The Peoples International Dance to the Sun

July 19 - 28, 2024

Practicalities

When we come together for the ceremony, we create a sacred space inside ourselves as well as outside. As we build and prepare the camp and the ceremonial spaces during the first days, we simultaneously build and prepare the beauty and power of our inner space to become ready for the dance. Thus the preparation time is becoming a ceremony in which we aim to “do” a lot in a state of “being” – creating beauty outside as well as inside the Self, in the physical realm and in the energetic realm simultaneously.

This process is an important part of the People’s Dance to the Sun and begins when the people arrive on Friday July 19th.

During the preparation days there will also be time to deepen your understanding of The People’s Dance to the Sun through conversations and sessions of practicing drumming, singing and dancing.

Things to consider from now until we meet:

Camping
Make sure you bring all you need for outdoor life. Camping is on an open grass field, in all the weather conditions of the Danish Summer i.e. rainy, sunny, windy, cold weather. Bring your own tent (waterproof!) and gear, and bring enough clothes for you to wear throughout the days together. There are no laundry facilities.

 

Food
We will cook simple nourishing meals with love in our outdoor kitchen tent.
If you have any special dietary needs, make sure to make this known when you register.

 

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

 

Drum Practice
The drumming and singing supports the dancers during the ceremony, giving them energy, focus and vitality. Thus, practicing together beforehand is very important.
If you wish to drum at the ceremony and haven’t drummed in this particular tradition before, you need to participate in training. Please make sure you arrive in Trend forest no later than Saturday at noon.
Drum practice is available in Denmark all year round. DiamondBear (ole@visbymusic.dk) is your main contact point for this.

Ceremonial Items we use during the dance

Dancing skirts
Traditionally both men and women wear ceremonial skirts during the ceremonial dance. These are typically wrap-around skirts, which are mid-calf length and can be decorated with your personal medicine, provided they are practical for the constant movement of the dancing. If you have one, do bring it. If not – no worries – there will be skirts available to borrow.

 

Footwear for dancing
Sturdy, well broken in cross training or running shoes are suggested. Other footwear is at your option. You may also choose to dance barefoot or in moccasins.

 

Feathers
In our tradition, dancers hold two sturdy feathers, 6 inches or longer, throughout the dance. The purpose of this will be explained during dance preparation and practice time. Bring feathers that are meaningful to you if you have them. Additional feathers will be available if needed.

 

Brightening Objects
During the dance we have an outdoor Altar. We invite you to place a personal object there, which is special to you. It could be a special stone, a feather, a piece of jewelry etc. Through the object, you add some of yourself to the collective energy. And it too will gather energy during the ceremony time to take back home with you.

What to bring – recommended items:

For Camping:

  • Tent
  • Extra tarp or ground sheet and string
  • Pad/airbed
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Pillow
  • Torch/headlamp and batteries

Utensils:

  • Small bag to keep your cutlery together in the allocated storing area
  • Plate
  • Bowl
  • Cup
  • Knife/fork/spoon
  • Water bottle
  • One or two tea-towels
    … all with your name on if you can
  • Pen/sheath knife

Personal items:

  • Clothes for cold, hot and wet weather and t-shirts/shirts without logos or text print for dancing
  • Blanket for sitting or for over your shoulders – this can also double as an extra layer at night in your tent
  • Towels and face cloth
  • Wet wipes
  • Toiletries, including soap, shampoo etc. (natural ingredients recommended)
  • Sun glasses
  • Hat
  • Bathing suit and sarong/wrap around skirt (for purification lodge)
  • Sturdy shoes and/or rubber boots
  • Sun screen
  • Mosquito repellent (natural ingredients recommended)
  • Insect bite salve or lotion
  • Tweezers for ticks
  • Throat lozenges to keep your voice strong and clear if you intent to drum and sing
  • Blister treatment and bandages for minor bumps and scrapes
  • Notebook/Journal

Cash of Danish Kroner for:

  • Shopping at the Medicine Fair
  • Extra things which may come up