Summer Solstice at Manitou: Sound healing and dance

WILLIAMSVILLE — Two well loved, local Summer Solstice traditions could hardly be more different — the Simba dance party in Dummerston, and sacred dance and music in the forests of Manitou in Williamsville. This year, there's a coming together of sorts. After 30 years, Simba will not perform its solstice celebration. But two of its artists, multi-instrumentalist Derrik Jordan and dancer Rupa Cousins, with others, will lead a different kind of music and dance experience in the Manitou woods. A sound healing concert with hand pan, tabla, fiddle and wind instruments will follow a shared circle of Paneurhythmy, honoring our community with Nature at the Solstice. "Those who find beauty in all of nature will find themselves at one with the secrets of life itself." (L.W. Gilbert)

The schedule goes like this: 5:30 p.m. arrival, walk into the woods; 5:45 to 6:05 p.m. Sacred Circle Dancing/ Paneurhythmy; 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Sound Healing Concert with Derrik Jordan and Jed Blume

Arrive at the parking area at 5:30 p.m. for a brief stroll to the forest dance hall — open space among tall pines — for a shared circle dance from the Paneurhythmy tradition, as we celebrate the longest day of the year: simple steps on pine needles, easily learned and practiced together in joy and appreciation of Nature and all that we are. Then a short walk to the forest knoll sound-stage, for sound healing on behalf of Nature and all beings. Derrik Jordan and Jed Blume — multi-instrumentalists, composers, and performers of evocative music inspired by cultures close to the land — bring us further into harmony with our surroundings.

Join us for this family friendly celebration! All are welcome. Tax-deductible contributions gratefully accepted to help support the artists. Wear comfortable clothes, bring bug juice. Rain Date: Friday, June 23. We are grateful for the generous support of our corporate sponsor, Brattleboro Savings and Loan.

Location: 300 Sunset Lake Road. Directions: go 1.4 miles up Sunset Lake Road from Williamsville Village, sign on right. Or approximately five miles over the top on Sunset Lake Road from Rt. 9. Information Fred Taylor at or 802-387-2681.


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