The Sun-Moon Dance will take place in Abiquiu, NM in July.
Come learn more about the dance during programs offered in May. 
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Sun-Moon Dance
Abiquiu, New Mexico
Friday, July 7 to Monday July 10, 2017

Join us for the Sun-Moon Dance on sacred land in Northern New Mexico.  Abiquiu is a very special place located in the Chama River Valley, about an hour north of Santa Fe. We will be dancing during the time of the full moon on top of a mesa that looks out over an awe-inspiring white limestone canyon. This dance, in the tradition of Beautiful Painted Arrow, will be led by Rick and Elisa Cotroneo. They have studied with Beautiful Painted Arrow since the 1980s and have been leading this ceremony for 20 years on the land where they live in upstate New York and in Abiquiu since 2015.

The Sun-Moon Dance is an intensive ceremony that involves fasting from food and water from Friday, July 7th around dusk until mid-morning on Monday, July 10th. During the light hours, we dance back and forth to a sacred tree to give thanks for the gift of life. At night, we rest and enter the sacred dreamworld. We dance so that we may become like a hollow reed, allowing Spirit to move through us, unhindered, to guide us in lives of service. We dance for world peace and for the benefit of all beings. As we dance, we honor earth and sky, bring healing to our ancestors and bless the paths of our children.  We dance so that we may pierce the illusion of perceptual time and enter into the awareness of our true eternal being-ness. If you have a serious commitment to your spiritual growth and revel at the thought of spending four days in communion with Spirit, this ceremony may be for you. 

For more information, contact Rick or Elisa via email, call 518-729-2429 or visit our website.

Sacred Dance, the Hollow Bone and the Path of Peace: 
Evening Talk with Rick and Elisa
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Thursday, May 4th, 7 pm

Join us as we share teachings and stories from 30 years of sacred dance, chanting for peace, sitting with indigenous elders, sharing ceremony, building community and raising family. Bring your questions about ceremony, sacred dance and finding balance in a life deeply committed to Spirit. Email or call 518-729-2429. Location to be announced.  Check out our website. for more information.
Work Day on the land in Abiquiu
Friday, May 5th, 10-5 pm

Join as part of the community to support the Sun-Moon Dance as we groom a lovely labyrinth, split wood, repair the sweat lodge and feel the awesome energy of the land. 
Abiquiu Sweat Lodge Ceremony
Saturday, May 6th, 10:30 - 5:00 pm

Join us for a Sweat Lodge on the land where the dance will take place. The Sweat Lodge is a beautiful purification ceremony. We will light the sweat lodge fire at 11:00 am and go into the lodge around 1pm. Pot luck meal afterwards. Bring two towels, modest bath suit or shorts/ t-shirt.  Plan to be on the land until at least 5 pm. If you are interested in attending please call 518-729-2429 or email us. Locations / directions to be shared with those planning to attend. Check our website for additional information. 
History of the Sun-Moon Dance 
in the Tradition of Beautiful Painted Arrow

The Sun-Moon Dance came out of the vision of Beautiful Painted Arrow/ Joseph Rael. Joseph began the ceremony in 1993 in the Sandia Mountains, outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Sun-Moon Dance is not a Native American Dance but a dance that came from Joseph's vision for the sake of all the people. Joseph led the dance in New Mexico for 5 years and also took the dance to many places around the globe including Bolivia, Australia, Germany, Italy and many other places.  At the end of 1997, Joseph announced that he would retire to his home in Colorado and instructed some of his students to continue the ceremony. The dance continued in New Mexico for a few years into the early 2000s.  In 2015, Rick and Elisa responded to directions received in a dream and traveled to New Mexico in search of a new place to hold the dance.  In a miraculous manner, Rick and Elisa were led to the land in Abiquiu and recognized it as the place that was revealed in the dream. Having spent much time in New Mexico over the years, Rick and Elisa recognize the powerful and transformative energies of the land there.  Rick and Elisa responded to the call of the land and are pleased to host the third annual dance in Abiquiu in 2017. 

The Sun-Moon Dance:
Open to All who Feel Called 

The Sun-Moon Dance is a global and cosmic dance given to all of the "people".  It is one aspect of Beautiful Painted Arrow's vision for calling forth world peace, healing the waters and helping people understand life as "metaphor unfolding alongside the truth of our divine existence". The ceremony is open to all regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, language or any other "box".

To participate, you must call or email before June 1. You will be provided information about what to bring and how to prepare.  Absolutely no drugs, alcohol or pets allowed at any time on the dance premises. Contact us by email at or call 518-729-2429.
Give Away Dance
The New Mexico Sun-Moon Dance is a give-away dance. The dance is supported by gifts and donations freely given by those who participate, those who support and those who want to see this happen. Perhaps you would like to sponsor the feast for about 30 people that is provided to all the dancers and support people after the dance, or perhaps you would like to cover food for the team of 10-15 support people during the dance. Perhaps you would like to cover travel for one of the drummers or help the dance offer the drummers a generous gift for their time and effort. Perhaps you would like to offer a donation to express our thanks to the caretakers of the land or perhaps you would like to provide firewood for the sweat lodge.  Everyone's generosity is needed and greatly appreciated. The teaching that we offer is that when you give to the dance, you give to your own spiritual growth. It is our nature to be generous and when we give generously, so we also open the door to receive generously.  Please contact us if you would like to make an offering or want more information about the give-away. 
Photography by Mary L. Tindall
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