Dances of Universal Peace
The Dances of Universal Peace are simple dances set to the music we create with our own voices inspired by all of the world’s religious traditions. By singing and praying in the spirit of the many spiritual traditions of the world we can help bring healing to the cultural divisions that have been for centuries driving our world to war in the name of “religion.” The Dances of Universal Peace are a spiritual practice that brings us in touch with our sacred selves in an environment that allows us to honor the sacredness in each other. When we dance face to face, we are not just dancing with the person in front of us, but also with the divine spirit that is manifested through that person.
Conscious Dance and Consent
We will have many forms of Conscious Dance including Contact Improvisation (or Contact Improv) and Ecstatic dance and all conscious dance begins and ends with consent.
Consent is the foreground and background for any form of conscious dance. Consent means listening within oneself as well as on the dance floor…all of life is the dance floor is it not ;)! So we begin to tune in to what we are truly in need of internally. Is it touch, and if so, what kind of touch? What kind of pressure? These questions apply to those we are in the dance with as well. We want to create a true and authentic connection, and we do so when we are honest. This means we step out of situations (or poses or dances) when we want to. This means we attune ourselves to the subtle energy and move slower, more consciously feeling into the energy field. The easiest way to do this: we must arrive clearly first and foremost: free from drugs and alcohol. The glasses are less soft, the vision becomes more sharp, more clear, and from there we can begin to listen within. That is where it begins. And then noticing each other, being willing to pause and/or step back often to attune to the subtle energy field. And asking in an open ended way that invites honesty. The Wheel of Consent by Betty Martin is an excellent resource. Consent on All Levels is another excellent document written by Francesca Gentille.
Contact Improvisation is a partner dance form based on the physical principles of touch, momentum, shared weight, and most quintessentially – following a shared point of contact. The form was founded in 1972 by Steve Paxton.
Ecstatic Dance is barefoot dance movement, where we let our inner children play, move, or be in stillness. There are no specific performers or audience, there is just us moving however we want to move. It is an invitation to listen within. This kind of dance doesn’t require any prior experience, or memorizing any footsteps, or being particularly athletic. Anyone can do it! We discourage conversations on the dance floor to encourage listening within and following how your heart longs to dance, play, and explore. Some folks like to dance with others, and some stick to themselves.
We support you doing whatever feels most alive for you, and if you are wanting to step out of a dance, or not engage with someone in a dance, bowing with prayer hands means “Thank you, I am done dancing with you now”, or “No thank you I do not want to dance with you.”
* HuDost * Eieyani * Elisa + the Yes Men *
* Being Sound * Joro Boro * Keena Maya *
* Stardust * Karlee Crow * DevOcean *
* Prismism + friends *
Our Healing Arts tent will feature many kinds of healing arts including Reiki, Emotional Support, Spinal Network Analysis and more.
Social Healing Workshops
In addition to dance, art, energy healing, vocal awakening, creative writing, and yoga workshops, we are planning some specific workshops for men identifying, women identifying, as well as gender non-conforming and non-binary folks. We will be offering panels to heal divides and lift up black, brown and indigenous voices as well. We take the idea of ‘healing’ beyond healing individuals, but also healing social divisions as well, and are interested in creating a safe and inclusive space.
Red Tent is a sanctuary for womyn identifying folx and non-binary AFAB folx to gather and journey through the stories of their cycles to claim the power of their natural rhythms and body wisdom. We curated a selection of workshops encompassing physical, emotional, sexual and spiritual needs. Our mission is to help womyn to live in sync with the natural rhythms of their bodies, their communities and the planet. We gather together to help each other to connect deeply to our hearts, our wombs and the wisdom they hold. Traditionally this has been done in circles. Moon circles, Red Tents, song circles, dance circles…womyn have been circling for thousands of years, sharing, creating, connecting and empowering each other. In the Red Tent, we will explore song circles, reiki, flower mandala creation, tantric embodiment techniques, pelvic floor/jade egg (bring one if you have it) exercises, shamanic journeys, voice activations, hormonal health education and a sanctuary space for womyn identifying folx to rest and rejuvenate. Come to be witnessed, celebrated and empowered to carry your light into the world.
Healing Inspired Masculine
H-I-M tent… will be a healing, connection, personal growth, and education space specific to those who identify, wholly or in part, as Men Him/He/His
Whether you identify as a Cis, Straight, or Queer man, or you identify as Transmasculine, Two Spirit, if you are Gender Fluid, or Questioning your gender identity,…..
WELCOME! …..this will be tended as a safe space for healing and creative expression for all facets of masculine identity.
Join us throughout Mythaca for scheduled and popup workshops and Men’s Circles with skilled facilitators.
And come anytime to gather and utilize this space throughout your 4day stay to give, receive and to share arts, skills, knowledge, and empowerment. H-I-M will also be an anytime creative space for “men” to spark conversations and to enrich connections, for general physical/emotional/mental/spiritual support, for masculine empowerment, for masculine accountability as we heal from the negative effects of toxic masculinity and toxic patriarchy together, to learn more about male sexuality, to grow in emotional intelligence, to receive feedback and perspective about life situations, to learn about boundaries and consensuality, for meditation, yoga, and for all ways we can support bettering our lives and relationships.
If you are interested in leading a workshop, or offering an art or skill share to heal, uplift, and empower the healthy masculine…or if you’d like to contribute in any way to our Mythaca Men’s Space this year please contact Tree directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Beyond Artist Collective is bringing their artwork to this event, including Sparky the Giant Rideable Unicorn! And some of our workshops will focus on creativity and art-making.
Lunch and dinner will be served by Captain Kale, a renowned camp chef, and his amazing crew. All meals will be vegetarian with vegan & gluten-free options. We source only organic, local and non-gmo foods.
Nature and Sacred Fire
Arnot Forest provides many opportunities for hiking & enjoying nature including a refreshing creek, a beautiful pond, and trails through the forest.
Part of the ceremonial aspect of Mythaca is the eternal, sacred Fire. As one of our most ancient of ancestors, Fire holds and mimics Spirit in it’s dance and song. To gather together around our sacred Fire is to sit at the foot of the Divine, to sit as our ancestors did, each night, together. We invite you here to sing, to dance, to drum, to commune, to be silent, to laugh, to cry, to pray.
Mythaca Kids Camp
An inclusive space for kids and teens to explore music, dance, nature as art, mindfulness, social justice and more! Each day, activities will be tailored to campers who are present. Whether they are 3 years or 15 years old, we will have something for everyone. Kids-Camp will be offered during workshop times. See schedule page to denote times. Teens older than 15 are welcome to come and support the Kids-Camp activities, please reach out for more details at email@example.com