New ‘land-art’ installation at site
holding hands in a circle, and others are done individually but still as part of the group within the circle form. There is no religious connotation to this form of dancing, the word sacred referring to the sacredness of the music, friendship, and the joy of celebrating together the preciousness of life on this beautiful planet. This bilingual event will be focusing particularly on the Summer Solstice with several dance facilitators participating from Canada and the US, teaching and sharing their favorite dances.
Thousands of sacred circle dances have been created over the last twenty years. The music used is often from other cultures such as Slavic, Latin, Greek, Celtic and even pop music, chosen because of the rhythmic, captivating beat or sometimes because of the lyrics and the message of the song.
Especially exciting for this event, some of the dances will be done to live music provided by Spirale, a newly formed 6-piece band from the Townships area, dedicated to playing at Sacred Circle Dances, with guitar, fiddle, flute, keyboard, drums and vocals.
This is a family-style celebration much as they did in days of old when entire communities would celebrate the important stations of the natural calendar year. Summer Solstice (solstice is based on the Latin wording for sun stands still) honors the longest day of the year with much revelry and celebration. Please feel free to bring a picnic supper, your own water, a chair or blanket to sit on. Bring hula hoops, kites (we will have some on hand) flutes, drums, your imagination, stories or talents that you have and would like to share to help create a very special evening.
Experience a dusk that seems to go on forever, fireflies in the dark, the stars in the sky-- all from within a beautiful field surrounded by gigantic stones! Visit Saule Village, the new land-art installation made of living willow that is located nearby where children can have fun exploring the green domes and running through the tunnels.
The Stanstead Stone Circle is located on Notre Dame Blvd, only a few moments from AutoRoute 55 and from the downtown area of the village. In case of rain, the modified event will be held in the chapel at Manoir Stanstead, 496 Dufferin, less than five minutes away from the stone circle field. Suggested donation. Check the website ( www.stansteadstonecircle.org) for weather-related changes, driving directions and updates. For more information contact Kim Prangley at 819 876 7462 or Anne Catherine McConnell at 514 237 5394