a one week festival - July 20-27, 2012 The Yurt at CorUnum 5990 Old West Saanich Road Victoria, British Columbia
United Nations declares the Year 2000 to be the Decade of Peace
Fellowship of Reconciliation Journal Volume 68 Number 9-10 September –October 2002
“The United General Assembly, as part of its 1999 Declaration and Programme of Action, called for a global movement for a culture of peace. It launched its program with the Year for a Culture of Peace in 2000, followed by the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and the Non-Violence for the Children of the World from 2001-2010. During the UN International Year for a Culture of Peace more than one percent of the population of the world-over 75 million people-signed the Manifesto 2000, pledging to practise a culture of Peace in their 1) family 2) school 3) community.”
The year 2012 is a year considered in
the Mayan Calendar as the beginning of a newcosmic cycle.
According to the Mayan scholar, Jose Arguellis,July 25, called the
Day out of Time, is the opportunity to cultivate and celebrate one’s
creativity and ‘Time is Art’.
In 2003 Dr. Masura Emoto , author of ‘Messages from Water” initiated the ‘Love and Gratitude for Water Day’ choosing July 25, the Day Out of Time, for this celebration. It has been an annual summer event here at CorUnum for a decade.
This year it is being marked as the Celebration of the Culture of Peace. The city of Victoria, in celebrating it’s 150th year is calling it a “Summer of Peace”.
Beginning with the weekend of July 20-22
‘The Star of Peace’ a sacred circle danceshop in the tradition of the Findhorn Community in Scotland, led by the international teacher and choreographer Friedel Kloke-Eibl.
Friedel Kloke-Eibl Founded and leads the training program Meditation des Tanzes – Sacred Dance based in Germany. Since 1981, more than 800 people have studied with her in places as diverse as Ireland, Sweden, Canada, Bali, Argentina and Brazil. She writes: "Meditation des Tanzes is a walking into silence .. into the space of the spirit ... so that dance becomes prayer ... If we move in rhythm with our bodies, the movement harmonizes with larger rhythm of the cosmos."
The practice of Sacred Dance was born more than 30 years ago when
traditional European folk dances were brought to the intentional
spiritual community of Findhorn in Scotland. Sacred Dancing works with
the movement vocabulary of the old dances of Europe to explore
humanity's interconnectedness with all of Life; the dances are in
general simpler than folk dances, done with mindful intention to both
traditional and contemporary music.
Friedel Kloke-Eibl was a young woman, trained in ballet from an early
age, when she took part in the early development of Sacred Dance. She
has taught, trained dancers and created dances for decades in Europe but
has traveled to North America infrequently.And so it is extraordinary that she will be in Victoria for three
days this July to teach!
Sacred Dance Weekend with Friedel Kloke-Eibl
Friday July 20 through Sunday July 22
Where: The Sanctuary of First Unitarian Church in Victoria
$275 for the weekend which includes all tuition, nutritious snacks and
lunch on Saturday
July 25, the 10th Anniversary Celebration of a Day or Love and Gratitude
for Water at the Yurt
The Peace Fountainwill be
journey across Canada and return to Victoria by its founder, Kathy
Arnason (now with Land Conservancy).
Other activities will include: live music, making of your own finger
labyrinth, walking the Seal Mother Labyrinth on the property,
a guided nature walk throughout the ten acre property, the sharing
Collective Joy in the Dance, traditional as well as contemporary.
The Day concludes with the Mingling of the Waters Ceremony in which you
are invited to bring a sample of water that has significance for you. In
the past we have had waters from St. Bridget’s Well in Ireland, the
Ganges River in India and the Rhine River in Germanyin addition to samples from Victoria’s many
expressions of water.
We look forward to sharing this day with you, as it completes a decade
ofLove and Gratitude for
Water initiated by Dr. Masura Emotobackin 2003.
We continue creatingthe
culture of Peace as our awareness growswith every life-nurturing thought and act.
In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King:
“Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows….we must
pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means”.
"Peace is not only the absence of war or conflict, but also the presence of understanding and unity and there is also a sense of tolerance and respect. Inner peace refers to a state of being mentally and spiritually at peace and is generally associated with bliss and happiness. In some cultures, inner peace is considered a state of consciousness or enlightenment that may be cultivated by various forms of training, such as prayer, meditation and dance."