Join us for the 3rd annual Portland Planetary Dance
Saturday, July 29, 2017

We’ll gather in beautiful Kelley Point Park, which sits at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers for a movement ceremony and picnic. Directions: Kelley Point Park, Portland

This event is open to people of all ages.
$10 requested. Sign up here.

The Ritual

Planetary Dance is a dance with a purpose. It aims to bring peace among people and harmony with the Earth. We each dedicate our dance to someone or something in need of support (e.g., a sick or dying loved one, a troubled species, a child facing difficulties, etc.) before entering the dance arena.

As people run, walk, or simply stand in a series of concentric circles we create a moving mandala. By dancing to the steady heartbeat of the drums, we become one collective body, and each step upon the Earth becomes a prayer for healing.

Its History

Originally, Planetary Dance was created as a daylong ritual for the Mt. Tamalpais, California community by Anna Halprin, dancer/choreographer and early pioneer in the expressive arts healing movement. Her intention was to bring the community together for healing in the aftermath of the deaths of seven women by a serial killer on Mt. Tamalpais. Five days after the dance ritual was performed for the first time, the Trailside Killer was apprehended.

Our Portland Planetary Dance kicks off the annual Life.Art.Being Integrative Arts Festival each summer, organized by Be Space and the Portland Shambhala Center.

Picnic Gathering

We’re surrounded by amazing beauty right at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. Share the magic of the day with friends and family. Bring your own picnic lunch, stay after the Dance and get to know others.


Seeking Lead DancersMovingMandala
Interested in becoming a dance leader at this ritual event? Our moves are pedestrian: running, walking and pulsing. Just a good sense of rhythm, one rehearsal and a dedicated heart are necessary. Contact Tamara Gilbert at (503) 656-8910 for details.

Gratitude to our Event Sponsors:
Aluna Music LLC
Creative Arts Therapies Association
Be Space Integrative Arts
Creative Openings LLC

Listen to a radio interview with Planetary Dance creator, Anna Halprin about its origins and purpose.
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