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Twelfth, and final, New Year’s celebration focuses on interconnectedness

The 12th annual St. Joseph’s New Year’s Eve and Day celebration is dedicated to opening the senses, celebrating inter-connectedness and letting go of the accumulated stress and struggle of the past year.

This event is open to all and is an alcohol- and drug-free event that begins with a potluck dinner provided by the participants. The celebrations begin at 7 p.m. Monday.

Many ancient prophesies have predicted that we are in a time of great challenge and opportunity, according to organizers.

“This year’s celebration is an opportunity to come together, move into our senses and fully embrace our natural inner wildness. By dancing, singing and playing together, we open our hearts to our interconnectedness with all life and expand our ability to be guided by instinct and intuition. In this eco-centric state of revelry, we can throw off the habitual patterns that keep us in a state of worry, doubt and suffering and enter a rapturous relationship with life itself,” according to a press release.

To deepen the experience of heightened sensory awareness, a special “Come to Your Senses” chill room will provide opportunities to explore and indulge the five senses. This sanctuary will provide free massages, art materials, sense journeys and comfortable lounging areas to gather and retreat from the revelries in the main hall.

In the main hall, there will be talent, music, movement and socializing with entertainment.

International singer songwriter Maniko has been writing songs, performing and singing in a diverse array of venues for more than 25 years. She has produced and recorded three original CDs and worked on a variety of other recording projects.

She has extensive professional and experiential training in expressive arts, movement awareness and integration, and meditative disciplines as well as dance, breath and voice as vehicles for bridging the worlds of developing consciousness, creativity, personal integration and authentic self-expression.

The Earth Rhythms Dancers and Drummers are a group of performers that present dances, drum rhythms and songs from the Congo, West Africa, the Caribbean, Brazil and North America.

Most of the group’s performing repertoire are traditional dance and drum pieces from the cultures that some members have apprenticed with, and some pieces are a collective choreography creation by the members of this troupe.

Earth Rhythms performances are high-energy presentations and all the guests will be invited to participate and do their own dance as the lights go down and the dancing begins.

Michael Stone (aka DJ Divine) is the host and producer of KVMR’s “Conversations” which brings you leading-edge thinkers, authors and activists in the areas of environmental restoration, social justice, evolutionary cosmology and spiritual fulfillment. Stone is a sought after DJ and leads moving meditation classes and workshops based on the work of Gabrielle Roth. He has produced this inspiring fundraiser for the past 12 years.

DJ Saša Benčina holds a bachelor of arts in dance, is a passionate massage and SOMA therapist, certified Somatic Movement practitioner, Gyrotonic trainer and 5Rhythms teacher. For more information about her, visit www.SomaticHealingArts.org.

Juliette Kunin has spent a lifetime seeking to find her authentic self through music, dance, nature, spirituality and the arts. About a decade ago, she fell in love with the 5Rhythms and shows up on the dance floor as often as possible, knowing that this is a space where by simply bringing her curiosity and warrior spirit, she can find more ease, joy and grace.

Because she continues to have such a deep and profound experience, she is now a certified 5Rhythms teacher, giving back to others what is so precious to her.

Beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, rejoin the celebration at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center for “Come to Your Senses: Movement and Magic” with a special New Year’s Day “Sweat Your Prayer.”

In this 12th annual Moving Meditation celebration, participants will be Sweating Our Prayers for a world that works for all life.

A special altar will be available for photos of ancestors and loved ones, collages, objects of power and items that represents the world you dream to create.

New Year’s morning will start with gentle yoga and stretching with Suzanne Sanger. She is a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Bodyworker, Pancha Karma Specialist, Reiki practitioner and Pilates mat instructor. She has also studied and taught Kundalini Yoga and numerous forms of dance, movement and athletics.

Profits from this event will go to support University of Earth. Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door (which includes a free “Come to Your Senses” music CD). Tickets are available at Harmony Books, BriarPatch Co-op, the Garden of Enchantment in Sacramento or online at www.moving-meditation.com.

For more information, call Stone at (530) 477-7757 or by email at michael@WellofLight.com.

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