Our Origin Story

Arnot Forest is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ (the Cayuga Nation). The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ are members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, an alliance of six sovereign Nations with a historic and contemporary presence on this land. The Confederacy precedes the establishment of Cornell University, New York State, and the United States of America. We acknowledge the painful history of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ dispossession, and honor the ongoing connection of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ people, past and present, to these lands and waters. This land acknowledgment has been reviewed and approved by the traditional Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ leadership.

Mythaca (pronounced myth-ah-ca, rhymes with Ithaca) sprouted at Arnot Forest, near Ithaca, NY, as an off-shoot of the Ithaca Dance Gathering, held in June for the past 30 years.The IDG has been a model for other shared-creation, egalitarian events across the country. This community-generated gathering has highlighted Dances of Universal Peace, and more recently, other conscious dance forms such as Ecstatic Dance, Five Rhythms and Contact Improv. In 2019, the Mythaca Men’s Fest was added to our time at Arnot Forest, with roots in earlier Ithaca Men’s Fests at Arnot. Last year, Mythaca 2021 was born, and the Mythaca theme has continued to grow, with Ithacans and friends from all over collaborating to create this year’s Mythaca 2022. In 2022, there will be both a Gathering for Conscious Dance, June 16-19, and Mythaca 2022, June 22-26.

Mythaca has a specific focus on healing divides and helping to decolonize us individually and collectively through conscious connection, music, dance, spiritual practices, and healing arts. We will offer musical performances, flow arts, healing circles, earth arts, panels, workshops, kid’s camp, fire and ceremony. We are an inclusive community and gift economy based event, so once you are in the gate all things offered are given/exchanged freely. We ask that all participants sign up for 2 hours of seva or community help as a way to be a conscious co-creative heart of the living mandala that we all are. We celebrate a community focused on collaboration by taking a break from the mainstream consumerist vibes, as well as ask all folks to come as they are, meaning free from mind altering substances and alcohol. This allows for us to dive deep into our truth and we promise it is such an enriching, fun and empowering way to show up for yourself and the community.

We also have a “Red Tent” for women identifying or non-binary folx, H-I-M (Healing Inspired Masculine) for men identifying or non-binary folx, trans and gender non-conforming healing spaces, healing space for BIPOC, a Sacred temple, workshops for all genders, and practices/talks on steps towards decolonization, anti-racist actions, supporting racial and social healing as well as ways to dance within our differences and thereby dance into unity within our communities.

We hope you’re just as excited as we are to Dance into Unity with Mythaca 2022! Any contributions such as work-exchange, volunteering, sponsorship & donations are accepted & appreciated. Visit our Participate page for more details.

See you SOON!


Team Mythaca