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.

Spring Dance Retreat For Personal and Collective Renewal

Collective joy is one of our most ancient and powerful sources of healing and transformation. Experiencing joy is essential for activating our love and aliveness. Experiencing being part of a much bigger whole is essential for our courage and hope. This spring, nourish the emergence of wellness and regenerative culture through the collective joy of dance.

Join in the ancient tradition of dancing to help the world come alive in spring. If you have been feeling run dry by pouring your spirit into caring for your family and work, this is a chance to nourish your body with a different experience of cultivating life energy. We will draw on traditional women’s ritual dances from the Balkans, Greece, and Asia Minor as restorative, generative practices. Our goal will be to learn how to rest even more deeply in these moving mandalas so that we can open ourselves more fully to the movement of Source through us.

Acclaimed guitarist and bouzoukist Greg Herriges will accompany our dancing. The vibrancy of live music inspires us to respond with equal presence and vitality.

Cost includes lunch and refreshments:
Early Bird by March 4: $65
Regular Registration after March 4: $75

Register on-line (or contact Emily directly to register offline)

Scholarships available – contact Emily at emily  @   wisdomdances.com

Camp Sacajawea is ADA accessible and we welcome a wide range of physical abilities – please contact Emily if you want to learn more. People from all cultural backgrounds and gender expressions are welcome to join us in this practice of women’s traditional ritual dances from the Balkans, Greece, and Asia Minor.

Winter Solstice Celebration

Welcome the return of light with the collective joy of music and dance. Move with the cycle of the seasons and be carried by a dancing circle. This celebration is based in Laura Shannon’s research on traditional women’s ritual dances from the Balkans as a living wisdom tradition. Learn more about the Wisdom Dances practice here.

Featuring musical accompaniment by acclaimed guitarist and bouzoukist Greg Herriges.

No experience or partner necessary. Newcomers and all genders warmly welcomed.
If possible, please wear white, but do not hesitate to come as you are.

Thursday December 20, 2018
7:00-8:30 Dance ritual
8:30-9:00 Social

Location: Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church,
Cost: $10, cash or check at the door.

New Year’s Water Blessing

Bless the New Year by blessing the water that is the source of all life. Learn more about the ancient European custom of blessing the water at the New Year, a tradition that continues as an Epiphany Day celebration across Eastern Europe. We bless the water, and ask the water to carry our blessing to all of life, bringing healing and joy in our world. Join us in water blessing songs and dances and there will be very brief sharing. No experience necessary. Please dress for the weather. If possible, please bring a candle lantern.

Thursday, January 3, 2019, 7 PM. Meet near the boat launch at Hidden Falls Regional Park (North Gate), in Saint Paul. After the blessing we will reconvene around 8 PM at The Naughty Greek at 2400 University Ave W (near Raymond).

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.

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!

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