November 08 - 11
09:00AM - 04:00PM

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Bethlehem Centre invites the public to experience an energizing and inspiring private weekend retreat of circle dance, chakra dance and ecstatic dance and movement. The facilitators featured are Laura Shannon – Ancient Sacred Dance; Joanne and Richard Sales – Dances of Universal Peace featuring Jewish, Christian, Sufi and Zen Buddhism religions; Ann Hilker – Sacred Circle Dance; Taiya Curle – Chakra Dance; Dancing Wolf – Visual arts presenter and past organizer of One Heart Dances; Kimberly Bramadat – Meditative Ecstatic Dance and event organizer.

This exciting all day dance retreat takes place from 3 PM Friday November 8, 2019 to 1 PM Monday November 11, 2019 at Westwood Lake’s the Bethlehem Centre at 2371 Arbot Rd., in Nanaimo, BC.  Accommodations with three meals are included for the private retreat $695-for Single room and shared bathroom, $575 Shared bedroom and bathroom, or Commuter-$495 including tuition and meals only, excluding breakfast. Sunday from 9:30 to 11 AM the general PUBLIC is invited to participate in the dance led by facilitators and all are welcome to attend.  Monday from 10 to 11:30 AM participants can experience a last retreat gathering of the Spiritual bouquet of dance: A hybrid of Movement Theologies.

Friday’s retreat schedule includes a 3-6 pm welcome with dinner; program introduction and information; followed by initiating your personal reflective theological writing; ending with a community circle dance from 7-9 pm.  On Saturday from 9-11:30 AM with Joanne and Richard Sales, The Dances of Universal Peace are simple, meditative, joyous, multi-cultural circle dances that use sacred phrases, chants, music, and movements from the many traditions of the earth to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and others. The dances promote peace and integration within individuals and groups worldwide. There are no performers nor audience – new arrivals and old hands form the circle together. No prior experience is necessary.

From 1:30-4 PM participants will experience the mystery of the ancient sacred circle dance with presentation and movement led by Laura Shannon.  Laura Shannon holds an honours degree in Intercultural Studies (1986) and a postgraduate diploma in Dance Movement Therapy (1990), trained in Sacred Dance at the Findhorn Foundation in 1987, she has been a faculty member of the Sacred Dance Department there since 1998.

Laura will present an illustrated talk on the Ancient History of Sacred Dance, followed by an experiential session of Women’s Ritual Dances of Greece and the Balkans. These dances are ancient traditional circle dances which have roots in the Neolithic period, going back up to 10,000 years. They honour the Divine Mother in her earliest names and forms, and they are still living ritual dances in the present-day Christian tradition. Cap off the evening from 7 to 9 PM with The Practise: Hybrid of Movement Theology – Meditative Ecstatic Dance.

The Universal Dance of Peace will take place to honour veterans during 2019 Remembrance Day. Inquire at the office for further retreat information by phone at 250.754.3254 or by email Participants can bring a meaningful song, poem or short dance to end the workshop and begin their new journey anew.

Register for the retreat on the Bethlehem Centre website online: Spirituality without Borders ~ The Bethlehem Centre – your sacred space for retreats and conferences.

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