Tuesday 7:30 pm - "Messiah" Training class
Friday 7:30 pm - Drumming Circle
Saturday 7:30 pm - Saturday Night Sweat Lodge
** THIS MONTH **
August 5th- Monthly Council Meeting
August 7th- Fire Ceremony
August 11th- Young People's Dance
August 16th - Thursday Night Sweat Lodge
August 18th - Work Day for Star Dance
August 24th-26th - Star Dance
August 31st-Sept 3rd - Men's Hollow Bone Dance
** COMING IN SEPTEMBER **
September 6th- Saturday Night Sweat Lodge
September 7th- Fire Ceremony
September 8th- Herb Workshop
September 9th - Monthly Council Meeting
September 15th - Work Day for Drum Dance
September 20th - Thursday Night Sweat Lodge
September 21st-23rd - Drum Dance
New Facebook Group
New Facebook Group
We have started a new "Group" on Facebook. It seems this is a better way to stay in touch interactively than the page format. we eill keep up the page, but invite you to join our new group as well.
Simply "click" on the Facebook button above.
The Star Dance also has a separate "Group" on Facebook. Click here to see that page.
Young People's Dance
More info and register for Young People's Dance
Young People’s Dance
Saturday August 11th
The Young People’s Dance is a one-day Dance beginning with a sweat lodge at 10 am and ending in late afternoon with a feast and a giveaway.
Most Dances at the Center are traditionally a time of fasting, but because the focus of this dance is on young people, water and light food will be available between Dance rounds for any dancers who feel they need it.
Dance Chief Nan Citty, LCSW, has participated in native-based ceremonies at the Center for Peace and abroad (in Brazil, Israel and Ireland) for more than a decade. Other dancers, drummers, singers, fire tenders, and chiefs who actively commit their time at the Center for Peace will be helping us with this Dance. Grandfather Joseph has blessed these children and us all with his teachings.
What to Bring
- Participants should bring clothes for both the sweat lodge and the dance.
- Traditionally, the girls are asked to wear skirts or dresses with loose sleeves.
- The boys are to wear apron skirts over their jeans or shorts.
- Bring a sleeping bag or blanket for resting between dance rounds.
- Please bring one white sheet per dancer.
- There will be a feast following the Dance, so bring food to share.
- We will also be holding a giveaway after the feast, so bring something you would like to give away to symbolize the sharing of our bountiful gifts and the love and caring we have for all our brothers and sisters. Such sharing helps us to impart to our children the importance of honoring the gifts of this Earth and of the Spirit. The children in turn help remind us that to believe is to receive.
The cost to put on the dance is $25 per person $100 for family of 4 or more. There is no charge for ceremony.
If you have questions, contact Nan Citty at 865-405-6809.
More information & register for Star Dance
THE STAR DANCE
August 24-26, 2012
Dance Leaders: John Pehrson & Margarita DiVita
Location: Center For Peace, Seymour, TN
This is a call for Dancers for the STAR DANCE, a sacred dance for All People given by Spirit through personal vision. This three-day event is about bringing balance to the land through fasting and prayer in movement. The dance renews our connection to the Star People and our cosmic heritage. It is also about personal inspiration and growth, exploring new potentials and possibilities, finding a new path, or making a needed course correction to realign with our Life Purpose. It is about stepping fully into your power, and a powerful way to accelerate spiritual progress.
It is clear to all who are “awake” that the Earth is giving birth to something new. The outer chaos we see in the world is akin to the contractions that push the baby through the birth canal. But, we are all part of this process of birth and genesis. We can assist the process by choosing to walk a spiritual path, or we can go into resistance and fear. The choice is ours, but it will have a great deal to do with the quality of our experience in the coming months.
2012 is a time of mass awakening. As we dance, we help bring this new level of awakened consciousness to a critical mass. As we dance, we also help bring balance to the Earth. So, make a difference! Come dance with us!
This year, the requested donation for the Star Dance is $450. Crew members are requested to make a donation of $50 for food, supplies and camping.
If you are new to sacred dance, go within and seek to know if you are one of the Star-Dancers. Although there are many ways to serve, few have a greater personal reward than dancing. We would love to have you dance with us this year!
For more information, contact Margarita DiVita or John Pehrson at: email@example.com
Men's Hollow Bone Dance
More information and register for Men's Hollow Bone Dance
Men's Hollow Bone Dance
August 31st-September 3rd
led by: Steve Citty
The Hollow Bone Dance is in its essence a SunMoon Dance. It is a dance for men to recognize the ways in which men are like one another and to remember that we as men are here to serve. The Hollow Bone is open to all men who seek the inspiration to live a life of greater spiritual awareness and service.
It is danced with no drumming, no singing, and very little support from outside the dance arbor. This encourages the dancers to learn to depend on others who are dancing the dance of life with them in the time they are dancing. It is different than the Sun-Moon dance, not better or harder or easier, just different. The Dance Chief participates as a Dancer.
We are the Hollow Bone through which Spirit moves as breath. The arbor with the central tree is a representation of the world (matter) and the Dance is movement. The three are Wah Ma Chi, the act of creator creating.
Joseph Rael "Beautiful Painted Arrow" says about the Hollow Bone:
"The Hollow Bone Dance is important because it has no drumming or singing. It evokes a different plane of resonance. If we could see it in levels: drumming alone is level one; singing is level two, and Hollow Bone is level three; all together level four.
"When we do the Hollow Bone, our feet hit the ground, hence, level one drumming. The body movements is the second level of singing while in the third level the bone sound is the eaglet in distress asking for divine guidance. The adult eagles respond who are the Mother-Father God principle."
Sacred Dance is a way to step away from Ego for a time. It’s a time to retreat from the perceptual reality in which we live our ordinary life. It is a way to move beyond the ordinary and begin to make our life “extra ordinary”.
Connecting with the Magic of Plant Medicine
Learn about the spiritual uses of herbs.
SATURDAY, September 8, 2012
10 am-3:30 pm
by Judith Brooks –
Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist
• Herbal allies to help with stress and emotional balance
• Learning to prepare herbs and flowers for a spiritual cleansing
• Easy-to-grow medicinal plants for the herb garden
• Guided Plant Spirit Meditations
Bring a dish to share for lunch. Cost: $35.00.
Contact us regarding work exchange
Work Exchange Contributions
(alternate way to pay for Dances)
Want to dance?
This year the council has been given the teaching that it is time to return to the original contribution rates given to us by Beautiful Painted Arrow. (See article here).
Most of the feedback we have received has been positive as Dancers (both past and current) have acknowledged the power of the teaching in their experience.
At the most recent council meeting, rates of exchange for work contributions were set and several work day opportunities have been established with more to be announced later this week.
The work exchange rate is $15 per hour. You will need to work a minimum of 4 hours on a given day. Generally we work no more than 10 hours in a day. This will not include a lunch, so you will need to bring your own light lunch.
Please contact the Dance Chief or Coordinator if you are interested in contributing towards your dance in this way.
Projected: 4-10 hours
Date: In addition to scheduled work days (see Calendar) you may contact us with your available days and we will try to accomodate, pending our schedules.
Maintenance projects include:
Wood gathering and splitting
More "Messiah" Training information
"In September of 2009, I began leading a weekly seminar at the Center for Peace around the subject of 'Messiah' Training. These are on a continuing basis [until they are not] and everyone is invited to participate.
"If you have read and liked such books as Richard Bach’s ILLUSIONS and/or are intrigued by the teachings of A COURSE IN MIRACLES and/or follow the visionary path taught by people like Joseph Rael, you already may have been studying up on this subject – already a 'messiah in training'.
"Please do not let the language throw you! These times together are very little about doctrine, demands, or nice ideas and much more about self discovery, personal power, and mutual support."
Fire Ceremony Information
7th of each month, 7 pm
~ led by Katy Koontz
The purpose of the FIRE CEREMONY is to heal and purify both the planet’s physical oceans and the oceans of cosmic thought.
At 7 pm local time, fire elders light ceremonial fires at each of the Peace Sound Chambers around the world. Those present watch the fire in silence until it burns out, giving to it what we want to transmute in our lives and staying open to the messages and teachings it brings.
All are welcome. We suggest you arrive around 6:45 pm.
Donations are appreciated.
More information: What to bring
Saturday Night Lodge
August 4th 7pm
led by José Gonzalez
Thursday Night Lodge
August 16th 7pm
led by Steve Citty
A sweat lodge or "Purification Lodge", is an intensely rewarding experience. By entering the womb of Mother Earth (the lodge), we seek purification and a deeper spiritual awareness through prayer.
Generally speaking the experience is to deepen spiritual awareness. The steam, heat, and darkness intensify prayers and personal introspection. The lodge leader (pourer), with help from the fire tender, hold an energetic space of safety and security while setting the intent of the lodge. The medicine of the lodge leader and of each participant helps to enrich the lessons of the lodge.
There are composting toilets in the meadow. You may change clothes in these toilets or at the Peace Sound Chamber. There is no nudity in our lodges.
Suggested Items to Bring:
• Two Towels
• Men are requested to wear swim trunks, gym shorts or something similar.
• Women are requested to wear a skirt or dress. (Something for inside the sweat that is modest and you don’t mind getting muddy.)
• Change of clothes (Preferably long sleeve and covers all of the legs to keep from getting the feast area dirty).
• Covered Dish for the Feast.
It is appropriate to bring tobacco, a small gift, or monetary gift for the fire-keeper and lodge master, both of whom offer their services to the people as a gift.
Cash donations are used to support the Sweat Lodge. We use lots of wood for the fire; supplies like herbs (sage, tobacco, cornmeal, etc.), drinking water, and more. If you are feeling abundant, a donation would be appreciated.
There is never a charge for Ceremony. If you are not feeling abundant, PLEASE do not allow this to prevent you from coming.
Every Friday @ 7 pm
~led by José Gonzalez and Tamy Brown
Drumming is a powerful, sometimes dramatic, way to break into other levels of our mind. Sensitive instruments can measure the way that drumming affects the brain waves. That’s the reason for tens of thousands of years the shaman has journeyed with the drum.
This drumming is not specifically for journeying; but you get to use it whatever way you wish – including having a good time doing it!
So, on Friday of each week, bring your drum, and come join us.
Donations are appreciated.
2012 Dance Schedule at Center For Peace
Dances at the Center For Peace have been one of the major activities that we hold each year. The complete dance schedule for 2012 follows.
You may click on the dance name to be taken to the web page for that dance where you will get further information and will be able to register.
After you register, you will be taken to a page where you have the option to make your dance contribution by PayPal. AND new this year, once you have registered for a dance you can click on the "make a payment" button at any time to make incremental payments on your contribution by PayPal.
If you choose not to use PayPal, you can send your contribution by check to the Center. Be sure to put the name of the dance in the memo line.
March 23-26 “For the One” Dance
May 25-27 Web of Life Dance
July20-23 SunMoon Dance
Let God Be . . . .
By Perry Robinson
What if we were to let Creator define, name, and interpret Itself? How much of our theology, doctrine, and teaching about spiritual matters crosses over some invisible line into an arrogant place of “telling Creator what we think It is allowed to be”? Do we really get to “give God his name” of “designate her gender”?
“Let go and let God” means a lot more than merely allowing Creator to get a word in edgewise in the story of our lives. Don’t get me wrong: I am not willing even to imply that Creator wants us to step out of Its way so it can take over and run our lives; but I believe there is a grand and rich space within which Creator empowers us to co-create with It in this Planet Earth/2012, part of Its dream.
There is a lot afoot; and Creator is definitely at work. My intention is to watch and listen, to do what shows up for me to do – probably stirring things a little as well – and to welcome and applaud whatever Grace, Love, Peace, Prosperity, and Wisdom shows up.
Let’s not limit the search for insight into the grandeur of this universe nor assume that what we find explains it all!
The Mystery is Great, after all.
Someone please tell me how/why people can walk safely on hot coals one time but burn their feet the next time; or how/why one man walks on the same water that another sinks into.
Maybe, if I spend less time and energy trying to stuff Creator into a box, I’ll have more success getting out of this box of mine!
|Work is Worship
“Work is Worship”
Work/activity is one very clear way to celebrate our selves as part of the community by which we are being fed spiritually. And it is always a lot of fun. Time seems to alter into a process rather than a taskmaster and friendships are born and nurtured by our community participation.
Bring gloves, appropriate clothing, water and an open willing attitude. If you have any special skills, please let us know so we can best use your talents. Of course, we will first take care of the pressing needs, but there is a lot of work to be done and all your talents are valuable.
We provide lunch. (So kitchen help is also appreciated.)
Perry 865-428-3070 or
|Chanting in the Chamber
The Peace Sound Chamber is available for chanting, vision quests and ceremonies of many different types.
You are encouraged to come to the chamber and chant, drum, meditate or simply sit (the chamber Spirits love it); please check first that there is not something already scheduled.
Please call at least two weeks in advance to reserve our facilities as usage requires council approval.
This is the gathering of the board of directors to discuss new ideas, future projects, and events. Feel free to come with suggestions and comments.
August 4th 10am
September 9th 10am
-Visitors welcome Note new time.
For more information, call the Center at (865) 428-3070.
Directions to the Center
The Center for Peace is a non-profit religious corporation in the State of Tennessee. Donations to the Center for Peace can be claimed as deductions from income for income tax purposes.
Active Council Members of the Center for Peace: