What is Sacred Circle Dance?
Sacred Circle Dance is a contemporary and embodied spiritual practice with ancient roots.
This embodied dance practice was born and incubated in the intentional community of Findhorn in Scotland in the 1970’s and has since spread to countries all over the world. The music and the dances are a mix of traditional and contemporary to help us explore how something ancient like dancing in a circle can have resonance and serve today.
Circle dance is one of the oldest forms of dance on earth. It was danced around fires, in village squares and in sacred sites. People gathered and danced naturally in a circle to celebrate the return of the sun, celebrate the harvest, to grieve and mourn loss and mark and celebrate human rites of passage.
Today, in the hurried and tumultuous times we are living, there can be a longing for spaciousness, alignment, and deep connection. Sacred Circle Dance can give us a taste inner calm, of belonging, and of being part of the great creative forces and the web of existence. In a circle – a form that evokes unity and wholeness – all are equal, all are one.
Sacred Circle Dance is one of the ways I have found to explore my connection to my own indigenous roots and ancestry, and I am aware how tricky this is since my ancestors, culture and traditions come from another continent. I took my first step into the world of Sacred Circle Dancing in Ottawa in 2001. Slowly and with encouragement from my teacher, June Watts, and fellow dancers, I developed my own approach and have been facilitating Sacred Circle Dance since 2012 to build relationship with the land using the eight sacred festivals of the year as anchor points.
It is my great joy to share this creative and embodied practice to cultivate embodied presence, to welcome the rhythms, lessons, and gifts of each season, to explore and deepen our connection to the land we have the great fortune to live with and to foster a sense of belonging.
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I offer sessions on Zoom to learn the dances and an in-person circles outdoors in nature to the celebrate each festival around the wheel of the year.
“I felt so good during the gathering in Aylmer. The word that came to me, but that I didn’t share at the time, is “coherence”. It is a very good feeling. I want to pursue this path.” Marie-Michèle
“Thank you, Jen for coming and teaching us all a new way of dancing and appreciating ourselves and nature! I had a great time dancing and helping to create the circle of dances!” Kathy
“The dance allows me a way to be with and explore many things I can’t understand or change.” Roblyn
“Thank you for sharing your poem, and for leading the Samhain dance. I am very glad to have happened upon your circle making. There is something deeply nourishing about repeating steps, directions together.” Sylvia
“Your ability to share your heart’s wisdom, life experience, vulnerability, authenticity – in essence your PRESENCE is so very grounding as well as providing a sense of reaching to the stars. ” Catherine
Winter Solstice – “Surrender to the Dark and Birth the Light”
Imbolc – “Ignite our Neart (Heart courage) for change”
Spring Equinox – “Dance into Balance and the Uprising Energies of Spring”
Beltane – “Dance for our Highest Strivings”
Summer Solstice “Feast on Sun and Sea”
Lammas –“Being with What Is”
Fall Equinox – “Sink with the Sun into Fall”
Samhain – “Connecting to the Bones of the Ancestors”