The Sanctuary will be hosting her 2nd annual arts festival dedicated to making and sharing art, as well as live musical performances, yoga and mindfulness, aerial circus fun, great food and self-expression. The Burning Woman Festival offers an opportunity to build community through interactive art-making and radical self-expression, while holding safe space for communal celebration on the Sanctuary’s 40 acre community land trust.
Live Art Making and Installations
Yoga and Meditation
Forum on Money & Gift Economics
Sacred Fire and Fire Spinning
A Fire Goddess exists in virtually every ancient wisdom tradition and indigenous pantheon the world over and throughout history.
In ancient times, people considered fire one of the basic elements of the universe, along with water, air and earth. The myth of the phoenix rising from the ashes is powerful in part because, of all the elements, fire is the only one we should never touch. Contact with fire leaves one fundamentally changed, and the mythological aspect here taps into a kind of ritual death & rebirth, granting fire a cleansing and creative essence. In Latin, the word for hearth is “focus,” the first altar and center of early tribal life. It is interesting to look at what that word has come to mean today – most commonly signifying concentration or purpose, and most poetically, the point at which rays of light refracted by a lens (like an eyeball) converge.
The Roman Goddess of the Hearth was Vesta, and Hestia in Greece before her, whose priestesses tended the perpetual flame of the city. The hearth’s location at the center of the home and the symbolic center of the city is significant. The fire goddess’s persistence in Greco-Roman times, an era when women have lost their rights, is also significant.
In Hawaii we know her as Pele, “She-Who-Shapes-The Sacred-Land.” She is Oya in the Yoruba pantheon, a fire goddess capable of controlling the weather, whose archetypal resonance with the character Storm in the D.C. Comics and blockbuster X-men movies is undeniable. Another interesting modern day incarnation is Daenerys Stormborn, The Unburnt Mother of Dragons and fan favorite from the popular Game of Thrones. “The Fire Goddess of Bengal” a politician in West Bengal – Mamata Banerjee – is currently celebrated as a living embodiment of the goddess. At the Sanctuary, we celebrate the Burning Woman each summer in our outdoor circus performances featuring a fire spinner in the finale.
Cacao Ceremony with Mona Moon (11:30 – 1 pm / Fire Circle)
Start off your festival experience with a heart-opening cacao ceremony. We will open up sacred space by calling the four directions, set individual and group intentions, and then drink ceremonial grade cacao. Cacao, or raw chocolate, is a heart-opening plant medicine that has been used in ceremonies for centuries throughout the indigenous traditions of the Americans. We will use shamanic journey, meditation, and gentle movements to activate the cacao and conclude the ceremony with a sound bath. Cacao has many therapeutic benefits and encourages neuroplasticity, creating neural pathways that foster more joy, love, and connection. This cacao is sourced from the cacao shaman on sacred Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. Please R.S.V.P. for this, click here.
Mona Moon is a shamanic healing practitioner and yoga teacher specializing in ceremony. Her introduction to shamanism began while conducting research in the Peruvian Amazon for Stanford University. After studying ecotourism she spent the following two years traveling from the Peruvian jungle to Venezuela’s Caribbean islands learning from the land and studying from elders. Upon returning to the United States Mona met her first teacher of shamanism, who initiated her into the Q’ero lineage of mesa carriers native to the Peruvian Andes.
Charge Up Your Chakras ~ Renee LaMark Muir (1-2 pm / Yoga Field)
This is an inspirational and energetic exploration of the chakra system and yogic body. You will flow through vinyasa yoga sequences and transformative body mandalas for each of the seven primary chakras. This is a Prana Flow class, based on the teachings of Master Yoga Instructor Shiva Rea. Prana Flow is a liberating, evolutionary, rhythmic, vinyasa flow class that encompasses mudra, chanting, bandha, pranayama, meditation, asana, kriya and a whole lot of fun.
Renee LaMark Muir is a certified Kripalu and Prana Flow instructor (500 hour). She has been practicing and studying yoga for more than 30 years and teaching for 17 years. She currently teaches at Blue Moon Yoga Fitness in Deep River and Pradipika in Clinton, works with private clients at her home studio and teaches weekend retreats and workshops. Renee’s approach to yoga is energetic, rhythmic and fun. She emphasizes the fusion of traditional movements with contemporary dynamic flow that integrates breath and movement, inner and outer alignment, strength, flexibility and humor mixed with a touch of Tantra philosophy. Her classes are uplifting and mentally and athletically challenging.
Healing your Gut – Brigitta Jansen (1-2 pm / Teepee)
Brigitta Jansen practices Functional Medicine Nutrition in Connecticut. She develops individualized treatment plans that aim to address the root cause of disease conditions. Her nutrition philosophy is to support the body’s innate ability to heal itself, using personalized diet and supplement programs, as well as lifestyle, prevention and other natural therapies. Brigitta is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Bridgeport where she obtained her Masters in Human Nutrition.
Aerial Circus & Flying Yoga ~ Jen Taylor / OmFly (2-3pm / Circus Station)
Trapeze, silks & flying yoga. Take your practice to the air. Exercise through the art/science of play.
Jen Taylor shares a practice of circus (trapeze & aerial silks) fused with yoga, a kind of re-wilding medicine for domesticated times. When we are in our bodies, we connect with self. When we connect with self, we connect with others. When we connect with others, we connect with the larger world and even the Earth. When we connect with the Earth, true healing begins. Jen is co-director of The Sanctuary and teaches classes, workshops and camps. www.omfly.org
From Ecological Awareness to Spiritual Wisdom – Laura Torraco (2-3pm / Teepee)
What do permaculture, soil ecology, mycology and human body health have in common? Come find out while we delve into the magic of interrelationship within, without and the space between (our relationship.)
Laura has walked many lives in this one life, but a few things have remained constant in her journey down her path, these are plants, ecology, dance, poetry and a passion to teach and pass wisdom of being human down. She believes in the potency of the space between, the place of relationship as being most important when working in any level of healing from body/self to earth, and finds that the work to heal self also involves the healing of our outward communities and environment. She wishes to inspire awe and magic into our roles here as humans in this beautiful ecosystem through transmuting the wisdom of nature into the wisdom of our human nature.
Move & Meditate ~ Elana Kaufman (3-4 pm / Yurt)
This workshop combines organic movement, Yoga Asana, energetic clearing practices, and guided meditation. Together we’ll move, breathe, and be!
Elana completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at the Expanding Light in California, focusing on the Ananda style of Hatha Yoga. She has also completed continuing education courses in Yin Yoga and Chakra Healing. As a Yoga Teacher, she enjoys holding the space for exploration, relaxation, joy, and healing and loves offering a variety of supporting music, chants, affirmations, and intentions as means for further connection and growth in Asana practice. She loves exploring Bhakti and all forms of devotional and spiritual chanting. Elana is a registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance as well as a Usui Reiki II level practitioner. Click here to learn more about Elana.
Fire Ceremony – Kelli Joy (6-7 pm @ the Cauldron)