Solstice Ceremonies

December 21 this year is Solstice, Full Moon and Lunar eclipse. Attune to the energies with ceremony!

I hope you will join us for two special ceremonies during this most sacred season. People of all faiths are invited. Please respond with your YES.

Sweat Lodge Ceremony
On Sunday, December 19, we will hold a sweat lodge ceremony, as purification for the Solstice, Christmas, and New Year Holidays.
We will sweat in the dark of early evening to receive the blessings of this season of long nights.
Start the fire: 2:30 pm
Enter lodge by 4:30 or 5 pm
Share potluck feast about 7 pm. The feast is an essential part of the ceremony.
We will hold the sweat lodge ceremony in all weather: rain, cold, snow.
(unless there is a blizzard blowing at lodge time)

Donation: $30
Please let me know you are coming by December 17, by email or call 230-7647

Bring a special item that reminds you of the Light to place on the lodge altar for blessing.

Further Sweat lodge instructions and directions are at the end of this message.

24 Hours of Solstice Chanting for Peace
Each Winter Solstice, Peace Chambers around the world join a cycle of 24 hours of chanting for Peace.
This year, Hope Peace Chamber is chanting from 6 pm to 7 pm on Tuesday, December 21.
Please join us for Chanting and a potluck supper celebration.
Bring friends. The more voices the more joy, the more Peace!
We will chant the vowel sounds AH EH EE OH OO.

Suggested donation: $10.00
Please arrive no later than 6 pm. We will settle into our space and begin chanting by 6:15 and continue to 7:15.
Followed by pot luck supper.

Last year was so magickal, I can't wait to see you this year.

RSVP that you are coming by emailing or calling 230-7647

Note: Start off your Solstice Celebration with Dance
Saturday, December 19, 1 pm to 3:30pm 5 Rhythms dance with Inanna in Camden.
Please email 5rhythmsme@gmail.com for more information. Then come out to Hope for the sweat lodge.

Have a blessed, bountiful and joyous Thanksgiving!

Remember the Vision of the Horn Of Plenty
that Grandfather Joseph Rael shares with us.
Here is his painting of The Horn of Plenty

Remember to light a candle for Peace on December 7.

With Loving Blessings,
Diva Carla
Hope Peace Ceremonies

Dance of Mystery

Guest Blog: Dance Chief and Firekeeper Ferris Donoso tell us about her love for the Long Dance.

The first year I danced the Long Dance I had no idea what I was doing. I made a banner according to the directions, the explanations of the dance might as well have been in Navajo, we “danced” in mud so deep it took our boots off, if something happened to me I didn’t feel it, and I worried the whole thing I was doing “it” wrong. And I loved it and couldn’t wait to do it the next year.


So I have danced the Long Dance five times – six if you count the year I did it by myself in my yard in the tail end of a hurricane (Ask me about it—it was particularly hilarious). And last year when I couldn’t even get a solo dance together, I made a banner. In fact, I am still working on it.


I still love the Long Dance. You, of course, will have or may already have your own exclusive and unique experience of the Long Dance and what it is about. But for any of you who have not dance it falls to us who are inviting you to attempt to describe it.


For me, a lot of the Long Dance is about the Mystery and how I relate to it. The first mystery is why is it the called “the Long Dance”. It is the shortest of Grandfather Joseph’s dances. And what we do does not fit any definition of “dance” that I am familiar with. This is just the first unanswerable question.


All the questions and judgments of my life come up for me in the context of the dance. “What on earth am I doing here? Am I doing “it” right? Everyone else’s banner is better than mine. I’m not getting a vision, should I be getting a vision? Am I missing something? Does this drum make me look fat? And what the hell AM I doing here anyway? Why doesn’t someone just tell me and put me out of my misery?”


And so it goes. There are, of course, no answers.


If I am lucky, though, I get flashes of insight here and there, I get to have a good laugh at myself, and the absurdity of it all, and if I am very lucky, I get moments of dancing without answers, dancing without knowing, dancing simply because I said I would, dancing because I want to, dancing without reasons, dancing even when it doesn’t look or feel like I am dancing, dancing because I AM dancing, and so it the whole of creation. So, if I am lucky, I get to dance with the big Mystery and stop asking questions.


And all of this happens in the dark. After a few years my watchword became “It’s amazing what you can learn stumbling around in the dark.”


So the dance becomes a metaphor for my life—I get to see how I cope, how I make myself miserable, how foolish I look and how none of that needs to stop me from dancing.


And don’t let me get started on the banner! The banner usually extends the dance and its learning for me well into the year that follows.

All of this I get from the dance. But I always hope that I am, in some way, giving when I dance.


The nighttime, especially in the darkening time of the year, has always been seen as a time when the realities can mingle. The Long Dance is an opportunity to honor and celebrate the Beings, Healers, and Teachers of the “other” worlds. As I see it, with the dance we can affirm and strengthen our connection with them. We offer ourselves as bridges to bring their presence into our lives and give them access to our reality. Think of it as team building. The Beings who dance together, serve Spirit together.


This is the Long Dance. I would be honored to share this amazing dance with you and find out what your dance is like.                             --Ferris Donoso, Long Dance Chief

To learn more about the Long Dance and register to participate, click here.

Peace Chamber News September

In this newsletter:

Thank you

Peace Chamber

Sweat lodge Sept. 12

Long Dance October 16-17

Gifts to Hope Peace Ceremonies

Awakening Passion Peace Abundance

My thanks to each of you who came to Awaken Passion Peace and Abundance and celebrate Hope Peace Chamber on Tuesday. Deepest gratitude to Shawn Madden, Anna Mather, and David Dodson and friends for your gifts of music, energy, dancing and Love!

I want you to know I see you all. I see your gifts, your powers, your blessings, and I love you! I claim you as my people, with honor for all you are and all you give. You warm my heart and bless me. I can’t wait till you come back to the land and I can embrace you all again.

Peace Chamber News

Log peeling party Saturday and Sunday September 4-5

The excavator is coming! Late next week! It’s time. It’s time to peel the pine logs. Come on over this coming weekend. I’ll be around Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday. Let’s do a little work and eat some food together, and enjoy the beauty of the land and this glorious summer. The pine borers have separated the bark from the tree. I can lift it off with a butter knife. A bunch of us can work for an hour and git her done, and then go jump in the lake, after some cantaloupe and ice cream.  If you can't come on the weekend, I am around all week. Call 763-4356 and come on over for a little while. I'd love to see you and every bit makes a difference. Thank you!


Sweat Lodge September 12

On Sunday, September 12, we are rebuilding the sweat lodge and initiating it with a sweat ceremony. We’ll begin at 10 am with the building and sweat later in the afternoon.

Bring a bag lunch and potluck for the post sweat feast.  This new lodge welcomes the Peace Chamber to the land, and is also preparation of the energy of the Long Dance.

Suggested donation: $30

Long Dance

October 16-17, join us for the Long Dance vision quest. One of Grandfather Joseph Rael’s inspired ceremonies, the Long Dance asks us to dance our past, present, and future as individuals and as a community drumming for each other. This year, we will make a dance arbor within the Peace Chamber site and continue dancing Passion Peace and Abundance, the themes of the Horn of Plenty. Each dancer makes a banner expressing his or her past, present, and desires for the future, and brings it to the dance to hang in the arbor while we are dancing. We gather on Saturday morning to prepare the site, followed by a sweat lodge, then we have a light meal and enter the dance arbor to dance our visions through the night. We return to the house to rest and share a potluck brunch.

Dance Chiefs are Carla Sanders and Fire Chief Ferris Donoso. You will receive an email by early next week with your detailed invitation to Vision Quest Ceremony.


The Mission of Hope Peace Ceremonies

Hope Peace Chamber is the centerpiece of the mission of Hope Peace Ceremonies, which is to support spiritual activists and healers through ceremony, permaculture, art, wealth and orgasmic energy. We've posted an article on the website that tells about the origin of the Peace Chamber and the emergence of Hope Peace Chamber.

Even if you live far away or can’t directly participate in ceremony at this time, you can still bless the Peace Chamber and its medicine. You can participate in and support the Peace Chamber through donations. Each person receiving this email giving $10.00 and sharing the invitation to give with a few friends supplies the money required to complete the first phase of the Peace Chamber this fall. The goal is $10,000.00, with $3,500.00 needed to complete the first phase of building this fall. We have received about 15% of this amount over the course of the year. We need to gather the remaining amount in the next few weeks in order to have the structure of the Peace Chamber in place before winter sets in.

NOW IS THE TIME! For your convenience there is a paypal button for donations at https://hopepeacechamber.com. If you prefer to mail a check please contact me by email or phone for information.


We also invite you to consider being a Mission Partner. Look into the heart of your abundance to see if you have a larger gift to make for Hope Peace Ceremonies. Please call me at 763-4356 for a conversation of how we may be of service with you. We are here for you and your mission, to help you build your community as well. Call upon us.

With Loving Blessings,

Diva Carla Sanders



Sweat Lodge and Peace Chamber Chanting

Virtual Sweat Lodge with Peace Chamber Chanting

So many friends around the world have expressed a desire to join us in ceremony. Someday I hope you can all come to pray, sing, and dance on the land in Hope. Till that time comes for us, I invite you to consciously join your prayers and songs to ours whenever we are in the Sweat Lodge or the Peace Chamber. Please leave a comment below to let us know you participated, and share with us and the world any gifts you received that may bless us.

The next sweat lodge on the land in Hope is tomorrow evening. All times are Eastern time in North America.

If you are able to come in person, be sure to RSVP by email or phone!

Wednesday Evening, July 14: Start fire at 5 pm, enter lodge about 7 pm emerge at nightfall under the light of the crescent moon for a light potluck feast. Still in the New Moon/Eclipse Energy, our prayers this evening are for personal healing and appreciation of abundance.
Please RSVP by email or phone and let me know how many guests you are bringing.

The sweat lodge and Peace Chamber are requesting more ceremony and chanting. Please share this invitation with other friends. Help build the Peace Chamber community.

Donation: $30
Please call or email to say you are coming and the number of guests you are bringing.

List of items to bring and what to wear is at the end of this email.

Two more dates to remember!

Sunday, August 1, 2010. Sweat Lodge Start fire 3 pm.

August 24, Awakening to Peace, Passion, and Abundance with Shawn Madden
and other great local artists. Stay tuned for more information!

A big Thank you to everyone who has made a gift to the Peace Chamber. We are gathering what we need to proceed with the building. Donations are accepted through PayPal, and you do not need an account to make a gift.

Please  Make an Offering to support the work of Hope Peace Ceremonies and the building of Hope Peace Chamber. Your donations make our work possible. Thank you.

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