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.

Sunday, November 7, 2021, 2-7 PM, Picnic Shelter A, Fort Snelling State Park

Live music with Greg Herriges

The beginning of November marks a significant change in season, beginning the three darkest months of the year. In Greek mythology, this is the season where Persephone is in 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.

As we enter into the realm of the dark, we honor the ancestors that are with us. They are our guides and support. 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!

Cost: $45 by 10/25, $55 after 10/25. Space is very limited. No one turned away for lack of funds.

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

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.