Earthdance Vancouver 2013


The 17th Annual Global Dance for Peace

Theme of 2013: Community
from our local Vancouver networks to the global community of Earthdance International. Please help bridge networks by inviting your community to participate!

Returning to Xwáýxway (Stanley Park) at Prospect Point Picnic Area


By donation to support the cost of the event with proceeds going to Decolonize Anti-Oppression Network

Suggested donation $10-20 (no one turned away for lack of funds, please donate what you can)



11:45am Opening Ceremony/Acknowledgement of Traditional Territory

Noon djRaghunath (Kirtan electronica)

Unity Partner Yoga with Sue Horning (workshop area)

1pm dj Dance Divine (Ecstatic Dance set)

Sacred Justice - Yoga and Solidarity w/Andi Macdonald & Kandace Dragonfly (workshop area)

2pm Dr. Thrillhaus

Take Flight Singing Circle (workshop area)

3pm dj Deano (Skookum Sound)

Decolonize Anti-Oppression workshop (workshop area)

4pm SobeyOne

4:40pm prepare for link up


5:45pm Earthdance Community Jam (Bust out your instruments and voices)

6:30pm Closing Ceremony

6:45pm Clean Up Party (All invited)



Raghunath (Mantra Radio)
Representing the kirtan community

Raghunath (aka Haitchc) has been working with sacred sound since the mid 80's in his home town of Birmingham, England. He first recordings were experimental pieces based around 4-bit drum sampling using very primitive equipment. In 1990 he moved to western Canada and made it his home. He continued releasing albums under various guises, co-founding Sinusoidal Records in the mid-90's. He has had the good fortune of collaborating with many wonderful artists and musicians and has performed live / dj'ed at a diverse array of events, and several larger festivals such as Earthdance, Phoenix Festival, Entheos and Burning Man gatherings.

Raghunath has hosted various FM radio shows throughout the years, showcasing local and international talent, with a focus on transformation through sound. He is currently the host and producer of Mantra Radio on CiTR 101.9fm in Vancouver.

In 2005 he began studying the path of Bhakti-yoga, including the use of sacred sanskrit mantras in Kirtan and traditional Indian devotional culture. He has been practicing and teaching since then and has studied both in India and Canada. He also has roots in shamanic and tantric practices. He is interested in the common bond between diverse traditions and the unifying force of sacred sound.

In 2011 Raghunath formed the electronic / acoustic kirtan band AirAnanda. He also once again began composing new music, remixing fellow artists work, and dj-ing at various festivals and events, after a 6 year break.

Dance Divine
Representing the ecstatic dance community.

Jelena is the owner|producer|DJ of Dance Divine, Vancouver’s weekly ecstatic free-style dance event. Dance Divine invites people to come together in a welcoming, safe and sacred space so that we can practice authenticity movement, communing and dancing our asses off.

Jelena taps into the profound and therapeutic impact that music has on people and it remains her mission in life to create inspired and cathartic music sets move people to their core and brings them together to celebrate the power of music, embodiment and connection as ways to inspire and enrich their lives.

Dr.Thrillhaus (Intention Gathering)

Dr. Thrillhaus began DJing 13 years ago in Ottawa with the OneTribe Collective. Since then, he has performed at 3 Earthdances, numerous one-off stages, and has held proper club residencies at The Well in Ottawa and at Voltage in Guangzhou. Thrillhaus also performed with the Brazilian and Cuban percussion ensemble Sambata for many years and he is honoured to be performing for this year's Earthdance as a member of the Intention Collective. He will bring an eclectic mix of funky, tribal, and glitched out beats for your blessed-out pleasure.

DJ Deano (Skookum Sound)

Dean Hunt is a Producer, DJ and Visual Artist from the Eagle Clan of the Heiltsuk Nation in Waglisla (Bella Bella). He studied Studio Engineering and Music Production at Columbia Academy in Vancouver, and has applied his skills as a music producer and DJ with the audio-visual collective, Skookum Sound System. Dean comes from a family of artists, which includes his father Bradley Hunt and his older brother Shawn Hunt. He is also a practicing visual artist, creating imaginative works from the strong base of his traditional arts and culture including: carving, painting, and jewelry. He uses the tools his ancestors fought to hold onto through times of hardship and oppression, not only in his more traditional art practices, but also in his contemporary use of sound. Dean has shown his work at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, Spirit Wrestler, and the Lattimer Gallery. Some notable audio-visual performances include Vancouver's PuSh Festival, The Sakewewak Storytellers Festival in Regina and 2 Worlds Indigenous Media and Performance Festival in Victoria BC.

Visit to see his visual art.

SobeyOne (Green Samurai Clan, Evolver Vancouver)

Initiated into the Green Samurai Clan in 2003, a downtempo collective he remains one of the active members honoring his masters. SobeyOne is a fan of integrating the themes of conscious events and blurring musical genres.Events he has played at include Dionysus gatherings, Intention winter retreats,a Compassion Club fundraiser, festivals such as Entheos Gathering, Motion Notion, Bass Coast, Inshala,One Big Tree, Karma Festival and events by Moon Collective,Rainbow Cathedral,Soma Soundsystem, Goa Transmission, Beats Without Borders and The Work Less Party. In Australia he has played chill sets at Total Eclipse Festival, Subsonic, & Rainbow Serpent Festival in 2012/2013 and has opened for acts like Banco De Gaia, Temple Step Project and Atmos.


UNITY Partner Yoga with Susan Horning (Earthling)
The Yoga of Conscious Connection

This yoga class will include cooperative practice with a partner to develop sensitivity, mutual reciprocity, communication and interpersonal development. Work together with a partner to counterbalance and create yoga body constellations, connecting and disconnecting with grace and ease. Learn how to create balance and harmony matched through mutually beneficial postures and exercises. This class will include partner practice with sitting, standing, therapeutic flying, twists, and gentle relaxation massage. Suitable for all levels and abilities. Some yoga experience is an asset.

About Susan:
Susan has been practicing yoga devotedly since 1994 and, founded and currently runs a Unity Yoga (a local yoga studio and community tea house) where she has been teaching since 2006. She leads an inclusive community founded on authentic connections and supportive friendships, holding space for the many colours and cultures of the Commercial Drive community.

Sacred Justice - Yoga and Solidarity w/Andi Macdonald & Kandace Dragonfly

In this workshop teachers from Community Yoga Vancouver will introduce what it means to see political action as intimately tied to spiritual connection. Connection with ourselves, each other and the earth. An intro to their full length workshop.

Community Yoga's studio indiegogo:
Community Yoga's site:

Andi has been practicing yoga for 7 years and brings a passion for social justice and community building to her teaching. She is a co-creator and founder of Community Yoga Vancouver. She received her 200 hour teaching certification from Mount Madonna in 2011 and has received additional training in yin yoga and trauma sensitive yoga. She is a former student of UBC’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. At the moment she is studying herbalism and learning skills to practice plant spirit medicine. Her writing about yoga and social justice has been published on Elephant Journal, Tikkun Daily, Decolonizing Yoga and in UBC’s Ignite Journal. You can read her pieces and see her updated teaching schedule on her website

Kandace Dragonfly is a co-creator of Community Yoga Vancouver, got her start in the yoga world whilst living on the streets of Toronto over a decade ago. Kandace sees yoga as good medicine and received their 200 hour certification from the Salt Spring Center of Yoga in 2012. She has also taken training in Yoga for Street Youth, Mental Health & Addictions, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, and Yin. She is committed to creating and holding space for the peoples, sizes and identities most often ignored in main stream (western) yoga communities. Kandace has been involved in social justice movements since about 2006. They have spent time organizing for various struggles incl. g8/20 in ON and the Enbridge Pipeline in BC. You can find some of Kandace's writing on their blog at

Take Flight Singing Circles

coming to Earthdance Vancouver! Come along 3-4pm and enjoy a safe place to
• sing original and international a capella arrangements
• play with group vocal improvisation!
• experience techniques to free your natural voice

Take Flight Singing Circles are a place to have fun singing to feed the body, mind and soul; build confidence as you find the power in your own voice; release tension and emotional blocks. They are a place to gather together in song to honour our struggles and strengths and find the joy in creating deep harmony across diversity.

For over 10 years Metta has been a creative group facilitator using music and theatre in diverse communities and contexts for empowerment and anti-oppression: as a community cultural development worker, theatre troupe director, facilitator mentor, high school teacher, youth camp leader, interschool leadership curriculum coordinator, performer, and youngest child.

She creates safe spaces where groups can revel in creativity, spontaneous play, empathic connection, and powerful communication. Come along this Saturday 3-4pm at Earthdance Vancouver! Take Flight Singing Circles meet every Monday 7pm-8:30pm, check them out here:

Decolonize Anti-Oppression with Tami & Vanessa

An oral history of the colony of Canada--the Indian Act, residential schools, white paper, treaties, and assimilation; grassroots community actions, meaningful allyship and solidarity with indigenous nations within the colony of Canada; and anti-oppression group readings on different forms of oppressions and their definitions, how all oppressions are interconnected and interdependent, how they affect our lives as individuals/communities/societies, and how we can navigate them.

Tami Starlight – Cree from the Peguis Nation (Manitoba)
Vanessa Bui – Vietnamese youth born on traditional Lekwungen territory (BC)

Global Link Up/Prayer for Peace/ Unify Meditation for Peace 5PM

More about the Global Synchronized Prayer for Peace:

More about UNIFY World Peace Global Meditation:



Come play in the KIDS ZONE! A fun co-creative space for children of all ages and their families to spend quality time together; running, jumping, singing, dancing, laughing, napping & everything in between!

A small reminder for parents: Children playing in the Kids Zone will NOT be supervised. You must remain with your child at all times for the safety & well being of yourself, the child and our volunteer staff.


Volunteers needed! Please e-mail

Advocacy groups needed with info tables (need to supply their own tables)-Environmental, social justice, health related. Also contact

Info about Earthdance International




(please note: in spite of the text on the poster image below, DJ Kwe is no longer on the lineup.)

Earthdance 2013 poster

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