The Shadow is that part of you that remains unknown, yet influences every part of your life.
 
However, the Shadow isn’t bad—it’s just hidden. And since it’s hidden, its contents unconsciously affect your mood and behaviors, often wreaking havoc and causing suffering in your life.
 
When you bring your Shadow into the light, it no longer has that kind of unchecked power over you.
 
In Facing Your Shadow, you’ll explore how to uncover the hidden parts of yourself and see the secret forces at play in the world. You’ll learn to:
 
• Heal and transform the parts of yourself that keep causing the same negative patterns

• Reveal your hidden archetypes and better understand their connection to the Shadow

• Unearth new strengths, insights, and wisdom—there’s buried treasure in the Shadow too

• See our collective Shadows and break free from the systems that keep you docile and disempowered

• Step into your sacred calling and make a difference in a world that needs you now
 
When you commit to doing the work in Facing Your Shadow, you become fully empowered to create a life of purpose, joy, and meaning.
 
Now is the time to fully know yourself and bring your light to the world.
 

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Meet Your Teachers

 
 
Caroline Myss is a five-time New York Times bestselling author and internationally renowned speaker in the fields of human consciousness, spirituality and mysticism, health, energy medicine, and the science of medical intuition. Her bestselling books and audio programs include Anatomy of the SpiritWhy People Don’t Heal and How They CanSacred Contracts, and Energy Anatomy.
 
 
Andrew Harvey is a poet, writer, teacher, and mystic. He is a former fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, and has taught at Cornell University, Hobart College, and the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is the author and editor of many books, including The Tibetan Book of Living and DyingThe Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism, and A Walk with Four Spiritual Guides: Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, and Ramakrishna.
 

ABOUT

A family friendly music, performance and healing arts festival in Blue Ridge, Georgia! Consider changing the world through art and love by immersing yourself in an intentional experience in nature full of spirit, art, yoga, meditation, healing, community and freedom!

Enjoy a beautiful lake to swim in, many acres to roam and camp in, creeks to play in, a produce garden to mosey around in!

Experience a movement class at the yoga deck, learn a new skill at the primitive skills tent, enjoy a sound bath at the sound tent, receive a session with a wellness practitioner.

Get your groove on at the main stage, shop for local handmade goods and arts, enjoy a snack at the snack bar, share songs and drumming by the bonfire each night. This is a weekend packed full of opportunities for connection and heart opening experiences.

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN MY TICKET?

Workshops, classes, music, parking, morning coffee and swimming in the lake. Camping is included in 3-Day and 2-Day Passes only. Ages 16 and under have free admission. Food is not included in the ticket. Ages 10 and older must order a meal ticket.

FOOD

IMPORTANT! If you plan on participating in brunch and dinner you must order a meal ticket! All meal tickets must be purchased in advanced and cannot be purchased at the door. This helps us know how much food to make. Ages 10 and older must order a meal ticket. 

There are no food vendors except a small snack bar, so if you don’t purchase a meal ticket you must bring your own food. The meal ticket includes Friday brunch through Sunday dinner. Brunch is at noon and dinner is at 7pm and will always be served in the downtown outdoor kitchen. There will be gluten free and vegan options. We will also be serving coffee every morning.

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE

Doors open at noon on Thursday, feel free to come then to set up early. Activities begin Friday. Festival ends at 9pm Sunday. If you stay into Monday you will be expected to help on Monday.

WHAT TO BRING

Cash for the snack bar, vendors and private wellness sessions, bowl, fork, spoon, mug, and water bottle, camping supplies, bathing suit, picnic blanket, yoga mat, towel, camp chair, garbage bags, snacks, water jugs, tarps for rain. Our theme this year is the four elements, come dressed as your favorite element!

DIRECTIONS

Address: 459 Johnson Rd Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513

Atlanta to 75 North to Exit 268 onto I-575 North for 18 miles,
turns into SR-5 North towards Canton,
go 31 more miles on SR-5 North,
take a left on Maxwell Rd for 0.7 miles,
take a right on Johnson Rd, less than a mile stop at registration tent.

Q&A

Are dogs allowed?
Not really – we have made some exceptions. A discussion must be made. We have a strict leash and dog poop pick up policy as we have bear feet running around. Absolutely no aggressive or barking dogs allowed, you will be asked to leave.

Will we be allowed to drive to our campsites to unload?
No. You will be able to park at the entrance of the woods to unload, and then will need to park your car in the parking lot. Once you park you can then come back and bring your stuff in to your campsite. We will have wheelbarrows and some teenagers helping.

Will our vehicle be able to remain at the campsite?
No. You can unload your things and then park your car where the registration team tells you to park.

Is alcohol at our campsite allowed?
This is a sober event to make it friendly for everyone. No obvious drunkenness’ in public areas and no beer holding, you will be asked to leave.

Is drinking water available?
IMPORTANT! Please bring water bottle. There will be no plastic bottles. We have well water to fill your water bottle at the sink at the snack bar.

Can you describe the bathroom facilities?
Porter johns and hand washing stations.

Is there electricity at the campsite?
No, some campsites have fire pits. All campsites are first come first serve.

Showers?
Yes. Hot showers!

Application coming soon for volunteers, vendors, bodyworkers, healers and performers! Please send all questions and inquiries to dancingtreefestival@gmail.com

Follow the Dancing Tree Facebook event page to stay updated on the schedule!

Join us for a heart-opening, soul-nourishing, intimate & interactive LIVE CONCERT experience with Chris Assaad and a special full-band presentation of the GOLDEN album. 

Hear songs from the new album live, along with stories about the inspiration behind the record. Gather with our beautiful community in person in Toronto or online via Livestream and share in the medicine of music and togetherness.


The event will took place on Dec. 2nd, 2022 in a cozy and intimate setting at Annette Studios in Toronto. 


GOLDEN is the newest release from singer-songwriter Chris Assaad.

"His fourth studio album and without question, his most raw, potent, and vulnerable offering to date." ~ Flying Colours Music

"The redemptive power of love and the uplifting magic of a sweet, soulful melody are two of life’s most beautiful phenomena—kindred emanations of spirit. On his new album, GOLDEN, Assaad probes that deep heart connection. Over the course of eleven superbly-crafted songs, Assaad taps into the emotional expressiveness of classic soul and r&b to deliver empowering lyrics that confront life’s pain and doubt—emerging triumphantly into that transcendent light which transforms suffering to joy." ~ Alan Di Perna – BrightStar

Enjoy this exclusive behind-the-scenes sneak peek into the making of the record with producer Joby Baker (Deva Premal & Miten, Alex Cuba).



Watch the Lyric video for the second single "Listen" and get a taste.

Listen on Spotify



Meet Chris

Chris Assaad is a multi-talented artist, singer-songwriter, wordsmith, and speaker. Chris’ artistic journey began with a leap several years ago to follow his heart and passion for music. Just as he began exploring his love of singing and songwriting he was suddenly faced with a rapidly progressing hereditary hearing loss condition. Nearly two years and several surgeries later, Chris’s hearing was restored and he was given a second chance, further cementing his path of a life dedicated to his artistry. He has become an inspirational voice for others to follow their creative and spiritual paths toward living a life they love. 

Chris recently put the finishing touches on his upcoming album entitled GOLDEN. The album was recorded in Victoria, BC in collaboration with producer Joby Baker (Deva Premal & Miten, Alex Cuba & the Wailin’ Jennys) who also produced Assaad’s LION LP. The GOLDEN album is set for release on November 18th, 2022 in partnership with White Swan Records and Black Swan Sounds. 

Chris’ music soothes and seduces with exquisite layers of electric and acoustic guitars falling over R&B and soul-infused grooves serenaded by Chris’s richly textured emotive vocals. An up-and-coming artist within the conscious music community and wellness & transformation movement, Chris has opened up for musical artists Trevor Hall, Ayla Nereo, Michael Franti, and The Wood Brothers. He has been growing an international grassroots community, sharing his eclectic blend of soulful roots music, heart-opening songs, and stories with audiences in Canada, Australia, the US, and Europe playing clubs and festival dates from Wanderlust Whistler to The Sound Dome in Sydney.

JOIN JAI UTTAL ON A JOURNEY INTO THE YOGA OF THE HEART

You are invited to join Jai Uttal, legendary sacred music composer, recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, and ecstatic vocalist, for a free online class, “Homecoming, A Taste of Online Kirtan Camp” on Sunday, September 25 from 1-2:15 pm PDT, 4–5:15pm EDT (Check local time).

Let us explore the deepest chambers of our hearts, the wells bubbling with long forgotten emotions, and the little fires that need to be tended, through the ancient practices of Bhakti, or Devotional Yoga. We all know how easy it is to lose touch with that precious jewel within, but through the practices of Bhakti, particularly the singing of mantras, we can nurture the return path home. "Homecoming" can be our daily intention because it is so easy to go far away from our inner home. 

A heart-opening, soul-nourishing, intimate & interactive experience with Chris Assaad.

Meet Chris, hear songs from the GOLDEN album live, along with stories about the process and inspiration behind the birthing of the record. Gather with our beautiful global community and share in the medicine of music and togetherness.

Date: Saturday, October 8th, 2022
Time: 3pm EST / 12pm PST / 8pm UK Time

**Replay available until November 8th

GOLDEN is the newest release from singer-songwriter Chris Assaad.

His fourth studio album and without question, his most raw, potent and vulnerable offering to date. Assaad invites listeners into an exploration of transmuting our pain and suffering, our struggles and everyday challenges into Love and returning to that Golden frequency, to our connection to the Divine, to a state of Wholeness within ourselves, and Oneness with each other and All That is. Listen to the first single "Love Is Greater Than" and get a taste.

Listen on Spotify



Meet Chris

Chris Assaad is a multi-talented artist, singer-songwriter, wordsmith and speaker. Chris’ artist journey began with a leap several years ago to follow his heart and passion for music. Just as he began exploring his love of singing and songwriting he was suddenly faced with a rapidly progressing hereditary hearing loss condition. Nearly two years and several surgeries later, Chris’s hearing was restored and he was given a second chance, further cementing his path of a life dedicated to his artistry. He has become an inspirational voice for others to follow their creative and spiritual paths toward living a life they love. 

Chris recently put the finishing touches on his upcoming album entitled GOLDEN. His most raw and vulnerable album to date was recorded in Victoria, BC in collaboration with producer Joby Baker (Deva Premal & Miten, Alex Cuba & the Wailin’ Jennys) who also produced Assaad’s LION LP. The GOLDEN album is set for release later this year and will kick off with the first single entitled “Love Is Greater Than” this summer.

Chris’ music soothes and seduces with exquisite layers of electric and acoustic guitars falling over R&B and soul-infused grooves serenaded by Chris’s richly textured emotive vocals. An up-and-coming artist within the conscious music community and wellness & transformation movement, Chris has opened up for musical artists Trevor Hall, Ayla Nereo, Michael Franti, and The Wood Brothers. He has been growing an international grassroots community, sharing his eclectic blend of soulful roots music, heart-opening songs, and stories with audiences in Canada, Australia, the US, and Europe playing clubs and festival dates from Wanderlust Whistler to The Sound Dome in Sydney.

ECSTATIC – Involving an experience of mystic self-transcendence

EMBODIMENT – The giving of human form to a spiritual idea or feeling

Join the Event Page here ~  https://www.facebook.com/events/395093935812743

If you’re ready for the most activated dancefloor of wild & graceful movers on Earth, Embodiment is the place for you ⚡

Along with 5 hours of epic Ecstatic Dance each day with some of the best conscious Producers and DJs in the world, your body will be balanced with yoga, breath work, partner massage, sound healing, a rejuvenating Tea Temple, Ceremonial Cacao Activations, Sweat Lodge by our spring fed riverside pools, Kirtan and Live Music every night, with much much more!

We’re continuing our community enrichment services that our past few festivals initiated with our profits from Embodiment <3

See Below for past projects supported by Embodiment 

Embodiment is an Ecstatically Natural Festival, designed to merge your Body, Mind & Spirit with Gaia, by staying in a grounded rhythm of movement & restoration each day.

Intoxicant-free and full of presence, we hold a sacred and safe container for our wildest and purest expressions to emerge. Our dedicated team of space holders will help maintain a silent and phone free dancefloor for us all to go as deep as possible together with the musical journeys each day.

GAIA DANCE TEMPLE

Alongside a spring-fed river is our 6000 sq. ft combination of martial-arts mats and floating wooden dancefloor underneath Avocado and Kushin trees.

Local, organic vegetarian meals + elixirs are available at our Cafe on-site, as well as three other farm-to-table Cafes less than 5 minutes walk from the Gaia.

Dragon Moon Tea Temple will be open during dances. 

No alcohol, drugs, or smoking permitted on-site. No Dogs allowed anywhere inside.

Onsite Camping = $25 per person for 5 nights. Includes drinking water & showers.

Onsite Dorms = $95 for 5 nights

Early Tix available now for $177 until Nov 1st

Previous Embodiments have supported hundreds of families in Tzununá & San Marcos with food distributions, roof & home renovations, sponsoring local kids to attend trade school, new beds for families that were sleeping on the ground, 8 new homes for elders & single moms in need, family gardens + fruit tree planting in landslide victims rebuilt homes, new water filters, buying kids guitars + drums for the local community music center, gifting Christmas presents to local children, and planting thousands of fruit trees in our village.

Embodiment 6 will continue our work to improve educational opportunities, organic food security, and enjoyment of life for everyone born in Tzununá.

A mid-week Gala Concert event with three of the leading lights & amazing voices in our expansive, blessed musical world:
          Ayla Nereo w/Marya Stark & Special Guest Tina Malia! THIS CONCERT WILL SELL OUT by SUNDAY Evening! Get tickets now….

"One of the most poignant voices currently floating about… Ayla Nero is an otherworldly artist who shares the fruits of her soul" — The Huffington Post
“[Ayla’s] relationship with the earth is imprinted in her music – expansive and intriguing.” — Billboard

Ayla Nereo is as a voice for the planet, a modern bard and beacon who dances songs directly from her soul. With lyrical poetry splashing across a canvas of sound, her music has an uncanny ability to disarm and crack open the heart, as she sings for the depth of our humanness, and for the return to our pure wonder of existence. Her lucid storytelling and magical presence onstage and off creates a force field that is palpable, joyous, deep, and utterly enchanting.
   With a particular joy for bridging musical styles, Ayla’s songs seem a genre unto their own, as she weaves between vocal looping, produced beats, live drumming, orchestral string arrangements, Celtic melodies, disco rhythms, electronic soundscapes, and even dashes of hip-hop wordplay. Calling us to listen deeper, her songs are elegant masterpieces of lucid storytelling, with lyrics ringing as anthems for planetary healing, human potential, beauty, and compassion.
   Though you’d never know it by witnessing her perform, Ayla grew up with an intense fear of singing. In her final year of college, songs began pouring through her, and it was only through the constant urging of those around her that she began to slowly share her music. Propelled by the songs themselves, Ayla’s journey of meeting those fears and singing through them has grown her into the powerful performer she is today, touching an ever-widening global audience with the inspiring magic of her songs.
   A child schooled at home in the hills of Sonoma County, Ayla was raised on Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan, opera, classical music, traditional celtic songs, and ABBA — influences which have deeply shaped her music. Touching on both the timeless & modern, she always rides the line between genres, so that her songwriting and sound ultimately cannot be compared to anyone else.
   Dancing her own songs on stage as she sings them, her movement and presence gives the audience a permission to be wild, real, vulnerable, and alive. Every performance Ayla gives is its own inspired journey; an enchanting and poignant experience that holds you by the heart and doesn’t let go.
   After touring 33 cities in 6 weeks with The Polish Ambassador for the first Permaculture Action Tour, she began to create her own Herbalism Action Days to connect her fanbase with their local plant-teachers and healers, to empower communities to know what medicines and foods grow around them, and support the self-reliance of individuals to reclaim their own health care and community food systems. She is excited to weave more action days into her future touring.
   Ayla released her 6th solo album, the phenomenal "By The Light of the Dark Moon", in the spring of 2019 via Jumpsuit Records. The album marks a distinct stepping-out into the world arena. Dancing between genres across each song, this album is a journey of finding light through darkness, connecting to what is currently happening in our world with many collective shadows rising to be seen and healed. “By the Light of the Dark Moon,” as Ayla shares, “speaks to what becomes visible when times get darker, whether it be within us, or as a culture, or out in the sky above.” This album is a beacon, illuminating hope, awareness, and a deep sense of wonder for all of Life. As the opening track calls forth, “We the shining forest&hellip; to the darkness bring song.” Ayla has also 2 albums with her project Wildlight (her collaboration with David Sugalski, aka The Polish Ambassador), & 3 collaboration albums.
   Honing her impeccable artistry & craft over the years, Ayla has developed a deeply loyal fanbase, one that has recently seen exponential growth into widening circles across the planet. After a nationwide tour supporting the album release in the spring of 2019, a full summer of notable festival appearances, a sold out appearance at Red Rocks with Nahko & Medicine for the People and Trevor Hall, a co-headlining concert with Rising Appalachia, supporting Nahko & Medicine for the People on 14 dates this past fall, and her second nationwide and European tours set for this year, Ayla’s music is reverberating from a west-coast transformational niche into larger global audiences, to inspire and uplift the hearts of humanity. Her music is currently seeing rapid and increasing growth throughout the US, Europe, as well as Canada, Australia, and dozens of other countries.
 
Marya Stark joins the tour as Opening act: "I fancy myself a minstrel bard
with a taste for poetry that moves the heart to open beyond its strategies of closure.
I’m a lover of elegance, the miraculous, and the ridiculous.
I have a fondness for the human voice
for its endless beauty, textures, variety,
and for the mighty resilience of the human spirit
that can be felt and heard in those perfect moments of union, of cracking
of unbearable tenderness, where you can hear how alive everything is…
These are the moments I live for.
Also &hellip;.. I love you.
Like, the big blushing kind of love.
That tickle you in the back of your rapturous heart kind of love.
That pet your head when your blue kind of love.
The curious to learn what really inspires you to wake in the middle of the night
and write poetry to the moon kind of love.
Lets keep riding the rivers of this love and life together, shall we?
From my heart
to yours
Warmly
Your Rose Bard
Marya
 
Tina Malia is a visionary musical artist. Her sonic creations span sacred chant, world, dream pop and folk music genres. A prolific singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and sound engineer, Malia expresses her radiant inner landscape through song.
   Tina’s mother, a renowned concert pianist and opera singer from South Korea, was the driving force in Tina’s classical musical education. It was her father, however, who bought her a guitar when she turned 15 and encouraged her to follow her musical passions. "I remember first discovering many great women of folk music – Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Ani DiFranco, Alison Krauss. Listening to them was basically how I learned to play the guitar, and it’s also when I starting writing my own songs," says Malia. With guitar and backpack in hand, she began traveling the world and writing music, with her adventures in nature and spirituality inspiring her compositions.
   Not long after the release of her first album, the accolades winning Shores of Avalon, Tina met pioneering world chant artist Jai Uttal, who recruited her to sing in his groundbreaking ensemble – the Pagan Love Orchestra. It was through Jai that Tina was introduced to the rich spiritual tradition of Sanskrit mantras.
   "When I first started singing with Jai," recalls the Amida recording artist, "I didn’t understand the power and beauty that is held within a mantra. But later, when I was going through a difficult time in life, I was able to turn to this practice and receive the healing that comes with the repetition of these sacred sounds. To this day, I attribute my sense of well-being to chanting mantra. It is so simple and yet so extraordinary." Tina’s love of sacred chant is reflected on her 2005 album Jaya Bhagavan, and now again on her newest release – Bridge to Vallabha, where she includes songs in Sanskrit, Hebrew, Gurmukhi and English. She is joined by host of amazing singers, along with instrumentation such as nylon string guitar, Rhodes piano, charangon, vibraphone, lap steel guitar and cello.
   Tina Malia is a beloved pioneer in a growing community of people around the world dedicated to residing in harmony with the Earth, and expressing it through art, health, education and music. Her all-encompassing musical and spiritual perspective has led her to studio and live performance with a vast array of iconic artists including Kenny Loggins, India.Arie, Bonnie Raitt, Bassnectar, Deva Premal and Miten, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary) Peter Kater and Joanne Shenandoah. Tina’s acclaimed catalog of self-produced albums include Shores of Avalon, Jaya Bhagavan, The Silent Awakening, The Lost Frontier and most recently, Bridge to Vallabha. Tina joins the tour as Special Guest" making appearances at the perfect times in the perfect places. Ashland is her home!
 
This auspicious, welcome event is produced by Lloyd Barde Productions. Lloyd Barde is also the creator of RelaxPansion Unlimited, & brought the groundbreaking RelaxPansion Fest to Jackson Wellsprings this past June 2022. for info: 415.847.1144

Illness and stress run rampant in our modern world. But our bodies possess the potential to generate a subtle yet powerful protective energy called Wei Qi, or Guardian Qi, to help us deal with life’s challenges. In this workshop, renowned Qigong master, healer, author, and educator Robert Peng will guide students in learning a series of Qigong exercises designed to develop their very own “protective shield” of Guardian Qi.

The workshop will focus on purifying the internal organs through a “steaming” meditation called HuoLuGong. Master Peng will also introduce students to a special practice known as the 4 Cycles, which originated from the fabled Shaolin Temple in China. Legend has it that the great spiritual master Bodhidharma, who first introduced Buddhism in China, taught the 4 Cycles to the Shaolin monks, who had fallen into ill health and physical weakness from excessive sedentary study and meditation. After practicing the 4 Cycles for some time, their bodies grew strong and their minds brighter, which in the end helped their meditation to be richer and more joyful.

Developing and sustaining Guardian Qi yields many benefits, including:

  • Enhancing the immune system
  • Fostering inner resilience to combat mental and emotional stress
  • Increasing calm and confidence

Workshop participants can expect to come away feeling joyful and grounded—mighty with force and clear in mind.

About Robert Peng

Born and raised in Hunan, China, Robert Peng was only eight years old when he began an intensive apprenticeship under the close guidance of the legendary monk Xiao Yao, an enlightened master known for his profound healing ability and martial arts skill.

At age 15, Robert endured a 100-day water fast in a small dark chamber at a secluded monastery in the remote mountains of Hunan province, which initiated a radical spiritual transformation.

Robert has trained hundreds of thousands of students all over China, Australia, the United States, and Europe. A regular presenter at the Omega Institute, Kripalu Center, Open Center, Pacific Institute of Oriental Medicine, and many other organizations and schools, he has evolved a unique way of teaching Qigong that people from different cultures can understand and follow. Robert is the author of The Master Key: Qigong Secrets for Vitality, Love and Wisdom, and the DVD/CD companion series, The Master Key.