21 November 2007

Jaime Meyer and Wisdom Ways
to present
Winter Solstice:

Drumming & Ceremony



December 20,21, 22, 7-9 PM
at Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality
Cost: $20
Reservations urged
by phone: 651-696-2788
by email: wisdomways@csjstpaul.org
The event is located at Carondelet Center
1890 Randolph Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55105

Following last year’s sold-out phenomenon, BLESSING, Jaime Meyer returns to lead you through another uniquely powerful winter solstice experience combining an evening of drumming, women’s chanting, and deep ceremony drawn from Celtic and Scandinavian shamanic traditions. Be prepared to drum, laugh a lot, and enter into a profound sense of mystery.

“It’s impossible to describe the experience! Jaime took the whole audience to another world, and we came back filled with wonder, love, and healing.” (audience member from 2006).

Meyer’s work is part theatre and part shamanic ceremony, part storytelling, mystical experience, and irreverent laugh-fest. The evening blends Meyer’s seminary degree with his 23 years of studying indigenous spiritual traditions and his many years of performing improvisational street theatre in the USA and England. He draws mainly on his own Celtic and Nordic roots, and on the ancient earth-centered spiritual practices in those cultures.

Everyone in the audience plays drums or rattles supplied by Meyer. Many people also bring their own drums and other instruments. Last year’s show played to about 110 people per night for six nights. This year’s show is only three nights. You are encouraged to make reservations soon if this kind of experience interests you.

“Something so inexpressible and utterly mysterious happens when people drum together,” says Meyer. “As Sun Bear said: A sacred space develops. Everything outside of that space shrivels in importance. Time bends. Emotions flow more freely. The bodies of participants become filled with life energy, and this energy reaches out and blesses the creation around them, and inside them. They become part of the earth rather than tourists or visitors. They bless and become blessed by the deep beauty of the living earth.”

He adds quickly: “But besides all that, studies show that drumming makes you sexy. It raises the energy that the Greeks called Eros—erotic energy. I learned that the very first time I drummed, and it never ceases. One ancient Greek also said that men with too much Eros lose their hair because it rises up inside them and burns the roots of the hair from the inside. I learned that too late.”

Meyer fills his serious spiritual theatre work with just as serious humor. “The day I stop laughing at my own absurdities is the day I become a dangerous spiritual person” he says, “and we have too many of those already.”

Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality, a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, is producing the event. For 13 years Wisdom Ways has presented conferences and artistic works with internationally acclaimed theologians, ecologists and artists. Wisdom Ways seeks to nurture and sustain an ever-widening circle of conversations, explorations and practices that promote spirituality within contemporary culture.

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