Category Archives: Circle Dance

“Priestess of Neskaya”

It feels very scary to call a part of myself “Priestess of Neskaya.” But I think if I were living out of my True Self, that’s who would be manifesting. This blog piece attempts to document a process toward integration … Continue reading

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My Indigenous Celtic Soul

Something I’ve been discovering lately, after reading The Gatherings, is that I in fact have an indigenous soul, and an indigenous spirituality.  I realized that the traditional folk dances are indigenous, they come from people who had lived for generations … Continue reading

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A Container for Initiation

Weller describes the container: What distinguishes these two things is initiation, what I call the contained encounter with death. The containment was provided by the community, by the elders, by the ancestors, by the rituals, by the space itself. In … Continue reading

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Gratitude

I have been concerned lately about what are the things I would really regret not having done if I died tomorrow.  That was the push to get me over the hump to actually write gratitude letters to people I had … Continue reading

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Legacy

Because of Stephen Jenkinson, I’ve been thinking about my legacy.  I don’t care if people remember me.  If Neskaya’s still going, I expect they’ll have a memorial service like the one we did for Evie.  What I do know is … Continue reading

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To Hold Your Work Free from both Hope and Fear

Looking up the source of the story about Yitzhak Perlman, I found it came from a piece by Margaret Wheatley called “Eight Fearless Questions.” Quoting Perlman: “You know, sometimes it is the artist’s task to find out how much music … Continue reading

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Working for Peace, Justice, and Environmental Sanity

In 2004, when the political situation was not nearly as bad as it is now, I reached a point of despair.  I sent out a plea to the Circle Dance network.  (This was before facebook.)  I got lots of supportive … Continue reading

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Broken

from my journal for June 10 One of the dances we did was Broken Hallelujah.  When we go into the center we are reaching out to our broken parts.  I have been imagining that I don’t have any broken parts … Continue reading

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Grandmother Patches

We were going to do a “Grandmother Ceremony” at Neskaya in May.  One of our dancer/teachers was going to be 70 this May, so she spent a lot of time putting together the event.  Alas, two of the four of … Continue reading

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Vigil for Solidarity, Wednesday November 9

MoveOn and many other progressive organizations suggested gatherings on the day after the election for “Solidarity, Resistance, and Resolve.”  I signed up to have one at Neskaya at 7PM, but it was really too late (4PM) to let people know. … Continue reading

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