Connect with ancestors and myths to guide you into the realm of inner treasure.

A gathering based in women’s ritual dances from the Balkans, Greece, and Asia Minor.

Saturday, October 29, 3-8 PM, Picnic Shelter A, Fort Snelling State Park

Live music with Greg Herriges

The fertile power of the dark is a mystery. The more we can befriend the seasons of loss, release, decay, and rest the more we can access the mysterious power of the dark to renew our lives. Myths that invite us to comprehend the meaning within the dark are our guideposts.

The end of October marks a significant change in season, beginning the three darkest months of the year. In Greek mythology, this is the season where Persephone is deep within the earth, in the realm of treasure and inner wealth. Today’s celebrations of St. Demetrius’ Day (October 26) mark the end of the agricultural season. The name Demetrius brings us back to Demeter and her annual cycle which honors her daughter’s annual journey through the hidden realms. This year we will also explore the myth of Innana’s descent.

As we enter into the realm of the dark, we honor the ancestors that are with us. They are close and supporting us. We will be making our annual collective ancestor altar in their honor and taking time to share stories that strengthen their aliveness among us.

Our picnic shelter will serve as an “earthen cave.” The space offers us lots of ventilation (2 huge barn doors on either side) and a hearth while also giving us a roof and protected enclosure. The surrounding lawn and river bank are special, too! We begin in daylight along the river bank at this very sacred place and end in our “cave” illuminated only by fire and candles. The hauntingly beautiful music, ancient step patterns, and our conscious attention to the presence of our own ancestors mingle into a powerful blessing to help you transition into this next season with ease and beauty.

Let’s dance together to cultivate our strength as we enter the realm of inner treasure.

Cost: $55 by 10/15, $65 after 10/15. State Park entrance fee also required when entering park. Space is limited. No one turned away for lack of funds. Ages 6-21 are $15, ages 5 and under are free. Best suited to ages 12 and older. If you have a younger one you wish to bring, let’s talk! Contact me directly about registering since my scheduling platform is not very flexible.

Open to all genders. Dance and music are the heart of this celebration and dancing participation by all is encouraged but not essential. It is also possible to be a very present witness to the dancing and participate in the reflection and creative activities. I’m happy to talk more about how to make your body comfortable and very connected and engaged in this special day.

This gathering will take place very close to Wita Tanka (Pike Island), at the very heart of a the sacred traditional territory of the Dakota people. It is also the site of catastrophic Native internment camps. It is a privilege to learn, dance, and build community alongside our Dakota, Ojibwe, and Ho-Chunk neighbors.