The Sacred Dance Guild’s motto is “Dancing the Sacred, Moving the World.” Sacred Dance Journeys are one way the SDG lives out this motto. These travel packages to sacred sites provide meaningful sacred dance experiences and instruction, as well as recreational activities designed to highlight these beautiful locales. Stay tuned for a possible Sacred Dance Journey to PERU in 2019!!
Past Sacred Dance Journeys
Bali: Sacred Dance, Sacred Woman
October 1 to 7, 2017
Following their inspiring 2015 and 2016 retreats, SDG members Tricia mary Lee (Australia) and Maria Sangiorgi (Italy) organized one final Sacred Dance Journey to Bali in 2017, which explored the theme “Sacred Woman, Sacred Dance.” During this adventure we weaved our daily dance into rituals for our personal spiritual practice. As sacred women created our own inspirational movements to express our communion with all that is sacred in our world. Again the retreat was enriched by experiences of traditional Balinese culture during the week on Mount Batukaru.
For more information:
Website – http://balidanceretreat.com/sacred-dance-retreat-2017
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The package included accommodation in twin shared rooms with en suite, all meals (vegetarian – meat available with daily surcharge payable to retreat centre at end of stay), your transport to and from the retreat centre (pick up/drop off points at Denpasar Airport or Ubud), and the following activities:
• A glorious evening of local music and dance: the ‘Joged Bumbung’ with 20 piece gamelan orchestra
• A ‘Havan’ fire ceremony of purification and release dedicated to Saraswati, goddess of learning and the arts
• A relaxation massage
• A guided forest trek to the temple at Muncak Sari and blessing by a local priest/priestess
• A Balinese cooking class
• A class in making the hand woven offerings and blessings used daily in Bali
• A visit to the temple at Sarin Buena for a full moon ceremony with the local village people
Cost: USD $1,300 – included one year membership to the Sacred Dance Guild ($1,240 for SDG members).
Bali: Dancing the Sacred Lotus Heart
May 16 to 22, 2016
In May 2016, fourteen sacred dancers gathered in Bali from Canada, the United States, Hawaii, Australia and Italy for a retreat led by Tricia mary Lee and Maria Sangiorgi. Tricia’s early morning sacred body blessings and Qiqong movements warmed and opened the participants’ energy fields before allowing them to explore and feel more deeply through dance, guided by Maria’s deep body/sound/breath explorations. Art journaling, sharing each other’s dancing gifts, and ceremonies of celebration all took their rightful space within the week, enriched by a weaving of local cultural experiences.
Saying farewell was softened by a brief sojourn in Ubud where participants danced at the Ubud Ashram and visited Yayasan Widya Guna, a local school for disadvantaged students, where they shared more dancing and singing.
“This is the beauty of taking time out for retreat… indeed we danced, discovered, released and rejuvenated through the whole landscape of emotions, which so perfectly fitted with the focus of opening to our “Sacred Lotus Heart.” – Tricia mary Lee, Australia, retreat co-facilitator
Bali: Dancing the Sacred Wheel of Life
May 3 to 8, 2015
In May 2015, twelve sacred dancers gathered in Bali from many corners of the globe – including Canada, the United States, Australia, Japan and Italy – for a retreat led by Tricia mary Lee and Maria Sangiorgi. The theme “Dancing the Sacred Wheel of Life” was woven throughout the week as they explored together the dynamic elements of water, fire, earth and air through dance that engaged both the inner self and community celebration. Movement was enriched by experiences of Balinese culture including temple visits, cooking lessons, a fire ceremony to the goddess Saraswati, as well as local dance and music.
Each dancer contributed her personal gifts to the experience, sharing a diversity of movement and meditation styles that nourished each in heart, mind, body and soul.
“It was a lot of work but the blessings returned manifold for us in the softening of faces, the relaxation of bodies, the reflections in beauty, the communion of souls and the simple expressions of the dancing divine self.” – Tricia mary Lee, Australia, retreat co-facilitator
Sedona and the Grand Canyon
October 5 to 9, 2011
This pilot Sacred Dance Journey gathered eleven sacred dancers from the United States and Canada to dance on the edge of the Grand Canyon and at Sedona’s vortexes. In these inspiring places, the group danced the sacred in many forms, including Celtic and Native American body prayers, free form dance and contact improvisation.
The trip’s highlight was a guided tour of four of Sedona’s vortexes, provided by Mark Amaru Pinkham, Director of the World Alliance for Planetary Enlightenment. The dancers learned about the history and geology of the area through meditations, medicine wheels, ceremonies to the four directions and peace prayers.
“I will never forget the conscious concentration of the group as we interpreted the breathtaking landscape of the Grand Canyon through movement… More important than the dancing, the beautiful red rock scenery, or the energy of the vortexes, however, was my discovery of this unique community of dancers who so generously share their lifelong passion for dance and spirituality.” — Lisa, Toronto (Canada)
Future Sacred Dance Journeys
Would you like to organize a Sacred Dance Journey? The SDG is happy to support member led events. We can provide guidance and support for coordinating your event. Contact us for more information.
Do you know of a great destination for a Sacred Dance Journey? Please contact us and let us know why we should dance the sacred in this part of the world.