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Dakinis Are Dancing

  • Terra's Temple 3051 Adeline St Berkeley, CA, 94703 United States (map)

Dakinis Are Dancing
a Weekend Workshop for Women
with Prema Dasara and Vicki Noble
Friday-Sunday,  March 13-15,
see website for detailed schedule
Terra's Temple, 3051 Adeline Street, Berkeley
$228 for whole weekend

This weekend workshop is a meeting of two modern pioneers of Goddess love and lore. Vicki Noble, creatrix of the Motherpeace Tarot and Prema Dasara, creatrix of the Dances of Goddess Tara will share their wisdom and practice with each other and with participants.

The dakini energy is within us all, a wild, sky dancing woman, powerful and free. We can harness this expression of our inner wisdom, radiating our loving compassion into the world.

This workshop will consist of 5 sessions, each one focusing on the wisdom families of the dakinis, each family representing a color, a wisdom, an element, a power. We will explore their relationship to the 21 Taras and to the Tarot. We will weave a magic presence of enlightened feminine energy through dance, chanting, dialogue and meditation. Participants are invited to wear the appropriate color for each of the sessions. Friday night session color is green.

The workshop will be held at Terra's Temple, near the Ashby Bart Station.

Friday evening is an introductory session and everyone is welcome. If you are intrigued after the evening you will have the option to sign up for the remaining sessions at that time.

Saturday and Sunday sessions are 9:30AM-1:00PM and 3:00-6:00PM.

Engagement is restricted to women only. For the first 21 participants to register, the cost is $181 for all the sessions. After that the cost is $228.

It is strongly recommended that the entire weekend workshop be taken at once since each session builds on the last, and time won't allow to answer questions regarding previous sessions. Priority will be given to registrants attending the entire event. However, if space allows, it will be possible to attend either Friday night, or any of Saturday or Sunday sessions. Saturday and Sunday consist of two sessions each day.

The price for Friday night only is $21, and $75 per session (half a day Saturday or Sunday). Online ordering price is slightly higher to cover PayPal fees: Whole workshop for first 21 applicants: $181. After that: $228. Friday only: $22. One session: $78 (half a day Saturday or Sunday).

Contact Noelle Faulkner for registration questions or to pay by check.

For other questions about the workshop, contact Shelldance Tara Circle.

Prema Dasara is an international teacher of sacred dance and dharma. She studied in Asia for many years with masters of dance and meditation.

She is the creatrix of the Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara. This profound practice is a vehicle of empowerment, calling forth from dancers and audience the highest expression of wisdom and compassion. Her dances have been offered to some of the greatest Tibetan masters including His Holiness the Dalai Lama with their blessing and encouragement.

Prema is the Spiritual and Creative Director of Tara Dhatu, a non-profit organization formed to preserve the integrity of sacred dance practice with presently over 90 centers around the globe. Her work is timely and timeless, a bridge between eastern and western expressions of ancient wisdom, revealing the underlying power of unified feminine spiritual energy to heal and transform oneself and the world.

Vicki Noble is a radical feminist healer, author, independent scholar and wisdom teacher. She awakened to the Goddess and women's spirituality through a 'shamanic healing crisis', opening psychically to the healing, art, yoga, and divination processes that led to the creation of the Motherpeace Tarot with Karen Vogel. Since then she has written several books, including Shakti Woman (a handbook for healers) and The Double Goddess (a history of female shamanism). She has developed a powerful ritual healing process, teaches and lectures internationally, and has led tours of women on pilgrimage to sacred Goddess sites around the world.

In her teaching she combines Buddhism, feminism, yoga, shamanism, and Goddess worship with a special focus on the female lineage of healers since ancient times. She has adapted and will share with us Tibetan Buddhist Dakini practices for women.

Read her article: Dakini: The Goddess Who Takes Form as a Woman

Prema used images from the Motherpeace Tarot Deck in 1985 to announce the Mother Festivals on Maui that were the original venue for the Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara. Prema wrote to let Vicki know about this, and they have maintained a connection of support and appreciation for almost 30 years. They have never met. During the development of Tara Dhatu’s lineage dances, Prema connected with Maria Ache, a Brazilian Tara Dancer who is a renowned expert on the Tarot. She had created dances to illustrate the major arcana and Prema studied the dances, helping to translate the music. She will share some of these provocative dances with workshop participants.