Practicalities and preparation


…. from now until we meet:
Preparing yourself can hold different aspects, some practical, some internal and spiritual.

Spiritual
Some of us will already have practices and ways to open ourselves up to Life and Mother Earth, as we prepare to come together, to be in Ceremony and to pray together.

The People’s Dance to the Sun ceremony is about sending our prayers collectively to Life and the Universe, prayers for peace and healing. What is your prayer? How can you let that prayer emerge and strengthen itself in our mind?

Physical preparation
If you intend to dance several rounds (each round lasts 45 min), we recommend that you begin to strengthen and stretch your body.

Another aspect of the physical preparation is linked to remembering that this is a Ceremony of Prayers, and keeping our food and liquid intake simple supports this process. It is helpful to hold this mindfulness in the weeks running-up to coming to the Ceremony, and reduce the intake of alcohol, coffee and sugar for instance.

Drum Practice
The energy we create through the drumming and singing will support the dancers, giving them energy, focus and vitality – therefore, practicing together beforehand is very important. Therefore if you haven’t drummed before please make sure you arrive no later than Saturday at noon in Trend forest. Drum teams are coming together this year again and we ask each of you who wants to join a team to make yourselves known so you can begin practising now with others in your local area.
StarWalker at b@raaberg.com is your main contact point for this.

Register
On the practical side, we invite you to register as soon as you make your decision. This will be greatly appreciated by those on the organisation team for this Ceremony, and in particular the team planning for the kitchen and food. SweetBuffalo at dibhans@gmail.com is your registration point.
To register use the registration formula.

Stay in touch
Staying in touch with the information flow and with one another: Reading the e-mail newsletters and visiting this website for any new information is the main support we offer. Visit the ‘Contact’ page to learn more about this.

… during our time together on the land in the run-up to the Ceremony:
As we come together in Ceremony, we create the sacred space inside ourselves as well as outside ourselves, building the physical structures for the Ceremony, as well as the energy, the beauty and the power of our prayers.

Our preparation begins with people arriving on Friday July 17th.

Alongside time to prepare ourselves and our prayers, we will also create the beauty of the Dance Lodge, and of the supporting community spaces, to hold us during the dance. All of these aspects are needed to the Celebration of Life we will be engaging in – they are all part of the Give-Away to Life.

During this time, there will be time to deepen our understanding of The People’s Dance to the Sun, its protocols, prayer and give-away.