Fire Dance Netherlands
Invitation to the 5th Fire Dance in The Netherlands
July 29th – August 2nd, 2021
Address of De Kunstwei Street: De Perponcherpolderweg 1
The Fire Dance is a 3 day Ceremonial Medicine Dance. This Dance will ignite the passion and creativity within you to live your life fully as intended by Spirit. This dance is about stepping into life fully and completely. It will burn away the things inside that block you and holds you back. The energy of this Fire Dance is incredibly powerful! We dance with 5 fires within a Medicine Wheel. The Spirit Keepers of the Directions are Dancing too! Spirit is Dancing in the Fire. And that is tangible!
Whether you are called to be a Fire Dancer or to serve the Dance as part of the Support crew, your life will be forever changed. This Dance will open your heart in a new way and create connections to Spirit and the Fire Dance Community from all over the World. I am Deeply Thankful for the Fire Dance Medicine & the Healing it brings forth & for you answering the Call of the Fire Dance.
Once you it becomes more clear if you are Called to be a Fire Dancer or Serve on the Crew, additional details will be sent to you via email for your preparation in the Ceremony. Please read through the details carefully in order to have a full understanding of the Fire Dance Ceremony.
Much gratitude to you for your courage and determination to move into your most passionate and creative life! A Medicine Dance is not a simple thing to do. Spirit requires much of us who say YES! I am honored to hold the Sacred Space for you in the Fire Dance Arbor.
It is important that you prepare yourself mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually for the Dance. Now that you have committed to the Ceremony focus your thoughts on the sacredness of the Dance. Remember that you are already stepping into a Sacred state of being, by saying Yes!
There may be emotions that start to come up for you before the Fire Dance, we call this the Dance before the Fire Dance & it is normal. Your Higher Self is already in the Dance Space and preparing your body to release the things that no longer serve you. Allow the emotions to come and know that this will pass and the Fire Dance will burn away anything that is blocking you emotionally & otherwise.
This is a fasting Dance Ceremony. This means you will be fasting from food and water for the duration of this ceremony. The idea of fasting for a few days may bring up some fears. Be assured that this form of fasting has been carried out for many centuries by thousands of Dancers and Visionaries.
I myself have done this many times, and the first time I had question marks as well. You will be held in a sacred space and Dancing with Spirit; you are safe! To make this process somewhat easer is it suggested that you begin preparing your body the week before the dance. By removing toxins from your body during this time, it will make the fasting easier. We suggest that you taper off of sugar and caffeine and be sure to hydrate yourself the week & days leading up to the dance, so that you have enough fluids in your body to withhold from drinking, during the Fire Dance.
Your spiritual preparations have already begun……you said YES! Just remember that you are entering into the safest space, The Dance Arbor, and that the Sacred Space is held in a safe way. All who are present to support the Dance also support the Dancers for the Sacred work that is being done.
The Fire Dance has a Sacred Fire in each of the 4 cardinal directions and a 5th Fire in the arbor, the Spirit Fire. Each Fire holds its own energy and intention.
East Fire – The Cleansing Fire
South Fire – The Soothing Fire
West Fire – The Call to Action Fire
North Fire – The Guardian Fire
As you dance your Medicine around the Life Arbor created by 16 grown tall Willow Trees, you will build the energy and create vortex with the other Dancers. Once this energy is built up and ready to be released out to the Universe, I will ask the Fire Keepers to create a Bridge within the Arbor to cross from the old paradigm to the new paradigm you have created. As the Chief, I will help you light your torch from the Spirit Fire and carry your flame across the Bridge. Once the Bridge is crossed, the energy vortex that has been building is released and spirals upward and out to the Universe. For many this is a most beautiful moment in the Dance!
A few logistical notes for the Dancers:
- Because this Sacred Work as a Fire Dancer I would like to advice you that you take time to land before the Fire Dance begins on Friday & stay an extra day after the Fire Dance Ceremony is completed till Monday the 2nd of August. These extra days are a Gift from us & no additional donation is required.
- We will offer a Pipe Ceremony on Thursday the 29th of July to those who would like to join. This is not part of the Fire Dance Ceremony but a gift from me as the Chief to the Community. If you would like to join the Pipe Ceremony, please arrive by 5:00 PM on Thursday 29th of July 2021. We will serve a light diner before the Ceremony that will take place around 7:00 pm.
- As a Sacred Dancer, your body is your tribute to Spirit! Your clothes (regalia) should reflect your commitment to the Fire Dance and what you may be working through. Be creative! When Robbie Warren, Vision Keeper & Chief of many Fire Dances danced she painted her face, tied cloth in her hair and chose colors and clothes that honored the energy of the Fire. When I, Bregje, danced my first FireDance I was called to wear a specific red color, bring medicine tools for different dance rounds and made a certain belt and necklace, bracelet around my feet and arms to help me during the dance and at the same time honoring the Spirit of the Fire!
- All Dancers will wear a skirt or sarong (including men). This is tradition and an honoring of the Dancer as Sacred.
- You will be sleeping in the Dance Arbor, please bring what you need for your comfort, a single person sleeping mat or air mattress, pillow, sleeping bag, and a tarp for ground cover, etc. Please try to keep items to a minimum so we can accommodate space for all the Dancers. Due to limited space in the arbor, your sleeping mat or air mattress can be no larger than single size.
- Plan on arriving Thursday around 12:00 or at the latest Friday before 10 AM and plan on staying until Monday morning. Lunch Friday is provided as well as the Feast on Sunday.
- Bring 1 yard of RED fabric (organic cotton), organic cotton twine and loose tobacco – these items are for your prayer ties. (See the attachment of this mail)
- Dancer Donation is on a sliding scale between €391 – €530. It is up to you to decide where you are in your energy exchange and your prosperity. You can begin to make payments now or you can pay in full by 15th of July 2021. If you would like to make payments please let us know so we can give you the right info.
- And please bring an item for the Giveaway Ceremony after the Dance. This is an item that has had some importance to you but is time to be given freely & without attachment, to another person. (See attached information)
Please know that there is an entire crew to support you, your Dance and your needs. If you forget something, or need something we will be there to make sure you are taken care of.
Thank you again for saying YES! What you do in the Fire Dance will change your life. It will change the planet! You are a powerful FIRE DANCER!
Know that I am here to answer any questions you might have, welcome to the Dance before the Fire Dance.
Love & Blessings to You and All you hold Dear!
Strong Heart Medicine Bear
Fire Dance Chief The Netherlands
Support Crew Details:
Saying YES to serve the Fire Dance is a commitment. This is a true Calling, like any Spiritual work that we do. Spirit Calls and we answer! There is power in saying Yes! And offering your Service to help support the Fire Dancers in a Good way!
Within the Fire Dance there are no passive roles on the Support Crew, while some are more physical than others, all require a lot of dedication and certain level of stamina. Most often the Chief will ask that you serve in a particular role, but it is still important to let the Chief know if you feel especially called to one position more than another. I as a Chief will take that to Heart and will turn to Spirit to Pray about this, and will always honor Spirit in all cases, also in with this. Robbie Warren, Vision Keeper of the Fire Dance, explains a little big below about the reason for this.
“What I have learned as Chief is that it is not up to me to place people in the positions of service. It is always up to Spirit. As we approach the time for the Dance I will sit with Spirit and allow the guidance to come through. My hope is that the people who feel called to crew will not hold any attachment to what position they serve in. I think the bigger picture is that we all serve the Dance and Mother Earth in whatever way Spirit asks. Much Gratitude!”
-Robbie Otter Woman Standing
Fire Keepers ֎
Hold the energy of the Directional Fires and the container of the Arbor. Each Fire Keeper will connect in and carry the energy of their directional Fire. The East is the Cleansing Fire, the South is the Soothing Fire, The West is the Call to Action Fire, the North is the Guardian Fire and the Spirit Fire is inside the Arbor. I encourage the Fire Keepers to bring and use whatever personal Medicine Tools you feel called to use. You will be listening, tending, moving and Dancing, caring for working together with your Fires closely.
Drumming is a wonderful way to connect with the Fire, but it is important to be mindful that you are not Drumming for the Dancers, but for your Fire. The connection to your Fire will be incredibly powerful and you may be asked to “Dance” that energy into the Arbor from time to time. Look to the Chief and make eye contact, for that request. The Fires are connected to the Shrines and hold the container of the Arbor energetically. Each Fire has a specific herb to be offered for connection and prayer. As a Fire Keeper we ask you to bring the herbs that are connected to the Fire that you are tending. Why do we ask this of you? Because you’re not only nurturing & feeding your fire with your Medicine and wood, but also with your intentions. By growing & caring for the herbs that your Fire needs prior to the Fire Dance you are already growing & strengthening your deep connection to the Fire. This will make you able to listen on a deep level to what your Fire needs to Flourish and this will help you flourish as the Firekeeper of this Fire Dance as well, and this will be palpable before and all throughout the Fire Dance. If you’re unable to grow the herbs needed for the Fire, then don’t hesitate and be creative by listening, maybe there is Cedar growing in your area that wants to gift you the herbs needed. Ofcourse you always ask permission from the Cedar, to harvest.
Another example in the case of Cornflower could be that you know a miller or local farmer, perhaps even from the area that you were born or that is of special meaning to you, so you can imagine bringing that Cornmeal to the 4th Fire Dance in the Netherlands and to the Directional Fire that you are tending & caring for, working together with. These herbs will also be available to the Dancers for their offering to the Fires.
For the East Fire it is Sage, for the South Fire it is Cornmeal, West Fire it is Cedar, for the North Fire it is Tobacco and for the Spirit Fire is Sweetgrass. Maybe you also feel called to bring a specific heat resistant home for the Sacred Herb that is connected with your Fire, then please do so! As you are preparing all of this you are listening in a deeper way to your Fire & you are building your Relationship. Fires will always Teach you whatever you need to know, please be open & willing to listen. This will strengthen your Connection & the Medicine of the Directional Fire can expand & move deeper.
Drum from the Heart and keep the rhythm that “carries” the Dancers. Each drummer will have their own individual beat that may shift and change throughout the Dance. I encourage the Drummers to FEEL the energy and play from your heart. The Drum Chief is crucial to keeping the energy of the Drum contained in a way that serves the Dancers. Please bring your Rattles, Drums and other percussion instruments, because this will support you to bring in your own Medicine. That is also why I encourage all the Drummers to bring your personal Drum if you have one. The Dancers rely on your energy and your Love and Compassion to move them through their Dance.
Dance Guardians ֎
Guardians of the Dance work quietly to ensure all needs of the Dance are met. In the Dance, the Guardians will ensure that all the supplies are in order and ready. You may carry wood for the Fire Keepers and repair the Arbor. You escort the Dancers when outside of the arbor for a break. You keep watch in shifts during the night so the Dancers are never alone and the Dancers feel safe and cared for. You are the calm & silent presence that keeps everything moving. Most importantly, when a Dancer goes into that place of surrender to Spirit during the Fire Dance and may collapse into Grace, the Chief will give a sign to a dedicated group of Guardians, that will gently and lovingly carry that Dancer back to their space in the Arbor. The Chief Guardian is the head of the team and will hold the energy of the crew outside the Arbor. She or he is also the go between the Chief and everyone in the Crew.
Kitchen Angels ֎
Hold the Heart of the Dance and nourish and nurture the Crew. The Kitchen Arch Angel will handle the planning of all meals from Thursday lunch through Sunday’s Feast and guide the other Kitchen Angels in caring for the rest of the Crew. We find that all the energy from the Dance Arbor moves through the Kitchen during a Dance. This means that the Kitchen Crew not only needs to be able to prepare meals, but also deal with the energy that moves through in a good way. You will be holding the Heart of the Dancers while you nourish the Crew. Sometimes the crew may have cravings for food that they don’t usually eat……this is because a Dancer is craving some special food. We say the Crew actually eats for the Dancers who are fasting so the Love put into the preparation of the food has a direct effect on the crew as well as the Dancers.
Fire Mother ֎
Holds the Sacred Feminine Space inside the Arbor and works directly with the Dancers as they process and Dance. The Fire mothers will be inside the Arbor whenever the Dancers are moving. You will hold the container from the inside and connect energetically with each Dancer. As Dancers begin to process their emotions and clear out old experiences, you will help them and love them through the process.
As a Fire Mother, you will be working directly with the Dancers and physically moving the energy of the Dancer as needed. You will need to use a Feather Fan when working with the Dancers. It is important that you are also available during the breaks if a Dancer needs attention. Sometimes the processing will happen when the Dancer stops moving or when the heartbeat of the drum quiets down. As a Fire Mother you are directly connected with each Dancer mostly supporting them without words, to serve their highest good in whatever way possible.
Fire Father ֎
Holds the Sacred Masculine Space inside the Arbor and works directly with the Dancers as they process and Dance. The Fire Fathers will be inside the Arbor whenever the Dancers are moving. You will hold the container from the inside and connect in energetically with each Dancer.
As Dancers begin to process their emotions and clear out old experiences, you will help them and love them through the process. As a Fire Father, you will be working directly with the Dancers and physically moving the energy of the Dancer as needed. You will need to use a Feather Fan when working with the Dancers. It is important that you are also available during the breaks if a Dancer needs attention. Sometimes the processing will happen when the Dancer stops moving or when the Heartbeat of the drum is resting. As a Fire Father you are directly connected with each Dancer mostly in silence, to serve their highest good in whatever way possible.
Wisdom Keepers ֎
The Wisdom Keepers of the Dance and Council to the Chief. As an Elder, you hold the wisdom and experience that few others in Ceremony have earned. It is important that you read the energy, not only of the Dancers, but also the Crew in order to advise the Chief. You may be asked to work with a specific Dancer as the Chief needs. The position of the Elder is an honored position and not to be taken lightly. The Wisdom and experience that you carry is crucial to the energy of the Dance and how the Chief may make decisions. You will only be asked to move into the Arbor on rare occasions while the Dancers are Dancing, but may be asked to work with a Dancer who is resting. The Elders highest service is as the Council to the Chief.
Vision Keeper & International Chief of the Fire Dance
Robbie Warren, as the Keeper of the Vision of the Fire Dance and Chief of many Fire Dances, and having been a Fire Dancer many times, and serving in several Crew positions. Robbie loves to share with you, what it means to be the Chief of the Fire Dance: “As the Chief, I will make decisions for all aspects of the Dance in order to allow the Dancers to receive the highest and best for their individual Spirit work. It is the role of the Chief to hold the container of the Dance is a sacred and honored way. All who are called to the Dance put themselves in the care of the Chief. It is up to the Chief to hold to the Vision of the Fire Dance and make sure that all is well. This happens with the help of the entire crew as we all work in Community. Creating the space for a Sacred Medicine Dance is not an easy task and never to be taken lightly. It is a true honor and I am humbled to have been asked by Spirit to bring the Fire Dance to the People.”
Chief of the Fire Dance in the Netherlands
Bregje van der Zouwen – Blokx, Strong Heart Medicine Bear ֎
“Do you want to reconnect?” the Spirit of the Fire asked, while the last stone of the lodge caught fire. After I had answered YES, multiple times, out of the Fire came the words “I’ll give you a Dance!”
Even though I had been to many Ceremonies & Dances, I had never even heard of a Fire Dance, before the Spirit of the Fire asked me that question. I did however see Fires burning in every Wind direction, when I was dancing inside Arbors before, even though they weren’t there physically.
Things moved fast after this, within a couple of weeks I was dancing my First Fire Dance in North Carolina at the Sacred Grove. We call that Dance the “Hurricane Fire Dance”, where the Dutch Ancestors kept on asking me to ask Robbie, amongst all the Beautiful Dancers and Crew if the Fire Dance could come to the Netherlands.
Despite all that I could have never imagined that the Spirit of the Fire, Great Spirit as well as Robbie as Vision Keeper & Chief of the Fire Dance would ask me, on Red Dragon Mountain, years later, to Chief the Fire Dance here in the Netherlands.
It is a great honor to hold space for Al who are present, the Dancers, the Crew, the Ancestors & All the Spirits, as the Chief of the 4th Fire Dance in the Netherlands. To work together with Spirit & the Spirit of the Fire, the Five Fires & Crew, to hold space in a good way for the Dancers and all that are present. Because you all are a present & and are the bearers of great Gifts. Working together during this deeply transformative Dance, everyone gets a chance to develop your own Medicine, and to release whatever is blocking you, to do so. The connection with the Fire, will ignite your Inner Fire & strengthen you on all levels.
Please feel welcome, nurtured, safe & free, to let go of whatever is holding you back during this Dance & with that receive all that will help you flourish & grow, while walking or dancing your Path. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or feeling to share about what is coming up for you even if you would like some more specific info, I’ll love to help you!
Sending Love & Blessings to you and All you hold Dear! I honor you for who you are and everything that you have over won to come to this point in your Life!”
Bregje van der Zouwen – Blokx
Strong Heart Medicine Bear
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International Fire Dance Coordinator
As the International Dance Coordinator, we are very thankful for Brandy Winn she is the Wonderful General Coordinator that overlooks all of the Fire Dances all over the World. Brandy helps to hold and support all the dances in an Amazing way, as well as being a Fire Dance Chief herself!
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Dutch Fire Dance Coordinator ֎
As the Dutch Dance Coördinator Willy Boomsma, also handles a lot of the Communication, other than I as a Chief has with Dancers and Crew. You can contact her for all correspondence and questions concerning logistics or any translations.
While this is an administrative role, it is only a part of the work of the Coordinator. Coordinator will of course be intimately involved with making sure the details of the Dance are given to the Crew and the Dancers. Works with the Chief to make sure the supplies are on hand and ready for the Ceremony. Will be communicating with the Dancers, Crew and Chief in order to keep everyone up to date. Coordinates all of these aspects of the Ceremony, and holds the space for all involved. Becomes connected and energetically a part of the Dance well before it begins. Serves as advisor and council to the Chief and leaders in other positions. This is not always an easy task as you are dealing with the emotions and issues that may come up as we get closer to the Dance. It is important to stay well grounded and focused on the Fire Dance as a whole.
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Joke Brauns, is also very important & valuable addition as an Elder to our Team. She supports the Chief, the Team and the Crew, with her Gentle, Loving jet profound Wisdom and her powerful and pure sight. With that she also gives support to us as a team, as well as for the Crew.
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A few logistical notes for the Dancers and Crew:
- We will offer a Pipe Ceremony on Thursday the 29th of July for those who would like to join. This is not part of the Fire Dance Ceremony but a gift from the Chief to the community. If you would like to join the Pipe Ceremony, please arrive before 5:00 PM on Thursday 29th of July 2021. And let us know that you are attending, there will be a light diner served at 5pm.
- You will be able to camp on the grounds in designated areas or reserve an indoor sleeping place in one of the guest houses. The beds are limited and on a first reserved basis or physical impairments. Always bring your own single person air mattress or sleeping- mat and your sleeping bag and pillow!
- Bring all items needed for personal comfort and weather conditions – we dance rain or shine.
- Plan on arriving before Friday 10 AM and plan on staying until Sunday late afternoon, so that the Ceremony is complete. Lunch Friday is provided as well as the Feast on Sunday.
- Bring an item for the Give-away Ceremony after the Dance. This is an item that has had some importance to you but is time to give to another person. (See attached information)
- Crew Donation is €180- this includes food, lodging and fee from Thursday lunch up to and including the feast on Sunday & the Breakfast on Monday.
You are welcome at the venue from Wednesday 28th of July till Monday morning the 2nd of August. If you want to extend your stay at the Beautiful Art Meadow, De Kunstwei that is possible as well. Let us know and we’ll connect you with the Wonderful Caretakers of the Land.
Much gratitude to you for your courage and determination to be in Service to the Fire Dance! A Medicine Dance is not a simple thing to do. Spirit requires much of us who say YES!
I am honored to have you present at the Fire Dance Arbor and to hold the Sacred Space with you for the Fire Dance. It is not always easy to be on the outside of the Dance Arbor holding the Sacred Space for others to do the Healing work, that is needed during this time. It can & will often give you opportunities to heal as well. When you answer the Call to be of Service, you are not only physically supporting the Fire Dancers & the Crew, but your also physically supporting Spirit, the Fires, the Ancestors. The Fire Dance will move you, not only because you are the hands and feet, the heart, ears & eyes, but because of what you will encounter in yourself. That’s why during the Fire Dance, we ask you to stay grounded & aware if anything comes up for you personally, to trust that the Fire is working with & through you, to help clear your path so you can support the Fire Dance in a good way & also this will bring Blessings moving forward in your Life. Each support position is vital to the Ceremony from the Dance Guardians to the Kitchen Angels to the Chief.
Serving the Fire Dance will change your life. It will change the planet. You are a powerful FORCE! Let’s DANCE!
Know that I am here to answer any questions you might have, welcome to the Dance before the Fire Dance.
Love & Blessings to You and All you hold Dear!
Strong Heart Medicine Bear
Fire Dance Chief The Netherlands