Sacred Dance Guild offers many different programs as part of our commitment to advocate for dance as a sacred art, to promote dance as a means of spiritual growth and integration of mind, body and spirit and to create community. Some of these are regular programs such as Festivals, Sacred Dance Journeys, Videos, etc. which have their own pages on the Website. Other programs happen as the call arises! Some of the current programs being offered or one recently offered are:
September 16 & 17, 2022 – WONDERFUL NEWS!!! Finally, the Sacred Dance Guild is having an “in person” event! This will be a small group retreat (maximum 20 people) held mostly out doors at the awesome Satori Center for Nature and Forest Therapy in Marlow, New Hampshire with the creator/director of the Center and long time Sacred Dance Guild facilitator, Dianne Eno! JOIN US for the adventure! REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW! CLICK HERE!
Satori (悟り) is a Japanese Buddhist term for awakening, “comprehension; understanding” derived from the Japanese verb satoru. In the Zen Buddhist tradition, satori refers to a deep experience of “kenshō”, “seeing into one’s true nature”. Ken means “seeing,” shō means “nature” or “essence”.
We will personally and collectively engage “kenshō” as we gather on Friday evening with refreshments on the terrace and then begin our exploration of our internal and external Mandala Pathways centering ourselves and breathing in the space as we come together in community ending with a Candlelight Moving Mandala.
On Saturday, following a continental gathering breakfast, Dianne Eno will lead us through a morning Forest Bathing experience as we explore the Embodied Forest and the Sacred Spaces. We’ll move through the day with movement, dance and visual arts, including a simple lunch.
Some of our weekend explorations of “Embodied Forest, Sacred Space—Mandala Pathways” will include:
- Satori Loop Exercise
- Moving Mandala experience
- Lighting of the Candle Mandala
- Embodied Scan
- A “worry” stone ritual and Indigenous acknowledgement
- Pleasures of Presence – sensory check in
- “Sit-Spot” exercise
- A “Solo Sensory Exploration” experience
- “Dialoguing with Trees” using dance/movement as language
- Create a personal mandala “Offering to the Forest”
- “Tea Ceremony” with foraged tea
- Create a “woven” Mandala (possible guest dancer/textile artist Kris McClanahan)
- Cloud Study Embodiment Exercise
- Counsel Circle times to share
$120.00 (SDG Members – $130 Non Members) – includes all workshops, refreshments and art supplies.
Accommodation – If you are coming from a distance and need accommodation, there are many places near Marlow, New Hampshire! If you would like suggestions contact firstname.lastname@example.org
REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW! CLICK HERE!
We are very blessed to have this be the Sacred Dance Guild’s first on line multi week program organized and sponsored by the SDG and facilitated by a Sacred Dance Guild approved facilitator.
The Moving Through Grief program with Tricia mary Lee (from her home in Tapau, New Zealand – very recently moved from Australia) took place for 8 weeks from March 31st to May 19, 2022. This Sacred Dance Guild journey through the landscape of Grief, [which may be personal or collective, old or new], took place within the confidentiality of a small group and from the comfort of each person’s own “home and heart” space via the blessings of Zoom.
“Moving through Grief” offered you a weekly Sacred Retreat of time and focus to recognize, explore, reflect, connect, release, revalue, rediscover and recreate your personal dance with Grief. In Divine surrender and through the grace of Great Love we embrace both the dark and the light of our transformational “Sole to Soul” journey ”
The sessions were each be 1.5 hours in length and took place on line on Thursday evenings (7:30 pm EDT)/Friday mornings (NZDT) beginning with an Introductory session on March 24th, 2022 (so March 25th for those in NZDT) and then continuing with a deep dive for 8 consecutive weeks ending May 19th/20th, 2022. This program was open to all who feel called.
The cost for the program was $125.00 US for all 9 sessions with a maximum of 12 participants. Limited partial or full scholarships may be available for those in financial need – contact email@example.com
NOTE: This program followed a pilot that was offered by Tricia to a small group in 2021. See comments from some of those participants:
“I felt that I could use the time to engage in my feelings of grief. Sometimes I wouldn’t come in with anything in my thoughts, but through the dance and your process and words, something would arise and be revealed. So it was a mixture of conscious intentions and unconscious intention so coming from a gut level.” “Through it all I was able to have the space to feel the grief deeply. I also really appreciated the common journey between all of those present” “I discovered that I when I let go of the mundane and have time to enter the safe sacred space held by others and felt in the body, I can tap into the what, where, how and why of the layers of my grief how ever big or small. This was profoundly important as I journeyed to a number of important places that are still dancing in me now.” “I felt your deep understanding, presence and commitment to this journey and I love the way you structured each session. I felt it to be extremely valuable and deeply supportive. “
“I found the journey both intensely personal at times, at others time very collective and sometimes a sort of integrated experience. Just being intentional for one hour a week in a supportive and safe environment with others is incredibly healing and helpful. The journey feels much less lonely in many ways.”
“I discovered that opening to the experience, while with the concept of grief at the outset, moved into a much more wholistic life experience reflecting on many aspects if living on the planet in the most balanced way possible.”
“Our grief sessions were helpful in that all that you Tricia said and presented was bathed in healing light and love. Every word, gesture, dance and suggestion radiated empathy directly from your soul. I discovered how to step back from the grief pain into a place for healing. I soaked up the love and light from you Tricia and my fellow grievers.”
“…… out of the blue my body quivered with alarm as I became aware and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. My first dance limitation symptom came while dancing during one of our grief sessions. Then the poems arrived and I knew that we were connecting with the divine. I pushed through that dance knowing I was now ready to face head on any future physical and emotional challenges. “ “This is sacred dance at its best. I became aware of a beautiful and strong energy manifesting in my body, mind and spirit. Thank you Tricia for leading me through an unexpected journey where I discovered that my grief is my strength.”
“Much appreciation Tricia, for your facilitation and guidance in a transformation process of healing, both from a personal journey perspective, but also from what occurs as a collective. “ “I became aware of different layers and connections to grief (loss, regret, sadness, hurt, pain, trauma…). In some cases, it might have been something someone else in the group said or shared, that was a catalyst for an ‘a-ha’ moment or a recognition of a feeling that resonates with what is being expressed and is also part of my story, or part of me.”
SPECIAL NOTE!! As we personally, collectively and globally re-emerge and are embracing many in person activities AND enjoying the wonderful outdoor weather for the seasons we are enjoying, we are re-scheduling this online six week series to take place in the Fall of 2022 or Spring of 2023. Watch for details coming soon!
In this six week adventure we will learn to find our own sacred dance in the spaces around us, mostly in nature. The goal is to develop a close connection between the place and the body and to explore how they speak to and animate one another. We awaken our senses through movement and the imagination, and learn how to create and sustain a soulful dialogue between the body and the place. In each session we choose a place and explore our physical sensations, emotions, images, thoughts, and the soul through dancing and moving in that place. For each session you will be asked to find a particular place or element in the place around you, spend some time in that place, either dancing or simply noticing, listening, and being presenter. In our Zoom gathering we continue and deepen this journey be evoking the place in our mind’s eye again, we maintain this connection in the imagination and notice our physical sensations as we dance and improvise. We will discuss and share, verbally and kinesthetically, as well as use writing and/or drawing for further insights.
The aim of this series of workshops is to find a new sense of liveliness both in how you connect to our body/soul and how you live in your city, town, village or neighborhood. We will learn to connect to the sacred in the body and the sacred in the places around us and express this sacredness in our own unique ways. We hone our intuition, kinesthetic intelligence, expressivity, and empathy for the nonverbal living world around us.
Hiie SAUMAA, PhD, is a somatic movement educator and a dance writer/scholar. She’s from Estonia and currently based in Paris. She writes about movement and health, dance history, and the artistic process. She teaches Nia dance, BodyLogos Strength Training (somatic approach to conditioning and stretching), and JourneyDance (inspirational free dance practice, a movement ritual). She loves to inspire people to enjoy the energy, healing, and aliveness that dancing, and movement can give us. See https://www.hiiesaumaa.com/
Since March 2020, the Sacred Dance Guild has been hosting an on line gathering to be “Socially Present” while “Physically Distant“ during this unexpected time in our personal, collective and global experience! These “live from our living room sessions” have been held most Sunday evenings (EST!). They are free, informal, intimate and interactive sharings and are open to 30 (or so!) participants who want to connect in this way. Members and other supporters facilitate each session as their gift to all of us to continue to connect in community and to dance together.
UPDATE – June 2022 – With our in person activities resuming and all of us enjoying the great outdoors we are moving our Sacred Sunday to a monthly format – generally the first Sunday of the month – but do watch the calendar to find exact dates! Check out the EVENT calendar to see both past and future Sacred Sundays!
During the 2021-22 year, as all of us were exploring and expanding our connections during this personal, collective and worldwide experience we wanted to extend the conversation and reflection on the question “Is THIS Sacred Dance?” as far and wide as possible – both from a physical perspective but also from a philosophical perspective. What does “fit” under this umbrella we call Sacred Dance? We have realized that some people have an understanding when they hear that term it means something specifically “religious”, others think of a particular type of dance, such as Sacred Circle Dancing, and everything in between! We decided to throw open our virtual doors and invite panelists from a wide range of backgrounds, experience and understandings to have a conversation and invite others to sit around the table with us.
- Feb. 20, 2021 – The first Conversation/Panel was held February 21st with the focus on Sacred Dance through Social Justice, Differing Abilities, Environment, Community and Ancestral Dreams. See the information on panelists HERE and the recording of the panel HERE.
- June 29, 2021 – For the 2nd panel we moved to specific faith and spiritual expressions and explored them from the perspective of individuals who are part of the North American mosaic. See the information on panelists HERE and the recording of the panel HERE.
- November 20, 2021 – For the 3rd panel the focus shifted to “Healing” – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. See the information on panelists HERE and the recording of the panel HERE.