Sacred Dance Journeys

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.

In 2015, 2016 and 2017, Tricia mary Lee and Maria Sangiorgi, both dedicated members of the Sacred Dance Guild, led three amazing adventures to Bali (see below).  They offered the generosity of spirit and huge hearts that seem to be in abundance in the Sacred Dance Guild village!  In addition to leading these three journeys, when the journey planned for May 2020 was cancelled due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, they leapt forward and created a monthly on line gathering (from June through November) open to all who had been on one of the previous Bali adventures and those who had registered for the 2020 journey.  They offered these as their gifts to participants with nothing asked in return but coming monthly with curiosity, an open heart and willing body.   Using the theme “Grandmother Wisdom Comes Dancing” (which was the theme planned for the 2020 Retreat that was cancelled) participants were profoundly moved each and every month on this journey that we took together.  In appreciation, 7 of the participants created a “Gratitude” Dance to Tricia and Maria as they truly were the “Arms of an Angel” for all over these four years.  The dance was recorded on November 11th, 2020 (twice – since once just isn’t enough!!) and offered to them on line that evening.   See Version 1 and Version 2 and read the tribute to these amazing angels on earth!

As we move into a new time in our lives following our personal, collective and global experience, we are re-visioning the next Bali Sacred Dance Journey to Bali for October 2022.  See information below!

Upcoming Sacred Dance Journey 

Bali: Through Chaos to Creation – Jewels from the Sacred Heart
October 6 – 12, 2022

It seems that Mount Batukaru is calling us back to the mystical island of Bali, Indonesia for a fourth – and final – Sacred Dance Guild journey!   As we are all moving through the time of Chaos into a time of Creation, we will explore the jewels from our Sacred Hearts together.  

Our Bali Experience Creator – Tricia mary Lee – will take us on a profound journey of discovery.    We are blessed to have Marylee Hardenbergh joining us as co-facilitator for the in-person group and Maria Sangiorgi and Helena Froehlich as co-facilitators for our “virtual” group.  Stay tuned for details as to how this will all magically unfold!  

A maximum of 20 participants will experience this amazing, life-changing journey in person.  This year we will add a “virtual” experience in Bali also for a maximum of 20 participants – for those who cannot be with us in person for any number of reasons!  Our global experience with the pandemic has given us much insight and we are very excited to respond to use technology to be as inclusive as possible, to connect, create and continue in community in as many ways as possible!  

  • To Dance, in a Sacred way is to enter into a communion of heart, mind, body and soul with the Great Mystery
  • To Retreat, invites a safe inner space for contemplation, revelation, transformation and illumination.
  • To be in Bali, is to enter a place of beauty which is honoured and Blessed in the Sacred traditions of that culture.

The 2022 retreat invites a brave and conscious preparation as we move “Through Chaos to Creation – Jewels from the Sacred Heart”…. both a personal and a communal Inspired Sacred Dancing response to our fragile  new world (post Covid et al).  “We are the change, We are the Dance, We are the vessels of Inspiration”.  Together we are going to share, to reflect, to grow and to honour our vital contributions as Sacred Dancing women on this beautiful Earth of ours.” Barefoot, Blessed and Beautiful” ….come dance with us.

In addition to 6 nights and 7 days amazing accommodation and meals at the Bali Mountain Retreat (www.balimountainretreat), included also in the rich cultural part of this unique experience are:

The package includes 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 Balinese 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:  The SDG strives to create programs that are as affordable and accessible to all those who would like to participate.  With great care in our budgeting and with the help of our volunteer Board of Directors we are hopeful to be able to hold the Bali Sacred Dance Journey as close to the SAME amount as it was in 2017 as possible (showing below).  Confirmation of amounts will be in June 2022.

Approximately – USD $1,240 (SDG Members) or $1,300 (included one year membership to the Sacred Dance Guild)

 When you discover Mother Bali,  it is as if your soul reconnects with an ancient and sacred part of her deep feminine self that has long been forgotten or neglected.  She breathes in fragrance and beauty, touches you with tenderness, serenades you to soften and surrender, and then dances with you in delight.” 

Dawn Harris – participant in the 2017 Journey shares her experience ““I had the immense pleasure of participating in the Sacred Women, Sacred Dance retreat in Bali in the fall of 2017. How do I put into words an experience that is beyond words? It was first and foremost deeply transformative on every level – body, mind and soul … connection to community, culture, nature and spirit. This experience literally blew my heart and soul wide open. I had never before felt so loved, loveable, and loving. I cried many many tears of pure joy. I had also never before felt my movement/dance more authentic, inspired and beautiful. I opened to flow …in my body, in community and in nature. And our amazing facilitators, Tricia Mary Lee and Maria Sangiorgi, choreographed this incredible journey with their unique and personal grace, wisdom, love and beauty. The retreat was exquisitely designed to open us to the special beauty and wonder of being women, and yet felt utterly organic. Every detail, and there were so many, flowed in a way that left me feeling completely cared for and therefore able to let go with trust into the completeness of the experience. And then there’s the location … the Bali Mountain Retreat Centre on Mt. Batakaru, Bali. WOWZA! All my senses were awakened with such intensity! I danced in communion with the rich sounds, smells and beauty of the mountain forest (and the chanting of the monks). Truly unforgettable and wholly moving. I will be forever grateful to Tricia and Maria and the Sacred Dance Guild, and also to myself for stepping out of my comfort zones. Such a gift.”

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.

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Bali: Dancing the Sacred Lotus Heart
May 16 to 22, 2016

Meditating on Mount Batukaru, Bali
Meditating on Mount Batukaru, Bali.

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

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Bali: Dancing the Sacred Wheel of Life
May 3 to 8, 2015

Bali retreat co-facilitator Maria Sangiorgi enjoying a blissful moment.
Bali retreat co-facilitator Maria Sangiorgi enjoying a blissful moment.

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

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Sedona and the Grand Canyon
October 5 to 9, 2011

Meditating with the sacred surroundings at the Grand Canyon.
Meditating with the sacred surroundings at the Grand Canyon.

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)

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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.