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Dancing in a circle is an ancient tradition common to many cultures; marking special occasions, the seasons, strengthening community and encouraging harmony and peace. So, Circle Dance draws on the rich and diverse traditional dances of countries from all around the world; the Balkans, Greece, Russia, the Ukraine, and Israel.

There is also a growing repertoire of new dances to classical music, contemporary songs and music composed for Circle Dance.

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Circle dances can be energetic and lively or gentle and reflective. Consequently, the style and mood reflects the group and the interests of the teacher. The circle of the dance was broken, but the need for it remained deep in our psyches, in the places where we remember our wholeness. In October of the energy of the sacred circle dance re-emerged in a new form for a New Age.

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The Findhorn Community in Scotland held a conference on European Spiritual Renewal, and among the invited guests were Professor Bernhard Wosien, Dance Master from Munich, and his daughter, Maria Gabrielle, who shared with the community their living knowledge of the sacred dance traditions of the West. Bernhard, although a classical dancer by profession, had studied the traditional European dances and their meaning and significance with a master who embodied a tradition transmitted through a line of teachers tracing directly back to Pythagoras. Bernhard had his own school in Munich, but for years he had been looking for a place where the spiritual essence of dance could be appreciated and where tradition could be absorbed and used as the foundation for new creations.

In Findhorn he found his place, and over the years until his death in , he returned again and again to share his knowledge and Being with the Sacred Dance group which was formed to receive it. It is no news to us that the spiral energy is spinning faster, bringing outworn fear-based and destructive patterns to an end and initiating new, more conscious, love and community based forms and structures of relationship and activity.

In this time of transition we need to move harmoniously together into the new consciousness, using the best of the wisdom traditions to ground us as we explore and experiment with creative expression of the New. Dancing the old dances, or employing the traditional dance steps and patterns as an alphabet and a grammar to create new ones, there is no limit to the group rituals that can be created or the healing and celebrating uses to which it can be adapted.

I was living at the Findhorn Foundation at that time, and though I had never been a dancer, the impulse was strong. I was drawn to join the Sacred Dance group to work with Bernhard. Something truly special was happening there, in a place already known for its magical gardens and its spiritual pioneering. Bernhard was an extraordinary elf of a man, who, though already in his seventies, left us panting in the wake of his intense and tireless energy.

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He came, he taught, and when he left we practiced and learned the many dances he had given — many so ancient that their origins are lost in time, others of more recent provenance, and some which he had himself created from his intuitive understanding of the tradition. Through listening, and repetitive dancing of all these under his guidance, we discovered our own profound connections to the spirit of the dance, the community of the circle, and a sense of the power of ritual and symbol in transformation of consciousness. John, a Gnostic mystery teaching banished by the church from the canonical scriptures.

One year we greeted the Spring with a dance drama story of Theseus and the Minotaur, a myth so germinal and powerful that resurrecting it evoked protest from some members of the community. Was it appropriate, they asked, to dredge up from the distant past such dark and violent images, and what might it do to the community energy? This is the myth of the hero and the labyrinth — of the descent into darkness, overcoming the monster therein, and re-emerging into the light, transformed.

It is a universal metaphor, symbolized most simply in the image of the spiral, for the journey of the soul through death to rebirth. He assured the questioners that no harm would be done. This is what Bernhard had done: he had taken the old energies of conflict and death, these dark and outworn forms from our past, and transformed them into a new understanding of ourselves.

We no longer seek to slay our shadows, but to accept and transform them. This is a myth for a New Age, with roots in forever. And so with the old dances. It is like finding something again; you recognize it as something you have known; you have connected with the ancient stream of knowledge which flows on through you. Bernhard Wosien is gone now, but the legacy of the Sacred Dance, continuing still at Findhorn and the School in Munich and moving out into the larger world with successive waves of dancers, is alive and growing.

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Sacred Intent. The folk dances of Europe, especially those of the less industrialized East, have been well preserved, and still embody the ancient energies, though their precise meanings may have been long forgotten. These dances are a link to the highest aspirations of our creative collective unconscious. The moving circle, through its own dynamics, creates a vortex of energy which assists us in raising and accessing our own divine energies of transformation. Many of us find in the dancing circle aspects of ourselves that we had never recognized, a grace and fluidity and rhythm we had never expressed.

We find in the circle a safe place to be ourselves and to share our energies, whether it be peaceful moving meditation or a laughing, playful romp.

For Circle Dancers, this form of dance is much more than fun and relaxation, although it is certainly that as well. We find in the energy of the circle, in the patterns, rhythms and steps of the dance a deep connection to ourselves, each other and our world.

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The psychic and spiritual need to dance and celebrate together has not been lost with the vanishing of the custom. We still have, even if unconsciously, a powerful yearning for this kind of communal sharing, and in the Circle Dance we experience a rich and satisfying sense of returning and reintegration. It is a path on our Way, a strand of the great web which gathers all life together in wholeness and unity. Come, dance with us and discover for yourselves what we have found. Like Brigadoon, it rises from the sea every year, not every hundred. Each gathering like no other, yet the same rich blend of old and new friendships, shared experiences, opening of hearts, self discovery, giving and receiving, relaxed playfulness and spiritual reflection — all before the eternal vastness of the sea.

One morning at dawn I sit on the beach, looking down at the waves and the blazing reflection of the sun on the water — a corridor of diamonds, from the surf line to the horizon. Silhouetted against the light is a woman, with long gray hair and a rattle. She is making a mandala, a medicine wheel in the sand.

A self proclaimed Shaman, she traces the circumference in the sand with her toe, marking out the directions of the compass, north, south, east, west. Flocks of swallows skim across the surface of the water as gulls wheel and dive in their wake. It occurs to me that the figure could have been on any beach on earth in any century, going back hundreds of thousands of years. From the beginning of time people have gone to the shore at dawn to find and enter a holy place, to honor and praise the mystery of creation, of life, death.

They have made sacred circles and sung hymns of praise and supplication, just as this woman as she faces the sun, raising her hands skyward, shaking rattles and chanting.