Epiphany Party

Here are the dances we did tonight at the Unitarian Church’s annual women’s gathering:

Round dance – Aline

One – Mary

Watermark – Mairy

Ancient Trees – Mairy

Here Now – Darlene

Eno Sagrado – Mary

We Are – Darlene

Shannon Lullaby – Mairy

Leben – Nan

Let it be a Dance – Mary

All My Life’s a Circle – Mary

Travelling Light – Mairy

Dark Waltz – Mairy  Click here for the lyrics and to purchase on iTunes

Candle Dances – Darlene

Blessed Be

Go in Beauty

 

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My New Year’s Resolution – Even More Dancing

Yes, for the third or is it fifth or tenth? year in the row, my New Year’s resolutions will include: more dancing!

Some of us look at women even older than ourselves- and are amazed at their energy. Asked how they do it, the answer is: keep dancing! (Marta and Sheila B come to mind!)

This fall, I started a new circle dance group that combines earth spirituality ritual with circle dance. We’ve had three sessions and it’s a lovely gathering. For February, we’re going to also do a workshop afterwards 2-4pm on tarot card divination. If successful, that might continue as it’s been a while since anyone was prepared to offer the full Paganism 101 course.

GLAD – another combo of gathering, labyrinth, art and dance, continues on third Thursday 11am -1 pm with myself, Mairy and Darlene leading dances. We even went ahead with Dec. 21 Winter Solstice (but moved it to my co-op in view of the predicted snow).

I usually attend the two regular monthly circle dances at the Unitarian Centre but usually get to just relax and dance, focusing my volunteer efforts on nurturing these two small groups (usually 6-10 people) where I feel more confident leading dances and get to exercise my creativity at weaving the program and including art and ritual.

And of course I continue to have ideas about special events focused on or including circle dance. I love a party!

So maybe I should get SMART (specific, measurable, achievable — or is that artistic? — realistic — or is that ritualistic? – and time-based. They say announcing goals helps to achieve them, so here we go:

  • to have at least 10 dances I could lead without any preparation (I may be almost there.)
  • to have 50 I am confident to lead with a small amount of prep (and a “confidence” card reminder)
  • To spread my enthusiasm and welcome newbies to circle dance by:
  • to post regularly (at least twice a month) to this blog
  • to post at least once a month to my mailchimp reminder email list
  • to get a really nice white night outfit that I adore wearing. Oh and white shoes and socks too!Image result for tattered wedding dress skirt
  • to engage more kids in circle dance (at least maypole dancing–maybe more)

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Image result for bride dresses ragsI “commit” to these knowing that at any time I can go in and amend, and you’ll never know which were the original goals. :>)

Which of these images do you like the best?

Are you ready to make resolutions?

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First Annual Women’s Winter Gathering was a big success

On Sunday night we had what is now (I hope) the first annual Winter Women’s Gathering hosted by the Unitarian Church of Vancouver. The theme song is “Make New Friends but Keep the Old” and I think everyone made at least one new friend. Including me! There were 5 women there I’d never met before – nice to meet you! And I hope we’ll meet again.

Thirty-four women attended and most chose to participate in the sacred circle dance, including many who had never done this before. I was definitely “outside my comfort zone” as Darlene put it in sharing two dances. I’ll get better at that and we’ll try to get the choir to re-record the songs for us! Our choir director and music assistant seem very open to supporting the dancers in this way.

As well as dancing there were other activities. A mandala table cloth was created with Crayola fabric markers. Many people visited the meditation room to draw a tarot card or rune to nudge them into the new year.

People brought mathoms (Hobbit word for recycled gifts) and then chose one to take home. Those not taken will be donated to the Refugee committee to sell or pass along to the two refugee families we’re currently supporting: a Tibetan family and two young women from Eritrea. I came home with two mathoms and managed to resist a few that tempted me.

We ended the evening with lighting a cauldron and sharing what we were leaving behind with 2015. As several people talked about resolutions to “prune”, I’m guessing others were also being careful about how many mathoms they let follow them home.

The donations totalled $204 towards the $1000 we are raising for the labyrinth fund.

During the cauldron burning, I announced that I was letting go of committee work. A poem by Marge Piercey came to mind where the final two lines are:

No more committees but only picnics and orgies
and dances. I have spoken. So be it forevermore.

Now, letting go of committees, for me, just means I’d prioritize picnics and dances (maybe not orgies) over attending committee meetings, so if you’d like to be on the “committee” (quote-unquote) to make more dances and picnics (and labyrinth walking and art) happen at UCV and open to all, I’d definitely like to hear from you as to how you’d like to contribute.

Thank you to the many of you who came early to help set-up and/or stayed late to clean up. Many hands make light work!

Let it be a dance!

Lots of good New Year’s blessings to all of you,