House of Mica Peace Chamber Newsletter - July 2016
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The Garden of Our Souls

Today, let us create something beautiful.

In the garden of our souls, there is so much loveliness:

The longing for a life of purpose

Intelligence to cultivate that which will truly nourish us

Rich, dark earth holds the truths of generation after generation.

Love resides in this garden, tempered in the cool, clear spring of compassion.

Fear has no place here

Courage is our planting stick

The garden gate swings open

The first drop of sunlight awakens the soul.



It is summer time.  Time to gather together, to dance, to sing, to pray for the good of all.  Liberation is possible for each of us.  Spiritual realization is our birthright.  

We welcome you with all our hearts to join us in ceremony,

Blessings and peace,

Rick and Elisa  
Sweat Lodge Ceremonies and Work Days

Saturday, July 9th,  Sweat Lodge and Work Day -  We will begin light work around 1pm or so.  We will light the fire at 3 pm

Saturday, July 16th - Work Day - We will work from around 1pm til dinner time. Pot luck dinner and drumming.
If there are other days tor times that you would like to work, please contact us.
If you are planning to dance, work is an important way to contribute.

Please email us at to let us know you are planning to attend.

New Mexico Sun Moon Dance will take place on Thursday, August 18 to Sunday, August 21st 

Join us on sacred land in Abiquiu, New Mexico for the Sun-Moon Dance.  The arbor is set in the beautiful New Mexican landscape overlooking sacred mountains and holy places. We will begin the dance on the night of the full moon. If you are interested in joining us as a dancer or support person,you must contact us before July 21.  

Sun-Moon Dance in East Greenbush, New York
Friday, August 5 to Monday, August 8

The Sun-Moon Dance will take place here on the grounds of the House of Mica Peace Chamber in upstate New York from Friday August 5th through Monday, August 8th. The sacred vision quest dance is open to all who feel called to participate.  A four year commitment to dancing is strongly encouraged. Many people in our community continue to dance each year after completing eight, twelve or even sixteen dances.  Through dancing we fall in love with life as we place ourselves on a path of healing and self-inquiry. We dance back and forth to the Tree of Life to honor our ancestors and bless a path for our descendants.  If the thought of communing with earth and sky excites you, then you may want to strongly consider dancing, Please contact us no later than July 1st.  If you are interested in serving as a support person, please contact us as well.  You must be prepared to be on the land for the entire duration of the dance.  

Arrive Early for Teachings and to Prepare the Dance Arbor
Many important teachings are shared and important work done the week prior to the dance.  It is important for the ceremony, and for you as a dancer or support person, to arrive on the land early.  Please consider arriving on Tuesday or Wednesday to contribute and learn from the pre-dance preparations.  
Caring for the Land

All dancers and support people should plan to arrive no later than Thursday at 6 pm and should plan to assist with clean-up at the end of the dance.  Plan to remain on the land until all clean-up is complete, which is generally late Monday afternoon. 
We dance to honor the tradition that has been handed down to us.  To honor our elders and the ones who will come after us.  We dance to bless the land, to nourish the crops and to fall in love with life.  We dance because it is our nature to dance. We are fearless and indestructible. The drum and the songs and the faces of the people carry us. There is nowhere else we would rather be.  Beauty is before and behind, to the left and to the right.  I am the sunshine and the vast night sky.  I am here and I am everywhere.  I am now and I am always.  I am a dancer.  I am the dance.  There is nothing here but the light of love. Prayers - RIck Cotroneo
Fire Ceremonies for Peace and Healing the Waters

On the 7th of each month at 7pm, we gather in the courtyard of the peace chamber to light a fire for peace and cleansing of the waters.  All of the peace chambers around the world conduct this ceremony.  We create a fire in a sacred manner, offer prayers and sit around the fire.  There is usually chanting, teachings and sharing.  Please email or call 518-729-2429 to let us know you would like to attend. 

Check out our youtube video about the House of Mica Peace Chamber Fire Ceremonies
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