This Monday, July 2, the Luminous Moon Collective is gathering at the Royston Old Schoolhouse to celebrate yet another full moon.
The Moon Mamas, a group of three Valley women, have been organizing full moon gatherings since January of this year.
“It’s a very special time,” says Kendra Faye, who was inspired by DJ friend Joshua James, founder of Victoria’s Full Moon Medicine, which has been gathering every full moon for over two years now.
“It is a no-intoxication, child-friendly, and spiritual event that brings different people in the community together for a night of celebration and dancing. It is not like a regular event — there is an element of openness and connection.”
The night unfolds with a gentle yoga class and leads into an opening circle, which often incorporates toning, drumming and perhaps an element of gratitude. But the best feature of the opening circle is the community drum, a large drum that can be played by a number of people at once.
Made specifically for the full moon it is played with the intention of gathering the community to experience the beat which is likened to the heartbeat we all share. People are encouraged to take a turn with one of the batons on the community drum, and to bring their own drums to play, or any instrument they feel inspired to. Even conch shells are welcome.
Following this circle is music, and this time the Moon Mamas are proudly presenting Shane Philip and Joshua James.
Shane Philip, who recently moved to the Comox Valley, brings a combination of musical sounds to the stage including the exotic aslatua, djembe and a few didgeridoos He also sings and plays guitar while incorporating electronic kicks where he can. If you have not seen Philip perform it is worth coming out just for that.
James, who has been DJing for over 10 years and plays such festivals as Diversity and Shambhala, will also bring his eclectic style to the Luminous Moon event.
The music will begin at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are available at Zen Zero, Ziva Spa and Harmonic Arts in Cumberland, and the price at the door is a sliding scale.
People of all ages from toddlers to elders have gathered at these events which will be held at the Royston Old Schoolhouse at 3985 Island Highway South. Doors open at 5 p.m.
For more information, visit the event on Facebook – Luminous Moon Medicine, or join the Facebook group Luminous Moon Collective to be notified of future events.
— Moon Mamas