Category Archive: Thanksgiving

Dec 04

Winter Solstice Vision Drum Circle | Saturday December 20, 2014

 Winter Solstice Drum Circle

A Gathering for Ceremony, Celebration and Community

“May the promise of Solstice, the light born out of the dark, show us a clear path and give us the fire and heart to walk forward with courage, vision and hope” Starhawk

~ FREE EVENT ~

A “give away from Spirit”

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Please join us for this sacred time of honoring the darkness and the light as we journey and vision through drumming, chanting, and/or movement ~ whatever moves your Spirit. All are welcome, no experience necessary. All drum types welcome. Rattles, shakers, and other instruments also welcome. For more information, please contact Kent Dorsey at kent@CenterForShamanicHealing.com

Co-Facilitators:

 Kent Dorsey and Judith Roberts

Saturday December 20th,  2014      7 pm to 8:30 pm

Sanctuary, Oakland Center For Spiritual Living

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When

Saturday December 20, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM PST
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Where

Oakland Center For Spiritual Living
5000 Clarewood Drive
Oakland, CA 94618


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Contact

Kent Dorsey
Center for Shamanic Healing

kent@centerforshamanichealing.com

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Register Now!

 

 

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A “Love Offering” donation to support the OCSL facility use will be greatly appreciated

More Information

The Center For Shamanic Healing and the Oakland Center For Spiritual Living invite you to an evening of Community Drumming and Shamanic Ritual.

This Drum Circle is a bit differnet from the usual Center For Shamanic Healing offerings. Bringing many traditions together, we are focused on using the beat of the circle’s drums to connect to Spirit with intention.

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Winter Solstice Format:

We invite you to wear white and black, to honor the darkness and the return of the light.

              • Opening
              • Honoring the Directions & Ancestors
              • Intention for the circle
              • 3 Rounds – setting intention & breathing between each round
              • Group Sharing
              • Thankoing the Directions & Ancestors
              • Closing

Join Us In Sacred Circle!

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The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper

So the shortest day came, and the year died,
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive,
And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, reveling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us – Listen!!
All the long echoes sing the same delight,
This shortest day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, fest, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
Welcome Yule!!

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We ask that you stay in circle for the whole event.

Join Us In Sacred Circle!

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Nov 09

Our Favorite Books, Music and DVDs | Resources for Shamanism and Spiritual Healing

SHAMANIC BOOKS, MUSIC, VIDEOS AND TOOLS
We are often asked what our favorite Books,  Music and DVDs on Shamanism and Spirituality are.  Visit our Resources and Links area to find our favorites. Rather than offer a list,  here are brief descriptions and links to find them.  This is an ongoing project and we will add to these throughout the year.

Visit our Resources | Links area to find our favorites.  Here are links to each page:

BOOKS, AUDIO BOOKS & KINDLE

MUSIC

SHAMANIC DVDs & VIDEO

DRUMS, RATTLES & SHAMANIC SUPPLIES

 

These Books, DVDs and Music cover a wide range of the world of the Shaman. From seminal anthropological  studies to works designed to open the heart.

Topics covered :

Shamanic Healing, Shamanic Training, , Direct Revelation, Medicine For The Earth, Munay-Ki Nine Rites, Personal Growth, Self-Empowerment and Exploration, Self Improvement, ,  Soul Retrieval, Spiritual Growth and development,  Gratitude and thanksgiving, Alternative Health, Automatic Writing, Channeled Spiritual information, Consciousness Studies Personal Healing and Wellness.

Drums and Rattles:   We offer a few basic suggestions as  to what type of drum and where you may find one.

We hope this all is helpful.

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Nov 08

Prevention Magazine Article | How Shamanic Healing Works

Could Shamanic Healing Be The Answer You’ve Been Looking For?

One writer explores the mysterious connection between the physical and spirit worlds—and finds healing in the process By Laura Eraser  Prevention Magazine published a great interview on how shamanism works with Susan  Mokelke  from the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, Here is the link

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Oct 20

New Class | DEEPENING CORE SHAMANIC SKILLS

DEEPENING CORE SHAMANIC SKILLS 

Within a supportive shamanic drumming circle, participants will have the opportunity to deepen their relationship to “Spirit” through shamanic journeys, divination and learning how to restore power for another person.

This is an opportunity to practice skills learned in a basic core shamanic journeying class and to develop confidence and trust in ones own experience of direct revelation.

Enrollment is limited to eight students.

Shamanic Journeying is a Spiritual Practice. This intimate circle setting will nurture your practice and prepare you to journey on your own with confidence.

Register Now

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WHEN:

Four Week Series: November 4, 11, 18 and December 2, 2014  (4 week commitment is required)

TIME

7:00 – 9:00 pm

WHERE

Montclair Wellness Center

5737 Thornhill Drive 

Oakland, 94611 

FEE:

$25.00/evening

(a 4 week commitment is required. 8 class hours total)

Minimum -4 people

Maximum – 8 people

To reserve your place –  savageonforest@gmail.com

 C# 510-409-5407   H#  510-482-2566

Register Now

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Aug 11

Winter Solstice Vision Drum Circle | Saturday December 20, 2014

Center For Shamanic Healing

Drum Vision Community Circle

A Gathering for Ceremony, Celebration Fire is a living, sentient being

and Community

~ FREE EVENT ~

A “give – away from Spirit”

Register Now!

Please join us for this sacred time as we journey and vision through drumming, chanting, and/or movement ~ whatever moves your Spirit. All are welcome, no experience necessary. All drum types welcome. Rattles, shakers, and other instruments also welcome. For more information, please contact Kent Dorsey at kent@CenterForShamanicHealing.com

Facilitators:

Kent Dorsey & Judith Roberts

Saturday December 20,  2014     7 pm to 8:30 pm

Sanctuary, Oakland Center For Spiritual Living

Tuvan Shaman's drum

This is an ongoing  open drum circle. We will meet each third Saturday of the month to explore drumming in community, honoring Earth Based traditions, Shamanic Journeywork and more.

Please Register, just to let us know how many are coming.

A “Love Offering” donation to support the OCSL facility use will be greatly appreciated.

Register Now!More Information

The Center For Shamanic Healing and the Oakland Center For Spiritual Living invite you to an evening of Community Drumming and Shamanic Ritual.

This Drum Circle is a bit different from the usual Center For Shamanic Healing offerings. Bringing many traditions together, we are focused on using the beat of the circle’s drums to connect to Spirit with intention.

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Drum Circle Dates 2014:

December 20th

Drum Circle Format:

              • Opening – Evocation
              • Honoring the Directions & Ancestors
              • Intention for the circle & rounds
              • 3 Rounds – setting intention & breathing between each round
              • Group Sharing
              • Final Healing Round
              • Thanking the Directions & Ancestors
              • Closing

Join Us In Sacred Circle!

When

Saturday December 20, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM PST
Add to Calendar

Where

Oakland Center For Spiritual Living
5000 Clarewood Drive
Oakland, CA 94618


Driving Directions

Contact

Kent Dorsey
Center for Shamanic Healing & Oakland Center For Spiritual Living

kent@centerforshamanichealing.com

Join My Mailing List

Spiral of Life: Petroglyph Photo: Kent Dorsey 2003

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May 09

New Class! Empowerment Through the Shamanic Journey | Learn Ancient Ways for Modern Living | October 18, 2014

EMPOWERMENT  THROUGH  THE  SHAMANIC JOURNEY

Learn Ancient Ways for Modern Living

Step into your own Potent Power

This class fulfills the prerequisite for the Munay-Ki Intensive !

In this class you will learn how to journey to non-ordinary reality to get direct spiritual guidance. This is a core shamanic skill used for many different purposes such as divining, problem solving, healing and gathering power. By using the beat of the drum, you will learn how to move into an altered state of consciousness to gain access to non-ordinary reality allowing you to receive  direct spiritual guidance. This is a skill that will empower you on your path of discovery of your own medicine. This will be a fun full day of exploring and learning!

Next Class! Berkeley, CA

October 18, 2014

10 AM to 5:00 PM

 

Learn Ancient Ways for Modern Living

Who Should Come?

    • Are you searching for Wellness, Wisdom and Guidance?
    • Are you ready to Empower Yourself to live a richer and more meaningful life?
    • Are you ready to access your OWN answers to questions about Your Life?
    • Are you at a crossroads in your Life?  Seeking Transformation?
    • Wanting to make a Change in your Life?
    • Are you confused and searching for guidance for the next steps to take personally, professionally or Spiritually?
    • Are you ready to release old patterns and change limiting/ negative beliefs and behaviors?
    • Heal yourself, your ancestors and future generations
    • Restore your soul to wholeness
    • Feel more connected to the wonder and mystery of life
    • Experience and learn that we are never alone and are loved unconditionally

Register Now!

Many have felt a calling from spirit and are awakening to make a difference in this world.   If you are ready to empower yourself to live a richer and more meaningful life, to access your OWN answers to questions about your life, and to explore the invisible world in our infinite universe… Then we invite you to discover the Shamanic Journey and engage the quest for deeper, broader vision of who and what you truly are.

Tuvan Shaman's Drum Register here for Empowerment THrough the Shamanic Journey

 Shamanism is a practice that has been in existence at least 30,000 years and has been used by the ancestors of every culture. In this class you will learn how to journey to non-ordinary reality to get direct spiritual guidance. This is a core shamanic skill used for many different purposes such as divining, problem solving, healing and gathering power. By using the beat of the drum, you will learn how to move into an altered state of consciousness to gain access to non-ordinary reality to get direct spiritual guidance. This is a skill that will empower you on your path of discovery of your own medicine. This will be a fun class of exploring and learning!

Join, teacher(s) from the CENTER FOR SHAMANIC HEALING for an introductory  class:

· Learn to safely journey to the upper and lower spirit worlds.

· Connect with your spiritual allies and receive guidance

Join us  for an introductory Class. Fall is the perfect time to journey within. Explore your path paying attention to the Seasons.

Next Class! Berkeley , CA

October 18, 2014

Full Day Class  10AM to 5:00PM

Register Now!

More Information

Join  Suzanne Savage & Kent Dorsey, from the CENTER FOR SHAMANIC HEALING, for a  fun introductory full day class:

· Learn to safely journey to the upper and lower spirit worlds.

· Connect with your spiritual allies and receive guidance

When: Saturday, October 18, 2014
 

Time: 9:30 AM Registration   Class Sessions: 10 AM – 5:00 PM   (There will be a one hour lunch break).

Where: Center For Shamanic Healing @ Rudramandir

830 Bancroft Way (Corner of 6th & Bancroft)
Berkeley , CA 94710

Cost: $125.00  Paid in full

Mail Payment to (Check or Money Order):

Suzanne Savage

3912 Forest Hill Ave.

Oakland, CA 94602

Contact: Suzanne Savage  for more information                          suzanneonforest@yahoo.com    510-482-2566                            www.CenterForShamanicHealing.com

 

Please Contact Us if you are interested in sponsoring a future training at your location.

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Sep 18

Learn Ancient Ways For Modern Living | Who Should Learn the Shamanic Journey? | Who Should Come for a Shamanic Healing Session?

Learn Ancient Ways For Modern Living

Step into your own Potent Power

Council of Tuvan Shamans

Who should come for a Shamanic Session?

Many have felt a calling from spirit and are awakening to make a difference in this world. We, as a people, are on a vision quest. Living a vision and questing for more of who we truly can become. We invite you to discover  Shamanic Healing and engage the quest for deeper, broader vision of who and what you truly are.
Who should come for a Shamanic Session?

 

  • Are you ready to access the invisible world in our infinite universe?
  • Are you ready to access your OWN answers to questions about your life?
  • Are you ready to empower yourself to live a richer and more meaningful life?
  • Are ready to restore Balance and Harmony to your Life?
  • Are you at a transition point in your life, needing to make a next step forward and not sure how…
  • Are you ready to heal old wounds,  patterns, habits, compulsions and addictions that you’ve worked on before, but that just haven’t gone away…  Addictions are also a sign of soul loss as we seek external sources to fill up the empty spaces inside of us whether through substances, food, relationships, work, or buying material objects.
  • Are you ready to feel whole,fully in your body and alive and fully engaged in life?  Do you Feel  like there is “part of you missing?”  Do you ever say, “I’ve never felt the same since….?”
  • Do you suffer from chronic depression, anxiety attacks, suicidal tendencies, post traumatic stress syndrome, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, immune deficiency problems, low energy… and grief that just does not heal?
  • Are you psychically intuitive & sensitive ? Have you had metaphysical experiences and wondered how to work with them safely for the highest good?
  • Do you feel “energetically sensitive” or too easily intruded-upon by others’ thoughts or feelings…

 

 

 

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May 13

Thank you, all who came and created the Conjure Dance!!!

Thank you, all who came and created the Conjure Dance!!!

 

The circle, the afternoon and the Ritual were amazing. Bless you for this co-creation. Bless you for stepping forward.

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Conjure Dance Altar for Ubuntu

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Notice

   Listen to Kent & Lenore on the Radio! (Archived Podcast) We are  interviewed by Christina Pratt for her Why Shamanism Now? internet Radio show. We are talking about the Conjure Dance as community ritual to manifest change and animate social justice through spiritual practice and the American Ubuntu Film project.

Click Here to Listen to the Show

 

 

 

 

Center For Shamanic Healing co-sponsored this Gathering and Ceremony with Lenore Norrgard  & the Circle of the Living Earth and the American Ubuntu Circle. Together we created a community ritual to manifest change and animate social justice through spiritual practice.  Thank you for joining us in a ceremonial dance for the purpose of healing and positive transformation for our community.

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Explore UBUNTU

 

 

Thank you Saffire… the beat flowed

Saffire Bouchelion  is a Master Black Belt Nia instructor who has been passionately practicing Nia for 18 years. He is also a professional performer and musician who has been featured on over 40 CD’s, and has opened for several international acts, including Cheryl Crow, Crash Test Dummies, and Barenaked Ladies. His embodiment and transmission of music and rhythm stir profound transformation in his students.  Saffire co-founded two experimental dance companies in 1986 and 1989, and has performed with Danelle Hellander Dance Company and Mergence Dance Theater. For seven years he was co-director of the Ecstatic Choir, five at Naropa University where he was also a musical accompanist for dance and movement classes, and taught drumming classes for the continuing education program. He has taught Drumming and Dance into Being workshops throughout the US, Europe, Mexico and Bali for the past 10 years.  His greatest joy is helping to Embody the world, one Community at a time!

 

 


 

 

“The Conjure Dance is a dance ritual and ceremony with origins in New Orleans. It arose from the melting pot of many cultures and spiritual practices that had gathered in the deep south during the 1700’s. These cultures included: Native American, African, Creole, Cajun, French, Spanish and Caribbean.The tradition of the Conjure Dance continues today finding its way from the hot steamy city of New Orleans, to the Bay Area. It is an incredibly powerful, energizing, uplifting, and serious ritual.  And, it is a beautiful way to come together as community, something that many of are drawn to in these times of global transition. The world is changing and it is time to conjure the new world in which we and our descendents will live.”  (Robert F. Bailey)

  Dream a new world, BE THE CHANGE… Ashay!

 

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Apr 04

Conjure AMERICAN UBUNTU!! | Workshop & Conjure Dance |Benefit Gathering Saturday May 3rd Oakland

Notice

   Listen to Kent & Lenore on the Radio! (Archived Podcast) We are  interviewed by Christina Pratt for her Why Shamanism Now? internet Radio show. We are talking about the upcoming Conjure Dance as community ritual to manifest change and animate social justice through spiritual practice and the American Ubuntu Film project.

Click Here to Listen to the Show

 

Join us for a Benefit Gathering to


Conjure
AMERICAN UBUNTU!!

 

Center For Shamanic Healing is co-sponsoring this Gathering and Ceremony with Lenore Norrgard  & the Circle of the Living Earth and the American Ubuntu Circle. Come together in a community ritual to manifest change and animate social justice through spiritual practice.  You are invited to join us in a ceremonial dance for the purpose of healing and positive transformation for our community.

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Explore UBUNTU

 

 

Meet our Drummer Saffire

 


Saffire Bouchelion  is a Master Black Belt Nia instructor who has been passionately practicing Nia for 18 years. He is also a professional performer and musician who has been featured on over 40 CD’s, and has opened for several international acts, including Cheryl Crow, Crash Test Dummies, and Barenaked Ladies. His embodiment and transmission of music and rhythm stir profound transformation in his students.  Saffire co-founded two experimental dance companies in 1986 and 1989, and has performed with Danelle Hellander Dance Company and Mergence Dance Theater. For seven years he was co-director of the Ecstatic Choir, five at Naropa University where he was also a musical accompanist for dance and movement classes, and taught drumming classes for the continuing education program. He has taught Drumming and Dance into Being workshops throughout the US, Europe, Mexico and Bali for the past 10 years.  His greatest joy is helping to Embody the world, one Community at a time!

 

 


You’re invited!

A Full Day Event!  Saturday May 3rd  1 pm ~ 10 pm

(Four Hour Workshop and Three Hour Ritual & Celebration)

 

Come in the afternoon and learn about the Conjure Dance that originated in New Orleans as a means to evoke spiritual power to animate social justice.

 

“The Conjure Dance is a dance ritual and ceremony with origins in New Orleans. It arose from the melting pot of many cultures and spiritual practices that had gathered in the deep south during the 1700’s. These cultures included: Native American, African, Creole, Cajun, French, Spanish and Caribbean.The tradition of the Conjure Dance continues today finding its way from the hot steamy city of New Orleans, to the Bay Area. It is an incredibly powerful, energizing, uplifting, and serious ritual.  And, it is a beautiful way to come together as community, something that many of are drawn to in these times of global transition. The world is changing and it is time to conjure the new world in which we and our descendents will live.”  (Robert F. Bailey)

  Dream a new world, BE THE CHANGE… Ashay!

 

 

Saturday, May 3, 2014
1 pm – 10 pm
OAKLAND

$47
space is limited –
reserve your place now!

Register Now!

 




 


**
Both events will take place in central locations on major transit lines. **
You will receive the specific address and other important details when you register.

If you cannot afford the regular registration fee, email us – no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Gathering of the Ubuntu Village

 

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  1. Afternoon session:

    - Learning and practicing the Zulu concept of ubuntu, “Because we are, I am.”

    - Exciting updates on the AMERICAN UBUNTU film project!

    - Instruction in the Conjure Dance; preparation for a Conjure Dance for AMERICAN UBUNTU

  2. Dinner break: light dinner on your own

  3. Evening session:
    - Conjure Dance for AMERICAN UBUNTU; or, an alternative activity for those who are not dancing

    - Celebratory potluck feast!

Important!

We are keeping the registration fee very modest $47 to make this event accessible to all.
This is a benefit, so you can contribute more on the day of the event, if you are so moved —
We welcome you to bring your checkbook or card of choice!

 

What is A Conjure Dance?

What is a Conjure Dance?
© Robert F. Bailey

NOTE: These notes shall only be used, distributed or reproduced with the written permission of the author, Robert F. Bailey.

The Conjure Dance is a dance ritual and ceremony with origins in New Orleans. It arose from the melting pot of many cultures and spiritual practices that had gathered in the deep south during the 1700’s. These cultures included: Native American, African, Creole, Cajun, French, Spanish and Caribbean.

 

During this time in history, the city of New Orleans and the surrounding areas comprised an incredibly cosmopolitan world. In this world there were ample opportunities for the exchange of ideas, knowledge, cuisine, fashion as well as spiritual practices. This interface and exchange provided fertile ground for the emergence of new and unique spiritual practices and ways to work effectively with the Helping Spirits. Many of these cultures already had strong traditions which influenced this new world and contributed greatly to what emerged next.

 

One common practice woven throughout these cultures was dance. Dance was not only a social activity, it also provided a way to directly access the realms of the Helping Spirits who were regularly invoked to resolve problems, cure illness, alleviate suffering and restore justice. People would gather regularly in community to commune with the spirits.

 

One place the people would gather in New Orleans was Congo Square. During the spiritual dances held in Congo Square, the drummers would beat improvised rhythms that would allow the dancers to transcend their ordinary state of consciousness and access spiritual states of consciousness. While in these spiritual states of consciousness they would merge with the Helping Spirits. Often times the presence and merging of the Helping Spirits would bring blessings to the entire community. On a larger scale, it was the melding of these many traditions and the dances that gave birth to a unique form of working with the Helping Spirits that was effectively used to address major shifts in community consciousness and healing. Out of the drumming, dancing, acknowledgment and willingness to work with the Helping Spirits also came the incredible rich and uniquely American musical traditions of what we now call jazz.

 

Although the exact origins of the Conjure Dance are not known, it proved to be a pivotal way of working effectively with the Helping Spirits as a means of returning balance and equality to a society whose sense of human dignity, compassion and equality was out of balance when the ravages and cruelties of slavery engulfed a fledgling nation culminating in a Civil War. In order to bring an end to slavery in the United States, the traditional spiritual practitioners of New Orleans jointly focused their efforts through the Conjure Dance with the intention to end slavery. They literally danced a new reality into existence using the Conjure Dance. Ultimately they prevailed and slavery was abolished.

 

Many cultures throughout the world continue to access altered states of consciousness and the spiritual realms through dance. The Conjure Dance remains a powerful ceremony of effective transformation and has emerged to help us once again work with the Helping Spirits to dance a new reality into existence. The tradition of the Conjure Dance continues today finding its way from the hot steamy city of New Orleans to the Bay Area, the Pacific Northwest [and beyond]. It is an incredibly powerful, energizing, uplifting, and serious ritual.  And, it is a beautiful way to come together as community, something that many of are drawn to in these times of global transition. The world is changing and it is time to conjure the new world in which we and our descendants will live.

 

The Conjure Dance is set to percussive music.  There is an invocation of powerful compassionate spirits to engage their help for a specific healing intention on behalf of the community. Everyone dances for this intention.  As we dance, the spirits become embodied for the purpose of assisting with our request for healing and transformation.

                        “Conjure is the magical means of transforming reality.” –Martha Ward

NOTE: These notes shall only be used, distributed or reproduced with the written permission of the author, Robert F. Bailey. We have received Robert’s permission to share his notes here.

 

 

Saturday, May 3, 2014
1 pm – 10 pm
OAKLAND

$47
space is limited –
reserve your place now!

Register Now!

 

 




 

 


**
Both events will take place in central locations on major transit lines. **
You will receive the specific address and other important details when you register.

If you cannot afford the regular registration fee, email us – no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Gathering of the Ubuntu Village

  1. Afternoon session:

    - Learning and practicing the Zulu concept of ubuntu, “Because we are, I am.”

    - Exciting updates on the AMERICAN UBUNTU film project!

    - Instruction in the Conjure Dance; preparation for a Conjure Dance for AMERICAN UBUNTU

  2. Dinner break: light dinner on your own

  3. Evening session:
    - Conjure Dance for AMERICAN UBUNTU; or, an alternative activity for those who are not dancing

    - Celebratory potluck feast!

 

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Feb 03

***Official*** Message from the Hopi Nation about Japan, Amazing and Historic

Dear Circles… A message of hope from the Hopi Elders.

Please follow link to Youtube if player does not automatically open

 

 

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