Celebrations to help you cultivate the blessings each season has to offer your life. Retreats to strengthen the vibrancy of the cycle of life within and around you.

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Let’s welcome the return of light! Nourish your heart’s longing for renewal by tapping into the seed of potential that begins every year. This contemplative, participatory and embodied evening enters the fertile embrace of darkness as the starting point for new life. Individually and collectively it is an opportunity to shed what diminishes us. The community experience of music, meditation, and movement helps us tap into a deeper experience of connection. We gather on the solstice to remember our interconnection and access a wellspring of life that is ultimately joyful and liberating.

World music performed by Wisdom Dancers and internationally recognized guitarist Greg Herriges. Moving meditations and reflections led by Emily Jarrett Hughes, a teacher of contemplative healing practices including dance and qigong.

Thursday, December 21, 2017, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 and hot tea will be waiting for you on this chilly night!
At the Art Box, 4200 East 54th Street, Minneapolis
Cost: $10

Best suited to ages 12 and up. No experience necessary. Everybody welcome, including all faiths, all genders, and all cultures.

New Year’s Water Blessing

Launch yourself into the New Year with renewed purpose and vitality.
Saturday January 6, 2018, 4 PM – FREE

Water Blessing

Water is Life. Blessing the water that is the source of life is a powerful way to begin the New Year. As we remember our part in a much bigger whole we create the possibility for more ease and strength in the year to come. Join us in water blessing songs and dances and there will be very brief sharing. Please dress for the weather. No experience necessary

4:00 PM at Lake Hiawatha Park. Meet on the south end of the bridge that crosses the outlet of Minnehaha Creek. (Park at 27th Ave S and E 47th Street)

Following the ceremony those who are interested will gather at Sassy Spoon for dinner.

What people say about past events:

The live music really spoke to my heart and soul.

The interweaving of movement and reflection was really powerful and balanced in a wonderful way. Thank you thank you thank you!

Curious about the roots that ground these celebrations?

Every culture has a way for understanding the turning of the year. Attuning to the rhythms of the natural world leads us into greater connection with the whole. The design of these celebrations is influenced by my in-depth study of Eastern European folk traditions (especially with Laura Shannon), the Taoist understanding of the five elements (Spring Forest Qigong in particular), and Christian contemplative practice (Richard Rohr is a favorite). I hope that anyone participating in the celebrations will find the universal themes of love and hope compatible with their beliefs.

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