An on-line, dance-based journey to connect with our ancestors and become good ancestors of the future.

A three part on-line workshop led by Emily Jarrett Hughes

Mondays, October 12, 19, and 26, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. over Zoom.
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Optional: Additional in-person All Souls’ Day Dance with live music

Sunday, November 1, 2020, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Spring Lake Park Reserve Schaar’s bluff picnic grounds, near Hastings, MN.

Tending our relationships to our ancestors empowers us to live with courage and hope. Imagine how much less lonely and confusing it might feel when you find reliable ways to tap into the support of your ancestors. Imagine the focus and purpose brought to your life by inhabiting your role as an ancestor to the future.

This workshop for people with European ancestry will use dances with roots in ancient Europe to help us find our place in a lineage of ancestors. We will draw on Laura Shannon’s research on the healing power of traditional women’s ritual dances from the Balkans, Greece, and Asia Minor. These dances embody an ancient world view of sustainability, community, and reverence for the Earth and will be our guides for coming into right relationship. As tools for transformation, the dances support us in connecting to the love that exists even within complicated inheritances and unlocks our power to heal our painful stories.

Every session will include dance, meditation, reflection, and sharing. The dances taught are “grandmother dances” – slow and simple so that our energy can be focused on inner work. Previous dance experience is not necessary. We draw upon the wisdom of women’s ritual dances and celebrate the expression of the feminine through many genders – all genders welcome.

Session 1. Connecting with Our Lineage

We will connect with our lineage of ancestors – our family and relatives extending all the way to ancient Europe. We will explore what we have inherited and where there is longing for healing.

Session 2. Grieving our separations and coming back into right relationship

Traditional dances have been a source of resilience for thousands of years, helping people gently move through not only the seasons but also through catastrophic loss. We will dance to honor the profound wound Europe experienced when it lost its reciprocal relationship with nature and between people. We will dance to lament how the continuing culture of extraction wounds ourselves, others, and Mother Earth. As our dancing embodies right relationship, we also move towards healing.

Session 3. Becoming ancestors of the future

This class will begin with each person sharing the personal ancestor altar they built. We will explore how dancing can help us carry the ancestors’ messages and dreams to future generations. Through the embodiment of dance, might you sense yourself becoming the one the ancestors have longed for?

For those interested in continuing our ancestor celebration and local to the Twin Cities, there is an additional option of an outdoors All Souls’ Dance Ceremony on November 1. Learn more.

The Ancestral Love online workshop is also a complete journey within itself.