Hidden Falls Park, St. Paul, North Gate
Saturday, August 9, 2014
6 PM - Sundown
This event has two simple intentions.
1) To gather together drummers drum lovers, and anyone who has never touched a drum to play. To play in the small sense of creating a rhythm together, To Play in the larger sense of letting the human joy flower and flow from you - to fill the park with jubilant Wahoo. In previous years, the day has drawn about 120 people.
2) To dive into a place of communal reverence for the healing, beautifying, cleansing, embracing powers of this lovely earth - remember who we are as human beings, that we are not what we own and what we buy, we are not the costume we put on in order to make a living - to remember that we are connected to one another, that we are related to the crawling, leaping, swimming and soaring beings of this world, and to the the flowing, flowering, forceful energies, seen and unseen.
Beyond drumming up a storm of wahoo, the day will have two beautiful ceremonies. The first is the Blessing of the Waters of Praise and Grief. The second is the The Calling Back of Your Stolen or Lost Soul. Feel free to bring some flowers for either ceremony. You don't have to, but you can. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and water or snacks if you want to. We have the shelter rented, so rain or shine, the ceremony goes on. There's a suggested donation of $20 for the day, but don't let a lack of money keep you away. Come and jump into your authentic humanness.
We have reserved the shelter and green space starting at 5 PM. Come and picnic, play, hang, hike the trails along the rover, laugh and relax. There are two entrances to Hidden Falls Park, the north and south gate. Ours is the north gate.
6 PM Community drumming (formally) begins.
6:30: The Blessing of the Waters Ceremony. If you want to, bring flowers for the offering.
7:30: The Fire and the Calling of the Soul.
Drumming, dancing, communal, ebullient wahoo throughout.
Bring a drum or rattle (we’ll have extra too), blanket or camp chair if you want to. Bring food if you want to, and share it if you want to.
Bring wares to sell if you want to: especially things you've made! Set up a table or blanket, however you wish. Offer massage or healing. It's an open invitation to be and do who you are, and offer to the world what you want to offer. There's no charge. Bring your table, display or blanket, and set up.
Mostly, bring a desire to commune with the larger tribe of those like you who love this beautiful, un-name-able, un-tame-able Spirit.