Part of the Cherry Valley Holiday Open House Weekend.
Part of the Cherry Valley Holiday Open House Weekend.
A grief ritual. We did it again. We laid the stones, lit the fire, called in the sisters and the spirits and let go. Singing, moving, crying, supporting, falling, rising, breathing, drumming…
I am grateful for these hills, the creeks, rain, snow and wind. I am grateful for wise mother moon and the sun, sometimes shining down and warming my skin and very often hiding. You all nourish me and I am an extension of you.
I am grateful for the ancestral guardians of this place, the Kanien’kehá:ka people, who honor mother earth and lay down their lives to protect her. This land was stolen from them through deceit, broken promises and bloodshed. To this day, indigenous people are on the front lines of protecting our planet from extractive industries that destroy everything in their path. You can learn more and support the Wet’suwet’en people at http://www.yintahaccess.com.
I am grateful for my sister who taught me deep love, unwavering support and through her death, perseverance through incredible grief.
Our gathering and collective release was a stone thrown into a lake. Under the surface, stress, anger and loneliness swirl. With each brave step forward, the ripples pass through us, through our close ones and out into the world. It felt so very right.
With my re-found friend and soul sister, anything is possible. I am grateful for you, Erin. Expect great things to come!
May you, oh reader, find a way to release what is holding you back, so that life can flow through you once more.
The Planetary Dance is an annual all-day ritual of healing and community renewal. It brings people of all ages and abilities together in a beautiful setting to dance for a purpose. The Planetary Dance Community invites people all over the world to join in a dance for peace in their own communities and peace with the Earth.
In June of 2020, we will hold the Planetary Dance in Cherry Valley, NY.
Contact Angelica Dzeli Palmer for more information and to help make it happen.
“It’s going to take the willing commitment of enough people to say we will heal this earth. Every step is a prayer, and we must pray together for the healing of the earth… The circle is an act of unity, and the four directions give it stability. It’s the squared circle which is the archetypal mandala of harmony.”– Anna Halprin, Moving Toward Life: Five Decades of Transformational Dance, p. 200, 1995, Wesleyan University Press
Through creative arts and practical projects, stories and sharing circles, we teach young women to listen to and trust their intuition as well as how to strengthen their relationships to nature and each other. They learn how to take care of their bodies and their hearts during puberty, menstruation and beyond. Throughout the program, we will listen to our body’s wisdom, shown through our senses and the range of our emotions.
We come together as a circle to feel the trust, focus, contentedness and positive energy that happens when women and girls meet intentionally. All of this cultivates self-esteem, self-confidence and a feeling of being rooted in Mother Earth and lovingly held by something larger than yourself.
This program is inspired by the Journey of Young Women training program, which all the facilitators of WillowGrove have completed.
When: Our meetings will be Saturdays from 9am – noon on the following dates: October 12th, 19th and 26th, November 9th, 16th, and 23rd. A Mom’s circle will be held on September 28th.
Where: This program will be at the home of Normandy Alden at 15 Hill Street in Cooperstown, NY.
How: We will hold informational meetings on Thursday, September 12th at 6:30pm and Monday, September 16th at 6pm at 15 Hill St, Cooperstown.
Cost: The cost of this program is $225 per student plus a $50 materials fee. Scholarships may be available.
Registration deadline is September 21st
1) please click “Add to cart” below and pay the course fee.
2) follow this link to fill out the registration form
Please contact Maria at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Normandy Alden, Facilitator, is a mother, potter, and co-owner of Cairncrest Farm in West Winfield. She has an MFA in ceramics and teaches part time at Hartwick College. In 2006, 7, and 9 she worked as a crew leader for The Student Conservation Association and led groups of high school students doing trail work in National Parks in Virginia, Maine and Alaska. Among her many hobbies are gardening, sewing, hiking and playing music on her ukulele.
Angelica Palmer, Facilitator, is an artist, accountant and mother living in Cherry Valley. She has performed, taught, led workshops and hosted events interweaving community, activism and performance for many years. She teaches contact improv dance, leads women’s and girl’s circles and teaches Nourish workshops on consent, communication and touch. Angelica has an MA in Experimental Performance and Social Activism from the New College of California and a BS in Statistics and International Development from Cornell U. Her websites are dzeli.com and greencircleny.com.
Maria Llanos Kaltenbach, Parent Liaison for Autumn 2019, mother of 2, has been a community activist and volunteer for over 18 years. Her adventures include going abroad to El Salvador on a medical and dental mission, helping in Honduras with a water purification system for a village of 42 families, and traveling to Texas to help refugees seeking asylum. In her community of Cooperstown, she volunteers with the League of Women Voters, the Glimmerglass Festival Guild, the SSPCA, and the Cooperstown PTA among others. Her goal in life is to raise strong women.
August 16 – August 18
Magical Forest Location near Hartwick, NY, address shared after registering
$25 per family
We will be gathering on the weekend of the Full Harvest Moon for the 5th annual Wild Women Retreat. A magical relaxing weekend of sister time, ritual and play awaits! Registration is due 7/31.
We have a beautiful space with woods and fields and a swimming pond… a covered pavilion and room for camping… It is quite lovely and it’s secluded and perfect for our gathering. We come together to celebrate and honor ourselves, our sisters, our connection with nature and the cycles of life. We share food and co-create the magic of the weekend with our offerings.
Every year we have had more and more women join us, so we expect this year to be the same. We have limited space so register soon to reserve your space!
This event is for female self-identified people. Saturday during the day, pre-teen girls and infants are welcome as well.
1) please click “Add to cart” below and pay the $25 registration fee.
2) follow this link to fill out the registration form
In keeping with the collaborative beauty of sisterhood, we will each contribute in a few ways:
Meals are done potluck style. Alanna Rose will be coordinating food this year. Once registration has closed and we have a full head count for the weekend, she will contact you with your meal assignment. You can then sign up for whichever part of that meal that suits you. Meals will be arranged to provide a spectrum of dishes to accommodate various dietary restrictions (i.e vegetarian, vegan, paleo, etc).
Any mothers of picky eaters who will be joining us on Saturday are encouraged to come prepared with a sack lunch or snacks in the event your little one finds our menu unpalatable ?
In addition to food, we ask you to make an offering of your time and skills. That’s where the magic happens. Take some time to think about what being wild means to you. What does it feel like in your body? What activities, thoughts, movements are wild? From this place of wildness, what wisdom can you share with other women that you’ve gathered over your life? Perhaps there’s an activity or a practice of yours you’d like to share. Or maybe there is a topic you’re curious about and you’d like us to explore it together and pool our wisdom. Saturday is the time to share these offerings.
Friday afternoon we set up the space, share dinner and at dusk, there will be a opening ritual of transformation and connection.
Saturday is our family day, so babies and young girls are welcome to join us during the day to frolic in the woods. It is a time to share gifts, skills, knowledge, workshops, whatever we bring with us and create from the earth.
Saturday night is the Bonfire, so bring your howls, your magic, your drums and your bells. This is indeed a Circle of the Circles and our monthly magic is magnified, so come prepared to let it all go and embrace the wild.
Sunday we share breakfast, relax a final time by the pond and break up camp.
A magical relaxing weekend of sister time, ritual and play awaits!
More details on specific times and locations of this upcoming performance to be posted soon.
June 15 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: To be shared upon registration, Roseboom, NY
Grief is a river; it flows from a deep place and only knows rest when it reaches the ocean. If it is dammed up, blocked with a giant boulder of fear or judgement, the pressure that builds affects every other part of you. When given a safe and supported place, we can slowly chip away at our boulders and dams and let our grief flow out and our bodies heal.
Inspired by the grief rituals of the Dagara tribe of Burkina Faso and the work of Sobonfu Somé and Zahava Griss, we come together through drums, song and movement, supporting each other’s grieving process as we strengthen the collective.
This interactive workshop, led by Dzeli (Angelica Palmer of Cooperstown), includes movement, drumming and song to work towards healing and a sense of safety and community. Participants may be dealing with personal or general issues. All welcome. Size is limited. Pre-enrollment required.
(Minimum enrollment must be met to be offered). Fee: $20.
Reservations requested by June 13 at 5PM.
You can sign up at the Art Garage Sat. June 8 between 10Am-1PM; or any day until June 13 at 5PM: Simply text 315-941-9607 to make arrangements, or email email@example.com.
A venue for the unusual: performance art, sculpture from found objects, dance, poetry, artifacts… anything with a story and a heart.
Living in a rural town, remote from any urban center, can be challenging. Where do you share your creativity? Where are the weirdos? How do you stay focused on creating while balancing paying the bills and family time?
Here’s a solution! Join fellow artists and art-lovers for this bi-monthly event to share our art and support each other’s creative process.
Food is a big part of this, so please bring a dish to pass as well.
All disciplines and skill-levels are welcome.
To join the discussion : facebook group
A free form dance party
June 1st, 2019 at 7pm
Upper Susquehanna Cultural Center
77 North Main St, Milford, NY
$10 – $20 sliding scale, kids free
Join us for an Ecstatic Dance!
Come dance the night away to the magic of DJ Noah Johannesen.
Let the music lift you to a higher plane. Let your stress and thoughts wash away as your body moves to the beat. We begin with a circle of intention and close with a circle of reflection.
If you haven’t heard of ecstatic dances before, they’re big clean spaces for free form dancing. The music is eclectic: electronic, world, funk, pop, whatever keeps the energy flowing.
Create y(our) Relationship With Nature
What a beautiful intimate experience it was, offering myself as your sculpture and canvas. Thank you for your playful exploration. I am joyous to see the depth and vitality of your relationship with Nature.