Saturday, April 26, 2008

CARNIVAL RETREAT AT FLOR DO CEU

Santa Luzia, MG
Feb 2008

The annual Carnival Retreat at Flor do Ceu in Santa Luzia, Minas Gerais (near Belo Horizonte) brings together many new and old friends. A great gathering, of course, begins with a great group of people. And that is surely what we had. Carol, bursting with the shine of sun is a great emblem.

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But, being February, of course there also was some rain -- and some rather unque solutions.

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The days were full of events:

Josémar led several exercise, meditation and energy workshops

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Janaína provided daily body-work

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and Geogette offered information on the line of herbal products from Vila Fortaleza

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One day of the festival was devoted to Afro linkages which are central components of Brazilian culture and spiritual practices. Mestre João led a workshop in Capoeira which is an art-form that started up in 16th Century Brazil that was created and developed by both the native slave Indians and slaves brought from Africa.

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And there was a marvelous pageant of African drumming and dance.

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See the full Flor do Ceu Carnival Photo Collection.

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