“This is what rituals are for. We do spiritual ceremonies as human beings in order to create a safe resting place for our most complicated feelings of joy or trauma, so that we don't have to haul those feelings around with us forever, weighing us down. We all need such places of ritual safekeeping.”
- Elizabeth Gilbert
The photo above is of the center altar from "A Tarot Mini-Retreat with the Hanged Man card: The Art of Letting Go." I love ritual. I love creating the space for classes, workshops, retreats and individual encounters with clients. Creating space is ritual for me. The process forces me to slow down and make decisions about color, texture, scent, sound, and resources with great intention. When I sweep the floor, at home or at one of the studios where I teach, I have a ritual of visualizing the broom sweeping light and sparkles of love onto the dance floor. When I lay out tarot cards, I ask that each image be received with openness, love and receptivity. And I never end a class, workshop or client session without a proper closing ritual.
What I have found is that when we are in transition, ritual serves as a way to honor where we've been before we step in a new or other direction. So many of us experience ritual to celebrate or honor major milestones: births, deaths, rites of passage, weddings, birthdays, graduations, retirement, etc.
There are also rituals that are highly personal. The kind that you often can't find a Hallmark card for like...releasing the dream of getting pregnant, a cancer diagnosis, losing the identify of beloved daughter after a parent dies, rediscovering yourself after divorce, saying a tender goodbye to a place you went to create and heal, releasing an old dream you've outgrown for a new one, changing careers, shedding an old identity that doesn't serve you anymore
...the list goes on. Each of these transitions are little "deaths." They simultaneously mark endings and new beginnings.
Last month, at the Gaian Soul Retreat
, I was deeply touched and moved by the power of collective ritual. There's something infinitely powerful about a group that comes together, with intention, to co-create ritual to support one another through a grieving process. I knew months ago that Death would be the focus of ArcanaDance for the month of October. What I didn't fully grasp was the power of honoring death, or transition, in community. I thank my mentor, Joanna Powell Colbert, for modeling with impeccability, the power of facilitating ritual in community.
My living room is small and I am feeling called to hold space for a larger group to come together to encourage
and support one another in creating a ritual to honor personal transitions in their lives. Lucky me, I found that space today!! Amazing Grace Spiritual Center
is in the Ballard neighborhood in Seattle. The Sanctuary is a beautiful space with 22 foot ceilings, stained glass art, carpeted floor and temperature control. See a few pics to the right - imagine the cathedral space sans the chairs. We will have a sweet dance floor filled with natural light. I am excited for us to dance with transition in this sacred space.
Join us for Honoring Transitions: A Tarot Workshop with the Death Card
on Saturday, October 28, 11:0am - 5:00pm in the Sanctuary at Amazing Grace Spiritual Center.
Oh and be sure to come to Nia this month - it's the month of birthday and that means super-duper-funtastic classes :)))! My birthday is this Friday and my word for the year is Unstoppable
. More on that in the next newsletter!
Honoring Transitions: A Tarot Workshop with the Death Card
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016
Time: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Amazing Grace Spiritual Center – Sanctuary
2007 NW 61st St., Seattle WA 98107
Cost: $110 by October 24,
$125 after October 24, 2016
Payment: Cash, Check, Square or pay via PayPal
To register: firstname.lastname@example.org
When we dance with transition, we are taken on a journey across a threshold from one way of living to another. For every ending, there is a new beginning. In the tarot, the Death card represents the archetype of transition. During this workshop we will use tarot, movement and music to craft our own personal ritual to honor a transition in your life.
And coming up!
The Dance of Death: A Somatic Exploration of Transitions -
When: Sundays, October 16, 23 and 30, 2016
Time: 9:00am - 10:15am
Where: Balance Studio in Fremont.
Cost: $15 drop-in, $45 for 3 classes or if you have a class card with Jennifer. Drop-in's are welcome!
During this three-week series we will explore the tarot card, Death. In the tarot, the Death card represents the archetype of transition and transformation. Death invites us to release the past, clear away what is no longer relevant in our lives while transitioning to new beginnings. This is the perfect archetype to explore when you are seeking ways to honor endings in your life, such as the loss of relationships/career/moving to a new home/old habits or beliefs, whilst reconciling the feelings of loss and anticipation of the new.
The Dance of the High Priestess: An Exploration of Intuition
Date: Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 6:00pm- 8:00pm.
Location: Embody Movement Studio & Lifestyle Boutique
, 115 S Tower Ave, Centralia, WA 98531
To register: EmbodyCentralia@gmail.com
In the tarot, the High Priestess card represents the archetype of inner knowing, our intuition.
Coming to this introductory ArcanaDance workshop will allow you to:
- Discover how your intuition speaks to you through your body.
- Deepen your intuition.
- Develop a practice that honors your inner truth.
I will also be co-teaching Nia with Embody owner, Christina Wolf, Saturday, November 19, 2016, 9:00am - 10:00am.
There are some fantastic training and blast class opportunities coming up later this week and next week, including options to dance with my beloved Nia trainer-mentor-guide, Britta Von Tagen! See all the classes here
So looking forward to dancing with you for my birthday month!