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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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 4, 2019, 7 PM. Exact location for ceremony and social time to be determined.

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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