Manitou hosts healing walk, Equinox celebration

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WILLIAMSVILLE — The Manitou Project continues its tradition of celebrating the change of season with music and dance in its beautiful woods. Come celebrate Fall Equinox on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 3 to 5 p.m. with sacred circle dancing and a sound healing concert with Vibrant Ensemble.

At 3 p.m., a brief stroll leads participants from the parking area to the circle of pines, long a place of shared circle dance called Paneurhythmy. Fall Equinox marks the end of Paneurhythmy's honoring the sun for half the year, making this is a good time to feel the power of these simple movements, from "Awakening" to "Flying" and "Breathing," then the final "Blessing."

By 4 p.m., the Sound Healing begins — a few minutes' walk to the forest glen and outdoor concert space — giving rise to healing for all living beings, especially the trees, creatures and people present, accentuated by moments of full-throated birdsong.

Vibrant Ensemble is Stephan Brandstatter and Dennis Waring, who provide evocative soundscapes with gongs, chimes, bells, percussion and wind instruments. They perform improvised soundscapes that reflect nature's ambience and serenity, inspired by the exotic music of Asia and the Middle East, pulsing rythyms of Africa, and spirit of Latin America.

Tax-deductible contributions gratefully accepted to help support the artists. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for hiking and dancing.

The day before the Equinox celebration, Manitou will host a healing walk on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. This meditative walk on Manitou's Sanctuary Trail will be led by Fred Taylor, and will include poems or other readings, and chances to share about the experience. Rain or shine. Healing walks will be held every second and fourth Friday of each month until October.

The Manitou Project builds community with Nature on its 235 acre preserve in Williamsville, located at 300 Sunset Lake Rd. To get there, go 1.4 miles up Sunset Lake Road from Williamsville Village, sign on right. Or approximately six miles over the top on Sunset Lake Road from Route 9. For information or weather questions, call Mike Mayer at 802-258-8598.


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