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Samadhi center welcomes you to bring in the new year in a new way

Jessica Fuller • Updated Dec 30, 2017 at 9:05 AM

Heading forward into the new year, Samadhi Healing Arts Center will look back to ancient traditions and customs.

A special New Year’s Eve gathering will begin with a yoga session led by the Appalachian Yoga Collective at the healing center, 423 W. Walnut St., and continue with a couple of ancient ceremonies through the new year. All events are family-friendly and anyone is welcome, emporium facilitator Jorja Green said. 

Kirtan will follow yoga, which is kind of like a concert with a lot of audience participation, Green said. The singing follows ancient chants and songs, some of which are in Sanskrit, in a call-and-response format that will be easy for newcomers to follow.

The goal of the Kirtan is to reach a meditative state, Green continued, and because everyone participates in the singing, it evokes a sense of harmony.

Kirtan starts at 8 p.m., and a Cacao Ceremony follows at 10 p.m. The Cacao Ceremony has been around for quite some time, and was used by ancient Aztecs and Mayans as ritualistic medicine while at the same time signifying life and fertility.

Green said sharing the cacao is a way to open the heart and let creativity flow.

The night will end with an ecstatic trance dance jam, and following the trend of the night, will help promote togetherness and unity through dance.

While there aren’t tickets for any of the events, a $20 donation at the door is welcome. Green said that anyone looking for a new or different way to ring in the new year is welcome to attend any of the events.

“The idea is to bring 2018 in with a sense of unity as we come together. It’s a way to promote harmony and unity by raising our vibrations,” she said.

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