Festival 2023-Sacred Dance Guild 65th Anniversary Event

* simple * sacred * dance *

JOIN US at the beautiful campus of Connecticut College in New London, CT with an excursion back to Jacob’s Pillow – where the Festival experience began back in 1958….

This “mini” festival of sacred dance will take us on a journey of discovery – past present and future – celebrating 65 revolutions around the sun! This experience will be SIMPLE it will be SACRED it will be DANCE! HARMONY... something we all are yearning for after these past few years where it seemed in short supply personally, collectively and globally and where “SPACE” became such a visceral experience! (who will ever forget the many “Stay 6′ Apart” signs!!) We will experience 3 days of caring connections, intentional interactions and deep dancing! Our awesome facilitators – Helena Froehlich and Marylee Hardenbergh – are creating a sensory, moving exploration awakening all of our senses through movement and imagination. We will connect internally and externally as we discover the many portals to the sacred in the amazing spaces we will encounter. We will hone our intuition, kinesthetic intelligence, expressivity and empathy for the physical and non-physical spaces creating a Moving Masterpiece!

Each “session” during this adventure will begin with the blowing of the Conch Shell, a simple chant and simple movement that will “call” you from wherever you are to wherever the exploration will be on campus for that session. ALL are invited to listen for the call and move to the space finding your own harmony as you arrive… Each session will begin when we collectively feel that harmonious breath – sound and movement coming together in the space….


Following registration you will receive an email with all the details you will need to dance in to this experience! If you have questions in advance email pres@patt9.sg-host.com!

Creative Choreography
Morning Awakenings
Jacob’s Pillow

Registration Fees
Room and Board
Cancellation Policy



This sacred dance festival will offer you 3 days to connect and create:

Registration: 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Dinner – 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Opening Celebration: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Morning Awakening – 7:00 am – 8:00 am (Celebrating our PAST with Memory Stones)
Breakfast – 8:15 – 9:30 am
Group Gathering – 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Creative Choreography – 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Lunch – 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Sacred Dance Guild Annual General Gathering 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Creative Choreography Continues – 2:45 pm – 4:45 pm
Sharing – Participant – 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Group Gathering – Dancing Sacred Geometry – 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Morning Awakening – 7:00 am – 8:00 am (Celebrating our PRESENT with Kaleidoscope Colored Crystals)
Breakfast – 8:15 – 9:30 am
Group Gathering: 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Creative Choreography Completion – 10:00 am – noon
Lunch – 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Trip to Jacob’s Pillow: 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Picnic dinner at Jacob’s Pillow)

Morning Awakening – 7:00 am – 8:00 am (Celebrating our FUTURE with Quartz Crystals)
Breakfast – 8:15 – 9:15
Sharing & Closing Celebration – 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Lunch – 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Please note, all times and activities are subject to change.

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Creative Choreography

Friday and Saturday morning will be devoted to a creative choreography process that will take us on a journey of discovery into the festival theme – Space Harmony: Portal to the Sacred!

During our Creative Choreography times Marylee will guide participants in a process of exploring harmony in many spaces and places that will result in a dance to be offered as a “pop up” dance on the excursion to Jacob’s Pillow on Saturday, July 29, 2023! During this process participants will take a deep dancing dive and explore their connection from the inside out and from the outside in.

Marylee has been creating site-specific dances for over 30 years in such places as a sewage treatment plant, an Aerial Lift bridge, on skyscrapers, on cherry pickers at a Farmers Market, on a bombed-out Parliament Building in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on a clock tower on the Volga in Russia, on a Mediterranean beach in Israel with a Palestinian community, and on oyster harvesting boats on the Housatonic River. She has worked with community and trained dancers all over the globe, and have turned Bobcat loaders, fire trucks, Coast Guard and US Army Corps boats into dancers! We’ll be excited to see what additional “dancers” arrive at this Sacred Dance Guild 65th Anniversary Celebration as we explore the spaces, the places and the portals both internally and at the awesome campus of Connecticut College and the amazing Jacob’s Pillow!

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Morning Awakenings

Do you enjoy the spiritual discipline of rising with the sun and connecting to all that there is? Before breakfast, you can enjoy early-morning sessions that will create a gentle and simple beginning to each day.

Moving Meditation and Connecting to Creation | Helena Froehlich

Helena Froehlich is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and energy practitioner who has has lived and danced in France, Germany and the USA. She has studied dance and movement forms, mostly ballet and modern dance, and received several scholarships and grants for her dance and choreographic endeavors. Since 1978, she has been dancing, teaching or choreographing in many companies and schools including: École municipal de danse Strasbourg, Opera du Rhin, Centre National de Danse Contemporaine, Association & Compagnie CreationDance (France), Stadt Theater Biberach, Tanz! (Germany),and the American Repertory Ballet, Princeton. Currently teaching at the Boston Ballet School. Helena is the artistic director of CreationDance, in residence at the First Unitarian Society Newton, dancing in churches and performances around the Boston area. She loves dance, spirituality and exploring human nature. She believes that human beings are like musical instruments, and that they tune and raise their energy as they dance, resonating with everyone around them and with the planet. Helena encourages her dancers to experience dance as a moving prayer and meditation, as a daily practice indoors or in nature. She studies several energy modalities and is a certified practitioner of the EMF Balancing Technique.

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Jacob’s Pillow Trip

Saturday, July 29

“The Pillow” is a treasured 220-acre National Historic Landmark, a recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, and home to America’s longest-running international dance festival in Lee, Massachusetts. It is lauded worldwide as a “hub and mecca of dancing” (TIME Magazine), “one of America’s most precious assets” (Mikhail Baryshnikov) and “the dance center of the nation” (The New York Times).

Our excursion will include:

  • 1:00 pm – Bus leaves Connecticut College
  • Dancing in the Aisles! More Creative Choreography
  • 3:30 pm – Buses arrive at Jacob’s Pillow – time to Explore
  • 4:00 pm – Pillow Talk with Jacob’s Pillow archivist Norton Owen
  • 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Picnic Dinner at Jacob’s Pillow
  • 6:00 pm – Inside Out Performance – Catherine Dunham Legacy Dance – Outside Stage
  • 7:00 pm – Sacred Dance Guild – Pillow Pop Up Dance! A Kaleidoscope of Sacred Dancers!
  • 7:30 pm – Bus returns to Connecticut College
  • 10:00 pm – Arrive and Rest

For more information about Jacob’s Pillow, visit ciweb.org.

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“Sharings” are a cherished festival tradition, stretching back the the SDG’s very first festivals 65 years ago! A sharing is an informal time to present a dance you have been working on to other festival participants. We provide the space, the technology and a supportive audience. You bring your dance, your music and your costuming, as you need. Festival participants are usually happy to offer feedback, if you’d like. Sharings are often some of the most inspiring moments of festival. This year the “traditional” Sharing time will be 7:30 – 8:30 on Friday, July 28th. It will be OPEN to all and somewhat informal!

Other ways to share! There are many ways to share our experience at festival! Anytime there isn’t something specific going on – YOU can share with others – in any way you would like! Teach a specific dance, explore an idea for choreography, try out something together… ??

ALSO – this year we are inviting you to SHARE what you bring with you! Bring your own “bag” (from a past Festival, from another event, something special to you…??) and in that bag bring something that is ready to be shared with someone else! The bag itself can be a story – but what else is in that bag? A personal/dance story, a memory – and/or something tangible – a book, music, jewelry, dance wear?? What item is ready to leave your space and enter someone else’s??

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Registration Fees

The full package includes all festival events, Jacob’s Pillow Trip, accommodation on campus (Thursday to Saturday) and meals (dinner on Thursday, three meals Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday). for three nights and all meals at Connecticut College

  • Full package – SDG Members & Affiliates: $495 USD
  • Full package – Non-members: $555 USD

The Program Only includes all festival events and Jacob’s Pillow Trip. Meals can be purchased – cash – at the cafeteria. There is an ATM on site.

  • Program Only $255 USD


Cancellation Policy

Full refunds are available until June 27, 2023. A $20 cancellation fee will be charged to cover administrative fees. No refunds after June 27, 2023; however, tuition, room and board are transferable.


For general inquiries:

1-877-422-8678 (toll-free in North America)
+1-410-647-5002 (outside of North America, answered by Next Wave Group)

Click the names below to email:

Registrar: Wendy Morrell
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