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Sacred Sunday – A poetics of the earth: Writing from the body, dancing from the land – with Celeste Snowber

November 12, 2023 @ 7:30 pm 8:30 pm UTC-4

The Sacred Dance Guild continues to offer Sacred Sunday experiences monthly – generally on the 2nd Sunday of the month and generally at 7:30 pm Eastern time! A program that began during the pandemic and now continues because we CAN, not because we MUST! These sessions are intimate, interactive and information offerings that are free to the participant gifted to the Sacred Dance Guild “village” by the presenter and coordinated by the SDG to CONNECT us one to another! NOTE: Time showing is Eastern – DO check your local time zone!!

To register send email to pres@sacreddanceguild.org with “Sacred Sunday with Celeste” in the subject line. The Zoom link will be sent to you the day before the session.

The November workshop explores how language, and the poetic comes from the body. Through the innermost places of our bodysouls emerge the voice of our hearts, where the cells create. Writing from the body allows for words to come from the inner and outer landscapes of our lives. Here the earth and divine meet—magic is formed from the mundane.  There will be time for improvisational movement, writing, and bringing our words back to our dance. Celeste will share how listening to the body becomes a way of praying, embodied inquiry, and creation. She will share from her lifelong journey of integrating dance and the sacred and focus on her work as a site-specific performer between land and sea. These somatic practices have the potential to become a portal to a poetics of the earth and beyond.  Time will also be given for questions and interaction. 

Photo credit: Chris Randle

Celeste Nazeli Snowber, PhD is dancer, poet/writer and educator who is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. Celeste has written extensively and her books include Embodied inquiry: Writing living and being through the body, three collections of poetry and her most recent book is Dance, poetics and place: Site-specific performance as a portal to knowing. Her book, Embodied Prayer pioneered the connections of prayer and the body, first published in 1995 and then in 2004, now out of print. Celeste latest book of poetry, The Marrow of Longing explored her Armenian identity. Celeste creates site-specific performances in the natural world and one-woman shows integrating dance, spoken word, comedy. Celeste lives outside Vancouver, B.C., Canada and is a mother of three amazing adult sons. She can be found at www.celestesnowber.com

We are blessed to have Celeste gifting us her presence with a generosity of spirit that flows through the Sacred Dance Guild village!