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DANCE ELEMENTAL - Ecstatic Dance Journey

Center for Creative Living

An Ecstatic Dance journey through the elements of Air, Fire, Water, Earth and back to our Center. Every first and third Saturday of the month 8pm - 11pm, (doors open at 7:30 pm - newcomer orientation at 8:00 pm) Dance Elemental offers a unique expression of ecstatic dance culture, inspired by nature-centered spiritual traditions. Become the dance, become the music. We dance and journey as a community to witness and remind ourselves of the beauty that we are. We are Air - Fire - Water - Earth and Spirit. Embody your divine nature. Learn and grow from each element and work with its unique, palpable energy. Celebrate together and allow your inner light to be revealed! When? Monthly - First and Third Saturdays of every Month 8pm - 11pm Where? Center for Creative Living 1460 Koll Circle # C, San Jose, CA * Please circle around to the BACK OF THE BUILDING to park. Better lighting, more secure. There's a sign in the window. Enter through the BACK DOOR. * Cost: $20 standard donation at the door. Sign up early with a friend and get a sweet deal! https://www.eventbrite.com/myevent?eid=32508268105 Check out our Dance Duo! Two admitted for $30! MUST pre-register to get the "Dance Duo" discount. Thank you! Teen Ticket (ages 16-19): $10 Children (15 and under): FREE *ALL MINORS must be accompanied by a responsible adult.* Volunteer positions available. Contact the organizers IN ADVANCE. Thank you for your service! ________________________________________ Need More info? Cool... keep reading. Basic structure: A large and beautiful sacred space for free-form dancing to amazing music in a loving community environment. * Be moved by Live DJ with Live Drumming and Improvisational music too! Bring your heart-felt intention and dance it into being. You are welcome to bring a token to represent your intention if you so desire, and place it on the Community Altar as we journey together. * Areas set up for meditation, energy work, and community networking. Healthy snacks, tea and water are provided. All ages welcome! Young children should be supervised by parents/guardians. * Yoga Mats / Back Jacks / Chairs available. Feel free to bring your own yoga mats for stretching or lying down. * We invite volunteer Reiki healers and other energy/body workers to attend the healing area. Other volunteer opportunities are available as well. Please send us your volunteer inquiries in advance for trade possibilities. Even MORE about the Dance * If you have never attended before, please take a few minutes to read. There will be a brief orientation for newcomers at 8:00 p.m. Dance Elemental is inspired by ecstatic dance culture and nature-centered spiritual paths. Though you may have attended other ecstatic dance events, Dance Elemental is a unique expression of this form. Music is selected to take you on a journey through the four elements that leads you back to your center (spirit). This is a container created for authentic self expression through dance, meditation in motion, deep play, spiritual centering and community. Rediscover and liberate your heart of hearts together through dance! We welcome all to the dance. Open your heart, and dissolve any blocks of judgment and fear. Move your body and soul to a handpicked mix of world music, tribal, funk, electronica, trance, ambient and much more. Short, guided meditations are spoken between sections to help transition us from element to element as we journey together through the experience. We are dedicated to providing this touchstone for individual wholeness, healing, growth, and community harmony. What to expect when you arrive Arrive to soft music. Check in first and then quietly find a place for your things. Be welcomed with a cleansing/smudge (sage or gentle mist). Relax, breathe and stretch as others arrive. We will be called together for a welcoming circle, speaking of our names, brief orientation, and grounding meditation. Then the dancing starts. Stations * Not to be confused with the religious variety. There are several "stations" in our shared space to help you with being present during the dance. 1. Tea Space: Need a refresher? We have a lovely table with healthy snacks to help re-energize and 'ground' you. A great place to chat as well. 2. Healing: Feeling tapped? Reiki Practitioners and experienced Body/Energy Workers from within our community are often available to offer their care to re-energize and align the participants. 3. Community Altar: This is a space for you to focus your energy and intention, or to draw inspiration from during the dance. Everyone is invited to bring something to place on or near the altar should they feel called. 4. Drumming: There are an assortment of drums/shakers available for you to play. You may borrow available instruments, or bring your own. Please attend children. The goal is to support the dancers by adding to the energy of the music. Sensitivity and awareness is key to holding the energy in the room... Please stay attuned to cues from the DJ and/or facilitators. 5. Community networking area: This surface is set up so that we can get to know one another better. Bring your business cards and brochures, event flyers, freebies, etc. Please take a moment to look through the materials during the evening and collect anything of interest. Seek and ye shall find. Guidelines and Tips 1. We kindly ask for no talking on the dance floor. This allows for people to go deeper into their Dance and connect with their journey through the elements. (Chat and conversation is welcome in the tea room, outside, or *very* quietly just off the dance floor.) 2. Dance however you want. There is no right or wrong way. Listen to your body and move to the way it feels. Express who you are from the inside out. 3. Respect yourself as well as those around you. Please be mindful to make room for others as you move about the dance floor. Pay attention to your boundaries and the boundaries of others. Communicate through eye contact and body language. Be compassionate and aware. It is our highest intention that this dance is a safe space and sanctuary for community and individual self expression. Suggestion: If you need space, or wish to disengage with another dancer, simply put your hands together in prayer pose and gently bow. This is a clear signal that you want to be in your own space. Mutual respect, always. 4. Bring extra water. This is mainly recommended for those who get very thirsty while exercising, or have a cold. 5. Wear clothes that make you feel good and are comfortable for dancing. Be expressive and colorful if you like, or just show up in your sweats. It's all good! Dancing barefoot or in socks is fine. Shoes are ok, but heavy tread shoes or heels are not allowed. Most dance shoes or slippers are great. 6. This is a Clean & Sober event. No drugs or alcohol of any kind, inside or outside of the body. This would cause you to be asked to leave. 7. Do not bring cameras, or use your phone to take photos. Ask the organizers if you have questions about this policy. 8. ALL ages and genders are welcome. 9. Be yourself! * Closing * We end with a simple Heart Sharing, with a few words spoken by those who wish to speak about what they experienced, and any gratitudes, etc. There is also time allowed for community announcements just before we part. Remember you are free to bring flyers for your events and put them on the community networking table as well. http://www.devagnosis.org/event-pages/dance-elemental-south-bay-ecstatic-dance/ (http://devagnosis.eventbrite.com/) "Dance Elemental" TM - DevaGnosis 2007 ************************************** Dakini's cell:[masked]

Ducklings Lunch


The Ducklings Lunch Bunch is a group of Pagan friends who have lunch together every Tuesday. We welcome newcomers! We talk about all sorts of stuff. Got questions? Please ask: we will answer as best we know how. And if we don't know, we'll probably have some discussion about the possible answers. Our members are active with the local Pagan community and if you're looking for a coven or other group, we can help you get connected. We meet every Tuesday, except for the rare day when Hobee's isn't open, such as December 25. We usually have the back room to ourselves. We have a rubber duck prominently displayed so that you can find us! We look forward to meeting you. Blessed Be!

SBC Beltane 2019 Ritual

Hellyer County Park Access

San Juan Bautista Picnic Area, Hellyer County Park 985 Hellyer Avenue, San Jose, CA (Use the Velodrome entrance, We’re the first picnic area on the left) Celebrate the joys of being in nature and in our community, weaving that energy back into our lives. Dress comfortably and bring a chair or blanket if you will need to sit during ritual. Please bring a dish to share for the potluck and suggested donation $10-$20 (no one turned away for lack of funds). The park has a $6 parking fee, so carpooling is encouraged. Guidelines for Potluck: Please bring food that is ready to serve. If possible, please label your food so those with food restrictions will know what’s in it. Bring something you like and will want, that way you are guaranteed to like something. Most of our potlucks are meals (unless the invite says otherwise) so main dishes, salads, side dishes, desserts, beverages to share are all welcome. Ritual Etiquette: Be polite, friendly, and considerate of others. Use common sense. Ask the owner before touching items (drums, altar item, jewelry, etc.) Stop chatting and turn off your phone when the ritual is about to start. Rituals are participatory, so please join in when asked. A cast circle is a sacred space so don’t be disruptive. Assist in the post-event clean-up – please take care of your own trash. Be discreet if you run into people elsewhere, not all Pagans are public about it. The requested donations are used to pay for our insurance and site rental fees. No one will be turned away for lack of funds, but these contributions are essential to our continued existence.

Witches' Tea!

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Let's get together for another Witches' Tea Party! The previous ones were great fun, so we're doing it again. Witches, Pagans, Magicians, Asatruarfolk, all ye fine and fun folk, wend your way to this nice little coffeehouse in Midtown Palo Alto. They have an assortment of tasty teas and coffees, plus yummy sandwiches and plenty of pastries. We'll take a little breather and enjoy the company of our fellow walkers of the path of the independent spirit. Relax in the company of those who won't think you're weird for talking with the land-wights or listening to the voice of the Goddess on the breeze! Feel free to wear your Witchy finery or fancy-wear (but keep'em street-legal, please)! $1 contribution toward this website requested (not required). See you there, and Blessed Be! Valerie Organizer

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