Luminous branches

The organization of the dance of life is in a state of flux. Leadership by a management team has been collective leadership for many years. The management team of the “Drachentänzer*innen” already practiced a form of flat hierarchies. At the same time, their predecessors, the “Pirschertänzer*innen”, held ceremonies and presented their vision of a collective form of organization of “luminous circles” at the 26th Life Dance.

The image of these “shining circles” led to the process of collective leadership, also known as “faire ensemble”, initiated in particular by Gertrud Arnold-Taha. The aim is for the structure of the Dance of Life to develop into a new, contemporary form so that the ceremonial and tonal (everyday) knowledge of this ceremony can be preserved and passed on within the community.

At the Magical Mesa 2019, we took the first step towards realizing this vision of glowing circles with all participants. The result of this process was presented at the 27th Life Dance in Lavaldieu and continued by a larger group. The image of the glowing circles has become glowing branches that can contain various smaller circles and groups. Communication and networking takes place at branch level via Zoom meetings. You can find the coordinators of these branches here:

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Name of the branch Coordinator Address on website
Choreography team Irène Muser Rui kontakt@lebenstanz.info
Ceremonies Irène Muser Rui zeremonien@lebenstanz.info
Healing Flurina Campolongo heilung@lebenstanz.info
Communication Herbert Untersteiner kommunikation@lebenstanz.info
Structure + water shrine Michael Maringer aufbau@lebenstanz.info
Singers Bärbel Oftring singen@lebenstanz.info
Dancers Stephan Becker tanzen@lebenstanz.info
Guardians Silvia Löwe hueten@lebenstanz.info
Young people at the dance Nadja Rui, Maya Warthon jungeleute@lebenstanz.info
Children’s camp Josef Reichenspurner kindercamp@lebenstanz.info
Sweat lodges Michael Maringer schwitzhuetten@lebenstanz.info
Dream bud Gertrud Arnold-Taha traumknospe@lebenstanz.info
Passing on knowledge wissen@lebenstanz.info

Choreography team: Irène Muser Rui, kontakt@lebenstanz.info
Ceremonies: Irène Muser Rui, zeremonien@lebenstanz.info
Cure: Flurina Campolongo, heilung@lebenstanz.info
Communication: Herbert Untersteiner, kommunikation@lebenstanz.info
Construction + water shrine: Michael Maringer, aufbau@lebenstanz.info
Singers: Bärbel Oftring, saengertreffen2022@gmx.de
Dancers: Stephan Becker, tanzen@lebenstanz.info
Guardians: Silvia Löwe, hueten@lebenstanz.info
Young people at the dance: Nadja Rui, Maya Warthon jungeleute@lebenstanz.info
Children’s camp: Josef Reichenspurner, kindercamp@lebenstanz.info
Sweat lodges: Michael Maringer, schwitzhuetten@lebenstanz.info
Dream bud: Gertrud Arnold-Taha, traumknospe@lebenstanz.info
Passing on knowledge: wissen@lebenstanz.info

Contact to the Shining Branches

Shining branch of the choreography team

Tasks

Organization of the Dance of Life and coordination of the Shining Branches.

Posture and alignment

1. the choreography team partially replaces the previous management team and holds the space for the dance of life with heart and knowledge throughout the year. Together with the Shining Branches and the various local resorts, it enables the next Dance of Life in Presence in Lavaldieu in France.

This can be supplemented or replaced by decentralized dances if people are unable or unwilling to travel due to the pandemic, for example. The preparation of these individual dances at various locations is the responsibility of another team yet to be formed.

2. as a choreography team, we are in contact with the Beyond association, which is responsible for the finances, the Shining Branches, our elders (Barbara and Robert, Günther and Waheo) as well as the landowners and the Lavaldieu kitchen team in France. We bundle information and pass it on to the Shining Branches as transparently and promptly as possible.

3. in the choreography team we strive to work fairly, creatively and effectively; any decisions are made on the basis of consensus. Whenever possible in consultation with the coordinators of the Shining Branches. We trust in the competence of the people in the Lebenstanz collective and cultivate heart-to-heart communication: in an open, clear and polite exchange. In the event of conflicts, we remind each other of our common goal and seek help or mediation if necessary.

4. the choreography team is responsible for the applied alchemy together with the Shining Branch of the ceremonies and the ceremonial team in Lavaldieu.

If the choreography team believes that the protection of the collective at the Lebenstanz is at risk, it is legitimized to set limits. Of course, this also applies to the fire department, health personnel or police of the host country, whose rules we must respect.

5 As a choreography team, we pragmatically focus on what is feasible, recognize dogmas as early as possible and implement changes with courage and humility.

6. many of us danced and dreamed on the 30th Life Dance for a new form of life dance leadership. We are in the middle of this exciting process, in which you are cordially invited to participate and get involved in the Shining Branches.

Coordination:

Irène Muser Rui kontakt@lebenstanz.info

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Shining branch of the ceremonies

Task

Organization of the ceremonial team for the Dance of Life in Lavaldieu, Development of important basics of the dance, in the circle of alchemy and since 2022 in the circle of the decentralized dance. In the circle of the sand picture and in coordination with the Magic Mesa we dream up the sand picture for the upcoming dance.

Posture and alignment

Alchemical knowledge and the resulting energy form the basis of the ceremonies in this dance. ceremonies in this dance. In order to put this knowledge into practice, sobriety and clarity are required. Knowledge, in the sense intended here, is the willingness to learn, to experience its effectiveness in the body body and to practise it in everyday life.

Our Dance of Life ceremony is based on various traditions of indigenous peoples of the Americas and we celebrate it in connection with our European roots. A special feature of this is that we include other cultural areas and sources of spiritual wisdom, especially at the so-called tree planting ceremony, in which we invite eight important spiritual paths in the eight cardinal directions.

We preserve and explain the alchemy and structures so that we know and understand, what we do. From beginning to end, the whole dance is one big, in connected inwardly and outwardly, which is characterized by the bowed pipe is framed and held. The supporting ceremonies are divided between the ceremonial team, the management team of the the respective dance, the sweat lodge team and the sand painting team.

Information for interested parties:
at the dance itself: dhe ceremonial team can answer questions about procedures and ceremonies, directly or forward them. For first-year dancers there are special offers.
before the danceParticipation in the Magic Mesa as preparation for the dance, participation in the seminars. If you are interested, please contact the coordinator, the Shining Branch “Passing on knowledge” or aa teaching place for contemporary shamanism. See links under the “Contact” and “Network” tabs.

Activities and dates

  • Circle of the New Moon Pipe, Circle of the Full Moon Pipe, help with the foundation of further pipe circles.
  • Participation in the Magic Mesa.
  • We collect and disseminate the ceremonies that are created in the collective of the Dance of Life.

Coordination

Irène Muser Rui zeremonien@lebenstanz.info

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Shining branch of healing

Task

Passing on shamanic healing techniques and the organization and supervision of the healing shelter at the dance.

Posture and alignment

Consider and circle the following:

Life is transience: movement from balance to imbalance to balance …

We are a hollow bone, allow healing to happen and recognize that we – even if we are ‘sick’ – are whole.

We listen to our inner voice, let it guide us and explore and live our medicine every day in mindful interaction with everything we encounter.

NOTE: The shamanic work and encounter in the healing space is part of the Life Dance Ceremony. “Healing” is understood as an “attitude of coming into connection, balance and strength” and in no way replaces the diagnosis or treatment of illnesses and the medical treatment required in this respect.

Activities and dates

During the life dance ceremony we create a healing space. Working there is a good opportunity to apply your own healing actions and to experience the dance of life from this side as a healing ceremony. It takes a little courage and confidence in your own actions. The tools and the work can be easily acquired during the year. Participating in the healing space during the ceremony promotes confidence in one’s own abilities to do healing work during the year. Whether at the dance of life or during the year: trust comes from doing. If you feel called, then you are meant. Courage comes when you do “it”.

Perhaps you know that you would like to join the healing team for the Dance of Life in summer 2022. Or you are interested in deepening your knowledge of shamanic healing. We cordially invite you to get involved with us:

Saturday 11.06.2022 (possibly a whole weekend including Sunday if interested – live in Münchwilen/CH with Flurina and Trojka)

Interested? Curious? – get in touch with Flurina.

Info as PDF

Coordination

Flurina Campolongo heilung@lebenstanz.info

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Luminous branch of the structure and the water shrine

Task

Our various tasks include setting up the arbor, repairing the furnace, tents, electrical installation, sweat lodges, water sanctuary, toilets, showers, material huts, kitchen, transport (wheelbarrows, ladder trucks), communication (radio, flipchart), firewood, stones, sweat lodge blankets….

Material management, documentation.

Posture and alignment

Values that characterize us are reliability, resilience, focus on what is feasible and openness to new approaches. We honor other people in the certainty that they are part of the whole.

concrete actions

As a preparatory assistant, you will be in the country days earlier – when everything is still relatively quiet. As one of ten energetic people, you will help from Tuesday morning to Friday morning: clearing out material huts, providing tools and material, setting up community tents, mowing the sweat lodge and dance area, electrical installation, and more.

In doing so, you are helping to lay the foundations for providing food and protection from the rain for the people who will soon be arriving in the country and bringing a first beauty to the time we spend together!

With all this work, there is time to relax, swim together in the pools or rest in hammocks in the woods. You get to know interesting people and can develop new skills under expert guidance. This work is remunerated.

As an Arbor builder, you are part of a core team that builds the dance floor. That magical space, a circle with twelve segments, in which time and space are interwoven during the dance. This circle offers the dancers on the tonal world protection from the elements. Starting with the large gate in the east, next to it the shelter for the singers, the healing room and the dancers’ shelters.

This core team is supported by people from the collective, and together they build the Arbor in 4 days. This work is part of the life dance ceremony.

Follow-up assistant
After the official end of the dance, you will certainly stay in the country for an extra day (i.e. until Sunday) for the follow-up work.
If the communal tents are not yet dry in bad weather, it is the responsibility of the post-processing helpers to stow them away dry. This would include postponing the return journey by another day!
As part of the group of follow-up helpers, you will take care of the final clean-up work and create the final beauty in which we leave the country. This work is remunerated.

Activities and dates

Coordination

Michael Maringer aufbau@lebenstanz.info

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Shining branch of the singers and drummers

Task

Singing the songs of the 8 Great Powers, the eight spiritual directions, on the big drum during the year and the dance of life

Posture and alignment

In devotion to the pulse of the drum and the vibration of the heart, we nourish joy in awareness and appreciation of the emotions.

We serve from the heart for the greater good and for the collective.

At the singing meetings throughout the year, we open the space in mindfulness and encourage all interested singers to sing and lead songs themselves, thus promoting individual growth and collective evolution. At Lebenstanz we drum and sing in modesty and self-responsibility with a focus on the community.

Activities and dates

Meeting of the singers on May 10 – 12, 2024 at the Remetschwiel seminar house in
79809 Remetschwiel in the Black Forest near the German-Swiss border; if you

If you are interested, please contact us by e-mail:
saengertreffen-2024@gmx.de

Coordination

Bärbel Oftring
saengertreffen-2024@gmx.de

Documents and downloads

=> Link to the singing groups

Shining branch of the dancers

Task

We are the movers, we carry our own and the collective’s dreams to the tree and into the universe. With our dance we give each other strength and support, in the tonal and in the Nagual. We heal and remember, dream and intend from the heart power of the collective of dancers. We dance for a higher purpose: for the connectedness of the children of Grandmother Earth.

Posture and alignment


“I dance for the luminosity and receive it in myself and my life and carry it into the world.
world.

I dance because
– the body memory supports my transformation.
– it is an incredibly beautiful opportunity to be in contact with myself and the universe.
– I feel safe, protected and at home in the Arbor* womb.

(*Arbor=our ceremonial dance floor)

I dance to
– to give life to a vision.
– generate positive and healing energy for my life and the earth.
– to remember that I said YES to my life.
– to experience myself as a spiritual and creative earth being in a circle of like-minded people experience

Activities and dates

Soon it will be time again:
I dance with pleasure and joy in my heart, the longing for ecstatic experience, the three days in the Arbor all to myself, to bring my pain, my tears to the tree, my whole being to the tree. to release emotional and mental chaos in order to gain insight into my patterns and experience that they are transformed and gifts come back. I pray for other people, I dance for peace.”

Quote from the last dance of life in Lavaldieu 2019

Coordination

Stephan Becker tanzen@lebenstanz.info

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We talk to each other in Lavaldieu in August.

Shining branch of the guardians

Task

The branch stands for networking, exchange and information for guardians.
We also offer a space for experienced guardians, dancers,
Singers who would like to exchange experiences and values of guarding.
We would like to invite new people to experience the dance of life as a guardian.
and gain their own experience. We impart knowledge and give
Further information.

Posture and alignment

Being a guardian is a path of the heart in which you use your primal and will power, your being,
experience and develop your authenticity and self-confidence. Guardians create
their being with high energy from the power of love and the connection with nature and all
Essence. As a bridge between heaven and earth, they are a symbol of stability and clarity,
Warrior power. They are an important part of the life force and their role contributes significantly to that the collective ceremony in beauty, strength and lightness, in trust and security of all. can be carried out. They protect life, the community of the dance of life and
respect the health and well-being of all others, so that each and every one of us can remain in strength and can dance the dream awake in beauty and with benevolent energy. Guardians are aware that, by connecting with others, they can carry the message of the dance and the information of the collective within them, and to express it through their actions. manifest and make visible.

As a guardian, you like to move between the magical world and the everyday world. Reality. You can work in a team and also complete tasks on your own. You are aware of this, that it is possible to discover, cultivate and promote reliability, personal responsibility and openness in this place.
expand.

Activities and dates

Information and exchange on preparation and organization of the tasks of guardians at the Dance of Life. The branch explores alchemy of herding. We would like to know more about the properties, the quality, Experience and recognize spaces of guarding. The value of guardianship for the community becomes visible made. We dream up new rituals and forms of organization for the guardians of the dance of life. Do you feel the call to be a guardian?
Our Shining Branch is looking for people who would like to the dance of life in Lavaldieu with us.

Coordination

Silvia Löwe hueten@lebenstanz.info

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Young people at the dance

the branch is still being formed. Get in touch if you would like to join us!

Coordination: Nadja Rui, Maya Warthon jungeleute@lebenstanz.info

Shining branch of the children’s camp

Task

Organization, management and implementation of the children’s camp at Lebenstanz.

The children’s camp offers children and young people the opportunity to take part in the dance of life, age-appropriate activities (games, crafts, bathing, etc.) as well as a playful approach to spirituality and the opportunity to have ceremonial experiences.

In 2023, Maya Warthon and her friends will run the children’s camp in Lavaldieu. Maya is a student and grew up at the children’s camp herself. Josef Reichenspurner is a Standbehind and accompanies the children’s camp as a grandfather.

Posture and alignment

Activities and dates

Coordination

Josef Reichenspurner josef.r@lebenstanz.info

Maya Warthon kindercamp@lebenstanz.info

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Luminous branch of the sweat lodges

Task

We love sweat lodges. The branch is for our networking, for herding and sharing knowledge, for organizing the sweat lodges at the Dance of Life and for inspiring us to handle sweat lodges well. People are still welcome to join us!

Posture and alignment

Sweat lodges are essential – for the dance of life and for us. And we think you really can’t live without sweat lodges :-)

Our attitude:

“With strength and love we guard the energy space of the sweat lodges as a place of connection with all the forces of the universe and ourselves”

And yes, we also have a sense of humor :-)

Activities and dates

We are looking forward to the dance in summer 2022 and to going back to Lavaldieu for sweat lodges.

And we regularly hold ceremonies together.

The sweat lodge branch is still looking for people who would like to join. And the coordinator position is currently vacant. If you would like to join us, please send us an email. We look forward to welcoming enthusiastic people with sweat lodge experience!

Coordination

Michael Maringer schwitzhuetten@lebenstanz.info

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Luminous branch “Dream Bud” (formerly “Other”)

Task

Posture and alignment

We are open to the burgeoning possibilities in the field of the dance of life, recognize them and promote them. We learn from the past in order to create something new for the future and nurture what has what has been created. We create spaces to meet during the year to exchange knowledge and experience and to explore with all your senses. We integrate the dance of life into everyday life. We act in self-confidence and share our talents.

Activities and dates

Activities to date:
– The new moon pipe has been transferred to the “Ceremonies” branch after two years. This gives room for new possibilities.
– The process of the Luminous Branches has been incorporated into the structure of the Dance of Life.

…and in the future:
– A dance to to say thank you
– What flows in our sap in the tree?
– Aspect: Exchange about learning and teaching among us

Open questions and suggestions:
– Finding ways to mobilize former participants of the Dance of Life again mobilize
– Two ceremonies per year: winter and summer solstice
– Questionnaire:
§ Shorten the duration of the dance (offer variations)
§ Different places, groups organize the dance decentrally and in turn
§ Offer various options for “living” (hire builders…) hire…)
§ Simplify layout

Drum journey:
– branch seems very connected to something central, the sap that flows in the center of the trunk. trunk flows
– Strong connection to all other branches -> then the sap begins to flow, other branches are “nourished” when the bud opens
– The branch receives a lot of strength and energy from the center
– Bark from the branch is important and we recognize it. It teaches us which tree we are, where we come from, what makes us who we are.
A collection of the essences of all the earlier life dances in Lavaldieu and also of its roots. Image: a book with two pages for each life dance 1 to 28, with photos, images, key phrases, essence…
– Making this knowledge accessible to all
– Special support for the children’s branch
– Drawing plans, maps and graphics – Energy build-up for ceremonies

Coordination

Gertrud Taha-Arnold traumknospe@lebenstanz.info

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Shining branch “Passing on knowledge”

Task:

The branch is a forum of exchange and cooperation for people who teach and pass on life dance knowledge.

And people who want to learn will find many opportunities to do so here and can learn from different people.

Posture and alignment:

Knowledge multiplies when you share it.
Cooperation is important here

The branch does not consist of places of teaching, but of people who guard the knowledge of the dance of life
Everyone teaches what they are particularly good at
The branch is the forum for exchange, inspiration and trust. It’s about cooperation instead of competition

Content: Basic knowledge and pipe knowledge
Gathering together: what is valuable to me? Which of the knowledge do I use?

Activities and dates:

Many of you have spent three or more years learning the Medicine Wheel knowledge that we use in the Life Dance. It has been passed on in lodges and teaching places, and for many of you it has become important, precious knowledge that helps you to stay clear in everyday life and to develop spiritually. And we all always had people like Barbara and Robert, like Loon and Waheo, like Günther, who we could go to and learn from. But even these people are getting older and life is changing.

We learn differently than we used to.

During the dance, we, Flurina (2022) and Dana (2021), danced to open up new opportunities for us as a collective to pass on the medicine wheel knowledge. They were strong dances. And we both had very similar pictures!

The image is that we are a group of people passing on knowledge, a shining branch. Everyone passes on what they are particularly good at. We exchange ideas in the branch, inspire and support each other. We are not a lodge, and there is no competition, just cooperation. For example, if someone from my group wants to learn about becoming a drum chief, I can send them to Marton or Paddy. And if someone in your group wants to learn something about sand pictures, send them to Dana. People who want to learn can also learn different things from all of us and thus experience enrichment, diversity and personal responsibility.

Of course, there are online courses as well as sweat lodges and seminars in person. And the task of passing on knowledge is shared by all those whose hearts sing for it and for whom “Sweet Medicine” is precious. And is therefore easier and less effort for everyone.

Do you feel like it? Does that touch you? Wonderful!

We invite you to create a ceremony just for yourself. Perhaps a pipe, a nature walk or a sweat lodge. Ask the spirits and your high self for blessing and guidance, and then open yourself to HOW and WITH WHAT you can pass on your gift, your medicine wheel knowledge to people and also contribute here.

If you would like to give us feedback, please contact Flurina.

Because now we all need it – people who live this knowledge and people who pass it on.

Coordination:

Flurina Campolongo wissen@lebenstanz.info