WHAT TO EXPECT AT LONG DANCE
                                                                                                                                                                           
You will receive more detailed information once you register, but to give you an idea of what you can expect:


How long is the event?


Long Dance has events which extend over 4 days, but only from Saturday at 10am to Sunday sunrise is a required commitment to this ceremony.  It is highly recommended that you take the following Monday off for integration and rest. 

What kind of people are going to be there?

We invite circles or solo practitioners from all traditions to join us in this rainbow celebration.  We honor the many traditions of the four directions.  We encourage everyone to delve deeply into their own tribal affiliations in the belief that we all possess a spiritual connection to the Earth Mother in an authentic, unique and indigenous way. We offer a safe space for ceremonial expression and healing and we hold respect for the power of the circle, and for shared prayers.  We invite those whom we believe will honor the sacredness of this ceremony and who walk in integrity.  Those who can not abide by these guidelines are encouraged not to attend.

What actually happens? 

All the important information about what actually happens at Long Dance - including orientation, trade circle, getting ready, ceremony, and some rules of conduct - are included in the material you will receive in an email and which you should download and print out.  Some of the information is excerpted below for your convenience, but be sure to print & read the whole thing when you get it.


Important Considerations?
This event is alcohol and drug-free, and that includes no marijuana.

This is a celebration of tribal sisterhood honoring women walking purely within themselves through prayer and unity with each other.  It is a sacred Ceremony of healing, allowing one’s self to look inward with honesty to see personal strengths and weaknesses with the support of the Sisterhood. 

You will receive a more detailed Second Packet of Information when you register - complete with directions to the event, a liability waiver, your check list, Messages from the Lodges, Insight into this year's direction of the WEST, and so much more...! 

We look forward to seeing you in ceremony!


 SCHEDULE of EVENTS

Village Building is when we set up the tipis, Sweat Lodge, Firepit, Latrines and get the Kitchen ready for our beautiful event.  There is much sharing of knowledge, skills and yummy food and ceremony during this community gathering.  We will notify you of the dates in upcoming communications.

FYI, below is a typical Long Dance schedule - look for and download the Long Dance schedule you will receive upon registration and be aware there may be updates as things align themselves leading up to Long Dance.  


                

Thursday

DANCERS and HOME LODGE VOLUNTEERS will begin to arrive and help prepare the site. 

We set up tipis, rake the paths, create beauty-way, prepare the sweat lodge, and create a collective experience finishing the sacred village for ceremony. 

                

Friday


ALL DAY INTENSIVE WORKSHOPS


MORNING YOGA

SACRED PIPE CEREMONY and offering of prayers with our Elder Maheewa  

THUNDER LODGE SWEAT LODGE for the BROTHERS

POTLUCK DINNER

EVENING CONCERT & SOCIAL FIRE FOR THE COMMUNITY


                

Saturday

MORNING YOGA

REGISTRATION/CHECK IN

LONG DANCE ORIENTATION

TRADE CIRCLE

GETTING READY At 5 or 6 p.m. we will put on our dance skirts and warm clothing.  Be sure you take time for a rest and a big meal (you will need the fuel) before the ceremony starts.

DANCETIME Sundown, at the blowing of the conch, we will gather in the dance circle to receive Hua’s teaching for this year’s dance. For the night you will need warm ceremonial clothing, food, water and a chair. Keep these items at a minimum.

Each sister will tie a ribbon on a willow pole, which symbolizes her intention for the dance such as creating, healing, and understanding. We’ll be dancing our prayers in the circle, and all the lodges will welcome visits from us through the night. All night the prayers, drumming, dance and songs, will continue.

                

Sunday

CLOSE of CEREMONY At the end of the ceremony, we will take our chairs and gear back to the shaded tree area to begin the final portion of the Long Dance program

HARVEST BREAKFAST  This bounty is offered by the Kitchen Crew. Brothers & Elders first, as always...

TALKING STICK & GIVEAWAY  One of the most treasured events, filled with love, laughter, tears & goodies!

TAKE DOWN  Everyone is asked to help! This greatly eases the load on everyone else. 

THANK YOU!!!


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