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Birthing the Holy Prayer~Dance~Video Release Party

with Betsey Beckman

and special guests Lorraine Bayes, Soyinka Rahim, & Eloisa Cardona

Thursday, November 30, 2023

6-7pm Ireland

1-2pm Eastern

10-11am Pacific

Program Description

Come one, come all!  Join us at Abbey of the Arts for a Release Party celebrating our newest prayer dance digital collection – Birthing the Holy: Dancing with Mary and the Sacred Feminine! The dances accompany Christine Valters Paintner’s book Birthing the Holy, its companion album, and Prayer Cycle.

As the seasons turn toward the threshold of Advent, we enter the mystery of darkness as gestation time for the light within.  The time is ripe for Mother Mary to lead us into the dance of prayer as a practice of birthing the holy in our lives and our world! 

At this Zoom celebration, meet Betsey Beckman, choreographer and sacred dancer who will share her journey of creating 12 dances to pray with Mary and the Sacred Feminine.  Taste a sample of the dances and learn a few movements to enter into the journey.  Catch glimpses of the movement meditations filmed in churches, oceansides, stables, and Ugandan hillsides. Meet special guests Lorraine Bayes, Soyinka Rahim, & Eloisa Cardona who bring their own gifts to our journey of creative midwifing. 

As our earth longs for peace, may Mary in her many facets give us the courage to bring the holy to birth in our lives, and on this earth.  

We will turn on closed captioning during the live Zoom session (which you are able to turn off in your settings if you find distracting) as well as provide a video recording with closed captioning available and a text transcript of the session.

The program will be recorded for those who pre-register but are unable to attend at the scheduled time or who want to view again. You will be sent a notification when this is ready to view.

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Your Guide for the Journey

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Betsey Beckman

Betsey Beckman, MM is nationally acclaimed as a spirited dancer, storyteller, teacher of SpiritPlay and dancing Spiritual Director. With her extensive repertory of sacred storydances, she is regularly featured as artist/presenter at national conventions as well as local churches. She earned her Masters in Ministry degree from Seattle University, her certificate in Movement Therapy from the Institute for Transformational Movement, and is a certified InterPlay leader. As dancer, choreographer, author, mother, wife, teacher and spiritual director, she is passionate about living life fully and fostering creativity in all those with whom she shares life and ministry. Betsey’s publications include books (she is co-author ofAwakening the Creative Spirit: Bringing the Expressive Arts to Spiritual Direction), recordings – including producing the Abbey of the Arts CD collections, and The Dancing Word series of DVDs on embodied prayer, many of which companion the Abbey CDs. She offers the gift of playful improvisation whenever possible. Visit Betsey’s website here>>


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