Summer Long Dance
After the success of the Long Dance in 2023, we will return once again to the Hillyfields for our annual ceremony.
A NOT FOR PROFIT FUND-RAISING EVENT.
WE ARE DANCING FOR THE AMAZON RAINFOREST AND AS OUR GIVEAWAY FOR LIFE ON EARTH
For more information about the roots of Summer Long Dance, see the recording of a Fireside Chat and in which we offer a mini Movement Medicine experience and do our best to answer your questions. On this recording you will also meet our Long Dance guests, Manari Ushigua and Belen Paez, from the Ecuadorian Amazon.
The Summer Long Dance ceremony is a way to join in deep community to dance, sing, heal and pray together for all our relations. It is also a fundraiser for the Fundacion Pachamama (the Ecuadorian wing of the Pachamama Alliance) supporting them in their work for the game changing work to protect the forest and headwaters of the Amazon river, working with and being led by the vision of the indigenous peoples themselves. This is the Sacred Headwaters Project.
If you would like to contribute to this beautiful work in the name of the Long Dance 2023 please use this link.
The Long Dance is held in a magical valley in South Devon in the Southwest of the UK, on the edge of Dartmoor. This ceremony is strongly and clearly held by Ya’Acov and Susannah Darling Khan, who bring their long experience to this role. Their guidance provides a profoundly healing, catalytic and magical space where each individual is encouraged to find their own unique way of expressing their dreams and love for life through the dance. The ceremony is grounded in Movement Medicine and the teachings represented in the Movement Medicine mandala.
We are delighted that once again this year, we will be joined by Manari Ushigua, Leader and Shaman of the Sapara Peoples of Ecuadorian Amazon and Belen Paez, leader of the Fundacion Pachamama in Ecuador. We will also be joined by Ramiro Vargas, a leader from the Achuar Tribe.
It’s an opportunity to spend some time remembering that our own personal wellbeing is connected to the wellbeing of the biosphere and all of life, and to dedicate our dance to all our relations, past, present and future. The deeper we dance, the more we directly experience the reality of the interconnected nature of all life. This recognition is not just a blissful experience, it’s a remembering of our responsibility to honour and protect the sanctity of life, each in our own way. During the ceremony, participants fast with simple fasting food in small amounts. This will be made available twice a day for those who need something to keep them going.
This is a give-away ceremony and therefore, participants are required to raise a minimum of £400 for any charity project or projects they wish to dance for. There is no tuition fee and any monies left over at the end of the event will go entirely towards supporting charitable projects.
The Summer Long Dance has so far raised more than £700,000 for a whole host of magnificent projects. Our central project is to support the Pachamama Alliance, an organisation called into being by the indigenous people of the Ecuadorian Amazon to protect the forest and to change the ‘dream of the North.’
For more about Manari and the Pachamama Alliance see the Share the Adventure blog (otherwise called the Amazon Blog).
If you’d like more of an energetic sense of the Long Dance, the short video below, made by Carrie Branovan, will give you a pretty good sense of the energy of the ceremony. Thank you Carrie and enjoy!