JANUARY 2020                

                      Moving to Bridge the Gap

                  ​                  Mid-Winter Dance Workshop

                                 January 17-20

                                    St. Andrew's Abbey 


    August 23-25  

     Holy Spirit Retreat Center 
         4316 Lanai Road 
          Encino, CA 91436 

Come and rediscover the gift of Mother Earth…in the midst of the California climate. Participants will revisit the dance of creation, the dance of Miriam at the time of Exodus and the spirituality of the Desert Mothers. Dancers of all levels, liturgists, musicians, artists and poets of faith will come together to translate our care and love for Mother Earth into movement reflective of God’s creative energy in our humanity. Participants will have the opportunity to offer the work of previous days in a worshipful setting. Bring comfortable clothes.

Fee: $275.00 private room
$225.00 shared room per person
$150.00 commuter.

Click on Register and go to Extended Retreats to make your reservation online. 
A $30.00 nonrefundable deposit is due by August 18 with registration 

Dancing the Psalms and Songs of Creation
Sacred Dance Workshop at St. Andrew's Abbey

 July 19- July 21

[The Creator Spirit]
is Life, movement.... [making] dry twigs and withered souls green again with the juice of life...
[playing] music in the soul, being the melody of praise and joy...
awakening mighty hope, blowing everywhere the winds of renewal in creation.
 [Hildegaard of Bi

Join dancers, musicians, artists, liturgists, and poets of faith to dance and sing ancient psalms and contemporary songs that call us to creativity and prayer. Our work will remind us of our unity with all of Creation; will help us recharge our energies and commitment to renew the face of the earth. 

In the spirit of "Laudato Si," songs and dances will be offered in thanksgiving and praise for God's Sacred Creation and our kinship with it. The days are full of dance, prayer, reflection, and fellowship. Participants will have the opportunity to offer the work of their days in a beautiful outdoor setting of St. Andrew’s Abbey. Bring comfortable clothes to explore nature and to move with ease.

Lodging: $275 single room; $220 each shared room *Price includes meals.
To register on line: https://summerdance2019.eventzilla.net/web/event?eventid=2138953334 or
email St. Andrew’s Abbey retreats@valyermo.com or call (661) 944-2178 www.saintandrewsabbey.c


  MAY 7-30
Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7:00-8:30 pm
Holy Spirit Retreat Center


March 22- March 24, 2019


Los Angles 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 Ceremony, 
in the Friday and Saturday Spanish and English Liturgies; Sunday closing liturgies. 
  They will offer a workshop on Saturday as well participate in evening concert with Val Jan

Friday, March 22, 2019, 

8:30-9:30 am Opening Ceremony and Welcome in the Arena 

5:15-6:45 pm Liturgies

  • The Cross and Suffering in Today’s World in the Franciscan Tradition in the Convention Center Ballrooms,  3rd Floor

  • Santificación del Trabajo Humano/Sanctification of Human Labor in the ACC North Hall 

Saturday, March 23, 2019

7:50-9:30 am

  • Morning Praise in the ACC North Hall

10:00-11:30 am Workshop in the Sheraton:Palm Room 

  •   Sacred Movement: Instrument for Justice and Liberation Justice and Liberation 

5:15 pm Liturgies

  • Honoring Our Ancestors in Faith from the Black Perspective- in the Arena 

  • Los Cristianos Perseguidos/Persecuted Christians- in the ACC North Hall

8:00 pm Evening Concert: 

  • I Will Live Until I Die with ValLimar Jansen in the Arena

Sunday, March 2424, 2019

8:00 am 
  • Morning Liturgy – Arena 

3:30 pm 
  • Closing Liturgy- - Arena 


  The Sacred Dance Into Divine Love

  Mid-Winter Sacred Dance Workshop

  January 18-21 
  St. Andrew's Abbey 



       Dance is your pulse, your heartbeat, your breathing. It’s the rhythm of your life.  
Jacques d’Amboise

No matter how long the cold, bleak days of winter may continue, winter always turns to spring. This is the law of the universe and the law of life. As long as we hold on to hope, spring is sure to come. 
Dausaku Ikeda

    Come to the Abbey for this mid-winter workshop to pulse, breathe and rhythmically move one another into the hope in front of us, into the sacred encounter with the dream God calls  us to be. Dancers, musicians, artists, liturgists and poets of faith are called together  this weekend to translate hope into art and prayer reflective of God’s creative presence in all of humankind.

https://events.eventzilla.net/e/mid-winter-dance-workshop-dancing-the-hope-in-front-of. me2138825425


Come and dance our renewal into the circle of Earth’s community. Let this be our sign of Unity! Musicians, poets, artists, and dancers of all levels are invited to responsively join together and create sacred art in tribute to the place of our birth and ongoing transformation. Participants will have the opportunity to offer the work of previous days in an outdoor prayerful setting. Bring comfortable clothes.

January 2022

July 2021                                         
                                                    Moving to Reunite Our Hearts with Mother Earth
                                                        July 22-25
                                                                                  Sacred Dance Summer Workshop
                                                                            St. Andrew’s Abbey  
                                                                                                    Led by John West 

June 2021

Join John West & the Sacred Dance Guild

July 2020
Sacred Dance Guild Festival
Virtually There...Sacred Dance Experience

July 31- August 3

  Workshop: Virtually Dancing in Step with the Past Into the Future


Los Angles Religious Education Congress
Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Avenue
Anaheim Ca.

February 21- February 23, 2020


   Dancing the New Season of Life
Summer  Sacred  Dance  Workshop
July   28 - 31

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique.

                     Martha Graham to Agnes de Mille.