August 26: Sacred Rhythm and Ecstatic Dance in World Religions with Laurie Blue Heron
Rhythm plays a large role in many religions around the world, serving as a bridge between mundane and divine realms. While focusing on cultures of Africa and her Diaspora, we will discuss the role of music, dance, and song to strengthen connections within communities and as a means to transcend day to day realities. We will listen to recordings of traditional trance rhythms from several different cultures, and will compare our individual reactions to those of other workshop participants in group discussion. Finally, a simple, but highly effective, trance rhythm will be taught using hand claps and provided instruments, so that participants can experience concepts of rhythmic ecstasy directly. No drumming or musical experience is needed.
Selena Fox is a Nature priestess, Pagan author, & Shamanic counselor. Her approach to spirituality combines Pagan folkways, multicultural shamanism, & transpersonal psychology. Her Nature Magic writings, rituals, chants, & photographs are published in print & online. She travels widely presenting workshops & ceremonies & does a weekly podcast, Nature Folk. She has a MS in counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is founder & senior minister of Circle Sanctuary & is director of its Circle Cemetery. More info: www.selenafox.com & www.facebook.com/SelenaFoxUpdates
Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve is a 200 acre Nature sanctuary in the forested hills of southwestern Wisconsin, near Barneveld. This sacred Pagan land, owned & operated by Circle Sanctuary, includes a stone circle, sacred spring, spiral labyrinth, indoor temple, Green cemetery, and other ceremonial areas. More info: www.circlesanctuary.org/land
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