Grieving Together

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 bearers of this ritual: Sobunfu Somé of the Dagara people and Zahava Griss and the Touch & Play community.

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.

Planetary Dance

Photo from Earthalive.com

CANCELED due to COVID-19

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