Thursday July 11, 2013

WEST BRATTLEBORO -- Gathering in Gratitude: A Mystical, Magical Celebration of Nature, Creativity and Community, A Pageant Full of Original Healing Music, Dance, Visual Arts and Drama Created Especially for Our Time! created during a camp for all ages starting July 15 will be presented on Friday, July 19, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, July 20, at 2 and 7 p.m., at Mahalo Art Center, 972 Western Ave.

A benefit for Project Feed the Thousands and Mahalo Art Center, Gathering in Gratitude presentations are in their seventh year. Sanctioned by the late Mohawk chief, Jake Swamp, this process has been evolving over the past 14 years.

Transformational theater director Luz Elena Morey, a transpersonal drama therapist with a private practice at Mahalo Art Center, created this community healing process, which is featured in the recently released book, "The Heart and Soul of Psychotherapy."

"We do not know what this summer’s participants will create in five days," stated Morey. One past audience member wrote, "No matter how many productions of Gathering in Gratitude I have been in and seen, attending this new one moved me to tears." Morey adds, "Come to the shows -- add your presence and see what happens."

Imagine a mythic and sometimes hilarious band of mushrooms going on a sacrificial quest to neutralize the effects of toxic waste. This story emerged from last summer’s ensemble of children, teens, adults and elders at Gathering in Gratitude Camp.

Tickets are $10-$50 and are available at the door. Reserve seats by calling 802-451-9495.

Gathering in Gratitude Camp for children, teens, adults, elders and interns runs July 15-21. Visit www.mahaloartcenter.com.