Hi all, I have been attending this dance ceremony either as a dancer of helper since 1998, and have had some incredibly powerful experiences. The Sun Moon Dance is a four day ceremony during which dancers do not eat or drink for the duration of the dance and rest and sleep in a circular arbour. When the drum calls them they stand up and dance to the Tree placed in the centre, giving themselves for the benefit of all. When the drumming stops they lie down and rest, receiving what they need.
This year I will be taking a party of people with me either if you feel called to dance or attend as a helper.
Please see the video below where I give a description of what to expect which I made prior to last years dance (and scroll down for another video blog that I did straight after last year's dance!)
Before Dance Blog
After a purification lodge, the ceremony begins with the dancers activating the dance ground. They circle the arbour blowing whistles and blessing the stone shrines placed at the four directions. They enter the arbour and the dance begins.
Each dancer treads their unique path to seek their highest potential. Held in a liberating space by the support network, they take the opportunity to go beyond the limitations of daily consciousness, seeking spiritual light. From late friday to early Monday the dancers are watched over by the support teams who look after different aspects of the ceremony. Finally, at the chief’s call, the dance ends with a water ceremony.
A feast has been prepared and the eating of the feast celebrates the greatness we have glimpsed in being part of that ceremony. Each dancer gives a specified gift of money. These gifts of money are the only source of finance: without the dancers there is no dance. We aim to cover the expenses of putting on the ceremony and if there is any money left over it is given away to help the visionary work to continue.
After Dance Blog (please excuse my slightly dishevelled experience - think probably quite understandable lol!)
I'll be driving up most likely Thursday and returning Monday afternoon or early Tuesday. Depending how many wish to attend there might be more than one vehicle.
To attend as a helper is free (space permitting)
To dance is £400 (I can help explain how this figure is arrived at if you want to know)
Richard Brook is an holistic expert, practising acupuncture here in London see www.richardbrookacupuncture.co.uk and also the founder of Creative Yoga London, where amongst other innovative events like yoga dating and yoga raves also hold a regular social yoga class and social every Tuesday here on LSA!
For more about some of the physiological benefits of the dance I would recommend reading chapter 6, particularly page 62 of my Body-mind connection work 'Chakras, Your Body, Your Mind by Richard Brook' for a brief summary of what I feel the dance does for you on that level.
If you are interested in finding out more info, then give me a call on[masked] or send me an email!