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“Dancing the Rhythms of the Earth – A Sacred Circle Dance Retreat” with Maureen Atkins and Gwen Heckeroth

Dancing the Rhythms of the Earth – A Sacred Circle Dance Retreat
  • Dates: August 16 – August 20, 2017
  • Presenter: Maureen Atkins and Gwen Heckeroth
  • Program: 10.
  • Program Fee: $100
  • Accommodations and Food: $40-$170 per person per night

In August as the hot days of summer begin to get cooler and shorter, the cycle of nature reminds us to retreat, reflect and take stock. Sacred Circle Dancing with its simple, repetitive steps, lends itself beautifully to this kind of mindful moving meditation. What better place to hold this retreat and gain new perspectives than in the clear air and natural beauty of the High Sierras? The history, intention and simple steps of dances from around the world are shared with a “no mistakes, only variations” attitude. No previous experience or partners are needed. Dances range from spritely to quiet; all are pleasurable as we take hands round the circle and enjoy all the benefits of this essentially human, time honored form of community. Two longtime Sacred Circle Dancing teachers are collaborating to bring the dances to Far Horizons.

Maureen Atkins, MA, discovered Sacred Circle Dance in 1993 and began teaching dance in 1995. She has a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with a concentration in dance as well as a master’s in somatic psychology. She is the co organizer of the Bay Area Circle Dancers, and has led and taught dance with many varied groups and in private treatment.

Gwen Heckeroth, MFCC, joined her first Sacred Dance Circle in 1985, and has been a joyful dancer ever since. She has a master’s degree in counseling and practiced psychotherapy in San Francisco for two decades. Now she tends her garden and teaches Sacred Circle Dance in Mendocino.

Dancing the Rhythms of the Earth – A Sacred Circle Dance Retreat Tentative Schedule:


  • 6:30 – 7:30 – Evening Dinner
  • 7:30 – 9:00 – Evening Introductory Session

Thursday – Saturday

  • 8:00 – Breakfast
  • 10:00 – Noon – Morning Session
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 6:00 – Dinner
  • 7:00 – 9:00 – Evening Session

Afternoons are generally open to explore the Parks, hike, swim, socialize, read, rest, or enjoy other activities.

Sunday morning session after breakfast: 10 a.m. – noon. Program adjourns after Sunday lunch.