Embodied Meditation & Healing Circles
All are welcome!
CIRCLES RESUME IN SEPTEMBER 2018
Led by Sandra Kammann, along with other Sacred Arts Practitioners. Sandra is a Cultural Anthropologist with an extensive background in movement, theatre and ritual as gateways for personal discovery and global transformation, and is founding director of We the Temple, a non-profit organization dedicated to deepening individual and communal consciousness. Sandra directs the Moving Voices Project, a sacred dance ensemble dedicated to building joyful community through gatherings, performances, peace advocacy, subtle activism, healing arts and classes for students of all ages. Sandra practices Kundalini Yoga, Chi-lel, The Twenty-One Praises of Tara, and Dances of Universal Peace. She has been leading communities in spiritual evolution through the arts for over 20 years.
The Dances of Universal Peace
Sandra Kammann leads the Dances of Universal Peace. The Dances are a transformative spiritual practice, offered in an atmosphere of authenticity and mindfulness. The Dances of Universal Peace are part of a timeless tradition, invoking an embodied sense of unity, presence and compassion.
Created by Sufi teacher and Zen master Samuel L. Lewis, the Dances set sacred text from many spiritual traditions to music and movement. Murshid Sam, as he was known to his Sufi students in the 1960’s, brought forward the Dances and other esoteric practices to awaken the hearts and minds of his Sufi students and create an ecstatic experience of unity. The Dances are carried forward today by the Sufi Ruhaniat International, the Sufi order established by Murshid Sam before his passing, and by the Guidance Council which oversees training and certification of Leaders and Mentors.
The more than 400 Dances include themes of peace, healing, and the celebration of life’s great mystery. Since the late 1960’s, the Dances have spread throughout the world, touching more than a half million people in North and South America, eastern and western Europe, Russia and the Baltic countries, India, the Middle East, Africa, Pakistan, Australia, and New Zealand. Grassroots Dance circles are continually springing up around the globe, with over two hundred dance circles in the United States alone.
Sandra has led the Dances for schools, spiritual centers in the U.S. and Costa Rica, on the National Mall, in forests and glens, and in Season for Non-Violence ceremony. The Dances can also be shared in holistic health centers, therapy groups, prisons, hospice houses, drug rehabilitation centers and retirement villages.
The Dances open us to remembrance of the natural human state – unguarded and authentic. They continue to be, as Samuel Lewis envisioned them, a way to make liberating life-energy and the “peace that passes all understanding” a reality in people’s lives.
Sacred Dance Offering
“O Divine mother, promote illumination within us.”
Sandra Kammann, Soloist
Amy Conley, Piano & Vocals
In this dance offering, Sandra practices the sacred art of yielding to the Divine Light that is ever-present as Blessing and Guide. This Blessing is available to all. “The Gayatri Mantra is one of the oldest and most powerful of Sanskrit mantras. It is believed that by chanting the Gayatri Mantra and firmly establishing it in the mind, if you carry on your life and do the work that is ordained for you, your life will be full of happiness. Goddess Gayatri is also called “Veda-Mata” or the Mother of the Vedas. Her mantra is the very basis, the reality behind the experienced and the cognized universe.” Gyan Rajhans
Bhuh Bhuvah Svah
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yo nah Prachodayat
~ The Rig Veda (10:16:3)
Celebration Center for Spiritual Living, Falls Church, VA
The Hearth of Peace & Gratitude
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax
Led by Sandra Kammann and The Moving Voices Sacred Dancers & Singers
We joined together in community for song and reflection as we turned the wheel of the seasons toward Wintertime. This event included the popular interfaith Peace Prayer Mandala chant, and a trio of vocalists singing The Winter Solstice Round by Becky Reardon. A Sacred Dance Healing was offered, and we sang in honor of Nelson Mandela. We lingered on that stormy night for refreshments and warm conversation afterwards!