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THE BIG LOVE Ecstatic Dance: Winter Solstice Celebration feat. Galaxy Maker

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THE BIG LOVE Ecstatic Dance returns for an evening of sacred revelry & seasonal attunement as we honour & celebrate the Winter Solstice ♥∞♥

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THE BIG LOVE returns for another evening of sacred revelry and seasonal attunement as we honour and celebrate the Winter Solstice! This time, we are pleased to announce that we will feature the return of GALAXY MAKER! Galaxy Maker fuses the talents of mystical musician, Darren Austin Hall, the dazzling guitar mastery of Stephen Bahnesli and the electronic wizardry of Patrick O'Reilly in a sonic force of live ecstatic dance music, inspired improvisations and sacred healing sounds. Together, they will weave us a vibrational journey for our souls to take flight in, our bodies to revel, move and flow and our feelings to transcend and boom loud in our blazing hearts! The concert will conclude with an EPIC Ambient Soundbath with Crystal Bowls and other salving instruments as Galaxy Maker shifts gears to take us into deep peace ♥

On this evening, we'll be honouring the Winter Solstice, a time when the Light of the Sun in the Northern hemisphere is farthest from the Earth. The Winter Solstice is one of the most sacred events of the year as it represents the rebirth of the Light: though the radiance of the Sun reaches its maximum distance away from Earth, the Winter Solstice also marks when the Sun and Earth begin to return to closeness, culminating in the jubilance of the Summer Solstice. Darren will be guiding an opening ritual to connect to the holy powers of the Solstice as well as a closing ritual where we will embody the rebirth of the Light and converge in a wild free-chant to honour this extraordinary time and send out waves of love & healing to the world!

THE BIG LOVE is an alcohol-free ecstatic dance experience. We always commence proceedings with a Cacao Ceremony where participants will receive a raw chocolate elixir which will enthuse our centredness in our hearts and give us a balanced energy boost which we will take into our dance. Cacao is a sacred medicine from the Southern hemisphere, long-cultivated by the indigenous peoples of those lands. We will honour the indigenous in our ceremony for without them we would not be able to have the boon of connecting to these special Earth medicines which are burgeoning in popular culture as humanity begins to repair its relationship with its planetary Mother, Gaia.

Ecstatic dance is also rising big time in popular culture and for good reason. Dance has always been an essential part of community, healing and initiating self-transformation. Our indigenous ancestors utilized dance in this capacity for eons and we are intent on re-establishing the dynamic power of dance. At The Big Love, we cultivate a safe and sacred space for participants to express themselves freely in their dance and we also will cue and encourage at optimal moments experiences of shaking medicine and vocal cathartic release to get stuck emotions unblocked and rouse us into higher consciousness.

We will close with our traditional Heart Mandala Free Chant where participants sing a collectively and freely to share the love we've communally fostered in our dance with the wider world through vibrational offering. This is one of the most beautiful aspects of The Big Love experience as we embody the power of community music to foster a deeply felt experience of oneness.

THE BIG LOVE is not a witty catchphrase. According to the San Bushpeople of the Kalahari, when they engaged their own ecstatic shaking healing ceremonies, they would experience peak moments when they would feel unified with the universe. They described this as ‘THE BIG LOVE’. Darren trained with Dr. Bradford Keeney in the realms of Shaking Medicine, receiving certification in ‘Creative Transformation Therapy’. It is our humble aim to bring the experience of The Big Love to all, using the sacred power of dance to rouse into connection with universal consciousness.

THE BIG LOVE is family-friendly. Children 12 and under are free. We do ask that children are supervised and not to play the downstairs piano at the Church :)

THE BIG LOVE is also committed to being financially accessible to all. If you are need of a discounted rate please shoot Darren an email dhbodhi@gmail.com and we will work something out :) Be sure to Follow our Big Love FB Page / Instagram @thebigloveecstatic.

♥♥♥WE BIG LOVE U ♥♥♥_______________________________________________

Darren Austin Hall is a sound healer, ceremonial musician and spiritual teacher. He tours internationally, sharing his healing music with the crystal singing bowls and his array of spirituality and wellness workshops, courses and retreats. His performances, workshops and teachings are devoted to evolving human consciousness and inspiring a sense of universal truth and unity as well as invoking spiritual activism. He was a featured performer at the TEDx Conference in Toronto and is a writer of the blog called The Druid and is contributor to many online zines, as well as being a spoken word poet. He is a recording artist and his new album ‘Songs of Source’ features his work with the crystal singing bowls and his unique ‘source-singing’. He is also co-founder, DJ and co-facilitator of The Big Love Ecstatic Dance & Cacao Ceremony as well as his own Shaking Medicine Ecstatic Movement offerings. Darren is also the founder of Conscious Masculinity Toronto and facilitates a men’s group devoted to raising the consciousness of the masculine. He is also the creator of the 4-part course for men ‘Heroic Consciousness’ which involves deep work with masculine archetypes. He is the creator and facilitator of the 75HR Source Resonance Training in Sound Healing, Sacred Music & Vibrational Philosophy. Darren has also trained with indigenous elders and wisdom keepers the world over and has been on an odyssey reclaiming his own European indigenous heritage. He is devotee of the wisdom of nature, tales of the Goddess and is committed to regenerating ancient eco-spiritual wisdom to help guide humanity toward a new age of great peace and harmony with the Earth. He is currently at work on a series of books on spiritual philosophy and tantric writings and poetry to be released soon.

∞ To check out more of Darren's work and to sign up for his newsletter 'Universal Vibrations': www.darrenaustinhall.com.

∞ On Instagram @darrendruid.

∞ Darren's acclaimed albums and music are also available widely. They can be streamed on Spotify & Apple Music.

∞ For his full discography including his new 'Mystical Meditations' Guided Meditation album: https://darrenaustinhall.bandcamp.com/∞ Darren's Soundcloud channel consists of his largest collection of music and also spiritual talks and his ecstatic dance DJ sets (DJ Druid): https://soundcloud.com/darren-austin-hall

∞ Darren's Youtube channel consists of many exciting videos of his live sacred musical performances as well as spiritual talks: https://www.youtube.com/c/darrenaustinhall_________Who is Jesse Buck ....Jesse Buck was born and raised in Ottawa and moved to Toronto 7 years ago to begin his healing journey of self discovery and alignment. He began to study Yoga, Meditation and Vibrational Medicine, while connecting to the wide varieties of healing communities in Toronto. Over the last 6 years he has completed 2 YTT, 2 Sound Healing Trainings, Reiki Lv 1/2 and many other trainings that support his work. He workes to bring the light of love to all his Cacao Ceremonies, Ecstatic Dances, Chocolate Groove Dance Celebrations and Meditations. He also works in the Toronto School system with the Youth Wellness Network, empowering youth and bringing meditation into the classroom.To learn more about Jesse and his Chocolate Groove events you can follow him on all social media platforms & Sign up for hus newsletter on his website :: www.jessebuck.caInstagram :: @j_buckasanaPersonal Facebook Profile :: https://www.facebook.com/jessebuckmovement1Personal Facebook Page :: https://www.facebook.com/jessebuckmovement/Chocolate Groove - Dance Celebrations Page :: https://www.facebook.com/chocolategroovecelebrations/

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