This Week 7/1-7/7/2013
Tuesday 7:30 - "Messiah" Training
Saturday July 6th 7pm - Saturday Night Sweat Lodge
Sunday July 7th 10am - Monthly Council Meeting
Sunday July 7th 6:45pm - Monthly Fire Ceremony
** THIS MONTH **
** AUGUST **
Saturday August 3rd 7pm - Saturday Night Sweat Lodge
Sunday August 4th 10am - Monthly Council Meeting
Wednesday August 7th 6:45pm - Monthly Fire Ceremony
Friday-Sunday August 23rd-25th - Star Dance
Register for the SunMoon
Register for SunMoon Dance
There are still some spaces for Dancers. If you are feeling called to dance, then by all means- "Make it so."
HELPERS PLEASE Register for the SunMoon Dance.
We need to know how many people to plan for meals etc. If you have problems with the registration online, call Steve Citty (865)300-4424.
Best Kept Secret in the Smokies!
The Gift Shop at the Center For Peace
The gift shop has recently been re-stocked!
New crystals - LOTS of them. Beautiful and unique gifts of nature.
Artfully crafted jewelry, pottery and wood craft by local artisans. These are one of a kind items brought to life by some of the people who participate in our lives here at the Center.
There are many of these new pieces to compliment the bountiful stock which we have continued to maintain over the years
Look here for handmade Medicine
Bags, Drum Bags, fetishes and more
AND we routinely stock ceremonial items such as sage and sweetgrass.
Whether you are coming for a workshop, a sweat lodge, a work day or a dance, please take a moment (or two) to look in the and see what a wonderful stock of items we have.
All of our items are hand picked, many hand made with very few duplicates. Come shop our selection.
Because we have a very low overhead, you will be AMAZED at the low prices.
The prices at the Center For Peace are consistently lower than you will find elsewhere in the region.
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."
August 3rd - Saturday Night Sweat Lodge
More information: What to bring
Saturday Night Lodge
August 3rd 7pm
led by José Gonzalez
Thursday Night Lodge
August 15th 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.
2013 Seymour SunMoon Dance
2013 SunMoon Dance
Center For Peace
led by: Steve Citty (the 16th year Steve has led this dance)
Nan Citty (her 6th year as Co-Chief)
Soon, in a less than a month, Dancers and crew will gather at the Center For Peace for the SunMoon Dance.
We are grateful to Joseph Rael, Beautiful Painted Arrow for his clarity, and courage and for his magnificent gift—this way of discovering our true relationship with and in all things and, ultimately, ourselves.
The Sun-Moon Dance has its roots in the American Mystical Traditions. It comes from a vision of Oneness and Peace. Joseph brought this vision to the Center for Peace and many other dance locations around the world.
Your participation in the dance provides you with the unique opportunity to become one of the planet’s Peacemakers.
The Seymour SunMoon Dance is an intensely personal experience that allows the participants time to experience themselves as beings of light. There are no other responsibilities, and no facilitator describing the experience to you. It is your experience.
It is a time for the Dancer to make a space for vision and inspiration. A time to rest, breathe and dream. The Dance helps us to break the crystallized forms in which we have become stuck. It is a Dance of healing. It is movement, manifestation, creation and change.
When we dance, we are the truth of breath, matter and movement.
By dancing and fasting for the time of the Dance, we heighten our awareness and allow ourselves to remake our personal world even as we call the vibration of peace to the land upon which we dance.
The Dance is a sacred ceremony created in the moment by the dancers. The form of the Dance provides a safe space for the individual to reach beyond the boundaries of normal perceptual awareness into the realm of all possible potentiality.
Benito Rael will serve the people and the Dance as Drum Chief.
We are excited about Benito coming to share his beautiful energy and teachings through traditional Tiwa drumming.
Spaces are beginning to fill up. If you plan to come to the dance as a dancer OR as a helper, register now.
July 13th SunMoon Dance Work Day
More information Work Day
Saturday July 13th, 2013
There is a LOT of work to do at the Center this Spring!
The rains this spring have been a blessing to our land, but they have prevented us from doing our normal work on a regular basis. This means we have a lot of catching up to do.
In addition to our normal work, (mowing, trimming, wood splitting and hauling, composting toilet maintenance)the garage needs maintenance cleaning & gardens need attention.
If you have a chain saw, power trimmer (weed-eater), truck for hauling, or other tools that you think may be useful, please contact José by email or phone at 865-300-3439.
If you would like to use this work day as part of a Work Exchange there are two things to do.
- Contact the chief of the Dance or facilitator of the event if you have not already made arrangements with them to exchange work for the event.
- Contact José and let him know that you want this to count towards Work Exchange.
In any case, if possible let us know that you plan to come so we can plan our work accordingly!
2013 Dance Schedule
2013 Dance Schedule at
The Center For Peace
“For The One” Dance, Tennessee
Chiefs: Sammye Jo Harvey & Ole Bjørn Michel
Women’s Web of Life Dance
Chiefs: Jeanne Robinson & Margarita DiVita
August 30-Sep 2
Chiefs: Colby McLemore & Katy Koontz
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
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 will keep up the page, but invite you to join our new group as well.
Simply "click" on the Facebook button above.
|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.)
José 865-300-3439 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.
July 7th 10am
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.
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