Putney's Rupa Cousins is recipient of benefit dance


PUTNEY >> For the past 40 years Rupa Cousins has been provided an invaluable service to the local community. Cousins wears many hats, psychotherapist and spiritual healer being the two most significant.

She came to Vermont from New York to introduce the community to various different teachings including the Alexander technique, a method of movement focused on easing bodily tension. She also has brought paneurhythmy, a form of meditative dance, and the Rubenfeld Synergy Method, which combines touch and talk therapy to bring about spiritual understanding to Southern Vermont.

Cousins works from her home in Putney. She meets with other like-minded individuals on the top of Memorial Park hill every Sunday Morning at 7:30 a.m. for a Sacred Circle Dance.

She recently contracted stomach cancer and underwent surgery but elected not to do chemotherapy. She instead has sought other methods such as natural healing, naturopathy, chiropractic medicine, and other herbal remedies. She has still found the strength to practice and meet with her Sacred Dance groups.

Cousins is a classically trained Whirling Dervish of the Sufi Tradition. Whirling is a form of dance that seeks to unite the body, mind, and soul to gain a spiritual awakening. This really is the basis for many of what Cousins practices and teaches to the community.

The local and global community has rallied around Cousins in recent months. Amy Enochs, long-time friend, put out the word that cousins was seeking alternative medical treatment. Letters and checks flooded in from around the country and the world.

On Saturday, Sept. 10, Enochs has put together a Barefoot Boogie at 118 Elliot Street in Brattleboro at 7:30 p.m. The community is coming together to raise money for Cousins alternative treatments. There will be an eclectic blend of genre-bending music including dance, reggae, folk, rock, and just about anything else you can think of.

From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. drummers from Simba will be performing at the event. You can bring your own hard or soft drinks and there is a minimum donation of $10 recommended.

"The event will be a celebration of everyone, the whole community,' said Cousins.

For more information, contact Amy Enoch at solidago@gmail.com.

James Mosher can be contacted at jamesmosher24@gmail.com.


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