SACRED CIRCLE DANCE ON THE EVE OF THE WINTER SOLSTICE
COME JOIN US IN THE DANCE
DECEMBER 21, 2018
6:30 P.M. TO 9:30 P.M.
LITTLE RED WAGON WINERY
Thank you all who came out to the Dance - it was a blistery, rainy night and traveling was awkward!
Here is a short video clip of one of the dances - Enjoy!
Invitation to the Dance in December 2018!
You are invited to take time out of this busy season to join hands in sacred dance and enter the longest night of the year in community.
Our solstice ritual will take place in the beautiful reception room at the winery.
We will light a candle in the dark, a light of peace, hope, faith and love.
Together we will take our place in the continuum of time, welcoming our Earth Star’s journey of returning light. Each dance will be taught, no experience required. (Note: it is custom to wear dress, flat, or no shoes)
The Wisdom of the Mystics will
BE OUR companion on this beautiful
Winter Solstice Night!
Contact Sharron Cosgrove 819 923 5980
THE CELEBRATION WILL INCLUDE
Closing the circle & the dance begins
Music & beautiful Dance shown to attendees by the Facilitators -
Break where warm Chai is served (please note the bar is not opened that evening)
Dance winds down 9:20
DATE: December 21, 2018
TIME: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
TIME: Please arrive at 6:15. We will begin promptly at 6:35pm. and end at 9:20 pm.
Please RSVP Thank you
Learn about Winter Solstice and Learn about Sacred Circle Dance!
What is the Winter Solstice ?
Winter solstice is an astronomical phenomenon, which marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Winter solstice occurs for the Northern Hemisphere in December and for the Southern Hemisphere in June.
The Winter Solstice in Ottawa, Canada is on
Friday, December 21, 2018 at 5:23 pm EST
Since the beginning of time as we know it, the Winter Solstice celebrates the return of hope to our land as our planet experiences the first slow turn toward greater daylight. Soon we will welcome the return of the sun and the coming of springtime. As we do so, let us remember and embrace the positive, enriching aspects of winter's darkness.
As the Winter Solstice approaches in the north, we notice the changes: the days of light are shorter, the darkness is longer, the weather is cold, the trees are bare, and snow is often on the ground. John Matthews, who has lectured widely on Celtic and Arthurian traditions, has written this lyrical passage about Winter Solstice:
"The Solstice is a time of quietude, of firelight, and dreaming, when seeds germinate in the cold earth, and the cold notes of church bells mingle with the chimes of icicles. Rivers are stilled and the land lies waiting beneath a coverlet of snow. We watch the cold sunlight and the bright stars, maybe go for walks in the quiet land. . . . All around us the season seems to reach a standstill — a point of repose."
On the Winter Solstice we have arrived at the longest night, when the power of the Sun is at its lowest point. From this point of Solstice onward, the Sun will experience a "rebirth" ... Each day will see more and more sunlight from this Solstice until Summer Solstice, when solar influence will be at its peak.
We can all benefit from attention paid to our home planet and to her relationship with the cosmos beyond. Solstice is not about worshipping particular gods or goddesses. It is about life itself, a time express our gratitude for the gifts of light and life.
We must remember that winter darkness has a positive side to it. As we gather to celebrate the first turn from winter to spring, we are invited to recognize and honour the beauty in the often unwanted season of winter. Let us invite our hearts to be glad for the courage winter proclaims. Let us be grateful for the wisdom winter brings in teaching us about the need for withdrawal as an essential part of renewal of ongoing life. Let us also encourage our spirits as Earth prepares to come forth from this time of withdrawal into a season filled with light.
What a perfect time to marry the two on
Winter Solstice Night
December 21, 2018
What is Sacred Circle Dance?
The Roots of The Dance
What has become known as Sacred Circle Dance
(a collection of traditional and not so traditional dances)
is a grass roots phenomenon, which is practiced around the World.
It has become especially interesting for facilitators of dance therapy, of womens & mens’circles, for people
who enjoy the ceremony of the dance and cultivating the energy of community and of the earth relationships.
There is no simple answer to explain the history of Sacred Circle Dance.
While some trace the quickly spreading phenomena to the seeds of Bernard Wosien, a modern and ballet dancer in Europe in the middle of this century, others trace it to Findhorn in Scotland, one of the communities to which Bernard brought the dances.
Others will trace the dance through ancient times to the gnostic and mystic ways, through sufism and teachers like Rumi, back into time.
For sure, we know that dance has been used as celebration since ancient times. Many of the dances and steps that are used in today’s Sacred Circle Dance go far back in time. Some dances are modern music, choreographed by dance facilitators around the world.