Nearly 500 participants, Damanhurians and guests from all over the world, were present for the Autumn Equinox celebration. A vibrant party followed the main ritual, with nucleo communities, the Damanhur School and Damanhur Centers presenting their activities and products with stands throughout Damjl.
A sold-out concert was given in the Hall of Mirrors of the Temples of Humankind for guests and Damanhurians. Traditional Damanhurian music was played by Gufo (voice, guitar, flute and percussion), Cigno (keyboard), and Albatros (guitar and cello), while Ara offered many graceful Sacred Dance performances in the center of the hall. Both music and dance profoundly moved the audience. This experimental concert was the first of a new opportunity that intends to convey the spirituality of Damanhur though the arts and traditional music.
Damanhur representatives traveled to Rome, bringing energy, excitement and news to the public at the Holistic City Festival, organized by Conacreis.
The theme of the festival was “Environmental crisis and economic recession: proposals by social advancement associations and ecovillages to construct a sustainable world.” Roundtable talks touched on the following themes: holistic disciplines, Cultural Creatives for a more ethical and conscious world, with an intervention given by Ervin Laszlo, ecovillages and cohousing, and the development of local economies and organic agriculture.
During the festival, Damanhur presented the new display of the Temples of Humankind. Damanhur made many fruitful contacts, including a notable sociologist Enrico Cheli.
Julia Butterfly Hill, the acclaimed environmental activist known for living in Luna – an old-growth redwood tree in California – came to Damanhur for her second visit. Her presentation began with Music of the Plants, Ara’s Sacred Dance, and Macaco’s etheric singing. Julia appreciated the beautiful and grounding opening to the event. Julia unveiled the What’s Your Tree project, along with Milena, the Italian coordinator for the program, and Alissa, the National Team Leader in the US.
I believe that many Damanhurians have ‘found their tree.’ They know what their dreams are and are actively realizing them.
I’ve been to many, many communities all over the world. Often I find that those who want to create communities are spiritual and creative, although not grounded, and those who are grounded are not always open to spiritual and creative processes. The first time I came here, I was struck by the equilibrium of the spiritual and material, that both sides of this dichotomy are strongly present here. Damanhur has created a system for the individual to flourish and discover his or her gifts, and also to use these gifts as a contribution to the larger community as service to others.