SPRING DANCE POEM by Jennifer Solley



by Jennifer Solley (Vancouver Circle Dancer)


 We come together to celebrate

To dance with the courage of the snowdrop

To dance with the grace and glow of the crocus, smiling at the sun

To dance with radiance of the daffodil, standing tall and majestic

To dance with the splendor of the tulip in the glow of its many colours


We come together in celebration

To dance with peace, joy, and delight

To dance with love, warmth and harmony

To dance together with the renewal and vibrancy of spring

To dance together like a bouquet of spring flowers, basking in the magic of the dance


The inspiration for Jennifer’s poem:  I helped Darlene with the welcome card for all participants at the Rivendell Women’s Retreat.   She also asked me if I could write a poem or find something to put inside the welcome card with the theme being welcoming everyone and Spring.    I had just come back from a walk at Van Dusen Gardens and enjoying all the Spring flowers and the poem arrived!


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Guest Teacher Rosie Turnbull returns to Vancouver

GLAD (3rd Thursdays)

(Gathering for Labyrinth, Art and Dance)

with *Guest Dance Teacher

Rosie Turnbull (Findhorn, Scotland)

Thursday, April 19

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

UCV (Unitarian Centre of Vancouver)

949 W. 49th Ave (at Oak)

Beloved Facilitator Rosie Turnbull returns to Vancouver!  She will share dances as part of the regular 3rd Thursday GLAD event.  Rosie has a wealth of experience in Circle Dancing and has both lived and worked at Findhorn (the ‘birthplace’ of Sacred Circle Dance) for years.  She also lived in Vancouver years ago and is blessed to have family to visit here.

Please RSVP & See SCHEDULE and more info about Rosie:




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Women’s Circle Dance Retreat (Rivendell/Bowen Isle) June 1-3, 2018


JUNE 1 – 3,  2018

*NOW FULL!  Wait List for those still interested.      

For registration form, more info and questions: circledanceladner(at)gmail(dot)com

*Online and e-transfers preferred

June 2018 felt very distant when we booked this retreat in the fall of 2016.  Now the time for dancing, rest and renewal is rapidly approaching!

INVITATION: Please join us at the Women’s Rivendell Circle Dance Retreat at Rivendell Retreat Centre (http://www.rivendellretreat.org/) on Bowen Island from June 1-3, 2018. The Circle Dance Retreat is in a very special locale at the Rivendell Retreat Centre which encourages time for self and in nature, time in community and service to others.  There’ll be scheduled time to dance with 3 or 4 facilitators in sacred space and time for self in an ambiance of quiet away from city life and distractions.  Rivendell is a beautiful location with wonderful energy.  The centre is atop a hill overlooking mountains, forest and ocean with nature paths, a separate sanctuary building with view of the forest and an outdoor labyrinth.  If you wish to extend your stay a few hours by arriving on the Island (not Rivendell Retreat Centre) early or staying later, there are some quaint shops to explore in Snug Cove and some beautiful hikes on the island too.

FOOD:  You will be lovingly nourished with delicious vegetarian meals and snacks prepared by Darlene.  If you have special dietary needs, there is space on the registration form to note them.

COST$250 includes dance program, accommodation, meals and snacks (ferry cost extra).  Most participants will be sharing a room (separate beds) with one other person.

PLEASE NOTE:  HELP WITH MEALS & CLEAN-UP ETC. IS A REQUIRED SERVICE AT THIS RETREAT:  For service to others, we will each give our loving attention to a meal prep shift, a meal clean up shift as well as lending a hand where needed during the retreat.  In addition, before our departure on Sunday, participants will clean/prepare their rooms for the next guests, return furniture in the shared spaces to its rightful place and clean the common spaces.

This retreat information is being sent to those who attended recent previous Rivendell Circle Dance Retreats as well as facilitators of dance circles who can share the information locally.

If you know anyone, experienced or not, who has an interest and may not have access to the information, please feel free to share it with them.


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Guest Teacher Barbara Herring visits the Lower Mainland in April

Barbara Herring from Ontario and one of our ‘Grandmothers’ of Circle Dance in Canada will be visiting the Lower Mainland early April.  Come experience the calmness, joy and reverence that Barbara Herring brings to the dance. Barbara has been a facilitator of Sacred Circle Dance groups in Canada and the USA since 1996 and during that time has been midwife to the birth of many groups in her home province of Ontario.  She developed a unique model of community co-leadership, where all dancers are welcome to share in teaching and leading the dance, has mentored many Circle Dance facilitators and choreographed many dances.

Monday, April 9, 2018…..Vancouver

UCV (Unitarian Centre…..949 W. 49th Ave at Oak)

*You may join us for any or all of these 3 sessions:

1).  2:00 – 4:30 pm…..Sharing Across the Miles….. Dance with Barbara and some facilitators from the Lower Mainland.  Barbara will likely share some of her favorite dances and other facilitators will share as well so she can have the pleasure (her request!) to just dance with us.  Barbara will ‘weave’ the program.

2)  5:00 – 7:00 pm….. Potluck Dinner with talking/sharing circle about various dance topics

*Please RSVP/register for session 1 and/or 2 at http://vancouverunitarians.ca/events/sharing-across-miles/

3)  7:00 – 9:00 pm…..Barbara Guest Facilitates (our regular 2nd Monday circle )   *No registration required – Just show up!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018…..Ladner

10:15 am – 12:15 pm    

For location and more info contact circledanceladner@gmail.com  


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April 29 – International Dance Day (UCV)

Celebrate International Dance Day

Sunday, April 29

UCV (Unitarian Centre of Vancouver)

949 W. 49th Ave @Oak

2:00 – 9:00 pm 

with Potluck Dinner (5:00-6:30 pm)


Please note:  This event is for experienced Circle Dancers who want to go deeper with Circle Dance. Encouragement and support from experienced facilitators will help you choose a dance (or let it choose you) as your own and share it with others.

*You may participate in any of all of the 3 sessions.   

To Register Please click here 


#1…..2-3 pm: How and Why to Facilitate Dances…..Fireside 

Panel of dance facilitators sharing their views on why and how to start facilitating Circle Dance.  Panel includes Corinne Chepil, Darlene Rainbow, Mary Bennett and others.

#2…..3-5 pm: Learning to Facilitate Your Dance…..Hall

A coaching session for those who are stepping up to “adopt a dance” to share with others. We’ll help new facilitators learn the dance well and get support on ways to effectively teach it to others. We will likely dance each dance 3 or 4 times. Depending on numbers we may separate into smaller groups and then reconvene to dance together.

*Please either bring the name of your ‘adopted dance’ on this date or contact Corinne for dance ideas  dancingmachine(at)telus(dot)net

5-6:30 pm: Potluck Dinner with Table Topics

If there are topics you’d like to have discussed please send to Mary 

#3…..6:30-9 pm: More Challenging Dances…..TBA

Mary Beam will be the Dance Weaver for this session. It’s a chance for experienced dancers to try more complex dances that we don’t often do in our regular circles. All are welcome to join. Less experienced dancers might want to sit some out and observe or stand back from the circle and follow the steps of the person in front.

*If you have an offering or a request for a more challenging dance (either a specific dance or a kind of dance) please send to Mairy.  mairyelesbea(at)gmail(dot)com

For a list of upcoming Circle Dance gatherings at the Unitarian Centre: http://vancouverunitarians.ca/education/adult-programs/circle-dance/


To learn more about Circle Dance, visit Mary’s blog.

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The Experience of Meaning in Circle Dance

Below is an excerpt from an abstract published April 2016 in the Journal of Occupational Science

Sense of Security & Stability

One respondent (F32), who had been involved for 14 years, remarked how her local circle dance group represented an “anchor-point”, providing a sense of security and stability. Knowing that she could always attend the group due to its regular frequency (weekly), time and venue, allowed her to regard circle dance asa sanctuary”, a constant occupation in her life, a space she could always rely on, with her circle dance friends there to help her in any circumstance. Another participant (F14) also realized this occupation had been specifically helpful during difficult periods in her life, mentioning the relevance of preserving circle dance in her routine and having the freedom to attend or return to it whenever necessary.

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More Tuesday Dancing in Victoria



Now 2nd, 3rd* and 4th Tuesday evenings…..7:00-9:00 pm

*3rd Tuesdays are a new addition

January 9, 16, 23, 30
February 13, 20, 27
March 13, 20, 27

Drop-in fee for each session will remain at $8.
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Dancing Poem

Sacred Circle Dance

by Kathy Lenz*

 Stepping into the circle,
 unsure of what was to happen,
 joining hands, feeling welcome
 as each warm face glanced a smile.
 The rhythmic beauty of the music began,
 being led by a wonderful spirit of the dance.
 Body moving and swaying, hands snapping, clapping,
 holding, energy pulsing, sharing…
 Smooth swish of feet, tapping, lifting, twirling…
 Not only my feet, but my soul was lifted,
 soothing my very being…
 with joy, with love, with peace.
 Dancing in the soft light of strangers
 by a flickering candle centered between us.
 What beauty shown on each face, as if dancing with Angels.
 Creating a dance of acceptance and oneness.
 I felt as though we had danced many times before,
 in another realm, in another lifetime.
 I did not want to let go of this beautiful moment in time
 wanting to stay in the circle throughout eternity.
 And in those silent moments, with hands and hearts
 I could only imagine and dream of a place…
 where I will dance forever
 with the Angels.


*with permission


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Website Contributions Accepted

Summer Solstice Dance  2017 with Jen Boyes-Manseau – Nanaimo BC


BC Circle dancers and facilitators are welcome to share their Circle Dance-related writings, resources, events etc. on this website (i.e. poems, dancing memories, pictures, books, videos etc.).

Please send your submissions to dancingmachine(at)telus(dot)net

Please see the latest addition on our COMMUNITY/INSPIRATION PAGE:  Honouring the Sacred Wheel of the Year in Dance  Dec 2016-Nov 2017   by Jen Boyes-Manseau.  Thank-You Jen!

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Circle Dance Conference at Neskaya

 ‘Joining Hands’ Circle Dance Conference

April 20-22, 2018

Neskaya (in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, USA)

1643 Profile Road, Franconia

*Nearest international airports: Boston or Montreal.

Sacred Circle Dance has been such a great gift to us that we feel inspired to spread the word about it through our communities here in New England and further afield. As a step in this direction, we’re planning to present our first-ever Circle Dance conference “Joining Hands” in April 2018. (We think it might be the first Circle Dance conference ever held anywhere!)

We’re inviting speakers who will explain, and demonstrate, how they integrate Circle Dance into the worlds of education, healing, therapy and spirituality. There will also be plenty of time to dance, and to socialize.

We’re reaching out for our participants not just to Circle Dancers, but to people from those worlds mentioned above whom we hope will see the value of using Circle Dance in their lives and professional practices.

Accommodation:  Limited accommodation is available at Neskaya itself (also before and after the conference should you wish to stay longer) and there are several motels and a ski area nearby.

You can find full details of the “Joining Hands” conference at:

There’s also a link from the main Neskaya web page which is at:

Contact: Julia Lynam at seren@together.net



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