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JUNE   
    
ENGAGING THE COMMUNITY IN THE TRADITIONS OF THE CHURCH THROUGH DANCE 

 Sacred Dance Workshop at St.Nick's
 Led by John West, Obl. OSB, B.A., M.Ed., M.A.
                                                                                                                           
 June 21, 2014   10:00 am-2:30 pm 
 St. Nicholas of Myra Church Parish Hall 
 17114 Ventura Blvd. Encino, Ca.
 Please register at info@valyermodancers.org 
 Workshop: $30 preregister $35 at the door
 Bring water and a lunch and enjoy the park-like setting of the church grounds.

 During this workshop, sacred dance becomes the vehicle of our expression and engagement 
in the worship traditions of the Church. Participants will gather and explore the gestural and 
dance possibilities in the life of parish community. Come and learn where to dance, when to 
dance, and how to involve the community in this art of motion, emotion, and prayer. The day 
promises to be full of fellowship and prayer.

 John West is an oblate of St. Andrew’s Abbey and founder of the Valyermo Dancers. A gifted dancer, 
 choreographer and liturgist, he has been conducting dance workshops at St. Andrew’s. He is also a 
 lecturer and educator at the international and national collegiate and university levels. His professional 
 associations include membership in the prestigious North American Academy of Liturgy. 

Please email to register at info@valyermodancers.org






                      
MAY

                    Dancing in Step with the Past Into the Future                     

 
Sacred Dance Workshop at Valyermo
Led by John West, Obl. OSB, B.A., M.Ed., M.A.
With Fr. Philip Edwards, OSB


May 17, 2014 9:00 am- 4:30 pm 
St. Andrew's Abbey, Valyermo, CA
Workshop Price: $40.00
Continental breakfast, coffee, tea and water are available throughout the morning; 
lunch is served following the noon Mass.

This workshop will help participants experience the power of dance as an outward sign of 
community and religion, the ties that bind us. Through explorations of rhythm and group dances, 
participants will reach back in time to the biblical dances of matriarchs and patriarchs and project 
into the legacies we can build for ourselves and our children in the future. These will be the steps
of justice, unity, peace, and love.The workshop provides another opportunity for dance prayer to 
be experienced by the non-dancer and dancer alike. Please support the abbey by promoting it at 
your parishes.

John West is an oblate of Valyermo and founder of the Valyermo Dancers. A gifted dancer, 
choreographer, and liturgist, he has been conducting workshops at St. Andrew’s, as well as at 
the international and national collegiate and university levels. His professional associations 
include membership in the prestigious North American Academy of Liturgy.

Please Contact St. Andrew’s Abbey: retreats@valyermo.com or call (661)944-2178 
http://www.saintandrewsabbey.com/




 

MARCH


                                                   AUDITIONS

Male and female dancers of all backgrounds are welcome to audition for
membership in the Valyermo Dancers. Previous dance background in any
dance tradition is welcomed. Minimum age: 15 yrs. old. Please, come 
dressed in dance wear or active/athletic wear - no shorts or visitors please.
Dance shoes or bare feet used for audition. Bring bottled water or eco- sipper 
for hydration. Come prepared to work and pray in the Benedictine tradition. 

Please bring the complete form below as your registration for the auditions.


 
 



 


March 13- March 16, 2014


Hope A World Afire!/Esperanza que Enciende al Mundo!
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress
Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Avenue, Anaheim CA

The Valyermo Dancers will participate in the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in 
Anaheim. The dance company will serve as ministers of liturgical movement for the Opening 
Event, the Friday Jazz Liturgy and Spanish Liturgy; Saturday the Mayan Liturgy and Black 
Culture Liturgy, and Sunday, the closing liturgies.  


Friday, March  14, 2014

8:30-9:30 am                 Opening Event & Welcome (Arena)


       5:15 pm                  Jazz Liturgy -- Rev. Patrick Mullen 

                                    Spanish Liturgy – Archbishop José Gomez (Hall B)




SaturdayMarch 15, 2014


3:00-4:30 pm             Enkindle The Light of Hope Through Dance-by John West 
                    Workshop Period 6
                        Hilton, Laguna Room 




       5:15 pm                  Black Culture Liturgy, Presider: Rev. Gregory Chisholm

                                    Spanish/Mayan (Misa Maya) – Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez (Hall B)


Sunday, March 16, 2014

8:00-9:30 am                   Eucharistic Liturgy (Arena)

       3:30 pm                  Closing Eucharistic Liturgy, Archbishop José Gomez  








Enkindle the Light of Hope Through Dance
                               Led by John West, Obl. OSB, B.A., M.Ed., M.A.,

March 15, 2014
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, 
Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Avenue, Anaheim CA
                                                   Hilton, Laguna Room 
Period 6
     3:00-4:30 pm


If we "learn to live by practicing living," then come practice movement in dance that will help
 exercise our social justice, equity and peace. The principles are the same. With an eye toward 
realizing a world that embraces the spiritual and social challenges of the Gospel message, experience
 the power of prayerful movement and sacred dance. 


John West is an educational consultant for Independent schools and schools for the gifted. He is an
oblate of St. Andrew's Abbey in Valyermo, Calif. and founder of the Valyermo Dancers. As a lecturer
in medieval and sacred dance, a gifted choreographer, dancer, and liturgist, he has been conducting 
workshops at St. Andrew’s Abbey as well as  international and national collegiate and university venues. 
He and his company are regular participatants in the Religious Eucation Congress; John also serves 
on the Congress Liturgy Committee. His professional associations include membership in the 
prestigious North American Academy of Liturgy.







JANUARY  2014




 Footsteps Before Me
Valyermo Mid-Winter Dance Workshop
    Led by John West, Obl. OSB, B.A., M.Ed., M.A.,
With Fr. Philip Edwards, OSB,


January 17th-20th  2014
St. Andrew's Abbey, Valyermo, CA
$350 single room; $287.50 shared room.
Price includes meals.



The work and prayer of sacred dance becomes the vehicle for the spiritual journey of this extended 
weekend. Participants gather as a community of dancers, musicians, and poets to explore biblical or 
liturgical themes. The days are full of scripture, dance, and prayer; the evenings are usually open to
silence and reflection. Sunday night provides the participants the opportunity to offer, with the 
monks, the work of previous days in a worshipful setting. 


(Bring, along with your imagination and creativity, a Bible, a moleskin or journal, your musical 
instruments, dance work clothes, and clothing suitable for liturgical celebrations.)


Please Contact St. Andrew’s Abbey: valyermogh@gmail.com or call (661)944-2178 
http://www.saintandrewsabbey.com/


John West is an oblate of Valyermo and founder of the Valyermo Dancers. A gifted dancer, 
choreographer, and liturgist, he has been conducting workshops at St. Andrew’s, as well as 
at the international and national collegiate and university levels. His professional associations
include membership in the prestigious North American Academy of Liturgy.





DECEMBER



Dancing Festival of Lessons and Carols

December 21, 2013 7:00 pm
St. Nicholas of Myra Church  
17114 Ventura Blvd.
Encino, Ca. 

Wander to St. Nicholas' Anglo-Catholic parish and join the Valyermo Dancers in 
celebrating joyous expectation of Christmas. It's our inaugural "Dancing Festival of 
Lessons and Carols." Be a part of our prayer and cheer!









                        Dancing Lessons and Carols, Part  II
             A Full Bodied Celebration of the Word Made Flesh

Valyermo Advent Dance Workshop
Led by John West, Obl. OSB, B.A., M.Ed., M.A.,
With Fr. Philip Edwards, OSB

December 14, 2013 9:00 am- 4:30 pm
St. Andrew's Abbey, Valyermo, CA
Workshop Tuition: $40.00
Continental breakfast, coffee, tea and water are available throughout the morning; 
lunch is served following the noon Mass.

                      

Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy!
[ Luke 6:23 ]

The workshop will lead participants from the solemn hope of advent hymns to the joyous 
carols and reenactments of Christmas traditions stretching from medieval Europe to the 
indigenous people of the Americas. With the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols as a 
reference, participants will flesh out the incarnation, celebrating the loving God through 
the scriptures and the music of the season. The fruit of the workshop will be offered as 
an afternoon group prayer experience, sending all into the season with joyful heart, 
mind, and spirit. Dance skirts and pants are encouraged for the celebration.


To register please contact St. Andrew’s Abbey: valyermogh@gmail.com or call (661)944-2178   http://www.saintandrewsabbey.com/










NOVEMBER
 




         

Friday, November 15, 2013 8:00 am-4:00 pm
            
          Marymount California University P.E.A.C.E Center 
     30800 Palos Verdes Dr E., Rancho Palos
      Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
           www.marymountcalifornia.edu (310) 377-5501
          www.scinterfaith.org  (562) 983-1665 



The Valyermo Dancers are pleased to have been invited to open this conference with 
the Sanctus and Benedictus of the Missa Luba. This is an academic conference 
sponsored by the South Coast Interfaith Council and Marymount California Rancho 
Palos Verdes, CA








MAY

                            Speaking in the Tongues of Dance                       

Valyermo Pentecost Dance Workshop 
Led by John West, Obl. OSB, B.A., M.Ed., M.A.
With Fr. Philip Edwards, OSB


May 4, 2013 9:00 am- 4:30 pm 
St. Andrew's Abbey, Valyermo, CA
Workshop Price: $40.00
Continental breakfast, coffee, tea and water are available throughout the morning; 
lunch is served following the noon Mass.

Dance is a “tongue,” a language of its own:“…why should not mankind speak again in its most 
ancient language of the mystery of movement and countermovement: the one movement which 
proceeds from this world to God, and the other movement which proceeds from God to this world?”  
 [Gerardus van der Leeuw]

The session provides another opportunity for dance prayer to be experienced by the non-dancer and 
dancer alike. Please support the abbey by promoting it at your parishes. The retreat will include
 reflections on relevant scriptures and various writings about the power of Pentecost. Through
 movement enhanced prayer and sacred dance, we will come to relearn and newly experience the
 sacred language of the body in dance and prayer.

John West is an oblate of Valyermo and founder of the Valyermo Dancers. A gifted dancer, 
choreographer, and liturgist, he has been conducting dance workshops at St. Andrew’s for many 
years. He is also a lecturer and educator currently serving as Headmaster at the Mirman School.

To register please contact Bro. Bede at St. Andrew’s Abbey: bedehazlet@gmail.co 
(661)944-2178 http://www.saintandrewsabbey.com/






MARCH


Valyermo Dancers in Cristo Vive! 
 Choreography by John West


                  March 23 and 24, 2013 
Performances: at 10:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 6:00 pm
East Los Angeles College
1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez
Monterey Park, CA


The Valyermo Dancers will participate dancing in a Spanish 
theatre piece of the passion, death, and resurrection of Our
Lord Jesus Christ. Cristo Vive was written, composed, and 
directed by Rafael Moreno. 









FEBRUARY

February 22- February 24, 2013

Enter the Mystery/ Entra al Misterio
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress
Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Avenue, Anaheim CA

The Valyermo Dancers will participate in the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in 
Anaheim. The dance company will serve as ministers of liturgical movement for the Opening 
Event, the Friday and Saturday Hispanic Liturgies, the Gospel Liturgy, the Stations of the 
Cross, and the Closing Liturgies on Sunday. 





Friday, February 22, 2013

8:30-9:30 am               Opening Rite & Welcome (Arena)

1:00-2:30 pm               JOB: The Now Testament, John Angotti, Period 2
                                  (featuring John West as God the Father)

3:30-4:30 pm               Roman Catholic Rituals- Ever Ancient, Ever New
                                  ValLimar Jansen, Period 3

5:15 pm                      Misa del Pueblo – Archbishop José Gomez


Saturday, February 23, 2013

5:15 pm                      Gospel Liturgy, Presider: Msgr. Ray East

5:15 pm                      Spanish/Mayan (Misa Maya) – Rev. Domingo Rodríguez

5:15 pm                      Stations of the Cross



Sunday, February 24, 2013

8:00-9:30 am                Eucharistic Liturgy (Arena)

3:30 pm                       Closing Eucharistic Liturgy, Archbishop José Gomez

 




JANUARY 2013 


    More Than an Open Door 

Valyermo Mid-Winter Dance Workshop
Led by John West, Obl. OSB, B.A., M.Ed., M.A.,
With Fr. Philip Edwards, OSB,
Contributing artists, ValLimar & Frank Jansen


January 18th- 21st 2013
St. Andrew's Abbey, Valyermo, CA
$350 single room; $287.50 shared room.
Price includes meals.


The work and prayer of sacred dance becomes the vehicle for the spiritual journey of this extended 
weekend. Participants gather as a community of dancers, musicians, and poets to explore biblical or
 liturgical themes. The days are full of scripture, dance, and prayer; the evenings are usually open to 
silence and reflection. Sunday night provides the participants the opportunity to offer, with the 
monks, the work of previous days in a worshipful setting. 

( Bring, along with your imagination and creativity, a Bible, a moleskin or journal, your musical 
instruments, dance work clothes, and clothing suitable for liturgical celebrations.)


Please Contact St. Andrew’s Abbey: retreats@valyermo.com (661)944-2178 
http://www.saintandrewsabbey.com/


John West is an oblate of Valyermo and founder of the Valyermo Dancers. A gifted dancer, 
choreographer, and liturgist, he has been conducting dance workshops at St. Andrew’s for many
years. He is also a lecturer and educator currently serving as Headmaster at the Mirman School.








DECEMBER


                             Dancing Lessons and Carols I
            A Full Bodied Celebration of the Word Made Flesh 

Valyermo Advent Dance Workshop
Led by John West, Obl. OSB, B.A., M.Ed., M.A.,
With Fr. Philip Edwards, OSB

December 8, 2012 9:00 am- 4:30 pm
St. Andrew's Abbey, Valyermo, CA
Workshop Price: $40.00
Continental breakfast, coffee, tea and water are available throughout the morning; 
lunch is served following the noon Mass.



                      
Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy!
[ Luke 6:23 ]

The workshop will lead participants from the solemn hope of advent hymns to the joyous 
carols and reenactments of Christmas traditions stretching from medieval Europe to the indigenous
 people of the Americas. With the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols as a reference, participants
 will flesh out the incarnation and celebrate the loving God through the scriptures and the music 
of the season. The fruit of the workshop will be offered as an afternoon group prayer experience, 
sending all into the season with joyful heart, mind, and spirit. Dance skirts and pants are encouraged 
for the celebration.

To register please contact St. Andrew’s Abbey: retreats@valyermo.com      
(661)944-2178   http://www.saintandrewsabbey.com/








OCTOBER

Valyermo Dancers in Concert! 
New Choreography by John West


October 6, 2012 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
16th Annual Southern California
Christian Dance Concert
Trinity Church, Redlands CA




JULY

July 15, 2012

Golden Jubilee of Monastic Profession
Fr. Philip Edwards, O.S.B.

On July 15, 2012 the monastic community of St. Andrew’s Abbey was joined by the family 
and loved ones of Fr. Philip Edwards, OSB in celebration of Fr. Philip’s 50th year of monastic 
profession. The Valyermo Dancers were blessed to be included in the Jubilee Mass where they 
danced, at Fr. Philip’s request, the 4th movement of Mahler’s 2nd Symphony, his Resurrection 
Symphony. Choreographed by John West and entitled “Primordial Light,” the piece served as 
the song of thanksgiving at the liturgy’s end. Its use of white lighted candles and red rose petals 
augmented Mahler’s poetry and music to underscore the renewal and blessing of Fr. Philip’s 
celebration. May his continued ministry and support of the Valyermo Dancers serve as a
blessing to us.  








MAY

                                        Igniting Faith into Action 

Valyermo Pentecost Dance Workshop 
Led by John West, Obl. OSB, B.A., M.Ed., M.A.
With Fr. Philip Edwards, OSB


May 19, 2012 9:00 am-4:30 pm 
St. Andrew's Abbey, Valyermo, CA
Workshop Price: $40.00
Continental breakfast, coffee, tea and water are available throughout the morning; 
lunch is served following the noon Mass.


The session provides another opportunity for dance prayer to be experienced by the non-dancer and 
dancer alike. Please support the abbey by promoting it at your parishes. The retreat will include 
reflections on relevant scriptures and various writings about the power of Pentecost. Through 
movement enhanced prayer and sacred dance, we will come to embrace the fires of the Spirit 
and answer the call to action for social justice, equity, and peace. 

John West is an oblate of Valyermo and founder of the Valyermo Dancers. A gifted dancer, 
choreographer, and liturgist, he has been conducting dance workshops at St. Andrew’s for many
 years. He is also a lecturer and educator currently serving as Headmaster at the Mirman School.


Please Contact St. Andrew’s Abbey: retreats@valyermo.com (661)944-2178 
http://www.saintandrewsabbey.




















MARCH

March 23 - March 25, 2012


                           Voice Infusing Life/ Voz Que Infunde Vida
                                       Los Angeles Religious Education Congress
                                  Anaheim Convention Center
                                  800 West Katella Avenue
                         Anaheim CA


The Valyermo Dancers will participate in the Los Angeles Religious Education 
Congress in Anaheim. The dance company will serve as ministers of liturgical 
movement for the Opening Event, the Friday and Saturday Hispanic Liturgies, 
the Jazz Liturgy, the Celtic Liturgy, and the Closing Liturgies on Sunday. 






                        



                             
                           




















           


         Infusing Movement Into Prayer In Response To God's Word
                               Led by John West, Obl. OSB, B.A., M.Ed., M.A.,




March 24, 2012
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, 
Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Avenue, Anaheim CA
Period 4
10:00 am - 11:30 am 

Speech is one-third or less of the process of communication. Gesture completes 
the meaning of our words. Similarly, the infusion of gesture and movement into our
 prayerful dialogue with God can help us stretch into becoming the people that the 
Gospels call us to be. God's words and our prayers can become the fleshed out realities 
of our lives. Come experience and learn the power of prayerful movement in this
 interactive workshop led by the Director of the Valyermo Dancers.









JANUARY  2012



            Wrestling with the Dream

Valyermo Mid-Winter Dance Workshop
Led by John West, Obl. OSB, B.A., M.Ed., M.A.,
With Fr. Philip Edwards, OSB


January 13th- 16th 2012
St. Andrew's Abbey, Valyermo, CA
$350 single room; $250 shared room.
Price includes meals.


The work and prayer of sacred dance becomes the vehicle for the spiritual journey of this extended
 weekend. Participants gather as a community of dancers, musicians, and poets to explore biblical or 
liturgical themes. The days are full of scripture, dance, and prayer; the evenings are usually open to 
silence and reflection. Sunday night provides the participants the opportunity to offer, with the 
monks, the work of previous days in a worshipful setting. 

( Bring, along with your imagination and creativity, a Bible, a moleskin or journal, your musical 
instruments, dance work clothes, and clothing suitable for liturgical celebrations.)


Please Contact St. Andrew’s Abbey: retreats@valyermo.com (661)944-2178 
http://www.saintandrewsabbey.com/


John West is an oblate of Valyermo and founder of the Valyermo Dancers. A gifted dancer, 
choreographer, and liturgist, he has been conducting dance workshops at St. Andrew’s for many
years. He is also a lecturer and educator currently serving as Headmaster at the Mirman School.




















DECEMBER



Fleshing Out the Incarnation



Valyermo Advent Dance Workshop
Led by John West, Obl. OSB, B.A., M.Ed., M.A.,
With Fr. Philip Edwards, OSB


December 10, 2011  9:00 am- 4:30 pm
St. Andrew's Abbey, Valyermo, CA
Workshop Price: $40.00
Continental breakfast, coffee, tea and water are available throughout the morning; 
lunch is served following the noon Mass.



This day long workshop will include reflection on relevant scriptures of both Old and New 
testaments, and the writings of various Church Fathers & Benedictine theologians as we “incarnate” 
our meditations and enter prayerfully into Advent. We will conclude the workshop with an 
afternoon group prayer experience drawing on movement prayers developed during the morning and 
applied to an adapted version of the Vespers ritual from the Coptic Rite Divine Office. Dance skirts 
and pants are encouraged for the celebration.

Please Contact St. Andrew’s Abbey: retreats@valyermo.com (661)944-2178 
http://www.saintandrewsabbey.com/














OCTOBER

                     Valyermo Dancers in Concert! 
                  New Choreography by John West

October 8, 2011 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
15th Annual Southern California
Christian Dance Concert
Trinity Church, Redlands CA





  
JULY

                     Let Us Dance Before the Lord
                                   Dance Workshop
                                   Led by John West

July 19, 2011 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Our Lady Queen of Angels, Newport Beach, CA
Summer Series, "Having Fun Being Catholic"
Organized by Dr. Victoria Dendinger




















MAY




A Moving Oblation to the Spirit of Pentecost 
 Actions of Renewal & Prayer for the Unity of Creation 
     Valyermo Art Series Dance Workshop 
     Led by John West 




May 21, 2011 9:00am-4:30pm 
St. Andrew's Abbey, Valyermo, CA
$38.00 per person; $100 per family of 3.
Hot and cold beverages and fruit are available throughout the morning, and lunch is served 
following the noon Mass.


It is the second of the art series to include dance. The session provides another opportunity for dance 
prayer to be experienced by the non-dancer and dancer alike. Please support the abbey by promoting 
it at your parishes. The retreat will include reflections on relevant scriptures and various writings 
about the nature of the Spirit. Through movement enhanced prayer and sacred dance, we will come 
to tell the story of Pentecost, recognize God’s breath in us, and answer the call to action for social 
justice, equity, and peace. 

Valyermo Art Series Dance Workshop John West is an oblate of Valyermo and founder of the 
Valyermo Dancers. A gifted dancer, choreographer, and liturgist, he has been conducting dance 
workshops at St. Andrew’s for many years. He is also a lecturer and educator currently serving as 
Headmaster at the Mirman School.


Please Contact St. Andrew’s Abbey: retreats@valyermo.com (661)944-2178 
http://www.saintandrewsabbey.com/






















MARCH 18 - MARCH 20, 2011



                                          Hold Firm... Trust!
                                        Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, Anaheim CA


The Valyermo Dancers recently participated in the Los Angeles Religious Education 
Congress in Anaheim. The dance company served as ministers of liturgical movement 
for the Opening Event, the Saturday  Hispanic Liturgy, and the Jazz Liturgy. John West 
was also a minister of movement for the Black Culture Liturgy on Friday evening. 













                             








                              

                             


Suggestions for Holy Week Reflections The Passion of Our Lord according to John

Choreographed by John West 
Performed by the Valyermo Dancers
Composed by Rev. Lucien Deiss, CSSp

Produced by World Library Publications

John West, Black Culture Liturgy
John West, Black Culture Liturgy
Archbishop Gomez and The Valyermo Dancers
The Valyermo Dancers,Spanish Liturgy
Dance created Advent Wreath
Advent Workshop

Click here to find Gesture Prayers
Fr. Philip Edwards, OSB
Pond, St. Andrew's Abbey
Valyermo, Ca
Suggestions for Holy Week Reflections: 
 The Passion of Our Lord according to John

Choreographed by John West 
Performed by the Valyermo Dancers
Composed by Rev. Lucien Deiss, CSSp

Produced by World Library Publications
         Suggestions for Holy Week  
                      Reflections: 
 The Passion of Our Lord according to John

Choreographed by John West 
Performed by the Valyermo Dancers
Composed by Rev. Lucien Deiss, CSSp

Produced by World Library Publications.
"And they 
were
all filled with the Holy Spirit, 
and began to speak with other tongues 
as the Spirit gave them utterance." 
(Acts 2:4).
Celtic Mass, ReCongress 2012
Celtic Mass, ReCongress 2012
Gospel Mass, ReCongress 2013
Gospel Mass, ReCongress 2013


Come to us, Spirit of God, 
Breathe in us now… 
Send us the wings of new birth, 
Fill all the earth with the love you have taught us 
Let all creation be shaken with love… 
Come Spirit of God 

(David Haas, Send Us Your Spirit) 

“Christmas is a most appropriate season for adding dance to other art forms used 
in 
expressing the great joy of the season. The word ‘carol’ itself means to dance with singing.”


~ Doug Adams

Holy flaming
leaps in earth's embrace,
leaps in precious tongues
within a womb.
What burning
prancing within a womb aflame!

What fire enkindles and loves,
enkindles and nurtures you? 

~ Charolotte Mary Roberts



With the world’s evening near, 
Christ Jesus comes like the bridegroom out of His chamber, 
out of the virgin mother’s womb, to set a crown of invisible grace, 
joy and gladness upon his servants.

          
“Christmas is a most appropriate season 
for adding dance to other art forms used in
 expressing the great joy of the season. The word ‘carol’ itself means to dance with singing.”

~ Doug Adams
                                      
Wrestling with the Dream 
….the time to make new efforts to be what we say  we want to be.”

“Is this the path on which I see the footsteps of God most clearly in front of me?
 More Than an Open Door

"...Letting the God of the unexpected come in”

Suggestions for Holy Week Reflections: 
 The Passion of Our Lord according to John

Choreographed by John West 
Performed by the Valyermo Dancers
Composed by Rev. Lucien Deiss, CSSp

Produced by World Library Publications
Watch us at the Celtic Liturgy!
Watch us at the Closing Liturgy.
WHEN         MARCH 29

TIME         11:00-1:30 p. m.

WHERE    St. Nicholas of Myra Church 
                Parish Hall  
                 17114 Ventura Blvd.
                Encino, Ca
                       
   To request information or for any questions, please email info@valyermodancers.org.



DECEMBER

              Dancing Festival of Lessons and Carols Concert 













   
                                       December 20, 2014
                                                              2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

                                                    Holy Spirit Retreat Center Chapel
                                                                   4316   Lanai   Rd.
                                                                 Encino,   CA   91436  


The Valyermo Dancers in partnership with the Sisters of Social Service invite you to their "Dancing Festival of Lessons and Carols" concert. This is an inter-faith celebration of the Advent and Christmas seasons open to everyone. Wander to Holy Spirit Retreat 
Center in Encino and celebrate the joyous expectations of Christmas through music, dance, poetry, and scripture based prayer.
Come be part of our prayer and cheer! 










WordNet Productions’ Interview with Fr. Mike Manning and John:
  “Dancing With God.”


This is a spirit-filled conversation between television host Fr. Mike Manning and John about the prayer and worship value 
of “Dancing With God.” The interview was broadcast nationally and globally in early September. The interview was carried by TCC, TBN, and ESNE Networks in addition to some national diocesan cable stations. The video recording of the interview is available at http://www.wordnet.tv/videos.htm or  www.wordnetproductions.com
                                  
                                                    












                                                             
                                                            
                                                            Enjoy!
 
                                                            







The Footprints of a Star 


Sacred Dance Workshop at Valyermo
Led by John West, Obl. OSB, B.A., M.Ed., M.A.
With Fr. Philip Edwards, OSB


December 13, 2014 9:00 am- 4:30 pm 
St. Andrew's Abbey, Valyermo, CA
Workshop Price: $40.00
Continental breakfast, coffee, tea and water are available throughout the morning; 
lunch is served following the noon Mass.
 
In the tradition of the seasons of Advent and Christmas, participants will 
experience through movement how humanity moves through the stages 
of life “like a bird or dancing spark…” Each of us learns to spot our guiding
star and follow its disappearing footprints into the promise of tomorrow.

John West is an oblate of Valyermo and founder of the Valyermo Dancers. A gifted dancer, 
choreographer, and liturgist, he has been conducting workshops at St. Andrew’s, as well as 
at the international and national collegiate and university levels. His professional associations 
include membership in the prestigious North American Academy of Liturgy.

Please Contact St. Andrew’s Abbey: retreats@valyermo.com or call (661)944-2178 
http://www.saintandrewsabbey.com/




NOVEMBER 

November 6 - November 8 
           BILAC 
                        




                                     
 



BIG ISLAND  LITURGY AND ARTS CONFERENCE


John has been invited to be a participant and presenter at BILAC. Historically, the conference was located on the Big Island of Hawaii, but is now based on the island 
of Oahu. If you feel the call of aloha and ohana, come to the conference. Treat yourself to the beauty of the conference and the work of all of the presenters. For more information, visit the conference website, http://marianistbilac.wordpress.com/

Below are the two workshops that John will be privileged to provide.

            MERGING THE SELF INTO COMMUNAL PRAYER THROUGH SACRED MOVEMENT AND GESTURE -B-3 

Ritual is a choreographed experience of prayer and worship. Through such choreographed gesture and movement old words are given new meaning; recited words of 
faith are called to life, and a gathering of individuals becomes merged into the flow of the communal prayer of the Body of Christ. Workshop participants will 
experience where and how these sacred gestures and movements might best serve the Assembly in these settings. John will draw on his experience with the Valyermo Dancers and his leadership role with sacred movement at the renowned Arena liturgies of the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress.


 MOVING WITH THE BODY IN PRAYER - C-6 

Speech is only 1/3 or less of the human communication process.  Gesture completes the meaning of our words. Similarly, the infusion of gesture and movement into 
our prayerful dialogue with God can help us stretch into becoming the people that the Gospels call us to be. God’s words and our prayers can become the fleshed out realities of our lives. Come experience and learn the power of prayerful movement in this interactive workshop..

Please see go to our Events page for current workshops.     





MAY



Dancing With the Divine Breath of Creativity
              Valyermo Sacred Dance Workshop
         Led by John West, Obl. OSB, B. A., M.Ed, MA.,


May 16th, 2015 9:00 am-4:30 pm
 St. Andrew's Abbey, Valyermo, CA
Workshop Price: $40.00
Continental breakfast, coffee, tea and water are available throughout the morning; 
lunch is served following the noon Mass.


"With loving regard, the divine Artist passes on to the human artist a spark of surpassing wisdom,
calling him or her to share in divine creative power.
 Pope St. John Paul II, Letter to Artists. 

Come join in a danced renewal of our role as instruments of the living God in the ongoing work of creation.

Workshop tuition, $40.00, includes continental breakfast, coffee, tea, and water. These beverages are available
throughout the day. Lunch is served following the noon Mass.

Register online www.saintandrewsabbey.com or please contact St. Andrew’s Abbey email retreats@valyermo.com or call 
(661 )944-2178.





APRIL 
                                                           SPEAKING IN THE TONGUES OF DANCE


Sacred Dance Workshop at 
Holy Spirit Retreat Center
Led by John West, Obl. OSB, B. A., M.Ed, MA.,



April 11th 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
4316  Lanai Rd., 
Encino, Ca. 91436

Fee: $45.00 with lunch; $35.00 without lunch
$10.00 non-refundable deposit with registration
818-784-4515  FAX: 818-784-0409 
hsrcenter@earthlink.net  
www.hsrcenter.com 





This Sacred Dance Workshop provides an opportunity for dance prayer to be experienced by the dancer and non-dancer alike. The retreat, led by John West, founder of the Valyermo Dancers, will include reflections on relevant scriptures and various writings about the power of Pentecost. Through movement enhanced prayer and sacred dance, we will come to re-learn and newly experience the sacred language of the body in dance and prayer.




MARCH 



March 12- March 15, 2015

                                     S E E /V E R
                                           Los Angeles Religious Education Congress
                                                         Anaheim Convention Center
                                              800 West Katella Avenue, Anaheim CA


The Valyermo Dancers will participate in the Los Angeles Religious Education 
Congress in Anaheim. The dance company will serve as ministers of liturgical 
movement for the Opening Event, the Friday Spanish Liturgy and Prayer Service; 
Saturday Spanish Liturgy and Concert; Sunday closing liturgies.  




Friday, March 13, 2015

       8:30-9:30 am           Opening Event & Welcome (Arena)

       5:15 pm                  Ecumenical Prayer Service for Persecuted Christians 

                                    Spanish Liturgy - Archbishop José Gomez (Hall B)




Saturday, March 14, 2015


        10:00-11:30 am                   See the Beauty and Dance a Song of Praise by John West 
Workshop Period 4
Hilton, Laguna Room

         5:15 pm                           Spanish Liturgy - Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez (Convention Arena)


         8:30 pm                                                Concert- The Influence of One Life: 
                                                         A celebration of Sr. Edith and her 27 yrs. with Congress 
                                                                                   (Convention Arena)




Sunday, March 15, 2015

         8:00-9:30 am                     Eucharistic Liturgy (Arena)

         3:30 pm                            Closing Eucharistic Liturgy, Archbishop José Gomez  





                                                   See the Beauty and Dance a Song of Praise  
                                                          Led by John West, Obl. OSB, B.A., M.Ed., M.A.,

March 14, 2015
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress,
Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Avenue, Anaheim CA
Hilton, Laguna Room
Period 4
10:00-11:30 am

Through the use of sacred dance, our human artistry manages to underscore the living beauty of the Word of God made flesh. Come and respond to his invitation to the dance – embrace the beauty of sacred movement. See God’s beauty in ourselves and dance his praise. All levels of experience are welcome.

John West is an educational consultant for Independent schools and schools for the gifted. He is an
oblate of St. Andrew's Abbey in Valyermo, Calif. and founder of the Valyermo Dancers. As a lecturer
in medieval and sacred dance, a gifted choreographer, dancer, and liturgist, he has been conducting 
workshops at St. Andrew’s Abbey as well as  international and national collegiate and university venues. 
He and his company are regular participants in the Religious Education Congress; John also serves 
on the Congress Liturgy Committee. His professional associations include membership in the 
prestigious North American Academy of Liturgy.













JANUARY                                                                                  
 From Fraction to Unity 
Valyermo Mid-Winter Dance Workshop
    Led by John West, Obl. OSB, B.A., M.Ed., M.A.,  
With Fr. Philip Edwards, OSB,

January 16th-19th  2015
St. Andrew's Abbey, Valyermo, CA
$350 single room; $287.50 shared room.
Price includes meals.

The work and prayer of sacred dance becomes the vehicle for this weekend of celebration and praise of the unifying breath 
of the living God who created our diverse, multiformed, humanity. Dancers, musicians, and poets of good faith are called
together this weekend to translate religious, biblical, and liturgical themes into moving art reflective of  God’s creative 
presence in all of humankind. The days are full of scripture, dance, prayer, and fellowship; the evenings are open to silence 
and reflection. Sunday night provides the participants the opportunity to offer, in the company of the monks, the work of 
previous days in a worshipful setting. (Bring, along with your imagination and creativity, a Bible, a moleskin or journal, your 
musical instruments, dance work clothes, and clothing suitable for liturgical celebrations.)


Please Contact St. Andrew’s Abbey: retreats@valyermo.com or call (661)944-2178  http://www.saintandrewsabbey.com/ 


John West is an oblate of Valyermo and founder of the Valyermo Dancers. A gifted dancer, choreographer, and liturgist, 
he has been conducting workshops at St. Andrew’s, as well as at the international and national collegiate and university levels. 
His professional associations include membership in the prestigious North American Academy of Liturgy

Tickets for Concert: $15.00 
 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm 

Purchase Tickets Online 
(to be picked up at Will Call)
or 
Contact Sr. Deborah 
(818) 784-4515

.Suggestions for Holy Week Reflections: 
 The Passion of Our Lord according to John

Choreographed by John West 
Performed by the Valyermo Dancers
Composed by Rev. Lucien Deiss, CSSp

Produced by World Library Publications