May 26-28, 2023
“It is through stillness and movement that we begin to see the interconnectednesses among all things.”
The Women’s Web of Life Dance is about looking down the threads of life (both forward and backward) and seeing all the possible consequences of our choices. It is about seeing, understanding, and ultimately taking responsibility for what we set in motion. It is about gaining understanding of how we affect the strands next to us and across from us, indeed the whole web of life. Maybe it’s about learning how every single little thing that we do affects the whole.
Working together in community we create the Arbor, which is oval in shape with thirteen poles – twelve around the perimeter and the thirteenth placed inside. We dance with a fire at the center of the Arbor offering us the opportunity to make choices, through movement, to let go of or transmute what no longer serves us and the ability to create life anew.
This Dance is a little like the Sun-Moon Dance in that Spirit has shown us to dance back and forth to the center--but in this case we dance to the fire, which gives us the energy to create. This Dance is also a little like the Long Dance in that we also have been shown to dance around the circle (and perhaps even at times later into the night). We have been told to shape the dance area like an egg and put up thirteen poles--twelve around the perimeter and a larger thirteenth pole at the edge of the dance area.
Although the dancers and the crew are all women, men are invited and encouraged to help prepare the dance area on Friday afternoon and to return on Sunday to partake in the feast.
For information, please contact Jennilea or Heather by email
Jennilea Beem: Phone 615-691-2721
Heather Robinson:Phone 865-414-9492
There will be an afternoon orientation, teaching, and sweat lodge on Friday. The Drum Dance and fasting begins immediately after the sweat lodge and ends sometime on Sunday.
Plan to arrive by noon on Friday. If you can arrive early, your help will be needed to prepare for the dance, including sweat lodge preparations, wood splitting, stone and pole gathering, ground preparation, etc. It is important for every dancer to be here for the beginning of the dance.
A food and water fast is recommended for the duration of the dance. Those who have special medical needs and/or who are taking medication may discuss it with the dance chief prior to the dance.
You will not need food or water during the Dance. We will be fasting.
Each dancer is requested to bring food to share for the feast following the Dance. Please do not bring anything that needs major cooking or preparation. Food may be taken to the kitchen prior to the Dance. Refrigeration is available. Bring an item to give away for the giveaway ceremony following the feast and sharing.
The Dancer contribution for this dance is $300.00. Staff recommendation is $50.00. This covers the expenses necessary to hold the dance. There is never a charge for ceremony. Payment options are available when arrangements are made in advance. There is also a work exchange program in place at the Center.
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