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Reflect, relax into 2014 at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center

The 13th annual St. Joseph’s New Year’s Eve and Day celebration begins Tuesday, dedicated to dancing and appreciating essential humanity, beings full of love and joy, compassion and interconnection. This alcohol- and drug-free event is open to the community.

Belonging — one of our greatest human desires — happens when we play, dance, share food, pray and celebrate together, according to organizers. This year they “Celebrate Spirit,” honoring the divine spark that unites people in their uniqueness.

“When we attune to this vibration, we experience the joyful freedom to be exactly who we are. What a great way to let go of the old and welcome in the New Year,” according to publicity for the event.

Participants can simmer down in the Sacred Spirit Garden, designed by Jillian Root, for more quiet conversation, a retreat from the dancing, singing and music in the main hall. Art supplies will be at your fingertips for sketching or creating colorful art pieces.

In the main hall, enjoy talent, music, dancing, movement and socializing with entertainment and facilitation provided by:

• International singer songwriter and voice coach 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, 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.

• 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 also a sought after DJ and leads moving meditation classes and workshops based on the work of Gabrielle Roth. www.AreWeListening.net

• Bella Dreizler is a facilitation mistress, intent on celebrating our moves toward freedom, a movement medicine woman blending 5Rhythms, yoga and physical therapy into a unique body wisdom infused with heart and soul. For more information about her world visit www.bodyjoy.net.

• Juliette Kunin has spent a lifetime immersed in developing the many facets of her creativity and authentic self-expression through music, dance, nature, spirituality, and the arts. She is a certified 5Rhythms teacher and it is her joy and devotion to be able to support others on this dancing path that is so precious to her

“Don’t miss the midnight ceremony as we let go of 2013 and bring on the new year,” according to organizers.

Non-alcoholic drinks and snacks will be provided, along with a pot luck dinner.

Tuesday’s festivities begin at 7 p.m. and go to about 1 a.m. Admission is $25 in advance or $30 at the door. A combined ticket for both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day event are $40 in advance.

Tickets are available at Harmony Books, BriarPatch Co-op and online at www.moving-meditation.com.

On Wednesday, return to St. Jospeh’s for In the Presence of Spirit: Special New Year’s Day Dance Meditation beginning at 9:30 a.m.

New Year’s morning starts with Bella Dreizler. From 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. participants will “relax into the arms of embodied grace,” begin the new year to the music of their own breath, softly glide into gentle yoga, invite the body into all the dances to come. Create space for the grace of spirit here and now. No mat required, quietly join in at any time during the hour.

5Rhythms teacher and producer of KVMR’s “Conversations,” Michael Stone (aka DJ Divine) will be leading this movement celebration.

Tickets for Wednesday’s moving meditation are $20 in advance, $25 at the door or $40 for Tuesday and Wednesday combined.

Call Juliette Kunin at 916-216-0950 or email 1enchanteddancer@gmail.com for information.


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