Our featured speaker Dr. Serena Roney Dougal appeared on YouTube here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFL5NWS_YVA She presented "Altered States of Time, Faery and the Celtic Lunar Calendar" plus the odd effects of being at sacred sites, at the Breaking Conventon, 2013. 27 minute video.
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From the Filmmaker - Jo Carson: We have built a library to house the Feraferia Book Collection ("Feraferia" means
"celebrate wildness" - with magic, mirth & love), an in-depth resource focused on similar topics to those in "Dancing With
Gaia", and much more.
Originally assembled by Fred Adams, these are books on aspects of Goddess, faerie, womanspirit, ancient
Egyptian/Minoan/Eleusinian/Greek studies, geomancy, magic, the occult, shamanism, myth, symbolism, nature/eros/
Goddess poetry, Eastern esoteric studies, permaculture/agriculture, pre-Columbian American religion, and Western
indigenous traditions. With almost 1500 volumes, cataloguing this has been a huge job! But also rewarding, with a
strong temptation to stop and read them.
We are also putting together "The Book of Feraferia", a comprehensive book of lore, ritual and art from
Feraferia. Feraferia is a visionary mystery religion and faerie faith rooted in the earth and star Goddess.
You can e-mail Feraferia at this link: feraferia
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A real Dancing With Gaia Moment.....an unsolicited note from Ruth, one of the people demonstrating Aikido in the film... (used with permission).
“When the rhythms of the music are in sync with your movements, you have the experience of something moving through you rather than something coming from you. That is the experience we are looking for that sense of being connected to something larger, coming into touch with a context that contains both uke and nage. The music is a catalyst for that."
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The best of times and the worst of times on the road, shooting Dancing With Gaia:
Production Notes from the filmmaker...
"When I first started looking for funding for Dancing With Gaia, none of the grant agencies would even consider it. It was too religious, too spiritual, too much about sex, too everything! I am thrilled that now when I bring up Gaia or the Goddess, people generally know what that is and often want to see the movie. Times have changed, and Gaia is making herself known.
The worst time of the production was when my taxi driver in the lonely mountains of Crete started saying he wanted a kiss and put his hand on my leg. I grabbed my things, jumped out of the taxi and ran. He didn't follow, so I got to get shots of the dank mouth of Eiletheya cave, reputed birthplace of Zeus. I was glad I wasn't impregnated on my way to see the birthgiving Goddess. Then it was a long and weary trudge all the way back down to town carrying my equipment.
One of the best times was being alone in the Temple of Mnaijdra on Malta. I had rented a moped and slung the camera across my back; it was perfect that when I arrived, no one else was there. I got to lie down on one of the huge carved stones inside the temple, with the warm sun pouring down on me. It was one of the most peaceful times of my life. The temples there are all built in the shape of the full bodied mother Goddess. Lying there really felt like I had gone back to rest inside her body."