Rehearsal with the young dancers of The Wooden Floor

Rehearsal with the young dancers of The Wooden Floor

Onto July when I will again be offering a First Degree Reiki Training, this time at Hudson Yoga Project/HYP in Hoboken, NJ.  Space is limited so we can cultivate an in-depth experience of Reiki practice together, and gain confidence in understanding and working with this vital healing energy.  Here is what one recent participant had to say:

Again, thank you so much for such an incredible experience.  I originally signed up just for a new and fun life experience but left the training feeling inspired and ready to incorporate reiki into my life both personally and professionally.  You made an often misunderstood and mysterious practice feel grounded and accessible.”
- Courtney D, Therapist


Reiki is a cool.  Don't delay, sign up today HERE!  







Winter 2016 Update

World Premiere! KGD receives Commission for New Work from The Chocolate Factory Theater for Fall 2017.  Hi ho, Hi ho, off to rehearsal we go! 

Teaching Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Training in Spring 2017 at Yoga Shanti, NYC. Transform your life!  Read my blog Reflections on Haiti about my work with UZIT at St. Damien's Pediatric Hospital in Tabarre.  

Overjoyed to receive Commission from stellar progressive arts-for-youth nonprofit organization The Wooden Floor in Santa Ana, California to make a new dance for young people in low-income communities.  Let the agents of change move!    

Come dance with me! Teaching my methodologies for Composition and Improvisation at Movement Research in November and December 2016.

Co-teaching new Yoga Shanti 200hr Teacher Training at EvenFlow Yoga in Red Bank, NJ, October 2016 - April 2017. Enroll today! 

Curated this event Body Wisdom at The Rubin Museum of Art to celebrate Pentacle's 40th Anniversary on September 22nd 2016 Come see KGD and a host of others baring their souls in the galleries between 6pm and 7pm.  I will be back at The Rubin offering a discourse on the connection between art and yoga for Yoga Connections on January 11th 2017..

New Dance Work Pow Premieres February 2016 at The 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival - Save The Dates!

January 2016 New Dance Commission from Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School. Performances at New York Live Arts, May 6 - 7, 2016.  

KGD Performs WOW in a Special Encore Presentation at Danspace Project January 14 - 16, 2016

Gibney Dance Company Commissions WOW for Spring 2016 Performances.

 Fall Yoga Retreat at The Garden...come!

Teaching The Prajna of Yoga: Embodied Wisdom, Enlightened Way at The Village Zendo, and on Ango retreats with VZ at Garrison Institute and The Grail.

Honored to have led inquiry sessions on breath awareness at this incredible event MIT Media Lab BREATHE Hackathon: Where Respiration Meets Innovation

Jaunty piece by author Rick Whittaker appeared in August Buddhist Review Tricycle Magazine Spotlight on Keely Garfield